Here we have as we all know as Blaster. He is made by Takara Device Label series. He was cancelled once and a lot of talk that he wasn't going to get released. He was originally called Blaster but due to the loss of the copyright he is called Broad Blast. Where do they come up with these names??!! In 2010, Takara ended up releasing him with changing the wiring so that the USB hub can be used in robot mode also. I let him sit for a year until I saw the prices start to drop and pick him up at the beginning of the year for dirt cheap! The whole classics line brought new interest in the G1 inspired toys, and without a Blaster to the line up, you have no choice but to pick him up. There was a Blaster that was released as part of the classics series but his alternate mode was a "bomber" and came with mini-con Blockrock....Not the same.
Blaster is supposed to have the ability to hold cassette tape bots. That is the G1 Blaster that we all know. He was the answer to the Decepticon's Soundwave who can also deploy cassette tape bots.
Blaster now transformers into a laptop but is a fully functional USB hub. You can even stick in original G1 cassettes into his chest when he's in bot mode.
He has four USB full sized ports that are easily accessible but are fairly close to each other which can cause problems for fitting in multiple USB sticks. They defiantly didn't keep in mind to use him as a USB hub. Which is ok with me because he is going to sit with the other classics boyz.
The keys are not labelled but are nicely sculpted and cannot be pushed in. The speakers are also made very nicely.
His hand is a standard 5mm post so he can hold most standard Transformers weapons BUT none are included with Blaster. What a bummer because G1 Blaster has that nice huge rifle.
In my opinion I think Blaster fits comfortably in my classics line.
It's neat to have a transforming USB hub but the novelty ends soon and not many people have the need for a USB hub. Blaster isn't a fun toy, and if he is more than $60 I woudn't even bother looking at him unless you are in dire need of completeling your classics line. If Hasbro/Takara releases a real Blaster to the line at a deluxe price, then this guys value is going to plumment. Since it's hard to predict what Hasbro/Takara will release, I suggest picking up Device Label Blaster if you find him for under $60. I did and he looks great in bot mode with the rest of my Classics toys.
Once again I've been MIA. It's been moving month for me. Got a new place, bigger, better, and most importantly a room for my transformers!! I know I laugh when I hear the words "Plastic Crack" but it's real. I live it everyday! I'm always looking for new ones no matter what year or bots I'm looking for! It's an expensive addiction and thankfully the girlfriend, family, and friends support it. A lot of them encourage it.
I've forgotten how huge my collection is. We started out by thinking we can have a guest bed in the room....hahaha yeah right! I've been working on the room here and there for a few weeks and I'm not even close to having room for a bed in there. What was I thinking?! This weekend it comes out! Here is the progress so far of my new "Vault" room.
Finally got around to play with this guy! Let me start off by saying that he is just as amazing as the original Optimus Prime. The color tones give him that dark side of making him of the Nemesis Prime we all know.
The robot mode is perfect! He has some serious weight to him. In fact he is made from more metal than plastic. If I were to guess he is about 70% metal! Everything moves on him like the original Prime, even his mouth moves!!!
His chest Opens up to reveal the Matrix which can be removed and opened up a bit. There is a button located on his left shoulder that lights the Matrix of Leadership!! He is very detailed!
As for the head of Prime as I indicated the mouth moves but there is one thing that concerns me and it may concern you too when you get yours. The Head of Prime is connected by this like ball and socket like joint that allows the head to turn all sorts of ways and look all around but it is like very small and thin. There has been a couple of times that I pulled the head off by mistake. SO BE CAREFUL!! I like the energy axe. Megatron's gun mode confuses me a bit, as to why he comes with him. It's cool but doesn't make sense to me. VERY detailed though. I like the Laser rifle. It's perfect for Nemesis Prime but not for the original. They used the same gun for both.
He also has two communicators on each arm. One has Optimus Prime and the other has Rodimus Prime.
Nemesis Prime (or Black Convoy) would be not only a great challenge for an iconic leader such as Optimus Prime but a great addition to your collection and well worth every penny.
Me? I'm a Transformaniac through and through. I've been collecting for over 20 years and my collection is starting to outgrow "The Vault"! I collect, maintain and refurbish my Transformers and I am always looking for new (and old) ones to add to my 900+ plus collection. Feel free to check out my collection, as it's ever-growing and I'll be updating my blog with new Transformers as soon as I get them.