Botcon 2011: Animated Stunticons
When I heard that the 2011 con was going to be Animated based, I was crushed that I couldn't attend. I thought that maybe I would try to get an Iacon package so that way I could at least add the figures to my Animated Collection. I absolutely love the Animated figures. Ever since I first saw the images, I was hooked. I spent endless nights defending that green duplo truck's honor, always saying.... hey, Bulkhead looks perfect in both modes... what else would you want. Animated Stunticons... hell that's two of my favorite things all rolled into one... count me in... and then Botcon touched it.
I love to attend Botcon, but as of late I have been let down by their decisions. It has been ran by Master Collector (I know its Fun Publications, but they started with Master Collector/Joe con), and some of my experiences have made me feel that they forgot the collector in their name, but I digress. The first fig released was Dead End, and that just confirmed my excitement. My buddy James and I spent an hour tracing out how they would fill out the rest of the ranks... and I really wish I would have took notes, because we were WAYYY wrong. Dead End made me think that the set was going to be the best since the seekers, and a definite grab.
The next figure released was Breakdown. Again the figure looked great, and I was still on board with the set, I love the HotRod figure from Animated, and I was happy to see the mold reused. But this reveal was not as exciting for me... I wasn't sure why, but I knew that something had to be up. My stomach was correct for the next reveal...
Drag Strip was tooled from the Animated Arcee mold. Again, a great mold, and and an amazing figure, but DOES IT FIT? My simple answer is no. I am not trying to be sexist here but DragStrip is no chick! Thanks to riding in my wife's car all I can hear when I see DragStrip is Lady Gaga... Don't be a drag, just be a Queen! I promise that I will not quote the gaga again, but I felt it fit here.
The set continued to let me down with the next choice. Wild Rider found new life in a Lockdown mold. Again a great mold, but fit for a stunticon, maybe not. The stunticons were all racing cars with the exception of Motormaster, they were meant to give Decepticons ground superiority. Lockdown is a badass figure, one of my favorites, but he just isn't sporty enough to fit for a stunticon.
The final nail in the coffin was the reveal for Motormaster. James and I argued that they should use a Wrekgar mold. That way Motormaster would have his trailer, as well as be nice and blocky as Motormaster should be. However, they decided to use the Optimus Prime mold. The head looks like a perfect Motomaster for Animated, but on the stream lined body of Optimus, it looks horrible in my humble opinion.
All of the sets have now been sold, and I have to say that I didn't even throw my hat into the ring. I am sad to say that I wasn't even disappointed that I didn't get a set this year. Again., I just feel that the set had great possibilities, but just let me down as the reveals were released. I am happy that they showed all the figs before I threw my money at it. Well at least there's always next year... Here's hoping that they give us a set worth attending for.