Cybertron Minicon VS Packs - Wave 3

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  1. Scantron

    Scantron Well-Known Member

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    Just received these in from BBTS and don't see a thread for feedback about them yet. I intend to write a more comprehensive review later, but some general thoughts and comments:

    For starters, I'll be splitting this up into sections for the "SWAT Team" (Emergency Team repaints) and "Sky Terror Team" (Energon Saber repaints). SWAT Team is my own name, but the Energon Saber repaints are actually called the Sky Terror Team in Thrust's bio. As a general comment, the bios are really neat and are developing an interesting little story. However, Ramjet's bio should have been edited for clarity.

    SWAT Team

    - No major stability issues, although Checkpoint's chest halves don't hold together as tight as I'd like.
    - No molding changes.
    - All three have a certain amount of translucent dark grey plastic, most noticeable on Checkpoint's chest and Scythe's fingers.
    - There's some paint applications missing that take away some character from the toys. For instance, the 'vents' in Scythe's weapon mode and the missile tips on Anti-Blaze are left unpainted and it takes away from the look of the figures. Checkpoint's torso is also rather plain.
    - The instructions show the weapon modes, as does the back of the packaging. The instructions for all three members of the team linking to Cybertron Defense Scattorshot, although I think the colour-scheme on Scythe fits better with Cybertron Defense Hot Shot.
    - Overall, I'd say these are as good as the original decos and worth picking up, especially if you missed those molds the firs time.

    Sky Terror Team

    - No major stability issues, but Thrust's elbow joints seem really weak and the lower arms pop off every so often.
    - No molding changes apparent, but Sunstorm's head gets in the way of transformation a little more than I've seen on any previous release of these molds.
    - There are some missing paint applications again, but nothing as problematic as on the SWAT Team: Ramjet's plain chest is probably the main area I don't like.
    - Sunstorm's tail section is slightly translucent purple and doesn't exactly match the translucent plastic used on either of the other two figures or the remainder of Sunstorm's body.
    - Instructions for all three figures show the sword mode, but the sword doesn't have a separate name, like the Star, Dark or Energon Sabers. I've been alternating between calling it the Planet Saber or Sky Saber.
    - Combined sword mode is solid and has the increased stability of the Energon Saber mold. Thrust and Ramjet look great combined together and their colour schemes mesh well...but Sunstorm doesn't work with the other two at all and makes it more obvious the sword is just three planes stuck together. Using silver and red on Sunstorm would have made the sword look much nicer.
    - Robot modes of all three look great.
    - There's a definite 'Galvatron' colour theme to this set (especially in robot mode) and I like using the sword with Cybertron Galvatron (Sunstorm's bio even mentions Galvatron).

    Pictures below...enjoy!
     
  2. Scantron

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    SWAT Team

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    Sky Terror Team

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  5. misterd

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    How about the "Star Seeker"
     
  6. Chosen

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    I've personally gone with the "Cybertron Saber" which isn't the most ideal name, but it has a nice ring to it. Since the team's called Sky Terror, how about the Terror Saber?
     
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    Cybertron Ramjet vs Scythe, Sunstrom vs Checkpoint, Thrust vs Anti-Blaze

    This was a consolation prize of sorts, I was looking for Scrapmetal but came across these guys instead. They were the only new Transformers at this Target and I needed a Transformers fix so here we are. Normally, I stay away from minicons because I don’t feel they’re a good value especially these vs. two packs. $2.50 a piece doesn’t sit well with me. They should’ve just repacked these in sets of three and put them in with the scout packs. At least then they would come out to #2.33 a piece. :p 

    Anyway, I decided to pick these since the repainted color schemes looked really good, well except for Sunstorm. I wished Hasbro would’ve used the Dirge name and color scheme for Sunstorm. I think the colors would’ve worked a little better in sword mode and we could’ve had a nice G1 conehead homage for all three. The homage colors worked really well for Thrust.

    Anti-Blaze, Checkpoint, and Scythe were nice surprises. I liked how each of them had their own swat number. Another nice surprise was that they all are supposed to be weapon upgrades for Cybertro Defense Scattorshot!

    I can’t believe Hasbro was able to win me over with these little guys. I’m going to cut these guys some slack since these minicons are essentially triple changers and they provide a bit more play value. I can only recommend these guys if you don’t already have these molds already since you have to fork over at least another $15 to get these.

    P.S. I salute all you guys that contribute articles, and photoshoots to this place! It’s a lot more work than it looks.
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  8. REDLINE

    REDLINE longer days, plz? Veteran

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    I don't see me giving those weapon minis to scattorshot, he hardly needs them! :lol  There's several other bots that could stand the power upgrades that can use minicons ;) 

    That being said, I can't wait to get these guys... I'm a sucker for seekers, plus I love the targetmaster type minicons too.


    SS you're a lucky bastage :p 


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    I assumed the combined Energon saber mode would look terrible with the different colored team members, but there's common threads in the coiors (black and metallics) that it works better than I expected. Not super, but not bad either.
     
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    I saw 2/3 sets last week, and wanted to get them but I decided to wait until I could get all 3 at the same time...they look great
     
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    This is the set I am most looking forward to. W/ the autobots, I am giving one each to the Def. Team members. The sword does look better than I had expected.

    I only have one of those six mini-cons so it'll be well worth it, I think. I only have the white & green micron booster version of the helicopter. I had the Energon saber but gave it to my son.
     
  12. Boardwise

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    I grab these recently my self and love the repaints of them.

    I gave the sword to Galvatron as it seems to match his colours and the other 3 were spread over the Defence Team
     
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    The sword looks absolutely Kickass with the Starscream from the TRU Two Pack... not that he needs more swords, but still.
     
  14. flywheels

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    I recently found all 3 sets the other day, but I could only buy one pack of them since my wife was w/ me! However, I absolutely love the Emergency Team's new design/theme. Mini-Cons are like Spychangers to me, you can never have enough of 'em!
     

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