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Old 2017-06-24, 06:58 PM   #5781
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The Last Knight Barricade - Big W is having it's annual 'Big Toy Sale' where I layby'd TR Trypticon and bought Barricade, as a tie-in to watching the movie that I don't know if I like or not.
 

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Old 2017-06-26, 02:19 AM   #5782
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TR Scourge: Another in the 'Nope, I'm not gonna get him' line, because once I figured out the wing unfolding on Generations Scourge, I liked him a lot better. But the more I looked at RTS Cyclonus, looking all toon accurate, I figured TR Scourge would go next to him better. And he does. On the up side, he can also hold Generations Scourge's gun, so he's not stuck using a chair for a weapon.
 

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Old 2017-06-26, 08:28 PM   #5783
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Got my hands on Crashbang for $4.00 CND!

While I never really wanted him, at $4.00 he was a steal, which make sense he is a Decepitcon!
 
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Old 2017-07-02, 11:26 AM   #5784
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TR Brawn: Finally, the local Walmart got some new figures in. Well, okay, one. Several copies, but one. Brawn. I have to say, he looks pretty good. His vehicle mode looks odd in the box art, but he's a very solid minibot. Now I just have to hope they make Outback.
 

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Old 2017-07-04, 07:10 PM   #5785
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I found a TR Gnaw! I don't think it's a very good Transformer at all. The robot mode is kind of useless, with the weird half-curl molded into the arms and feet that are as big as his entire torso. But the beast mode is so damn cute that I can't hate it, even though I doubt I'll ever transform it much, or even use it for anything but a cute decoration.
 
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Old 2017-07-04, 09:43 PM   #5786
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Scoured the bins of ebay for three figures I sold, bought, sold and now wish I hadn't, so bought them again, now that they can all be found for cheap following TR and CW and MP updates...

Classics Bumblebee
Still the best update to 'bee after 11 years. Has aged incredibly well and I like how cheery and chubby he looks without looking out of proportion. And I like the flight pack jet ski thing too.

Classics Hot Rod
Rodimus, Hot Rodmius, whatever... it's Hot Rod and I love this mould so much! It's a bit blocky and serious looking in robot mode, and he can't make as much use of the ariticulation as I'd like, but I just can't help but like this guy. The alt mode is marvelous and the transformation is nice. I've been pondering on the TR figure, but I just don't like it, so went for this.

Classics Mirage
Having bought the CW version, I was reminded how much I liked this Classics version. It's very stylized and funky looking, and probably not what most people are looking for from a modern Mirage, but I like it. I just like how...fast he looks in both modes. Good stuff. Did fall foul of getting suckered by a bootleg along the way though, as ebay's just lousy with fakes and I wasn't paying attention.

The Entertainer have knocked down a load of RID stuff - now's the time to buy Minicons, if you're interested.

Picked up Warrior Class Bumblebee - he's a really great figure! The plastics are really nice, transformation is good. Simple, but not buggered up with Automorphing like the Prime version and I love the wedge shaped alt-mode. Brilliant. Nice He-Man type sword too

Mini-Con Lord Doomitron
He's angry purple-faced fatty that turns into a big face claw. With snot green armour. What's not to like?

I did like that there are two Mini-Cons called 'Back' and 'Forth'. That amused me more than it should (didn't pick them up though).

Does anyone know if those Deployer things are actually any good?
 
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Old 2017-07-04, 11:10 PM   #5787
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Picked up the new Barricade and Broadside on offer from TRU today along with TR Brawn. Barricade doesn't really feel like it's 10 years better than the first one, not in all areas anyway.

Broadside is a whole heap of fun though, despite one pretty dreadful alt mode. Boat mode is very swooshable and I've caught myself, at 26 years of age, swooshing it back and forth like a spaceship even though it's an aircraft carrier and even though his other mode is an aerial one.
 

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Old 2017-07-05, 01:15 AM   #5788
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TR Roadburn and Fangry

Roadburn is an OK figure Legends class figure (I don't have a lot of TR Legends class) and Fangry is pretty cool little Titan Master. I wished Hasbro hadn't put the extra head figure with this one just a cool flying wolf, dragon, and gun figure would have been enough.
 



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Old 2017-07-08, 03:41 PM   #5789
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Freezeout and Autobot Topspin

Convex & Perceptor

Both at Big W, but on different days.
 

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Old 2017-07-08, 10:35 PM   #5790
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TR Shuffler and Repugnus

Found these two little guys hanging out at the local TRU and decided to take them home.

Repugnus is a pretty neat adaptation of his beast mode, although the other modes are meh at best. I kind of like having the daft little bugger sitting on my desk.

Shuffler, however, was worth the cost imho. He's a pretty adorable little mammoth that turns into a tank, and his weapon mode isn't half bad either. Plus he's a purple Autobot. I have a soft spot for him.
 
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Old 2017-07-09, 12:39 AM   #5791
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Repugnus also looks quite sharp if you paint the claws/hooks/horns, it's a shame the official paint apps didn't stretch to one more colour.
 
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Old 2017-07-09, 08:36 AM   #5792
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Beast Machines Night Slash Cheetor
Obviously a huge improvement over the rickety Mega class figure from a year previous, this isn't without some questionable design choices - notably the slashing-action, where you press a button on his back and he flails his arms about. Being spring loaded, it makes his robot arms uncomfortable forelegs in beast mode as they never 'rest' in a good position. Shame, because the colours, robot mode and swing out blades are otherwise great.

Animorphs Tri-Rex
Are Animorphs Transformers? Not really. The fiction is basically Manimal-style hijinks with teens and aliens, but the toys cheekily used the Transformers branding to drum up some interest. Common perception is that these are all weird and awkward looking toys, with really unconvincing humanoid forms - usually because they tried too hard to give the human form clothes and less of a sort of mix of animal characteristics. Not so for Tri-Rex, which is why it probably works better than most from the line. Although it's still an uncomfortable squishy threesome between Jake, Marco and Cassie (here looking like a steroid accident). The main beast mode is superb, Kenner/Hasbro really having learnt how to do beast modes very well by this point. I haven't tried the electronic features yet but the rubber 'flipping' tail is bit rubbish. The transformation (morphing? oh, no that's something else...) is excellent, with all 3 components cleverly locked together. In true beast-ear fashion, the human forms are then basically unravelled from the chunks of dino. They are incredibly kibbly, and I wonder if Kenner/Hasbro had seen what Takara had been up to with Beast Wars by this point, as they feel very Neo inspired.I like how they are a mix of human and animal here with the talons and whatnot forming part of the humanoid form. ALthough the splodgy paintwork drowns it out, the heads of the three humans are great, with some nice texture and scales blending into their flesh. There's been an attempt to keep some clothes going on, which is a shame - I think some blended scales to human flesh would have been great. The human forms are a bit awkward to pose/ stand as a result, but I really like them all the same - they just look like some mad genetics experiment gone made and overall, I'm very impressed. Love it!
 
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Old 2017-07-12, 01:50 AM   #5793
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Had Sunsurge turn up some time back from Mr. Brendocon. I like it! Transformation is overdone, but it's all for good effect. The robot mode is nice and solid instead of hollow, and that's mostly due to the incredibly involved transformation. It didn't have to be so complicated, but a simplified design and lower parts count would have probably led to bad proportions and a hollow chest.



Also, I looove the feet and double jointed knees on this thing. So flexible...



And here's a brief and rough montage of getting the thing back into car mode.



I also found Titans Return Black Shadow Sky Shadow a few days ago. I actually found this version of the mold more appealing than Overlord, so it was neat to find him in a store. I like the blocky, 1970s super-robo vibe he's got. He looks vintage to that era when doing a "one arm slightly lifted" pose.



I can also say that I am now the proud owner of all both of Black Shadow's western releases.


 
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Old 2017-07-12, 11:29 AM   #5794
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Encore Skids - quite a few stickers ended up staying on the sheet, either because there didn't seem to be any sensible location to put them in (hubcap on one side, screwhead on the other) or were just sucker for punishment, similar to the thigh stickers on G1 Hot Rod.

Still, he's one of those odd characters who I got disproportionate amount of exposure to due to the Marvel issues I actually owned, vs. how many issues in total they actually appeared in.
 
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Old 2017-07-15, 05:48 PM   #5795
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TR Bumblebee - All of the Bumblebees I found in my area had two different shades of yellow comparing his arms to his chest which had put me off buying one, than I started noticing that Bumblebee that came in the Brawn wave had appeared to fixed the color difference so I bought one with the corrected color, also with a bit of a discount.
 

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Old 2017-07-20, 05:19 PM   #5796
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I had a box full of Beast-era figures and redecos show up yesterday! I haven't had a chance to sit down and spend a lot of time with any of them, but here's my initial impressions:

Noctorro's kind of awful, but not in the way I expected. Pictures of him make it seem like the colours are the problem, but in person his combination of deep, inky blue and copper looks pretty good. No, the engineering is where he lets you down. He doesn't lock together very well in either mode, and he has a spring-loaded wing-flapping gimmick that is intensely frustrating. I'd like to say he's the weakest of the bunch, but...

Bonecrusher is pretty sad too. His beast mode is a bison, so I'm inclined to love it (the bison has a lot of historical and symbolic importance here in Manitoba). But a bison doesn't make for a very dynamic toy. In robot mode, the entire back of the bison from horns to tail becomes his "head" so he's nearly as deep as he is tall. Like Noctorro, he really suffers from over-gimmicking -- the giant "head" is the way it is because of a really big, complex "headbutt" system that also fires his mouth missile. I love that the BW designers got creative with action gimmicks, but sometimes they worked and sometimes they didn't, and Bonecrusher falls into that second pile. Also, while he's decently articulated in robot mode it's hard to get him to stand in anything other than a neutral pose because his head is 248 feet long. I want to like him but I think he's going to turn out to be shelf fodder.

Beast Machines Buzzsaw, on the other hand, was a pleasant surprise. I wasn't sure what to expect, and the springy left arm is a funny look, but he's a fun little figure. The beast mode is very expressive, with better articulation than most TF bugs. The transformation is surprisingly involved for such a small guy, and the robot mode is one of the more solid BM designs. Though I'm not sure if the bug legs on his right arm are meant to be a hand, or if he's got a really short arm with some sort of hand-held weapon.

The Terrorsaur repaint that got released as AoE Strafe is one of the more bizarre things to come out of the movie line, but hey...if it means we're still getting new releases of Beast Wars toys two decades after the line debuted I'm not going to complain. I own the "Dinobots" Terranotron version of this mold thanks to the Archive's own Dead Man Wade, so I was familiar with what I was getting, though the QC on Strafe seems a bit spottier. Terranotron's joints were all basically perfect, but Strafes all seem to be either a hair too tight or a hair too loose. I guess that's what a dozen uses of the mold over twenty years gets you, though! The colour scheme is nice -- I especially like the vibrant shade of blue -- but I think Terranotron is a bit prettier. Still a very good figure, though.

The Legion-class Moviebee that came with him...I'm pretty sure I gave an identical Bumblebee to my nephew like six years ago as a Christmas gift, so this mold has probably seen just as much love as Strafe's has. I'm not a big fan of movie Legion stuff, so I've already tossed this into my boy's toybox. Hopefully he likes it!

And lastly there's a repaint of Beast Wars' other Terrosaur toy: Armada Terrorsaur. I love the Armada and Universe recolours of the Transmetal BW toys, because they seem like a completely different set of figures without the chrome to dazzle you. Terrorsaur here is no exception, and he looks nothing like the blingy original figure (or at least the pics I've seen of it). It's a very odd mold though, by Transmetal standards. Most of them are G1-style blocky robotic figures, but Terrorsaur has a skeletal pteranodon mode and a lanky, misproportioned robot mode. He'd probably look more at home among TM2s than the original Transmetals. But it's a very fun figure. The robot mode has great articulation, and (surprisingly) so does the beast, and he comes off as monstrous and threatening in both modes. The colour scheme is a weak spot unless he's camouflaged to hide in a pumpkin patch, but the original is kind of an eyesore so I'd still call it an improvement.

He also came with a Minicon that I'm already forgetting (I think it's called Ironhide?), but like most Armada Minicons it's pretty terrible.

Overall, not a bad haul.
 
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Old 2017-07-22, 01:09 AM   #5797
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So I bought one of those new Trypticons today. Hefty bugger, and sturdily built too. A little too sturdy, it would seem... Mine is afflicted with the hip issue that several of those who got him early reported.

The trouble is in the ratchets where the legs connect to the torso. Hasbro seems to have used overly strong springs in an attempt to make sure he holds poses in dino-mode. But the springs are so strong they've effectively frozen the ratchets, making it very difficult to move the legs. I don't know if forcing it would result in the breakage that some suspect would happen, but I'm not interested in finding out. At least there's instructions for a fix floating around.

The dino-mode nails Trypticon perfectly, though that's not hard to pull off. The base mode is nice, and seem slike a good update of the original's. The third mode, a spaceship this time, seems a touch tacked on but it's not like it's a selling point or anything.

Hips aside, it's good and hits every mark I'd expect or want in a Trypticon.
 
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Old 2017-07-22, 03:56 PM   #5798
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TR Decepticon Rumble - Really just a bit of completion with this guy, if you have one of the cassettes you might as well get the others, still after Soundwave though.
 

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Old 2017-07-24, 12:26 PM   #5799
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I got TR Overlord because he's Overlord. Pretty fun, nice features, decent pose-ability but nothing really stands out about him. He has a nice design and nice colours but he isn't very interesting to look at considering we got really acquainted with him in his visually striking Nick Roche design from Last Stand of the Wreckers. He really needs a better pout!

That said, my tolerance for these shortcomings are a little greater considering this is an official Hasbro Overlord toy and because I loved LSotW so, in a way, he is sort of coasting by on that. He is by no means a bad toy though, everything seems to fit together real nicely and he is very satisfying to Transform. Maybe I just needed to measure my expectations.
 

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Old 2017-07-24, 06:50 PM   #5800
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Got the Autobot and Decepticon clones for about what they'll be to import when Takara eventually release them... pretty cool. I'm curious what if anything they might be repainted as. Nice and boxy retro.
 
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