Club Exclusive Astrotrain

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  1. Optimus Scourge

    Optimus Scourge Arcee's boy toy Veteran

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    I just got this guy in today. the shipping box was HUGE - probably could have fit a Fort Max in there - I knew it had to be Astrotrain, being delivered by FedEx, but wow, did they pack the hell out of him!

    To those who aren't familiar with this mold it is a repaint of Armada Jetfire with a wonderful new head sculpt.

    As you may know, this Astrotrain is NOT a triple changer.

    Box:
    The box is incredibly well done, with awesome boxart and a two piece box with soft foam insert. The box is easily the thickest, strongest TF box I have ever seen. It is similar to a hardcover book in thickness. Very well done.

    The box is also NOT taped shut, which I think is great, myself. There is no remorse about keeping it sealed. And after seeing him and fiddling, snapping pics, etc, I would have been happy to open him anyway, he is fantastic!

    Toy:

    I forget exactly what size class Jetfire was in Armada, but he is nice and big, but not too big. He's between a voyager class and leader class in size. He dwarfs the Classics voyagers by far.

    As you can see in the pics, he features an all new paint deco with great detail in alt mode. In robot mode, his legs could have used a bit more paint apps IMO, but otherwise he is a beautiful rendition of my favorite "Space choo-choo"

    His transformation is not to simple and not too complex. It is a lot of fun to TF him and pose him. His poseability is not outstanding, but pretty decent. It is hard to get a good "action" pose out of him as his hip joints only swivel. Keep in mind that the original mold (Armada Jetfire) was designed to combine with Armada Optimus Prime, so I think for being a combiner, he is well articulated and lots of fun. His Blaster gun features lights and sounds when you depress the tailfin.

    Mini-Cons:
    He comes with four mini-cons that are repaints as well.

    Overall:

    A very nice exclusive toy with a great paint job, bonus Mini-cons, fantastic box, and great play value. I would give him a 9 out of 10. He'd be a 10 if they used a little more detail on the legs.

    The price was quite high - $87.00, nearly three times more than Jetfire, but keep in mind he's a limited exclusive, and I think the extra effort put into this toy and packaging make it well worth the price. When I first ordered him, I was thinking he was way too expensive, but after having him in my possesion, he is worth every penny.

    I highly recommend this guy.

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  2. Optimus Scourge

    Optimus Scourge Arcee's boy toy Veteran

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  3. Drax

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    That is sweet dude! So whats youre favorite mode? robot or ship? =P
     
  4. MilkManX

    MilkManX TF Comicbook Fan

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    Damn thats pretty cool! Looks more to scale as a Space Shuttle next to Voyager Classics Prime.
     
  5. Drax

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    I think i had seen this as a kitbash prior to seeing it as an actual exclusive.
     
  6. ams

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    Hmmm... I'm not loving the "blank stare" facial expression so much, but it's great that this guy is finally coming to fruition.

    Mine will be here tomorrow, along with Airazor. Woot!
     
  7. Hotspot17

    Hotspot17 Search and Rescue: Vet

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    Man, I want him badly now!
    The box and the foam rocks!
    And those colors are super sharp.
    I might ahve to break down and join the club.
     
  8. Abrogate

    Abrogate Nondescript Former Poster

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    I was hoping for more pics of the mini-cons. They're the only part of this I wish I could have :( 
     
  9. Valkysas

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    that face is atrocious.
     
  10. Katamari Prime

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    I see the Astro, But where's the train? Otherwise, a nice figure.
     
  11. Feralstorm

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    Pretty impressive, and a very nice box to boot.

    I didn't order Astrotrain (I guess based on the Sandokan club story stuff, he's the Astrotrain of the A-E-C universe), but Airrazor should be coming to me soonish.
     
  12. megatroptimus

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    Now combine it with Prime.
     
  13. Psycho_Mantis

    Psycho_Mantis Well-Known Member

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    since Astrotrain's a repaint of Armada Jetfire, does that mean he could combine with Armada Optimus ?
     
  14. Feralstorm

    Feralstorm I ship Nick & Judy TFW2005 Supporter

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    Don't see why not. Pretty unlikely the bits that allow combining would be remolded.
     
  15. megatroptimus

    megatroptimus Translatorminator

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    Somebody should repaint Armada Prime into Octane. And THEN combine the 2.
     
  16. WhiteMocha

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    Now that's a cool idea!

    I just joined the club a few weeks ago, and I'm still debating whether or not to get this guy. The head sculpt is okay, but not great. As someone mentioned earlier, it's oddly expressionless, and the eyes are too far up on the head (or the cranium just seems a bit small, one or the other). I do like the color scheme a lot, though, and the minicons have some homage-y goodness (if I remember from previous pictures, Astro-Sinker is painted like an G1 Insecticon and Astro-Hook is painted like a G2 Constructicon, right? Not to mention the names).

    Plus it's Astrotrain; he's just a great character.

    I don't have the Armada Jetfire mold, though, so I'm curious: can the wings be swung down, rotating all the way down like a cape? Or is their range of motion limited to an "up" position? If the former is true, I think I would almost prefer them swung down.
     
  17. megatroptimus

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    Yeah, they can swing down.
     
  18. ams

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    Jetfire is one of my favorite molds from Armada, although I like the original headsculpt much more than this one.

    There is a range of motion in the wings, but I can't recall if you can swing them all the way down, and I don't have him handly to check. I'm thinking yes, though.
     
  19. megatroptimus

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    Actually, down is the the normal position for the wings in shuttle mode, you have to swing them up for the robot mode. They stay down for the pants mode.
     
  20. WhiteMocha

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    Ah, cool! Thanks guys! That actually makes me much more inclined to buy the figure (I dunno, something about the wings sticking up looks ungainly to me).
     

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