#1Generations Springer (2013) Ė Wreckín Rule!
Voting Percentage: 44%
Average Ranking: 12.86
And we have a winner, ladies and gentlemen! And itís not a Masterpiece figure, itís not a high-end collectors figure, itís not a rare store exclusive, nor a nostalgia-powered brick-bot from the 80s. No, itís Generations Springer, a figure from last year, available at retail. And you know what? Iím glad about that. Because it reminds me of a time when the Transformers were not all about super-costly exclusives, chromed variants, and third party collectors specials.
Springer drew ahead pretty early in the voting and him being the winner was pretty much set in stone over a week before the voting ended. He beats out the number 2 figure, MP Soundwave, by 12 percent of the vote. Itís not quite as clear-cut a victory as that number suggests, mind you, seeing as his average ranking isnít that hot. In fact you have to go down all the way to number 8 to find a figure with a worse average ranking and not a single one of you actually had him listed at the number 1 spot. That said, nearly half of you had him on your voting sheets somewhere, and that was more than enough to pull off the win here. And Springer wins in another category, too: most comments, which is just another sign how relatable and fun a toy he is.
Springerís original toy appeared in the 1986 movie line-up, but since then heís only ever gotten repaints of whatever helicopter bot was available at the time (and one where he wasnít even a helicopter, too). It took 27 years, but it was well worth the wait, for Generations Springer is a fabulous toy. Nicely patterned after Nick Rocheís design for the IDW Last Stand of the Wreckers series, Springer not only looks completely bad-ass in robot mode, he also manages a feat few triple-changers have ever achieved: two nice alternate modes that manage to look different from each other. Plus, heís big, heís nicely articulated, he has a sword and a big gun, and heís just so incredibly Springer. Our winner, boys and girls, the number 1 of the Top 30 Transformers toys from 30 years.
Honorable Mention: Instead of merely repainting this figure orange, the designers went the extra mile for Generations Sandstorm and nicely retooled him into an almost completely different-looking bot. Sandstorm got quite a few votes himself, coming in at number 65.
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