In my last post, I pointed out that there have been a number of glaring contradictions in my usual rules regarding which side of “toy versus fiction” naming conflicts I take. This is another of those occasions — and one near and dear to me.
I’m not even going to bother with the spoiler alerts. Though I guess the title of the post and that previous sentence should be alert enough.
There are two Autobot “deaths” in Dark of the Moon that still make me quite unhappy; Ironhide and Que.
I’ve ranted enough about death being the crutch of a bad writer, so I’ll let my opinion on that stand. I positively refuse to think that my beloved Wheeljack showed up in the movie universe just long enough to share some of his “great inventions for kicking ass” and then get blown away.The wonders of personal canon ensure I don’t have to worry about it and in this case, Hasbro has made it even easier. Thanks in part to what I have now dubbed “The Jazz Loophole”, I can always presume that a movie “death” is about as final as a comic book death (read: not at all.) Going a step further, the “death” that I am ignoring isn’t even Wheeljack, it’s Que’s.
“But,” I hear you say, “Que is Wheeljack, so says the packaging of his toy!!”
To that, my carefully reasoned response is,
Just like I can not accept that the blue one is Rumble when there is an identical red one standing right next to him, I can’t accept that this is Wheeljack,
Mostly due to the fact that this exists somewhere in the world.
In my world, Que is the mostly unreleased blue one and Wheeljack is the completely unreleased white one (and neither of them are dead.) Unreleased as Wheeljack may be, fingers crossed that some day he shows up in some market, preferably Hasbro’s. Granted, I should probably be more specific considering getting my hands on Que entailed waiting a year after his cancelled Hasbro U.S. release date and six months after he was finally released in Hasbro Asia markets to pick him up on Ebay for $30 shipped. He was certainly worth it and it’s a pity that we never got him stateside. His headsculpt perfectly captures his movie incarnation’s “Einstein” look with tons of molded detail.
In fact, he’s got a lot of detail overall, good paint apps, and most of his accessories clip on to him with 5mm clips.
He has the requisite MechTech “weapons system” though in his case, it’s not a weapon at all, but a toolkit with a circular saw that extends forward and spins. He also has a power drill and a nail or rivet gun all in an odd, clashing green colour.
Unfortunately, there’s no way to lock the saw into that extended mode without wedging something into the mechanism. He has all these tools because he is the Autobot Technician, his movie status as inventor and weaponsmith being the only really tie-in to the name of Wheeljack.
In an effort to not have him completely weaponless, his Mechtech system is described as “Tool Kit Converts To Combat Saw!” while his packaging obscures the picture and makes no text call out of his actual weapon, a spear.
I… he… a spear? What? I just don’t know what the thought behind that choice was. He’s an inventor and technician, somehow I’m doubting in the situations where he has to pick up a weapon, he reveals himself to be some sort of melee master of pole weaponry.
Err, I stand corrected?
Moving on, Que has an alt mode. It’s, well… let’s just say that if any one thing can be pointed to as the reason Que didn’t get released here, it’s the fact that he transforms into a Mercedes-Benz E550.
The E-Class is what is known as an “Executive Car”; in other words, he’s not going to be able to hold his own against some of the more exciting Dark of the Moon alt modes. I guess that’s something else he has in common with the fellow Mercedes-Benz alt-moded and just as equally cancelled Dark of the Moon Soundwave.