Okay…well…that’s a little better…I…suppose…

Seibertron.com has some images of the Transormers Universe/Classics Prowl.

While he truly doesn’t live up to the awesome promo photo he’s better than the crapperiffic photos that were released a while back. As cool as he looks though:

I’m still reminded of how lackluster he looks once compared to the initial photos that were released a couple months ago.

I guess he’s still pretty much the most accurate G1 Prowl we’re going to see though so I’ll still buy him
when he’s released but I still can’t forget or forgive Hasbro for what could have been. Oh well. At least he’s more accurate than Jean Chaps Prowl.

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As I’m sure George Takei would say…”My…God!”

So I have a week left at the current apartment and then we’re heading over to our new condo/house. That means I’ve been packing up the shit left and right and my room is in total disarray.

The living room is also turning into a crack warehouse of sorts:

And that’ just a small sample of what I have boxed. When I finish clearing my place out and setting up the new crack den I will have another update.

Fuck…

Do you have a laptop? If so, do you ever have the keys stick? Well I’m going to do something nice for you here out of the kindness of my heart and give you some advice: Taking the spacebar out to clean it is probably not the greatest idea in the world.

I took the spacebar off of my laptop because I thought I could clean out the crap under the key that was causing it to stick. I’ve done it before with the other keys on my computer and I never had a problem snapping the keys back into place so I thought I could do that and things would be cool. So what happens when I unsnap the spacebar? I hear a snap when I unsnap the key but the snapping sound is a little more horrific like something just broke. So I basically end up with the key looking like this:

So I try to put the pieces back together and I realize that the bigger “white piece” has a broken tab and that my damn hands are too big to try to put everything back together again so I say “fuck it” and I decide to take it into the Geek Squad over at the Best Buy and see if I can get it repaired. I figure “They’ll easily fix it but they’ll probably give me an insane bill.”

So I begrudgingly take the pieces and the laptop over to Best Buy and they say “No, we can’t fix it here. We can send it to the manufacturers though.”

And here’s the thing: to replace the key they’d have to replace the keyboard and that would be $200-$300. So I just say “That would be too big of a pain in the ass” so I get an external keyboard. I buy a small flat Apple keyboard so I can still have room on my lap for the laptop and the keyboard and it’s cool but it’s really uncomfortable and it just pisses me off. So… yeah. Don’t do what I did folks.

It would be nice if I could just turn off the laptop keyboard and put the flat keyboard over that but apparently I can’t. I can try to take out the keyboard but somehow I get the feeling that would be a major pain in the ass and possibly fuck up my computer so I guess I’m just going to have to deal with being a little uncomfortable from time to time now if I want to actually have my laptop be a laptop.

What does this have to do with toy collecting, you might ask? Absolutely nothing. I just felt like venting and getting a little off-topic as I frequently do.

Wow! Universe Prowl is just so…just so…hey! Wait a minute. He actually…he actually…he actually sucks. Wow. I didn’t think he’d look that…look that…crappy.

I was always happy with my toys when I was a kid. I guess I had my “toy geek” blinders on. I never really noticed that the toys often looked bland compared to the “box/card art.” I didn’t really know what I know now.

And what do I know now? I know that most action figures look really crappy compared to their
prototypes. This isn’t anything new. This has been happening since action figures really started to get popular in the sixties and seventies. It’s just…I don’t know. I guess I didn’t realize how bad certain figures looked compared to their respective prototypes until the last Toybiz Marvel Legends hit the shelves a year or two ago. (I also noticed it with the cross-eyed Mr. Fantastic when the first Fantastic Four movie toys came out a couple of years ago but I really don’t want to get into how much that line really sucked.)

I’ve been collecting Transformers since the G1 era but I guess I never really realized how awesome the pictures of the toys looked compared to the actual products until I saw the pictures of Ultimate Bumblebee compared to the actual toy. I mean, the toy was cool and all and I actually consider it to be the holy grail of the movie series but it just doesn’t really live up to the amazing pics we all saw over the summer.

So what’s the point of all this ranting on my part? Well? I just saw some OOP pics of Universe Prowl and…wow. I can’t put my finger on just what is off on this figure compared to the amazing box art shot we got a while back but…I don’t know. It just looks really crappy.

So judge for yourselves and tell me if I’m wrong or right here. Here’s the prototype pic..

Compared to the actual toy:

Granted these are pretty small photos but…I don’t know. After seeing this HORRIBLE picture of an actual Universe Prowl figure a month or two ago I really don’t have high hopes that the Universe line will really look as great as the prototypes.

See, I would be fine with the final toys not looking as great as the prototypes if that ends up happening. It doesn’t bother me that the toys don’t really look that much like the prototypes right now. It’s the fact that they really don’t look ANYTHING NEAR as detailed or as cool as the prototypes that gets to me. Minor tweaks from the prototypes here and there are okay and are expected but…to photoshop (and I’m about 90% sure they used photoshopped colors on the prototype picture at this point) a picture and make us all think that’s what we’re going to end up with…I don’t know. That’s just a really insulting and fucked up thing for Hasbro to do to the collectors in my opinion. Instead of writing the “Final products may vary” thing next to the photos they may as well write “FINAL PRODUCTS WILL LOOK LIKE CRAPPY ‘World’s Smallest Transformers’ KOs and you are looking at a photoshopped picture now you stupid dumbass” next to any pictures they publish in toy magazines.

I mean…don’t get me wrong…I’ll probably end up buying Universe Prowl. It’s just…just once I would like to get a really articulated and detailed Prowl that really accurately represents the way the character looked in the original series. I thought it would happen with the Alternators Prowl after seeing how awesome the Binaltech version looked but…nope. We ended up with the weird color scheme for Prowl’s legs that made him look like “jean chaps” Prowl” in the end. Damn Hasbro. I think it’s almost always going to be Takara>Hasbro for me.