March 8, 2007
Dusty Plastic HELL: Hot Flash #97!

And, as promised, here is Dusty Plastic HELL: Hot Flash #97! Having gone off on a crazy Transformers kick as of late, I picked up a Titanium Soundwave figure this past weekend — and I’ve gotta say that if he’s the norm for the line, he’ll likely be the last Titanium I ever buy. I’m not sure whether the heaviness of the metal, bad design, or poor quality control are to blame (read: all of the above), but the guy could barely stand up on his own out of the box. See, his transformation involves the legs collapsing into themselves and folding up to his sides, but I guess his weight made them want to collapse into themselves at any given time — and coupled with the weirdness of the way that the legs attach to the body, that made poor Soundwave one incredibly unstable dude. Hence the title of today’s comic, as I had to disassemble his legs and pretty much slather the parts with clear nail polish in order to get him to stand upright for the comic, let alone hold any more involved poses. I’m fairly pleased with how he turned out, though — the fix was so effective that I was moved to remove my Classics Starscream’s slightly loose wings and give the hinges a coat of nail polish as well. Expect to see him in future comics. 🙂

Anyway, dig Soundwave’s newfound posability! I don’t think he’s worth the $16 I paid for him — whether even a fixed version is worth that much is debatable, but certainly no standard-sized figure that requires additional homemade tweaking should cost so much — but now that he’s been improved he will more than serve my purposes for future Transformers toy comics. Get down, Soundwave!

Ready to get served?

The splits!

Hangin' ten.

Soundwave walks the walk.

I thought the colored pics looked kinda neat (and Soundblaster-esque to boot)! That does it for this update, then — see you next time, minna-san. And remember, your input regarding the layout changes mentioned in the previous post will be appreciated in the meantime. 🙂

-posted by Wes | 2:11 pm | Comments (4)
  • agustinaldo says:

    So, Wes, what do you think of the upcoming live action Transformers movie?

    From what I’ve read, this is the roster they are using:

    Autobots: Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Ironhide, Jazz and Ratchet

    Decepticons: Megatron, Starscream, Blackout, Brawl, Barricade, Frenzy, Bonecrusher and Scorponok

    It also has Spike Witwicky (played by Shia LeBeouf) and Sparkplug Witwicky (played by Kevin Dunn)

    It’s directed by Michael Bay.

    So, what do you think?

  • the latest DPH is one of the first times i’ve actually laughed out loud in response.. – good stuff, wes..

  • Blasty says:

    Congratulations on finally discovering the greatness that is Transformers. Best cartoon/toyline ever!

  • Wes says:

    agustinaldo: Erm… not sure. From what I’ve seen, it looks like crap… but it could turn out to be a decent film. I don’t think it’ll seem like a legitimate Transformers film — I dunno what that sharp-toothed monster thingy is, but it ain’t Megatron — but taken as a movie with robots that transform into other stuff it might not be so bad.

    Brian: Glad you were amused!

    Blasty: I dunno if I’d go THAT far — at least depending upon which TV series you’re talking about — but they are pretty neat. I like the toys, but the comparatively high prices and varying quality (not to mention endless repaints, etc.) would probably keep them out of the top spot for me. My favorite would probably be the original TMNT line, since each new incarnation of a character had a new outfit or gimmick that somehow gave it its own style or place in the TMNT universe (even if it was totally unnecessary or nonsensical). By contrast, I think that Hasbro intentionally puts a defining and glaring flaw into each Transformer toy in order to ensure that kids and collectors feel the need to pick up the latest version of the character. There is really no reason whatsoever that this tank Megatron should not have a right hand, and yet they chose not to give him one. Why? So that — assuming that the next one does have one — folks will feel like they have to get it! Because if not for that one glaring flaw, I would call this Megs perfect.

    And the original G1 show is cool, but it also has some huge flaws concerning plot holes and the characters’ plans and motivations. Granted, most cartoons from the 80s and even 90s suffer from that flaw (I think TMNT gets by in this respect because it routinely breaks the fourth wall and is clearly and overtly goofy, whereas with TF it’s less forgivable because the show is about million-year old robots engaged in a military power struggle), but still. I haven’t seen any of the other TF shows, though, so I don’t know if they are any cooler.

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