USB Flash Drive Transforms into Ravage

by Mark R

transformers-usb-driveOne of my favorite Transformers was Ravage, one of several pet robots from Soundwave. In case you don’t know who Soundwave is, he was a Decepticon (the bad robots) who could turn into a cassette recorder. Soundwave had a bunch of tapes that he could miraculously store inside him, and Ravage could turn into some sort of demon cat.

Of course, no one uses cassettes anymore. I suppose that Soundwave’s minions could be CDs, but how are they going to transform into robots? Even if they were to morph like the T-1000, CDs are becoming an outdated medium.

I suppose in a modern world of Transformers, Soundwave would probably transform into an MP3 player, but what would his tape/minions be? How about something that could store MP3s, like a USB Flash Drive.

You have to admit, my logic makes a lot of sense. The Ravage Transformers USB Flash Drive comes with 2GB worth of storage, and is compatible with Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP, and the Mac.

You should be able to pre-order the Ravage Transformers USB Flash Drive for $42.99. For an extra $2, it will ship in some collector’s grade packaging, so it can sit on the shelf and build up value as a collector’s item.

Oddly enough, it won’t ship until September, which is long after Transformers: The Revenge of the Fallen will be in the theaters. I would have thought that this Flash Drive would be released in tandem with the would-be successful movie sequel, but I’m guessing we won’t see Ravage in it. Too bad. He would have looked neat as a CG charater.

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5 reviews or comments

An Cow Says: May 19, 2009 at 1:53 pm

OMG expensive, paying for the coolness I s’pose

neil Says: May 19, 2009 at 3:26 pm

but where do i get it?

Colin Says: May 20, 2009 at 6:59 pm

Ravage is in the movie

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TGB Says: March 3, 2010 at 10:26 am

Re: “I would have thought that this Flash Drive would be released in tandem with the would-be successful movie sequel”

Device Label Ravage is not part of the Revenge of the Fallen line. At any given point in time, there are usually several Transformers toylines going simultaneously. This is particularly true when comparing Hasbro’s (Transformers in the US and other countries) current operations to those of TakaraTomy (Transformers in Japan), although each company is also known to do multiple lines at the same time.

While Hasbro has been concentrating almost all their efforts on the movie/Revenge of the Fallen, TakaraTomy has been producing Device Label (Ravage, Cheetor and Tigatron flash drives, Grimlock and Trypticon mouses and Blaster USB hub), Disney Label (transforming Donald Duck – I’m not kidding) and Alternity (transforming 1:32 scale cars).

It is not unusual for a toyline or cartoon/show/movie to be marketed in one company’s market, but not the other’s (or, not at the same time). For example, Device Label is for Japan and Hasbro will probably not bring it under their umbrella – any USB Ravage you buy will be a Japanese import (which also contributes to the price). On the flip-side, TakaraTomy have not (yet) brought “Transformers Animated” to Japan, even though it has run its course in the US, and it took them a while to bring the Classics/Universe figures to Japan as “Henkei”.

This is just the way Transformers, and the two partner companies in particular, operates. They work together, but they also produce their own ideas.

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