Showing posts with label Swoop. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Swoop. Show all posts

Monday, 6 October 2014

The Team

Transformers Animated Dinobots Grimlock Snarl Slag Swoop Autobots Hasbro Takara Toys Action Figures

Transformers typically means G1 to me, but nowadays the brand is all but defined by how many different versions there are, whether that's Aligned Continuity, the Bayformers, IDW, or however else the story has been told. I still haven’t even watched all of Beast Wars, let alone journeyed into the world of Transformers: Animated. However, when the Emcat got me an Animated Voyager Grimlock for our first Christmas together I knew that I had a new sub line to collect… 

Ladies and Gentlemen: The Dinobots.

I am a fairly rubbish collector. I mean, I’m miles better at it than your average man on the street, but I have such a wide range of interests and, at least for the last few years, such a meagre disposable income that I’ve found completing pretty much any planned focus difficult – hence why TMNT Classics Michelangelo and Leonardo are still wondering where their brothers are...

The Dinobots however are a team that demand completing; especially when one of their members is Swoop, a toy that was unavailable in the UK during the days of G1. Animated presented the chance to collect a complete version of the powerhouse Autobot team, and after that Christmas Day I obtained Swoop and Snarl (not Slag) in fairly short order.

These Dinobots have stayed with me through every house move, every car boot sale, every action figure purge, because they represent the success of a focus, however small. It doesn't matter how clumpy and inarticulate Snarl is, or how frequently Swoop’s head pops off – these robots make a mean looking red, grey, blue and gold team; and one that deserves to be kept together.

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Dinobots & Time-Management

Eater of robot fish!
August! July was a busy month, the busiest the Mos Espa collection has seen, in fact - I made 15 posts and the blog was visited over 500 times, which is pretty astounding for my small little corner of the web. I'd just like to say thanks to everyone who visits here, and I hope you like what you've seen enough to visit again!

Giver of robot glares!
I managed to get some pictures of Swoop before the English summer turned into a deluge again. My attention's gone the way of robots and dinosaurs recently; therefore the Dinobots are the ideal fit. Zoids would work as well, but unfortunately I'm fresh out. I had Zoidzilla when I was a kid. He was awesome.

An awesome robot.
I just went on a Flickr rampage for Zoids photos, when I was meant to be saying: 'I'm still busy with freelance work, but I have some cool stuff planned for the weeks ahead. Stay tuned!'

I think that says it all. Back to the keyboard!

Sunday, 22 January 2012

The Flyest of them All...

Quick lighting set-up and session to showcase my favourite Dinobot, who just so happens to double as one of my favourite TF toys in general...

The edge around the chain isn't as clean as I'd like, but as it was only a quick set-up I can let it go. I'm happy with the lighting and the depth of field created artificially with a bit of gaussian blur(r); next time I'll make a better effort with the flooring though - it does look kinda like ol'Swoop is stood in a cardboard tree house.

Thursday, 10 June 2010


And on a similar theme...

Again, Swoop takes focus. What can I say that I haven't said already about my personal favourite robotic transforming pterodactyl? The Wheeljack Alternator is completely lush, combining my love of Mustangs with Transformers - perfect. Even though he is a bitch to transform! And the Bumblebee (Goldbug?) is a Legends mini-bot, and belongs to Emma.

If I was Decepticon Communication Officer and I was this outnumbered, I'd give up too... This is my vintage G1 Soundwave, pretty worse for wear and in need of repair. It was a gift from a friend, and I think it's going to become a bit of a restoration project for me.

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Slight Change of Tack... DINOBOT ATTACK!

As my obsessions shift every now and again, I find it hard to stick to one particular theme. And so, on a different note (but from the same album), I present... The Dinobots!

Transformers Animated Dinobots Swoop Grimlock Snarl

I had no choice but to start with Swoop, as he's my favourite; in fact, when I was a kid I made up a song about him. I still remember the words, but they will never be published. The G1 Swoop was impossible to find when it was out (edit: this may explain why) and I never had it, so when the Emcat got me the Transformers Animated Grimlock for Christmas, it didn't take me long to make amends...

Transformers Animated Dinobots Grimlock Snarl

Snarl used to be called Slag, and it's a name he's going to keep in my collection. Since the Dinobots were reduced in number for the animated line, I can understand why the moniker Snarl was used instead - it's cooler sounding, and potentially less offensive to us sensitive Brits... Don't get me wrong though, if Sludge and Slag/Snarl/whatever they call him are also re-designed/released, I'll be all over them.

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