renderForm rf-003 DJ RockBlast Universe Blaster Upgrade Kit - Preview Look!

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  1. SpicyRichter

    SpicyRichter Well-Known Member

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    I got an early look at renderForms latest upgrade kit, and thought I'd share a few pictures and opinions. This is a nice head/weapon kit from renderForm, the designer behind many of the 3rd party items we seen over the years. He has been commissioned to do a lot of stuff we've all heard of, and has started doing his own garage-type upgrade kits as well; I reviewed his Universe SkyJack/Fall head/weapon kit previously.

    The kit consists of two new head shells with your choice of two visors and three faces:
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    These can be mixed and matched to create a head to your liking, whether it be comic style, cartoon style or a mix of both:
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    The kit also comes with a very nice G1 style gun for blaster (as well as a few other accessories I've been asked to keep a cap on for now... shhhh!)
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    With the head and weapon applied, the kit gives the toy some much needed personality:
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    The plastic matches very well, and the Universe-esque head matches nicely to the design of the toy. Here are a few more 'headshots':

    Angular Universe-style head/face/visor
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    Unfortunately my camera washed out a lot of the detail on the yellow face
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    Of course there are still some unannounced gifts included in the kit, but we'll have to wait for the full review to see these!
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    In conclusion, it's a very nice set. The plastic is great quality, the colour matches well, and the detailing is sharp and precise. If I were to complain about anything, there was a bit of mold flash at the seams that I had to sand down on the neck ball-joint to get it to fit, as well as some around the weapons. The fit at the neck was nice and friction-y, and the small face and visor pieces fit into the head securely.

    This kit does what any good upgrade kit should do: it makes a somewhat undesirable toy a lot better. It succeeds here by evolving the Universe Blaster figure from a bad Soundwave repaint into an actual Blaster figure that can stand on its own; the head(s) add a ton of personality, and the G1 style gun just screams Blaster. Whatever you want your blaster to look like, you have your choice of heads as well. I can safely recommend this kit, as blasters are cheap and abundant, and it makes the toy way, way better.
     
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    Neck tab seems a lil too long.
     
  3. SpicyRichter

    SpicyRichter Well-Known Member

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    In person it looks good, really, it's not often you look at a toy from the bottom up.
    It's the same size as the original, but the original is black so it blends in more
     
  4. Hobbes-timus Prime

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    I bet it's a handshake accessory...
     
  5. Cheem The Rup

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    I can't wait to have the full kit :D  Great work master Venksta :) 
     
  6. mx-01 archon

    mx-01 archon Well-Known Member

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    It would help if people would remember that Soundwave/Blaster's neck plate collapses down into the torso...
     
  7. ORIO

    ORIO Plant-Based Bot Super Mod News Staff

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    I totally want to know what those extra accessories are. TELL ME!
     
  8. Venksta

    Venksta Render Project Creations TFW2005 Supporter

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    One of them is the backpack, that people saw. When I asked Richter to shadow some of the parts, I accidentally listed the backpack as well. There is also another part, not shown.
     
  9. ExVeeBrawn

    ExVeeBrawn Three dollar Nazi

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    Took me about three seconds to find the unshaded photo SpicyRichter still has online. So, when does that extra thing get explained?
     
  10. Venksta

    Venksta Render Project Creations TFW2005 Supporter

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    Either when people get the kits, or some else posts a review. :)  Seibertron might have a complete review up by the weekend. I gave one of their members permission to not keep any secrets.
     
  11. Auto Morph

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    Nice head, shame about the rest of the figure.
     
  12. xanthax

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    Those guns look fantastic. I'm not a big fan of the head though.
     
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    Yeah, can't wait to get this set. I had originally planned on this guy being my Classics Blaster but now own Device Label Blaster since HLJ had a great deal on him. Now I don't know where the hell I'm gonna put this guy.

    I also requested a second black gun as my bonus item, so my DL Blaster will finally be armed. :thumb 
     
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    This is awesome. I know some of you might not like the head, but I think its partially the camera angle, and partially because the head has to be a specific size in order to fit back in in Alt mode. Plus, since it was rendered in that orange/red plastic, the neck can't be black since it's all one piece for stability. I don't have a Uni Blaster myself, but this really makes me want to go find one.
     
  15. SpicyRichter

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    Call it a reward for being smart ;) 

     
  16. SpicyRichter

    SpicyRichter Well-Known Member

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    I think the head looks great... both of them fit the figure well. I'm not too hot on the yellow face, but YMMV

    Keep in mind I mis-transformed the next piece, so the head will actually sit about 5mm lower than this.

     
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    It really does look lovely. I'm really torn because it's such a nice upgrade on such a nasty figure.
     
  18. shibamura_prime

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    Very not bad. One question, though. Does the big gun store on the vehicle mode in any way?
     
  19. VengeanceMagnus

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    nice work! where are these listed?
     
  20. mx-01 archon

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    IIRC, the backpack piece that was mistakenly blacked out clamps to the bottom of the jet mode (or robot back), and the circular hole in the rifle clips onto that.
     

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