Transformers Generations - 2012 Million Publishing Exclusive - Artfire!
This is an exclusive figure that is only a mail order available as part of the Million Publishing Generations 2012 book! He is a remold of the Universe Inferno/Solar Storm Grapple figures sold in the US.
He comes with two Targetmaster partners. Nightstick (whose name they didn’t even bother changing) was a repaint from Universe Deluxe Cyclonus’s partner. Sparks was repainted from Transformers 2010 Power Core Combiners Leadfoot’s partner Pinpointer.
Let me start off saying that Artfire has an amazing paint job!
I guess they had two choices with Artfire. Since Inferno and Grappel use the same mold, they could have gone either way making him. Option one was to use the Inferno mold as is, since remolding was apparently not an option. It wouldn’t have been as nice with it not having a ladder, but there would have been no place to put his weapon in vehicle mode.
Instead, they went with the Grappel mold. So now he is apparently a fire truck with a crane. Doesn't really make sense? The two weapons just barely can connect onto the end of the hook. At least they could have painted the crane white, but they didn’t even do that. If it looked even a little bit like a ladder, I would have been alright with it, but it doesn’t, especially with it having a hook at the end.
Overall, I would have to say this is the most disappointing of the Million Publishing Exclusives that I own. Of course as a huge fan, he needed to be next to Grapple and Inferno because the mold is really nice. Just blew it with Artfire.
This could have been a great toy, but instead ended up being pretty average except for the great paint job.
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