That's pretty much how I feel about Season 2 characters. I like S3 guys much better b/c they replaced all the S2 posers (who inexplicably appeared out of nowhere and took over the show with their horrible accents and treasonous behavior).
Don't make me go on a rant about how all S2 autobots not named Blaster and Superion suck donkey balls!
That's why I hate the S3 non-earth alt mode guys. Suddenly that trash shows up to replace the OG guys after they offed the earth characters in the movie. It's like the new SW films. They crap all over the OG guys to shoehorn in the new people and sell new toys.
At least the non-earth modes made sense, as it was set in the "far" future of 2005, so you could imagine the alt modes being cybertronian or futuristic earth vehicles. But those S2 guys... they showed up from nowhere, without explanation, and completely replaced the ark crew.
At least the movie gave an in-story reason for replacing the previous characters, i.e. they got smoked, even if it was a shitty sales stunt. S2 didn't bother. We went from Jazz and Mirage doing cool stuff one episode to "Whiz, bang, pow" Warpath, psychopathic Red Alert, traitorous insubordinate british-prick Hoist, insufferable Powerglide, Hee-Haw Inferno, and hippie-dippy Beachcomber. Those assholes just took over the show without warning, like they thought we were too stupid to notice. They're the "Coy and Vance" of Transformers.
No, I still like him a lot. Do I still wish he was in darker toy colors? Yes, and I will probably rebuy him when they do a toy repaint. But the proportions are just so much better than all the other options, new or old. I think he's a "win", and I'm really excited about the Legends-scale version of him as well.
I bought the 3P metallic silver head kit for MP-36 b/c I've seen people put it on Despotron. I actually really like Despotron's noggin, but he looks "young" for lack of a better term, and it's not nearly as G1 as the official Megs. I think the G1 head will look great on the better proportioned Despotron body. I'm excited to get the two biggies in a form I really like, not just nice stand-ins.
I just want darker reds, darker blues, and silver trim. It will come, I'm certain.
I really like the original version, but the colors are a tad too pastel and don't pop enough to suit me. I get that they were going for animation accuracy, which they seem to have achieved pretty spectacularly, but I need some color saturation. Making the colors "the same but shinier" isn't going to warrant a second purchase.
But he's still the best prime on the market. The proportions just shame MP-10 in the worst way. Magic Square seems to have made a worth successor to MP-01, which is still probably my favorite toy ever and the one that got me back into collecting as an adult.
Is it true the colors are better in person and that the matte cote makes it duller in photos? I’ve experience this phenomenon in my own paint work where the camera really emphasizes the frost. I just can’t bring myself to buy what my photos are showing me, but I also do not want a glossy version.
I mean, he's definitely red, not red-red like MP12, but the extreme matte finish makes him look almost pinkish in photos, and that's definitely not accurate. Looking at my shelf, he's about the exact same as the red on Hasbro/TRU MP starscream from 3-4 years ago, which doesn't seem to give anyone heartburn.