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Old 2014-02-09, 12:57 AM   #3641
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I wandered forth into the Cursed Earth and found...

Armada Starscream and Scoop!

Scoop is interesting. They cut the yellow paint app on the scoop, so he looks kinda plain in vehicle mode. His transformation is more complex then expected but still pretty damned simple. There are 12 steps listed on his instructions, 4 of which relate to his scoop. He's got pretty good articulation, although not awesome. He's also a bright orange. Like creamsicle orange. His Targetmasters are pretty much what you'd expect if you've dealt with Targetmasters before.

Armada Starscream is...pretty neat. His jet mode is a pretty. His swords fold up and store under his wings. Said wings are on ball joints to give added poseability in robot mode. His articulation isn't perfect, but still very good. His arms are on a hinge and swivel arrangement. The hinged part has an "armpit" piece that is detailed to look like cables so when he lifts his arm it doesn't look really off. He's got 4 mini-con ports, two on his engines/backpack, and one on each arm. While not really necessary these days it's a nice touch.
 
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Old 2014-02-09, 08:11 AM   #3642
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Opened MP-8 Grimlock last night. I am very pleased!

They've not messed with the G1 transformation at all - just tweaked it to improve the legs and wings. And I love how the dino head lays flush against his back between the wings. A bit of a shame the waist seems a bit wobbly - as if it doesn't lock into place properly in robot mode (but then, MP Starscream is way worse...). I know everyone has said this about him already, and he's been reviewed and praised to death, so I won't wax lyrical. I missed out first time round due to my employment circumstances, so I really felt I had to pick up the reissue before my first child came along (any day now) and changed my financial situation again.

The extras that come with this reissue (assuming the seller / store you buy him from doesn't charge extra for these - fortunately Robotkingdom don't) are pretty neat. The flame sheath for the sword struck me as random (does Grimlock ever have this in the G1 cartoon or comics? I can't remember...), but actually looks great on display. It also lights up nicely with the arm-light gimmick thingy. Downside is it's pretty heavy, and so limits poseability as the wrist joint is just too weak to hold it anyother way than up or down. The coin that transforms into a crown? Well, forget the 'transforms' part straight away (although I notice this has been dropped from most listings now)! It's just a cardboard box, with a plastic coin-shapped box within, that's a bugger to open. Within the plastic coin is pretty heavy metal crown, which is fitted to Grimlock's head. So, the exclusive accessories are hardly necessary (unlike, say, Bluestreak's shoulder launchers!), but you could say that about the waiter outfit for Grimlock's T-rex mode that comes as standard anyway. in fact, I'd take the flame sheath and crown over the waiter getup anyday.
 


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Old 2014-02-09, 06:01 PM   #3643
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The flame sheath for the sword struck me as random (does Grimlock ever have this in the G1 cartoon or comics? I can't remember...)
Not in the 80s if memory serves, but his sword was pretty frequently shown to be on fire in the Dreamwave books.
 
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Old 2014-02-10, 12:56 AM   #3644
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Got Scoop this weekend. Debated between him and Armada Starscream as I could only afford one (or so my wife told me). I left it up to my daughter, who chose Scoop. Who would have thought a 3 1/2 year old would pick the bright orange one?

I like Scoop, but he's kinda bland. The orange creamscicle color is nice, as are the Targetmasters. As mentioned above by Thunderwave, the transformation is simplified, but not so much as to ruin the fun. Knowing almost nothing about Scoop, I was optimistic I would like the character after reading the included comic. Little did I know he'd be on about two pages and trapped in a cell. No help there.

I think I will still look for Starscream when I get paid again because he looks pretty neat.
 


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Old 2014-02-10, 01:33 AM   #3645
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Went into Big Lots(aka Where Unsold Toys Go To Die Or Be Discounted), and found something I didn't mind paying the discounted price for.

For the not too bad sum of $15, I got the KRE-O Optimus Prime. All five trillion pieces of him.

Okay, there aren't quite that many, but there are a lot. What I can't figure out is why they've got a G1 Prime head on a Movie Prime body design.
 

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Old 2014-02-10, 09:39 AM   #3646
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I like Scoop, but he's kinda bland. The orange creamscicle color is nice, as are the Targetmasters. As mentioned above by Thunderwave, the transformation is simplified, but not so much as to ruin the fun. Knowing almost nothing about Scoop, I was optimistic I would like the character after reading the included comic. Little did I know he'd be on about two pages and trapped in a cell. No help there.
Well, the original was hardly a model of complexity, so it would have to go some way to be even simpler than that...!
 
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Old 2014-02-11, 03:52 AM   #3647
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Saw some Beast Hunters deluxe figures on two-for-one clearance, and dammit, I needed a new toy today to fiddle with.

Opened up the red dragon and blue dragon (Lazerbeast and Skystalker?). Nice, simple, intuitive. Nothing really astonishing about them, but solid fun little figures. I like the blue one more since it can move its dragon head around more freely and crouch on its haunches.
 
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Old 2014-02-11, 06:23 AM   #3648
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I'm not that keen on Skystalker (the blue one). I think it's kind of a mess in both modes, especially robot. I got Grimwing on clearance a while back, though, and was very pleasantly surprised. I'm trying to quit buying since I'm in the process of packing away a bunch of my old ones (two 18 gallon tubs and counting), but I know that Predaking will be dropping even lower than $25 at Target soon, and I'm pretty sure he'll be mine. Curse this addiction! I gotta get clean.
 
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Old 2014-02-11, 09:53 AM   #3649
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Micromaster Station Ironworks

I love these little Micromaster sets. They're so cute and ten times better than the crappy Cyberverse Playsets of today.
 
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Old 2014-02-11, 11:33 AM   #3650
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I'm not that keen on Skystalker (the blue one). I think it's kind of a mess in both modes, especially robot. I got Grimwing on clearance a while back, though, and was very pleasantly surprised. I'm trying to quit buying since I'm in the process of packing away a bunch of my old ones (two 18 gallon tubs and counting), but I know that Predaking will be dropping even lower than $25 at Target soon, and I'm pretty sure he'll be mine. Curse this addiction! I gotta get clean.
That Predaking is $17.50 at my local Targets. The tag on him reads $37, but the price scanner says otherwise. They've been hyper aggressive with their clearance and, on occasion, it'll ring up even less at the register.
 
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Old 2014-02-11, 12:54 PM   #3651
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Mine has an entire shelf of them that got moved to the clearance aisle toward the end of January. I was kind of assuming (hoping) that they'd drop again to 70% off on February 1, but they didn't. It looks like they're clearing out just about all of the Target exclusives, as they usually have to do.
 
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Old 2014-02-11, 03:10 PM   #3652
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The great big dragon guy? I might be interested at that price.
 
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Old 2014-02-11, 05:02 PM   #3653
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I have no willpower. Picked up Armada Starscream yesterday.

So far I am very pleased with him. Never was into anything from the Unicron Trilogy, so this one marks a special occasion for me (actually I heard the included comic pegged the design as a new body for G1 Starscream, so it was right up my alley). As a toy he's pretty awesome - well balanced, good colors and paint, and he's got a nice, pissed-off look on his face. The jet mode is kinda weird in my opinion, but that just has to do more with the Armada design than anything else.
 


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Old 2014-02-12, 09:00 PM   #3654
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Whirl's awesome, although I doubt there'll be many unbroken ones around in years to come. And I hate stickers -- rarely manage to get them exactly enough in position.
 
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Old 2014-02-13, 02:44 PM   #3655
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Armada Starscream is...pretty neat. His jet mode is a pretty. His swords fold up and store under his wings. Said wings are on ball joints to give added poseability in robot mode. His articulation isn't perfect, but still very good. His arms are on a hinge and swivel arrangement. The hinged part has an "armpit" piece that is detailed to look like cables so when he lifts his arm it doesn't look really off. He's got 4 mini-con ports, two on his engines/backpack, and one on each arm. While not really necessary these days it's a nice touch.
Does his see through hollow lower leg bother you? I couldn't make my mind of getting him because of this.
 
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Old 2014-02-13, 02:46 PM   #3656
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That Predaking is $17.50 at my local Targets. The tag on him reads $37, but the price scanner says otherwise. They've been hyper aggressive with their clearance and, on occasion, it'll ring up even less at the register.
My local target marked him at $27 but beeped at $13.74. Cheaper than a deluxe. So I got one for my son.
 
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Old 2014-02-13, 05:46 PM   #3657
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My local target marked him at $27 but beeped at $13.74. Cheaper than a deluxe. So I got one for my son.
Did they have any more left?
 
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Old 2014-02-13, 08:46 PM   #3658
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Did they have any more left?
3 left this morning.
 
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Old 2014-02-13, 10:56 PM   #3659
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Micromaster Base Skyhopper

Holy f**k this is awesome! Absolutely love it. Definitely the best of these base/ playset things I've picked up so far.
 
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Old 2014-02-14, 12:21 AM   #3660
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Does his see through hollow lower leg bother you? I couldn't make my mind of getting him because of this.
The fin folds up and fills in the gap nicely. I hadn't noticed it until you said something. So no, it doesn't bother me. Heh.
 
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