G1 Vs Encore Bruticus

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  1. chrisr291

    chrisr291 Master of the Unknown

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    Welcome everyone! Today, I'll be pointing out the differences between the G1 and Encore Bruticus. Just some advance warning, I didn't go to the T.J. Duckett School of Photography. However, I do plan on upgrading to a lightbox and a new camera soon because I do enjoy snapping photos of my collection.

    With that said, I currently have 2 Bruticus figures in my collection! Now how awesome is that:thumbs2: ! So, since I have them both, I thought I'd take this opportunity to compare the two against one another before my vintage set goes to a new home.



    First up, the group shot.

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    Before we go any further, let me point out these differences.

    - Rub symbols on the G1 figures have an actual block they are suppose to be placed in; the Encores don't have that.

    - Detail - The panel lines/ body details on the G1's just pop out at you. The Encore's are there but they don't look as good as the G1's. You will notice this on Swindle and Vortex especially.


    - Decals - As with most Encores, the Decepticon logos are painted on and not stickers.

    METAL - G1 Bruticus was available in metal or plastic; the Encore is only plastic

    Weapons - The Encore's weapons are designed to combine; whereas, the G1's don't have that capability.

    Now since that's out of the way, lets just dive in!

    Blastoff

    Differences
    - Rub sign is on opposite arm of the original
    - Eye paint
    - Bolts on wheels

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    Swindle

    Differences

    - Color, Encore is a Mustard yellow
    - The Vintage Cannon's barrel seems larger than the Encore's
    - Bolts on wheels


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    BRAWL

    Differences

    - The cannon peg on the vintage is a weird size. One peg is larger than the other, whereas, the Encore's are not.

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    Vortex

    Differences

    - Helicopter blades seem larger on the G1

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    Onslaught

    Differences

    - Eyes - However, I think the vintage Onslaughts had different color eyes anyway
    - Back Cannon - The Encore's cannon is not modified underneath. In addition, the Encore's back cannon has uniform pegs that plug into his back. Like Brawl, the vintage has one long peg and one short peg
    - Hand Gun - The Encore's barrel seems to have been shortened
    - Ramp Mode Vehicle Launcher - The Encore has a launch feature that never made it stateside; so if you have an American Onslaught, he isn't going to have that. (If you'd like the launcher but don't want to purchase the Encore, pick up a vintage Takara Onslaught!)


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    BRUTICUS

    Differences

    - Body part colors

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    Conclusion

    For what I paid, I'm going to keep the Encore set. I paid nowhere NEAR the eBay going rate of this figure. It's funny how hard it was for retailers to move Encore Bruticus during its initial release but now it's going for 200+ on eBay.

    The vintage set is 100%, hands down, the better option. I like how the body details pop, Bruticus' body colors, and the metal. Plus, you cannot go wrong with the sub 140 price tag 100% complete Bruticus' figures are going for! So pocket the extra cash and buy yourself the vintage set.
     
  2. cybeast

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    you forgot to mention that the peg on the feet is positioned differently :D 
     
  3. Kuma Style

    Kuma Style Toy Photography TFW2005 Supporter

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    They're not: He just had the pairs of feet arranged oppositely.
     
  4. cybeast

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    oh, sorry for the mistake :( 
     
  5. Akroyer

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    Nice comparison. I didn't know all the details at the time I got my encore or I would have searched out a vintage one instead.
     
  6. Batman

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    Great comparison :)  I was quite pleased with my Encore Bruticus, mind you I only paid the $80 or so he originally retailed for.
     
  7. Snake_eyes1975

    Snake_eyes1975 Peace through Tyranny!!

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    awwwww man.

    reminds me of how much I loved that as a kid.
     
  8. opt1musaber

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    Other than the colour differences the rest of the changes I find they have actually improved Bruticus imo. At least they fixed that launch feature which I think didn't quite work with the original release, correct me if I'm wrong though. I never had the original but I bought 2 encore sets on release and I was very happy with it overall, albeit missing some diecast but not that fussed.
     
  9. Computron34

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    That shortened Onslaught hand cannon looks to be the same that was used for the US release of RiD Mega-Octane:

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    Which is weird since the Japanese Car Robots release of Dorailer had the longer, G1 cannon:

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    So it looks, to me anyway, that for the Encore set, the Japanese repainted the American RiD Ruination set. Kind of a weird circle there. But by that token, the weapons on the Encore should be able to combine like Ruinations did:

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  10. chrisr291

    chrisr291 Master of the Unknown

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    You are correct!

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    I would guess it's not that the chose to use the RID remold vs. Car Robots, but that likely the RID remold was the one available and they would've had to re-cast parts to "un-re-mold".

    BTW Chris... I think you've got Vortex's backpack turned around the wrong way in all his modes. Turn it the other way and the rotor is higher up on his back in robot mode for better ground clearance, and also the other way in helicopter mode for engine air intakes to point forward.
     
  12. Computron34

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    This is still the only G1 Scramble City Combiner I do not have. Though I do own 3 versions of this mold, never had an original G1 color scheme one.
     
  13. Matty

    Matty @StayingInTheBox Moderator News Staff

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    This is a very insightful review. It'll help me out quite a bit! Thanks!
     
  14. PrimusVsUnicron

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    more G1 vs Encore reviews plz
     
  15. Batman

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    The only issue I had with my set were with the weapons. Some of the pegs are loose when combining the guns.
     

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