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Detective Barricade

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  1. Pretty much. Hasbro's MP-01 that got sold in America on it's firt release at Walmart stores for $64.99. at target & TRU stores it was $69.99. Honestly the Hasbro TRU MP-01 was well worth $64.99 because it was 12 inches tall in robot mode. most importantly the toy used a whole bunch of diecast metal. had strong plastic. the engineering,high sculpt & poseabilty are way over the charts. Last week I cleaned my masterpiece TF toy shelf. I held Hasbro MP-01 in my hand & the toy felt like it easily weighed over 10 pounds. Hasbro released the MP-01 optimus toy a second time & gave it cartoon accurate colors. it was called the "20th anniversary edition". this second release with newer colors sold for a bit more than the first release. most USA stores sold it for around $79.99. Walmart sold it for $69.99. the toy quickly went on clearance sale & the price got dropped by $15 to $20 dollars. Takara MP-10 Convoy just can't compare to the awesomeness of Takara MP-01 Convoy. because the Takara MP-10 Convoy is only 9 inches tall in robot mode,has very little diecast metal on the toy,has feet showing in alt mode & uses inferior plastic quality/engineering & so forth. About the only thing TF MP-10 Convoy has going for it is more accurate size scale in relation to TF toys on display. This MP-10 convoy is 9 inches tall in robot mode & can at the very least fit in with other leader sized TF toys from Rid,AEC,Animated,Movie-verse & TF Prime. ...As opposed to MP-01's blatantly halfassed truck mode, being so die-cast laden that much of his poseability is rendered just about moot, paint chipping somewhat easily on the metal parts, (especially the chest panels) and can only barely hold his own rifle? I love MP-01/04 as much as the next guy, but MP-10 fixes many of the small problems that MP-01 suffers from. And Masterpiece Optimus was called 20th Anniversary Optimus Prime on it's initial run. The cartoon colored version released in 2006 was called 20th Anniversary DVD Edition Optimus Prime, to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of The Transformers the Movie and it's availability on DVD. (the DVD came with the US release of this, I believe.)
  2. Yeah, mine I don't even want to TOUCH the chromed areas (kind of hard when transforming because much of the torso is chromed) due to the flaky chrome. Generally, all it takes is a single chip or crack in the chrome to start the descent into flakiness. Thankfully, few of my other Transmetal toys suffer from this. So yeah, if it's so dirty a gentle wipe can't clean it off, it's better off staying that way than to have the chrome start coming off.
  3. Stand alone for the most part. Salvage's (a blue Autobot repaint of the monster truck Mudslinger) bio seems to hint at being a new body for Allspark Power Salvage, DOTM Icepick's bio suggests he was once PCC Icepick, and I think it may have been mentioned that PCC Huffer is meant to be the same guy as G1 Huffer. Other than these, which the toys don't really reflect at all, the entire line was pretty well stand alone. @Shadowpanther The springs are entirely unnecessary. The drones still function without the springs inside, since everything is connected inside them and will still automatically unfold when attached. The only thing the springs do is automatically collapse the drones into their alternate modes when removed, but it's still super easy to just push one part back to move everything else without the springs.
  4. I kinda dig them. The concept is interesting, though the drones really shouldn't have been spring loaded. Execution was...hit and miss. The last new molds in that line were really cool. And Sledge. Doubleclutch's drones may be worth getting the set for, but Doubleclutch himself should be buried in a drawer, never to see the light of day again. The copters (Searchlight and his repaint, Windburn) should be avoided. I'm almost contemplating on TFC Toys' WWII vehicle PCC limb bot sets.
  5. The Botcon 2011 set got away with it because it was the Transformers Animated Stunticons. They're not expected to combine. It's fine if an Animated Protectobot themed set were to eventually come out, but these aren't the same as the Classics style Stunticons and Protectobots (among all the other combiner teams from G1) that fans are still wanting and waiting for. Ones that do combine into Menasor, Defensor, etc. So in short, no. It isn't what people are really looking for. Fans want actual combiners.
  6. I don't mind one bit, because this time they're leaving the mold alone and releasing it with everything MP-10 came with, for less than half the asking price. Before, I didn't think it was worth $250. But for $100? Hell yeah I'll take it! I even hope that MP-11 makes it over here with all of his accessories too. Coming with all the accessories for a more collector-oriented treat like this is NEVER a bad thing.
  7. First Edition Bumblebee - I want to like this guy. I really do. He looks nicer than his Prime (Robots in Disguise, if you must) counterpart, but that one has a generally more solid robot mode with less fear of breaking something. The left shoulder on mine has trouble staying within the gear-like thing that's supposed to keep it from being floppy...will need to try some Future around there to add some friction. If you want a Bumblebee to display, buy two of this guy to leave in each mode and don't screw with him. If you want a Bumblebee to play with, just get the Prime 'Bee. DOTM Deluxe Leadfoot - It's a shame this guy never made it to US retail, as he's actually really good. Getting the sort of fake doors to move into position is a pain in the rear, but he's otherwise fun. He seems to have red paint over his red plastic just to get all the red to match in vehicle mode. His Mechtech weapon is the same as Ratchet's, only Ratchet's could actually get some decent spin time as the saw itself wasn't as wobbly. Whatever. Now to get some Reprolabels for him and his buddies...
  8. Bot Shots Barricade - Adorable. Awesome. Great for when I want something to mess with but don't want to really transform and don't want to dig out Activators Bumblebee. No articulation whatsoever, but who cares? I may have to get me a Bumblebee for him to 'fight'...though I have my eye on that three-pack that includes Prowl and Sentinel Prime, provided I can find it. Speaking of Bumblebee, I also broke down and bought Prime Bumblebee. Out of the package...he's kinda crap. Really don't like the floaty head thing, and while forcing the center to move a bit before pulling the shoulders out the rest of the way helps, I went with Mister Fanwank's fix of just shaving away the last two gear teeth. That helps A LOT, actually. He is fun to transform, and generally gets the job done, but I'm still going to get First Edition Bumblebee to really see how the 'Bees compare. Funny thing though. When I had the shoulder assembly separated from the rest of the toy, I discovered the most amazing thing: the shoulders actually can swing out entirely and lock! The problem? Nothing else on the toy is set up to allow this to work. Honestly this is something that should have been caught at the design stage and something done to allow this to work, especially since it's yet another Bumblebee toy among a sea of yellow.
  9. I've seen Optibotimus' review of HA Roadbuster with the Reprolabels set, so I am mighty tempted...
  10. HA Roadbuster - Don't care about Sgt. Recon, but I'm generally quite happy with Roadbuster himself. The visor could have used to be bigger though, as it feels a little small on him, but since all of the Human Alliance toys seem to have a gimmick built into their heads... Also wish that it was easier to get stuff to let go when converting back into car mode. Perhaps I'll be tempted to get the Reprolabels set for him one day.
  11. DOTM Deluxe Laserbeak (on clearance!) Prime Voyager Megatron Prime Deluxe Wheeljack
  12. DOTM Cyberverse Commander Guzzle TFC Toys Neckbreaker TFC Toys Mad Blender Oh yeah, and a new crotch for Heavy Labor/Hercules. Everything that may have broken from Heavy Labor's problem is included, including the two screw caps. (not installed)
  13. Cyberverse Powerglide - Meh. I guess it's better than the Universe Ultra class Powerglide...but that's not saying much. This has been one of the very few times that I haven't felt the 'new toy love' when I opened the package up and start messing with a figure. DOTM Thundercracker - I had been intrigued by this mold for awhile now. Thing is, I didn't want yet another Starscream. So why not go for the repaint that's affordable? The figure himself is very nice, and keeps most of the articulation of the Leader Starscream. I like the idea of using the landing gear from vehicle mode to help support the back of his legs. I kinda would have preferred he came with both of Starscream's Mechtech weapons, rather than the non-converting one and a blue version of Roadbuster's, but it's not a huge deal. DOTM Sideswipe - I was going to hold out for Darksteel/Quickstrike, but Wal-Mart had this guy and Thundercracker on Rollback for less than $10 each. Color wise, he's incredibly boring. (although the different plastic colors exposed in robot mode make it not as dull) But the mold itself is great. More poseable and stable than the original ROTF Deluxe. The Mechtech weapon is kinda neat, but I don't care much for the sword mode, especially since Sideswipe still has the blades on his arms.
  14. Generations Thundercracker - It's the Classics Seeker mold. The colors look nice, but now I've gotta get Starscream and Skywarp to go with him. :P RTS Tracks - I like the tribal flames on the hood, and the robot mode actually works better than I had initially thought! I'd still say if you have to pick between the two of 'em, get Wheeljack. Would have been nice to paint the inside of the doors to continue the wings... TFC Toys Exgraver - I'm in love... :love After shaving the teeth in the ludicrously tight ratchet joint for the shovel arm a bit, there's really no problems whatsoever. FansProject Causality Thundershred - Imposing bug mode, with the clips that hold the mandibles/blades on being strong enough to hold onto a Scout or small Deluxe. The blades are a pain in the rear to get on/off the first couple of times, but it IS doable. Robot mode is very cool, and it's surprising just how tight his ball jointed hips really are. Those things really don't want to move easily! I like the gigantic shuriken option as well as the claws. FansProject Causality Stormbomb - Bug mode is surprisingly compact, aside from the horn, yet still commands some attention. Not entirely crazy about the curved blade weapons being the front legs, since it's really not hard to bump them off the grips that hold onto them. Also, a place to store the chain in bug mode would have been great. Not a big fan of the waist armor, but I understand why it's there. The weakest of the three, but not by all that much. FansProject Causality Backfiery - Bug mode looks the part, and holds all six kunai, but doesn't quite have the same presence as the other two. Maybe beetles are just cooler than grasshoppers. Robot mode is another story. Easily the best robot mode of the three, even if the back kibble doesn't really lock in anywhere. Be aware that the kunai are quite, quite pokey. If you only get one, this is probably the one to go for. But all three look so nice together... DOTM Barricade - Mechtech weapon is stupid. Barricade himself is for the most part superior to the original Deluxe, though I'm mystified as to why the heck Hasbro decided making a predominately black robot's crotch white was a good idea. It stands out, and it really shouldn't... But hey! Actual hands! A head that can turn! A waist that can turn! And no stupid as heck punching gimmick!
  15. Space Case is a great repaint to arguably one of the best Deluxe figures from the HFTD line. The other Target exclusive repaints, the Deluxe ones in particular, can rot on the shelves. :P I've wanted ROTF Skystalker for awhile. The stores around here never stocked him or Scattorshot. Sunspot's colors didn't appeal to me, either. But I got him because I wanted the mold. And I can't complain much at all about the mold itself.
  16. Generations Wheeljack - This is (sort of) why I passed on Tracks. (and still regret it) This mold was meant to be Wheeljack all along, and it really shows in robot mode! Generations Warpath - Typical figures around the tail end of their given line are usually really, really good. Warpath is without a shadow of a doubt no exception. Generations Scourge - From flying boat to flying wing. It works nicely and still grants him his distinctive 'cape'. The head is spot on, but why blue light-piping?
  17. DOTM Voyager Megatron DOTM Deluxe Roadbuster DOTM Deluxe Topspin HFTD Voyager Seaspray
  18. RTS Jazz - Find him, get him. Enough said. Generations Kup - Don't like that the shoulders don't lock in place, and the wheels sticking off his shoulders are awkward, but otherwise great! DOTM Crankcase - Creepy cool little figure. Also, not quite as small as I feared, and has some paint where it counts. The Mechtech weapon is surprisingly fun! DOTM Megatron - Like how his truck mode is almost completely opposite Optimus' in aesthetics. The only wave 1 Voyager worth getting, IMO. (Shockwave and Skyhammer aren't part of wave 1 :P ) DOTM Roadbuster - Most of the paint went into the track car mode. I can live with that, though it does leave the robot mode a little dull. Wish the Mechtech weapon locked in its chainsaw configuration though... DOTM Topspin - Being in the 'Stealth Force'/armed up vehicle mode, Topspin is much more interesting in both modes. Unfortunately, the left weapon pod in robot mode tends to pop off if I'm not careful. I don't mind that his Mechtech weapon doesn't lock. I think this Mechtech gimmick is growing on me! Still won't convince me to go after the ones I had no intent on getting in the first place.
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