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Well, it's that time of year again...but unfortunately, I won't be going to the MCM Expo this October; plans are afoot to attend in May next year instead, but that's a long way off yet. So, to cheer myself up, I basically went shopping...and found me some treasures. =D
  • Unite Warriors Technobots and COMPUTRON!
These guys were a special purchase for me; I've never owned the Technobots before, and Hasbro's Combiner Wars equivalent, while appealing to some, was really not much more in my eyes than a set of glorified repaints and minor retools. Takara's UW version is vastly superior, and easily the better option for completing my collection of the classic G1 Autobot gestalts. Nosecone and Strafe are probably my favourite figures in the set, in that order - Nosecone was the figure that convinced me to pick up Takara's Computron over Hasbro's offering, whose own version of Nosecone is utterly sub-par.
Technobots - #Computron 1 by glazios | Technobots - #Computron 2 by glazios | Technobots - Scattershot R by glazios | Technobots - Scattershot V by glazios | Technobots - Afterburner R by glazios | Technobots - Afterburner V by glazios | Technobots - Lightspeed R  by glazios | Technobots - Lightspeed V by glazios | Technobots - Nosecone R by glaziosTechnobots - Nosecone V by glaziosTechnobots - Strafe R by glazios | Technobots - Strafe V by glazios |

  • Combiner Wars Protectobot Groove
An honourable mention is much-deserved by Takara's Deluxe-class Protectobot Groove, whom I picked up to complete my collection of the Protectobots proper. Honestly, I'm really not fond of the Legends-class version; though it does score points for being more in-scale with the other 'bots, it's much too simple for me, and Groove deserves his traditional place as Defensor's right shin. You'll notice that Takara repurposed Groove to make the Technobot Afterburner - a fine figure in its own right!
| CW Deluxe Protectobot Groove (Robot Mode) by glaziosCW Protectobot Groove (Vehicle Mode) by glazios | CW Protectobots - Group by glazios | CW Protectobots - G1 Defensor w/ Rook by glaziosCW Protectobots - Groove w/ Defensor by glazios |

  • TFC Toys HERCULES
Now this is the coup de grâce, boys and girls! This purchase was a very long time in the waiting! I've had my eye on this set since the individual figures began to appear a few years ago, but until now I've been unable to justify the inordinate expense of acquiring this fantastic Third-Party collection; that changed last week when I discovered a fine gent parting with his own set on eBay for an incredibly reasonable price (as opposed to the usual aftermarket price this set tends to go for, which is near-enough the same as it would sell for mint in sealed box! It's insane how expensive this set still is, so long after its original release!), and I decided it would be properly mental of me to pass up this exceptional opportunity to lay my grubby mitts on this truly amazing set. TFC Toys' HERCULES is a literal benchmark in the Third-Party Transformers collecting scene, representing the first time a relatively small indie company dared to produce a set of figures, capable of combining together, completely independent of any Hasbro product.
Now, what I mean by this is, Hercules and his six component figures are stand-alone entities - they're not upgrade kits, and they don't require any official Hasbro product in-order to function. They are literally TFC's very own take on the Constructicons and their gestalt, the mighty Devastator. And this thing is an absolute BEAST! It's massive! And lest we forget, this was the first time any Third-Party had ever attempted to produce something so ambitious - before Hercules, no Third-Party company had ever attempted to tackle a combiner team, much less to produce their own take, completely independent of Hasbro's own products. Hercules was not only a roaring success, but it also set the precedent for other indie companies to follow...and follow they did. TFC has much in the way of competition these days, many having produced combiner sets of their own that have surpassed the quality and sheer awesomeness that is represented in Hercules - but it remains incredibly sought-after, because this was the set that set the standard; with Hercules, TFC laid the groundwork for others to build on, a foundation for others say, "This is what we need to beat," and it's a hell of a mountain to climb.
Interestingly, included in the lot with the figures themselves was TFC's own official upgrade set for Hercules, The Rage of Hercules, which introduced additional parts that allow the figures to combine in a slightly different way, and alters the gestalt form by lifting the shoulders, giving it new forearms and a new head design, including an angry face for accentuating more aggressive poses, and generally giving the gestalt mode a more Generation 1-accurate appearance, which many collectors clamoured for during Hercules' production run, as the sandard configuration is based in Devastator's design as he appears in IDW's Transformers comics. I prefer the IDW design myself, but that's not to say I don't appreciate the additional options for display that the Rage kit brings to the table, as the new pieces can also be used by the individual Constructicons to tool up their robot modes with some serious firepower.
| TFC Constructicons - Group (Robot Mode) by glaziosTFC Constructicons - Group (Vehicle Mode) by glazios | TFC Hercules 1 by glazios | TFC Hercules 2 by glazios | TFC Hercules - Rage Kit 1 by glazios | TFC Hercules - Rage Kit 2 by glazios |

At the time of my writing this, there is still one recent acquisition I've made that has yet to arrive on my doorstep, so stay tuned - the package is running a few days overdue, but I'm hoping it will show up before this weekend is out. I'll update this post with a rundown on my impressions and some pictures of this one when it arrives -- and take my word for it: this one's going to be every bit as worth the waiting-for as Hercules has been for me, these last few years.

Keep 'em peeled, people!
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