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Re: POST YOUR NEWEST ACQUISITIONS!

Posted: Tue Sep 07, 2021 5:31 pm
by Denyer
Hound wrote:
Tue Sep 07, 2021 12:40 am
Denyer wrote:
Sun Sep 05, 2021 11:54 am
Did you see this the other week? -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2WPww-U69Q
Holy shit! Oh man that is amazing! I am so jealous. I wish I had the skill, time and resources to pull something like that off.

I've got to step up my game with how I choose to transform my TFs.
Load of additional pics been posted here --

https://www.facebook.com/DaimChocReport ... 9528073758

Re: POST YOUR NEWEST ACQUISITIONS!

Posted: Wed Sep 08, 2021 3:47 am
by Warcry
Kingdom Wingfinger

The Fossilizers are be best thing Hasbro has done in years, a fresh idea executed in a creative way but one that also feels completely at home in the wider Beast Wars milieu.

I think Wingfinger is probably the most dynamic action figure out of the four. Being as skinny as it is certainly helps, but the whole thing is also just a mess of joints. I especially appreciate the range on the ball-joint wrists, which are great for wielding his swords. The scrawny robot mode looks pretty sad in package, but it's a lot of fun once you get it out. The beast mode is nice too, and it's really easy to see why they made this one a Maximal. The pterodactyl skull just looks so cheerful!

I had a go at combining the three partsformy ones, but it's even more obvious with all three of them in hand that Hasbro didn't catch on to how popular it was to combine these modular figures until it was too late. They did include a second head with Wingfinger to use when combined with the others, which is nice. But even though Wingfinger reuses some of Paleotrex's joints, the three dinos' parts really aren't all that compatible with one another. You can make it work, but the results are pretty wobbly and not much fun to play with.
Tantrum wrote:
Wed Aug 25, 2021 12:00 am
Fangry is, I'm sorry to tell you Warcry, adequate. He's not worth tracking down and paying for an exclusive set with 3 other figures you may not want. Nor is he bad enough that you're not missing out if you don't get him. He's a decent figure who looks good in both modes.
That's what I was hoping to hear! Honestly, he didn't look like much once higher-quality pics of the set started showing up. I'm still annoyed at them on principle, though.
Heinrad wrote:
Tue Sep 07, 2021 1:38 pm
Then Hasbro released what appears to be the Japanese Legends versions as Walmart exclusives for our Four Warriors from the sky, only lacking the mini-vehicles they came with in Japan. And because reality hates me, Chromedome never showed up around here.
I wonder sometimes why Walmart bothers getting exclusives that they never intend to stock. I haven't seen a single Headmaster in my local stores, most of the G1 reissues bigger than a Minibot have been no-shows, 3/4s of the Netflix stuff has been impossible to find and I've seen a single, solitary Beast Wars reissue. My understanding is that it's a bit better in the US, but up here each store gets maybe one case of any given exclusive. Other times, they just set aside the shelf space and never actually get the toys in at all.

I know the point of exclusives is just to get buyers in the door, but that only works if people believe you'll actually have some!

Re: POST YOUR NEWEST ACQUISITIONS!

Posted: Wed Sep 08, 2021 1:31 pm
by Heinrad
It's been kind of the same around here. We've done a bit better with the Netflix stuff, but I haven't seen any Beast Wars reissues, the only reissued Classic Headmasters(or whatever they're technically called) I saw were Hardhead and Highbrow, I think the last strictly G1 reissue I saw was Blaster..... I mean, I get it, having stock nobody wants to buy hurts the bottom line, but so does having no stock at all.

That being said, the entire toy aisle looks pretty bare right now. Apparently Kenner re-released the Real Ghostbusters Ecto-1, and the only reason I found out about it was for some reason YouTube felt I wanted to watch a review. That being said, YouTube also decided at some point that I want to live in a van. I could see an RV, maybe, but 'van life' is something I couldn't do. Where would I put all my Transformers?

Re: POST YOUR NEWEST ACQUISITIONS!

Posted: Sun Sep 12, 2021 12:51 pm
by HeavyArms
Generations Selects Transmutate - Bought from EB Games, although the method to do so was different since some of Australia is in lockdown again, so I had to pay for it over the phone.

Re: POST YOUR NEWEST ACQUISITIONS!

Posted: Tue Sep 14, 2021 4:22 am
by Warcry
The universe obviously got tired of my bitching.

Beast Wars Reissue Rattrap

I found this guy while I was out grocery shopping. And I definitely can't say no to an MISB Beast Wars figure that I don't already own, not even when they're charging the already inflated Deluxe prices for a Basic. I mean, I'd probably pay twice that for a loose 90s Rattrap, so it's tough to get really worked up about it. I can definitely get worked up about the materials, though. The joints on this thing are probably looser than the average 90s one would be, and I think it's because Hasbro used different, modern plastic formulas that are less "grippy" than the plastics that the 90s stuff used for the same parts. It doesn't ruin the figure but I'll definitely have to treat the joints with some acrylic polish to tighten them up.

Beyond that, Rattrap's a cool little flipchanger. I've always had a soft spot for these guys -- one-steps that are easy for kids to transform, without compromising the fun factor in robot mode. And I loved the retro packaging, all the way down to the Kenner logos on the card.

And how have I gone this long as a Beast Wars fan without knowing that the original Rattrap toy's head was grey? :lol:

Re: POST YOUR NEWEST ACQUISITIONS!

Posted: Tue Sep 14, 2021 7:55 pm
by StoneCold Skywarp
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Amongst far too many other to list (cos who wants to just read endless lists of things?!) comes this magnificent bastard toy!
Cang Toys Firmament (not Divebomb) wing span is nuckin' futs on this thing! Roughly 65cm at full stretch.

Re: POST YOUR NEWEST ACQUISITIONS!

Posted: Thu Sep 16, 2021 4:16 pm
by Clay
I've bought lots of stuff lately. Most of it has made me happy forever for a minute or two before the thrill wears off.

I had the earth-mode Sideswipe and birb Skywarp two pack show up yesterday. Sideswipe... I should sell. I don't care about him. I just wanted AMERICA BIRB, because the Airrazor mold is great. This version is an homage to the Beast Wars Magnaboss-Silverbolt/Skywarp. What that means is that even though it transforms differently than the original (being a remold of Airrazor after all), the new robot head still homages the old figure by having a bird hat. This is really daft and I love it.

EDIT: I was wrong--it's just the robot head that's different. Birb head and wings are the same.

Re: POST YOUR NEWEST ACQUISITIONS!

Posted: Sat Sep 18, 2021 4:40 am
by Heinrad
“It’s about freakin’ time! Ya finally got us a ship!” Rattrap looked at the orange spacecraft. “Th’ actual ship’s gonna be a lot bigger, right?”

Dinobot looked at the ship, then looked down at Rattrap. “I do not think this is what you were hoping for, Vermin.”

“What? Crew quarters, lots’a guns, big enough t’hold everybody. Well, once it gets built, anyway.”

“So you guys like it? I call it The Ark.” Wheeljack walked up to the pair, pointing at the ship. “Pretty good, huh.”

“Yeah. So when ya gonna build th’ real thing?”

“This is the real thing.”

“Say what?”

Wheeljack’s shoulder cannon locked onto Rattrap. “We’re going to go back to Cybertron. Get aboard.”

War for Cybertron Kingdom Ark: Thanks once again to BBTS - and again no thanks to FedEx - I now have The Ark. I have to say, I like it. It’s not perfect, it’s not going to get transformed to robot mode much, and it looks great in ship mode. Robot mode doesn’t look bad, but when you’re trying to pose it, the ratchet joints are really tight. And the first time I tried to transform it, pieces popped off. They were easy to clip back on, but it is kind of annoying. And Teletran 1 is really cool.

Re: POST YOUR NEWEST ACQUISITIONS!

Posted: Sat Sep 18, 2021 4:41 am
by Heinrad
Ah, technical hiccups…..

Re: POST YOUR NEWEST ACQUISITIONS!

Posted: Sat Sep 18, 2021 5:44 am
by Sades
I think I'm gonna get a Rattrap.

Hopefully this post will remind me that I wanted to get a Rattrap.

StoneCold Skywarp wrote:
Tue Sep 14, 2021 7:55 pm

Cang Toys Firmament (not Divebomb) wing span is nuckin' futs on this thing! Roughly 65cm at full stretch.

You have a toy I want. I don't like you anymore. :eyebrow:

Re: POST YOUR NEWEST ACQUISITIONS!

Posted: Sat Sep 18, 2021 10:24 pm
by Denyer
Couple of bits from Toy-Fu arrived as a coda after going missing in the big packing exercise, the recent Crosshairs and a 2007 movie Spy Shot 6.

Speaking of cameras, new one. Image stabilisation, low light and the focus isn't broken on this one. It’s an LG G6 body (retail demo unit with no SIM hardware, 2017 model so they’re getting cleared out of storage and this was less than a sixteenth of what the handsets went for initially. It’s pretty easy to take the demo software off).

This is my take on giving Siege Crosshairs bigger wheels. It's not intended to keep the wheels as out of sight as the https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-i4QpFiJv4g mod. It also doesn't involve glue, although I do destroy a couple of pieces of LEGO which purists will probably object to. The parts create a firm connection whilst still being easily removable. Recipe follows pics: https://imgur.com/a/TvN9yxf

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The wheels are 22mm ones https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/ca ... P=6118#T=C that fit Technic pins and fit inside the vehicle rims, also taking old-school studs https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/ca ... P=4073#T=C that you can get in red or dark red to suit your palette preferences. Neither matches the Crosshairs deco perfectly so the choice depends on whether you want a slightly more vintage look, which is what I used.

The back axles are formed from a couple of these https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/ca ... =61184#T=C pins plus a couple of these https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/ca ... =32002#T=C (which you'll want another three of in a minute) backed with two of these https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/ca ... =18654#T=C or you can cut one of these https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/ca ... =62462#T=C into two.

The front axle is a https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/ca ... =2714a#T=C with the bigger end clipped off and another ¾ pin. I went for those pins because they're slightly extended on the short side but don't have friction on their long side, so they hold position well but also allow the wheels to roll.

Finally there are two more ¾ pins inside the leg panels ready to hold the back wheels in robot mode. You can either have the wheels hang off his legs or on the front grille when it becomes a backpack.

When transformed to robot mode the panels don't clip perfectly due to the axles and you could probably shave parts down to achieve that if you wanted to whilst still having the wheels clip firmly.

I have to say I like the lunar rover (mining vehicle?) effect, I can imagine that cannon/hammer weapon as a repurposed rock blasting tool. Never having had the original, I can't say the lack of Pinpointer as a Targetmaster companion bothers me.

Re: POST YOUR NEWEST ACQUISITIONS!

Posted: Sun Sep 19, 2021 11:39 am
by StoneCold Skywarp
Sades wrote:
Sat Sep 18, 2021 5:44 am
You have a toy I want. I don't like you anymore. :eyebrow:
So what else is new! :laugh:

Re: POST YOUR NEWEST ACQUISITIONS!

Posted: Sun Sep 19, 2021 12:17 pm
by HeavyArms
Shattered Glass Blurr - Picked up from EB Games, the figure and the packaging look nice but the box feels flimsy though.

War for Cybertron Trilogy/Buzzworthy Bumblebee "Worlds Collide" 4-pack - A boxset that so far has only been available at Toy Worlds.

Re: POST YOUR NEWEST ACQUISITIONS!

Posted: Sun Sep 19, 2021 10:37 pm
by Clay
Denyer wrote:
Sat Sep 18, 2021 10:24 pm
This is my take on giving Siege Crosshairs bigger wheels.
That's really cool and I like it. I know that when I started collecting, I was mostly on about scale models of real-world stuff like Alternators, but over the years I've come to love the generic sci-fi look of "SPACE-[noun]" of the 86-89 bots. It's... a nice imaginative place for me now.