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Post by Warcry » Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:41 pm

ganon578 wrote:Why they just didn't mold it in grey is beyond me - there isn't any black on the rest of him!
Maybe the plan was to have the rollbar be black? It was on the original. Though even then, it would make more sense to mold in grey and paint that one part black.

Beachcomber is a figure that I'm of two minds about. He looks like a really nice update of the original, but I'm pretty sure I'd immediately want to paint him green and orange if I bought one.

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Post by Auntie Slag » Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:54 pm

I love G1 Beachcomber's toy, MagicRat's review is spot on! Maybe its a minibot thing in general, but they're so playable, and as simple as Beachcomber's transformation is, I think its the apex of neat. Its clean, the detail on the buggy is pretty high and as an actual toy he doesn't look immediately like a Transformer.

This PotP's update looks like everything I'd wish a beefed up Beachcomber to be (ideally he'd come with some Beach Boys tunes as a free extra). His G2 glam colours were cool, too.

Its pretty awesome that a Transformer called Beachcomber is still being manufactured and sold in 2017. I would never have bet money on that back in 1985!
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Post by ganon578 » Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:00 pm

Warcry wrote:Maybe the plan was to have the rollbar be black? It was on the original. Though even then, it would make more sense to mold in grey and paint that one part black.

Beachcomber is a figure that I'm of two minds about. He looks like a really nice update of the original, but I'm pretty sure I'd immediately want to paint him green and orange if I bought one.
That seems like a fair assessment. I didn't even think about the rollbar - never owned the G1 figure. He looked like fun and I used to have the Universe Legion class one (what used to be Legends). He feels like a nice fun update, super quick to go back and forth. You could also just buy two, one to paint and one to leave (just kidding, that's not cost effective in Canada - they're only $10 here in the US).
Auntie Slag wrote:Its clean, the detail on the buggy is pretty high and as an actual toy he doesn't look immediately like a Transformer.

This PotP's update looks like everything I'd wish a beefed up Beachcomber to be (ideally he'd come with some Beach Boys tunes as a free extra). His G2 glam colours were cool, too.

Its pretty awesome that a Transformer called Beachcomber is still being manufactured and sold in 2017. I would never have bet money on that back in 1985!
I took a break from work today to have lunch with my son while my wife was at her staff Christmas party. He played with the buggy mode like nobody's business, like it was just a car. Definitely doesn't strike as a TF right away. The big wheels make him super fun to scoot around.

Looking back at the list of '84 - '86 Minibots, it's also crazy to think that you could have conceivably built an entirely updated set over the past several years! Depending on how you build it, I think Outback and Hubcap are the only missing ones in newer, Classic-y styled figures.
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Post by Auntie Slag » Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:12 pm

ganon578 wrote:I took a break from work today to have lunch with my son while my wife was at her staff Christmas party. He played with the buggy mode like nobody's business, like it was just a car. Definitely doesn't strike as a TF right away. The big wheels make him super fun to scoot around.
Wow, yeah I remember that feeling now. Beachcomber was/is just an awesome toy with great wheels. I always thought that made him stand out against the other minibots; and those rubber wheels rather than the hard plastic tread tyres you got on, say, Brawn or Gears, meant he rolled in a smooth, pleasing way.

Proper rubber tyres were awesome. I've just had a flashback to when I opened my Optimus Prime when I was a kid. His tyres even had proper soft rubber tyres with intricate treads. The details, man. That's how you knew you had a Transformer and not a Gobot in your hands!

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Post by Warcry » Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:36 pm

ganon578 wrote:He looked like fun and I used to have the Universe Legion class one (what used to be Legends).

I actually need a new Beachcomber because my two year old claimed this one for his own. He was looking at stuff on my shelf and kept asking to play with him because he's blue (no, sorry, "aboooo!"), and just never gave him back.

It's nice to see him enjoying stuff that I like, though! I'm thinking of going through my storage bins and finding some other Legion-sized figures that I'm not using anymore and passing them along as stocking stuffers.
ganon578 wrote:He feels like a nice fun update, super quick to go back and forth. You could also just buy two, one to paint and one to leave (just kidding, that's not cost effective in Canada - they're only $10 here in the US).
Legends aren't too bad price-wise up here. $12.something, anyway. Not too painful if you're looking to make a custom (and I did buy two of Roadburn so I could turn one into Freeway).

I've got no clue where to find paint that would match the shininess of the old vac-metal on G2 Beachcomber, though. Especially since a Michael's opened up in my neighbourhood and subsequently drove the hole-in-the-wall hobby shop with a selection of zillions of model paints out of business.
ganon578 wrote:Looking back at the list of '84 - '86 Minibots, it's also crazy to think that you could have conceivably built an entirely updated set over the past several years! Depending on how you build it, I think Outback and Hubcap are the only missing ones in newer, Classic-y styled figures.
Outback is apparently on the way next year (a redeco of TR Brawn), so we'll be very close to finishing the set. Although there are some that definitely deserve a redo with their own unique molds. Huffer and Warpath first foremost, but also Cliffjumper and Gears honestly.

I'm hoping that the next few years will bring us Legends-sized figures of the likes of Guzzle, Ruckus or Flamefeather, though.
Auntie Slag wrote:Wow, yeah I remember that feeling now. Beachcomber was/is just an awesome toy with great wheels. I always thought that made him stand out against the other minibots; and those rubber wheels rather than the hard plastic tread tyres you got on, say, Brawn or Gears, meant he rolled in a smooth, pleasing way.
I always thought that Beachcomber was one of the coolest Minibots when I was little, too. The alt-mode was nice and unique, which I think helped a lot.
Auntie Slag wrote:Proper rubber tyres were awesome. I've just had a flashback to when I opened my Optimus Prime when I was a kid. His tyres even had proper soft rubber tyres with intricate treads. The details, man. That's how you knew you had a Transformer and not a Gobot in your hands!
I've never gotten the nostalgia that some folks have for die-cast, but rubber tires really do add a lot to a figure. It's a shame that even Masterpiece figures have given up on them.

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Post by HeavyArms » Sat Dec 09, 2017 1:40 pm

RID 2015 Soundwave.

RID 2015 Skysledge and Stormhammer (Skyhammer).

TR Murk with Decepticon Octone.

I purchased these three at separate stores but all on discount.

TLK Hot Rod - I was able to get Hot Rod from a local online retailer during the 'Black Friday' sales as we aren't expected to get him locally. He is probably the cheapest movie figure I've bought from this line.
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Post by Tetsuro » Sat Dec 09, 2017 4:50 pm

Warcry wrote:I've never gotten the nostalgia that some folks have for die-cast, but rubber tires really do add a lot to a figure. It's a shame that even Masterpiece figures have given up on them.
It also helps that you can take measure to prevent rubber from the usual age-related problems of drying and cracking; there's not really anything you can do to prevent die cast paint from chipping except being super-careful - and that applies to all those clear pastic Autobot car roofs, too.

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Post by Heinrad » Sun Dec 10, 2017 12:05 am

So while locked in mortal combat with the hordes of Christmas shoppers(after part of my errands I even contemplated moving into my car in a parking lot rather than deal with the traffic again), the local Wal-Mart surprised me by actually getting new Transformers in. Well, new to somebody. I've already got Krok, Quake, and Triggerhappy, and Generations Targetmaster Cosmos minus the Targetmaster(I've got him with the Targetmaster. Works much better), and lo and behold, mine eyes didst see...... eh.......

Titans Return Seaspray. I have to admit, he's pretty cool, and it's the first time I've ever had Seaspray in any form. I'm just trying to figure out how to get a Titan Master into him.
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Post by Thunderwave » Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:59 pm

Heinrad wrote: Titans Return Seaspray. I have to admit, he's pretty cool, and it's the first time I've ever had Seaspray in any form. I'm just trying to figure out how to get a Titan Master into him.
When you've got him in vehicle mode the yellow portion on his back end flips up. You can fight curled up titan master in the empty compartment inside his torso.

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Post by Thunderwave » Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:42 pm

TR Slugslinger: Found this guy at Wally World at random after months of the same old figures. He's a nice little figure and a fine addition to my Decepticon jets. If you've got Misfire there really is nothing new here, but I like him anyways.

TR Kup: Another find at Walmart. I appreciate his alt mode being his old space pick up truck mode and I rather enjoy the transformation back and forth.

PotP Slash: Yet another Walmart find, this time in the stocking stuffers section. She's a cute little thing. Transformation is rather basic but satisfying.

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Post by Tetsuro » Thu Dec 14, 2017 2:06 pm

Encore Hoist - I can already see a point of contention with this mold, it's pretty clear to me that Takara didn't really design a lot of the Diaclone car molds with durability in mind. The shoulders are clear plastic! They're blue and a bit foggy so maybe they're more durable than the stuff they use on the car windshields, but probably not. As far as the reissue and this specimen in particular is concerned...the shoulder and lower leg stickers are kind of crap, the former are these big frames that are far too easy to warp and tear, and the glue on the latter must've dried or something because they just fell right off. For what it's worth, you can sort of keep the towing mechanism up by adjusting his wings just the right way so they're keeping it up.

TFC Inferno - there must've been some kind of excess plastic or sprue marks or something but his other foot just wouldn't go flush against his lower leg which means that he stands with a slight backwards slant. I actually took the foot apart to shave some of the plastic off and he now stands a little better. I always thought the white wings attach to the head/ladder assembly but instead they attach to the shoulder struts and they're so tight that I have to un-transform his head in order to get clearance for enough grip to stick them in. Kind of a pain.

I actually held off on buying Inferno for this long because I wanted to get his pal Red Alert first since he was a bit harder to come by - which I finally did last month.

Both of these are also the first time I've owned either mold. I realized that my pre-movie Decepticons were outnumbering the Autobot ones by like 2:1 so I finally decided to do something about that.

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Post by Skyquake87 » Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:40 pm

Armada Airazor w/ Nightscream
Nice black repaint of the largely unloved Airazor TM mould. It looks very nice done out in the black and grey, with splashes of red and blue. Nightscream is pretty neat, but represents the point where Hasbro just tried too hard to make the Mini-Cons complex. She's a bit of a pain to transform and her arms fall off all the damn time, which is annoying.

RID (2015) Deployers Crazybolt w/ Hammer
B&M have been sitting on these things for the best part of two years now, and they're just not shifting. So like falling for some tear-jerking Yuletide charity appeal, I decided to give a Crazybolt a home. It's an odd looking thing, sort of a lizard thing, I think. Has some limited posability, but looks pretty decent. Hammer is an unfortunate looking robotic chicken - they really should have retained the colours shown on the box art. Has some nice clip on armour, though. The 'deploying' gimmick is pretty feeble, but fun and Crazybolt does have a very nice alt-mode, being a sort of dragster/ funnycar thing. Good fun overall, but really weird looking and not likely to be high on anyone's 'must have' list.

TR Breakaway w/ Throttle
Snapped this guy up before Titans Return gets rinsed out of retailers in favour of POTP and in celebration of his current role in Lost Light; that of a charming bastard. It's not a great figure, tbh. A really half-arsed repaint of TR Chromedome with a new Titan Master. There's paint apps, but they're really poorly done and there's a real feeling of 'that'll do' about the figure. It's a shame, but I guess its the best a C-lister like Getaway was ever going to get.

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Post by Warcry » Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:56 pm

Skyquake87 wrote:It's a shame, but I guess its the best a C-lister like Getaway was ever going to get.
I feel the need to remind you that luminaries such as Misfire, Doublecross, Lione the Jumpstarters and Shuffler have gotten highly-accurate figures over the last year. :glance:

Even the other blatant money-saving straight repaints in Titans Return like Quake, Krok, Chase or Megatron had a lot more thought put into them than Getaway, who was just a poor fit and poor effort all around.

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Post by HeavyArms » Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:46 pm

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Post by HotShot81 » Sun Dec 17, 2017 5:45 pm

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I went Christmas shopping, didn't find the bot I wanted, but I did find something else!

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Post by Skyquake87 » Sun Dec 17, 2017 8:08 pm

Warcry wrote:I feel the need to remind you that luminaries such as Misfire, Doublecross, Lione the Jumpstarters and Shuffler have gotten highly-accurate figures over the last year. :glance:

Even the other blatant money-saving straight repaints in Titans Return like Quake, Krok, Chase or Megatron had a lot more thought put into them than Getaway, who was just a poor fit and poor effort all around.
Except for all them!

I guess when it comes to recolours, the designers can be more bothered with others compared to some...?

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