Armada Wave 1
By Daniel Lipkowitz, Assistant Editor
All of the first-wave Armada toys come with a mini-comic, an 8-page story
starring Hot Shot and Cyclonus along with their Mini-Con partners. With
three languages in each word balloon, the text is a bit cramped, but the
story is easy enough to follow in a G1 cartoon sort of way. And remember,
Hot Shot is the best there is!
The flipside of the comic features an 8-page product catalog, scans of
which can be found in our second Toy Fair 2002
update. In the middle of the booklet is a trilingual advertisement
for Dreamwave Productionsí Generation 1 and Armada comics.
Armada instructions are color-coded, with red ink for Autobots, purple
for Decepticons and dark blue for Mini-Cons. The Demolishor instructions
that came with our advance sample were misprinted, with images of
Demolishor appearing in the instructions for Blackoutís alternate modes.
The .PDF scans on Hasbroís
Transformers site carry the correct images.
In a change since Toy Fair, all of the Mini-Cons have had tiny faction
symbols in the form of a stylized "M" added to their molds.
Much to our surprise, the Armada toys that ASM received did not
include any tech specs whatsoever. Although it had been assumed that the
pack-in collector card would have that information printed on its back,
as it turns out, the "card" is actually a sticker with only peeling paper
on the other side. Fortunately, tech specs for the first-wave Armada
characters can be found on Hasbroís official website at
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