Botcon 2011 Exclusive Breakdown

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  1. CookSux

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    Now that I got the Botcon 2011 Convention Attendee Exclusives out of the way, it's time to finally get to the Transformers Animated Stunticons. Breakdown is the first of the Stunticons in the box set, and is a repaint of Rodimus with a brand new head. Side note: Funpub has used the same mold for both Breakdown and Sideswipe for two years in a row; except this time they're both sharing the same head as well.

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    Alt Mode: Of the three characters that we've gotten from this mold, Rodimus' sports the coolest deco. Breakdown, though, is no slouch. There is something about Breakdown's color scheme that makes him just different enough to be unique. The paint apps are crisp, and it makes this dude look just like how Breakdown should look. I choose to have the Decepticon insignia facing outwards and not the blue engine block.

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    Robot Mode: Breakdown uses the same head that Sideswipe does, but manages to make it look good. I'm not sure if I mentioned that I think Sideswipe's face looks incredibly stupid. Breakdown, however, rocks the new dome. The paint apps on the new head looks really good. Who would have thought that a small change would make a big difference? There is a small paint defect next to the Stunticon symbol on my toy, but I can live with that. The one real problem that I have with my figure, is that the shoulder joints are both loose and stiff at the same time in a bad way.

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    Overall: All in all, Breakdown is a very solid Transformers Animated release, not just a solid Botcon exclusive. It looks so good, it looks like an actual retail release. Breakdown might look a little plain to some, but you can't deny how good it looks. I'll also mention here that I think that all the Animated exclusives this year seem to look like they come from the same dull color palette. If you want this toy, I highly recommend getting him with the rest of the Stunticons.

    (For more pics and reviews: The Rabbit Haul)
     
  2. Razerwire

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    DUDE! I have my Breakdown holding his bow backwards too! That scene in the comic was GOLD. :lol 
     
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    Shark Jumper さあ、お前の罪を数えろ

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    Nice reference to the comic in the first pic.
    I don't have much to say about him since I only had him briefly. I like the headsculpt even though the expression is odd.
     
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    Digilaut My name is Drift.

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    Love this figure..my favorite of the set. Headsculpt looks more fitting in real life, too.
    Great mold + great colors + cool new head = WIN.

    Well, I like the color palette, it's slightly different from most Animated toys, but it was most definitely done on purpose - makes them all more unified. :) 
     
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    could we get a pic of the car with the engine block out? just wanna see it
     
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    Oh for sure. I like it too. I just said it was dull because it's definitely not bright and vibrant.
     
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    This comic sounds awesome. I wonder if anyone would sell the comic seperate from the set?
     
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    Oh!!

    Hooray for misunderstandings :lol  Sorry!

    Yeah, the comic is definitely awesome. It's greatly written, drawn and colored, and pretty much feels like an episode of Animated. Also, Toxitron is made of WIN. I kinda want to tell you about what happens but it's just too funny to spoil.

    I picked up last year's G2 Redux comic in a comicstore a while back too, so I guess this comic will eventually get released on its own as well?
     
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    Yeah it will go to comic shops and probably the club store later on.
     
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    Prelude: Breakdown is a repaint, along with a new head, of Animated Rodimus Prime, so this review here will focus on the differences between the two figures.

    Robot Mode: Breakdown is, of course, identical to Rodimus except for the colors and the new head. Let’s look at the latter first. The new head features a burgundy-colored face inside a nicely sculpted blue helmet. The resemblance to the (very tiny) head of G1 Breakdown isn’t exactly breathtaking, but it’s there. Personally I like that new head sculpt very much, it looks very nice.

    The new paint job tries to stay as true to the G1 original as the different transformations involved allow. The lower body is a near 1:1 match with blue lower legs and beige thighs. The upper body is less faithful, but here, too, the dominant colors are blue and beige with some more burgundy thrown in. The resemblance is stronger in car mode, but overall I’m very surprised how good the blue-beige combination looks on the robot, so no complaints.

    Finally Breakdown has the same weapon as Rodimus, of course, a kind of energy bow (and yes, he can hold it backwards, too, like he did in the comic). Posability is the same as well, of course, and there’s not a whole lot more I can say here except: a great repaint with a great new head sculpt of a great robot. No complaints at all.

    Alternate Mode: G1 Breakdown transformed into a Lamborghini Countach, while Animated Rodimus transforms into some kind of futuristic sports car. Close enough. With the beige color and blue trim, as well as that burgundy stripe on the hood, the car does a pretty good job of paying homage to the original.

    Nothing else that’s new to write here. The car still looks great and the energy bow can be mounted on top of it. So bottom line: a great vehicle mode, no complaints.

    Remarks: Breakdown was the unluckiest among the Stunticons in the 2011 Botcon comic book. He was the only one who got hit when Cheetor fired wildly on the Stunticons, he shot himself in the face with his own bow (by virtue of holding it backwards), and finally ended up in the same prison they were supposed to free Megatron from. Not a good day for the most paranoid Decepticon of them all.

    The Rodimus figure was an excellent figure to begin with, the new head mold looks great, and the paint job is very nice and a great homage to the original. So really, nothing worth complaining here. A great figure.

    Rating: A-
     

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