Root arrived in a brown box today. I'm too tired to transform him, but my initial impressions of the bot mode are as follows: The Good: - Paint apps, construction/materials used, joints, details, and overall look are all flawless. - Has a night weight and feel to it. - I am happy with the articulation capabilities despite a lack of ab crunch and the waist swivel is very limited unless you don't mind breaking up the sculpt. - I like the clear amber bits on his arms and "belt buckle" on his waist. - Nice face sculpt. - Good accessories. - Feels like a high-quality figure. - I normally do not like thigh cuts for leg swivels, but since his thighs are round, they work and look fine. The Bad: - The windshield split. I was hoping it would look better in hand, but I still wish they did not do this. - Just by looking at it, the transformation looks like no fun. - Would have benefitted greatly with some additional paint apps. A little bland on the legs, for example. The Ugly: - Square hands. - Limited use of waist swivel unless you don't mind destroying the look of his belly. - The backpack is a mess. I don't mind a backpack, just as long as it tidies up neatly. This almost does, but not quite. - Elbow joints could have looked a bit better. Hopefully no ugly surprises when transformed, but this is how it stands for me now that I finally have one. Overall, I'm okay with it. There are not many negatives, but the ones listed are major ones for me that really hurt this figure. For MP's, I want more than just a shelf queen. I want a transformation that is enjoyable. I also prefer a smooth windshield for aesthetic reasons. And a few more splashes of paint detailing would have gone a long way for this guy. I can live with most of the "ugly", but the square hands just throws me off. Sure, he is a robot, but in a fist/holding position, it looks un-natural. And putting the fingers in an open position doesn't make it look any better with the odd "typewriter" fingers. I'm not all that impressed with the car mode from what I have seen. It's rather unsatisfying to look at. I am happy that FT included frosted window parts as that improves the look for me quite a bit. I feel like I got my money's worth here. This doesn't wow me, though. But there is enough going for him that I do like him. If this is the only MP-style Kup we will ever get, I am happy with this. Out of the options we have currently, this is the best one available. If XTB ends up releasing their Locke, and it checks all the boxes for me, then Koot might have reason to worry. Shout out to QC 33.