2012 Takara Sixshot Reissue

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  1. Ryan F

    Ryan F Transform and Roll Out! TFW2005 Supporter

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    Firstly, I'd like to apologise in advance for the terrible photography. I don't usually do this sort of thing, but I figured I'd not yet seen a thread for this guy, so I decided to give it a go. After all, this guy is quite pricey, and it might be nice for people to see what they're getting before they lay down the cash.

    For those already familiar with the mold, you might want to read past the 'The Mold' paragraph, and head striaght to 'The New Stuff' a ways below.

    The Mold

    I never had a Sixshot when I was a kid, and even having seen some reviews for previous editions, I was still surprised at how big the figure was when I got him in hand. He's taller than MP Starscream, MP Prime (the new one), Encore Devastator and Reissue Piranacon.

    Of the six modes, my favourite are the Robot and the Tank. The 'car' mode is probably the ropiest of the buch, but even that's okay looking. He's easily the most impressive G1 figure I've ever laid eyes on, in terms of build quality, complexity and heft - beating Powermaster Prime into second place in my eyes.

    Seriously, photos don't do this guy justice. If you haven't already got yourself a copy of this mold, do so now!

    The New Stuff

    Despite being a 25-year-old mold, this guy is still solid, and shows no signs of degradation (at least on my copy). All the joints are solid, the ratchets nice and clicky, and the whole thing is generally put together well.

    Plastic quality is excellent: it has an expensive, glossy sheen to it - even the parts that haven't been chromed. I'd liken the texture to the shiny plastic frame around a flatscreen TV; it almost looks polished.

    The box looks great (pictures below) - it has a velcro flap on the front that opens up to reveal the figure; the backdrop to the toy is a G1-inspired mass of purple and orange squares.

    The stickers have been pre-applied. I'm a big fan of putting my own stickers on, so this was a bit of a disappointment. However, they have been applied with real care, unlike those of, say, Encore Devastator - they're certainly straight and true.

    The toy comes with a coin (actually, it looks more like a shuriken - see pics below), which although nice to have is hardly essential. I bought this figure from Robotkingdom, and to my surprise and delight they threw in a free copy of the Justitoys WST Sixshot, which was lovely of them! Whether they're doing this for all customers or maybe just their big-spending regulars, I don't know.

    So? What's the Catch?

    Really any niggles with this guy are minor. I had a bit of misapplied paint (I had some miniscule silver paint spatter on one of the legs, presumably from when they painted the car windscreen), but this was easily removed so no big deal.

    Also, the hand weapons are quite an intricate design, and as such there are a few nooks and crannies where the chrome hasn't quite been applied. Again, this is only really visible if you look overly closely at them.

    The other problem is the price of this guy. Before shelling out, you must really be sure you want him. As I say, this version sure is pretty, but if you already have this mold then you won't be missing out on too much by passing.

    In conclusion, if you can justify the price to yourself, and you don't already have a Sixshot in your collection, this guy is an essential purchase.

    However, I'm sure the hefty price tag will put a lot of people off, especially if they already have this mold.

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  2. knoted

    knoted Resistor Transistor

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    I've never been a fan of the colour green nor Sixshot, but oh boy... that green chrome DOES look awesome !
     
  3. Bass X0

    Bass X0 King of Muay Thai

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    Its still flawed to me.

    Those stickers should have been tampographs. But I do like the additional painted details they added, such as the tank treads and chrome guns/chest.
     
  4. chrisr291

    chrisr291 Master of the Unknown

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    Beautiful looking Sixshot! I'd of brought this IF he wasn't so expensive.
     
  5. Shatterpoint

    Shatterpoint Neato

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    MMPH.

    I was going to wait for Hexatron, but that damn green chrome.
     
  6. divinecomedy

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    I know he is a pretty old figure, but I would be all over this if only his elbows can bend.
     
  7. Xzbit

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    Dont have the Original or the remake of sixshot but im definently considering this one.He looks so fucking clean and that box is just beautiful.
     
  8. Stepper

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    Love the part when it is mentioned, being a 25-year-old mold, this guy is still solid, and shows no signs of degradation,that is one great figure that Takara has manage to keep of it's mold.
     
  9. Thundershot

    Thundershot The guy with 28 Sweeps

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    No pics of the jefwolf? :D 
     
  10. benclark1982

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    Im just going to wait for the Mastermind Creations version of this. That one is a better fit into my collection anyway and will most likely be the same pice.
     
  11. escutler

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    Thanks for the review and pics! I have the original toy from when I bought him in the 80's but I do love the chrome on this guy! Tempting... Also, what was the mini Sixshot in the 2nd to last pic? Was it a WST?
     
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    Awesome & detailed review. Good job bro.
     
  13. Composite Ghost

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    Since they're making such a big deal about the fancy collector box I really hope they used glue strong enough to keep those velcro tabs in place over time. I had two misb Sons of Cybertron sets and both flaps came loose within a few months without me ever touching them so I know Takara doesn't like to use the good stuff.
     
  14. unclemarsellus

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    Got mine yesterday. I love the that decals are still decals (hate tampographed stuff on G1). But the toy really pops. This was a great way to make a nice toy reaaally nice. Glad I sprung for it.
     
  15. HunGrrr

    HunGrrr Eamus Catuli!

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    Partial apologies for dragging this thread out of the grave, but I finally bit on this guy after the price came down a little bit and wanted to share my thoughts.

    As the original poster said, the box is very stunning. Sixshot displays well, and the inner and outer outwork is just beautiful, and screams "quality".

    I was also surprised to discover that all the stickers were pre-applied. I was somewhat torn on that. On one hand, putting on stickers is very much part of the G1 experience for me, and it's part of my putting my own stamp on the toy. On the other hand, I'm not all that GOOD at applying stickers, and whomever applied them on Sixshot did a better job than I could have.

    QC on my Sixshot is really good. The joints are all nice and tight, the ratchets are all clicky, and nothing seems floppy or tight to the point of stressing. The only issue I can find (and it's minor almost to the point of not mentioning) is that the chrome on my guns does not reach all the way in the innermost recesses. Honestly, I can't tell unless I put my nose to it and squint.

    I compared the reissue to my childhood original and found the following differences:

    1. (The big obvious one!) The chest is green chrome on the reissue instead of just green plastic, and the two circular bits on the chest are silver are chrome, instead of black on the vintage. The reissue's guns are silver chrome now, instead of off-white.

    2. The treads are now painted silver on the sides. They were unpainted off-white on the vintage.

    3. The truck mode "windows" are now painted on, instead of the stickers the original used.

    4. The copyright has been changed from Japan to China.

    5. The plastic for Sixshot's wings, and on the little guns that fold up into his legs, has a more bluish tinge than the original. The vintage was more of a flat gray. The greens and purples on the reissue's stickers seem to have more blue in them as well. Of course, it's entirely possible that those colors on my childhood Sixshot have just faded a bit after 27-odd years.

    6. Like other reissues, the detailing on the plastic is just a little...softer. All the detailing is there, but it stands out much more sharply on the vintage. Oddly, the painted treads and chromed chest do not seem to have softer details. Maybe it's not so much mold degradation as much as the plastic mix used today just does not reflect details as much when unpainted?

    On the whole, I'm glad I picked him up, as I think he really pops, and it is a great G1 mold. That being said, if you already have a vintage Sixshot in good condition, or the earlier reissue, I can see not wanting to spend the $$$ on this unless you can get a good deal on it, or really love the mold.
     

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