It didn’t help any, and the line went dormant here in the States until the coming of the Beast Wars.
Now though, things are different, and Hasbro has moved on from mining G1 fans’ nostalgia. As such, they released G2-inspired decos of their Combiner Wars Aerialbots, Stunticons, and Combaticons. In order to keep costs down though, several molds were reused for different figures, which made the look a little off. 3D designers have stepped up however, and have produced parts to modify the figures. All of my parts have come from Steam Shield’s Bot Foundry on Shapeways. The backgrounds are from ToyHax (formerly Reprolabels), as are the G2 Decepticon emblems I’ve added.
Onslaught is the leader of the Combaticons, and the main body of their combined form Bruticus. He really didn’t need any upgrades, other than the cannons on his back, which I haven’t really found.
Swindle received a new head, but that’s about it.
Brawl has a new head, as well as a replacement waist, which improves his height and flexibility.
Vortex got the most attention, being structurally identical to Aerialbot Alpha Bravo, as well as Protectabot Blades. I added a new cockpit, rotor assembly and blades, arms with skids, and a new tail, as well as a new head. I also got weapons inspired by his G1 toy’s Gatling guns. After adding all the new parts, I repainted his parts blue-green and purple, along with purple camo.
Blast Off also got a good bit of work, being a redeco of Aerialbots Firefly and Quickslinger. I added new wings and OMS pods, as well as a nose inspired by the X-37 and a new head. He’s also repainted, white and black with purple camo.
I also picked up Perfect Effect’s Perfect Combiner set, added better, more poseable hands and feet which also turn into guns, aping the up-gunned modes of the G1 toys.
And finally, the combined form of Bruticus!