It’s Halloween so it only seems appropriate to post a collection of terrifying ‘bots!
Being the only G1 combiner set I have tracked down and completed as a collector and being Decepticons that transform into an odd assortment of creatures, the Terrorcons are one of my favourite sub-groups of G1. When we were told we would be getting dragons from the Predacon contingent of Transformers Prime I was happy. When we were then told we would be getting a Predacon combiner named Abominus I was doubly so. Especially given that their alt modes are all heavily influenced by.
Though I initially started getting the individually packaged ones, I couldn’t pass up the Target Exclusive giftset of all five done with some translucent plastics. With the help of HasbroToyShop.com and a coupon code, I grabbed the remaining three of the regular releases at the same time I grabbed Prime Prowl.
Despite being Cyberverse Legends class toys, they have a great level of detail and a surprising amount of articulation. I just wish they had done Hun-gurrr in Cyberverse Commander class.
His alt mode remains a two headed dragon with twice the appetite.
The only other component of Abominus to keep the same name is Rippersnapper.
Instead of the Shark-Salamander of doom, he is now a bipedal-lizard-thing of doom.
Not too surprisingly, Cutthroat is one to have a full name change. In his place is Windrazor.
Like the name “Cutthroat”, gone is the chicken-monster. In its place is an alt mode head more closely resembling the pterodactyl-like creature of Cutthroat’s G1 cartoon appearance.
The remainder of his body, like the rest of his teammates, ditches the boxy lines for a more organic dragon.
Blot becomes Blight.
His somewhat-sort-of-an-ape-monster-with-a-long-snout alt mode becomes… well, still pretty much somewhat-sort-of-an-ape-monster-with-a-long-snout.
My favourite of the G1 Terrorcons gives way to my favourite of the Prime incarnations. Sadly “Sinnertwin” is either not available or simply deemed not PC enough so he now goes by the far less awesome name of Twinstrike.
A far more detailed Orthrus, his alt mode is so good Twinstrike is one of the only upcoming simplified deluxes I am thinking of buying.
Combined into the mighty Abominus, the amount of articulation in each individual toy allows for different positioning of his “hands”. Essentially you can come up with an approximation that works for you. I like to use Windrazor’s alt mode head as one full hand and then a massive claw from Twinstrike’s various pieces.
A very big missed opportunity here is hinted at in Rippersnapper’s repaint. An homage to his G1 namesake, Prime Cindersaur came packaged with a G1-inspired deco for Smokescreen.
The two G1 redecoes packaged together made this Target exclusive set a must buy for me.
So we have our Prime Cindersaur, where’s our Flamefeather and Sparkstalker? They could have easily done a version of Blight for Sparkstalker and Windrazor in deep blue for Flamefeather and we would have had a complete set of G1 Firecon homages! Instead we got a red version of Blight packaged with Bumblebee and an upcoming bright green repaint as Rot Gut (albeit a great name). Even stranger, we are getting a repaint of Windrazor as the Autobot Divebomb.
Now, by way of a small confession, I have to admit what really lead me to wanting to do this post are the Kreons of these guys. This is because — while everyone else I know are playing the new Batman game — I am utterly addicted to the new Lego Marvel Superheroes game. Addicted to the point of kinda sorta not posting anything other than the podcast last week (sorry everyone!) I recommend the game highly for the adorable fun factor but the hilarious in-jokes are where the game’s true charm lies. Right now I am on an obsessive quest to get enough gold bricks to unlock Dr. Strange. My dream would be the exact same game; only replacing New York with Cybertron and the Marvel characters with Transformers Kreons. It’ll never happen, but can you imagine the fun?
Like most of the Micro Changers, their alt modes are more an abstract suggestion of a thing rather than the thing itself.
Despite their individual selves being patterned after their Prime counterparts, their combined mode takes more than a few hints from G1 Abominus. This includes the stickers for his chest pieces, which are the only stickers I have applied to them.
From towering to tiny, they remain some of the most monstrous Decepticons out there.