Clay wrote: ↑
Tue Mar 03, 2020 5:47 pm
I have a junker hoist around here somewhere. I'll see if I can work out how to open up the wrists for part removal.
In other broken toy news, I ordered Siege Nightbird
while I was visiting my parents over the holidays. It shipped to my parents' house, but not until after I left. I was visiting my parents this weekend and was finally able to pick it up, so I assume the return window has passed.
When I try to bend one elbow, the forearm starts coming apart. I started disassembling it, and found that the elbow pin wasn't seated correctly in the outer forearm piece. The pin looks bent, but that may be due to my disassembly efforts.
I'd try the arm without the pin, but can't get the pin all the way out. The end is stuck in the upper arm. Any thoughts?
In functional toy news, I got Cyberverse Clobber, Bludgeon, and Repugnus
. Clobber has flip out armor, which looks bad. I'd never use it, except removing the tank barrel to use as the bot gun automatically deploys the armor. I consider folding the armor back into the torso an extra step of the transformation.
Other than that, I really like her. She has ball jointed shoulders and hips, upper arm swivels, wrist rotation, and hinged knees and elbows. She scales well with Cyberverse Warriors, being a head taller and much beefier, as in the show. She holds the grey tank barrel upside down to make a purple gun
The alt mode somehow manages to look like both an obvious jumble of robot parts and a plausible vehicle at the same time. I believe it's supposed to be a hover tank, as it has no wheels. A wheel could have been added to the back of each shoulder and forearm to allow her to roll.
Bludgeon and Repugnus are 1-step changers, that scale well with the Cyberverse figures that wear small vehicles as armor, like Prowl, Shockwave, and Skybyte.
Bludgeon also does not roll in vehicle mode, though the sculpted treads imply that he should. The chest plate/hood sits lower than the treads, so he doesn't quite sit flat, either. In bot mode, he has hinged elbows. His left wrist rotates as his gimmick, which appears to be manually flicking his sword to make it spin around. It tends to hit his chest.
The helmeted skull head sculpt is impressive at this scale, but not quite executed correctly. His mouth is carved in a jagged smile reminiscent of Animated Blitzwing's crazy face. However, the helmet obscures the sides of the mouth, leaving only the center visible from more than a couple inches away. He looks like his jaw is dropped in surprise more than a fearsome warrior.
The tank turret is on his butt.
Repugnus has ball jointed shoulders and elbows in both modes, since they're the same limbs. Modled fists in the forearms, along with the hollowness of the beast claws when viewed from this angle, help make them lok a little different in the two modes.
He looks good, but his colors differ from the box art much more than usual. The beast legs are yellow instead of red, and the bot thighs are red instead of white. In both cases, I slightly prefer the box art.
His yellow face in a (mostly) yellow helmet looks a bit bland. The eyes are painted white, but don't stand out much. Green probably would've worked better.
The gimmick is in alt mode instead of bot mode. Pulling a tab in the back of the head causes the head pincers to close together.
It sounds like I'm trashing the 1-steps a bit, but I like them. I don' know if they're worth the US$10 each, but I'm glad I got them. Others may want to wait for them to hit discounters.
I also got Earthrise Micromasters
and Cyberverse Starscream and Hammerstrike
, but haven't opened them yet.