First things first, I don’t care what anyone says, I’m not calling this figure the Bard of Darkmount. He’s Darkmount, that’s it, you should be lucky I’m not calling him Straxus! Anyway, the original Darkmount (Straxus as he is originally called) is not a character I was ever familiar with. He’s a comic only character that never had a toy, until a few years ago when Generations came along and gave him a deluxe. I instantly fell in love with the design and to this day remains one of my favorite deluxe Transformers. So how does his mirrorverse counterpart fare? Read on for the review.
Time for me to venture into the boxset for Botcon 2012. And I’ll start with what had the potential to be the figure I most looked forward to when everything was initially announced. I’m a huge Soundwave fan. Despite missing some I try my best to get one of every Soundwave figure that gets released. So when I heard that a Soundwave was an included figure this year, the year I’m attending, of course I got excited. The artwork was released and I was still excited, the drawing looked slick! Then I saw the TFClub photo and my heart sank. Read on for the rest of the review.
I started my Botcon reviews with Kick-Off so it’s only natural that I should continue with his bagmate G2 Shattered Glass Prime. Let me start out by saying I don’t outright hate the concept of Shattered Glass, but I don’t like it when it feels forced or uninspired. I like SG Thundercracker because it gives me Action Master Thundercracker, I like SG Cyclonus because in a way it makes sense. I dislike SG Galvatron because it’s just another purple Galvatron. With this figure though it’s a little of column A and a little of column B. Read on for the full review.
Now that I’m back and well rested from Botcon, I feel it’s time to share some of the exclusives with you. Starting off with Kick-Off. An Action Master from the 90’s the character hasn’t seen much love other than a single panel in IDWs Last Stand of the Wreckers, until now. Now I never had the Action Master’s as a kid, and didn’t even know they existed until I returned to the fandom, but I absolutely love it every time one of them is referenced. So it’s probably only natural that I start of my convention recap with the Action Master homage. Read on for the review!