What's in a name? With Botcon 2010, fans found that the toys had numerous names-- the bags had one name, the tech specs had another, and the comics may have something else entirely. Autobot Spark is one such toy, as he was known as Spark in the US toy line, Pyro in the UK, and in the comic his full name was revealed to be the wordy Sir Pyro Ignatius Spark. Oh, and if you get the Botcon 2010 comic, read Spark here like Doctor Who (David Tennant) to get the mannerisms right.
For whatever reason Fun Publications and Hasbro opted out of revising the head, but instead just painted up Universe Inferno from 2009 as the ugliest damn fire truck you've seen this side of the 1990s. Just look at it-- it's stunning. Inspired by late-era Generation 1 and early Generation 2 toys, Spark was molded in a pinkish red and absolutely slathered in paint. Or barfed on, might be good, with tons of extra yellow and black stripes bringing up the rear of this delightfully hideous toy. This thing looks like it stepped out of a Kmart ad from 1993, back when this sort of thing was normal.
Lacking in his name or the word "AUTOBOT" stamped on his person, this 7-inch tall warrior. Just like Inferno, he's got a good amount of articulation with extra movement on his ankles, lots of swivels in his arms, and a built-in "water cannon" on his arm. Well, it was meant to be a water cannon, but now it shoots a clear red projectile which is presumably some sort of flame thing. As a toy he doesn't offer much new, but as an eye-blistering pile of awesome designed specifically to cost more and make you smile while parting with your money, he's a huge success. G2-era toys are generally considered to be some of the ugliest in the entire line which, while not entirely unfair, really comes to light when you look at toys like this.
The low edition size of 1,400 sets ensures that the toy is a pretty low-run item. Low runs don't always mean they're worth a lot, though-- at press time it looks like the going rate is about $60 on eBay, which, given the fervor with which the set was received, more than a little sad. The toy from which he was repainted-- Inferno-- goes anywhere from $20-$50, and a repaint/remold of this toy called Solar Storm Grappel commands an asking price of $25 or so at retail. The set also includes also Clench, Streetstar, Breakdown, and Spark.
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