Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Holy Mother Of Microchips, Transformers Legends Super Ginrai Is A Sexy Thing!

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So here I am in a situation where in my Transformers Legends Soundwave review I was pretty "ho-hum" about the toy and my need for it over the Hasbro version, and my now complete 180 degree turn in my excitement over the Legends Super Ginrai. I frickin' love this toy! And the odd thing is, I didn't want it,and only pre-ordered (weeks after my TF Legends Soundwave order) because the price was so good.
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I didn't know if it would be worth paying the extra bit for the Super Ginrai toy over the Hasbro Titans Return Powermaster Optimus Prime. I wasn't even all that thrilled about PMOP to be honest, the price, the detail design choices, it made for a very unappealing sell from net pics alone. And I didn't have the Combiner Wars Ultra Magnus, so any knowledge of the mold/design was lacking.
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As luck would have it, a HasbroToyShop sale, topped with an Ebay coupon got me not only PMOP and Magnus for a great price. In hand, PMOP seriously won me over, and it was only after buying him that I figured the extra charge for Super Ginrai would probably be very well worth it.
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Of the changes made for this toy, the decision to create a more fitting grill/chest is probably the best of them. It's crazy that just that one change alone makes such a difference in having a more faithful looking Super Ginrai. It's the one area on Hasbro's Powermaster Prime that I really dislike. The use of new rifles instead of the existing Ultra Magnus weapons is also a huge plus. A better red color, less yellowed looking greys, "filled" arms, and a few minor added paint apps just make this a killer Transformers. And in more ways than some of the others Legends guys like Soundwave, Jaguar, and maybe even Broadcast, the changes made with Super Ginrai create a toy that just blows away the Hasbro version. Even with the odd feet, which we now know is due to the future addition of Godbomber.
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And there's no proper review of a Titans Return/Legends toy without commenting on the Titan/Headmaster figure included. This is another area where Super Ginrai shines. And kind of a huge disappointment for me when it comes to PMOP. TakaraTomy made sure the Headmaster just screamed Ginrai, damn little thing is perfect, aside from not being a Godmaster.
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Ginrai is one of the best Headmasters TakaraTomy has put out in it's Legends line. I'd even rank him amongst the top of the Head and Titan Master figures. Daburu and Twincast probably remain my favorites. But Ginrai here is what Hi-Q should have been, you know...if Hasbro had even attempted Hi-Q.
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In some cases I have been amazed by the almost extreme need to adhere to retro detailing within the Titans Return line, and in other cases left in total bewilderment. The Titans Return Powermaster Optimus Prime Titan Master is one of the more confusing choices. In a toy, that originally already had a mini add-on partner, and one who was fairly fleshed out, you drop him completely, sort of? And the new/not new/okay we're being ambiguous cause we may have lost the name version of Hi-Q, now named Apex is a sorry excuse. But that said, it's still a great little Titan Master. Just not nearly as good as it could have been, which is where Ginrai stands.

Overall the changes made for the Super Ginrai release just place it so far ahead of Hasbro's PMOP. When it comes to space issues there's no doubt PMOP will hit the dreaded toy storage bin before Ginrai does. Super Ginrai is spectacular. I probably could have just said that alone for this review.

Super Ginrai is spectacular!


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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Transformers Legends LG-36 Soundwave Is Great, Just Not OMG Great!!!

Back in August of 2016 I stated there was a list made up of what I was/could buy and what I wasn't/couldn't buy from the Transformers Titans return and Legends toy lines. I was pretty clear, and thought I had comes to terms that I could have just one of the cassette leaders and would have to choose between Blaster or Soundwave and Hasbro or TakaraTomy. I had chosen Hasbro's Blaster. Fast forward a few months and I have all four toys now, both the Titans and Legends Blaster/Broadcast and both Soundwaves. Call it impulsiveness, addiction, or just a love of cool robot toys, I couldn't help it. Maybe you're sitting there wondering if you should grab all four? Maybe you have the Hasbro versions and want the TakaraTomy versions for any possible "premium" details? Well in the case of Soundwave, I'd say it's an easier pass than Broadcast.
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The last thing I want anyone to take away from this is that I don't like this toy,or that it not great. I do absolutely like this thing and it is an extremely cool toy. It's just that when you consider the cost of importing the Legends toy, and the slight bit of changes made between this and the Hasbro one, it's hard to justify the extra money. Unless of course you're a complete fool in love with the little Titan Master/Headmasters then yeah, you're gonna fork out the cash for a proper Soundblaster HM. Which was my primary point of purchasing this toy. So with this review, I'll start with my favorite bit first.
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I love that TakaraTomy included properly colored versions of  Soundblaster and Twincast with their Legends Soundwave and Broadcast toys. I'm happy Hasbro did the pint-sized Blaster and Soundwave Titan Masters, I just wished they named them better. I don't know that we'll ever see a "Leader" sized Twincast or Soundblaster so I'm glad to just have the Headmasters for now. But on the subject now of the full size toys, a bit about the main part of this Transformers Legends Soundwave set.
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If you already have the Hasbro version you know this thing is quite exquisite. It's a beautiful toy. I guess what I wishing for in this toy was more along the lines of what TakaraTomy's Blurr and Galvatron did in contrast to their Hasbro counterparts, and created a interesting alternate take on the toy. From the early mock-ups I should have known it wouldn't be anything so striking.
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The additions are great, love the added details on the legs, the chest and cassette door. I get that they were going a for an animated match when they did up the color scheme here, but it's a bit lost. Everything you see silver should be basically white, if you are going by the cartoon. The red stripe on the arm is correct depending on which episodes you may be watching. So if you don't want, or can't fully execute the look of the anime, then why not color the shoulders like Hasbro's? Why not color the head crest, the shoulder gun, I guess that's what I had expected from this release. Had I paid "normal" import prices I would have been let down.

This toy doesn't carry the "need to have it" feel a Legends Blurr does. If you can live without a proper Titan/Head Master Soundblaster, I think the Hasbro Soundwave will work for you perfectly. If you can get a Legends Soundwave cheaper than the import stores have him listed, then it's still a solid toy you'll probably end up loving.
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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Damn Fine! Transformers Legends LG-38 Condor & Apeface

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There's going to be quite a contrast in what I say here about the TakaraTomy Transformers Legends Condor and what I said about the Legends Jaguar yesterday. I feel so much different about this Condor, I even actually really wanted this from the moment I first seen it put up for pre-order. Unlike Jaguar which was a "oh hell, why not" kind of purchase.
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This set is comprised of the Japanese exclusive version of Condor, and their own special pack-in take on the Headmaster/Titan Master Apeface. If you've read any of my blog posts or seen me post at Facebook or Twitter, you know already I love the Titans Return Apeface toy. So yeah, had to have this TakaraTomy version in my collection too. And the bonus for me, a cool Laserbeak.
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If I was shown a grey model proto of this toy, before even having seen the Buzzsaw toy Hasbro released, then this TF Legends toy is about how I would have imagined the proper coloring being. It's a gorgeous salute, homage, faithfully executed update to the G1 Condor/Laserbeak. To me, it's flawless, a matter of opinion of curse. But yeah, it's the perfect little set. Great main toy, amazing Headmaster bonus. The price is still super affordable, several stores still have him available at $20 or less. If you still haven't picked up the Hasbro Laserbeak and want one, I'd say give this TakaraTomy toy a chance. It is twice as much, but you get back what you are putting into it.
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While I much preferred the Hasbro Ravage to the Japanese release, the Titans Return Laserbeak is just outmatched for the awesome power of Condor. The Laserbeak comes off as extremely dull, boring and dead. And in this case, I can't even say I like the label graphics on the device mode, they're pretty awful.Hands down, Condor kicks Laserbeaks tail. It's a shame, because Hasbro's work on the Buzzsaw release was so good, love the Buzzsaw toy. If it had a better device mode screen design it would give Condor a run, maybe.
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I guess I keep leaving this little guys til the end, but not because I like them any less, yeah, I actually like the little Masters more than some of the the larger components they attach to/come with. Apeface here is another beautiful addition to my small, but hopefully growing Transformers Legends collection. I'm sure someone will compare the twp Apeface toys from Hasbro and TakaraTomy, to me each is perfect on it's own merits. But they are very different looking figures. TakaraTomy's added paint apps make the figure absolutely pop! The added red color to the Headmaster eyes is a nice touch. If suppose you could get a near match for the G1 Apeface's Headmaster Spasma by mixing both these little Headmaster/Titan Masters. Not a bad idea actually.

So again, a great set, for a really decent price (for now). Definitely worth thinking over. Or you could aim higher and maybe grab Condor's dad.
Next time...



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Monday, January 2, 2017

Transformers Legends LG-37 Jaguar & Bullhorn

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Let me start by saying I bought this for the Headmasters. Basically, I guess. Yeah, primarily for the Headmaster Bullhorn. That's not to say the Jaguar toy isn't fun, or desirable at is, it is. It's just that the Hasbro Ravage is just better in almost every way.
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I'm a sucker for these little Titan Master/Headmasters that TakaraTomy throws into their versions of the Hasbro Transformers Legends class toys. Because I didn't really need the Jaguar I could have held out for anybody selling just the Bullhorn, but the price was so cheap on the set I just grabbed it. And again, it's not a horrible toy,but when you have one that is so much more perfect it's hard to really gush about this one.
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Something about the grey on the Hasbro Ravage and the fact that it breaks up the black, and kind of adds the silver chrome flair that the G1 toy had really does it for me.  The jet mode these guys have is fairly weak anyhow, so neither works for me much. But if I had to pick, I'd go for Ravage here too. About the only place the TakaraTomy Jaguar outshines the Hasbro Ravage is in the device mode, and really it's only because of the label used for the screen.
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It's absolutely a matter of opinion, and I have heard feedback for and against both. I just prefer the nod to the G1 cassette form more than the probably more proper data readings design. As much as I've downplayed Jaguar here, I think he is still better than Stripes, the (so far) Hasbro exclusive Titans Return pre-use of Ravage. Stripes just kind of sucks.
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Turning to the part of this set I was more excited about, the Headmaster Bullhorn! Admittedly I barely see Bullhorn's anime look in this toy, but it's different enough from the Hasbro version to keep me excited. I didn't see much of Horri-Bull's Headmaster in Terri-Bull either. I love the fact sculpt, such a sour puss face.
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That about wraps this up. I can say, if you're on the fence this set should be available for a little while in the $18-$22 range, so not outrageous. But I'd probably act sooner than later because you never know which of these toys will rise in price later. Til next time...




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Sunday, January 1, 2017

New Year, New...Camera, Toys, Blog, And More!

Happy 2017 to all! Hope you had a good one. Have lot's planned for this year, much of it stuff I planned for 2016, some I had come up with in 2015, but that's the way it goes. Gotta stay positive.

The first changes you'll see will be in the pics here, I have a new camera. As I get used to it and play around the pics will improve. I have to say I don't have the settings down just yet, so the next few weeks will see some good and some very bad photos, I'll just do what I can about it.
Next in line is an update to this blog. I'm tired of the look and hope to have something new soon. Been playing around with slight tweaks and designs for 7 months, I've just not been satisfied with anything I came up with. I'm hoping it won't take another 7 months, but I'm a terrible judge of my own work, and I tend to dislike much of it.
A lot of other things are still on the work table, and I hope to get some bearing of where it's all at soon. I'll be sure to update when I can, both on projects and new toy acquisitions.




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