Last weeks Discussion of the Week centered around how good the depictions of cartoon and TV show based toys are. Various incarnations of the Transformers seemed to get the majority of votes. We asked which had the best show likenesses and here are some of the highlights.
“I think Transformers Animated did a GREAT job. Mattel took more articulation away from their JLU figures to match the animated aesthetic more, but Hasbro managed to maintain the highly styalized(arguably the most styalized Transformer designs ever conceived and translated into plastic) designs from Animated and managed to retain full articulation on all of the figures. This is rare in my book and Animated has had a strong following, both for the show, and toyline. It’s rather unfortunate that we never got to see Omega Supreme and other fan-favorites in the toyline. It is one of the series that will be sorely missed, I can’t say the same for any of the Armada trilogy series(which although popular depending on who you talk to, in my opinion lacked a strong story, something which Animated had).
Animated was a labor of love and definitely one of the better TF series in the past 10 years.“
“Japanese toys tend to scream accuracy, but they are also a more collector driven market, so I’ll exclude them from my choices first.
After that, I’d have to say Transformers Animated, followed by GI Joe 25th Anniversary figures, and then Inhumanoids.
These have the best mesh of accuracy to articulation and detailing for animation property toys.“
“TF ANimated did a great job as far as newer toys are concerned. I don’t think however there’s one line only that stands above the rest, plenty others have done a good job via accurate representation.“