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Post by Skyquake87 » Sun Feb 14, 2021 2:52 pm

Kingdom Cyclonus
So. Apparently, he's quite good. He's certainly a massive improvement over the CHUG and Combiner Wars efforts - the Transformation is outstanding and a blinding bit of work - but I don't think he's quite worthy of the full on Stigmata fandom seems to be giving him. The knees are certainly an odd one, hovering above his lower legs, rather than looking properly connected to them. He's also incredibly blocky in robot mode, which is fine, it works and all, but it just doesn't look as sleek as expected. Face is quite flat and chinny too. I do love the alt mode and the lovely mix of purples, silvers and his nicely sized gun. He is very, very good but not quite the Second Coming everyone makes out.

Generations Selects Rotorstorm
This guy came out in 2010, he'd probably get a lot more buzz around him. Yes, it's a repaint of the Siege Spinister mould with a new head, but he feels so different that I might ...I might actually like him a smidge more than Sinister. I think it's the absolute riot of colours going on. He's so bright and brash looking and he's great. My only quiblle? That he could have done with a match set of cannons - they don't need to ape two missing Targetmasters, after all.

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Post by Denyer » Fri Feb 19, 2021 5:36 pm

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About a week or so ago I found SS86 Jazz at Walmart. Passed on Kup and Blurr, since I don't have any interest in those two. But Jazz is pretty great. Very clean aesthetic (as it should be for the cartoon) but I think it has enough panel detail to work in a Classics collection. Even though I have the ToyHax updated POTP Jazz, this one easily replaces it on my shelf. Transformation is pretty fun, good articulation, and everything seems to work well. "up:
Yeah, I'm fairly impressed... although (and I know I'm harping on having gotten the figure after seeing photos) the lack of shoulder doors does take some of the shine off a really good sculpt. It feels like they could easily have been done on a ball joint or dual hinge to satisfy the maximum number of people without detracting from anything. Would also naturally benefit from a shoulder cannon, but at least that can probably be improvised. The figure's almost up there with the (probably false) mental image I have of a dynamic rendition of Pretender Jazz I'm struggling to place but might have been in an updated Annual profile.

Rocker ankles and articulation are good, as is detailing and particularly the head sculpt. The relatively weightlessness doesn't bother too much, but it's incredibly short for a deluxe. There's maybe 80% of the plastic there would have been in an equivalent figure a few years ago, which the design hides well and complements with a white plastic that isn't terrible for a change, but I think the recent Cliffjumper/Bumblebee/Hubcap/etc mould got away with it better. RTS Jazz remains closer to the ideal (although had worse plastic).

Was Jazz this short in the show?

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Post by Clay » Fri Feb 19, 2021 8:02 pm

Denyer wrote:
Fri Feb 19, 2021 5:36 pm
The relatively weightlessness doesn't bother too much, but it's incredibly short for a deluxe. There's maybe 80% of the plastic there would have been in an equivalent figure a few years ago,
Longer term, it's much worse than that. Took this pic today to show the point.

$20 in 2004 versus $20 in 2020:
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Granted, those two are both extreme cases in either size class (deluxe and voyager), and dollar inflation has effected everything over the same span of time and not just toys (at minimum wages, Wing Saber was something like four hours of work then whereas Bumblebee is a little over two hours now, for example). But it still illustrates the point that making gradual changes over time can both make massive differences and be completely unnoticeable in the day-to-day.

And honestly, why they sold Wing Saber as a voyager, instead of an ultra or whatever class Scorponok was, I don't know. But they did!

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Post by HeavyArms » Sun Feb 21, 2021 2:36 am

Generations Selects Super Megatron - This was a lay-by I had with EB Games, he is quite an impressive retooling/remoulding of Titans Return Galvatron.

Kingdom Cyclonus - A somewhat hard to find figure that I quite like the look of, especially the jet mode with the reverse pointing wings.

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Post by Skyquake87 » Sun Feb 21, 2021 6:13 pm

Kingdom Megatron (Beast)
Wow. I am impressed! Hasbro have done a tidy job with the Beast Wars characters in the Siege line and Megatron continues the trend. The overall level of finishing and paint apps are superb. Not having things like wheels seems to have afforded these figures a bit of extra budget for things like that. Robot mode is excellent, really great sculpt which is faithful to both the old toy design and the animation model. He;s got a bit of backpack of crumpled up dino parts, but it's no worse than the '96 toy (if anything, it's slightly less obnoxious). Articulation is great and I like that there's an effects port in the dino mouth :)
Transformation just riffs on the old toy, but with a much heavier use of panels to give a slightly more tidy robot mode. I like the use of a rubbery plastic for the hide of the beast mode, like with Generations Rhinox. As with that toy, it does mean getting everything joined up is a bit of a faff and can leave the best mode a bit gappy here and there, but I don't mind it. The beast mode itself is fantastic. Nice stompy T-Rex in those silly Barney colours. Absolutely loving these figures!

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Post by Unicron » Sun Feb 21, 2021 10:53 pm

Studio Series 86 Scourge: I was surprised to find one of these earlier today, being that every other time I found anything from this line it was a lone Hot Rod.
This is easily the best toy of the ol' flying bathtub they've made, and likely will be the best unless/until they're crazy enough to design a Masterpiece version.
I'm a little annoyed they decided to make an army builder in the Voyager size.

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Post by zigzagger » Mon Feb 22, 2021 4:04 am

Kind of went nuts on some of these newfangled '86er dudes. But TLDR, most of these guys they're kind of great, aren't they?

Again, most of them.

Studio Series 86 Hot Rod - Cutting right to the chase, this is very much the best of the bunch. Easily. I'm not one to get too caught up in hype, though the buzz around this guy is reminiscent of the excitement folks had toward Thrilling 30's Springer (the one with the IDW design). But, without resorting to too much hyperbole, this proooobably is the best mainline Hot Rod toy to date--though I can see how the pricing might be a turn off for some folks (especially if they're not stoked about the accessories)

And to be fair, he is pretty close to being that "Mini-Masterpiece" folks are clamoring on about. That said, the transformation can be a bit fiddly at moments--worryingly so. Good pay off, regardless, as both bot and vehicle modes are spot on. Impressive range of articulation for a figure in the this size, if that's your thing-- and if it's not, he will still look pretty darn dynamic and sexy just standing there on your work computer (as he is on mine).

Hot Rod is great--even if he's not deco-ed out in magenta.

Studio Series 86 Kup - I do like Kup. I do, but I'm also very conflicted about him. Firstly, I'm not at all fussed about the head-sculpt or the more-lankier frame; I barely notice the former, and as for the latter, I was a fan of early IDW Kup, lankiness and all, so this works for me (and Kup's old school character model was never really all that bulky to begin with).

Nah, my said conflict comes from the excessive friction joints, and those @#$%ing swiveling-shoulder-joint-things. Go on, try NOT to pop the arms out of their friction-jointed sockets when attempting to push/swivel the shoulders out in order to transform this @#$%ing thing into car mode. It's going to take you a few tries, I promise you ;)

Still, the vehicle mode is on point, and for the most part, so is the robot mode. Looks the part. A nice companion piece for your SS86 Hot Rod, I'd say--ooooor, a sweet addition to your Wreckers collection.

Studio Series 86 Blurr - I don't have any complaints... but also not a whole lot to say either. It's a pretty solid Blurr.

Kingdom Cyclonus & Studio Series 86 Scourge - I get the nagging suspicion Hasbro ran out of room to cram all of these '86 fellows into one sub-line (and rumor has it more are to come). Which, to be far, makes perfect since, as most of that space is currently being occupied by the first season cast of Beast Wars.

Still, Cyclonus's smoother detailing and pastel hues better suit the toon aesthetic of the Studio Series '86 subline imprint. But whatever--subline imprints mean f%$# all when the packaging ends up tossed into the recycling bin. I certainly could care less, because SS86 Scourge and Kingdom Cyclonus pair nicely together, as they're clearly intended to.

Similar to Hot Rod, SS86 Scourge is easily the best figure of the blue bar of soap to date. For a shellformer--as most Scourges tend to be--he's pretty satisfying to flip to and from forms.

Didn't realize Kingdom Cyclonus was as popular as it was in the fandom right now, and while I don't quite share in the zeal, I do think he's awfully nifty. Transformation is inventive and brilliant at moments (i.e the way the nosecone tucks away), the robot mode is big and chunky, and that jet mode is totally swoosh-able. Just look at it; you know want to swoosh it around!

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Post by Clay » Tue Feb 23, 2021 4:25 am

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Studio Series 86 Hot Rod -And to be fair, he is pretty close to being that "Mini-Masterpiece" folks are clamoring on about.
I've had some thought that they like to figure out the masterpiece design first, then walk it back for regular retail stuff. Hot Rod, Beast Wars Megatron, G1 Inferno and Grapple, etc. A lot of the visual design study seems to carry over, at least.

And yes, Hot Rod really is that good. He's absolutely a deluxe-sized figure with a high part count and extra bits thrown in a voyager box, but once you're past that, it's really obvious they put the work in.
Kingdom Cyclonus & Studio Series 86 Scourge - I get the nagging suspicion Hasbro ran out of room to cram all of these '86 fellows into one sub-line (and rumor has it more are to come).
I've of the mind that the SS86 figures aren't any different, design-wise, from the Siege/Earthrise/Kingdom figures. The hallmark of that trio of lines has been the 5mm holes for attaching weapons/armors/boots, and the little nodules for blast effects. Kup even comes apart the same way as the weaponizer guys.

I suppose the real reasons for "SS86" are a combination of getting retailers to reset the assortment from the live action movie figures and giving the cast a higher profile in the same time frame as Kingdom. Alternative might have been to spread out the SS86 figures across the waves of Kingdom, but then you'd have the problem of some figures getting scarce due to being in later waves.
Similar to Hot Rod, SS86 Scourge is easily the best figure of the blue bar of soap to date. For a shellformer--as most Scourges tend to be--he's pretty satisfying to flip to and from forms.
I dunno, I think the 2010 B2-style plane is better, but it's obviously no spaceboat. I do quite like the wings on the new one, though.

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Post by Heinrad » Tue Feb 23, 2021 4:34 am

Studio Series ‘86 Jazz: Thanks to Amazon, I got him. And I love the figure! It’s the first Studio Series figure I’ve gotten that doesn’t fight me with some part of the transformation. It does have the one thing I hated about Legend/Pretender Jazz, the roof mounting for the gun, although this time around they’ve already put the hole in the middle of the stripe for you.

He does seem a bit more squat, though. Like his torso needs to be a bit longer. But it’s still a great Jazz figure.

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Post by zigzagger » Tue Feb 23, 2021 5:30 am

Clay wrote:
Tue Feb 23, 2021 4:25 am

I've had some thought that they like to figure out the masterpiece design first, then walk it back for regular retail stuff. Hot Rod, Beast Wars Megatron, G1 Inferno and Grapple, etc. A lot of the visual design study seems to carry over, at least.
That's kind of what I was thinking, too, though I'd also like to to think that they learned from what didn't quite work from the previous two Masterpieces, and improved on what they could, within the usual constraints of mass-released figures.
And yes, Hot Rod really is that good. He's absolutely a deluxe-sized figure with a high part count and extra bits thrown in a voyager box, but once you're past that, it's really obvious they put the work in.
He does feel like a labor of love, doesn't he? Rather, from the design team's perspective, I mean. Hasbro themselves; probably not as much. :sweatdrop There does seem to be an extra layer of attention put in here. It's the same sort of attention to detail Earthrise/Kingdom Optimus had/has.

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Post by Hound » Tue Feb 23, 2021 5:38 am

zigzagger wrote:
Tue Feb 23, 2021 5:30 am
Clay wrote:
Tue Feb 23, 2021 4:25 am

I've had some thought that they like to figure out the masterpiece design first, then walk it back for regular retail stuff. Hot Rod, Beast Wars Megatron, G1 Inferno and Grapple, etc. A lot of the visual design study seems to carry over, at least.
That's kind of what I was thinking, too, though I'd also like to to think that they learned from what didn't quite work from the previous two Masterpieces, and improved on what they could, within the usual constraints of mass-released figures.
I wonder how much of that is the designers at Hasbro taking a pass over the concept because aren't the Masterpiece figures completely designed by the team at Takara?

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Post by Unicron » Tue Feb 23, 2021 10:55 pm

Clay wrote:
Tue Feb 23, 2021 4:25 am
I've had some thought that they like to figure out the masterpiece design first, then walk it back for regular retail stuff. Hot Rod, Beast Wars Megatron, G1 Inferno and Grapple, etc. A lot of the visual design study seems to carry over, at least.
Having just gotten a Kingdom Cyclonus today and giving him the once over, to me he feels like the Hot Rod does in terms of possibly being a scaled back masterpiece. The way the whole nosecone and everything in front of the cockpit folds into itself really seems like the sort of engineering they'd pull in an MP figure.

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