TFTM '07 - Deluxe Dropkick

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  1. megatroptimus

    megatroptimus Translatorminator

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    Yes, another atrociously and illegally obtained stolen test shot... If you don't like that, please leave this thread NOW.

    No photos, my in-laws borrowed our camera for 3 weeks.

    ALTERNATE MODE

    Definitely the nicest alternate mode of all movie toys with '08 Bumblebee. The deco (sparkly grey with purple fading to light metallic blue on the doors) is awesome with the huge Decepticon symbol on top. Unlike Energon Demolisher, it really works. The bed cover is removeable (it pegs into the bed). You can flip down the tailgate but it won't stay down, it's spring-loaded. Strangely, the tailights are part of the tailgate instead of the truck. The clear windows, headlights and foglights, clear yellow secondary lights and clear red tailights are a nice touch, very Alternator-esque. No licence plate, no painted mirrors. Silver rims. Doors cannot open because of the transformation. Overall, the sculpting is amazing for a deluxe. Actually, amazing for any size class.

    TRANSFORMATION

    Split the front end in two and move the halves to the sides. Extend front bumper to form the arms and move the bumper halves toward the forearms. Flip down the hand cannons. Split the rear of the pickup truck in 3 pieces. Fold the tailgate against the bed's floor and fold up the center piece (with the tailgate) toward the cab. Swing down the waist/legs unit (remaning 2 rear pieces). Swing out the lower legs to the front, extend them and fold out the feet/heels. Fold down the windshield halves on the chest. Fold down the piece with the tailgate behind the cab. Rotate the rear sides of the truck up (to form "wings". Swing the hood halves up and doors will move forward (they're spring-loaded). Swing the shoulders toward the back and peg them to the cab. Finally, lift up the top of the cab to reveal the head and rotate the pointy things on both sides to the rear. Place truck bed cover in the fist, slide down the button to extend the capture claw and rotate to open it. You're done! The transformation is complex and satisfying, the best I've seen so far on a deluxe. So much stuff going on, you won't be bored!

    ROBOT MODE

    Awesome. The color mix is beautful once again, a lot of mechanical detailing on the chest (with a tiny Decepticon logo in the middle). Legs can be posed Starscream-style or regular-style (what is the game showing?), very stable, articulation is very excellent (head, shoulders, elbows, hips, knees (2 different joints), ankles. Weapon is a bit big though. Headsculpt is once again very unique, never seen anything in that style before. Only one tiny problem (that I will soon fix) : right shoulder doesn't want to peg to the torso. Nail polish will fix that quick. Left shoulder uses a different peg and has no problem. At least, the right arms is not flopping around like it would on Brawl, it's still very solid. Also, the feet has 2 little bars that serve no real function (à la Barricade) that be be swung up.

    Overall, this is probably my favorite deluxe figures. I can only see '08 Bumblebee surpassing it (and Payload, who knows) surpassing it.
     
  2. Gears

    Gears buh-buh-body ya Veteran

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    Argh, no photos for 3 weeks?
     
  3. megatroptimus

    megatroptimus Translatorminator

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    Nope, sorry. We already saw plenty detailed pictures for that one anyway.
     
  4. megatroptimus

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    Double post.
     
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    Is it true his head looks like a robot bear head? If so, I'm sold.
     
  6. megatroptimus

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    No. Actually, his head reminds me of Piranacon.
     
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    :(  There goes my Bear custom idea. Still gonna get Dropkick though.
     
  8. dasaffe

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    I can't wait for this one. How's the scale in alt mode? Does it look like an appropriately sized truck or a little small?
     
  9. megatroptimus

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    Just noticed the capture also works in truck mode (that's why the tailgate is spring-loaded. Also, the claw itself has a CNC-like finish. He's bit on the small side for a pick-up truck compared to Jazz, for example.
     
  10. Dirge121

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    From the pictures weve seen, its hard to tell, the colour on him:
    Dark Blue or Purple?

    Also, does his Vehicle mode still work without the capture bit?
     
  11. megatroptimus

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    Hard to say... I'd say it's a slightly purple-ish Ford blue. :p 

    You can leave the bed cover off in truck mode, it looks just as good.
     
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    How well would the figure work for being modded into Energon Prime post-diet?

    Or even an Alternators Prime that has chest windows?
     
  13. megatroptimus

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    Looking at it again, it's more dark purple than blue. Also, the legs cannot be straight, he has to be posed like SS. But that's cool with me.

    Could be easily modded into Prime, head is on a ball joint. I could see BW10th Primal's head on that body. Repainted red, it would be kickass.
     
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    Thanks for the indepth review!
    BTW is there any place for the weapon to be holstered in robot mode other than the hands?
     
  15. megatroptimus

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    You're welcome!

    Weapon can only be handheld, it cannot attach anywhere else on the robot.
     
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    chaosbringer_00 I am indescribable.

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    And megatroptimus comes through yet again with a great review of an unreleased figure. Thanks dude! I really want this guy, he seems to hold the movie aesthetic the best of all the game characters (IMO). Shame his weapon can't be stored in 'bot mode, but that's hardly uncommon or a big deal. Any idea what wave he is? Isn't he part of the wave that comes out after '08 BB, Arcee, and Dreadwing? Wouldn't that be Wave 4, then?
     
  17. megatroptimus

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    His wave will be Payload/Longarm/Dropkick (the wave after '08 BB/Arcee/Dreadwing).
     
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    Ah, thanks.
     
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    Rodr-Evil Lucifer's children TFW2005 Supporter

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    nice review but still no pics?
     
  20. megatroptimus

    megatroptimus Translatorminator

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    Read first post.
     

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