Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Million Publishing Runamuck & Dogfight


Million Publishing Runamuck

So having done Runabout as a Japanese exclusive that sold out so quickly it was untrue, it couldn't get worse for Runamuck's availability ...... could it?

Yup. He and a repaint of Powerglide as Dogfight were offered as the mail away exclusives for the Japanese Generations 2015 book. There's been a number of these and they are never cheap, generally going for about $90-$100 per offering from BBTS. I've been tempted by several but the only one I have is Shouki who was offered by HLJ sometime after the book's release.

Fortunately I got lucky in this pair: I paid for them in early June and the cost was significantly cheaper than I'd estimated then I dodged customs on the package containing them and the Titans Return Legends Wave 2.

Runamuck is Runabout with the black plastic recast in white. The eyes are the only paint ops that stay red with the windows turning black and the other highlights becoming yellow. Decepticon symbols are in exactly the same place and the same size. He comes with an Adventures sticker on his chest/rear window but, like his brother, that didn't stay on long on mine!

I like him but he's not setting my world on fire. I certainly wouldn't want to leave a toy this white in direct sunlight! Like Adventures Runabout I feel the solid colour could have done with being broken up, like it was for the TFCC version. I don't have a red upper legs, back & spoiler frame for Runabout but the temptation to swap parts with Rodimus is very great with this one.


Future Repaints

As I've said above, I would very much like to see both Runamuck and Runabout redone with the upper legs, body and spoiler taking the secondary colours from the original toys, orange and red respectively.

It feels odd asking for this one but I think this toy would work as a Bumblebee, in a similar way to the Classics/Legends of Cybertron version. We've not had a Bumblebee in Combiner Wars and it would go nicely with Optimus Prime in a similar way to how Minicon Sparkplug (Micron Bumblebee in Japan) does with Armada Optimus Prime.

It would be nice to see the Legends Triggerbots completed with an Orange & Black repaint of Blackjack as Backstreet.


Million Publishing Dogfight

Having repainted Combiner Wars Groove, surplus to requirement in Japan, as Transformers Adventure Override alongside Transformers Adventures Runabout it made sense for Runabout's repaint Million Publishing Runamuckto also be accompanied by one of Override's Triggerbot team mates. But which one? Backstreet would have probably meant another Blackjack repaint so Dogfight won.

Runabout & Override were both Japanese exclusives that sold out so quickly it was untrue, it couldn't get worse for Runamuck & Dogfight's availability ...... could it?

Yup. They were offered as the mail away exclusives for the Japanese Generations 2015 book. There's been a number of these and they are never cheap, generally going for about $90-$100 per offering from BBTS. I've been tempted by several but the only one I have is Shouki who was offered by HLJ sometime after the book's release.

Fortunately I got lucky in this pair: I paid for them in early June and the cost was significantly cheaper than I'd estimated then I dodged customs on the package containing them and the Titans Return Legends Wave 2.

There's two plane moulds in the Legends line and neither of them look much like the original Dogfight. The Generations Starscream mould, extensively repainted as other Strike Planes in the west, was passed over in favour of the Combiner Wars/Adventures Powerglide mould. About the only things linking Dogfight & CW Powerglide are that they're planes and there's a vague weapons connection: original Dogfight had spring loaded gun pop out and Powerglide turns into a gun. A tenuous connection at best, as the plane designs are totally different Dogfight being a Grumman X-29 and Powerglide an A-10 Thunderbolt. If anything should be used for Dogfight it's Cyberjet Spacecase and now I think of it, it surprises me that repaint hasn't been done!

Another problem is the colour: Dogfight is blue and there's already been a Blue Powerglide, the GI Joe Homage Viper (Spacecase has never been repainted as any version of the GI Joe Grunman, the Conquest either! Sort it out Hasbro, cash left in GI Joe and Transformer fans wallets!) Putting the two toys next to each other I can see that Viper's blue, used on parts that were red on Powerglide, is significantly darker than Dogfight's though. Viper's grey, also grey on Powerglide, is now a pale Energon blue but interestingly the forearms and hands are now cast in the dark blue plastic. The head, chest and tail fins are all painted pale blue with the visor in a third blue and the faceplate in red. He comes with an Adventures sticker on his chest but, as with all the more Generations inclined Adventures toys I removed it as soon as I got the toy. This one was slightly more adhesive than most and I'm almost regretting takingit off as his chest is now an acre of pale blue without it! The wings have some silver & red stripes on them with an Autobot symbole on top of those.

It's a nice toy, my fourth Powerglide, but only the colours really says Dogfight to me.


Future Repaints

GI Joe provides us with an obvious choice in the Tiger Rat or the Thunderbolt but any of Joe's other repaint schemes like Night Force, Python Patrol or Sky Patrol would be good.

Powerglides have a couple of repaints during Transformers: the original became the grey and blue E-Hobby Badboy while the DOTM Cyberverse Commander became the green Ultimate Gift Set Powerglide which I need!

Then there are a number of other Transformer A-10s: the blue Micromaster Tailwind and his white and red repaint Hothouse plus Cybertron gives the white and grey/black Wingsaber and the camouflage Jetfire. For more options See the A-10 list on TFWiki,

2 comments:

  1. I'm well aware of the forthcoming Legends BB(Definitely Legends - Legion is the smaller size) and you can see pictures at http://news.tfw2005.com/2016/07/21/san-diego-comic-con-2016-hasbro-transformers-breakfast-event-pictures-319773

    However it's a new mould and the point I was making was that the Blackjack/Rodimus/Runamuck/Runabout toy would look good in yellow as BB

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