Thursday, June 7, 2012
Retro: G1 Cloudburst, first in a long line of Pretenders
The pictures you see here are of the actual figure I received back in 1988 or 1989, I don't really remember the experience. Why did I choose Cloudburst over the other pretenders? Probably due to my favorite color being red, but it also could have just been a lack of other options. Apparently after the 1987 line of Headmasters and Targetmasters many G1 collectors call it quits, and I'm not really sure why. Personally I feel like everything up through the Action Masters is just as much G1 as the original 1984 line but I'm sure many would disagree. Maybe people thought the Pretender concept was just taking it too far away from what Transformers were meant to be originally. Maybe it was because of the declining popularity and lack of new cartoon episodes to support the later years, I'm not really sure myself. For me personally some of my favorite figures come from these years as I was a little older and able to appreciate them more.
At any rate it took me a long time to finish off the Pretenders, partly because there were so many and partly because they are a little harder to find now due to their lack of initial popularity, but none of it would have been possible if I hadn't formed my initial connection with 'ol Cloudburst. Without him I may even have sworn off the Pretenders like so many others tend to do now.
Generation One Pretender Monsters