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Old 2018-01-04, 11:27 PM   #5921
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Titans Return Trypticon
I was happy enough with the Platinum reissue of the original, but I did like the idea of having a version of the character that doesn't need batteries to play with. He's certainly a big one and towers over my cats. The sculpt and design is excellent and he feels sturdy and solid. And too me, certainly a lot less wibbly than Metroplex and Fort Max look. He's pretty simplistic in terms of transformation, the base mode is the best and fun to play houses with smaller figures. The space cruiser isn't very convincing, with it's anemic wings, and a bit of an afterthought. Generally, he's great fun as a big gobby robot dinosaur. Less fun are the 200 tiny stickers which are fiddly, small and poorly cut. I really hated putting these on, but can't deny they do add something. No idea why they thought putting stickers over the eyes (which are trans orange plastic) would be a good idea, so I left those off.
 
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Old 2018-01-05, 05:54 PM   #5922
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Realised I've missed a few over the last month, so to recap!:

Titans Return Seaspray:

Hoping he'd teach me his slick moves with the ladies (it seems, based on his accessory, bring them pizza) this is a fun little thing that perfectly captures his chubby little wierdo charms.

TR Missfire: Think this works better than Triggerhappy, mainly because the colours are more fun and I think the wings hide the folded over legs better in plane mode. Must get a Slugslinger now.

POTP Slash: Again, a fun silly little toy that finally adds the key dinosaur that has joined the Famous Ones since the Dinobots were first created.

Third Party Knock Off Galvatron: A smaller reworking of a larger 3P Galvy (See how they like it!) it's very simple and the cannon barely qualifies as such, but the robot mode is nice and fun and probably the closest someone has come to making a good looking Galvatron in all the attempts to create a new one.
 
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Old 2018-01-05, 08:33 PM   #5923
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Third Party Knock Off Galvatron: A smaller reworking of a larger 3P Galvy (See how they like it!) it's very simple and the cannon barely qualifies as such, but the robot mode is nice and fun and probably the closest someone has come to making a good looking Galvatron in all the attempts to create a new one.
Which 3P Galvy is it a knockoff of tho?
 
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Old 2018-01-06, 06:01 AM   #5924
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POTP Beachcomber arrived today. Like Ganon a few weeks back, I'm baffled by why so much of him is black plastic painted grey. But otherwise I think he's a really nice little figure. The robot mode is stocky but it has nice articulation. The transformation is simple and fast, and the dune buggy alt mode makes for one of the nicer Titan Master compatible mini-vehicles.

He looks great alongside the recent Seaspray, Powerglide and Cosmos figures as well. The four of them fit together nicely even though Hasbro spread them out across four different lines with four different gimmicks. It really makes me wish for a decent Warpath in the same scale, even though I still adore the Generations Deluxe from a few years ago.
 
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Old 2018-01-06, 06:23 AM   #5925
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Power Of The Primes Legends have started to show up at my local Entertainer, so I picked up...

POTP Beachcomber
I finally have a Beachcomber! I really like this figure, save for the gaping hole at the back in vehicle mode. Good, fun quick transformation and a nice sculpt and design, even if I personally miss the toy's faceplate.

POTP Slash
Nice G1-homaging new Dinobot character (heresy!) which has some really nice piant apps and plastic choices. I especially like the smoked plastic sections which mimic those sort of panels on the original Dinobt toys. Robot mode isn't all curves, which is nice and it's good that Hasbro have (with this figure at least) moved away from making all Female Transformers curvy and with high heels.

POTP Skrapnel
Bought to round out the new versions of the Insecticons I've ended up with. It's a shame that the three of these all vary slightly in shades of purple and yellow so don't quite have the uniformity of the originals, but they're each enormous fun and a nice update.

I also picked up three Titan Masters before these disappear from shelves; Loudmouth, Skytread and Nightbeat. All three are fun little Kinder toys, good for fiddling about with. I still baulked at paying 6.97 each for these as they really don't feel good value for money.

And finally, courtesy of ebay, Animorphs Rachel/ Lion w/ Evil Yeerk

What a bizarre figure this is. Love it! It's interesting for not only the silly mid-morph design, which gives Rachel a feline face in human form (which you can flip to reveal her human face, but sadly this doesn't lock in place), but also for what she transforms into. A male Lion. So some nice gender fluidity on the go there, twenty years before that was 'cool' :P . The only thing I can't say I like, are the 'gloves' that cover the human hands. It would have been nice if the paws could have just folded out of the way. Transformation is pretty standard Beast Wars fare, but works well and the beast mode proportions are decent. The pack in Yeerk is an amusing gummy looking slug. It doesn't do anything, but is a nice extra to have thrown in.
 
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Old 2018-01-06, 05:44 PM   #5926
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TR Apeface.

TR Repugnus.

Unless I find Ramhorn somewhere, these are the only two Titan Masters I had much interest in.
 

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Old 2018-01-10, 04:02 PM   #5927
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Following my Target's stocking of the PotP Deluxes and Legends, I found PotP Grimlock and Starscream sitting on the shelf. Picked up both of them, even though I figured I could let Starscream sit for a while (I get the feeling Grimlock will be the faster selling one, but couldn't help myself). Haven't opened either as of yet, but they both look pretty good... at least to me.

Starscream seems to suffer from elephantitis in the forearms and calves, but otherwise his colors are sharp. The stickers look crappy though. I've been wanting a Voyager sized Classic-styled SS for a long time, so on that front I am happy - it will also be neat to have a combiner with a Starscream torso, just for fun . I've seen a couple reviews though, that don't paint such a nice picture, so I'll keep my enthusiasm guarded for now.

Grimlock also looks pretty good in package, at least in robot mode. I'm fully prepared for a not-so-hot T-Rex mode, as the tail looks really chunky from photos. Aside from that, having a good sized Grimlock that looks better than the FoC one will be great. You know what stinks though? NO WEAPONS!!! How in the world can a bruiser like Grimlock not come with one stinking sword or gun??? A simple red Blitzwing sword would have sufficed. Blasphemy. Looks like I will have to forage for something for him to wield. And no, the 'Prime FeetArmor' doesn't count.
 


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Old 2018-01-10, 04:22 PM   #5928
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Picked up both of them, even though I figured I could let Starscream sit for a while (I get the feeling Grimlock will be the faster selling one, but couldn't help myself).
That's how it is around here! Every other POTP figure sold out in a snap and hasn't been restocked yet, but I could buy at least five Starscreams without going out of my way.

Can't say that I blame folks. He looks really blah in the package with his oversized limbs, ugly stickers and plain, half hollowed out wings. It really emphasizes all of his worst features. Grimlock's robot mode at least looks pretty cool in the box, regardless of whatever problems you might find when you open him.
 
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Old 2018-01-10, 04:31 PM   #5929
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That's how it is around here! Every other POTP figure sold out in a snap and hasn't been restocked yet, but I could buy at least five Starscreams without going out of my way.

Can't say that I blame folks. He looks really blah in the package with his oversized limbs, ugly stickers and plain, half hollowed out wings. It really emphasizes all of his worst features. Grimlock's robot mode at least looks pretty cool in the box, regardless of whatever problems you might find when you open him.
I think you can tell that it's one of those 'Torso-first' designs and everything else came after. And I still wish they would mold a SS head that has a smirk, or something with a little character. All of his recent art features the smirk, though all we get is stone-face SS. The other thing that struck me is the jet mode - it doesn't really scream SS to me. It looks more like CW Silverbolt to me. The mold designs in the blue parts of his body also appear destined for repainting into somebody else.
 


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Old 2018-01-10, 07:23 PM   #5930
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I get what you mean re: Silverbolt. Starscream basically wears the whole jet mode on his back, doesn't he? I don't think they could have done much else, not with him being a combiner torso. The G1 Seeker transformation is unique and iconic, but I think doing it properly would have made the torso mode pretty unstable. And I actually think the torso mode comes out pretty well, kind of a blend of his G1 and Movie looks.

I think the reason why they don't give him a smirk is because they're hoping to repaint it as Skywarp or Thundercracker later and don't want to have to remold the head to make it more character-appropriate. They totally should, though. It'd fit the character so much better. As is, it's like how Reveal the Shield Jazz just feels kinda off because he's got the most "serious business" face of all time.
 
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Old 2018-01-11, 01:54 AM   #5931
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PotP Grimlock - The dino mode looks great from the front. That sounds like faint praise, but with the Animated and, I believe, FoC Grims having blatant gaps in the dino chest, without even an attempt to conceal the bot head, PotP Grim looks pretty good. The dino back has the combiner waist plate in plain view, as well as the panel concealing the combined head, but at least it looks fairly solid.

The tail isn't just blocky, it's flat. They could have made the dino body taper off into the tail better without harming the functionality of the bot and torso modes. But, the other two modes would have looked worse.

I don't think he's a torso-first design, since the torso's a bit of a kludge. The shoulders are too wide. Putting the extra hand/armor things in his sides helps, especially if you attach them to the holes in the dino legs, not the bot chest. The width does prevent bulky deluxes causing combiner arms to bump into the torso/thighs, which I've had with CW combiners. It works better than I thought it would from pictures, though I still think they should've gone with Sludge as the torso.


TLK Nitro - I was going to pass on this guy due to the amount of blatant leg kibble under the wings. But, I saw him on clearance, gave him a shot, and am glad I did. The instructions try to show all the molded detail on too small a page, and are pretty useless. Fortunately, his leg splitting and asymetrical arm transformaion are similar enough to Dragonstorm that I was able to figure him out on my own.

The way the wings fold into the shoulder cannons is clever. The cockpit becoming a melee weapon is clever. The way the arms fold into the torso is clever. And then you point the toes and fold the legs under the wings. It's like Hasbro's decided that a ridiculous amount of non-aerodynamic kibble under plane mode wings is a feature, not a bug.


RiD Galvatronus - After picking up Ultra Bee and Shocknado (the purple crash combiner) I decided to give one of the 5 member teams a shot, and picked the one that looked better. Cyclonus is a decent toy on his own, though the bot mode lacks articuation.

Cyberwarp and Skyjack (the arm bots) have ball jointed shoulders and hinged hips and knees, though the legs don't separate. They basically have the articulation of a titanmaster, sans neck joint. That's more than the limb bots I grew up with, so I'm satisfied. The leg bots are bricks, like Strongarm and Sideswipe.

The vehicle modes don't look like any real world vehicle, but do look like vehicles that someone would design on their own, not just bot pieces jumbled together, which is what I want out of a cybertronian mode.

My only complaint is that the connector joints in the legs are awkwardly placed within the leg bots, not at the actual knee. This means that only the skinny leg of a 5-bot torso can fit down there to make a connection. I was hoping to give one leg each to Ultra Bee and Shocknado so they could hop around, Kuribo's shoe style, but that's impossible.


Tribute Optimus Prime/Orion Pax - Optimus is kind of tricky since he's packed slightly mistransfromed to fit in the box better, so he doesn't match the starting point of the instructions.

Orion Pax (TM Kup repaint) is why I wanted the set, and is definitely the highlight. The way the sides of the vehicle fold to become the legs results in a near kibble free bot mode without a complicated transformation. It reminded me a bit of Prime Vehicons.
 

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Old 2018-01-12, 03:51 PM   #5932
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I was able to open up Starscream and fiddle with him over the last two nights and... very disappointed. I would warn against anyone rushing out to get him at full retail; I paid $25 USD, and he's probably worth $10-15. The jet mode is quite chunky on the bottom, as he's just folded up underneath, and poorly at that. I'm having a hell of a time getting his arms to peg in properly without splitting the legs/engines apart. I don't think this is an isolated incident either, as a couple of reviews I have seen mention the same thing. Some panels don't line up properly, and the null rays themselves don't plug in deeply to the wings so they fall out easy.

As for the robot, he's just OK. Not balanced very well, and the stickers are shoddy. I haven't yet found a good way to position his arms with the null rays, without them going straight out to the side.

Oddly, the TR Voyagers made it a point to put up the 'cheek protectors' to make their heads look bigger, and with SS they just molded him a tiny head. At least Grimlock's is the proper size.

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I get what you mean re: Silverbolt. Starscream basically wears the whole jet mode on his back, doesn't he? I don't think they could have done much else, not with him being a combiner torso. The G1 Seeker transformation is unique and iconic, but I think doing it properly would have made the torso mode pretty unstable. And I actually think the torso mode comes out pretty well, kind of a blend of his G1 and Movie looks.
Yep, that jet is essentially stuck there on one rotating peg. It gives him a good back silhouette, but sadly hampers his arms with anything pegged into his shoulders. I haven't put him into torso mode yet, but I hope to do so this weekend. Maybe that will be his saving grace.

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I think the reason why they don't give him a smirk is because they're hoping to repaint it as Skywarp or Thundercracker later and don't want to have to remold the head to make it more character-appropriate. They totally should, though. It'd fit the character so much better. As is, it's like how Reveal the Shield Jazz just feels kinda off because he's got the most "serious business" face of all time.
I have that feeling too. Unfortunately I would feel slightly compelled to get Skywarp because of his sweet color palette, but the figure is just a stinker.

PotP Jazz's face errs on the side of serious as well.

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PotP Grimlock - The dino mode looks great from the front. That sounds like faint praise, but with the Animated and, I believe, FoC Grims having blatant gaps in the dino chest, without even an attempt to conceal the bot head, PotP Grim looks pretty good. The dino back has the combiner waist plate in plain view, as well as the panel concealing the combined head, but at least it looks fairly solid.

The tail isn't just blocky, it's flat. They could have made the dino body taper off into the tail better without harming the functionality of the bot and torso modes. But, the other two modes would have looked worse.

I don't think he's a torso-first design, since the torso's a bit of a kludge. The shoulders are too wide. Putting the extra hand/armor things in his sides helps, especially if you attach them to the holes in the dino legs, not the bot chest. The width does prevent bulky deluxes causing combiner arms to bump into the torso/thighs, which I've had with CW combiners. It works better than I thought it would from pictures, though I still think they should've gone with Sludge as the torso.
You're right, FoC Grimlock's chest was a gaping hole. The PotP version covers this much better.

I was surprised at how wide the T-Rex looked when viewed straight on. It's not a deal-breaker, mind you, just surprising. Pretty fun in dino mode otherwise! I have trouble getting the top of the legs to peg in properly for the tail. The tip and mid fit together just fine. Am I doing something wrong? It's like his hip joints are too far apart for it to snugly tab together.

Robot-wise, he's light-years ahead of Starscream... I'm still sad he didn't come with a weapon though. I'll have to try him in torso mode this weekend too.
 


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Old 2018-01-13, 02:16 AM   #5933
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The dino is a bit wide. A lot of it's the bulky bit shoulders giving thick dino hips. I've got PotP Grim next to his Animated, Energon, and RiD15 counterparts. The RiD one might actually have it worse. The Animated one looks better due to narrow bot arms. The best T-Rex mode might actually be the Energon one, since it's got rounded dino hips to minimize the extra width, and doesn't have a gap anywhere.

I have no problem getting the top part of PotP Grim's tail together, and can easily put a Titan Master on the two pegs there. However, this leavs a gap on the underside of the tail, where the stickered sections do not touch. Maybe you need to rotate the bot thighs just a bit.

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If they're going to make more torsos out of this mold, I hope they make a lot more limbs. I already have more torsos than limbs to go with them from CW, and I doubled up on some Deluxes when they hit discounters. They've announced 3.5 sets of limbs for PotP, and 5. If they're going to do more PotP Seekers, I'd hope for a Deluxe Thundercracker/Skywarp/Acid Storm/Sunstorm mold, a Legends weapon Dirge/Ramjet mold, and a Legends armor Thrust mold for 1 all Seeker combiner instead of several orphaned torsos.

TR Slugslinger - He's a reworking of Triggerhappy, but without the rotation in the back. He wears his jet wings as a backpack instead of on his arms, which may help articulation, but doesn't look as good. My only real beef is that I thought the flight stand mounting hole would be on the bottom, which would make it easy to make a stand out of Mega Blocks. But, it's on top, which would be more complicated.

TR Wingspan and Cloudraker - I was going to skip these, since the original clones were one of the things that put me off TFs back in the day. What was the point of having supposedly identical bot modes, with special rubsigns to reveal which was which, when it was obvious from their kibble who was whom?

But, since these two were sold together, without their alleged twins, I figured I'd give them a shot as stand alone toys. I wanted to have a TM ride around on a little bird, and now I can, so I'm satisfied. The jet's OK, too, with a little seat that opens up.
 

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Old 2018-01-13, 11:21 AM   #5934
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RID 2015 Strongarm - Wasn't originally going to buy this figure, but not much was of interest to me at the time so I thought to myself 'why not?'
 

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Old 2018-01-14, 01:39 PM   #5935
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I picked up one of the limbs for a a few quid at TFNation and haven't stopped fiddling with it and enjoyed it enough to see if I could track the set down. Took 6 months of waiting for a reasonably priced set to come up (or one at all in the UK), but I finally got one! This was the 2007 Walmart exclusive recolour of the Energon Constructicon team in G1-ly colours. The set looks lovely - I love the vibrant colours they've used - and each of the individual robots are pretty decent, although the crane mould remains the weakest of all the Energon combiner limbs - that big goofy boom arm just isn't practical and gets in the way of everything. The gestalt isn't too bad, but on this example at least, the leg connections are quite weak, so the legs tend to fall off when you pick up Devastator. What really harms it - as with all the Energon gestalts - is the narrow waist which really limits how you can successfully get this thing to stand. Plugging the foot / claw connectors into the two payloaders also rapidly scrapes the paint off the figures too, which is annoying.
 
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I have no problem getting the top part of PotP Grim's tail together, and can easily put a Titan Master on the two pegs there. However, this leavs a gap on the underside of the tail, where the stickered sections do not touch. Maybe you need to rotate the bot thighs just a bit.
Yep, that was the problem. The left hip needed to be straightened by one click to make it more snug. It's so subtle I didn't even notice at first.

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If they're going to make more torsos out of this mold, I hope they make a lot more limbs. I already have more torsos than limbs to go with them from CW, and I doubled up on some Deluxes when they hit discounters. They've announced 3.5 sets of limbs for PotP, and 5. If they're going to do more PotP Seekers, I'd hope for a Deluxe Thundercracker/Skywarp/Acid Storm/Sunstorm mold, a Legends weapon Dirge/Ramjet mold, and a Legends armor Thrust mold for 1 all Seeker combiner instead of several orphaned torsos.
Same here, though not to the same extent. Right now I'm sitting on CW Cyclonus and PotP Starscream, with no real limbs in sight (save for Dreadwind and the incoming Darkwing). So that takes care of half of one. Now I just need 6 more (appropriate) limbs.

Also, I finally put SS into torso mode, and it may be his saving grace... it doesn't exonerate him from his previous shortcomings though. He's sturdy all around and the look is pretty neat in the end. As Tantrum mentioned above, I hope we get some other Seekers, and I would even be happy with the non-coneheads being the limbs. Probably a missed opportunity for Hasbro to simply repaint the Voyager mould though.

Through putting him in torso mode, I also fixed an issue with his alt-mode: the arms have a small nub that 'locks' them into place for functioning as his torso legs. This is also required (something I missed earlier) for snapping the arms in nicely in jet mode. It's still not great, but at least it's better.

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Old 2018-01-15, 09:14 PM   #5937
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When I hit Walmart last week, the shelves were pretty bare, but there was a printout by the pegs listing how to stock PotP stuff. It was dated 15 Jan, so I stopped by again today. No PotP stuff I didn't already have, but I did get:

TLK Wave 3 Bumblebee - This is my 7th movie Bee purchase, and my first at regular retail. I got the black Power Battler at TJ Maxx, and the rest at 2nd hand shops and flea markets. He looks good, and the transformation is clever. But, stuff pops off pretty easily, and it can be tricky to get everything lines up correctly. If he'd been made slightly larger, like the Deluxes of earlier movies, that might've helped. His weapon is a cannon that can replace his left forearm, instead of being hand held. If he can transform with that in place, I'll probably just leave it in all the time.

They also had Turbo Changer marked down to $2. That still wan't enough to get me to buy TC Bee, who looked pretty awful, but I did get the other 3:

Megatron - 5 movies in, and I still don't have a full size Megatron. I've got the little beige truck that came with a trailer/base, Power Battlers Galvaton, and now this guy. He's pretty nice. He does a better job of concealing his bot parts in jet mode than most fill size planeformers. His head is completely covered, and there's no bot parts under the wings. The only flaw is his feet fold down below the jet instead of hiding away anywehere, and even this acts to make the plane display level when you set it down. If there's any left next time I'm there, I may pick up more.

Berserker - Having the Deluxe Berserker and Crankcase, I wanted a Dread that I could actually get into SUV mode. This fits the bill, though the bot's backpack is ridicuous. It's not only large, it sticks way out.

Grimlock - I already own this mold in another color scheme, but it's good enough to own again. I like watching all the bot pieces fall into place when all you do is unfold the T-Rex legs. I may display these next to my other movie dinos as the TLK baby Grims.
 

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Old 2018-01-18, 01:16 PM   #5938
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Encore Bruticus

Probably because of how bad Hasbro's Piranacon reissue had it, the Encore Bruticus doesn't seem so bad, apart from the aesthetical issues brought about by mold degradation. At least unlike the aforementioned Piranacon, he can actually stand straight.
 
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Old 2018-01-20, 02:53 PM   #5939
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POTP Dreadwind. He's an Aerialbot! Actually, he's a better Aerialbot than the real Aerialbots, because he's the only one whose wings end up on his lower legs in robot mode, like the G1 Aerialbots. That makes him slightly more clunky than the CW uses of this mold though, and you can see why Hasbro didn't go with this originally.

He's got more reused parts than I thought from pictures, but they still did a pretty good job of making him look like Dreadwind considering the combiner transformation puts his cockpit on his back. The new head, shoulders and chest differentiate him well enough from Skydive and Air Raid, the colours are wild, and overall I think he's my second favourite use of the Aerialbot body style.
 

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I bought a RID (2001) Megatron for about the price of a Voyager class figure off a Facebook group and apart from some chrome wear he's in reasonably good shape.
 

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