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Rumble – Transformers: Prime – Tomy Takara AM-30

I picked up a new Prime figure off of Amazon.  Rumble.  If it wasn’t from Takara Tomy, I would be totally freaked out about getting a Transformer without being able to see the paint application first.  Quality is quality.  I only have one other Tomy Transformer that I also got for a good deal online.  It was a great addition to my collection, so I figured, this guy was a great deal, I would pull the trigger, even though I already have the Hasbro version of Rumble.

Bare naked.  He comes with a set of metallic stickers that really help out with the bare look of the car. Headlights, tail lights, and of course the Decepticon badge.He comes with a parts tree that makes an “octopus” figure named Dago R.  Dago R will become a baster in his alternate mode, as well as being able to connect to other weapons to make some super weapon of some sort.   Too bad I don’t read Japanese. I would love to be able to read about the other figures too.

Here is Dago R in all of his “octopus” glory.  Rumble is also displayed without any of the stickers attached to his torso and knees.  He looks a little on the plain side without the stickers, giving a large black area for the chest.

Stickers for both Rumble and Dago R.  It helps a lot.  It also helps that the stickers are high quality, and look good.

The stickers help Rumble’s chest the most.  The metallic gold looks great, and it takes away from the Gurren Lagann chest-face look that the Hasbro Rumble has.

Don’t mess with him when he is holding a blaster the size of his leg. I do get the irony of Rumble coming without his pile drivers.  No rumbling for this version.

The two Rumbles.  Hasbro Rumble on the left, and Tomy Rumble, on the right.  It is funny that they made the Hasbro Rumble blue.   Originally in G1, Rumble was red, so Tomy gets the points there.  They also made a Frenzy (blue), but it would be redundant to have two blue cars, even though Frenzy is a darker blue.  I am not sure why Frenzy is more expensive online, but I will stick with these two for now… unless the price drops.  Even then I will have to be persuaded, since Frenzy also comes with the same Dago R octopus.


Protectobots 2 and 3 Packs (Evac Squad and Emergency Response)

I got these on Amazon for a super low price.  I am glad is was so low, because most of them are terrible.

Protectobots 3-Pack – Emergency Response

First Aid, Groove and Streetsmart.  These three Protecobots are repaints of Prime Series Figures.

 

First Aid: A repaint of Ratchet (Prime), he is no where near as dynamic a character as the original.  I was really excited to be getting a first version of Ratchet, as the original has some great transformations.  He looks okay in vehicle mode.  A little bit white.

Here is where things really fall apart for First Aid. Firstly, he is very white. He has the same detail paints as Ratchet, but with them all being blue, he is a very stark white color.

The real problem comes with his legs. For some reason, when they made First Aid, they remade the knees in rubber instead of the hard plastic. What we end up with is a very drunk First Aid. He cannot stand up straight, or he starts to sag under his own weight. Ugh!


Even his knives are wonky. They were shoved in a section of the box that was too small, so the tips are bent.

Nothing beats the original.  He is better in all aspects.

Streetsmart:

This was the guy I was really after in this set.  I love Smokescreen, and I was so happy when we finally got him under the Beast Hunters subgroup.  And then we got another version of him as Prowl with a new head.

Well, following the police theme, Streetsmart has Prowl’s head.  Just like with First Aid, Streetsmart is awfully white.  He has just a few touches of blue here and there.  Some red really would have helped him out a lot.

Boy is Streetsmart white.  Even compared to the mostly white Smokescreen, it is apparent that even a few touches of color here and there would have helped a lot.  I mean come on! Even the G1(1986) version of Streetsmart had red on him.

Groove:

The worse of the 3-pack.  A repaint of Arcee, this is basically just Arcee with some white paint here and there.  When “He” is transformed, it is really just Arcee.  The Legion Class figures are the smallest and generally the lightest on detail, but there were parts on this one that were falling off.

The entire cowling of the motorcycle on Groove’s back fell off.  It was missing something to hold it in place.   No wonder I passed on the Legion Arcee the first time around.

There you have it.  Streetsmart is pretty good, if not a little too white, First Aid is a drunk with wobbly knees, and Groove is a lady-bot. Even with all of the problems, you can’t beat the $12 on Amazon for these three.

Protectobots 2-Pack – Evac Squad

Hot Spot and Blades.  These two could not be more different from one another.  Hot Spot (Repaint of Grappel) is a big burly crane truck.  Meanwhile, Blades (ROF Blazemaster) is a skinny little helicopter.   I think the problem with this 2-pack that was better in the 3-pack is that these two are not from the same Transformers lines.  One was from the Generations line, while the other is a movie figure.  It starts to really show a difference when they are in robot modes.

Hot Spot:

I am a huge fan of the Solar Storm Grappel. He sits on my nightstand in my bedroom. The only Transformer with that prestige.

I was excited to get my hands on another version of him, as the Generations blue Hot Spot is still eluding me.

This version of Hot Spot is really close to the original except for the crane instead of a water cannon. I think a guy named Hot Spot should be a fire truck, not a crane, but oh well.

Blades:

We had a great version of Blades back in the 2008 Universe series. This is not that Blades. This is a horrendous attempt to get a helicopter, and they reused Blazemaster, who was a horrible robot too.

Just look at this guy. Top heavy, with a sunken head, arms with no hands (though he does have thumbs), and chicken legs with little toes. Not even the blades on his arms would decide which direction they should face. This is NOT a quality piece. He is being transformed back into the helicopter where he will probably remain for the rest of his days.

Hot Spot, win.  Blades, lose.  At least this set only cost about $13 on Amazon, and it looks like the price is going down.  So $13 for a Voyager Class Hot Spot is pretty good all things considered.

 

So, if you see something you need, head over to Amazon.  They are both being sold for less than half the price, and it makes for good deals if there is one you really want in each set.  Just be warned, they are not great sets, and there are some real stinkers in here.


Optimus Prime (wait, there’s more to the Prime line?)

 

Happy 4 years of this blog.  It has been so fun.  Lots of great stuff coming up.  Today, let’s look at The Man!

I thought we were all done here with Transformers: Prime.   We are on the gear-up to Transformers 4.   Well, there are at least two more figures coming out for all you Prime fans.  A new version of the big Optimus, and a new Predaking.  I picked up the Optimus, and he is HUGE compared to the last version of Optimus.

As you can see, he is a head and shoulders taller than the last new designed Optimus.   He comes with the sword and a shield, and a rocket launcher.   I am not super excited about any of the accessories.  The sword is the same as the last version, but with less paint app.  Actually, no paint app.  The last version has a silver hilt.  This one is all green plastic.  It looks pretty small in Optimus’ hand.

 

A Little Hollow:

This version of Optimus is a little hollow compared to the last version, and really hollow compared to Version 1.  The biggest place for the space is in his back.  There just isn’t anything back there.   This looks like a design cue directly from the Commander Class Optimus.  With that version, it is okay.  He is small, and we don’t expect as much from that scale.   This looks like a cop-out.   Not only that, but it takes away from what should be a hefty figure.

Speaking of heft.  Did you see the size of his legs?  They are giant, which is a good thing.  But, they are giant toward the inside, so they bump together.  In this case they should have taken the cue from the Commander Class figure, and put the wheel wells on a different part of the body, so they legs wouldn’t get snagged on one another.

The truck mode is pretty good.  It is again, just like the Commander class truck, but bigger.  The wheels are pretty cool on it.   They are black and silver, and the design is really nice.   The back part looks to be a cage. Once again, it is not big enough to carry anyone in.  That would have been a great design detail, if Optimus could catch and transport a Predacon.

My other hollow area problem.  Really?  Right there on the cab, you are going to leave it wide open?  What a detraction from the great overall look of the truck.  Ah, well.

I am thinking that Hasbro had to cut a few corners on the design of the figure to give us a figure that is SO large, and still at the $20 price point that the rest of the Voyager Class figures have been sitting at in this line.

Overall, I like this figure.   We have some issues with the hollow body parts.  It makes a LOT of noise transforming (clicking joints).  The overall look is great, and his size is amazing.  After taking him out of the box, I couldn’t believe he fit in the same size box as the rest of the Voyager Class figures.

Up next… maybe some Marvel, or maybe some Turtles.  We will see what I am in the mood for.  Either way, I am happy with my recent finds.


Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters – Prowl

Happy New Year!

 

I am going to kick off the new year, saying good bye.  It has been a lot of fun collecting Transformers over the run of the Prime TV show.   We have had great figures, okay figures, and a few duds, but that is to be expected.  From the beginning, I liked the show, and it make collecting the toys all the sweeter.   As we can to an end for the show, the writing was on the wall, that the toy line would end too.   We will probably see the figures hang out for a little while longer.

I think they did a pretty good job bringing in most of the important characters.  I would really like to have seen a few of the Japanese released Takara figures brought over here for a much more reasonable price.  A few army builders like the Air Vehicons would have probably made a lot of money.  Besides, it would have been better to see a bunch of standard Vehicons rather than a box full of Bumblebees.  Sure, the kids want the Bees, but what are you going to do with the extras?  If there were extras of figures that there are multiples of in the show, collectors would scoop up those leftovers… especially as we are getting to the end of the line, and the figures will become more scarce in the stores.

On to the final review for Prime.  Prowl.

A classic figure from the G1 show, I was really happy to hear we would be getting a new Prowl in the Prime style.

He is a redeco of Smokescreen.  A new paint job, a new head, and police lights, and we have quite a nice Prowl.   He looks fast, he looks mean, and he does not look like a direct copy of Smokescreen.

Standing side by side, they don’t look the same.  They look like they are related in some way, but with the color changes in really good places, they look quite different from one another.  Prowl comes with the same gun that Smokescreen came with, except without all of the Beast Hunters garbage that didn’t look very good.

In his vehicle mode, he looks like one fast police car.  Bad news though.  All you have to do is go over a speed bump, and you have evaded the police.  That is one low car.

He fits in just fine with the other Autobot speedsters.   A good group of fast cars.

And with that, we say goodbye.   Not to Transformers, but to the Prime line.  I could be surprised and have something else sneak up on me, but I won’t hold my breath.  We have more Generations stuff coming down the line, and we will be making our way to Transformers 4.  Dinobots anyone?  That should be fun to look forward to here in the far future.

 


Rippersnapper – Prime Beast Hunters Legion Class

The final figure I needed for the Legion Class.  I was not in a terrible hurry for him, as I already had Cindersaur, whom I got in a Target Exclusive two-pack.  I do have to say, I like the colors a lot better with Rippersnapper.  I hate his name, but it is to be expected from time to time.    He comes with yet another bow-blaster, this one being called the Electrocharge Bow.  It is still the same bow, with another name.  We saw this one early on, so not a huge surprise that we would see the same weapons used all the way to the end of the line.

One last little guy for the small scale figures.   He is about half the size of the larger Commander Class figures.  Here with Predaking, you can see how small he is.   I realize as I am writing this that I was so rather disinterested in him that I totally forgot to transform him for a picture.  I am going to tell you now that this is not a bad thing.  Of all of the figures, I think the beast mode of Rippersnapper is one of the worse ever.  And I mean EVER!  Just to make my point, here is Cindersaur:

What in the world where they thinking?  Horrible.  Thankfully his robot mode is better.  He actually has a really cool face mold, and his body is well designed.  Too bad he can’t change into something cool as well.

 

Well, that is it for the Legion Class figures of Prime.   I have one last Deluxe Class figure and then it looks like Prime is over and done with.  Thankfully, we still have the second part of the current Generations wave to look forward to, coming up here hopefully soon.


Beast Hunters: Arcee

I think it got down to making a “Beast” Figure out of everyone, and the last few were stretching it.  I think they should have gone more with the “Hunter” theme and less “Beast.”  We had a great Optimus, who looked like he was ready to go hunting.  Bumblebee and Smokescreen where weaponed up, and looking for a fight.  Even Bulkhead (albeit a bit on the small side in the Deluxe line) had armor.   Then we had a the few that were a little more “Beast.”   Arcee here is one of those.

They gave her bat wings all over the place.   I think they could have done with a little less of that and we would have been just fine.

The double bow was a  good idea, it was just executed a little too big for my taste.  It is bigger than her, and probably weighs about as much.

Ah well, at least we have everyone from the show in a beast deco now.  One more Beast Hunter to go. And this one is not even a Beast Hunter.  At least we got him. 😉


Beast Hunters: Night Shadow Bumblebee

As with Vertebreak that we looked at last time, Night Shadow Bumblebee is a direct repaint of the first version that came out in the Beast Hunters line.   I have to say, again, the repaint is really well done.   I think the gold and black play so well together.   The blue/silver color works well too.   Bee definitely looks like he is going to do some night hunting for Predacons.

You can’t load a vehicle up with much more weaponry than Bee is carrying.   That is a whole mess of stuff on there.

 

In all, a good figure for the collectors of all things Bumblebee.  He has a great different look, but he is still Bee.   You will probably be able to skip him if you already have the yellow version.  This is a direct repaint.   I am happy to say that my Bee has a little better transformation around the head.  My previous Bee’s head would not fold back to lay on his shoulders, and he had a bit of a floating head thing going on.   I think the one of the gears was one tooth off, and did not let the head fold all the way back.  This one worked much better.

 

I am starting to run out of Transformers here.  Hopefully we will get the next wave of the new Generations figures soon.  Come on Hasbro!!


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