FansProject Protector Reviews

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  1. Anguirus

    Anguirus Well-Known Member

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    ^ I tried it with Universe Sideswipe last night. I will probably have RtS Outback take a turn, as it fits his original function of "Gunner"

    I like tank mode...but I like "Hot Roller" more on its own at the moment!
     
  2. Grimlock_13

    Grimlock_13 Rattrap Teabag

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    Pretty cool set...got mne yesterday.

    Only thing I really don't like about it is that the head cant sit flush on the shoulders. Otherwise, it's a lot of fun. I'm not worried about the parts breaking from use like I am on City Commander and the different transformations the trailer has is fun to fiddle with.

    Rodimus' "Roller" will be called 'Speeder'. A little lame but it fits it IMO :) 
     
  3. Renidragon

    Renidragon Toys on my table!

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    I love this set, still.

    However, I'm getting a little displeased with Sidearm. Maybe it's just mine, but the more I try and have other toys with 5mm fists use him, the more I find he... just doesn't fit. I'll keep trying, but he's less universal that I had expected. My only gripe, however.
     
  4. Acteon

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    I was very surprised that Universe Rodimus can't hold him - it was kinda the reason I bought him in the first place, now all he can do is stand next to him. Doesn't seem right somehow.

    I honestly wouldn't have bothered if I'd known. Very nice in all other respects, just kinda useless.

    I'm hoping he fits Scourge because he'd make a passable Fracas.
     
  5. OptionZero

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    What are you talking about? Classics (not sure why you call it "universe") Rodimus CAN hold him.

    Sidearm has two grips specifically for that purpose - to fit the Classics hand and to fit the Protector hand.
     
  6. Acteon

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    Oh well, Classics Rodimus then (too many blasted line names to remember them all) - won't fit mine, maybe it's a mold issue.

    Black peg on the back of the head is too big, grey peg is far too small and it falls out if I so much as walk past it.
     
  7. herugrim

    herugrim Defiler of Energon

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    A good note on the size comparisons. Rodimus with the armor on was designed to be about the same size and proportion as Classics Optimus, who was rather small for a voyager. Vector Prime stands a good head and shoulder over Rodimus even with the armor. Superlink Galvatron was Ultra class so he's probably a bit taller even then voyager and would probably dwarf Rodimus whereas the deluxe class would just be a bit shorter, and thusly more accurate to the original movie (perhaps less so then to the comics or season 3 scale).
     
  8. Philister

    Philister Teutonicons Rising!

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    For more pictures, click on the image above

    Prelude: To get the legal part out of the way once again: This add-on kit for the Classics Rodimus figure is not a Hasbro or Takara-Tomy product and thus cannot legally be called a Transformer. It’s made by Fansproject, a third-party company, and was given the name Protector, seeing as they weren’t legally allowed to call it Rodimus or Rodimus Prime. I’ll hope you’ll forgive me, though, if I refer to the resulting figure by that name throughout this review.

    Vehicle Mode: In vehicle mode the Protector armor is basically a big trailer, somewhat similar to the City Commander trailer. Of course it the coloring is mostly a dark red with orange and yellow flames, matching the colors of Classics Rodimus. The trailer attaches to the vehicle mode of Rodimus, creating a very good likeness to the vehicle mode of G1 Rodimus Prime. Rodimus’ weapon can easily attach to the back of the trailer, enabling the same “flaming exhaust” look that you can have in Rodimus’ normal vehicle mode.

    Attaching car to trailer is a very smooth process; basically you just fold out the trailer’s sides, put the car inside and close it up again. Done. No problem at all. There’s nothing back you can say about the vehicle mode. It looks solid and the two pieces fit together so well that you might not even notice that they aren’t a single piece. So no complaints here at all.

    Oh, just in case you’re wondering: The spoiler of Classics Rodimus is hidden underneath additional spoiler pieces. They come in two sets, one in the same orange of the Classics figure’s spoiler, and a second set that was included with the Sidearm figure (see below) in golden chrome to match the look of the Henkei figure. Which one you use is, of course, up to you, but I must say the golden chrome pieces look good on Classics Rodimus as well.

    Robot Mode:
    I think everyone who saw the 1986 Transformers Movie remembers the scene where Hot Rod retrieved the Matrix and was then transformed into Rodimus Prime, right? In the animation he basically just got bigger, nothing more to it, and gained a different vehicle mode. So the challenge here is basically to make Classics Rodimus bigger without changing his look too much.

    To accomplish this several pieces of armor detach from the Protector trailer, including a new chest plate, a helmet/head, two completely new arms, two big spoiler pieces, and two big boots. Attaching them isn’t all that difficult. You simply flip in Rodimus’ feet, fold back his arms so the shoulder pieces stick out forward, and attach the pieces. It’s a lot easier than attaching the armor of the City Commander. The resulting robot still retains the full Rodimus / Hot Rod look, but is a good deal taller, somewhat more muscular-looking, and more heavily armed, thanks to an extra barrel that you put on Rodimus’ existing gun. Oh, and he’s now at the perfect scale to interact with Superlink Galvatron General.

    What else can I say about this resulting robot? He retains the full posability of the underlying figure, while the new arms might even be a tad better. He has a solid stance thanks to his big boots. He can still store his weapon on his back when he needs his hands free. The only slight drawback is that his rifle is a bit too long for him to properly bend his elbow, so he needs to straighten out his arm when firing it. That’s just a tiny little thing, though, and not worth deducting any points.

    The bottom line here is: This is the best Rodimus Prime robot yet, beating out the Titanium version in terms of scale and detailing. Nothing worth complaining about.

    Add-On / Partner: The armor pieces for Rodimus are just a small part of the big Protector trailer, the rest converts into the same kind of double-barreled gun emplacement that Rodimus Prime had in the days of G1 (but never once used in the entire cartoon series). The transformation from trailer to gun emplacement is a tad more complicated than it was back in the day (you just opened up the trailer and that was it), but not by that much. The resulting gun emplacement does look different, but there is enough similarity to recognize it.

    The two gun barrels can be aimed individually and there is an opening between them where you can attach the rifle barrel of Rodimus’ weapon for additional firepower. There are two handles that can be flipped out near the back for Rodimus to hold and aim the gun with. And just behind the barrels there is a) a flip-up targeting screen and b) a small seat, where the Sidearm figure (see below) can fit in to man the gun in Rodimus’ stead. So while I’m not a big fan of this kind of gun emplacements, it’s been done very well.

    Additionally the trailer contains a small six-wheeled drone vehicle, very similar to the Roller drone that came with G1 Optimus Prime. The vehicle can remain in place in both trailer and gun mode without any problems, so if you don’t like it, just leave it in place. The vehicle looks pretty nice, though, and you can attach either Rodimus’ gun or Sidearm in weapon mode on top to give it firepower. Furthermore the drone vehicle can store Rodimus’ weapon underneath and use the same “flaming exhaust” gimmick as the bigger vehicles. A nice, though somewhat unspectacular extra.

    Not included in the actual Protector package, but available as an extra, is the Sidearm figure, a small Targetmaster that strongly resembles Firebolt, Hot Rod’s original Targetmaster companion from 1987. Sidearm’s robot mode is moderately posable for a figure this size, comparable to Universe Nightstick. Sidearm can serve as a double-barreled gun for either Rodimus or Rodimus Prime, as well as attach to Rodimus’ drone vehicle, the spoiler of Rodimus’ car mode, or he can sit in the gunner’s seat of his transformed trailer. Sidearm can also be enhanced into a cross-bow like weapon using the spoiler pieces included in both the Protector package (in Classics Rodimus orange) and with Sidearm himself (in Henkei Rodimus gold). Not a strictly necessary extra, but a very good and fun one nevertheless.

    Remarks: Not many Transformers fans like the third season of the G1 cartoon or the guy in charge of the Autobots at that time, Rodimus Prime. Me, though, I always liked both the third season and Rodimus, despite being as pissed off as everybody else at the casual way so many beloved G1 characters were killed off to make it happen. Still, I’m a Rodimus fan and apparently so are the people at Fansproject, considering that they’ve now given us three of the key players of the third season of G1. Before now my favorite Rodimus Prime was the Titanium version, but Fansproject has delivered once again.

    A short look at the accompanying comic book: Apart from the transformation instructions, the comic contains a short story showing how the Protector (Rodimus Prime) leads his troops into battle, but doubts that he is as good as the previous Leader (Optimus Prime). The latter appears to him as a spirit emerging from the Artifact (the Matrix), telling him that he possessed all the qualities of a leader long before he gained the Artifact. His resolve renewed, the Protector leads his troops to victory.

    Two important things to know: One, the Protector armor works color-wise with both Henkei and Classics Rodimus, but not so much with the recent Reveal the Shield Rodimus. And two, rumors to the contrary, it’s a rather easy process to assemble and disassemble the trailer, quite a bit easier in my opinion than it was for the City Commander. Oh, and third: If you are in any way a fan of Rodimus / Hot Rod, you need this upgrade. And get Sidearm, too, as he nicely complements the set.

    Rating: A
     
  9. exomega255

    exomega255 Emerald Green

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    guys just curious, where do you put the gun extension in vehicle mode?
     
  10. Shuanfu

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    Fits in a hole between the two cannons in the trailer. Be gentle and sure to pull it straight out-don't bend or angle-when taking it out
     
  11. herugrim

    herugrim Defiler of Energon

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    Everybody keeps saying to get Sidearm but it's worth noting that there are a large number of minicon-class transformers that can fit in the spot on the trailer and cost substantially less then Sidearm. The gold wings aren't neccessary unless you've got henkei Hot Rod. There are also much cheaper alternatives for Ultra Magnus, Springer, and Arcee. So those of us who don't have $500+ to blow on third party exclusives should know that you can still assemble a good season 3 team without breaking your bank account.
     
  12. Anguirus

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    ^ Such as? Sidearm is $10. If you can get a guy who looks remotely like Firebolt for better than $10, congratulations.
     
  13. nemesisconvoy

    nemesisconvoy Gundam Pilot

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    What is his articulation like?
     
  14. CrypticIllusionist

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    Based on what I've seen, Sidearm's articulation is basically identical to the Nightstick that comes with Universe Cyclonus; legs rotate, arms and elbows rotate, can do ab-crunches on account of how the transformation works.
     
  15. Optimus_Prowl

    Optimus_Prowl I'm the Goddamed Two-Face

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    His hips are actually ball joints so you can a little more range of motion out to the sides. otherwise it's exactly like nightstick.
     
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    I'm having problems getting Rodimus to hold Sidearm: The front peg is too loose and won't sink far enough into his hand, The back peg is too large. Anyone else having similar grief nand got a solution?
     
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    I have the regular Rodimus, and the gold wings still look great on him. Better than the orange ones, in fact.
     
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    Further.....

    Battle in Space arrived today. Sidearm fits snuggly in BIS Rodimus hand. Classics Rodimus Gun is too big to go in BIS Rodimus Hand and BIS Rodiumus Gun is loose in Classics Rodimus hand, suggesting I've got a Classics Rodimus with larger than usual peg holes.

    EDIT: And having just transformed Protector and extracted his "roller" drone, the drone won't carry my Classics Rodimus gun but will carry the BIS one.

    I see at least one other person has a similar issue. I'm wondering if the toy got tweaked early in it's production run.
     
  19. Wheeljack

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    My order from bbts has shipped. finally rodimus will become a prime.
     
  20. Polenicus

    Polenicus Warring At Play

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    FINALLY acquired my Protector and Sidearm today.

    Again, Fansproject has blown me away. What a way to take a figure that I was always kinda 'meh' about and turn him completely awesome. The whole time I was transforming him, I found myself continually saying 'Wow, that's neat' or 'Oooh' as each little touch revealed themselves. This is a toy that has been seriously over-engineered. The fact it seems to be made out of the signature indestructible Fansproject plastic doesn't hurt either (Seriously, what a role reversal. Current Hasbro mainline stuff feels positively flimsy compared to Protector)

    He's one of those figures that pictures or videos simply don't do justice to, and he looks DAMN good in pictures. Definitely worth the price paid.

    And for those wondering? He looks pretty terrific with the Corbot Axe too.
     

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