I don't understand this "Hasbro Kup is too boxy" thing? It's a sculpt of IDW Kup, and the only part of him that's boxier than it ought to be are his biceps, which have to be that way for alt-mode. Boxy forearms and shoulders are on-model for him.
You could theoretically defend it in that way. In rough description, if someone had only heard of IDW Kup, as you suggested about the corrected face sculpt, and had never seen a picture, I could see how they could result in something like this.
His arms are noodles of brick. I wouldn't really care how accurate it is to one particular artist's take on one particular design for him (which it demonstrably isn't, but yes, the idea is there) it looks crap. It doesn't look great on the rare occasion he's actually drawn that way, either. The lack of paint only makes matters worse.
To me, the worst part is how his fists just continue the planes of his forearm. It looks hopelessly static and toyetic, like it's all one piece and his fingers have just been sculpted into the end of the block. If there was color contrast, that'd help, but no luck on that front, either - the sea-foam green isn't a prominent color elsewhere on his top half, but is monotonously applied over the whole arm and emphasizes the brick-noodle as an entity.
Neither of these things is true in the comic character, particularly because he is not a toy and can move his hands.
Or for another angle, Springer, Ultra Magnus, and Skids are all really great-looking sculpts whether or not you've read the comics they're based on, because even if you wanted them as G1 versions, they're really snazzy takes on the designs.
So it's both the fact that as a plastic execution, it's crap, with the deco working hard to bring out the failings of the sculpt in translating the comic design into something that doesn't scream "I'm a cheap toy", and also that it's basically the worst Kup design to have started from in the first place to actually make an appealing toy from.
Combine that with his existing apparent improper storage of his extremities
And you have a singularly and fantastically unappealing toy on your hands that really needs to be remembered alongside Hasbro Blurr as a crime against a decent base mold.
I must be the only person on the planet who prefers Legends Hot Rod's chest.
That I don't get. Desperately needs a layer of silver backing.
Edited by Copper Bezel, 29 September 2017 - 11:05 AM.