Transformers Generations Springer: Customizing with Reprolabels

3 07 2013

Thanks to good folks at reprolabels, I was able to customize my Transformers Generations Voyager Springer with their very cool decal sticker set. Very cool set for $11.

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Hasbro Transformers Beast Hunter Voyager Optimus Prime with Custom Faceplate

22 04 2013

This figure I intentional held off from buying until I heard how Takara Tomy was going to handle their release with their Transformer Go! series. They ended up going with slightly lighter colored red and blue and changed all the translucent green parts to translucent blue. The real important factor to me was whether their version would have a faceplate head sculpt instead of the mouth version. For me,  MY Optimus Prime figure must have the face plate head. The going price would probably be around $60 with shipping if I decided to go that route. Decided to just go with the US version and handle the face plate myself with non-dry putt.

Though not perfect, I did the best I could to mold a face plate on to the figure. I used just a little of the putty and shaped it with a toothpick and xacto knife. It’s definitely not sleek and hard edged but I get the look I generally want.

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At a distance, which is generally the view I’ll see this guy the most when looking on my shelf , he looks good. I’m glad the gray of the putty matches the gray used on areas like on the biceps. To add a little extra to the figure, I used a couple of Autobot stickers from Reprolabels.com on the shoulders.

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Though not the perfect solution, it works for me. In the future, I hope that a 3rd party company has alternate head in the works or at least an attachable face plate to stick on.

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Today’s Arrival: Hasbro Transformers Fall of Cybertron Deluxe Class Starscream

22 12 2012

Thanks to BigBadToyStore.com, I got my hands Hasbro’s Transformers Fall of Cybertron Deluxe Class Starscream. This is one figure I wanted so desperately when the first figures based on TF War for Cybertron line came out.

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In jet mode, Starscream’s is force to be reckoned with.

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Robot mode is amazing. He’s very much a match to his video game design.

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His weapons can work in several different ways on him. You can mount them like his classic G1 form…one on each arm.

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You can combine them and single mount it on one arm or in a fist.

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You can also hold them with both hands.

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Today’s Arrival: Hasbro Transformers Fall of Cybertron Voyager Class Grimlock

21 12 2012

Arriving from the good folks at robotkingdom.com is Hasbro’s Transformers Fall of Cybertron Voyager Class Grimlock.

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In Dinobot mode, this guy is vicious.

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A button on back of his head allows for a very angry red light up effect.

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His sword and shield can be mounted on the side of his big dino legs.

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In robot form, the heavy hitter we know and love struts his powerful physique.

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A button on his back lights up Grimlock’s chest.

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Just like in the game, Grimlock is armed with his sword and shield.

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This is definitely a must have especially because he’s in a nice Voyager Class size and will tower over the other FOC Tranformers who are in Deluxce Class size.

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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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Today’s Arrival: Takara Tomy Transformers Prime Deluxe Arcee

8 11 2012

I was watching a few of Youtube video reviews about the Takara Tomy version for the Transformers Prime Deluxe Class Arcee and the all them recommend that version over the US Hasbro R.I.D. version. So i ordered it off eBay and just got it in hand today.

Arcee comes in a really cool looking box. Honestly, too much packaging just for bike if you ask me.

Once you pull out the interior box, you’ll notice Arcee bagged in a little cube hole in bike mode. Further inside are instructions sheets for Arcee & her Arms Micron, and an advertising sheet for other figures in the line. You’ll notice a plastic runner with all the Arms Micron parts you need to cut out and assemble according to its instruction sheet. Felt like I was building a Gundam kit. Lastly, decals for added color which I was really excited to apply.

The overall blue used for Arcee is much deeper and has a hint of sparkle to it. Bike mode is awesome. Robot mode is amazing as she sports a lean female physique.

She doesn’t come with pink decals for those lightning bolts on the side of her face and the forehead horn so I grabbed a pink Sharpie to fill in the missing color. 1 thing to point out is the Sharpie will go on transparent and will coat the silver underneath making it a metallic pink. It matches perfect with the pink decals the toy comes with. Caution: Gentle apply with the Sharpie and don’t overcoat or you run the risk of causing the silver underneath to bleed off the mold.

Her pink colored Arms Micron is tiny yet deadly when transformed into a blade weapon.

You do have to deal with the chore of putting on the decals which don’t stick as strongly as you want but all in all, a much better toy compared to the US Hasbro version.