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The Legacy Armada Universe Optimus Prime Big Bot is just awesome, but there's always room for improvement thanks to 3P makers who are arming up, adding lift and filling gaps. There are two new sets that I really like from TF Lab and Go Better. Those who prefer the more streamlined Legacy style Mini-con Star Saber style weapons will like the TF Lab Star Saber Sword. - Read the Full News Story


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Haven't seen these yet and I was just looking through the upgrade stores on Ebay last night. The newest set at the time was the one for Strongarm, which I picked up even though I don't have her yet but I probably will by the time I get the kit.

I wouldn't mind making the cab taller in robot mode but those pieces need to be pretty damn strong. I don't think 3D printed parts will cut it. I also don't like how they didn't design the knee the same way. There's less grey plastic side to side than the stock knees. So now there's more blue showing and that makes the knee area look weird. Minor gripe but it's something I've noticed. They transform as well. I guess you don't HAVE to since it would just make the back of the cab slightly longer. They also end up making the arms slightly longer for super mode. 

The new transforming hands for the cab robot are, weird. I mean I guess it bothered someone that those fists were barely visible in vehicle mode. Opening hands I get though, especially with the removable matrix. But again, I don't think 3D printed parts would work here either. 

The red pieces to finish out the sides of the cab in vehicle mode are interesting. They seem to fill it out while staying out of the way for the other modes. 

I will never use screw hole covers. Moving on.

Toe fillers are toe fillers.

Gun extender...okay?

Star Saber looks like shit though. There are better looking options out there. Maybe not as long but better looking. Maybe it's too flat looking. Maybe it's how it reminds me of a cookie cutter. I don't know. I just don't like it.

I'll keep waiting though. I want someone to do something with that stupid trailer hitch thing. It looks stupid and doesn't really do much even in base mode. It's just an awkward looking chunk of plastic with some rocket launchers and guns sculpted in. I'd love for someone to redesign it completely into something more useful instead of just being bad looking kibble for super mode.

A foldable separate shield and gun thing maybe? It would still be able to serve the purpose of the vehicle and base modes but actually do something for both robot modes. I couldn't care less about accuracy, I just want something useful and doesn't look like crap while also doing nothing except be a hitch. 

I don't really know what else I'm waiting for though. I think it's just that one thing. WIth this one set BaCon is showing here, that's pretty much all that could be done. Other than Sparkplug and Over-Run Minicons. And maybe full Star Saber, Requiem Blaster and Skyboom Shield Minicon sets. I guess just Minicons in general which seem to be coming. There's just so few things to actually complain about from Legacy Armada Optimus Prime.

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There's a new kit in town, and this one is a real gunslinger from DNA Design. Their DK-45 seeks to be the ultimate Armada Optimus Prime Commander upgrade kit. In their usual fashion, DNA have made changes all over the figure with a new gun, hands, fillers, extenders and more that you can see in the images below. - Read the Full News Story


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*Proceeds to shoot lasers from my eyes ala Devastator*

But seriously though, they got roasted over this set on Facebook. Nobody wants this. What a waste of plastic. 

Why bother swapping out the ass skirt if you're not going to do anything better with it? At least make those two hinged pieces flip around to the back of the ass skirt to minimize it as much as possible. What about that shield I was talking about in my last comment? I thought DNA liked to give things shield for no reason?

Who the hell thought it was a good idea to take that shitty chunk of flaps with molded missile launchers in it and attach it to the gun that has a huge extension on it? That's about the worst looking thing I ever seen. It's far worse than any attempt to turn Motormaster's base tower piece into something resembling a gun. Just fucking replace the pieces outright. Nobody wants to repurpose them into stupid looking shit. They already designed a full replacement for the ass flap so why not just make full replacements for the other parts too?

What is going on with that chest? Did they intentionally try to invoke the visage of Omega Prime with that? It's bad looking on its own and its even worse since you put the entire old chest on top of it instead of just the Autobot badge that's on a 5mm peg. And all for what? to slightly cover the hands of the smaller robot mode in truck mode? What a roundabout way to go about doing that.

Did they even try to match the gold paint? I've seen 3D printed sets on Ebay try to color match better than this.

Do they really think those shoulder flaps look good up there? They accomplish next to nothing in vehicle mode either. At first I thought those would sit in the grooves instead of hovering 1mm over them like that. It's just stupid looking when they're being used in truck mode. Who would even display the figure like that anyway? This trailer is actually useful unlike the Earthrise and G2 trailers. So the trailer stays with the figure at all times as it's needed for the super mode. So there's no need to cover the super mode hands in truck mode as the trailer will always be covering them. Even still, who the fuck cares about the fists being visible? It's such a non issue. Oh and they block the 5mm ports on the shoulders on top of looking like garbage.

The door fillers are okay I guess.

The front skirt is okay I guess. Other than the bad paint matching.

The hands look okay but I hate those tab and slot connections. It's nice they gave two ports but I can almost guarantee that they'll fall out. Those things almost always suck. Just not worth it honestly. Who really uses the finger articulation anyway if we're ALL being honest about it. You do a couple of poses here and there and it is pretty cool but that's it. You don't think of it again once it's on a shelf holding things.

The feet things are less than okay. I thought they'd at least have some molded something on the blue parts to turn those pieces in truck mode into missile launchers. But no, they have the same kind of molded detail as the stock parts. So why even bother with more than just fillers for the toes? Nobody was asking for the super mode to be taller. I think it's too tall as it is. It's taller than their already established scaling.

Just yet another almost complete failure of a kit from DNA. At least the SS RotB Scourge kit looks good.

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The DNA Design DK-45 set seeks to be the ultimate Armada Optimus Prime Commander Class upgrade kit, and they are not done yet. They have taken the feedback from fans to make updates to what they will be releasing. The new images show refined shoulder parts as well as height adjustments. Read on to see the official update and images from DNA Design. - Read the Full News Story


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