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Titans Return Seaspray Quick Review

June 20th, 2018 No comments

All G1 TransFans need no introduction to Seaspray. He is perhaps the only Transformer ever to have a hovercraft alt mode (not counting characters that are repaints of Seaspray in any one of his toy molds). G1-ers also immediately recognize his unique gurgle speech.

Titans Return finally gave us a modern update of this famous Minibot.

Seaspray in modern form and holding true to his G1 aesthetics.

Back of Seaspray is pretty clean. No nasty kibble here.

Helmet is modeled after the G1 animation model, while the eyes are more G1 toy accurate. Probably a good thing, the Seaspray cartoon eyes on a toy might bug me.

Articulation is limited, but decent for a $10 figure.

Holding a random weapon that belongs to another Transformer. Big prizes to anyone out there hardcore enough to identify the weapon.

With G1 Seaspray.

Notice in the above 3 shots, Seaspray has a module attached to his chest. The module can be seen packaged in the upper right corner (first pic). I guess you can detach this for a more accurate animation look, or attach it to look more like the G1 toy. I’m not sure if there exist other reasons for this extra attachment.

Transformation from robot to hovercraft follows almost the exact same scheme as G1, so I won’t describe it too much. The only real difference is that, for the alt mode, the arms point backwards in TR, as opposed to forwards like in G1.

Rear view of the hovercraft. Those are working spinning propellers.

A Titan Master can ride inside in alt mode.

With G1 Seaspray.

Seaspray with his Season 2 Minibot cohorts in modern form.

Go Seaspray! Transform and Roll Out.
 

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The Last Knight Nitro Quick Review

June 14th, 2018 No comments

Figures from The Last Knight are fairly unremarkable as a whole. But some stars stand out among all this mediocrity. Voyager class Nitro is one of them.

In the movie, his name is Nitro Zeus. For the toy, he’s just Nitro. I don’t know why the name is shortened. But he is one of the few figures you should have for your TLK collection.

Let’s take a look. I’m starting in robot mode because that’s how he’s packaged.

Nitro in your standard A stance.

He’s capable of some dynamic action poses.

Striking another pose.

Up close face shot.

A little known feature is that Nitro’s head can be removed, and any standard Titan Master can be inserted and used as the head. Here I have the head of Twin Twist on Nitro’s body. Why Hasbro saw fit to give us this feature in this TLK figure is a mystery, but I suppose it’s kind of a cool gimmick.

Rear view. He’s got some junk on him. I wish the rear tail fin hanging off his ass can be folded upwards towards his back.

Missiles on the top of the backpack can be removed.

Transformation to jet mode can be challenging for the casual TF fans out there. I have transformed Nitro to jet mode twice. On my first attempt, I needed the instructions. But even with that, the conversion process proved demanding. I remember having a hard time aligning the legs. On my 2nd attempt, it felt just as difficult, but in a different area. I had to resort to watching YouTube vids of other fans explaining the process. Turn out I had the shoulder of the jet nosecone arm configured directly reversed from how it should be. On yeah, Nitro is a non-symmetrical Transformer (like many of the motorcycle figures). I have always felt that non-symmetrical TFs are in general more difficult than symmetrical ones. If I was compiling a top 10 most difficult list today, I am really tempted to put Nitro on there.

When done right, Nitro is a fantastic looking jet. Look at the first pic below. Yes the transformation is hard, but the end result is so worth it. Everything comes together nicely. In fact, if something doesn’t come together nicely, you know you have done something wrong.

Jet looks beautiful from the rear.

A Titan Master can sit in the cockpit. Very cool. We already saw that Titan Masters can be used as heads in robot mode. Nitro can be a full fledged Titans Return figure if Hasbro chose to repaint the mold and include a repainted Titan Master.

Underneath the Jet. Nitro packs in rather well. Overall shape is clean without too much bulk.

Nitro with Studio Series Starscream. They are both Voyager class. Notice SS figs got much smaller, but that’s a topic for another day.

Hasbro saw fit to repaint this mold as Studio Series Thundercracker, SS-08. That was my final purchase from Toys R Us before it went belly up.

Go Nitro! Transform and Roll Out.
 

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Titans Return Brawn Quick Reivew

May 13th, 2018 No comments

Brawn is one of the more recognizable characters out of G1. He can make a case as the most famous Mini-bot after Bumblebee and Cliffjumper. He is known for his toughness despite his small size, and G1 fans love to point out that he was the first character to die in the G1 Movie.

I don’t have that many Brawn figures. One is DOTM Brawn, which I reviewed. I have a legend sized Brawn that came out a few years ago, included in a group shot in this post. I have a G1 Brawn made into a keychain. And finally I have a small Titan Master Brawn that I never even opened.

Now we are finally getting a G1 update of Brawn in the right size, later in the Titan Returns line. This post is a quick review of the figure.

In the package.

In alt mode.

G1 accurate and rolls well. Even has the iconic tire on top of the vehicle.

Rear view of alt mode.

A Titan Master can sit inside.

With some of his Autobot brothers.

Transformation is painfully simple. Detach the tire piece on top of the vehicle and rotate out the legs. Pull out arms at the sides. Rotate at elbows so the fists face forward. That’s pretty much it. It’s a very basic transformation that we have seen hundreds of times. But it works for this figure. TR Brawn is catered for TransFans that appreciate this character, and in that regard no originality in the transformation is necessary.

In robot mode.

Up close and personal. Great face sculpt that does justice to the G1 animation model.

Rear view. Notice the top tire piece that was detached stays on the back in this configuration.

That tire piece can be used as a shield, seen below.

With other Autobots in robot mode. Scales really well.

If you’re reading this review, you’ve probably already decided you want TR Brawn. At about $10, he’s a great addition to your updated G1 collection.

Go Brawn! Transform and Roll out.

 

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KFC E-Nergeon Cubes Review

May 2nd, 2018 No comments

Gemini and I have said for a long time that some 3P should make some Energon Cubes, in either CHUG or MP scale. I don’t know anything about manufacturing, but some clear plastic cubes in either pink or purple doesn’t sound hard to do. And it finally happened. Actually, it’s been done for some time as of this writing. I just finally got some in April of 2017. And that was over a year ago. I got them because I needed something cheap to push a order over $150 to get free shipping, but that doesn’t mean they are not worth getting.

I decided to go with E-Nergeon Cubes by Keiths Fantasy Club, often abbreviated KFC (no relation to the famous fried chicken chain). This set is a good deal. 9 MP scale Energon Cubes for only $9.99. All other cubes I have seen cost more. The colors of this set is somewhere between pink and purple. There are 3 different types of cubes in the set, 3 cubes for each type, for a total of 9 cubes.

As you can see, there are 3 kinds of cubes here. The first kind on the left is your standard Energon cube in it’s normal appearance. The 2nd kind (pictured in the middle) is seen sometimes in the cartoon when a Decepticon would push down a bunch of cubes stacked together and they get flattened into one cube. The last kind (seen on the right) takes some explaining. It’s hollow at the top, and you see Energon molded in liquid form flowing inside. This is so you can take a MP scale Decepticon and have him pose with this cube like he’s drinking it. See my interpretation below with FP Grenader, as best as I can get it.

All in all, I really like these set of cubes. If you are looking for some MP scaled Energon Cubes, you will not be disappointed with this set.

Transform and Roll Out.
 

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Warbotron Turbo Ejector Quick Review

April 25th, 2018 No comments

We have to talk about Turbo Ejector. This figure is Warbotron’s interpretation of Technobot Afterburner in MP scale. And I’ll get straight to it: I really like this figure. I have heard of high praises for Turbo Ejector for some time before this purchase. In fact, I tried to buy it in 2016. Saw a eBay listing at a good price, but too many eBay scammers in recent years made me hesitant. So when I saw him on sale at $79.99, I quickly got one (MSRP is $95.99). And that was a smart decision.

Before we look at the figure, let’s take a peek at the box. Even the box is high quality. Construction of the box is one of the sturdiest I have seen, made of high quality cardboard all around.

Box open flap. Nice artwork on the inside flap.

Tab on the side of the box for easy pull out.

In the packaging.

Turbo Ejector is about the same size as the other Warbotron Combaticon limb figures. He actually weighs quite a bit for a figure of this size. I don’t detect any diecast. For him to weigh this much, the fig has got to be made with some high quality plastic.

Back view.

Alternate back configuration for the G1 purists.

All armored up.

I’m ready for my closeup. Great face sculpt.

Ready for some serious action. Check out the awesome light-piping.

Construction of the figure is super solid. Warbotron figure are usually plagued with tolerance issues, but I detect no such problems on my Turbo Ejector. Everything fits snugly where they need to be. Joints are just tight enough to hold some good poses, but not so tight that transformation becomes frustrating.

Speaking of transformation, Turbo Ejector follows the same overall motif as G1 Afterburner. It’s good to see that Warbotron did not stray very far from the character’s G1 roots and implemented a modern transformation that is true to the original toy. Turbo Ejector’s transformation difficulty is somewhere between easy and average. I like that, actually. This is a figure you can just pick up and play.

I love this alt mode. Afterburner is my favorite Technobot, and part of that is because of his awesome motorcycle alt mode. It looks like a futuristic bike, like those Tron bikes.

Alt mode with weapons attached.

Alt mode with weapons attached more G1 style.

Back view of the bike.

Turbo Ejector forms the right arm of Computicon (Computron). I didn’t try this, since I don’t have the rest of the guys. And on that point, I did hear that Turbo Ejector is the best fig in the group. That makes me hesitant to get the rest. But who knows… if I’m lucky enough to find his cohorts for cheap, I will.

I cannot recommend Turbo Ejector enough. He is far superior to Quantron’s Overheat. Again, Afterburner is my favorite Technobot. I’m happy there is a high quality MP scale figure made of him. Transform and Roll Out!

 

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Titans Return Sky Shadow Quick Review

April 22nd, 2018 No comments

Titans Return Sky Shadow was acquired about a year ago. I only have one other Sky Shadow, which is a repaint of Generations Thunderwing. TR Sky Shadow is also a repaint. Actually, he’s what I call a “prepaint”. I should officially coin this term before someone else does. What this means is that the mold used is meant for a more famous character, but HasTak is releasing a different character first using this new mold. This way, hardcore buyers would first get this character because the mold is new, and then buy it again when the more famous character is released later. I ranted about this so many times now I’m repeating myself, so I’ll stop. I hate the practice of prepainting, but I fall for it every time.

Sky Shadow is a prepaint of Overlord, who would be released towards the end of 2017. It’s super obvious once you see the alt mode. To be fair, Sky Shadow is not a bad figure. I have Overlord too, so I know they made enough mold differences between the two figures that buying Sky Shadow is a bit more justified. Sky Shadow reminds me of G1 figures from Season 4: he’s big and blocky, easy to transform, and full of gimmicks. Sky Shadow is a Headmaster, Triple-Changer, and Duocon, all rolled into one.

The figure is packed in bot mode. I like his overall colors of black and red, and the paint job is nice for a mass retail store proudct. As a leader class fig, his size is impressive. For such a blocky figure, his articulation is actually not half bad. He is a Headmaster, and Ominus (the Titan Master) is attached has the head in all the bot mode pics below. Other than the Titan Master, he comes with 2 accessories, a gun and a jet nosecone piece. In bot mode, the jet nosecone can function as a shield.

Sky Shadow has a base mode. In this mode, he can supposedly connect with other base figures in the Titans Return line, such as Fortress Maximus. I didn’t try this. Before doing this transformation, I thought this mode would be a half-assed fan mode. But then I tried it and it’s actually quite nice. The Titan Master is featured in the pic below. There are plenty of Titan Master ports on the surface of the base mode for other Titan Masters to stand on.

As a Triple-Changer, Sky Shadow has one more mode. Or maybe I should say modes, because he splits into a jet and a tank. That’s right, Sky Shadow is also a Duocon! Well, maybe he was never officially classified as such, but that’s essentially what was a Duocon is in G1 (a robot that splits into 2 alternate modes). Check the pics below. The Titan Master can fit inside either the tank or the jet.

And like I said already, he’s quite easy to transform. Very easy to just pick up and play. Easy to handle too, since he’s so large. At first he seemed a bit too gimmicky, but the way in which all these gimmicks are implemented is well done. I highly recommend this figure based on the fun factor alone.

And now I just realized that both of my Sky Shadow figures got quick reviews. What are the chances of that? This was not deliberate… another weird trend fated by the TF powers that be.

Transform and Roll Out.

 

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MakeToys Quantron Pictorial Review

April 6th, 2018 No comments

MakeToys Quantron is a third party homage to my favorite Autobot combiner team, the Technobots. I got this set back in October of 2014. A quick search for them on this blog revealed that… gasp!… I never mentioned them again since that post! That’s a crime. So here they are getting their 15 minutes.

Packaging and Manuals

Alt Modes

Robot Modes

Combined Mode

I’m going to quickly list out some things I like about this set, and some things that I don’t.

Pros

  • Metalstorm (Scattershot) is a great fig. I thoroughly enjoy this fig, in both robot and alt modes
  • Materials used for every figure in the set is quite good. High quality plastic all around.
  • Quantron (Computron) combined is impressive.
  • There are plenty of detail on each fig. No plain or simple looking figures here.
  • Relatively G1 accurate, though that’s debatable.
  • Plenty of accessories to satisfy even the most demanding accessory fiend.

Cons

  • My biggest gripe: Overheat (Afterburner) has to be the left arm, and Blindfire (Strafe) has to be the right arm. WHAT?! That’s reversed! MakeToys, why?!!!
  • Combining into Quantron is more work than fun. So much to assemble – it feels like putting together LEGOs and not transforming.
  • Too small for today’s standards, even for CHUG scale. The only one that’s ok is Metalstorm, the rest too small.
  • Transforming each figure is more difficult than it should be, mostly because they’re so small.
  • SonicDrill (Nosecone) is a horrible fig – poor construction and poor design. A very unstable fig that doesn’t work well in either robot or alt mode.

This set was ok, but it was far from perfect. I no longer own Quantron; I sold the set some time ago. Most 3P TF retailers are now clearing out this set for around $200 to $250.

The only other 3P Technobot set that is available at this time is Warbotron Computicon. I have one figure in this set: Turbo Ejector (Afterburner). Turbo Ejector is leaps and bounds better than Overheat. Though I’m told that Turbo Ejector is the best one in the set. I may get the rest of Computicon. Or not.

Technobots rule. Transform and Roll Out.

 

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Unique Toys Allen

January 24th, 2018 No comments

I recently purchased Allen by Unique Toys. Any TransFans worth his energon will tell you immediately that this is Springer, the green Autobot triple changer first made famous in the 1986 G1 Transformers Movie.

There has been other 3P attempts at Springer, such as FansProject Defender. As a side bar, I believe Defender was the very first 3P full-blown figure produced (all 3P products before that were accessories or add-ons). Oh how times have changed. There are almost too many 3P figures to count nowadays.

But back to the topic at hand. As far as I know, there are 6 different 3P companies making their own MP scaled Springer. UT struck first with Allen. And in my opinion, they have set the bar very high. This won’t be a full review. I will post some pics, then bullet point some pros and cons of the figure.

Box

Robot Mode

Car Mode

Helicopter Mode

Pros

  • Amazing engineering – Allen is mechanically well designed with a satisfying transformation
  • Fun to transform – Allen strikes the perfect balance of complexity and fun
  • All 3 modes look good – the Helicopter is my favorite, robot mode is great, and car mode is adequate
  • Solid construction – nice tight joints and transformation points; figure is big and heft and will withstand some rough play
  • Super paint job
  • Fully articulated
  • Great value – he currently goes for only $59.99 since UT want to move him before the other 3P Springers hit the market

Cons

  • Questionable aesthetics – many have said that this figure feels like a Fisher Price toy
  • Feet that seems way too big, and the wrong color
  • Figure feels a bit big – may not scale well with other MP figures
  • G1 accuracy is debatable, especially when compared with later 3P offerings of the character

Personally, I love the figure since he’s so playable and so much fun to transform. But the first bullet in the cons section is a notable negative for me. The other negatives are all appearance related as well. If they styled the figure more “MP” like, I would give Allen an even stronger recommendation. But as is, he’s a terrific figure at only $59.99, which is what I got him for. And out of other 5 MP scaled Springers out there, Fans Toys Apache looks the most G1 accurate. I may consider buying Apache as well in the months to come.

This is my first and only purchase from Unique Toys, and they have me impressed. I will be on the lookout for their offerings in the future.

And why is he called Allen you ask? Your guess is as good as mine. TransFans have suggested he really should have been called Jerry – and if you don’t get the joke, then Primus help you.

Transform and Roll Out.
 

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Mastermind Creations Terminus Hexatron

June 14th, 2017 No comments

Terminus Hexatron by Mastermind Creations was a figure I bought almost 3 years ago. Any TransFan worth his energon would take one look at him and immediately know he’s an homage to Sixhot, the first six changer in the Transformers universe.

There are plenty of reviews out there already for Hexatron, so I won’t do one here. But I am going to post pics of this awesome figure in all six modes. Let these pics convince you to get one if you haven’t already. This is required purchase if you call yourself a G1 fan.

Robot Mode


Hexatron with MP Shockwave


Hexatron with Cyber Battalion Starscream, MP Shockwave, and Fans Toys Grenadier

Winged Wolf Mode

APC Mode

Laser Pistol Mode

Tank Mode


Hexatron in tank mode (left), Titans Return Sixshot in APC mode

Star Fighter Mode

My favorite mode is probably the robot mode. If I had to pick a favorite alt mode, it would either be the APC mode or the tank mode. Right now I’m leaning towards the tank mode, but catch me at a later time and the answer could be completely different.

There’s a pic above under the tank mode section that featured Titans Return Sixshot. That figure ain’t half bad, but Hexatron is still leaps and bounds superior.

Some other Third Parties are attempting their versions of Sixshot. I believe Fans Toys will soon release Hydra. Hydra looks to be massive, and it remains to be seen how Hydra would stack up against Hexatron. But for now, Hexatron is still the reigning king of Sixshot figures.

Go Hexatron! And in true Sixshot fashion, I will say this 6 times:

Transform and Roll Out!
Transform and Roll Out!
Transform and Roll Out!
Transform and Roll Out!
Transform and Roll Out!
Transform and Roll Out!

 

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ToyWorld Dinobots

July 8th, 2016 No comments

Behold my fellow TransFans… ToyWorld Dinobots!!! This set looks so good together, I had to make a post on this topic alone. Focus your optics on the pic below.

For those that don’t know, this set of Dinobots is made by 3rd party ToyWorld. Obviously they have to use their own names for the characters since they have no rights to any Hasbro properties. None of them come with any Autobot symbols for the same reason. I bought some TF faction stickers last year, and I applied one to each figure with the exception of Grimlock. The faction stickers are applied to the area that would become the chest in robot mode, so you don’t really see them in this pic (except for Slag, if you look carefully). Here is the name mapping for each character to figure:

  • Grimlock – Grimshell (or Corelock)
  • Slag – Iron Dreg
  • Sludge – Muddy
  • Snarl – Roar

I assembled this set together when I received Sludge last week. I actually bought Sludge months ago, back in March. TF Source had a weekend sale so I was able to snag Sludge at $80. But I had nothing else to ship with Sludge, til now. Slag I received about a month ago. Much like Sludge, BBTS had a daily sale on Slag for a tad over $90, and so I snagged him quick. I already kind of went into Grimlock and Snarl. And so here’s the four of them together. I know what you’re thinking… where’s Swoop?! Don’t worry TransFans, I will get him. I’ll take a another pic with the full force when I do.

From a transformation perspective, I like Sludge the best. His transformation is fun and intuitive, and at the same time complex enough to satisfy the mature TransFan without being overly complicated or frustrating. Snarl is good too, but I don’t like how his tail keeps coming off during transformation. It makes me feel like he’s puzzle forming. It is possible to have it stay on, but you would have to be super delicate. Slag is a little too simple transformation wise when going from Dino to Robot. Going back, there is something that’s kinda frustrating with the legs, to have it positioned exactly so it would align with the back. Grimlock has a cool transformation, but in my opinion his T-Rex mode is so much better than the robot mode, so most of the time I just don’t bother. Don’t get me wrong, I think his robot mode is solid. But the T-Rex kicks ass!

I might also take a pic of them all in robot mode. And maybe even the combined mode after I get Swoop! But that’s for another post.

Me Grimlock say… Dinobots kick butt!

Me Grimlock say too… Transform and Roll Out!

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