Discussion in 'Transformers News and Rumors' started by is456, May 3, 2018.
one flaw with this mold is this big hole.
It's funny how the studio series figures have been so good except for ONE THING each that could have been fixed before release. Sometimes there's an easy fix that makes the figure almost perfect and sometimes there isn't.
BB - Roof falls off
Ratchet - Roof rack on back
Crowbar - Dreads don't fold up well enough in vehicle mode
Stinger - Back ninja star things are wonky
Optimus - Back kibble doesn't fold up enough
Starscream - Can't think of anything major. Is he the most perfect one?? Lockdown looks pretty perfect too but it's hard to tell without in-hand pics
Blackout - Silly hands
Grimlock - Butt flap doesn't stay up in dino mode all the time, also dino mouth doesn't look good closed
Megatron - Large side gap
Brawl - Main tank gun becomes large unsightly weiner
A lot of these “problems” you’re describing are highly subjective or QC variable. My Bumblebee’s roof does not fall off, and my Grimlock’s flap doesn’t droop at all in dino mode. Similarly I have no problems with Prime’s perfectly flush back kibble not compressing enough. I guess the gas tanks stick off a bit? But I don’t think that’s a big deal at all, and it certainly doesn’t detract from all the awesome things the figure does right.
The thing that bothers me the most about this fandom is the constant nitpicking. A figure can do so many things right, but if ONE THING is wrong, it’ll get focused on and the figure will become “trash” in the eyes of the fandom. Case in point: Studio Series Megatron. Since reveal, this figure has been praised to high heaven for his size and accuracy, but now that we’ve seen his back kibble from the side, apparently all the good points of the figure don’t matter anymore.
I'm less concerned with Grimlock's butt flap than all the massive gaps where i can see through his body, his upper dino torso being almost 2 dimensional (flat), and leg proportions being quite off. He looks STUNNING from 3-4 angles, but really bad from most others. He's one of my least favorite of the group. I wish they'd made Dino mode the primary focus and cut the corners on bot mode instead.
I got to bold the text so it's get noted :
Seriously, I'm feeling that the Studio Series is a "near finished" product.
I mean they have this movie accuracy thing but ALWAYS comes up short at the end.
They're just this close but they leave it right away.
It's like you're given the climax then suddenly it's over an instant :
I do hope hasbro will get asked about these "shortcomings" in an interview be it Hascon or some toy con event. I hope they don't to evasion mode on this like what they did to MPM-4 :
I'm sure even if his robot legs collapsed just a little bit more for dino mode, he would look much better. Those crazy long dino legs are what throws me off the most with that figure.
That's one of the big issues. They really aren't Dino legs at all, but human legs that are passable from some angles.
In some ways I actually prefer the old leader class. That dino certainly wasn't screen accurate (looked more like a chinese dragon than a t-rex), but for what it was it looked pretty good from most angles. Of course I custom painted mine. The factory colors were beyond awful.
^The colored brown accented old LC Grimlock? :
When did dinosaurs learn to color accent their skins? :
Seems you missed the point of my post or I didn't say it clearly enough. I LOVE the studio series. To me it's the best Hasbro toyline in many years. However, a lot of the problems I noted are NOT subjective OR QC-based, but are instead really odd problems that make some of the figures feel unfinished. I admit that I stretched it a bit to make a full list, but also the issues you listed out as not bothering you definitely bother a lot of people, if not most of the people on the boards and are things that could have easily been fixed.
Like, who in the fuck looked at Ratchet's roof rack hanging off his ass and said "yep, that's OK and not worth one more hinge to clear up" or who looked at Brawl's ding dong between his legs and thought "yep, that's a finished product that no one will find odd". They mostly seem to have one thing that makes them feel like someone didn't have time or money to fix, and that's weird.
And just for 100% clarification: I LOVE THIS LINE AND HAVE PLANS TO GET ALMOST EVERY FIGURE THAT'S BEEN ANNOUNCED/RELEASED.
I also think it's fine to be a bit more picky when the prices are what they are for the size of the figures. They may be more involved, but when they sit on the same store shelf/peg with figures in the same supposed size class, it's hard to swallow the small $20 Deluxes when the larger $16 PotP Deluxes are right there.
Scale also means NOTHING to the common shopper who's kid wants a new Transformer, so the pricing argument goes out the window there.
I am not a fan of the line, but that Megatron is a definite"bought in sight/site" for me. Don't care about the chest gap, as it will barely be noticable posed with the arms not above the head.
I have to agree here, I love the line, I'll be getting Brawl and Megs and I'm sure I'll love them to bits. That said the tank barrel and hollow sides do put a dampen to my hype.
Im still waiting for someone to show how he would look with his shoulder cannons trying to hide the chest gap.
I modded my leader Megatron with a 3rd party arm + paint on his face, so I feel a lesser need to pick this version up...
...but he looks awesome so screw it, I’ll take one. Plus altmode looks way better of course. Not bothered by the gap in his chest too much.
Hey no hard feelings, I guess I did miss the part of your post where you said you liked the figures. I'm not trying to start a pro-Hastak circlejerk, cause they certainly screw up more often than not, but it's just disappointing to see so many people focusing on the negatives rather than the positives of these figures. Having handled all of the Studio Series figures released so far, it's clear that some questionable design choices are holding the figures back from perfection. But IMO they're still easily the best mainline scale representations of those characters (or at least those specific bodies/forms). My frustration wasn't directed at you specifically.
Same here! I actually thought it was annoying how many times I've seen that one pic of this megatron from the side. It's all over instagram and the forums. I don't particularly care, but it's still an odd thing to ignore as a toy designer. The only thing I can imagine is budget was the reason.
....in regards to that hollow side view....apparently the shoulder cannons can be folded back in such a way that they cover that gap.
So, that's good.
My Starscream has issues with one Leg Tab, and one Ab Tab. and looking at him from straight top down, his backpack is not flush.
All of these toys have individual QC Issues, and Design Quirks.
I am not keen on that dull gray plastic. I'll just wait for the Takara version with the better paint apps Waitaminute...
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