Those of you who are fans of the site know that while it’s a majorly review oriented, I do like to occasionally test the creative writing waters and pump out an ill-mannered editorial every once and a while. I feel like I’ve been slacking recently and decided to write a little something up on one of the more intriguing 3rd party Transformers we’ve seen in a while, Planet X’s Genesis project.
Planet X’s Genesis first had some pictures show up on their Facebook page around a month ago showing a simple silhouette. If you’re for some reason unfamiliar with the Genesis project, it’s a take on War for Cybertron Omega Supreme. And yes it’s damn big. While I’m almost positive it’s still not to scale with the other War for Cybertron figures, it’s looking to be about as tall as TFC’s Hercules, but having a bit more girth and bulk. Hell, even the alt mode is damn impressive.
We still haven’t seen a complete, painted prototype tease yet, but as of November 1st, we’ve got the first full look of the big ‘bot. I’m trying to think of words to describe it, and the word “overwhelming” keeps coming back to me. That’s exactly what it is. The biggest transforming toy we’ve seen in years, and it’s got freaking lights to boot. From what we’ve seen so far, I don’t think there’s been a 3rd party project of this magnitude, ever. And there have been some big ones. Hercules, Cyclops, you name it, Genesis seems to be the new king.
Everyone’s big criticism, including mine, seems to be that this is an unproven company, with a hell of a big dream. If Planet X was putting out something a little more modestly priced, I think the majority of fans would be willing to give it a shot. Hell, people give iGear money, so I wouldn’t see why they wouldn’t give Planet X money.
But this isn’t a $40 toy. It’s a $300+ one. And that’s a HUGE gamble for collector’s money. But as crazy as it sounds, I think people will be willing to take a chance on it simply because of how ridiculous it is. And I mean that in a good way. In a way that has even me saving my change and dollars here and there to try and see if I can scrounge up a couple hundred dollars to put aside for this goliath. This guy made Bruticus his bitch!
Now that I’ve got the point that I really want this toy out of the way, I’m going to explain why you should buy one too.
- It’s huge: This is obvious. It’s going to be one of the biggest Transformers in recent memory. MASSIVE.
- Planet X has balls: Almost as big as Genesis itself. If this product sells well, we may see something along the lines of a Fall of Cybertron Metroplex. YEEEEEEE!
- What else will you buy?: Got an Encore Fort Max preordered? CANCEL IT. Get this dude instead. Help support a growing 3rd party company that’s got the potential to give us all the big Transformers we’ve dreamed of.
I’m not trying to advertise or promote Planet X in any way, shape, or form here. I’m just really excited to see a company take on a project this big and stick with it. Planet X has been teasing and revealing parts of the project consistently ever since the initial announcement, which is refreshing since there are so many third party companies out there who will reveal something and then will never be heard from again until for freaking ages (I’m looking at you, Fansproject.)
In all seriousness, I truly am excited about this toy. Whether or not I wind up getting it is another issue entirely (but I’m really trying!), and while I’ll settle for an order from Robot Kingdom, I’m really counting on BBTS or TFSource putting up preorders for this guy again at some point so I can fallback on their customer service if things gets hairy (unless you would like to send me one to review, Planet X!) I kid, I kid. But seriously…