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Everything posted by chuckdawg1999

  1. Thundercracker and Skywarp complete the classic Seeker trio for the Earthrise line. Both Thundercracker and Skywarp feature new faces that are different from Starscream. I'm pleased that the duo came early in the line and will be relatively easy to get. Highly recommended.
  2. Ramjet and Dead End are fun little Scout Class figures from the Cyberverse line that most people are going to pass over because they're not proper Transformers. It's a shame most collectors ignore the Scout Class because the toys are nice little figurines that often are the only representation of certain characters in the line. As always I recommend them, but most of you are just going to ignore my words.
  3. A box of cassettes/data tablets/engines is a good value but really doesn't fill the need that collectors have right now. Frenzy and Wingthing are repaints of Rumble and Ratbat, late wave Siege releases that have been very hard for collectors to find. Knok and Skar are also repaints of the aforementioned Siege figures, but they feature new heads to resemble the Powermasters that came with Doubledealer. If you like the molds then I would recommend this set especially if you're going to pick up the forthcoming Doubledealer figure.
  4. For a One-Step changer Whirl is a little more involved than the norm which makes for a fun figure. Transformation is smooth and the resulting robot mode is very close to the animation model. Overall, I recommend giving Whirl a whirl!
  5. There are some figures that rise above their gimmicks, then there are others that are all about the gimmick. Optimus Prime and Shockwave are definitely all about the gimmick. Articulation is virtually non existent since all moving parts are for the transformation. The armor looks cool and the weapons are nice but ultimately these are two Ultimate Class figures you can probably skip.
  6. Now this listing says they're available at most major retailers so that's good. Now for Amazon US to get listings up.
  7. Kinda weird then that Amazon has info on them. Really stinks these are Walmart exclusives, the shows over so interest is going to be low to begin with.
  8. Joining us for the second time in the Cyberverse line is Wheeljack now in the Scout Class. The figure is actually kinda cool looking although very under detailed compared to the package pics. Transformation is simple and like other Scout Class figures results in some bot/vehicle hybrid. I dig the figure and think it would look great on any desk or small space you can think of.
  9. Gulf or Skalor if you prefer is a Piranha-Monster hybrid, somebody back in the day liked their 50s Sci-Fi films. Transformation is smooth and is altered from the other uses of the mold, which is nice and shows that effort was put into the figure. Other than that, there's really nothing earth shattering new or good about Gulf, you'll have to buy it if you want a complete Seacon team.
  10. Ratchet is a fun little figure and the perfect introduction to the character. Transformation is interesting with a sliding gimmick that adds quite a bit of heft to the figure namely in the legs. Definitely worth a pick-up to add to your Authentics collection.
  11. This is a tough question to answer since as a reviewer I'm keeping my eyes forward with for new product that might not be coming. I really don't shop in brick and mortar stores anymore so most of my purchases come from eBay and Amazon. I noticed recently that most of my pre-orders on Amazon have gone from May-Aug/Sept. to September-November. I think that's a generous estimate at best since we don't know what was made before factories shut down. I hate to say it but the only people I see doing well are the ones buying and selling the lunchtime specials. As it is my focus is on a few Gundam kits I'd like to get as those seem to be coming on time.
  12. This is a rare and interesting figure from China, that's a cool transforming robot to boot. Nezha is from a 2003 cartoon based on Chinese folklore, represented by a detailed mini-figure that can fit into the chest of the larger robot, like a Brainmaster. Transformation is smooth and the robot has more articulation than any other Ultra Class figure. While these figures tend to be a little pricey, if you can find one for a price you're willing to pay I definitely recommend it.
  13. Authentics Soundwave is a great neo-G1 update using the Evergreen design. Transformation is smooth, simple and satisfying. Soundwave is a great for those looking for a more involved version of the Cyberverse figure.
  14. The leader of the Seacons Snaptrap is a fun figure with a lot of play options, something that's refreshing to see in this day and age.
  15. While I don't know much about Rack N' Ruin the character, the toy is really fun with an intuitive transformation that results in a solid vehicle mode. The Spark Armor "Gimmick" doesn't hinder the articulation of the figure and is quite fun. Rack N' Ruin is definitely worth an addition to your collection.
  16. Sometimes the review needs to speak for itself, Starscream is one of those occasions. This is yet another Masterpiece breaker in the line.
  17. Ah, Grapple. Hoist's buddy joins us in the Earthrise line and much like Leader Optimus Prime is an affordable option to the Masterpiece figure. Transformation is smooth, but make sure to file down the pegs that peg into the bottom of the feet for vehicle mode, there is a high rate of breakage on those parts. Overall this is a solid figure and worthy of a place in your neo-G1 collection.
  18. Kraken and Lobclow are great figures, shining examples of what Has/Tak can do when inspired, like a chef with some simple ingredients. Between the two I enjoy Kraken more, partially because I enjoy running around the house shouting "Release the Kraken!" Obviously, if you're looking to complete the Seacons you're picking these two up, but they're solid figures and stand on their own.
  19. Soundbarrier is either a robot with a ramp on its back or a ramp with a robot on its bottom. Either way, you're not getting much here. Yes, there's some form of playability with the ramp connecting to other bases but I can see that getting old quick. Ultimately, I think continuing the weapon-based Battlemasters would've been a better way to go but for $6 it's ok.
  20. These come from the Wayback machine courtesy of some deep discounts on Amazon. Of the two, I tend to enjoy Outback more, but Cindersaur has that old TFCC this is what we can do type feel. Obviously most of you decided a long time ago if you wanted these but if you're still interested, they're still out there.
  21. Hasbro must have heard the cries from the masses since these new mold Warrior Class figures feature articulation that's comparable with Deluxe Class figures. Both Starscream and Hammerbyte feature an action gimmick that's the signature of the Warrior Class line but they really don't get in the way of the basic movements of the figures. Unfortunately, the gimmicks are still a little fiddly, not as bad as before, but enough to make you pause for a moment of reflection. Ultimately these are good, not great figures.
  22. Bludgeon is a fun One-Step Transformer that shows how Hasbro is really innovating at this cheaper price point. While I would always like to see a Bludgeon figure that looks like the original robot and not the hybrid shell/bot design we've been getting for quite a while now. Definitely worth the addition to your desk legions.
  23. Grimlock is the most complicated of the deluxe figures I've reviewed thus far, the large chunks of pannels often make the transformation fiddly as they crash into each other during the process. Grimlock cuts an imposing, stocky figure that's fitting for the King of the Dinobots. While I won't recommend Grimlock as a first purchase, it is worthy of a spot in your collection.
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