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Clay 2017-07-20 03:07 PM

Advice sought (general thread)
 
We really ought to have a thread where we can ask the forum for recommendations or post questions about figures. So here it is.

Clay 2017-07-20 03:11 PM

BBTS has the TFC Liokaiser set available on heavy clearance, but I've read a bit of complaining about the set's combiner ports. I've gathered that one of the later figures contains replacement joints for the knees or something, but is the defect anything actually significant, or is it something fixable and relatively minor? I think Hound has this set...

Skyquake87 2017-07-21 08:37 PM

I have this set. Functionally, its all fine its just that everything feels very loose. Whether its the plastics, endless mould reuse or a combination of the two, but all the figures feel incredibly wibbly. I'm gonna say its the plastics or something, because the detailing and what have you is very crisp.

Stood next to the earlier retail releases of Superion and Mensor he feels very light and there's a noticeable difference in quality.

Hound 2017-07-24 02:53 PM

I think that individually all the figures are fantastic. The only thing I've worried about are the thin delicate looking wings and hinges on a few of them. I've broken one of the green tail fins on the "Leozack".

Combined it's a bit less fantastic. The connections for the limbs really aren't very strong. Especially you're going to find that the legs just don't feel very stable. It looks impressive enough combined but you're going to struggle posing it in anything that isn't a standing straight pose.

Denyer 2017-08-03 10:20 PM

No links to sellers please, but has anyone dipped into the current generation of MP KOs? "Shockwave" is currently going for about thirty-five quid from sellers with genuine reviews, which seems about right for a simple design with no vehicle manufacturer licensing TT are pricing themselves out of a market with.

And I absolutely haven't just ordered one.

Clay 2017-08-11 12:35 AM

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Originally Posted by Denyer (Post 764126)
No links to sellers please, but has anyone dipped into the current generation of MP KOs? "Shockwave" is currently going for about thirty-five quid from sellers with genuine reviews, which seems about right for a simple design with no vehicle manufacturer licensing TT are pricing themselves out of a market with.

And I absolutely haven't just ordered one.

I have a Ratbat KO... is that current? He seems like a legitimate product that was rejected for some very minor quality control issues. Haven't tried any of the larger figures, but a cheap-ish Shockwave does sound tempting.

I've ordered the TFC Liokaiser, which should be here in a few days. We'll see if I need to murder Hound then. :p

Heinrad 2017-08-13 05:07 AM

I eagerly await your report on TFC Liokaiser. If you don't wind up doing bad things to Hound, and they're still on sale Friday, I'll probably order a set.

Hound 2017-08-14 12:54 AM

I've warned you. Prepare to be disappointed in the combined mode. And be careful when transforming them.

Denyer 2017-08-16 12:26 AM

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Originally Posted by Clay (Post 764170)
Haven't tried any of the larger figures, but a cheap-ish Shockwave does sound tempting.

Minor leftover mould flash and using a dark metal spring for the hose would've made more sense than trying to ape the official one by painting it. It's designed to be removeable... plus without is more ActionMaster-y. Some of the hands are a bit loose. But for less than a third of official import price for something that frankly isn't as sharp a design as two other 3P ones? It's a bit of a no-brainer.

Heinrad 2017-08-18 09:44 AM

In all honesty, I'm just looking for a set that's a good representation of Breastforce that's moderately affordable. The G1 versions, and their KOs from the same era, are horrifically expensive, HasTak really dropped the ball on the CW version(in my opinion, at least), and the super cheap KO sets do away with the breastplates and replace Hellbat with Doublelealer. And the Kabaya set I found was awful.

From the pics, at least, these guys look beautiful.

Clay 2017-08-18 11:48 PM

TFC Hades/Liokaiser came in today. Spent a good three hours going through them and slowly building the combined mode. The set definitely has both design flaws and quality control problems (which I will document in a bit), but yaaas, this'll do.

The combined mode definitely has a wobbly-ness to it, but good poses can be had with patience. I was going to post a bunch of pictures, but I think this short video of the combiner withstanding the assault of my kitten Charlie is pretty convincing.


Heinrad 2017-08-19 05:56 AM

He looks pretty good. And Charlie didn't knock him down.

Heinrad 2017-08-30 01:26 AM

BREASTFORCE HAS ARRIVED!!!!!! And overall, I am well pleased. They aren't perfect(Leozak and Drillhorn's heads are a bit wobbly, some of Leozak's joints are very stiff), but they feel very solid. Drillhorn and Killbison are surprisingly heavy, Hellbat and Gaihawk look great. If I have a real gripe with the look of any of them, it's Jalgar. He looks a lot more massive than I was expecting.

The only one I've really messed with so far is Leozak. But from messing with him and Jalgar, these guys are definitely a little over-engineered. And it looks like these six could mop the floor with most of my TR and CW figures.

Heinrad 2017-10-03 01:53 AM

On a more general advice front.....

Iím thinking about ordering the Wei Jiang oversized KO MP Ironhide. It looks pretty good, and not only does it look to be a quality build, itís cheaper than the official version(and through some reengineering, does away with the hip panels). So my question is: has anybody else bought these Wei Jiang figures? If so, are they good quality? And is TF-Direct a good company to deal with as they appear to be the only place Iíve seen the figure for order?

Warcry 2017-10-03 03:09 PM

I haven't ordered any of the Wei Jiang figures myself, but I've heard nothing but good things about all of the things they've produced. Quality is allegedly as good as the official stuff.

No idea about TF-Direct.

Denyer 2017-10-03 07:45 PM

Have bought from TF-D and had quick service, and would certainly recommend WJ based on their upgraded Evasion Prime and smaller figures such as the OS 3P Throttlebots and OS TR Skullcruncher.

Tetsuro 2017-10-04 09:41 PM

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Originally Posted by Warcry (Post 764889)
I haven't ordered any of the Wei Jiang figures myself, but I've heard nothing but good things about all of the things they've produced. Quality is allegedly as good as the official stuff.

I wish that applied to the G1 KOs too.

HotShot81 2017-10-09 04:44 PM

Collector's Question
 
Now we all know boxing errors or bots with manufactures flaws are usually worth more than the perfect ones.

I got my hands on a Titans Return Cosmos, and like a load of bots he's waiting for several things until I let him out.

Thing is I noticed the box was not sealed correctly. Instead of the plastic being a straight on with the box, it's leaning to the left enough so that I could easily get say a knife in there.

I am just wondering if this error somehow makes it worth more in the future to collectors?

Clay 2017-10-11 01:26 AM

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Originally Posted by HotShot81 (Post 764971)
I am just wondering if this error somehow makes it worth more in the future to collectors?

Not likely. The people that chase that sort of thing are looking generally for stuff from decades ago. There's no qualitative difference between a boxing error from 1988 and one from 2017 mind you, but rather there's just no market.

Clay 2017-11-06 01:26 PM

Anyone have Susanoo / Bludgeon? I really like the look of it, but wanted to know if there's... anything to know before I buy one.

Clay 2017-12-01 12:47 PM

Does anyone know what kind of figure stands are compatible with the peg holes they've been including in most transformers for the past few years?

I know that the peg holes are included for that purpose, but I can't remember which stands they're designed for, or even if it matters.

Warcry 2017-12-01 07:04 PM

They're the same sized peg as you'd find on Figmas -- I've currently got Misfire hanging out in jet mode on the stand that came with one of my Links. So anything that's marketed as compatible with them should work with Transformers too.

I'm fairly sure that Japanese stands have fairly standardized peg sizes, so it shouldn't be too tough to track some down that are compatible.

Tantrum 2017-12-02 02:12 AM

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I've got a 3-pack of "Bandai Tamashii Stage Act.5 for Mechanics Clear" that work with TFs. All the other writing on the box is in Japanese. I had to tighten a screw to make it support a figure's weight, but have had no other problems. I think they're on Amazon.

The holes in TFs also fit the rods/pegs used by some Mega Blocks sets to make roll bars, exhaust pipes, and such.

I've attached a pic showing what you get and how I'm using it. Skybyte is the simplest, just a large rod plugged into the base. Highbrow has the large rod and base with two small rods and two hinges used to reach the top. Thundercracker doesn't have the mounting hole, so I have one of the flat claws grabbing his bot mode head to hold him steady. I took another flat claw, the last small rod, and some LEGO and Mega Blocks to make a 4th stand for Jetstorm.

In front are the other pieces. The 4 barely visible ovals are used to connect the bases to make a larger base. You can see the holes they connect to along the base edges. Then there's the 3rd hinge, 3 broad claws, and the 3rd flat claw.

My only complaint is that the holes on the bases are different sizes than those on the small rods, hinges, and figures. So, you can only plug large rods into bases, you can't use large and small rods to mount multiple small figures to the same base.

Clay 2017-12-03 11:18 PM

This is very helpful. Thanks!

Warcry 2017-12-14 08:18 PM

I completely forgot when I posted before, but I had a package of bootleg Tamashii stands (Act 4s I think, not Act 5s) slowly making their way from China. They finally showed up last night, and while I mainly got them for my Marvel figures, they work great for smaller Transformers as well. They're scaled for five- or six-inch figures, so Titan Master vehicles, Legends and Deluxes all work well with them.

They're all over eBay and I think I paid a bit over $1.50 a pop with free shipping. I don't even know what I'll do with all of the dozen I bought, but if I ever needed more I would be totally okay ordering more KOs. The quality is fine on all the ones I've set up so far, the joints are tight and the plastic isn't any more brittle than you'd expect from something this thin and clear. The only visible sign that they're fakes is the occasional air bubble inside (as you'll see on clear-molded TF accessories all the time) and some mold flash that wasn't properly cleared away, but is easy to clean up.

They also come with a lot of different bits (one articulated arm and one straight arm, an "extender" rod that you can use to raise the figures a bit higher and lots of different claw options). The bases are smaller than the ones Tantrum posted, but rectangular, so if you're looking to chain multiples together they'd be easier to work with than the Act 5's asymmetrical hexagon. You could probably get pretty creative combining different bits to count multiple figures per stand as well, but I'd imagine that balance would get pretty dicey quickly if they've got any mass at all.

The arms aren't as heavy-duty, though. I'm not sure they'd do a very good job holding up a Voyager-class figure. But they're a good option for smaller stuff.

Tetsuro 2017-12-20 12:47 AM

Say, is Thrust the only G1 conehead that actually had firing projectiles?

I've been thinking about getting the trio but the old Takara reissues are really pricey these days, but then I realized that it doesn't really make any difference with Ramjet and Dirge if neither one of them had any spring-loaded projectiles to nerf.

Skyquake87 2017-12-21 09:16 PM

Thrust is the only one with shooty missiles, yes. Whilst the original Takara reissues are expensive, the Platinum reissue set of all 3 from a couple of years back can be found cheaply enough.

Tantrum 2018-01-21 03:01 AM

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Originally Posted by Warcry (Post 765542)
They're the same sized peg as you'd find on Figmas -- I've currently got Misfire hanging out in jet mode on the stand that came with one of my Links. So anything that's marketed as compatible with them should work with Transformers too.

Does Misfire have the hole on the bottom? I was planning to use leftover stand bits to make something for Slugslinger, but his hole is on the aft end. I was still able to do it, but I had to make a second support out of clear Legos to balance him.

I used the leftover grippers shown above to make Attack on Titanmaster. The nape is the weak point, because you have to decapitate Revolver. The support frame is made of a clock tower that came with a Mega Blocks set.

Warcry 2018-01-21 03:27 AM

Misfire's is on the aft as well, probably in the same spot that Slugslinger's is. He didn't get a secondary port on his underbelly the way that Triggerhappy did, he just reuses the robot mode one.

It's funny you mention leftover stand bits, because I actually spent some time earlier this week drilling fitting holes into some of my acrylic risers (a fancy way of saying "repurposed Ferrero Rocher boxes and clear dollar store drawer inserts") to make extra bases for all the extra parts I've got left over. Actually seems to have worked out pretty well so far, and I'll probably wind up with close to double the number of stands when I've finished.

Tetsuro 2018-01-21 10:13 AM

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Originally Posted by Skyquake87 (Post 765772)
Thrust is the only one with shooty missiles, yes. Whilst the original Takara reissues are expensive, the Platinum reissue set of all 3 from a couple of years back can be found cheaply enough.

Same goes for the earlier Commemorative Series Dirge. Unfortunately Hasbro never reissued Ramjet in that line so getting the Takara reissues of both him and Thrust would be pretty costly - cheaper to just get the Platinum and then deal with the leftover Thrust.


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