Thursday, January 18, 2018

Transformers Takara Tomy LaserBeak (Condor) and Apeface LG38 review!

Happy New Year folks. Got out of my sick bed to review a figure. Today's focus is on one of Soundwave's minion: Laserbeak aka Condor in Japan and his partner in crime: Apeface. Without haste, let's get started!

Boxing and contents


 


 


 


 



Standard legends boxing. Comes with the comic book version from which I have no idea what's it about until I read this site: 









Robot Mode

 


 


With Legs
With legs 2



Red wings 1
Red wings 2



Better view of his face
Laserbeak is a beauty. Though I wouldn't find him a masterpiece of his G1 incarnation. He looks great here. I had trouble getting a decent shot of his face until I was able to do so on the last pic for this category. For once I used mainly flash and the flash obscured his legs due to the black flooring I used. He also had some red wings which I didn't shoot too much of because his left wing kept receding in. His right was sturdy but the left side kept sliding back in that I kept his red wings in from most of the shooting. Also too bad he does not have his wing rifles like he did in the cartoon. Would had made this figure really ideal to obtain. 



Sunday, December 10, 2017

Transformers Takara Tomy Legends LG-45 Hot Rod(Hot Rodimus) and Firebolt targetmaster review

Transformers Takara Tomy Legends LG-45 Hot Rod
 


 


 Transformers Takara Tomy Legends LG-45 Hot Rod


 Transformers Takara Tomy Legends LG-45 Hot Rod
More Hot Rod madness! Well, it ends here for now. This is the final Hot Rod review until I can get a Power of the Primes Rodimus Prime figure. Today in is Legends Hot Rod. I don't know what drove me to get this figure since I have so much Hot Rod/Rodimus figures but here is Legends Roddy nonetheless! Above pics is the usual box art and comic book that comes with it. I don't know much about the comic though it also takes place after Hot Rod left Cybertron in the Headmaster series. 
Here is the link to the official synopsis.


Blunder warning: I transformed Firebolt's gun mode wrong as well Hot Rod's chest piece in robot mode for the entire review. Don't say you weren't warned. 

Friday, December 8, 2017

Fansproject TFX-04 Protector and Sidearm aka Rodimus Prime.

More Hot Rod/Rodimus Prime madness! Today we have the classic TFX-04 protector. Most of these shots were done back in 2011 I believe. The shots with Toyhax backdrop were done recently. Without haste, let's get started!

Boxing and contents.

 


 


 


 

So for those who are new to this, the is Fansprojects upgrade of Classics Hot Rod to Rodimus Prime also known as autobot protector. Classics Hot Rod was often blasted for being too small so Fansproject stepped in handled consumer complaints. Because this is also third party, his targetmaster Firebolt is renamed Sidearm due to trademark reasons of course.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Transformers Takara Tomy Henkei Henkei Hot Rodimus C-05 and United Rodimus Convoy (Prime) UN-23 review

Henkei Hot Rod

Box and packaging

 


 

Originally,  I wanted an Henkei Hot Rodimus (Hot Rod in the west) to fill in for the Fansproject Protector armor. Funny thing is that I had this figure for quite some time before deciding to let him out of his cage. The version I got here is the re-issue. The roof of the car is lighter red than the rest of the figure. Though I didn't do a photograph, the contents also include a Manga comic. It features Hot Rod squaring off against Megatron but he loses the battle. Eventually, Hot Rod faces off against Astrotrain. Some autobots such as Mirage and Bumblebee appear towards the end. I always liked how Takara did their packaging for the Henkei series. It feels less messy than the U.S. releases. 


Alt mode (Guess starring RTS Hot Rod)

 


 


 


 











You can pretty much see a huge difference on almost everything comparing both figures. The gimmick of Henkei was to incorporate chrome on certain parts of their toy releases. In this case, the Henkei version has Chrome Spoilers and headlights. Not to mention, his flame decos which represent his G1 design are also gold chrome colored. If you look carefully, the rims in the Takara release are silvered painted while the tires are black painted. The RTS version is has dark grey tires and duller grey colored rims. The windows are painted blue in the RTS obscuring the seats and driver wheel. My pics don't do much justice but the driver wheel and seats are visible in this mode for the Henkei version. Looking good and shiny thus far Henkei Hot Rodimus!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Transformers Classics Retrospective look! Transformers Reveal the Shield Battle in Space: Rodimus vs Cyclonus 2 pack review (2011)

It's no surprise which "legend" I'm reviewing next but I haven't got to there yet and quite frankly, it will be some time since I have a few Hot Rod or Rodimus figures I have to plow through. For now I will quick-review something shot from the past. Let's get started

Boxing and content

 


 


 




 



 






The contents were packaged neatly for this two-pack release, but what made this part stand out imo was the G1 reimagining a few segments of Transformers the movie (1986) in the Rodimus vs Cyclonus comic that was bundled in here.  The comic was made to sell more RTS/Generations figures such as Grapple, Lugnut, Tracks, Rumble and Frenzy (who were eventually canceled in the U.S. release though thank God for Takara releasing them in the United line), and a few others, the comic was a good read. Look it up online, you find more of your answers there. 

Transformers Takara Tomy LaserBeak (Condor) and Apeface LG38 review!

Happy New Year folks. Got out of my sick bed to review a figure. Today's focus is on one of Soundwave's minion: Laserbeak aka Condor...