So, I'm perusing the news section of Seibertron.com, as I often do, and what do I spy but some listings for upcoming Sounblaster / Twincast Encore releases. Ho hum, already got em... wait a moment! What's this? They come with new cassettes? Sweet! Twincast gets redecos of Ravage and Steeljaw, with weapons swapped, kinda neat. And Soundblaster... Wowzes! Soundblaster comes with redecos of Frenzy in all red as 'Enemy' and Ratbat gets an orange redeco as 'Wingthing!'
Let me explain. Wingthing, if you don't know, was the little animal companion that came with Action Master Soundwave. He was an orange and black little winged demon thing that turned into a gun. Not bad, but nothing special either. Still, Soundwave has always had a menagerie of animals, so why not one more.
Flashback to me working on The AllSpark Almanac II. Derrick Wyatt gave me some of his late sketches, drawings, and brainstorming. One of them is a pretty neat drawing of three Laserbeak repaints: one in blue, one in black and gold, one in orange. Well, nifty! I could do a page with them. I came up with a story for them, ran it by Derrick, added his notes
(Originally I had it explicit that they didn't have sparks, unlike Laserbeak and Ratbat. Derrick rightly pointed out that it was better to leave that ambiguous.) Still, one page with three of the same image and nothing else seemed off to me. So, I looked at Ratbat. What could I repaint him as that would make sense? There hadn't ever been a redeco of the Ratbat toy, nor a generic based on him. Hmmm... Ah, yes, of course! My old pal Wingthing! So, colored her, wrote up a bio, and we get another piece of canon to enjoy.
So, when I see that TakaraTomy is running with my idea, I get a warm and gushy feeling inside. Might they have done it anyway? Of course, I'm not that big an ego maniac. But I can't help but feel that I had a big part to play in this deco.
Naturally, I'll be picking up a copy.
(BTW, Wiki folks, yes, I know that a lot of you guys are pretty stoked about Enemy. I'm happy for you, but it's not my thing.)