Before he was Drift, he was Deadlock. Before he was the sword-wielding Autobot spiritualist we all know and love, he was a gun-toting Decepticon enforcer who made life hell for any Autobot that crossed his path.
Drift is the honorable samurai bounty hunter from the new Transformers: Robots in Disguise animated TV show. He sports a brilliant orange and black color scheme and is highly posable. Easily the best figure of the Robots in Disguise line so far, Drift will fit nicely into anyone’s collection!
Welcome to Hoist’s Top Ten Transformers series! In these articles, I will be showing off the top ten transformers figures from my collection. The top ten from each toy line will be chosen and the series will culminate in an overall top ten. This Generations list includes all of the lines that more-or-less homage the original characters (commonly called CHUG for Classics, Henkei, United, Generations) but also includes lines such as the RTS (Reveal The Shield) line. Also, even though the War for Cybertron (WFC) and Fall of Cybertron (FOC) figures were released under the Generations line, I felt there were enough of them to warrant a list of their own. This was a very difficult line to narrow down to just a top ten partly because there are just so many that fall into this category, but also because there are so many fantastic figures. I know that I have left out a lot of great figures and I also know that if I were to make this list again in a few months, it’s highly likely that it would look different. In fact, one of the figures that made this list has only been in my collection for about a week! Let’s get to the list! Continue reading
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Something You’re Disappointed With
I’m disappointed with the Circle of Light. The crew winds up on Luna 1 and manages to rescue what was left of the Circle and then they react like this:
Talk about gratitude! If it weren’t for all those dysfunctional, cracked-in-the-head bots on the Lost Light, every single one of the Circle would have been melted down and used for raw material to build more Legislators. Then they go and act all holier-than-thou like this! I think even Drift would have been disappointed had he been there.
An Opinion That’s Changed Since You Started Reading
It took me a while to figure this one out since I pretty much go with the flow. As it is, this isn’t so much a change of opinion as it is a new concept that I have grown to like: Conjunx Endura or relationships in general.
In the vast history of Transformers, interpersonal relationships between bots is usually of a professional nature in that we generally only see them as part of a military-type unit. Sure, it got touched on in G1 in those couple of episodes when we met Elita-One, Chromia, Firestar and Moonracer and it was hinted at in pretty much any scene Acree was in with Springer or Hot Rod in the movie or Season 3, and got played up WAY too much in Beast Wars with the whole Silverbolt and Blackarachnia courtship. Still, the relationships didn’t get as much attention as it has in MTMTE. I think that has to do with the fact that a lot of people tend to think of these bots as male and these relationships are shown between two bots that are identified as male and that brings up connotations of homosexuality. Primus, I can’t believe I’m writing about this, but I already started so I guess i have to finish. Anyway, while humans identify bots as having a gender, they technically do not and since there is no gender and thus no sexual relations, there are neither homosexual nor heterosexual relationships between Cybertronians. These conjunx endura relationships are more like a best friend relationship.
Obviously the most popular of these relationships (and the one that I think sparked the most controversy) is between Chromedome and Rewind.
While it may have been controversial at one point, I think everyone came to accept it and it was their relationship that made Rewind’s death so tragic. We’ve seen countless bots die over the course of the many series but there haven’t been many that have had the effect that Rewind’s did on the fandom.
Other relationships that have driven great stories include the evolution of Cyclonus and Tailgate:
Another relationship on the Lost Light that never had much of the spotlight in the comic was between Rodimus and Drift:
Rodimus even explained their relationship in the most recent issue, Issue #26 (Dark Cybertron #8) when we was explaining to Orion Pax how he felt guilty for letting Drift take the blame for Overlord. He simply mentioned that he let his best friend take the blame. Of course we all know that was Drift.
I think this is what makes this particular comic great and really stand out above almost any other Transformers fiction. Sure, we all love the giant alien transforming robot battles and we always will, but there’s only so many ways to depict warring factions battling each other. Once these additional layers are added to the characters, the possibilities become endless and it keeps the fandom ravenously waiting for the next issue (and toy).
A Character You Want To See More Of
Obviously, there should be more Hoist. I mean he’s barely been in the comic. At least he got his own Spotlight comic. That’s more than some other ‘bots can say!
But I’m really missing Drift. Unlike so many others, he didn’t get killed off; he just got banished. That means that it won’t take too much of a leap to bring him back to the crew. Here’s an idea:
In the prose story at the end of issue 21 – the one where the stop Tyrest and his Killswitch – Drift to Rodimus that he needed to take the blame for Overlord because Rodimus is too important. Drift mentioned his vision that something is coming and it won’t be able to be stopped unless they find the Knights of Cybertron. Enter the Dark Cybertron story. While everyone else is busy with the Necrotitan, Metroplex or in the Dead Universe, Drift keeps searching for the Knights. When all seems lost, he shows up, Great Sword in hand and the Knights of Cybertron in tow and unties with everyone else to stop Shockwave, Nova Prime and their crew.
I doubt that would happen because then what would the Lost Light do afterward with the Knight Quest over?
A Badass Scene
How do you choose just one? How about pick the scenes that the other bots in the story thought were badass?
Swerve and Tailgate are certainly fans of this one; Whirl, not so much. But then again it’s Whirl – he’s pretty badass himself. He’s just hard to impress.
“But wait,” you say, “that’s in a story being told by Chromedome! That doesn’t count!” Well I say it does! But to play by another set of rules in which flashbacks don’t count, try this on for size:
Drift and Skids are clearly Rodimus fanbots on this one, though Rung seems unimpressed. Actually, I think he’s just in shock after having just been used for bait. You just can’t please everyone, even if you’re Rodimus.
Least favorite character on the Lost Light crew.
The unknown guy that hits Drift over the head with a pipe after he was banished for bringing Overlord on board.
It’s perfectly understandable for the crew to be upset since they don’t know the whole story. But we do. At this point we already knew that Chromedome and Brainstorm were in on it as well (and the Duobots – Shock and Ore – but they’re already dead). Of course, later on, we find out that there were others that were involved with bringing Overlord on board too and that Drift willingly took the blame to spare the others. That was very noble and I hope that it’s not the last we see of Drift.