I figure since this blog is supposed to be about the pieces of plastic and my Botcon photos were relatively light on said plastic, I would make today a two-for-one spotlighting two of the plastic pieces picked up at said Botcon. Full circle, right?
Here we have Animated Fisitron:
So, here’s the deal (and why this particular homage is so freaking cool): Ironfist first showed up back in G1, but not American G1. He appeared as part of the Lightformers sub-group (using the word “group” loosely, as there were only two of them) in Europe in 1993, two years after G1 had ended in America. He was then re-released in the G2 line the next year. He kind of sat there as a relative unknown all the way until 2010. Completely by coincidence, this was the year that both Fun Publications and IDW choose to rescue him from obscurity and use him in separate stories, creating two different versions of him, one in the IDW G1 universe and one in the FP Timelines universe.
Ironfist met his untimely demise in IDW’s “Last Stand of the Wreckers” series, a series I have already addressed my opinion on in an earlier post.
He then met a second untimely demise in part 6 of FP’s “The Coming Storm” storyline. Fun Publications has, albeit to a lesser degree, fallen back on the exact same death angle for shock value. Different writers, same weak writing.
Sorry, that’s enough of my whining about bad comic book writing.
Hey! You know what universe seems to have consistently awesome writing? Animated. Ironfist has been portrayed as a weapons specialist in all of his appearances and it is in that capacity that he plays a part in the Botcon 2011 “Stunti-Con-Job” story. Granted, he does get roughed up, but he lives, thanks to the timely appearance of field medic Minerva. When we meet him, Ironfist has been knocked around pretty seriously by thieves that have stolen a number of his experimental modified weaponry, including a duplicate of the axe Ironfist made for his old friend, Optimus Prime.
For his toy, the problem is, thanks to a certain Marvel Comics character, the name “Ironfist” is off limits. This is why our expert in weapons modifications was released as “Fisitron”.
“Fisitron”, an anagram of “Ironfist”, was the screenname used by Ironfist in the IDW comics for writing his fanboy entries about the legendary Autobot task force, the Wreckers — making this an homage within an homage.
The mold used for Ironfist was first used in the main Animated toyline for Cybertron Mode Ratchet. It was then released, with a remolded head for Animated Ironhide. His alt mode has been described as a “Cybertronian Minibus” but to me it looks more van than bus.
Setting aside that I have the mold in Ironfist and the bland white and black paintjob, the Autotrooper harkens back to the Autorooper characters used in the unsavory, obscenely inappropriate Kissplay series. [Clicking on that link is not suggested. I am not being prudish when I call a majority of anything related to Kissplay obscene.]
Anywho, I absolutely love Ironfist. I have not been this happy with the free attendee exclusive yet and those colours make for a wonderful display piece.