Monday, February 27, 2017

Transformers Legends LG41 Leo Prime, Beast Wars Second To None.

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It's been almost 20 years since I got the original Lio Convoy toy from Takara. At the time that was a great little toy. I'd soon get sick of how Beast Wars was being handled in the U.S. and sell off all my Beast toys, but as time has gone on I kept wanting another Lio Convoy. The character has gone through some changes, had other minor releases but to be honest none has really caught my full attention. Leave it to the Titans Return/Legends series to finally get another Lio Convoy, now named Leo Prime into my toy collection.
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The toy is the Japanese TakaraTomy release of the Hasbro Titans Return Alpha Trion mold done up in Beast Wars Second Lio Convoy styling. It works. It actually works extremely well. Even better than Alpha Trion I feel. The Titans and Legends lines have had me from the get go. But my collecting of the toys has been jumbled a bit. I haven't been able to collect in order, and I haven't exactly stuck to my original purchasing plans. The Alpha Trion toy wasn't even in my line of sight, but I bought it on a whim when I first seen it. I'm glad I did, because I think it's a great toy. Because of that I knew I'd just go ahead and pre-order Leo prime the second it went up for sale. There's been a lot of complaints about Alpha Trion as a lion, and even a few complaints that the mold doesn't exactly work for Leo Prime. It's a fun mold, it doesn't bother me for either character, and I'm a guy who thinks Alpha Trion has never needed another form outside of his old G1 robot-centric design.
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This toy also features the awesome sword that Alpha Trion came with, and it's still absolutely gorgeous in this release. TakaraTomy also included a rifle that Alpha Trion didn't have, a re-color of Astrotrain's gun. It doesn't really work, at least mine doesn't. The peg is too small, and kind of hangs in there super loose, flopping about. Doesn't matter, with that sword all other weapons are pointless.
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Okay, on to another of my favorite parts, the Headmaster. This is the same main body that was used for both Sentinel Prime, ConvoBat and Astrotrain. The head mode faceplate is the same as Sentinel Prime and ConvoBat as well. One minor gripe here, the red paint used for the robot's arms and legs is too thin to cover the blue plastic and looks "cheap" because of it. It needed a white primer, or a more opaque paint.
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 I've been hesitant on some of the Legends releases, like Astrotrain, but I'm very happy with Leo prime and glad I didn't waste any time in getting him. It looks like he's still available for a great price, if you haven't made up your mind yet, I'd say give him a shot.
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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Transformers Legends LG-39 Brainstorm: You Tried Your Best TakaraTomy!

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This is a great toy! It's a great use of the mold, fantastic color, and I love the new head TakaraTomy created for it. It just doesn't happen to be my favorite Brainstorm we got from TF Legends/TF Titans Return. I got this Legends Brainstorm the same day as Super Ginrai, Soundwave, Condor and Jaguar. Of those 5 toys, only 2 rank higher than their Hasbro counterpart for me. It could be one reason I held off, and have still not ordered the Legends Astrotrain. In that toy's case, I already know I like the Hasbro toy accurate look far more. But back to Brainstorm...
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With these recent toys being so connected to Headmasters, I've been watching the Japanese series again as of late. TakaraTomy absolutely nailed it on this toy. The coloring, the new head, all perfectly matching the character in the show. But my interests don't always fit what others want, and hell, not even what I want all the time. In this case, toy accurate, show accurate didn't win me over. I got the first Brainstorm, the Walgreens exclusive in the U.S. and I was like "wow, great toy!" and wondered if I needed to buy another. I then got the Titan Force SDCC+ exclusive Brainstorm and felt "I love this look and style! Amazing toy!", and again wondered should I really buy another one? I succumbed to my own pressure and went ahead and ordered the Legends Brainstorm and once again thought "wow, great toy!", maybe one too many? The SDCC version really does it for me, and as cool as the Legends toy is, I would rank it 2nd among the 3 versions.
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Now when I'm ranking these toys, I use only the core figure for comparisons. I don't include any extras, and specifically didn't include the TF Legends Brainstorm's drone partner Synapse. Had I included the drone in my decision making then yeah, Legends wins hands down. I love the little Titan Masters/Drones, my favorite parts of these toy lines. Synapse does not disappoint. And it's a lovely shade of blue, which always helps. The Synapse drone is a re-color of the Titan Master Brawn vehicle. I love the brawn toy because it takes on the alt mode of Brawn in a way, and also has a cool motorbike transform, as well as a great weapon mode. It's a solid toy all around, and just my opinion, much better in blue than green and yellow.
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I can see where all these different releases of the same mold with maybe at best minor paint app additions can get to collectors, but I'm not there yet. Transformers Combiner Wars and now Titans Return is full of them, but I feel that for the most part Hasbro and TakaraTomy are getting really good at creating 2 very different looks out of the same core design. Can't wait to see what lies ahead for Titans Return and Power of the Primes!



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