Henkei Dirge & Thrust

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  1. crasis

    crasis Yahk Deculture!

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    The Coneheads have arrived! HUGE props to Bodhar2000 for not only providing a great deal for these two, but also for the unexpected sneak attack from the postman this morning. What a pleasant surprise!

    First, before I go any further, I just need to get this off my chest - these guys' joints are nice and tight and THE LAUNCHERS FIT PERFECTLY SNUG in robot mode. PHEW! After nearly taking a hammer to my very expensive Henkei Thundercracker, this is a very touchy subject for me.

    Paint:
    I thought the funky wing deco on these would be very distracting, but I barely notice the added stripes when lining them up with the rest of my Seekers. The wing stripes are far less intense in person, for sure. Both figures are cast in beautiful, somewhat shimmery plastic (nothing too blatant, but in the right light it gives off a somewhat metallic flake finish), with colors very close to their animated G1 looks. Love the white face for Thrust, and his overall color is definitely far more maroon in person. Some pics so far have given off a cherry red look, and even my awful flash saturated pics don't do justice to the accurate colors. All in all, the paint on these is very nice, very much the opposite of the sloppy mess I received with Thundercracker.

    Added molding:
    I don't have the Botcon set, so I can't speak for them, but the extra steps TakaraTomy took here to mold these more accurately to the G1 designs makes me glad I went Henkei. Thrust's new parts are actually pretty versatile. You can keep the wings at his waist like the G1 cartoon model and toy, or flip them up to be more like the Botcon version, while the ducted VTOL fans can be removed and placed on either the rear stabilizers or on either side of the wings. I chose to remove them and place them on the underside of the wings in robot mode to keep the more cartoon look. One downside to keeping the wings in this position is that it limits arm rotation... but then again, Seekers in this mold always tend to have the wings get in the way. The wider wings on the Henkei also look better to me, as the Botcon Thrust almost has an SD appearance with his stubby wings.

    I'll add more thoughts (and photos) later today, as I play with these a bit more.

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    Edit: These guys look amazing displayed with the other Classics/Henkei/etc. Here's how the shelf is looking now:


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  2. DJCHARTERS

    DJCHARTERS Well-Known Member

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    i have been waiting for a review for these. ive ordered from bodhar too and really cant wait for them to arrive. these look awsome
     
  3. Grimlocka go-go

    Grimlocka go-go Back from the Dead TFW2005 Supporter

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    Those look awsome!

    I am soooo glad i preorderd these insead of putting down half a grand on the botcon ones.

    Now i'm just hoping they get here sometime this year :D 
     
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  4. Trailbreaker77

    Trailbreaker77 Veteran TFW2005 Supporter

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    Cool, glad to hear they are showing up I paid Borhar 2000 a while back for these I expect them by the end of the week then.
     
  5. 0R10N P4X

    0R10N P4X Banned

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    How much was it for the pair shipped?
     
  6. G1Wheeljack

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    Awesome! Can't wait for mine to get here.
     
  7. aprim

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    Im gonna get them, but the thurst looks weird.
     
  8. crasis

    crasis Yahk Deculture!

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    $130.00 USD shipped, so $65 each.
     
  9. rizuan76

    rizuan76 Banned

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    Whoa nice Crasis. I'm not really into them Seekers/Coneheads but damn these looked good man! :thumbs2: 

    Thanks bro for the detailed & in depth review of it.
     
  10. 0R10N P4X

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    Not bad then, I got my pair for 124 usd shipped.
     
  11. T16skyhopp

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    If money and availability permits, I will get these at botcon. Look sweet.
     
  12. Maverick Hunter Christian

    Maverick Hunter Christian Choke on that, causality!

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    Dammit. That's it. Resolve broken!
     
  13. Satomiblood

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    These look really nice. Although I'm going to end up selling mine anyway (I was too late in cancelling the order).
     
  14. lord ginrai

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    Ah maaaaannn, Thrust really does look amazing!
    You just convinced me to get him.
     
  15. revlimiter

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    Sweet, sweet Dirge. I can't wait till you're mine.
     
  16. Powersa

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    Nice review. Dirge looks great. I think I like BotCon Thrust better but that's just me.
     
  17. influence82

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    This makes Henkei Ramjet the only henkei seeker with bombs. The Botcon 2007 Thrust and Dirge had bombs instead of guns as the firing missiles. It looks like that TakaraTomy took the Starscream mold, added some parts and improved the sockets. Even the chome is the same as Henkei Starscream.
    Question: Can you move Dirge's wings back like Ramjet? Are they fixed?
     
  18. PoweredConvoy

    PoweredConvoy Randy of the Allspark

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    They won't rotate back like Ramjet's.

    Randy
     
  19. soundwaveCA

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    I cant wait to get Dirge as not only is he my fav seeker but that looks awesome. Thrust not so much though, I think the gray wings and the bright face really drag him down so I'm probably going to end up selling him off at TFCon.
     
  20. TCracker

    TCracker おもちゃは今とても暑いです

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    Mine coming next week but I will be in France...!:banghead: 
     

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