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MiniMate Scale Vehicles

We will continue looking at MiniMates today. They are on my mind, since I have immersed myself in the scale to try and make a quality diorama for them, which I have never had before.  Now it is time to look for some vehicles. The scale of MiniMates is between 1/35th and 1/24th scale. I some 1/24 scale models around, and they are a bit too tall for MiniMates. I do not have any 1/35 scale cars to use.

But I do have Transformers, and plenty of Transformers. I figured, why not look at the newest of the lot. The Titans Return figures.  As a vehicle, a Titans Return Deluxe Class figure works fine. The cockpit is too small, since it is made for a Titan Master that is about half as tall as a MiniMate. Too bad, no going for rides in the cabs of these vehicles. But from the outside, they work quite well.

Comparing the robot mode, this works well too. This could be the start of some pretty fun photography.

And as you continue to increase the scale of the Transformer, it works better with MiniMates. It is a good thing Colossus didn’t attack Fort Max, thinking he was a Sentinel.

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Optimus Prime and Orion Pax – Transformers Tribute

While we are still in the midst of Titans Return, Hasbro has come out with something interesting. This is a special two-pack depicting the evolution of one of the greatest Transformers to ever live.

Optimus Prime started his life as Orion Pax, the librarian. And to commemorate those two parts of his life, Hasbro has put together a pack that shows this change. Included is a slight repaint of Optimus Prime from the War for Cybertron line of Generations. Along with him is a repainted Sergeant Kup with a new head sculpt Titan Master.

Optimus Prime is not all that different. The greys are darker, and the red lighting has been turned blue. This is not the reason for me to buy this box set. It is the other guy I really wanted.  Orion Pax is a complete repaint of Sergeant Kup. The use of Kup is great, because that way Pax gets to have a Cybertronian truck mode as well as a thinner body of an intellect, before he became a warrior.

Pax comes with a Titan Master with no name. I am hoping he will eventually get a name, but there is none on the packaging that I could find. Maybe this is a robot version of Roller.

I was not sure how the truck modes would compare. Both are in the Generations line, but they are a bit separated in time and sublines. While Pax looks very utilitarian, Prime has a much meaner look.

The changes in Optimus Prime do not warrant a rebuy of the figure. He is nearly the same, with just a bit of color change.

Buying two figures just to get one? Well, I think it is worth it. We do not have a lot of Orion Pax figures. Back in 2014 we did get a figure in the Thrilling 30 subline of Generations, and he is great. There is something about the simplicity of this one that really stands out.

If you love the Titans Return line, or you are a huge fan of Optimus Prime, this is a good set to get. The Orion Pax alone is a great figure to add to your collection. A one for the price of two is not that great of a deal if you already have the first WfC Optimus Prime, unless you NEED the new Pax.


Mini-Con 4-Pack – Transformers: Robots in Disguise

The Mini-Cons were a bit of a strange idea for the Robots in Disguise line. In the show, they were great. Small robots that teamed up with a leader to create a bigger team.

Where the toys fell short was in the size. The toys had to be a certain side to work right, and that size was much larger in scale than what works with the Warrior Class figures they are supposed to work with.  Independently, they are fine little Transformers. Usually a pull on one part, and the intricate mechanics inside allow for a transformation.  Originally the figures transformed into either a ball or a torpedo. Not terribly original, but there were some really great little figures.

Then the Weaponizers came into play, and it got so much better. Since none of the Warrior Class figures could hold the standard figures, the world of integration grew by leaps and bounds, since now the figures can actually wield the weapons. Playability went up a lot.

This is a fun 4-pack with Dragonus, Bashbreaker, Lord Doomitron, and Lancelon. A gun, a hammer, a rake, and a sword. Collect them all and have a nice little battle. As with the other 4-packs, only two of the four figures came with the transparent armor. It works sometimes, but not always. I can see the armor being totally worthless for kids to try to play with and keep track of.

I am telling you this guy turns into a rake.

All of the Robots in Disguise line started way back in 2015. Now at the later end of 2017, it will be interesting to see where the brand will take us next.

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Repugnus – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return (Titan Master)

Usually I am all about the love for the Transformers. Especially recently with the Combiner Wars and the Titans Return lines coming into play in the Generations line-up.  Repugnus however is very lackluster for me. I guess you can’t love them all. And if you are going to have a miss, make sure it is a tiny Titan Master.

As with the other Titan Master single packs, you get a Titan Master, and a vehicle. In this case, we get the red and yellow Repugnus, and we get a beetle looking vehicle.

The Titan Master looks really close to his G1 robot mode. That is a plus he has going for himself. From there, they took a red and yellow robot and slapped some paint on his face. This is the worst paint I have seen in a long time.

The vehicle that belongs to Repugnus looks a lot like the beetle, bug sort of thing that he transformed into back in 1987. We still don’t know what it is. Repugnus fits right into the chest when he is folded up.

As with the other vehicles, this one has alternate modes. These are not the most well thought out modes we have seen from the line. The first is some sort of aircraft. It basically looks like someone sprayed the vehicle with some Raid, and then Repugnus went for a ride. Not great.

Then there is the gun mode. It is somewhat better with some barrels down low, and what looks like it could also be a bladed weapon.

Finally there is Repugnus’ alternate mode, as a head. That is one weird looking dude. And that is all I have to say about that.

I am glad they missed with a little guy. He can live out his life as a part of the beetle on the back of a shelf somewhere, only achieving dominance when a nuclear war destroys all life, except for Insecticons. And then they can start the process anew. I bet Repugnus wouldn’t look so ugly then.


Ezra Bridger’s Speeder – Star Wars: Rebels (3 3/4 scale)

I have not been collecting a whole lot of vehicles in recent years from Star Wars, but there have been a few that have stuck out at me. This is not one of them. I passed on it many times. Until it went on clearance at Target. I figured, I love speeder bikes, so it would not be a big loss if it was a stinker of a vehicle.

Thankfully it is pretty good. It comes with Ezra, and he has his lightsaber. Both are good.

Ezra’s lightsaber hilt can be attached to his hip. That is a nice touch for anyone who wants to play with the figure. I figure a 5 POA figure is a waste for trying to play with, or even pose for photography. It is too static a pose for any good use.

There is a hatch in the back of the speeder to also hold the lightsaber hilt.

The blade of the saber can be stored under the vehicle. It is a nice way to keep it safe when Ezra is just cruising around.

 

The speeder is a larger bike than the classic speeder bikes the Empire uses. This one is more utilitarian, with a bulkier frame. More for everyday use. The front handles slide forward and back to allow different sized figures to ride on the bike. That is a nice addition as well.

There is a lot of good paint on this one that gives enough detail. It looks well used with some scuffed paint here and there.

Overall this is a fine vehicle for the scale. I can see how there are people that passed on it. If you are not a fan of Rebels, there would be no nostalgia feel to the bike. I do like the extended universe, and seeing different vehicles is always nice. There are still plenty around at many Target stores, just warming pegs, looking for good homes before the next Star Wars movie comes out and takes up all of the pegs again.


Convex and Perceptor – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return (Deluxe Class)

Perceptor is one of the funny Transformers that transforms from a big robot into a very small accessory. In this case a microscope. Out of the ordinary, and that is what makes him great. No more trying to make him into a vehicle of some sort. A straight up homage to the G1 version.

So, here we go with robot mode. He looks great. His lens is on his shoulder just as it should be. And what is that? A sniper rifle? Fantastic. I love how in his alternate mode, he can see tiny things close up, and in robot mode, he is used as a sniper to see tiny things that are really far away. The colors are fantastic on him, just like they were on the G1 figure.

He has a peg on his back that allows him to store his gun, so he does not always have to carry it around with him.

He comes with the Titan Master Convex. He is an all new Titan Master with no Headmaster or Targetmaster heritage. He is all black, with red legs. It is hard to see all of the great detail with him being all black like this. I am glad we do not have very many that are THIS black.

Transforming Perceptor is pretty straight forward. There are some fun parts that side around. When he is changed, he is a giant microscope. Now for the show and comics, he would be able to shrink down to size, but in the toy, he cannot interact with the figures that way. It is nice that there are so many figures that have base modes, so he can fit in with them and be the science lab.

The tabletop supports a Titan Master, so they can get check-ups from the doctor. The lens works to a certain extent, but it is not a very expensive rig, so don’t expect to be watching amoebas crawling around.

There are no directions for an alternate Tank mode, but there are parts for it. It has the treads, and has articulation to create the mode. I didn’t see that it could do that until after I had finished my photoshoot. I am going to have to go back now and see if I can recreate the tank mode.

I like Perceptor. It is always nice to have some very different looking figures. A guy with a big lens on his shoulder always helps with the different look. I love how G1 he looks from his body design to what he transforms into. He is just so well done.


Flintlock and Sergeant Kup – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return

Sergeant Kup is exactly what I would want from this guy. He is so plain and utilitarian, and it is great. So many of the Transformers in the Titans Return line, as well as the previous Combiner Wars line, had such amazingly detailed molding. Kup didn’t have to be any different, but he was looked at as the character that he is, and it demanded a simpler design.

Kup is an old man, thus he does not have all of the bells and whistles that the newer Transformers have, and he probably likes it that way. The design of his arms, legs and simple torso have everything Kup needs, and nothing extra.

He comes with two pistols that can port into his back. Yay for being able to carry your own weapons. And it look okay back there too.

Of course he would like to be able to use them at some point too, and they look great in his hands. In all of the previous version of Kup, he was given a more rifle like blaster, but we can go with pistols too.

He comes with his Titan Maser, Flintlock. As usual, there was some copyright problem, and Hasbro could not use his original name of Recoil, from when he was a Targetmaster. Now he turns into a head rather than a gun, and his colors have been altered for this go around.

Transforming Kup into truck mode is fun, with some interesting transformations. When all is said and done, the truck looks like the G1 version. A little updated, and an actual cockpit to ride in. Pretty slick overall.

The guns can be mounted in ports behind the front wheels for some forward usage. They stick out a bit like any of the guns that mount on the sides of vehicles.

There are also ports on the bed of the truck to allow the guns to be stored. In the forward position, they fit nice and tight with the back of the cab.

The fun begins with the guns are flipped around. Two Titan Masters can stand back there and wield the guns, making anyone who is chasing this team think twice before continuing the pursuit.

Kup is fantastic. He is a standout among the series, not because of how detailed he is, but how simple everything is. He is a lot of fun and welcome to the team.


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