Sharpes – Elusive Air – Disney/Pixar Planes

Sharpes is a good looking Deluxe scale plane. It has been a while since we have seen anything new in the Deluxe line, and this is a good one. He has a really wide wingspan, and an overall unique look that differs him from all of the other Planes that has come out before him.

He is under the sub-line of “Training Time” that is new for the 2016 releases. He is one of the background characters that seems to keep popping up. He was in both Planes and Planes: Fire and Rescue. He is one well traveled plane.

I do wonder what he carries though. He is a passenger plane, but he isn’t big enough to carry cars. Maybe that is what makes him “Elusive.”

His card boasts that he has “Spinning Blades” which is a pretty weak gimmick. Most of the planes are prop planes, and that is a rather silly thing to bring up, but they needed something to entice the buyer. He does actually have the retractable front landing gear that we see with so many of the planes. The problem with most of the other planes is that they only have retractable front gear, and the back gear is left hanging. This time around, it actually works for Sharpes, since his back gear is fixed, and wouldn’t retract anyway.

Bonus Look:  Firefighter Dusty

Disty changed colors in the later part of Fire and Rescue.  Going for a much more fitting red as his main color.  This is a fine plane.  The wheels on the bottom of the pontoons bothers me to no end.  It seems like such an ugly way to get wheels down there.  The white tabs are really fat compared to the small tires.


Vortex – Combiner Wars – Bruticus

Take Alpha Bravo, who was a rescue helicopter with rockets on the side. Repaint it with a crazy paint job, and you have Vortex. They didn’t even give him a new head.

I think overall the paint is a bit much. When you have Combaticons, you don’t think wild colors that stand out. You want more of a military look. And for the most part, Bruticus looks like he is going to be colored correctly… other than this bright green and yellow arm formed by Vortex.

In robot mode, we pretty much get what we got with Alpha Bravo. He is less than inspired. Blocky and out of sorts. On the upper half, his head is the best part. He has a great face with a good design and the red connected eyes.

His torso is clearly a part of the Combier. It is so much more blatant than the other figures. Probably due to so much extra color around the rest of the chest. Of course, if you put paint on the combiner tab, then it will rub off, and nobody likes paint rub.

He has that giant backpack of greeble back there that is super ugly. Really, there isn’t much they could probably do with it, but still, it looks pretty bad on the slim frame of Vortex. We have had lots of other helicopter robots in the past decade that have turned out well, so we can’t blame it all on the alt mode being a helicopter.

His legs are another part that don’t look great. They are rather blah down there. The bottom part especially with the strange shape of the calf, tiny feet, and the bulge off to both sides. It all had to get moved out of the way for the arm.

The helicopter is a pretty good looking machine. Vortex looks better to me than Alpha Bravo because of who he is. As an attack helicopter, I expect to see Vortex with missiles hanging off his sides. Not so much with the rescue helicopter.

Vortex comes with the same two weapons as Alpha Bravo. The rifle and the dual gattling gun hand/foot. This time in grey rather than black. They don’t really go too well with the helicopter, but the big gun does make a nice stand for the rather flat helicopter to sit on.

I cannot imagine Vortex and Swindle hanging out together. I am sure they do not appreciate the skills that the other brings to the team.

They are a good pair to look at to see the wide range we get when we see the Deluxe figures in this line. Swindle is bulky with large shoulders, and lots of bumpy parts, where Vortex is rather streamlined with a very slender body.

I cannot wait to track down the rest of the team and finally get Bruticus built. This is taking a long time to find them all. It is probably due to the inundation of so many Robots in Disguise figures still holding spots on all of the pegs at both Toys R Us and Target.


Swindle – Transformers Generations – Combiner Wars – Bruticus

The return to the Generation 1 designs continues. Currently we are seeing the Combaticons trickle into the stores. It has been pretty quiet out there on the Trasformers aisle since the holidays. Bruticus and Sky Reign are on their way, and the showing so far is good.

The first figure I found was Swindle. He has been around for a good long time, and as any good scoundrel, he comes out of the woodwork when needed and disappears again. We have seen a lot of him over the years in the different continuities, and we see him again in the Combiner Wars line.

If you know anything about this guy, this is usually what we get. Big purple eyes on a black head, with a yellowish body. He is some kind of light military vehicle, similar to his G1 version, but this time he is bigger and has better articulation.

I am not really digging this backpack.  We have had some big backpacks in the past, but this one is crazy.  It sticks out and up.  If it rains, Swindle is going to have his pants full of water.

His articulation is fantastic.  He has all of the good movement we see in the current run of Deluxe figures.   In addition, he also has hinged feet so he can keep both feet planted firmly on the ground, no matter the pose.

He comes with two guns.  His primary gun is a three barreled rifle.  It has good details, and fits well in his hand.   He also comes with the requisite foot/hand gun that all of the Deluxe figures come with. It is a bit too large, as most of these are.

Swindle turns into a light armored, open air vehicle. It is a highly detailed vehicle, but unknown as to what it is. Definitely setup for running in the desert.

The guns can be mounted on the top with a post in the middle and holes on both of the back portions. The black gun actually mounts sideways on the center post. It is a bit weird to have the gun mounted sideways like that, but they needed a post to be able to mount the big gun there too.

A very nice robot, and a good vehicle.  It is hard to imagine that this is a retool of Rook, looking at the vehicle.   The color makes him stand out from the other figures we have seen so far, and we have seen a lot of figures.  There are just minor nit-picks with this figure, and he is done very well overall.  I am looking forward to finding the rest of the Combaticons, and really getting the Combiner War started.


Hyper Ressha – Ressha Sentai ToQger

This set is huge. I had to expand my photography background both in width and height in order to fit this monstrosity. I think this is a case where bigger is not always better.

The Terminal looks really good. It has places to hold full trains with room to spare. It is clear this is where we really go off the tracks in the show for realism, since we have a train terminal that can convert into a massive locomotive. I am not saying the rest of the Super Sentai series is real, but with the rest of the Ressha, at least they could travel around Japan on already used tracks, until they use their flying tracks to fight.

It is clear to see just how big Hyper Ressha is with ToQ-Oh standing by it.

With all five trains on board full length with room to spare.  This thing really is a terminal.

It is clear that the smaller Hyper Ressha is meant for great things.  It has quite a formation for later use.

A lot of folding, and the Terminal turns into Hyper Ressha for Hyper ToQ 1gou, late in the series.  The front end looks great.  It is a powerful locomotive, with great colors, and guns to boot.  We get a bit of a problem in the back half, where it is just open air back there.   I do not like that part.

Hyper Ressha has a spot of honor on top of Hyper Ressha.  it just sits there in the groove.   There are lock in ports all over this thing, but this is not one of them.  I really would have liked to see this lock into place.

The front end of Hyper Ressha is fantastic.  There are so many great details here.

A few changes here and there, stand him up, and you have Hyper Ressha Henkei Hyper Ressha TeiOh.  I am not fond of this mode.   he is pretty much a chunk of plastic with stubby moving arms.   This is a display piece more than anything.  The playability here is very low.

This guy is sizable, standing a whole head taller than ToQ-Oh.

One more mode with another transformation similar to standing the Terminal on it’s end and adding lots of Ressha and we get the Hyper Ressha Gattai ToQ Rainbow. This is it. All that the ToQgers can throw at the bad guys. He is the grand master of all Ressha. I still have a few Ressha missing from my collection, so there are some blank spots in his body, but you get the gist of what is going on. The front cars of all of the Ressha help to combine this guy.

He is a little more pleasing to the eye than the Hyper Ressha Henkei Hyper Ressha TeiOh, but he is still blocky. At least he has longer arms, and you can play around with the Ressha on him.

Overall, this is a Ressha you will want to get only if you intend to collect the whole line. If you are after the smaller Ressha alone, you may want to go with the candy version. You will save a lot of money and space. I don’t know where I am going to put this guy. I really like the Terminal conversion the best, but it takes up a lot of real estate. The Hyper Ressha conversion is good too, and I may have to keep him in that mode most of the time to save space.


White Tigerzord – Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Legacy

I have been watching this guy sit on the shelves of Toys R Us for a very long time. Finally this past week my local TRU put it on clearance. It was as if the stars had aligned just for me. Discounted from $79.99 to $39.99, and I had a $10 off reward, so I got it for $29.99 with tax. What a deal. The amazingly high prices of the past Power Rangers toys has really kept me out of that market, really only going back to Power Rangers Samurai, except for all of the Red Rangers being released a few years back. I have also been able to get my hands on a few of the MMPR Rangers as they have come out in the triangle boxes.

This is a great first foray into the original (U.S.) series. White Tigerzord is so strong and well made. It looks so accurate to the original from the show. I think the feet really win me over on this one. It seems that Super Sentai always gave their mecha robust legs and feet, and they really pulled it off here.

The paint is outstanding. From the great contrast of the white and black, to the touches of gold, silver and metallic red.

The transformation into Tiger Mode is fairly easy and straightforward.  It is clear that they did a great job over at Bandai getting him ready for multiple combinations.  There are unused moving parts all over this guy.

The only thing I don’t really like are the tiny back legs. It is hard to make something strong and robust when it comes out of another part of the body.

Overall, a great Zord. I cannot wait to get my hands on the Dino Megazord that came out before, and the Thunder Megazord that will be coming out some time in 2016. I will probably jump on Thunder Megazord much more quickly since I have something to combine it with now.

 


Applichanger for ToQ 6gou – Ressha Sentai ToQger

This is the Applichanger. The ToQgers use their ToQ Changers to change into ToQgers. For ToQ 6gou, he uses the Applichanger by running the Build Ressha down the track. The Applichanger also has the ability to be used as a communicator with the rest of the ToQgers.

The Applichanger looks really good. It is thick and strong, and well built. It has a lot of pictures on the main screen,but only 4 of them actually work. The sounds are actually quite obnoxious. The Applichanger has similar sounds to the other electronics, but they are incredibly loud.

The track slides out to the side. It has a button part way down the track, so it doesn’t matter which Ressha is slid down the track, it all reads the same, since there is no real electronics there.

Along with the great details on the phone, there is also the grey side bar along the edge of the phone. It has the power button, but more importantly it has some great information.

It says “Applichanger” which is of course what it is. It also says “ToQ-006” and “ToQ6” who is clearly the owner. It also has the time set for “7:30” which is what time the show came on.

Overall, this is a fun display piece. I got it for a good deal on Amazon, so I am not too worried about it. I will probably never use the sounds, since they are so loud. The Ressha is not usable by anything but the electronics. It is what they call a candy Ressha. It is for looks and cosplay only. You cannot use it with the rest of the Ressha in your collection. Of course, what would you want to do with it, if you don’t have the rest of the Build Ressha anyway?


Diesel Ressha and Diesel-Oh – Ressha Sentai ToQger

I was all ready to look at the last Ressha to form Diesel-Oh, but got caught up in the new green T-Rex Zord, and couldn’t wait to post about it.  Today we are headed back to Japan to look at the old man, Diesel Ressha.

Diesel Ressha is the biggest of the single Ressha to this point. It will be eclipsed by the Build Ressha later on, but this old man is enough for now. He is the needed piece to connect with Car Carrier and Tank Ressha in order to build the great Diesel-Oh.

Even though Diesel Ressha comes in 5 main parts, it really consists of the Ressha at the front, a giant long middle section, and a small section at the back. They come apart as we have seen with the other Ressha to allow for turns in the track. This time, not so much. The middle section is WAY too big, and would have benefited from at least one break in the middle.

The three auxiliary Ressha needed to combine to form Diesel-Oh.

Diesel-Oh is a big boy when all put together. His head is about a half a head taller than ToQ-Oh, but ToQ-Oh makes up the height in the tall shoulders, leaving Diesel-Oh just slightly taller.

He looks great with the three main colors, dark red, orange, and blue. When we first see Diesel Ressha, he just has a spot of blue and a spot of orange at the back end. This really helps bring the mecha together when the legs are added, and then the legs match the shoulders.

The center part of the body opens up to reveal a beautiful gold chrome chest. There are a few other openings that allow for the gold theme to carry through the figure.

ToQ-Oh and Diesel-Oh make a formidable team.  They each have their own strengths, and they look different from one another to not feel like you are just getting a copy of the first mecha.

Cho Ressha Gattai Cho ToQ-Oh – Okay, now that is a long name.  Basically this is the forming of ToQ-Oh and Diesel-Oh.   This is pretty much ToQ-Oh with the arms separated off to allow Diesel-Oh to make the shoulders wider and create Cho ToQ Cannons.   Now this is some fire power.

Of course this would be very top heavy, so Diesel-Oh’s legs attach to ToQ-Oh’s legs for a more robust platform.

Okay, now that is a long name. Basically this is the forming of ToQ-Oh and Diesel-Oh. This is pretty much ToQ-Oh with the arms separated off to allow Diesel-Oh to make the shoulders wider and create Cho ToQ Cannons. Now this is some fire power. Of course this would be very top heavy, so Diesel-Oh’s legs attach to ToQ-Oh’s legs for a more robust platform.

 


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