Takara Tomy Transformers Go Beast Hunters Arcee

15 01 2014

I passed on the Hasbro release for its horrid paint job but I knew deep down that Takara Tomy would give this lady the proper paint job she deserves. Sporting a much deeper blue violet scheme, with metallic pink trims, this Beast Hunters version of Arcee is a sweet sight to my eyes. She comes in a blister card package very much like her Hasbro counterpart.

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The mold is pretty much a revision of the original deluxe mold with bat-like features.

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No stickers need to be applied this time around which is step up from her original mold by Takara Tomy.

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She comes with a super-sized twin arrow bow that can be worn in both bike and robot forms.

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Here we see nice comparison shot between the original and beast hunter revision.

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If you’re an Arcee fan like me, this figure is definitely a cool improvement. Sells for about $30 (bigbadtoystore.com)

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Adventures in Toy Shopping: Hasbro Transformers Generations: Deluxe Class: Orion Pax

7 08 2013

I can’t remember Hasbro ever releasing a Orion Pax version of Optimus Prime but this guy is definitely a welcome edition to my Transformers collection.

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Orion Pax is based off the IDW comics universe. The figure includes a reprint of Transformers Spotlight comic featuring Orion Pax

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He comes in his typical colors. His vehicle mode is sporty looking truck.

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In robot mode, he has very youthful design.

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His head sculpt features no mouth guard.

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He has very sizable energon axe that can be mounted on the side of his vehicle mode.

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In robot mode, the axe compliments Orion very well.

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His blaster has elements of his classic G1 gun but a little more compact.

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This figure is great all around. Good design in both modes, highly articulated, and clever in transformation (About $14.99, Target).

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Today’s Arrival: Dr. Wu Transformers Prime Optimus Prime Custom Cannons

13 12 2012

Were you bummed like me when you got your 1st edition TF Prime: Optimus and got only 1 cannon and 1 sword. Thanks to third party maker Dr. Wu, now you can get animation accurate looking cannons.

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The cannons uses the exact mold of the black cannon that comes with FE Optimus.

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The cannons aren’t quite perfect. As seen here, some of the cannon isn’t completely painted over.

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The cannons fit perfectly and cover Optimus’s hands pretty well so they look hidden.

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Price at about $16, I definitely think these cannons will pimp up your FE Optimus very nicely.

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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: Hasbro Fall of Cybertron Shockwave

14 11 2012

Shockwave, the 1-Eyed Decepticon that strikes fear in the sparks of all Autobots is a figure in Hasbro’s Transformers Fall of Cybertron Deluxe Class line.

Tank mode…very menacing.

Weapon can peg into the back of the figure.

Pull out the silver front of the weapon to reveal another mode.

By flipping a hand into a forearm, you can mount the weapon like a forearm cannon. Classic-Cool.





Today’s Arrival: Toysrus Hasbro Masterpiece Optimus Prime

13 11 2012

Thanks to a heads up from my buddy, I was able to order Toysrus exclusive Hasbro Masterpiece Optimus Prime from Toysrus.com ($130.04 (w/tax, free shipping)).

Out of package he’s everything you remember if you were a child of the 80’s. Truck mode has a flawless classic look. The trailer opens up in the back to reveal roller. Notice the little Spike Witwicky figure.

Of course, the trailer converts to battle station mode with all the classic elements.

A third mode for the trailer in repair bay mode.

In this mode, you can store your weapons on the walls.

Prime’s chest opens up to reveal the Matrix of Leadership

Here’s a couple of full body shots of the Autobot Leader.

Lastly, a battle-axe effect part clips right over a hand of your choice. Bring it Megatron!

 

 

 

 





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.