1.) Joints seem tight enough, I've had no issues so far. Comparable tightness to Feralcons 2.) Nose cone doesn't lock in bot mode, but seems to hold well enough. 3.) No paint chipping I've noticed. I had a couple tiny splatters of the light purple, but apps look good and seem resistant to wear. 4.) Figure holds just fine in all modes. The wings are the only place that could be easily knocked out of position in alt mode if you're being slightly careless with it. 5.) no clicky ratchets that I've found except possible the combiner port. 6.) Maybe lighting. It's not super dark, but I wouldn't call it pale either. 7.) if you shake it hard enough in alt mode the wings might flop a bit, but everything holds together just fine when giving it a decent shake out. 8.) I think you get a little bit more bang for your buck with the feralcons, but Air Burst seems priced fairly for the 3P market. 9.) This feels different then TFC. I definitely like it better than TFC's Phantom, but not *quite* as sturdy as a Herc member.