Crosshairs at Home

Vampire Owl: You are older than the Transformers. How can you even buy a toy when you are a thousands of years old Vampire Bat?

Vampire Bat: Because I won the gift voucher, and I have to spend it wisely.

Vampire Owl: What does wisdom got to do with a brainless movie such as Transformers, especially the last three movies of the franchise? You should have used your Transformer Chevrolet Beat instead and hoped that it would transform like in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

Vampire Bat: I have always wanted this one since I was a kid, as per the official records; not as per our original vampire age.

Vampire Owl: Do you realize that there are many evil devices in these online stores which we can use for world domination?

Vampire Bat: Do you know that this is Diwali and one should stop being evil until Halloween?

Vampire Owl: That reminds me, do you need to hear me crack a cracker joke?

Vampire Bat: Absolutely not.

[Drives the Transformer in car mode].

What I bought from Flipkart (pic from Transformers wiki)

What I bought from Flipkart (pic from Transformers wiki)

There have been many question that I asked myself about what to buy on my first experience with flipkart, and when I wandered clueless on that website which had extra charge for delivery as far as the total amount was below five hundred (yes, I am very much late on this online shopping stuff). Then there was the long list of Transformers toys which were priced above thousand, and a few of them which looked less impressive or without a seller near my area which costed less, and then there were those which costed approximately rupees eight hundred and fourty nine.

Chevrolet Corvette, I would have preferred the red (Pic from Corvette's wiki page)

Chevrolet Corvette, I would have preferred the red (Pic from Corvette’s wiki page)

The normal person should surely buy some clothes, electronic gadgets, movies, music or books, but I don’t remember being like others since beginning to study English Literature (there was only an attempt before that). People and their quesions – is there any end to it? There are so many of them about which I can write another post, but here there was only one. That question was asked about why the Transformers toy, but it is one question which can’t be answered, and also deserves absolutely no answer, and still I have my reasons to buy this one which I had chosen from a short-listed group of two.

Some smart dialogues from Crosshairs (Screenshot from T4)

Some smart dialogues from Crosshairs (Screenshot from T4)

Coming back to the choices which were there for the same price, they were Crosshairs which transformed into a Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and Bumblebee which transformed into a Chevrolet Camaro. I did think that the black and yellow combination of the latter looked better, but in everything else, the green and black Crosshairs scored. It was a new and stylish car which it transformed into, compared to Bumblebee’s choice of an older version of the Camaro, or at least it seemed to be so. Remember Crosshairs’ dialogues in the last Transformers movie? It is one robot with individuality that we have there unlike the usual dumb ones which follow Optimus Prime in the absence of brains.

Crosshairs in action (Screenshot from T4)

Crosshairs in action (Screenshot from T4)

To be frank, I have always hated Bumblebee, for that robot always had too much attention in all those live action movies, and as all the other original robots other than Optimus Prime (the zombie robot that just can’t stay dead), are dead – Jazz, Ironhide and Ratchet are no more in the movies – still, Bumblebee remains, and the existence of an yellow robot which can appeal only to kids is depressing for a serious action, and it is the same reason why the movie is not taken seriously. Even when the main human characters are changed, the dirty yellow still remains!

Crosshairs was the only impressive robot in Transformers: Age of Extinction after they killed off Ironhide in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. As another weapons expert, this is the only one which I can choose to replace what used to be my favourite choice, and even in the absence of those big cannons as Ironhide, this is one nice armorer and trooper as we see the action. The other two new transformers of the movie Drift and Hound were changed into bloody stereotype characters. So, Crosshairs it is! And I am glad that it reached here in three days, seven days before it was supposed to be. It is kind of overpriced, but well done Flipkart on bringing it here earlier and giving me the Diwali suprise!

TeNy

Nostalgia: New Version

While we were shifting, I found something which was thought to be lost, a memory of something which goes back fourteen to fifteen years or so, and the one reason for which there will be more nostalgia than most of the things of that time. I wouldn’t call these toys, but the remnants of what used to be my little life which was lost, and even as it remains pretty much aimless, I find this discovery as a good omen.

It becomes only a necessity to dig up all of that nostalgia, as it is what defines us and makes us ponder about that past which has been lost and buried in a coffin under the soil of all that nonsense which we had to put into our heads. There is always the need for some of it to come alive – for we have none of them right now, as we move on through an artificial life, unlike what we know during our childhood days.

Remember the GI Joe Ads on Doordarshan, "Go GI Joe"? :D

Remember the GI Joe Ads on Doordarshan, “Go GI Joe”? 😀

The first part of my nostalgia consists of those G.I. Joe action figures. Yes, now you know why I have been rating those two G.I. Joe movies, Rise of the Cobra and Retaliation very high – it comes from the childhood memories, of that world which had very high opinion of them right from the moment they replaced the toy cars which had replaced those cute little dolls themselves a lot earlier.

Introduced to me by my cousin brother, I had nine of those action figures from Hasbro. He was the expert right there. I always prefered the evil ones though, belonging to the side of the Cobra, as the soldiers looked too normal, and I was the fan of the Dracula lineage of vampires at that time too. Among the figures that I have, the only ones which I can recognize now are Storm Shadow and Cobra Commander, and as I don’t have the enclosing covers any more, I hope some of you can recognize these people for me.

The second part of my nostalgia goes back further into my childhood. It belongs completely to Hot Wheels, that little collection of cars which I had. Yes, there were others too, but Hot Wheels car completely took over my world with ease. There were not only cars, but also those trucks and buses which were small enough to run all the small paths that I managed to find at random places in my house.

Hot Wheels; they also had the Ads for us kids, right?

Hot Wheels; they also had the Ads for us kids, right?

My favourites were those yellow truck, the blue truck and the yellow car. Forget the other things which form the background to those cars, as they are not part of this nostalgia stuff. I would be glad if you could tell the names of some of the models if you know any. I am looking forward to naming them any way. I have been searching for them in google with random information, but haven’t found success.

Did you have such toys which you still have in possession, or to be found somewhere in a store room of your house or the showcase? May be you can search and find them to bring yourself back to the past, and have some fun with the same along with immersing yourself in nostalgia. If you can find or remember something similar, do share it here. Until then, long live the G.I. Joe and Hot Wheels 😀

TeNy