TF: Animated Bulkhead Review

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  1. Aaron

    Aaron Master of Crystalocution Moderator Content Contributor

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    OK, so it's "just" a prototype, but I thought I'd start a new thread for this worthy addition to the Transformers world.

    Vehicle Mode

    The vehicle mode is a six wheeled military hauler/personel carrier. Good rounded form, looks to be rather true to the animated look. Great amount of detail where it can go, though in actual color pics I think some of it gets covered with paint apps. He's good and bulky too. He really has a solid feeling to him. The only bot mode carry-over is the enclosure for his head, and the gap in the top of his back area.

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    Transformation

    His transformation is simple, once you know what you're doing. My package came without instructions so I had to take a blind leap or two.

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    First you fold down the back ramp area.

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    Then you rotate his legs down from under his cab area.

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    A little twist folds his front two wheels into heels.

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    Next step you unfold his top area with the light bars down to the side.

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    Here his first Automorphish gimmick kicks in and his arms spring forward.

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    You just need to push his shoulders a bit to lock it in to his body. Then you have to push up and back on the front cab area to put his body into place. This activates his second automorph and flips his head around.

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    Finally you separate his back ramp and it can click out a touch to give it the bended look.

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    Robot Mode

    Awesome. Purely awesome. Really. He's a stout Mo-Fo with a wrecking ball. He's rather articulated despite the stubby legs and stout arms. Bending knees and full motion hips, and maybe even a bit of ankle motion if you want to count his wheel heel a bit. Full motion shoulder, rotating bicep, elbows, and three fingered hands on his arms. His head had two joints, and it works well. At the bottom of his neck he has what must be a rather flat ball joint, and at the top of his neck is a swivel joint so that he can turn his head all the way upside-down, while looking forward. And his head is pretty good, even in just red. The big unibrow and jaw give him a cavemanish expression, but for his body size its what's right.

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    The only "problem" with him is no hip/waist movement, but if I was that bulky I probably wouldn't twist around much either. The only kibble is the remnants of his shell on his sides, and maybe the bit over his head, but that's represented in his animation model so it doesn't count, right? He's rather agile as well, despite all of the bulk.

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    Other Gimmicks

    His two gimmicks pop up in his arm. The first, and most drastic is his left arm wrecking ball. I darn near put my eye out the first time I discovered it. It is a gumball type of launcher without springs, the only thing that saved my vision was a tether that goes back into the arm. It is activated by pulling back the orange (on the proto) tab, until it fires. The second arm gimmick is kind of odd. When his right arm is straight if you pull back on the blue (again just on my proto) tab, his arm bends back. It seems to be more tedious to bend his arm that way, than just to bend it, but maybe I'm missing something here.

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    Overall

    If you like the Animated feel, buy this guy. He's solid, and in a good way. Even though he's not human proportioned, he's got a setup that's fitting. Heck, all of his lines are very smooth, and bits that end up meeting up from across the alt mode end up lining up very smoothly in the 'bot mode.
     
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  2. EvaUnit13

    EvaUnit13 REBUILD

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    Cool, he's but too fat for me
     
  3. ThaConqueror

    ThaConqueror Rock! Robot Rock!

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    Okay, you twisted my arm, I want him now. That ice skating/ballerina pose on ONE FREAKING FOOT was the clincher.

    And he shoots a wrecking ball at you. How is that NOT awesome? Is your eye alright?
     
  4. Aaron

    Aaron Master of Crystalocution Moderator Content Contributor

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    But he pulls it off well. The design works "around" the size, not as if it's something that was added late.

    He's actually pretty good at posing. Must be the low center of gravity. Plus his hands give you 4 points to rest on, to make the John Woo poses. And my eye is fine, but just because of the string on the missile. Without it there likely would have been an incident at the workplace, and I don't think I could get workman's comp on it.
     
  5. Shin Densetsu

    Shin Densetsu I WILL DESTROY YOU Super Mod

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    Its not often we get a fat transformers thats actually meant to be fat, and I like the design, so I am looking forward to this figure. Awesome how he is stable on his hands. WIN.
     
  6. Ravenxl7

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    Awesome. I was hoping another board member would get ahold of another Animated figure early and post a review. Thanks for posting it. I can't wait to get this guy. I was a bit iffy when we first saw pictures of him, but he has definetly grown on me. Especially after seeing clips of his animation model moving around.
     
  7. KA

    KA PENIS GOES WHERE?!!

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    add some paint apps and tadaa! anim ironhide.
     
  8. QuinJester

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    Funny that Bulkhead manages to be shorter than a deluxe in bot mode, and lockdown, a deluxe, manages to be taller than a voyager. They're really using the different classes as an indicator of gimmick and mass rather than physical size, aren't they?
     
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    Bulkhead still remains the only mold in Animated I don't plan on getting simply because I do not like it. The only other figure I don't plan on getting right now is Cybertron Mode Prime because I'd rather just get the Voyager and the difference between the two isn't as drastic as what I assume it will be with the two Megatrons.
     
  10. Jarodimus

    Jarodimus the guy with that scan Veteran TFW2005 Supporter

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    Sweet, man! Nice score -- I'm officially jealous.

    I must say it: Friggin' JUNE!!!!11!!eleven!!
     
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    Thanks for the review.
     
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    Nice. I really wasn't expecting him to be that poseable. And thank god for the string. I've got a running gag that a missle firing toy doesn't really belong to me unless it's shot me in the eye. I never do it on purpose, but every one of those fuckers gets me at some point. :D 
     
  13. Hotspot17

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    Very very cool. And I love the nice simple yet very thought out transformation.
     
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    looks pretty good :) 
     
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    Thanks for the review, he looks neat but I'm still not too interested.
     
  16. darksage78

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    Love the heel thing, will definitely pick up once its released at retail =D Thanks for the review.
     
  17. joopsta

    joopsta loves Animated

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    Nice review man.
    I bought a green Bulkhead a couple of days ago.
    Can't wait to put my hands on him.
     
  18. Boardwise

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    Wow... small than I thought for some reason.
    Still, can't wait to get him.
     
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    Awesome.
     
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