Action Pose – Weirdwolf: Headmaster

Headmasters are my favorite subline of Tranformers. Even though I don’t have much interest in seeing more than a few clips of the Japanese show, I do like their idea of tiny robots and transtectors, so that’s how I have them IMPC.

But one thing the animation tends to get wrong is how cool they could transform. Part of that is just Japanese super robot stock footage being to blame, and partly crappy G1 era animation.

A Headmaster should do more than just fly up and transform off screen.

They should do something cool.

 

Batroc would make a great Headmaster.

 

I’ve already posted about how a Headmaster gets up there in the first place, as well as one initiating a sentai leap for transformation, but I like to think of this as the head transforming the other way, back from head to little bot.

It’s mid flip and about to kick some ass. :)

 

So, dear readers, do you prefer Headmasters to be an organic symbiosis or just little robots with bigger bodies? If Weirdwolf kneels down, is he on his knees or still on his feet?

Leave a comment and let me know! And don’t forget you can share the awesome with your friends using the symbiotic links below!

~Matt Booker

5 thoughts on “Action Pose – Weirdwolf: Headmaster

  1. Well, the G1 cartoon is the only canon that matters, so Headmasters are Cybertronians with Nebulans in their heads. I’d love to see updated Headmaster toys where the TF keeps their own head, but can stow it in their chest when they merge with their Nebulan partner. Plugging in the Nebulan would cause additional weapons to spring out, the justification being that the Nebulan controls the extra weapons while the TF handles the running around stuff.

  2. That makes me think of the minicon gimmick from Armada, which I’m not a fan of. When there needs to be room for spring loaded gimmicks with pop out weaponry, there tends to be less room for articulation and transformation.

    From a fiction standpoint, I prefer to think that a sentient robot with built-in weaponry would just treat those weapons like extra appendages. Aiming and firing a chaingun would be like pointing your finger at something. That’s why I don’t like the whole ‘human alliance’ angle, and the same with Targetmasters that somehow help them aim better.

    I do think they can do some cool story stuff from the angle of two minds merging, but toy-wise I like them as little robots piloting bigger bodies. :)

    That the G1 Rebirth episodes were even worse than G1 Season 3 probably doesn’t help either. I can usually watch G1 with a mix of nostalgia and lulz, but the episodes with the Headmasters were too awful to even have in the background while doing other stuff.

    So most of my Headmasters nostalgia comes from playing with the toys as a kid, and I just think its a cool concept. :)

    ~Matt Booker

  3. I agree with the gimmicry comment. And same for built in combiner pieces, as figures can be much better without that angle. As for the Nebulans…. crap, that has to HURT.

  4. Have you considered Smartrobin/Brainstorm? Code/Chromedome did about as much for me as it did you, (i.e. very little to make me want it) but Quadruple U/Weirdwolf and Smartrobin/Brainstorm are another story.

  5. Brainstorm, Hardhead, Mindwipe, and Nightbeat are my favorite Headmasters (and the ones I had as a kid), so FP Brainstorm was one I was really looking forward too.

    I think I like FP Weirdwolf a bit better, but FP Brainstorm is still awesome. The transformation is one of the best I’ve seen on a tiny plastic giant robot. :)

    ~Matt Booker

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