Fitz’s Toy Chest #10 – Grimlock

What’s up guys. Christmas is over and it’s time to get back into the Toy Chest!

Last time I talked about the one that got away, Superion. I also went on at length about how cool it was that the Autobots countered the Decepticon’s first combiner team with a combiner of their own.


What I did NOT talk about was how Superion was not the FIRST answer to the Constructicons!

Was this an intentional omission to service my Christmas narrative OR is my 46 year old brain beginning to lose its abiltity to remember trivial details accurately?

I’ll let you the reader decide the answer to that.

What I will say is that Devastator’s first defeat did not come at the hands of the Aerialbots. Thanks to a chance discovery of fossiles embedded in the walls of the volcano where the Autobots’ space ship was lodged, and the genius that is Wheeljack, Devastator’s first ass kicking came at the hands of…the Dinobots!

The leader of this uncontrollable force was one of the greatest characters to emerge from the Transformers universe. The mighty sword wielding Tyrannosaurus, Grimlock!

Company: Hasbro
Acquisition Year: 1985
Acquired via: Christmas gift
Years In Possession: 35

I can still remember the first time I saw this guy in toy form. My best friend in 5th grade (and fellow TF fanatic) got ahold of one first and smuggled him into school in his backpack. I remember sneaking a look during class behind the bookshelf at the front of the room. It was so cool looking!

I remember thinking that the dino head looked exactly like the cartoon (which was pretty rare for these toys, that let’s be honest, tended to be on the clunky/ugly side).

Grimlock was another hard to find character. The Dinobots in general were scarce enough, but Grimlock seemed even harder to find.

Even the way he transformed was unique. The way his chest split open, and how the dinosaur head flipped back to reveal the robot head was so much fun.

That’s one thing that isn’t talked about enough when it comes to Transformers, the way they’re engineered to convert from one form into a robot. They’re sculpture puzzles, Rubik’s Cubes in robot form. Each one with a different solution. I think they had a big impact on developing my memorization skills and problem solving abilities. It was always a proud moment when you had the transformation moves committed to memory and didn’t have to refer to the instructions.

Another thing that stood out about all the Dinobots was all the chrome and gold and red. I can’t really think of any other characters that had the same amount of shiny metal bits as the Dinobots.

The one aspect about Grimlock that I always found a little comical was his tiny little robot head. It’s absurdly small compared to how big his chest and shoulders are. But I guess it makes sense, small head = small brain, and he was definitely no Mensa candidate.

Anyway, that’s it for this installment. Sorry about the gap between posts, I hope to get back on a semi-regular schedule soon, as I’m currently reorganizing all of my collections so that they’re easier to access and photograph for this blog.

Thanks for reading, see you next time!

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The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #51

51 weeks of questioning, things are about to get intense as we shine the bright light of nerd into the dark corner of answers!

This week we are looking towards Pop Culture’s big showcase, and that has us wanting to know: What are you most excited to see at San Diego Comic-Con?

Leave your answer down in the comments below or tell us on Twitter by using the hashtag #TNBQotW

Special thanks goes out to the good sir@SteBoost for creating our QotW logo.

Episode 081.5: He Can Teach ‘Em How To Play Bowling

Scooby-Doo-and-Guess-WhoIn this extra special bonus .5 episode, we discuss in depth the debut of the 1st Scooby-Doo series of The Nerd Blitz age, Scooby-Doo And Guess Who, and it’s special guest, NBA star Chris Paul!

One of us doesn’t understand bowling, how to talk about it, or even how to describe it as Fitz fights back and Doom takes an odd joy in him doing so, also we .

We talk about the Guess Who pilot episode in detail, discuss who else we’d love to see the Mystery Incorporated gang cross paths with, and which of the known episodes we are most excited about seeing in this short but special episode of the most consistent podcast you’ve never heard of that features 70+ years of combined failure!

URL: Episode 081.5: He Can Teach ‘Em How To Play Bowling
Direct Download: tnb081_8.mp3

The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #49

We are hurtling towards the One Year Anniversary of this feature here on the site, and we hope to keep it going far beyond that, gang.
But we need your answers to do that, so time to get askin’!

This week, in celebration of Scooby-Doo And Guess Who? premiering Thursday on Boomerang, we want to know: Other than the announced guest stars, who would you most like to see the Mystery Inc. gang meet in an episode?

Leave your answer down in the comments below or tell us on Twitter by using the hashtag #TNBQotW

Special thanks goes out to the good sir@SteBoost for creating our QotW logo.

Scooby-Doo And Guess Who? Premieres Next Week!

Just announced through IGN, Scooby-Doo And Guess Who? premieres in exactly 1 week from today, June 27th, on Boomerang!
New episodes will air weekly after that.
They posted the trailer on their YouTube channel, go watch it HERE and let us know what you think of it!

Personally, I am so in.
The New Scooby-Doo Movies is one of my top 3 favorite Scooby shows, and this is basically a revival of that.
So this looks to be EXACTLY what I want from a Scooby-Doo show.
And with guest stars like Wanda Sykes & Weird Al (who were not part of that initial announcement) I’m even more excited!

I’m hoping there’s some presence at San Diego Comic-Con next month to further get the word out about what looks to be an amazing new chapter in this beloved 50 year old franchise!

Source: IGN