Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Ark Addendum - Metalhawk's Transform; The Field Manual!

Busy week for me!  I've moved out of Los Angeles... more or less.  Actually, I've only removed my person from the environs, my stuff won't follow me for a few more days.  But I've not headed down to Albuquerque yet, no.  I'm in New York, visiting family in advance of my brother's wedding.  After that, breeze over to New Mexico, close on my new house, and then maybe settle down to some writing.

This week's Addendum is Metalhawk's Transformation.  Martin, you missed this one!  This well and truly DOES finish off my Masterforce Pretender transformations.  Not a bad one to go out on, is he.  Metalhawk is the Cybertron leader for the first part of Masterforce, until Ginrai takes up the mantle.  He's also one of the handful of Japanese exclusive molds to the Masterforce line (along with, from memory, God Bomber, Overlord, Browning, and some new tooling on Ginrai, Grand Maximus, and Black Zarak.)  His die-cast metal bits made him stand out, as these had largely been abandoned by the tail end of 1986.

YO JOE!!!   The G.I. Joe Field Manual: Volume 1 hits stores TOMORROW! Get on down to your local comic book shop and pick up a copy.  I'll post an official reaction thread, and I'd surely love to hear your thoughts.

For those of you who missed it, this is my compilation of G.I. Joe animation models from the 1983-1985 period.  That includes both mini-series as well as season one.  From Ace to Zap, from the A.S.P. to Zartan, it's a more than comprehensive guide to the G.I. Joe cartoon covering the Joe team, Cobra, and plenty of guests.  M.A.S.S. Device? Check!  Weather Dominator? Don't you know it! Honda Lou West?  But of course! Oktober Guard? I'd be remiss otherwise.
en abandoned by the tail end of 1986.


D.M said...

"YO JOE!!! The G.I. Joe Field Manual hits stores TOMORROW!"

Buh-whaaa...?! But it sez September 11, 2012. :\

Jimtron said...

Well, Amazon may not get them for a bit (or they may, sometimes their system is just out of date.) But Diamond ships to comic book shops tomorrow.

Carcass said...

It will be a pleasure to review this 'colouring book' on my website. Stay tuned.

Anonymous said...

Metalhawk, awesome!

OK yeah, I sort of missed him, but I don't think of him as being in the same team/class as the other Pretenders, on account of his toy being in a different style.

I could also say you've missed Doubleclouder, Overlord, the Godmaster jets (you've done them combining) and the Horrorcons... though I'm not sure if they appeared in the Japanese cartoon series?


Jimtron said...

Hmmm... let's see. I don't think I have Doubleclouder or Overlord. I'm pretty sure I do have the Darkwing bros. Horrorcons, I'll have to check. Could go either way.

Roadstripe said...

The Horrorcons did appear in Headmasters, I know.

Arguably, if you want to complete the Targetmasters, you could add transforms for Hot Rod, Kup, Blurr, Cyclonus, Scourge, Jazz (doubling for Ricochet), and Inferno (standing in for Artfire). :p And Arcee for the Headmasters with bodies, of course. :P Did any of the transtector-less heads have any transform sheets?

I know you did a rough version of Buster's transform on a previous installment (Darkwings' Extras), but it was tiny in comparison with the other transform sequences. Considering you don't have Doubleclouder or Overlord, that still leaves God Ginrai (you have Ginrai, his trailer, and Super Ginrai) and, arguably, Godbomber.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on another fine release! I've been looking forward to this one for some time.