on February 16, 2017
After watching the Headmasters and Super God Masterforce series in the Japanese colleciton, I was excited to watch the finale in the collection, Victory. I read that the animation was the best of the three and after some really dreadful animation in the first two (plus some decent animation), I was hoping to end on a high note. Well that came to a crushing end pretty quick. I give it a second star only because of the animation.
1. This series starts over with yet another set of Autobots versus Decepticons on earth. It doesn't start there, but ends up there in a matter of episodes.
2. The references to the previous series, Super God Masterforce, are many in the beginning and then only a handful thereafter. Headmasters, as far as I can remember, are not referenced at all and if so, negligible at best. This series does not take place in outer space or elsewhere in the galaxy and is primarily on earth or the moon. This story takes up in 2025, about 20 years after Transformers: The Movie and about 14 years after the Headmaster series. It makes sense that Headmasters isn't referenced as much.
3. The story starts with a new champion for the Autobots, Star Sabre, who is the most decorated and heralded warrior among the Autobots. He leads a defense force created between earth, other alien civilizations, and the Autobots in order to defend the galaxy from the Decepticons. Star Sabre heads up Sector 1, God Ginrai (from Super God Masterforce) heads up Sector 2.
4. Once the Decepticons go to earth, pretty much all episodes are basically Decepts wanting, finding, or stealing energy and the Autobots thwart them from doing so while saving human lives, protecting earth, and lessons in leadership, confidence, life lessons, etc ensue. Pretty much the same formula as G1 has returned.
5. Once again, the creators decided to refurbish and recycle older toylines and rename them again for the purposes of this series. Victory Leo looks like Predaking. Galaxy Shuttle (horribly unimaginative name) represents Sky Lynx, without the Lynx part. Greatshot is the same thing as Sixshot (Headmasters) and Sixknight (Super God Masterforce). Dinoforce are basically Decepticon versions of the G1 Dinobots, but goofier.
6. The animation is far better. It also has its weaker animation points like the previous series in the collection but the anime style fighting is far more evident and as top notch as it can get.
7. Dialogue and script are as weak as the previous two.
8. The BIGGEST disappointment of this series and why I didn't like it was that it was far more dumbed down and targeted to little children. Not teens, not adults that watch with their kids, just little kids. There is only one main child character and he is exposed to all of these very risky events like a grown adult which I've always found so far fetched and stupid, but all three series have done that kind of thing. However, it's goofier, with far more silly childish and idiotic actions by Autobots and Decepticons that keep you from taking anything seriously for more than 2 minutes.
9a. The Dinoforce are goofier versions of the Dinbots and no matter what they try to do or what they say, you can't take them as a credible threat to anyone, even the humans. It's just bad. The main human character, Jan, acts like any child around Transformers and wants to "help" even though they don't have the intelligence, preparation, or skill to be of any help. A lot of goofball times with Jan and the rest of the Autobots too.
9b. The Decepticons try really hard to be "evil" but at no point are you watching and feel any form of intimidation or like the Decepticons are bad, mean, nasty, or cruel. You kind of got that impression a lot in G1, but outside of Leozack being conniving like Starscream, the rest feel like Decepticon children more so than terrifying warriors.
10. By the half way mark, I was about exhausted and thoroughly disappointed in the story arch. You could just feel that good will win out and evil is just too stupid to get anything done. I'm glad to be done with it and can move on to the Unicron Trilogy. Reviews aren't much better for that series but it's got to be better than Victory which I felt was the worst of the three (and that's saying a lot as Headmasters could really grind on your nerves after a while).