Impossible Toys TFcon Exclusive Nightbird

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  1. Vangelus

    Vangelus Long Live the New Flesh Moderator Content Contributor

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    Didn't see a thread for this yet, so here are my thoughts before I record a video later this weekend.

    I went in knowing that the Valkyrie mold pulls the trick that many have credited to Animated Lockdown first, in that her vehicle mode is a lot smaller than her robot mode due to nearly folding in half. The box is pretty f'n cool in my opinion, very compact and tight.

    Now, the first question many will ask is: does the q/c have any merit? On mine, there were no egregious paint slops or mold errors I could see. The right bicep swivel is loose, but that may be a case of tightening a screw.

    Big fan of the transformation scheme, mostly because it remains simple while accomplishing a lot. My only real problems with the Valkyrie side of the mold is that the arms are pretty thin, and the shoulderpanel-to-chest locking mechanism doesn't entirely work due to tolerances. While those are issues with the mold, they're more niggling than egregious to me.

    Nightbird's unique features are her colourscheme, head, and additional weapons. The headsculpt is really nice IMO (I believe it's a Venksta special? ;)  ). The new weapons include a light sword, two sais, and two clips to fasten the sais to her wrists for storage.

    The primary point of concern Nightbird gives me:
    The weapon grips are all juuust a little too large for the fist hole. It feels as though they were designed without any paint, and that extra thin layer of thickness threw off the calculations. I believe it would be safest to sand down the weapon handles slightly, at least on mine.

    Overall? As others have said, it doesn't have the polish of a Fansproject or TFC release. But those guys are also the top of the 3rd-party game. This release is more akin to the Shadow Warrior: objectively it is a decent 3rd party release, and had FP and TFC not stepped the game up exponentially, it'd not be as outshone.

    Is it worth the price? Objectively, yes. I really cannot agree with the IMO kneejerk reaction of saying it should only cost $20-40, because if one considers the logistics of a 3rd party release (and a limited run of 1000 at that), that is patently ludicrous. Does it lack the fit and finish of the top-tier 3rd party stuff? Definitely, but I do not feel ripped off, just as the Shadow Warrior did not feel like a rip-off to me at $50.

    Many have been spoiled by FP and TFC's sheer levels of quality, and it certainly is not to their discredit. But it does mean that companies like PerfectEffect or Impossible Toys will come under much harder scrutiny by the larger audience. If you expect that level of quality, you may well be disappointed. This is a release that is far more comfortable for the 3rd party enthusiast than the mainline TF collector.

    I am satisfied with mine, and would mildly recommend it to any fellow followers of the garage kit/3rd party scene. If you want mainline quality, then definitely try to get a hands-on demo of one first, though.
     
  2. JazzEd

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    It's good to hear that the Nightbird mold seems to be better the Arcee. I got mine yesterday and there are tons of issues with it, mainly the paint. Do you think that the darker color scheme helps with the paint apps?
     
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    I'm going to have to bump this, after talking to Vangelus and finding about this review.

    It sums up Nightbird really well. If you expect FansProject quality, what are you doing wanting this figure? This is simply a GOOD third party item - likely an 8-10/10. FansProject does 11+/10 all the time.

    For the record, I did my video review RIGHT AFTER I took it out of the box. I need to do some sort of followup if only because I now know more about the figure than I did to begin with.
     
  4. Protoman

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    Like I said in another thread, this is an example of the creators learning from mistakes and it's A LOT better then it's Arcee/Valkerie predecessor.
     
  5. SAF7

    SAF7 LOVE this game!

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    Mine is pretty good (I actually have the same problem Vangelus had with the arm, and am currently trying to use nail polish to correct it).

    The chest doesn't really lock in too well, and you kind of have to work the head around to loosen up the neck joint (do be careful with this). Biggest problem I have are the weapons. The light sword does indeed seem too thick for the hands (there is now a crack in the right hand and it took forever to get the sword out), though the guns seem fine. The C-clips are entirely too thick for the sais, though, and they barely peg in, and come off at a breeze.

    However, after reading about Arcee, I will say that the Night-bird is much better off.
     

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