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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Transformers Animated Activators Dirge

I have always been a sucker for seekers. For some reason, having a lot of the same figure in different colors appeals to me. Maybe I like seeing how many different color schemes they can come up with. Maybe I am just a completist at heart. Whatever the reason is, I often find I have to stop myself from purchasing repaints of Starscream on a constant basis. Because ever since the days of Generation 1, seekers are pretty much the exact same toy.

So when it came time for the seeker party to start in Animated I decided I wasn't going to attend. It doesn't help anything that I don't really like the Animated Starscream mold. It seems clumsy and unstable to me. But I was in Target one day and I just couldn't resist the dirt cheap Sunstorm exclusive sitting on the shelves. Then when I was at Botcon I went into total Animated fever, buying up every figure I hadn't yet picked up: Sentinel Prime, Oil Slick and yes, Skywarp. Somewhere along the line I also picked up the Activator Thundercracker without really realizing it. As they say, in for a penny in for a pound, so I figured why not go ahead and get Dirge as well. Unfortunately I couldn't find the domestic release of Dirge, but I found a great deal on the Japanese one!

I do like the activator seeker mold much better than the voyager mold, since you don't have to deal with those arms getting in the way. So now I am only missing Ramjet, another Activator repaint; but since he was a Japanese exclusive it may be a while before I can find him at a good price.

Dirge and Thundercracker
You can see the major differences here between the two size classes.
Yup, still like the activator better.


  1. I agree with you - Activator > voyager. The exclusive Skywarp Activator looks really slick too.

  2. Eh, I still wish they had released more seekers in the voyager colors. :)

  3. I have the Thundercracker activator, and he is a nice figure.