Observations about Encore Ironhide/Ratchet

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  1. Hook

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    As you're probably aware, some of the original stickers have been replaced by painton the Encore reissues (Prime's shoulder insignias for example)

    Looking at Encore Ironhide and Ratchet, I can't help but get that cheap KO feeling when I look at those tampoed paint stripe on the sides of the vehicle mode.

    I've ordered Reprolables for Ratchet and plan on removing the painted-on stripes and apply the stickers he rightfully deserves.

    Anybody else think this is a good move?
     
  2. REDLINE

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    can you not just put the stickers over the painted stripes, so they're not "modified"?
     
  3. Gears

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    I think the painted stripes look good. I would always prefer stripes to be painted, looks more realistic. Stickers are only good for highly detailed control panels, circuitry, etc IMO.
     
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    I would think the tampoed stripes would look better (tampographing almost always looks better)... I have a feeling I'm still going to want a repro-set for Rathet's roof-cross tho...
     
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    I personally like the painted stripes (I wish the Encore Convoy had them for the silver stripe on the cab, then he'd be a must-buy) but I think it may be from my being a kid and dealing with peeling stickers.

    I guess it's all a matter of preference, though with how red and white plastic can be semi-translucent the stickered stripes may help.
     
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    I put faction symbol stickers over the tampo-ed symbols on some of the TRU/TFC reissues. Dowhatchalike.
     
  7. Jarodimus

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    QFT. But I'm curious as to how tampos could ever give more of a "cheap KO feeling" than stickers. :peoples: 
     
  8. Hook

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    If the Reprolabels are large enough to completely hide the painted stripes, I'll go down that route.

    Besides, he'll look better with a cross on his roof :D 
     
  9. Counterpunch?

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    Encore Ironhide is the second Encore figure I've purchased with poor production problems.

    Mine had paint flaking off the corners of the windshield, apparently thin application of said paint, and plastic scoring issues in a few places. It's dissapointing to open a figure like that.

    When I got my first Encore Prime his shoulder assembly was literally warped to the point it would not transform properly.

    Encore's quality hasn't impressed me at all yet.
     
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    Not good, considering the prices. $100 for a Prime that's not even made right?!?!?
     
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    I like the painted stripes. as most people know, getting a G1 ironhide or ratchet with their stripe stickers actually straight is pretty much impossible. the stripes are straight at last!

    Encore Convoy is not $100. he averages 70-80 right now, and was 50 at release.

    the point still stands though, the QC for this series is shit.
     
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    Are tampographed details not more expensive than stickers?
     
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    tampos are cool except the dodgy ones.
     
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    The only problem i have had with my E-Ratchet is one of his tank treads will pop of easily during transformation.
    but i haven't had any paint flaking or anything that makes me regret getting him.
    but then again, i keep him in the box.
     
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    ^Funny my Ratchets stay in but Ironhides pop out. ;)  Always something with these Encores. However The vanettes do have one massive redeeming feature, comedy value. Transform them and put in their cardboard heads, I defy you not to laugh.
    [​IMG]
     
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    Yeah, those look rediculous, but now i really want to get one of these guys, thanks to that picture.
     
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    They do look funny, but at least they somewhat resemble their cartoon counterparts now. I got these two in yesterday, and have had no problems. I quite like the tampo ;) 
     
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    I was a little disappointed in the looks of them when I saw the stripes. My original Ratchet has his red fists showing in vehicle mode. I don't like the white that is painted over it in the Encore.
     
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    Is it just me or are Rachet and Ironhide the crappiest toys made between '84 and "85?
    I am presently working to complete my G1 '84 and '85 collection.
    I seriouly doubt that i will add these two Bots.
    It is difficult for me to understand how they were able to design some really complex characters and achieve great success ie Dinobots, Jetfire, etc. and then fail so badly with Rachet and Ironhide.
    I just don't get it.

    AM
     
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    I like the painted stripes on the side better. However I would rather the sticker for the top of Ironhide to cover the holes, and the medical symbols for Ratchet.
     

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