Today’s Arrival: Takara Tomy Transformers Prime AM-26 Smokescreen

8 12 2012

Here’s Smokescreen. Takara Tomy released this figure ahead of Hasbro’s US version and the only reason I decided to get this version was because of the very cool Arms Micron figure. He sells for about $30 and is available at bigbadtoystore. He comes in a very cool box with nice CGI art of Smokescreen as well as product images on the side and back.

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The photos on the packaging show a pure white plastic Smokescreen. Unfortunately the actual toy in hand is in a very light grey. It re-uses the Knockout mold with a new rear and spoiler section.

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Naturally, you get transform instructions, an assemble guide for the Arms Micron, a mini-toy catalog, and decal stickers.

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Once you apply the decals, you start to see the coolness come out. It feels less like Knockout.

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In Robot Mode, you will notice he is pretty much a white Knockout with a new head mold. He is missing the big bulky shoulders, door wings, & weapons from the animated show. By rotating the shoulder pieces down towards the waist you can get a little bulk for a less Knockout feel.

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The Arms Micron is one of the most unique to date because you can do various things. In robot mode, it has a typical humanoid design. I decided to grey panel line the Arms Micron and the figure with a Gundam Marker to bring out the sculpting.

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In its bird-like mode, the Arms Micron can act like a little Laserbeak for Smokescreen or crossbow type weapon for the hand.

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You can modify the wings on the Arms Micron to give Smokescreen wings for his back. By flipping the wings in a U-Shape in the image below and clipping it to the back of the figure you can achieve a slight winged appearance.

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Even though this figure is nothing like his CGI animated design, this figure did turn out pretty descent. If you plan to pick this up, I highly encourage you grab yourself a grey Gundam Marker to panel line the toy. It makes a whole lot of difference. I really think this is the version US fans will get rather than a completely new and original CGI accurate mold. I imagine instead of decals there will be paint apps & a gun type weapon. If the weapon can’t attached to the back and act like wings then I’d recommend the Takara Tomy version.

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