I love it when I get to punch a comic with a silly face. As in, the punchline to a strip. Not assaulting a comedian.
I injured my leg a while ago, which meant that the Martin of the comic injured his leg a while ago, because we wanted to make a joke about it. This comic is truer than the one that I just linked to.
Everyone knows that Masterpiece Grimlock is awesome by now. I feel like that’s a point that doesn’t need to be made here, but still is worth stressing, because it’s true. He’s just been re-released by TRU as I write this, which is how I got mine, and if you’re on the fence about him because of the changes they’ve made, consider this your cue to tip over the fence and crash down into the glorious next door’s flowerbed that is owning a giant 80s robot dinosaur.
A lot has been made about his green plastic neck, but I don’t even see the neck as being particularly green myself. Maybe if I squint at it really close up. But then again, I’m pretty red-green colourblind, so take my analysis on that with a pound of salt. His gold chrome is lush and deep, and even though he doesn’t have many paint apps, the few splashes of red, dark grey and silver chrome really make his grey plastic pop. I dunno how grey can really “pop,” and yet here we are. He’s like a big heavy diecast banana that’s just great to hold.
MP Grimlock’s transformation is the same as any other Grimlock – flip out the legs, pop the torso up, and fold the entire upper dino away into a backpack. I remember wishing the toes folded further back when I first saw pictures and videos of them, but in person, they look fine where they are. I was surprised.
I automatically assumed that I’d leave him in dinosaur mode for basically 90% of the time, but robot mode is actually really nice. I like the crown (this release doesn’t come with the tray of drinks, mind-transfer helmet or apron, but I’d have just left those in the box forever anyway).
The sword is visibly lit up from most angles when you plug it into his fist, as opposed to only a few select viewing angles like most toys with similar gimmicks. The gun won’t light up at all, though, which – I guess would be disappointing if I didn’t have the option of a LASER SWORD, so who cares? I’ve heard the original release’s gun had similar problems, regardless. It would have been nice to fix that, Hasbro, but HEY LASER SWORD.
Grimlock is one of the few Transformers characters whose name my mum remembers, because – for reasons I don’t know – she absolutely loves him. (Yes, my mum who wrote this.) I showed her this toy, and she said he looks like a kangaroo, and now I can’t unsee it.
Last year, at mine and Robert’s combined birthday party, I connected my tablet to the TV and drew a comic live. The twist was, instead of Robert and I writing it in advance, the whole party wrote it as I drew their suggestions. The result is here.
This year we did the same thing! It got meta (or, depending on your view, lazy). This comic went from conception to existence in about sixty minutes.
From left to right, the friends I depicted are David, Bayne, Jet, Andrew (yes the same Andrew who makes this website work), and Tiernan. It was weird drawing them alongside the character Martin, who looks very little like me, the Real Actual Human Martin, any more.