Movieformers: Hasbro says "Meh, good enough."

Considering how much of a Godawful mess the live-action movies are, the toyline they support is similarly flawed. On the one hand, they are, for the most part, amazingly well engineered, and as faithful to their prototypes as can be done. On the other, Hasbro skimped on the deco to the point they're practically unpainted. It's amazed me on more than one occasion how a bit of drybrushing completely changes the look of these figures, making a drab lump of plastic seemingly come to life. This one will be fairly pic heavy, so I'm linking the character's name to their sideshow, and just including a couple pics as a teaser.

The '07 line:

Optimus Prime

On the robot mode I painted the arms, hands, pelvis and legs black, then drybrushed silver, and added blue details where needed. For the vehicle mode I used Bare-Metal foil on the bumper, air cleaners, boxes, and trim. The fuel tanks are painted black and drybrushed silver, and then Reprolabels decal set was added.

Ironhide

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Ironhide got detail work in silver, copper, blue and black. I also added new stacks and the Reprolabels set.

Ratchet

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Ratchet is probably the worst offender in missing paint aps. I did the usual paint black and silver drybrush on his arms, legs and upper chest, but the vehicle mode is subject to a massive Reprolabels set.

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Barricade

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Barricade needed his arms and legs painted silver, the Reprolabel set, and I did Jin Saotome's light bar mod as well.

Blackout and Skorponok

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Blackout is totally repainted with FS36118, with black, silver and steel details. I also repainted his little buddy, which was a pain given that Scorponok is made of PVC, which doesn't like enamel paints. I finally got the idea to use a base coat of either acrylic or lacquer first, then follow with black, steel, and coper enamel.

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Bonecrusher

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Another one with a complete repaint, this time in sand, with black, gray, silver and copper details.

Brawl

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Ugh, Brawl. This one was tough. I took him completely apart, repainted the body OD Green, then started the detail work. The tank tracks were painted black, then brushed with silver and rust. The mine clearing unit is painted gray, along with the swing arms for his weapons. The arms, legs and body are aluminum, with gold and copper details, and his right arm mounted weapon is black with drybrushed steel. And, amazingly enough, the electronics still work!