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Encore cassette repaint identities revealed – GASP!

Transformers Encore Enemy Wingthing Nightstalker Stripes cassetticons

They share more than just weapons...

As indicated just a little bit ago, the cassette robot repaint is the first official transforming iteration of a character referred to as Enemy.  He was originally a Microchange-exclusive color scheme for Soundwave’s humanoid minion.

Serendipity stirkes again as the Ratbat repaint is identified as a transforming version of Soundwave’s Actionmaster partner, Wingthing!  How deliciously appropriate considering that’s been the most out-of-place minion for Soundwave yet.  Now he has a proper home in Soundblaster’s chest.

Onto the Autobots, which are a little more obscure.  (Really?  More obscure than that crap?)

The red Ravage is meant to be a character that only existed in pre-canon move draft lore.  His name is Stripes and he was replaced by Ramhorn in the final iteration of Transformers: The Movie.  Notice that he exchanges his weapons with the black version of Steeljaw known as…

NIGHTSTALKER!  This black Steeljaw is from the UK continuity of comics where Nightstalker and Ravage were originally buddies.  Soon enough though, Ravage turns to the dark side and becomes loyal to Megatron.  I had never, ever heard of this wacky shit.  I’m just not a comic guy I guess.

So what does this mean for collectors?  Well if you never had a Soundblaster or Twincast, I guess this is your shining moment because these two come with the greatest cassetticon accessories in history.  Do these figures stand up to the task?

“I will buy Soundblaster” says Cassetticon enthusiast Deceptigtar.  There you have it folks.

 

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Transformers Encore revived with Soundblaster, Twincast, ENEMY, and 2 other WTF cassettes!

Transformers Encore series Soundblaster Twincast and ENEMY

Collecting cassettes just got a smidge more fucking insane.

TakaraTomy has supplied us with plenty of “WTF?!?!” moments this year and here comes another!!!  The Transformers Encore Series is BACK and weirder than ever as it becomes  home to Soundblaster and Twincast again.  Don’t roll your eyes just yet though, they sure found a way to make you get plastic scratch fever: Soundblaster now comes bearing a never-before-seen BLUE Cassette door much like his Headmasters appearance.  THERE’S MORE THOUGH – 4 apparently brand new cassetticons!  A red Ratbat, red autobot Ravage, black autobot Steeljaw, and best of all, OFFICIAL TRANSFORMERS ENEMY!!!  Enemy is a weird hold-over from the Microman days.  The original Frenzy/Rumble mold was released in Microman as a red / blue amalgamation.

Soundblaster Headmasters cartoon

Soundblaster as seen in the incredibly-hard-to-watch Headmasters cartoon

No changes to the Twincast mold as far as I can see.  I guess that’s why he comes with the batshit crazy cassette repaints.

TFsource put the preorders up just now so check it out now if you must – SoundblasterTwincast.