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Clay 2014-07-17 01:48 AM

Toyworld's Throttlebot combiner project is coming closer to fruition.

It had seemed that the project had stalled out after two figures were released and then they started making headmasters, but it's back on again and looks rather nice. I am okay with this and hope to see it completed.

Denyer 2014-07-20 10:18 AM

Stumbled on this from January... which suggests Planet X are also thinking about Paddles.

(They're not committed to making a full set of FoC dinos though, AFAIK.)

Clay 2014-07-21 02:10 AM

Warbotron Swindle in color.


Ryan F 2014-07-21 04:20 PM

Really digging the individual bots for this, but the combined mode is still keeping me from pulling the trigger.

Say what you like about TFC Hercules, but at least it proved that it's possible to have a combiner arm that isn't made out of gappy robot thighs.

Clay 2014-07-22 10:24 PM

Hmm. Well, it has to do with how the legs are formed, too. In the case of Hercules, Bonecrusher and Scavenger have their legs at full length under the vehicle, so they don't have to shorten down. Superion and this Bruticus, however, all have their legs telescope up/down to make their alternate modes. Since their legs are already at the minimum horizontal width for the vehicle mode, they can't have an extra swivel in the hips like Hercules' has that leaves the combined mode's elbows flush.

But some companies have overcome it... the Maketoys Computron has little panels with pistons that fit over the elbow gaps. I don't know if they're part of the figure folded out or just orphaned pieces that fit into the gestalt and do nothing otherwise, though.

Clay 2014-07-25 08:56 PM

Prometheus #3 - not Hot Spot.

Pretty truck mode. Robot is a bit bulky in places, but that's probably for good effect elsewhere.

Also, Warbot Ron Sly Strike (Swindle) has come into stock at BBTS, as has Mech Ideas Gauntlet (Ironfist)!.

Denyer 2014-08-03 11:22 AM

X2 Impactor design is coming along... pretty sure the spikes are optional (edit: apparently, from the other photo) and hopefully they'll do multiple heads if that's the standard one...

Denyer 2014-08-09 11:35 PM

Phone pics I took without flash didn't really come out, so will spare you those, but saw the prototype earlier today and it does make for a nicely detailed deluxe class figure. Will probably get one to go with Jumpstarters and Lost Light crew rather than with larger Wreckers.

Clay 2014-08-10 04:19 AM

Another day, another new company with a new Dinobot set. This time they combine, and it looks... not bad.

Unicron 2014-08-10 01:52 PM

Oh goody, the Beast. Just what we need.

Nice looking Impactor though.

Cliffjumper 2014-08-10 04:01 PM

Eh... bit overdetailed for my tastes, would prefer Marvel to IDW on plain looks :(

Warcry 2014-08-10 05:30 PM


Originally Posted by Cliffjumper (Post 741897)
Eh... bit overdetailed for my tastes

Yeah. This describes a good 90% of the third-party robots out there, IMO. A lot of designers seem to think that including as much surface detail and greebles as possible into a design is the way to make things look good. Most of them look like something designed by a first-year design student trying to show off how they've mastered CAD software by cramming in as much as they can on a design, without stopping to ask whether they should. The end result just looks busy though, with none of the artistry that a really good toy sculpt should have.

The other 10% can produce some really nice toys (like that Slag everyone's been raving about -- they did a beautiful job making it look like an official MP) but I don't think Impactor here is one of them. Honestly, I think I liked the prettied-up Generations Warpath bootleg that iGear teased a couple years ago better.

Denyer 2014-08-11 07:07 AM

Just a quickie; one of the (no-photo) reveals at the AA 3P panel yesterday was the rumoured MMC Turmoil remould into Impactor, large voyager scale. Some of the presentation slides have now been shared. It'll be coming with a harpoon as well as the drill pictured.

Semi-decent snap of the X2 Firing Pin deluxe, which I kind of prefer but doesn't scale to most of the 3P and voyager Wreckers already released.

Knightdramon 2014-08-22 09:13 PM

F*ck this now Warden is on my buying list again

Unicron 2014-08-22 09:56 PM


Originally Posted by Knightdramon (Post 742301)

On the plus side, leg guns.
But am I the only one thinking how stupid it is to have to release an 'upgrade kit' to fix a pretty blatant design mistake, which also throws off the proportions of the figure?

Denyer 2014-08-23 09:16 AM

The toy's neat as is, they've just listened to feedback and can do something to enhance it as a kit rather than double-dipping as a re-release that'd piss off existing owners.

Knightdramon 2014-08-23 11:29 AM

Yeah, on one hand, it does look like a dick-ish move, on the other hand, this probably was not planned at all and just came from the feedback from buyers.

Either way, got to figure a way to shift a Warden in my purchasing schedule now. Damn and it was all going so smoothly...

Knightdramon 2014-08-23 02:22 PM

Quanton advance reviews


Combining and gestalt mode

Note that these are late test shots and the reviewer had no instructions.

Even with that in mind, they look...fiddly. Haven't watched the whole thing but dislike that the main torso bot's half alt mode is a detachable robot mode weapon.

Please make Guardia more solid than what I'm seeing here...please.

Clay 2014-08-25 02:09 PM


Originally Posted by Knightdramon (Post 742314)
Haven't watched the whole thing but dislike that the main torso bot's half alt mode is a detachable robot mode weapon.

In fairness, that's better than the original Scattershot. He just had a big gun hanging off his back doing nothing. Computron had that and giant engines attached to the back of the knees.

Knightdramon 2014-09-03 08:49 PM

Looks like MMC's Felisabre is not as exclusive as advertised. Preorders are up at BBTS, TFSource AND Kapow Toys, all with early bird.


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