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  1. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=xtr10006&mode=retail

     

     

     

    This has my vote for worst third party accessory for TF’s, ever!

     

    $30 for this freaking thing? Are they KIDDING???

     

    I think one can go to the Dollar Store and get one of those Rubber Circus animals + cage that grows when you drown it in water, and it's as good as something this lame.

     

    If it came with the Ravage toy, sure then maybe, but JEESE!

     

    Big Bad should take this off the market and slap who ever decided to put it up there in the first place.

  2. I bought a KO Alternators Nemesis Prime so as to make a custom Diaclone Magnus aka Powered Convoy, and stupid me didn't notice that it came with the ABT Upgrade gastank set that transforms into his gun.

     

    Not only that, but mine came with 2 sets.

     

    Yippie! So TFsource has them for $30 a piece, so I just saved $60.

     

    I bought the thing months ago and it's been sitting on a shelf at my old home all this time.

     

    One of these days I will have to get my real BT Prime and real Nemesis out and they can fight over who gets the extra rifle, because one is for Overload/Nightwatch here.

     

    Hmm, probably should make a White version also...

     

    Mind you, I had to glue the tank section back together on one of them so far, but $30... WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

  3. This season for my Xmas present to my self, I bought a few KO toys that I had my eye on for some time. With the recent demise of KOtoys, I figured one last bash incase everything suddenly became scarce.

     

    I picked up the Binaltech Smokescreen Red-White and Blue KO toy. Nicely done. Diecast and plastic like a Binaltech, quality is pretty good, detailing is fantastic, just a few minor paint errors or scratches. I had to modify the hole for the hood hatch hinge (say that 3 times fast) so the peg would rest where it belongs. Other than the usual wobblie midsection part common with these KO BT's, it's pretty great. The only thing I will change is the head, needs to be blue, and perhaps slap on a 38 sticker on the hood and doors. Other than that great toy.

     

    KO Targetroid set of 4. I have no idea what I'm supposed to do with these things. The Megatron is great, very posable and detailed, Optimus is kinda lame, as is screamer and roddie. I think the trigger or handle for the gun mode got lost in translation somewhere along the line. I am interested in how the real megatron-like TR works and might consider getting one. The gun mode for optimus reminds me of gun mode for one of the kronoform watch bots or a blockman. They really should remake that line with more poseable blockbots like Dave B made.

     

    I got a KO Seacon set, reason being I don't have a KO Seacon set. I have KO sets of all the other G1 combiners and those colors makes it lookg good to work with the Energon Sharkticon. The main thing I noticed is that I think they made the turtle bot too small. I have yet to examine the toy out of the package but everything looks like it was included from the original series, cept some of the bots were dummed down, meaning that they all used to be interchangable, not some can only be legs and some can only be arms. For a display piece and the cheap price, it should be interesting for the shelf.

     

    ANOTHER PE Reflector set. This time I was able to piece together 1 nice set out of the 2 I have, all 3 purple heads and feet, the center bot has a purple chest while the side bots have green. Their arm colors keep the purple and green going, purple shoulders and green arms for the side bots, the opposite for the center bot. I chose the purple lense with green sides, and the green shield to round it off. Unfortunaltey the green shield has some gaps on the front of the camera edge, which is a shame but having a good looking reflector means I will have to live with it, perhaps fix it. Capped it off with the mirrored lense finish. NOW I can have this toy in bot mode on she shelf for display and not have it jump out as UGLY any more.

     

    I'll post pictures at another time. Working on a cool Dinogeist custom that I hope to have finished soon.

  4. KOtoys and chimungmung are on the other side of the world and with the shipping customs they must go through we just have to be patient.

     

    Back in the day, KO's like this were SO hard to find. I can't describe how hard it once was to come across some radical variants and KO's like these. Weekend after weekend hitting flea markets and hole in the wall stores looking for a new treasure.

     

    Take these KO Alternators. I first caught a glimpse of these from Ebay about 5 or 6 years ago. Had bought up all the binaltech and alternator versions and thought that was that and then these KO Variants came along. Had to snag them in an auction and hope if you lost out that another one would appear eventually. Now we have KOtoys and chimungmung that lists them all at reasonable prices, how easy this new generation of TF collectors have it.

     

    Both sites are reputable and have lots to offer, just don't expect your box of goodies to show up any time soon.

     

    My last box of wonder from KO toys came in about 3 weeks, packaging was very good actually, they lined the inside of a cardboard box with cut sheets of styrofoam and put everything in baggies wrapped in plastic. Nothing broken, all there and all very cool.

  5. The Hummer. If you follow the directions, it transforms just like Hound, except for the bulky rear section.

    Those flaps stick out on the sides, just looks awkward.

     

    My alternative transform goes like this. Do NOT twist at the mid section, simply fold up and lock (so his arse is the front now)

     

    Fold out the rear fenders and roof to allow room to adjust the shins and feet. Fold out the feet and twist the shins to use the rear seat as the new knee cap. Then fold the flaps back inside, so the rear tire rests against the inner shin and twist the feet so that it holds the flaps nice and neat. Ok so the rear tire makes running awkward, but it's a toy, there will be no running.

     

    See attached pict, I like it better this way.

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  6. At long last, I picked up all the BT KO's that I wanted, and the 3 Hummers as a bonus. Unfortunately they are not perfect, some however were fixable.

     

    The Sideswipe - White SS. Metal parts, good detailing, iffy feet and front wheels. The one minor problem I had with it is an easy fix. The head always appears to be looking upwards, so the solution was to take the head apart and cut a circular grove under his face plate.

     

    As for the police car Viper, it is pretty good, love the detailing, but in robot mode it just looks too much like Dead End. Simple head swap with the White Sunstreaker with Red stripes and both of them look better, the white one looks more like the Marboor Wheeljack this way.

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