Transformer toy repurposing thread

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Octavius Prime

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Starting this one off with something simple:

I'm using Kingdom Maximal Skywarp as BW Silverbolt (Magnaboss, not Fuzor, version). It's cool that BWII got a nod, but I think the set makes more sense when seen as a compliment to the other battle across time set, which has an Earth mode S1 Autobot (Mirage) and a BW version of another G1 Autobot (Grimlock). So, yes, the Kingdom eagle is the BW version of the Aerialbot leader Silverbolt.

Feel free to ignore and just go with the packaging. As an aside, he is a great toy. I was primarily interested in Sideswipe, but Skywarp/Silverbolt has taken up much more of my attention and I like it better than the Airrazor release.
 

Rhinox

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I'm convinced that Skywarp is supposed to be Silverbolt from Magnaboss.

I typically rename my third party guys and use them in my fiction as different characters. For example, my Nuclear Blast Commander is called Apex and is the first autobot phase sixer created. GT Toys Redbull is Trample.
 

lastmaximal

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Glad to have this thread back!

Currently mulling the effectiveness of assigning new names to old molds/redecos -- like Warnado (Calvin Johnson edition T30 Megatron) and Shockdrive (FOC Shockwave, perhaps with a new head).
 

Sabrblade

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I'm convinced that Skywarp is supposed to be Silverbolt from Magnaboss.
His head is colored silver with red eyes like BW Skywarp. Silverbolt's head was white with brown eyes.

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Octavius Prime

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A lot of reuses from Netflix in my collection:
Decepticon Mirage > SG Mirage
Scrapface > SG Reflector
Sparkless Bot > SG Smokescreen
Deesius Drone > SG Ironhide
Deepcover > Tigertrack
Yep. I alternately use Decepticon Mirage as...Decepticon Mirage but also a separate 'con named Phantom depending on what seems more fun at the moment. The drone is definitely SG Ironhide until we get a dedicated one. I've considered making Sparkless Bot into Barricade's former partner that he betrayed before joining the 'cons.
 

Octavius Prime

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His head is colored silver with red eyes like BW Skywarp. Silverbolt's head was white with brown eyes.

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You're right; the Kingdom toy is definitely intended to be Skywarp; The two character designs are just so similar that it doesn't matter much to me. If Skywarp had received a true deco change (to another bird species, I guess) back in BWII it'd be a different conversation.
 

CoffeeHorse

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Any BW characters with G1 names in my collection have nothing whatsoever to do with the G1 guys.

Except Ravage, but I don't have a BW Ravage yet so it doesn't really matter.
 

Noideaforaname

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Ravage was actually pretty clever given how he was already a diminutive beast Transformer. I don't see much of a point in claiming Grimlock or an entire combiner team or, god forbid, Inferno (much less "all of the above") are actually the G1 guys with those names.
 

SG_Roadbuster

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New version of the thread, so once again I'll state. If a figure becomes redundant to my collection (new better version comes out, etc) but I don't have a redeco of that mold as a different unique character (like universe 2008 Octane) ill slap some Star Seeker pirate stickers on them from Toyhax, and Yarr Harr Fiddly Dee its the pirates life for me.
 

LBD "Nytetrayn"

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I guess a conundrum I've been pondering applies here.

I almost never get revolves, but I'm looking at making a serious exception for Galvatron.

Not that I play with them in such a way that it matters anymore, but my mindset is that one will be the ancient Cybertronian warrior Galvatron, and the other will be a reformatted Megatron.

I'm just not sure which will be which... though if someone made an axe and black arm cannon for the Generations Selects version, that would certainly settle that.

Hmm... upon reflection, I guess this is less "repurposing" and more "assigning versions to portray."
 

Paladin

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Selects Ramjet is my stand-in for Slipstream until somebody wises up & gives her a wide-release mold that doesn't suck.

same goes for Netflix Mirage as Shadowstriker.
 

Sabrblade

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Restoring a previous repurposing of mine from the old forum:

Back in January 2020, I had acquired this toy, Platinum Edition "Year of the Goat" Optimus Prime:
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I acquired this toy because I was inspired by another user on this board (I forget who, shout out if you're who I'm referring to) who decided to use this toy to represent a ghost version of Optimus Prime that he wanted to put with his Masterpiece Ghostbusters Optimus toy, so that it could be a ghost for that MP Optimus to hunt. He had done something similar with other translucent TF toys, using them as more ghosts for his Ghostbusters MP Prime.

This idea of his inspired me to pick this toy up and do something similar with it. Though, while he used it as a ghost of Optimus, I have instead repurposed it as the ghost of another character, RiD 2001 Scourge (a.k.a Car Robots Black Convoy).

Especially with the silver chrome trailer, this figure just reads more as Scourge than as Optimus to me, and I am grateful that there was no name printed anywhere on this figure like there have been with past releases of it.

The idea of this figure being Scourge as a ghost also just sounds more interesting to me than it being just another Optimus toy, as I had zero interest in using this toy as Optimus.

As for the nature of this Ghost Scourge character, I envision him as something like DC's Spectre or Marvel's Ghost Rider, a spirit of divine vengeance who, after his premature demise, was given a second chance by Primus to serve as a sort of Cybertronian Grim Reaper embodying Primus's divine wrath and judgement.

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His Autobot symbols being a hybrid of the traditional one and the Year of the Goat Kanji work with this idea in that they look more like defaced/scarred/distorted versions of the normal Autobot symbol, as though Primus had attempted to return Scourge to his originally-intended faction (as he was born from a Autobot protoform that had been turned evil by Predacon spark energy) but, as a consequence of some of Scourge's personality refusing to fully return to the side of good, his insignia came out twisted and misshapen, as a sign of Scourge's unwillingness to shed all of his evil nature, meeting Primus halfway in a compromise that makes him a neutrally-aligned figure, willing to declare judgment on Autobot and Predacon alike.

Anyone wanting to use this idea can feel free to come up with their own backstory as to how and why Scourge died, but my personal backstory for this guy is that he is specifically the Scourge from the OTFCC 2004 "Shell Game" universe, who, according to Ask Vector Prime, was turned into the mindless monster Toxitron by Megazarak. The reasons I chose to make him specifically the ghost of "Shell Game" Scourge/Toxitron instead of just the ghost of the normal RiD cartoon Scourge are:
  • Around the time I got this figure, I had also acquired an OTFCC 2004 Megazarak of my own and got to thinking more about the larger story of "Shell Game" that AVP added on to it, and liked the idea of the Scourge who was turned into Toxitron getting his long overdue revenge on Megazarak in the end (see more about this further down).
  • I also wanted a way that I could have this figure and my Car Robots Black Convoy figure (who would represent the normal cartoon version of Scourge) fight each other as separate individuals coexisting at the same time as each other, without the ghost being some future version who travels back in time to fight his living self, which would doom his own existence if he kills his living self before his time. This way, it's two distinct versions of the same guy fighting each other with no paradoxes.
Following on from the fate of this version of Scourge getting turned into Toxitron, come my own new ideas:

After dying a dog's death as Toxitron, this Scourge's spark was spared by Primus, who took pity on the tortured soul after his having suffered so much in his painful existence as Toxitron. With his spark's exposure first to Megatron's Predacon spark power and then to Tox-En, Scourge's spark had mutated beyond recognition, with only Primus's divine touch able to cleanse it and finally give Scourge some sense of peace.

However, Scourge was not ready to die and insisted that his business in life remained unfinished. Having already taken pity on Scourge and sensing a strong will within him, Primus gave Scourge the choice of becoming his angel of vengeance, which would allow him to settle his score with Megazarak (whom Primus had also taken notice of), but at the cost of shedding his evil ways and serving Primus himself. Though Scourge loathed the thought of becoming a "good guy", he begrudgingly accepted since he really wanted to pay back Megazarak. Primus allowed some of Scourge's personality to remain intact, as illustrated by the distorted versions of the Autobrand he wore. But as he was also no longer fully corporeal, Scourge also had to give up his ambitions of conquest and domination.

Though, he would get to live a new "life" in which he could go on killing and torturing certain condemned sparks for all eternity, which he enjoyed. Particularly, getting to torment Megazarak for all time, following his defeat at the hands of the Autobot Defensor, sounded wonderful to Scourge. And now, he spends his existence striking down those whose time is up and who have lived lives so wicked and malicious that they deserve only the worst sentences of all, by the Scourge of Primus.


For those who prefer the Car Robots version of the character, an idea for a Japanese name of this form would be "Shadow Convoy".
 

Donocropolis

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Selects Ramjet is my stand-in for Slipstream until somebody wises up & gives her a wide-release mold that doesn't suck.

Same here. I always liked the Go-Bots "female robots don't need to have hourglass figures" approach, and I like my Seekers to have the same body type.
 

Fenix Twilight

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Any BW characters with G1 names in my collection have nothing whatsoever to do with the G1 guys.

Except Ravage, but I don't have a BW Ravage yet so it doesn't really matter.
Ravage was actually pretty clever given how he was already a diminutive beast Transformer. I don't see much of a point in claiming Grimlock or an entire combiner team or, god forbid, Inferno (much less "all of the above") are actually the G1 guys with those names.
Ravage was great the actual G1 character upgraded, him appearing was like you know the season 2 ending was going to be big.

But there's no claiming with Grimlock, he was always the G1 character proceeding Ravage, but I agree that saying every name reuse be it Iguanus, Inferno (ugh), Buzz Saw or Bonecrusher are the G1 guys gets tiring real quick.
 

lastmaximal

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Bit a small and silly idea -- just using the single-packed "Decepticon Back" Mini-Con as "Forth", and using the Decepticon Back that came with Decepticon hunter Grimlock as "Back". After all, the former has come packaged as either (still want a copy of the "Forth" packaging though), and the latter has only ever been named "Back".

The colors are swapped between them, which is a nice touch and better than just buying two of the single-packed one.
 

Andrusi

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Someone (on the old board I think?) suggested Skysledge and Stormhammer as identities for the Botropolis versions of Fuzer and Blast Master, and I think I've internalized that now.

Also, I've repurposed WFC Soundblaster back into Soundwave, but that's not really interesting to talk about.
 

RichardT519

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I've repurposed the "Seekers Sinister Strikeforce" as a version of the Cyberjets fresh out of the Decepticon Academy.

Thrust -> Hooligan
Skywarp -> Skyjack
Thundercracker -> Space Case
Starscream -> Nightwraith (original character; female, capable of passing through solid objects when flying at high velocities)
 

Confuzor

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Not so much a repurposed figure, but since Titans Return Windblade ousted the original figure from my shelf and stole her iconic sword, TR Windy's swords had to go somewhere so....Screenshot_20211015-225527_Gallery.jpg
 
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