Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The Ark Addendum - Cab's Transform

Huzzah!  War of the Worlds, season two has arrived on DVD, so I can get back to my weekly reviews.  Exciting!  And since we're on the topic of weekly content, it's time for another Ark Addendum.  This week, I present to you (dramatic drumroll here) Cab's Transformation.

Confession time.  I never liked Cab.  I dunno why, he just never sang to me.  His design, at least, is kind of cool as a human I suppose, what with the animals and the spears and whatnot.  But as a robot, he seems a bit too lanky for my taste.  Even his action shot at the end of the transform seems lackluster to me.  Shuta and Minerva were much more relatable to me than the Prince of Kairn.  Don't even get me started on how much cooler most of the Destrons were than this fellow.  Ah, well, to each his own.  Anyone out there love Cab and want to tell me why I'm crazy?  I'd love to hear from you.


Caleb Barber said...

No, you have a point. One of the main reasons I enjoy Transformers is the diversity of the characters, the way there different personalities contrast against one another.

It's not a bad design honestly, it's just lacking that extra something. I'd say for designers, it tends to be easier to make the villains or resident bad-asses look cool, which usually means the rest get hung out to dry design wise (well not always, I don't want to generalize too much).

I think it's just as important for a character like Cab to be well represented, as much as it would be for any other character. In my opinion, there all important- it's just trickier to make a character like Cab 'interesting' in his own different way.

It could have been a conscious decision to make him thinner & less boxy, (because of his age?) it's hard to say. Personally, I think his (robot) proportions should have been a little more 'squat', closer to the toy.

Anonymous said...

It must be a letdown to the poor kid to learn that his vehicle, which dwarfs those of Shuta and Minerva, transforms into a robot exactly the same size as them.

Great to see one more gap in the file filled. Is that five out of six Junior HM transformations done as Ark Addenda now? (hint, hint.)