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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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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.


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.


Shining Blade – Sakuya – 1/6 (Kotobukiya)

Sakuya is quite a girl.  Okay, I really know nothing about her.  She is another character from a video game, and I was drawn to her by her fabulous outfit, and the giant sword that is the size of her body.

She is a slender figure with a great body.  She is accentuated by a great dress, and an amazing pair of pony tails that coil at the end.   There is a lot going on in this figure.  I am glad she is 1/6th scale to make sure all of the details are there.  This figure is definitely driven by the sword and the base.   The flames of the base make for a great base unlike any other in my collection.  Not just another plastic disk.   The sword, with it’s giant size still looks like it could somehow be wielded by this petite creature.   I think it may be due to the transparent appearance of the center part of the sword.

She has a happy appearance on her face.  I didn’t expect this from a girl standing in a fire wielding a giant sword, but whatever floats her boat.

In case one is so inclined, the underskirt can be removed to show a little more leg and cheek.  I am not really sure why there was so much trouble to allow the viewer to remove the small piece of clothing.  It could be due to the way the figure is built, and it is actually just the way she is assembled.  With the way Kotobukiya takes care in packaging, she has to come all apart to get all of the plastic from between parts that could rub together anyway.

In all, a great figure.   She is standing tall (quite literally, in the 1/6th scale) on display in my collection.  She is very bright and noticeable every time I go in the room.   I have seen a lot of people use her sword for other figures as well, since it is a separate piece.  Pretty versatile there, but she looks weird not holding anything at all.


Mischievous Slinking Cat Xiaomei – Kotobukiya

Xiaomei is another figure I picked up on a whim.  I did not have any knowledge of the character, or where she was from.  What I did know is that she was a cat girl, and I had yet to get one in my collection.   She is from the game, Shining Hearts.

She is a beautifully created figure.  She is as one would expect from Kotobukiya.  Well designed, with perfect proportions, a great dynamic pose, and perfect paint.  The biggest surprise for me upon opening the box was finding a real pillow in there.   I guess I didn’t get past the cute ears and the great tail to see that she was perched on a pillow in the pictures on the box.   What a great surprise it turned out to be.  Not only did it give something for Xiaomei to sit on that is not another disk of plastic, but it also really sets off the rest of the outfit.  The color looks so good with the white and purple outfit, with just a hint of the same teal color in the top part of her outfit.

Along with the pillow accessory, she also comes with two fish.  One fish is just a standard plastic fish.  The other has a magnet, so it looks like Xiaomei is eating it.  Cute idea.  Well executed.

Overall, a great figure.  She is so cute and looks great on that little pillow along with other figures.  She is definitely one to watch out for.  She is a great addition to any Anime collection.


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