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Old 2017-06-04, 11:05 AM   #5761
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Combiner Wars Skywarp
Whilst shopping for some plants in B&M, I saw a lonely CW Skywarp on the shelves and bought him on impulse. F**k me, he's great. Puts both the sad looking Classics Deluxe Seeker mould in the shade and Generations T30 Jetfire. I don't know if I just got a particularly shonky version of Jetfire, but his head was super loose and eventually split apart (yay) and the tolerances were all off, so getting him together was a pain in the ass. Skywarp, on the other hand, works like a dream. I can finally appreciate the clever transformation and engineering. The slight retooling is excellent - love the faux-cokcpit chest and blocky shoulders. The colours look amazing and whilst I'm not mad keen on the head sculpt (it looks a bit windswept when viewed from the side), its good and I like the black eyes (so emo!). He packs some weapons and then some! He lacks Jetfire's rear mounted ...thing, but adds in two masssive arm cannons and you can weapon up the jet mode to look fierce. Jet mode is excellent too, looking suitably swish and swooshable. Right size-class for the Seekers too and gives them the proper update from their G1 days they've always deserved. Easily the most impressive mainline Transformers toy I've picked up since Sky Shadow. I'd even go so far as to say this is better than the MP toy too - it just looks better and plays better. And doesn't feel so much of a cheaply made piece of crap like Jetfire too. Hooray!
 
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Old 2017-06-05, 06:50 PM   #5762
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So when I was at Collectomania on Saturday (where I met Transformers stars Ernie Hudson and Deep Roy. Plus John Barrowman liked my Geoff Senior/Target: 2006 t-shirt!) I picked up two TF things. I could have got more (MP Grapple and Inferno, Black Shadow), but was a good boy.

First up, Gnaw! What a fun little fellow he is. Exactly what the legends should be, and with a lot of articulation and paint he actually felt worth the price.

https://twitter.com/InflatableDalek/...00012652638208

And what everyone on twitter and Facebook wanted, a massive canvas print of the UK poster to Transformers The Movie! Close up, the detail isn't great (I guess it's from a scan of a scan), but standing back a bit it look great. Sadly the people running the stall seemed determined to avoid publicity and didn't have a website or card to share and they were too bulky for me to pick up more for anyone else:

https://twitter.com/InflatableDalek/...89230665732096
 
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Old 2017-06-05, 07:51 PM   #5763
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Love your twitter feed, dalek On John Barrowman "On an unrelated note, he's really good with the mentally ill"

...I gots another one of them robot toys what I like (and already have a version of)

Beast Wars Transformers Transmetal Waspinator Fox Kids Repaint (i think. its the yellow one anyway)

Man, 21 years old and Beast Wars still kicks ass. The Transmetals are all pretty much awesome (except poor Airrazor (is it two 'r's?) who got the 'this'll do' treatment ) and lovely and my favourites, and now I've discovered the additional collecting funtimes of the Fox Kids variants. Some of those are awful (the Blue Rhinox doesn't exactly set my pulse racing) or pointless (the gold repaint of the original Cheetor toy - still yellow mate, Airrazor - again). I wasn't aware of the repaints until about 10 years ago and never paid them much attention, but with anything from the main retail lines I'm interested in at the moment being either non-existent over here or available at hilarious prices online, I've been browsing through days of yore thinking if I'm going to pay slightly over the odds for a Transformer, it'll have to be something a bit more bloody interesting than today's honeycombed guff. So I found this which I paid 13 for, which I thought was fair enough. He's in great shape, with just a few paint chips to the abdomen (underneath, of all places) and oh my god, this thing is just awesome. Waspinator's original toy is a pretty sad looking thing, so his Transmetal toy was always the version I liked most. The main retail release is awesome enough, but how much more fun does this look in proper yellow wasp colours? A lot more. He's bright and cheerful, the daubs of paint picking out various bleepy-boop robot bits are smart , the green wings with black detailing (and his name on in cases he loses one at school) look fab and I like metallic blue bug eyes. The jet mode is still daft and the robot mode is INCREDIBLE. Except for where they painted over the trans-green eyes so the light piping doesn't work.
 
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Old 2017-06-05, 08:18 PM   #5764
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Sadly the people running the stall seemed determined to avoid publicity
Probably for the best (for them, given the source) -- I've got something similar of this that's blatantly been done from a (slightly better) desktop wallpaper but it suits the state of tech in that universe.
 

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Old 2017-06-05, 09:41 PM   #5765
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Always liked the look of TM Waspinator (in all its colours) but never owned one. I think it's neat that the toy has a bit of a Starscreamy vibe considering the character's history.

I found a Sawback yesterday. He's not as cool as Fangry or Overkill, but he's certainly better than Apeface. He's probably the only Titan Master so far whose "weapon" mode isn't a joke, on account of being a mostly-decorative shield instead of a gun. He makes a good companion piece for Sentinel Prime colour-wise, and he'll probably make a nice Steeljaw stand-in alongside the upcoming Ramhorn, but I'm not sure I'd recommend him as a standalone.

I don't really care for the head mode, but it is a pretty faithful rendition of the original long-faced Lione head.

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Old 2017-06-05, 10:19 PM   #5766
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Cheers for the spot. Given that 1d4 chan riffs off the whole 4 chan thing it's probably for the best (although they're better than a lot of other official 40K resources)... curating things this this for instance;

https://www.reddit.com/r/40kLore/com...us_mechanicus/

I'm a bit torn on the Titan Masters that turn into animals since the other modes are so rudimentary... there's not really any fun transformation to do / bear in mind. Like the Ramhorn though.

Takara's take on characters such as Misfire throwing in a targetmaster as well is really nifty and seems worth waiting for.
 
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Old 2017-06-08, 09:09 PM   #5767
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Finally found, Chaos on Velocitron in a Canadian TRU! So hard to find TRU exculsives in Canada!

Best part! He was on double sale! For those of you wondering what a double sale it. It means the store knocks the price down (Was over $150+tax, knocked down to $112+tax), and then I break out a coupon that was right next to the cash, so I paid $106 Canadian total for them!
 
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Old 2017-06-08, 10:05 PM   #5768
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Transformers Legends LG42 Godbomber
Courtesy of Denyer (thank you sir). Instant novelty straight out the box by actually being able to transform this new version. Robot mode is a lovely collection of boxes and looks pretty good. Arms are mired in necessity of forming armour for God Ginrai, so are fairly feeble flaps, but are still better than the original's. Titanmaster is cool (but is just boringly named 'Headmaster') and I like his hat. Will be looking forward to making the big robot with Super Ginrai. But that wont be tonight, looking at the instruction manual. Box art is funny - he looks like he's yawning.
 
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Old 2017-06-09, 07:41 PM   #5769
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Titans Return Fortress Maximus

Found the big guy at an Ollie's Bargin Outlet for $40USD. Haven't opened him up yet, as I'm staying at a friend's house for a few days, but I couldn't pass him up at less then the price of a Leader class figure.
 
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Old 2017-06-10, 04:36 PM   #5770
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Old 2017-06-11, 05:53 AM   #5771
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TR Blurr - For reasons known only to Hasbro, the larger release of Last Knight figures has included large chunks of the first couple of waves of Titans Return. Either that, or Walmart and TRU are using this as a chance to try to shift older stock. So while I passed on Blurr the first time around, I got him this time. And he's better than I thought he'd be. While he is very blue, it just seems to work. And I'm guessing that they blew the entire line's paint budget on his Titan Master.
 

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Old 2017-06-14, 04:26 AM   #5772
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Maketoys Hellfire is gigantic! I expected a toy an inch or so taller than the MP cars, but no, he's the size of Soundwave or Shockwave. But in hand, I'd say that size is about right.

The alt-mode is basically a pile of flimsily disguised arms and legs, so pretty much like the original. Maketoys made some token efforts to cover that up, but considering the source material there's only so much you can do. I find it difficult to get the rear end to tab together, but the alt-mode is so perfunctory that I can't bring myself to care too much.

I love the robot mode, though. It's huge and chunky, as it should be considering the character. The articulation is solid, though the shoulders are hampered a little bit by a design that doesn't divert very far from the original. That's the charm though, at least for me. There's not very much of the 'toon model going on here at all. It's heavily toy inspired, and it's really impressive just how far they were able to run with that. He looks like he should be an 80s brick, so the fact that he's not, at all, is what catches my eye the most.

Like all the third-party figures I've handled, there are a few minor flaws that call out "this isn't an official product and didn't receive professional quality testing", but nothing serious. The shoulder ratchets are way tighter than they need to be, though not so tight that it feels like I'll break anything. The one-piece crotch flap, however, is breakable and I've heard of more than one person snapping theirs because they weren't careful enough. And finally, his little wings pop off more easily than they should. There's nothing that I'd consider a deal-breaker, but enough that you can tell it was designed as a shelf piece first and a toy second.

But if you've ever wanted a Masterpiece-quality homage to the original Diaclone toys, this is as close to perfect as you're going to get. Inferno is probably the best character they could have picked to do it with. Would I want all of my Transformers to look like this? Definitely not. But it looks like that's the goal that Maketoys set for themselves, and damned it they didn't hit a home run. It's not going to fit in on a shelf with Takara's new, super-cartoony MPs, but that doesn't mean that it's a bad figure. I'd like to think that anyone who appreciates the original toys for what they are (as opposed to who they are, if you get my drift) would find a lot to like about this take on Inferno.
 
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Old 2017-06-16, 05:04 AM   #5773
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TR Apeface
I like this little guy! Objectively, Warcry's review is spot on - the Ape mode desperately needed some articulation and like all these Titan Masters, the value for money just isn't there - but he's kept me entertained on my desk at work and I've enjoyed having Spasma ride around on the ape's back. The jet mode is fine, but it's a bit of shame that you can't sit the robot in the jet securely. Overall, decent and one of the better Titan Masters.
 
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Old 2017-06-17, 05:07 PM   #5774
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TR Ominus & Sky Shadow - One of only two at my local Myer (been like that for a while) and used a giftcard to knock off $20. The first of the IDW Phase sixers in my collection.
 

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Old 2017-06-17, 10:37 PM   #5775
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If anyone's wondering about the NBK versions of whichever 3P Constructicons they are --

http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/thread...ckoff.1095836/
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/222509698994 etc

-- got a couple and the quality's really good, certainly worth the much-less-than-official-deluxe-figures price tag for detailed voyagers, puts the CW ones to shame.

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Mmm, I like the design much better than the MP although it's a bit too big to display with most of what I've got so he's just got Sunsurge for company. Tempted to add a Smokescreen.
 
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Old 2017-06-18, 07:38 AM   #5776
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Wow. The 3P market being knocked off is the funniest thing I think I've ever seen.

Anyway, my latest purchase has been

Fox Kids Beast Wars Transmetal Rhinox
This is actually pretty nice in hand. The blue is more of a lilac shade. The greeny/gold chrome is a bit of a jarring mix (why not purple, or blue?), butit's not too horrible. The robot mode with, its splattering of red paint over the face and chest, looks a lot more angry than the standard version, feels oddly back heavy on this release and I think it's because the figure uses a similar mix of plastic to the G2 Dinobots. It feels a lot lighter and less dense than the regular retail release, and this seems to translate to him being unable to support the weight of those rear legs/ treads in robot mode.
 
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Old 2017-06-19, 03:52 PM   #5777
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My son gave me Titans Return Brawn and "Roadburn" for Father's Day! Which is to say that I spotted them in the store the day before and my wife insisted on buying them and wrapping them up for me.

Both of them are pretty good for Legends-class figures. From how it looked in the package I expected the new Bee mold to work almost identically Classics Bumblebee, so I was surprised to see it was actually a bit more complex. Getting it tarted up as Chase is pretty cool, though in the finest Throttlebot tradition he's got Freeway's face and they didn't give him his proper name even though they've definitely got Chase trademarked thanks to Rescue Bots. The upper arms are a little awkward but considering that his only previous toy didn't even really have arms I don't think he'll complain too much.

Brawn's a fairly average little figure. I like it but nothing much stands out about it either way. Quite possibly because my little boy stole both of them to vroom around in car mode before I had a chance to do much with them.
 
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Old 2017-06-21, 12:46 AM   #5778
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I had the Unite Warriors Computron set show up a week or so ago after a month-long journey. Don't choose economy shipping for items from Japan: it took a detour with a minimum of one extra ocean.

I don't base figure buying on what I had thirty years ago, but I did with this set. I had the full set of Technobots for my birthday back in 1987, and I remember it very fondly. They were so futuristic, like little versions of sci-fi magazine and paperback covers in my hands. Granted, they weren't actually that great... Afterburner broke into pieces in fairly short order, Lightspeed and Strafe lost their heads to the combiner ports, and Nosecone and Scattershot... well, those two are actually still intact and around here somewhere. I really liked them is what I'm trying to say. They mean more than the just the figures themselves by representing a kind of 1980s futurism to me. Quantron does this too (and moreso than unite warriors set), but I couldn't not get the official set.

I didn't pay much attention when either the Hasbro or Takara sets came out, and have been playing a bit of catch-up over the past few months. I got the Takara set because I thought the Strafe looked much better, and I liked that they made new weapons for the whole set that look like the weapons for the G1 figures. Now, having the Takara set in hand and looking at pictures of the Hasbro set, HOLY SHOES does the Hasbro set look lazy by comparison. That Nosecone! It's just Brawl backwards!

Anyway, I'm pretty happy with the Takara set. Strafe is really well done and doesn't have the same QC problems as Blastoff (the head stays on and the legs stay together). He's probably my favorite Technobot and combiner wars mold overall. It's a shame that he's only available in an import box set. Nosecone is nice too, but drill tanks just don't hold a candle to starfigthers. Overall, I like the simplicity of the figures despite the compromises that demands. I think Quantron looks more impressive standing on the shelf, but the Unite Warriors set is definitely more fun to play with. Both are then keepers for different reasons.

tl;dr technobots is my jams.
 
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Old 2017-06-21, 02:22 AM   #5779
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TR Perceptor - Basically a smaller version of the G1 figure with better articulation. The scope has lenses in it, and a focus knob, but I can't get anything in the tray to actually be in focus. You can plug the sniper rifle into the back of the microscope. Using that as a foot rest, and the scpe edges as handrests, you can balance the TM so he's looking down the lens.

While at a Target, I started talking to a fellow TF fan, who let me know about a store (Toy Vault) in the mall across the street that sold old/2nd hand TFs. They had a pretty good selection, and I bought Beast Machines Jetstorm and [b]Energon Arcee[b] MOSC for about what two new deluxes would retail for.

I bought Arcee for an addition to my biker chick shelf, which is mostly other Arcees and their repaints. It's odd that she has hinged elbows, with ball-and-socket hands pieces to hide her palms in bike mode. It seems like she could've just had ball and socket elbows with her palms on the inside. Still a nice figure, even if she is too small to hold her weapon well.

I like Jetstorm's flight-bot mode. I've used all my flight stands, but had a few grippers and a rod left over. The holes in the rod are the same size as the holes you sometimes see in Mega Blocks tiles, so I was able to cobble together a workable stand.
 

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Old 2017-06-22, 09:20 AM   #5780
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Fox Kids Beast Wars Transmetal Airazor
As with Rhinox, much nicer in hand. The cosmetic changes compared to the original are pretty minimal, but done well. Essentially, the red of the original is replaced with yellow and the white is replaced with a nice powder blue. Add in some gold and she looks pretty swish. The robot mode is perhaps a bit bland, done up in just yellow, but she's nice enough.
 
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