Friday, December 30, 2022

Transformers Timelines - FLAMEWAR!

Transformers Timelines - BotCon 2005 Attendee Bonus - Flamewar - Hasbro 2005

This figure was my Transformers holy grail for over 15 years. As far as I know, she was a surprise figure that attendees only learned about while at BotCon 2005. She is always listed as an "Attendee Freebie." I don't know if this means that she was actually free, or just a bonus figure attendees were allowed to purchase. This figure and the materials released with her are the first appearance of Flamewar. She is a Decepticon version of Arcee and she is both the only bad guy and the only original character made from the Energon Arcee mold. She has also made the surprising jump from a collector's-realm original character to getting major attention in wider games, comics, and toys. Because of that low-key popularity and the perceived scarceness of the toy, this figure commands the highest price among the eight mold variations. She typically hits around $400 while the next highest (Flareup) goes for around $200. Luckily I am a very patient collector and I always get a good deal eventually, even if it takes 17 years.

Flareup comes with an assortment of Energon Armor pieces in translucent purplely-blue. The piece at the top is the Energon Star which attaches to the Spark Crystal on each figure's chest. The remaining pieces form rocket thrusters for her motorcycle mode or can assemble into a large Energy Arrow. The opaque missile piece can be used in either formation.

Here is Flamewar without the Energon Star attached to the cylindrical Spark Crystal on her chest. If you look down the tube, there is a concave metallic disk with the Deception logo printed on it.

It should be noted that the Energon toylines all had the translucent Energon Star pieces that attached to their chests. There were differently-shaped pieces for the Autobots and Decepticons. The Decepticon one is shaped like a snowflake or an asterix. Flamewar instead has the Autobot version which is shaped more like a crystalline shield.

This first image is the cover of the exclusive comic that came with the Shattered Glass figure.

Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!

Here are some of my Flamewar figures together. From Left to Right: 2022 Shattered Glass, 2005 BotCon, and 2014 Botcon.

Here are all the Energon Arcee molds together. From Left to Right: Flareup, FlamewarParadron MedicArielArceeChromia (Moonracer)Arcee (Movie), and Elita One (Movie)Note: I've picked up a lot of these loose on eBay over the years and I just realized that two of them have mis-matched Energon accessories, specifically the two on the far Right: Arcee (Movie) and Elita One.


1 comment:

  1. I love Flamewar. You are now straight at the origins of Flamewar when they were flushing out her backstory. Currently I guess she's a shattered glass Arcee, but in this release she was her own unique Decepticon.