Replica (KO) Transformers Discussion Thread

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  1. Thundershot

    Thundershot The guy with 28 Sweeps

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    It seems that every thread around here that involves knock off transformers (or replicas as I prefer for the high quality ones) degrades into a war between the two camps. This thread is NOT about the morals or ethics of these figures, nor is about how to distinguish them (we've got a thread for that), it's about the figures themselves, specifically the higher quality Zhong Jin ones, what is coming down the road.

    If you don't like KO Transformers, please keep your negative opinion out of this thread, since I would like to keep it positive to neutral at the least.

    Onto the topic...



    I've dug around a bit, and have made a skeletal "checklist" of the figures that have come out so far, but I'm stumbling on all of the variations. I'll keep this first post updated with any information you provide.
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    Optimus Prime (red)
    Optimus Prime (black)
    Optimus Prime (clear)

    Devastator Giftset (green)
    Devastator Giftset (orange)
    Devastator Giftset (yellow)
    Devastator Individual Carded Figures (green)

    Superion Giftset
    Defensor Giftset
    Menasor Giftset (coming soon)

    Metroplex
    Metrotitan

    Shockwave (gray barrel)
    Shockwave (purple barrel)

    Bumblebee
    Hubcap
    Seaspray
    Beachcomber
    Cliffjumper (red)
    Cliffjumper (yellow)
    Cosmos
    Brawn
    Warpath
    Powerglide
    Outback

    Prowl
    Sunstreaker
    Wheeljack
    Sideswipe
    Red Alert
    Springer

    Mirage (blue)
    Mirage (red)
    Mirage (clear)
    Mirage (black)

    Grimlock
    Swoop
    Snarl
    Slag (gray)
    Slag (clear)
    Slag (pink)
    Sludge (gray)
    Sludge (clear)
    Sludge (pink)

    Cyclonus
    Scourge
    Reflector
    Octane
    Gnaw

    Shrapnel
    Bombshell
    Kickback

    Frenzy/Ratbat
    Frenzy/Laserbeak
    Frenzy/Laserbeak (Buzzsaw)
    Frenzy/Laserbeak (White)
    Frenzy/Laserbeak (Black)
    Frenzy/Laserbeak (Clear)
    Frenzy/Laserbeak (Orange Clear)
    Frenzy/Laserbeak (Blue Clear)
    Rumble/Ravage
     
  2. Thundershot

    Thundershot The guy with 28 Sweeps

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    Did they do a Prowl remake? What about Bluestreak?


    We've also got the ones supposedly coming down the pike: Blue Bluestreak, Marlboro Wheeljack, and Fortress Maximus. Any others?

    Also, I know I'm missing some cassette recolors... Anyone know of others? Did Ravage/Rumble get recolors?
     
  3. chrisr291

    chrisr291 Master of the Unknown

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    I want to know why the KO makers have YET to make a Diaclone colored Bluestreak!! Wasn't that the big rumor some time back?
     
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    chrisr291 Master of the Unknown

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    Ceerad Well-Known Member

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  6. Thundershot

    Thundershot The guy with 28 Sweeps

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    I didn't include things like that because they weren't part of the new age "practically reissues" that have been coming out since 2005...

    Did the other Dinobots have pink or clear variants? I see a "black" Snarl, but he looked gray to me...
     
  7. Insane Galvatron

    Insane Galvatron is not insane. Really!

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    I have almost all of these. All the molds anyway, not all the color variants. I do want a black Prime and a red Mirage though.

    I thought there were two different companies doing these? I know some of them are fantastic, others are not so much. For example, Octane is as good as the real thing while Scourge feels like a better than average KO.
     
  8. Thundershot

    Thundershot The guy with 28 Sweeps

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    Really? I know a different company did Metroplex and Metrotitan... (I need to add them) did they do Cyclonus & Scourge too?
     
  9. Wyvern

    Wyvern Velvet Sanchez

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    I have a green Devastator being shipped to me as we speak.
     
  10. MegaMoonMan

    MegaMoonMan www.megamoonman.com TFW2005 Supporter

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    Aside from a couple pins, the KO Defensor is as good as the real deal. It's the only HQ KO I have, so it's the only one I can really comment on for quality.
     
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  11. The Crazy Collector

    The Crazy Collector Well, that's just Prime! TFW2005 Supporter

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    I assume you're just talking about G1 stuff?

    I've seen (got) what I'd call a transparent G1 Prime. It's not clear plastic, but rather transparent red, blue, etc. Similar to the "Crystal" Henkei Wonderfest Prime from 2008.

    I've also seen gold plated (ala Lucky Draws) complete G1 Primes (cab & trailer) recently.
     
  12. Insane Galvatron

    Insane Galvatron is not insane. Really!

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    I don't know the breakdown as to which ones they did, but I do know they did more than just Metroplex. And their stuff is bit lower quality than the others. I'd almost guarantee Scourge and Cyclonus were done by the same people that did Metroplex. Why? The first Metroplex KOs had chrome tape/stickers on the legs instead of the legs being chrome. Scourge has blue stickers on top of the boat mode instead of blue paint. Seems like they go for shortcuts instead of G1 accuracy like the other company.
     
  13. payton34

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    It's been a while since I've handled the original, but the KO Shockwave is just as good, IMHO.
     
  14. anubis20

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    ill be getting that Menasor KO giftset once it comes out.
     
  15. Thundershot

    Thundershot The guy with 28 Sweeps

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    I just added Bumblebee and Gnaw to the list.

    After doing some research, Cyclonus and Scourge are Zhong Jin. The only other thing the other company did was another (lesser quality) Devastator.
     
  16. Doug

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    I agree. I've ordered myself one about three months ago and I am pleased with it.

    The only problem I have with it is the gun barrel keeps falling off.
     
  17. Wyvern

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    G1 Metroplex did come with chrome stickers on his legs and Scourge came with light blue stickers on the top side of his boat mode.
     
  18. Magnus' Mate

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    Despite being notoriously anti-KO (mostly on the moral/ethical side than quality/value issues), I am edging closer and closer to wanting to get one. Can anyone confirm the quality of Wheeljack (I heard there was a leg problem?), Sunstreaker, Slag and Swoop? Ta.
     
  19. BigPhill

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    Wasn't there a variation of some of the Mirage versions with gold chrome instead of silver?
     
  20. Insane Galvatron

    Insane Galvatron is not insane. Really!

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    Did your research indicate how we can tell the difference between the lesser quality Devastator and the higher quality one?
     

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