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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