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Transformers: Titans Return Deluxe Class (Part 1) Autobots Blurr and Hyperfire / Furos and Hardhead

Now we begin to get a glimpse into the world of Titans Return. The Legends Class figures didn’t really have a whole lot to do with Titans Return on their own, but with these Deluxe Class figures, we really get idea of how it is all going to work.

We are going to look at the first wave of the Deluxe Class. Today we are going to look at the Autobots. We get two Autobots and two Decepticons in this set. Or if you want to get technical, four Autobots and four Decepticons, since the Titan Masters are aligned with a team.

Now we begin to get a glimpse into the world of Titans Return. The Legends Class figures didn’t really have a whole lot to do with Titans Return on their own, but with these Deluxe Class figures, we really get idea of how it is all going to work.

We are going to look at the first wave of the Deluxe Class. Today we are going to look at the Autobots. We get two Autobots and two Decepticons in this set. Or if you want to get technical, four Autobots and four Decepticons, since the Titan Masters are aligned with a team.

Hyperfire and Blurr:

First off, Hyperfire and Blurr. These two were teamed up back in 1987, when Hyperfire was a Targetmaster weapon for Blurr. They took cues from the original Blurr to create this one, with some nice upgrades to bring him into the modern era of the Transformers.

It is a bit strange that the larger robots in this series cannot be sentient on their own, since the Titan Master is required as the larger robot has no head of his own. That would have probably been a much better touch, if they could be separate.

Blurr is amazing looking. The details are outstanding, with lots of good articulation.

Hyperfire is the standard that we are going to see with the Titan Masters. They unfold from the head into a tiny little robot. They have shoulder swivel as well as hip and knee swivel. They can stand as well as sit, both legs out, or legs folded depending on the weapon they are going to be driving.

In vehicle mode, Blurr is very much like his G1 version. The colors are very similar with the darker blue and light blue at the front. He has a cockpit for Hyperfire to use, and there is even a port on the front for his hand gun to become a weapon for the vehicle.

The nose of Blurr’s vehicle comes off and flips over to become a weapon for Hyperfire to use. This is also something that is seen through the line. There are usually two parts that fit together to create a riding weapon for the Titan Master. Many of them are usable in both robot and vehicle modes.

Furos and Hardhead:

Furos and Hardhead look like a formidable team. Hardhead (ironic name, since he doesn’t have a head) looks very strong and well armored. Furos matches in appearance, though much smaller.

Along with a hand gun, Hardhead also has a back mounted cannon that can move up and become a shoulder mounted cannon.

Transforming Hardhead is straightforward, and really fun. All of the first four Deluxe figures have transformations that are well designed and create some great looking vehicles.

Hardhead becomes a four-tread tank. The cannon becomes a much bigger looking weapon in tank mode, since it stretches the length of the tank.

Furos gets the choose here. He can either drive in the spacious cockpit, or the cannon can transform and allow Furos to ride in a seat from a high position.

These first two Autobots are outstanding. I am really looking forward to the rest of the line. The designs are clean with really sharp molding. The figures are reminiscent of their G1 counterparts.

Next up, we are going to take a look at the Decepticons.

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Post 500! My how things have changed…

500

6 years and 499 posts ago I started this little page.   It was always meant to be a look at toys.  From reviews to just out taking pictures.   Over the years it has grown and changed a lot.  Here are some of the stats that have blown me away:

81,794 views.

Views from 125 different countries.

Top 5 Most Used Tags:

  1. Transformers (168 times)
  2. Hasbro (65 times) though I should have used it more often.
  3. Marvel (Probably most in the recent year or so with so many Legends figures)
  4. Generations (A long span of figures from that Transformers line)
  5. Transformers: Prime (There were a LOT of figures over the course of the show)

Top 5 Most Tagged Figures:

  1. Optimus Prime (Not a surprise, except I thought Bee might be higher)
  2. Bumblebee (Second only by a few posts)
  3. Iron Man (We have had lots of Tony over the years from Legends to MiniMates)
  4. Megatron (I was a bit surprised Megs was so high, but he just keeps coming back)
  5. Wonder Woman (I was surprised she was so high on the list.  Lots of Ame-Comi figures)

 

Over the course of 6 years, I went from collecting a few things, to collecting a lot.  I had an old shed in my backyard that I converted into a Fortress of Solitude.

Laying the last of the shingles on the new roof.

I was able to make this the place to keep all of my toys.  Safe, protected, and out of the way of my wife.

Since then, I have also upped the ante on camera.  From humble beginnings with a tiny digital camera, to the much better Canon Digital SLR I am running around with now.  I used to throw a camera in a backpack and go, and now I actually have a special backpack to keep the camera safer from harm.

Many of my early posts were pictureless.   It was a time of figuring out what I was doing.   I had the most posts I ever made in my first year 2010, but I also had the smallest amount of visitors.  As I found my way, I also needed to add more pictures, so I sought out Flickr.   I started my Flickr account about a month after I started this blog, and boy are the stats over there huge.  I think it really tells something about pictures being worth a thousand words.   My views over there are 1.3 million views, with 4327 pictures being posted.

The early stuff was not good.  Too dark, and very static.  It was a steep learning curve.   The biggest thing that helped me to get better at pictures was to look at other people’s work.  See what they were doing that I liked, and ask questions.   Now I can take a well lit picture.  So my focus is moving on to getting better dynamic lighting.  I have people I follow that take some of the best photos I have ever seen. They inspire me to be better and do more.

At some point daylight clicked and I took my toys outside to shoot.   Boy did that help.  But of course, then the setting was a bit weird.  Can’t keep taking pictures of Transformers on the deck. Something had to get better, but that was not going to come for a long time.  For some reason I was stuck on the figures, and didn’t focus on the background.

The reality of making better photos came in small steps.  I made a photo booth out of PVC pipes.   I added opaque fabric to allow for diffused light.  I then bought a fold-up photo booth to again boost my photos.

What really hit home was this summer.   I started to play around with backgrounds.  I started to experiment with insulation foam.  From there, I had to up my lighting game.  The results were night and day.   I wasn’t just taking pictures any more, now I was telling stories.

Did you know toys could be posed?  Boy did it take me a long time to come to that realization.   I was always a guy who loved to take the toys out of the packaging.  They are meant to be played with, not kept in the boxes on a shelf.  Well, then I would just stand them there and take pictures.  What better way to talk about their articulation than to actually show them in motion.

It was really a way of thinking that needed to change.  Even to the extent of ” I am going out somewhere?” “Bring a toy, because you never know where you might end up to take pictures.

So, 6 years and 500 posts in, and I feel like I am just getting started.  I have finally found my stride, and I am ready to bring it on!  I have a new big diorama I am working on, to help get away from the alley scene.  I have a few other ideas in mind too.  I have started to carry a blank book around with me to write down my ideas.  Going back over the past 6 years of pictures, I feel like I have done some of my figures a disservice, and I want to make it up to them.

I leave you with a funny stat that surprised me.  4327 pictures, ranging from Marvel to Transformers, from anime to cartoons.  And the photo with the most views, far, far, far beyond second place was this picture of a Monster High doll:

This was some fun I was having while my sister came to live with me.  We bonded over toys and photography.   This picture was taken a year and a half ago and has over 5,800 views as of today.  Something about a lady riding a motorcycle I guess.

Up next, a look at a figure that is no good.   I was glad I only picked up one of the wave.  Don’t need a whole shelf of that garbage.

Until next time my friends.  There are pictures to be taken and stores to be searched.


Spider Woman – Marvel Bishoujo Statue

Here it is, December 31st, so I am guessing this will be the last blog post for 2014.  I wanted to go out with a bang, so I am looking at the Marvel Bishoujo Spider Woman. She is a knock-out, both in figure design, and attraction.  Enough with the talk, on to the pictures.

She looks amazing.  Her outfit is SO shiny.  You can see the top light reflecting on her body.  She has a great stance that is quite different from the other Marvel Bishoujo figures.  I have to say, as Koto started to work on the DC statues, their Marvel statues got a whole lot better.  I have a few other Marvel statues that were given to me as gifts, and they are smaller, and nowhere near as nice as the current run of statues.

I love her hair.  It is flowing all around her, giving some good, much needed movement to a pretty static pose.  The addition of the hand being thrown forward added a bit of extra depth to the figure too.

Easily overlooked, the back is not passed over on this one.   She doesn’t have a ton of detail on the back of her outfit, so there is a lot of room to make some great musculature.  It is accentuated by the shiny material that really stands out.

Of course, the Bishoujo statues are known for their faces, and half of Spider Woman’s face is covered with her mask, so the only appropriate thing to do was add a second face, so you can have an unmasked version, or what I call the Jessica Drew version.

 

In all, a great figure.  Here comes the end of a great year of toy hunting.  Overall, a really terrible year for me personally, but I am looking for a comeback in 2015.   My life is looking to be in a good place, we have a new Transformers TV show coming out, and about a million and a half comic book movies.  Can’t wait to get 2015 rolling.  See you next year… as in tomorrow probably.


Yoko Littner – Sega

Sweet, sweet Yoko, how you make me happy on my shelf.  Not that I didn’t already have a plethora of Yokos on my shelf, but what is one more?   A new pose, and some great hair.  Gotta love Yoko.

A full standing pose this in this statue by Sega.  Somewhat simplistic in design, this statue makes up for it in detail.  From her fantastic outfit, to her long flowing hair.  This is a great representation of the sniper wielding beauty.   Though I do miss seeing her with a sniper rifle somewhere nearby.

This is a well designed figure that looks great from any angle.  With her head twisted to the side, and her upper body coming around, this allows for a very simple yet dynamic stance, that is accentuated by her giant ponytail that flows with her movements.

She is not my first Yoko, and truth be told, she will probably not be my last.  There are some statues that have way more fine detail, but this one stands on her own.  She was a great find at the San Jose Toy Show a few months back.  That is a whole lot of red hair stuffed on that shelf.  I am sure I can make room for more.  😉


Bishoujo Chun-Li – Street Fighter (Kotobukiya)

“She’s got legs, and she knows how to use them.” Chun-Li is one of my favorite Street Fighter characters, and this Kotobukiya statue has done great justice to the original character. She has her amazingly detailed outfit, in beauitful blue, gold and white. Her skirt has a great flow that gives the impression of movement. Her buns have small tassels that help to also convey the movement. As the statue is rotated, it is clear, as with all other Koto statues, that this was meant to be viewed from all sides, making me a little sad that I don’t have a display case in the middle of the room.  This is an excellent figure.  I was a little worried at some of the pictures I saw when she was first revealed.  Her legs looked giant.  She is supposed to have big legs, but I was afraid they were going crazy with it.  Thankfully, with her in hand, that is not the case.  She still looks like she could kick my head off though.  Definitely a must for Chun-Li or Street Fighter fans.  This will also combine with the upcoming Cammy figure to allow the two to face off.  Sweet!


New Statue #3 – Bishoujo Psylocke

The third of my three new statues. Psylocke is a favorite from way back in the day of my comic collecting life.

She comes with dual samurai swords, which makes for a really cool stance. She is much more upright than a lot of the other Bishoujo statues.  She has some great paint, including the wonderful difference between the shiny clothing and the matte of her skin.

Again with the Kotobukiya figures, the clothes are pretty much the same design as the comic versions. The only difference is in the face. WIth Psylocke, she has a bit of an extra anime look to her with the purple hair and swords. She could easily come from any number of anime movies.


New Statue #2 – Bishoujo Rogue

The second of the three figures I received from a friend is the Bishoujo version of Rogue, by Kotobukiya.

They make some great figures, and I have a few others from other lines that are in this similar scale.  It was amazing to me how small these Bishoujo figures were back in the day.   The newer statues are much taller.

Unlike the Ame-Comi line, the Bishoujo figures are fairly straight forward representations of the comic counterparts.  They have an anime style face, but they stay pretty true to the outfit and overall appearance of the characters.  I don’t think there would be much that you could do to upgrade this Rogue.  She looks great in her green/yellow X-Men outfit.  Always one to stand out from the others as they run around in their blue/yellow outfits.  Throw on a jacket and belt and this outfit is done.

She has a great flow in her design.  Her hair has the wind blowing through it that Kotobukiya always does a good job with.  I love all of the subtle details in the design, most notably the wrinkles in her jacket and boots.

There was another version of this figure, where Rogue is wearing a long jacket and has on full yellow gloves.  Another great figure to add to my collection.  Up next, we look at the last of the three figures.  It was the one I REALLY wanted to get my hands on.  Two swords and an outfit to die for.


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