the dino-cassettes reviewed - Gurafi, Noizu, Dairu, Zauru

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  1. heroic_decepticon

    heroic_decepticon Cybertronian

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    I have recently been playing catch up with posting stuff that I have photographed.

    Presenting the 4 dino-cassettes, with detailed photos here:
    1. C-121: Gurafi MIB
    2. C-122: Noizu MIB
    3. C-123: Dairu MIB
    4. C-124: Zauru MIB
    5. Collective photos of all 4
    Here's hoping that these can help collectors discern, in High End TFs' words, "the creme from the crap".
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    SUMMARY

    C-121: Gurafi MIB review
    Gurafi has a nice cassette mode and even a fun transformation, but his dino-mode just does not do it for me. It's kind of boring and just stands there upright with wings that are difficult to position convincingly. The weapon attachments to the wings also appear to be after-thoughts and do not add much utility. I think the key reasons the design was so limited is because it needed to combine, so at least that is forgivable. I would rate this as my least favourite among the 4 dino-cassettes and give it an overall rating of 6.5/10.

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    More photos here.


    C-122: Noizu MIB review
    The first thing I thought when I said Noizu was that 'I like his colour scheme'. There is something about this shade of blue he is in that works for me, somehow. To be honest, I think his transformation sequence from cassette to dinosaur is highly reminiscent is not substantially similar with Overkill's transformation. Even his dino-saur mode looks like Overkill. The similarities, of course, stop there - Noizu has additional engineering and can further transform to combine with Gurafi to form Decibel. In dino-mode, I'm not like the after effect of parting the legs for stability - it results in Noizu having '2 tails', which is weird. Noizu is otherwise my third favourite dino-cassette and I give him a rating of 7/10.

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    More photos here.


    C-123: Dairu review
    This is one of my favourite dino-cassettes in terms of the stunning box art and also the dinosaur mode. The transformation and engineering built into this little guy is very very impressive - it has easily the most complex transformation among the 4 dino-cassettes and is very intricate in its design. The transformation from cassette to dinosaur is complex and fun and so is the transformation into its combined form Legout. The teal-green colour scheme of the toy is a little odd, but suitably dino-like. The colour scheme shown on the box art and the box art itself is just stunning. I just cannot decide whether Dairu or Zauru is my favourite dino-cassette - on the one hand there is the intricate complexity of Dairu and on the other hand there is the clean, simple and effective elegance of Zauru. Man, I can't decide! Overall, Dairu gets a rating of 8.5/10.

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    More photos here.


    C-124: Zauru MIB review
    Zauru have a nice and pretty symmetrical cassette mode. It's transformation from cassette to dino-mode is simple, elegant and yet effectively achieves the key features of a 'Brontosaurus' (okay Apatosaurus, but I like the misnomer better) - it is really lanky with a long neck and long tail making it the longest cassette transformer. It is not complex like Dairu is, but there is a lot about its simplicity and its quiet colour scheme that makes Zauru mysterious, shy and yet an attractive piece. This guy is easily one of my favourite dino-cassettes - love the box art and the toy is the best all round because it achieves its intended dino mode with its simple yet effective elegance. However, as mentioned previously, I just cannot decide whether Zauru or Dairu is the favourite. Overall, I would rate Zauru 8.5/10.

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    More photos here.


    The dino-cassettes, Decibel and Legout

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    MIB with the communicators
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    More photos here.

    Season's greetings and a happy new year!

    ~ HD
     
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  2. iron maniac

    iron maniac Help Uncle Sixshot, Help!

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    Very nice, I have the KO's of Zaur and Dail. Must be nice to have the real thing. lol
     
  3. viper2391

    viper2391 Well-Known Member

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    wow! those are things of beauty. those cassettes can never be matched. Hasbro/Takara has lost their creativity when it comes to Soundwave and his minions. Its really really hard to replace the old reliable tape deck that is Soundwave!
     
  4. ae_productions

    ae_productions G1 Fan

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    Just ordered mine. Cannot wait to FINALLY get my hands on these guys!
     

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