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3RD PARTY TOY / COMPANY OF THE YEAR 2018 WRITE-IN STAGE

Discussion in 'Transformers 3rd Party Discussion' started by CZ Hazard, Nov 30, 2018.

  1. xZAOx

    xZAOx Yep.

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    Overall, this was a pretty light year I think. Worked out well, since it let me instead spend my budget on shelving overhauls, along with Grandus!

    Best MP Style 3P Toy of 2018
    1) XTB Crackup
    2) DX9 Gabriel
    3) XTB Flipout

    Honorable Mentions:
    FT Quietus
    FT Dracula
    KFC Sting Thing (MP? Chug? Legends? I have no idea, going with MP)
    BadCube Red Alert / Sideswipe
    MT Seekers
    Wei Jang NE01 Megamaster

    Best CHUG style 3P Toy of 2018
    1) MMC Stray
    2) Hot Soldiers Centurion
    3)

    I think this category is nearing death, heh. Really the only thing I'm buying here anymore is MMC's IDW style things.

    Best 3rd Party Giant Toy of 2018
    1) DX9 Gabriel
    2)
    3)

    Didn't buy any others, heh. Although when/if other companies get around to releasing stuff they've shown, that'll change quickly.

    Best Company of 2018
    1) XTB - Super solid releases, excellent customer service, figures coming out at a good pace once the new factory was up and running.
    2) FT - While I think they're slipping, they still put out several good MP-style figures. Their sculpts and quality continue to be fire, but their engineering is just so obnoxious. When XTB is smashing you in that department, you gotta up your game.
    3) MMC - While they didn't release much for me this year, I love how they've owned that IDW-style market, and continue to give me goodies for that shelf. Really looking forward to 2019 from them.

    Most Improved Company of 2018
    1) XTB - just not even a question. New factory came out, all of a sudden quality and finish of the toys is super high grade, FT-level stuff. The engineering is wonderful. They've always had great sculpts, but this year they really brought it all home to where they're far and away the company I look forward to releases from.
    2) Badcube - After improving with their latest round of minibots, they came out and did Sideswipe and Red Alert better than Takara. Engineering on the two was great, but not horrible either, and the figures are sturdy. They also went a long way to make each of them cartoon accurate without fake wheels and such. Great releases. I'm curious what they'll do next in the MP game.
    3) Wei Jang - from a KO company to making their own original product. Megamaster is a fun toy, with some cool ideas in it.

    I think 2019 is going to be much bigger for 3P MP, as the combiners get into full swing. KFC had no major releases that I know of - just Sting Thing, I think? And I think they're reissuing Crash Hog or something?

    So while 2018 was light, I think 2019 is going to be much more expensive. XTB's new factory is up and churning out stuff now. I think "FT vs the world" continues to be an interesting drama, where any time any company releases anything, FT shows gray protos soon after. FT has to start releasing actual toys of this stuff at some point though, lol. It used to work to "stop" people buying other things, but I think those days are nearing an end if they don't start actually putting out.

    I hope 2019 sees KFC return to form too, using the new factories. I'm stoked for the revealed PMOP, and I hope to see movement on Buster / Hydra as well.
     
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  2. CowboyFromHell

    CowboyFromHell Use my third party

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    Best MP Style 3P Toy of 2018
    1) MMC Ocular Max - Furor and/or Riot
    2) XTB - Crackup
    3) XTB - Flipout

    Best CHUG style 3P Toy of 2018
    1)
    2)
    3)

    Best 3rd Party Giant Toy of 2018
    1) Zeta - Armageddon
    2)
    3)

    Best 3rd Party Small Scale / Legends toy of 2018
    1)
    2)
    3)

    Best Company of 2018
    1) XTB
    2) Zeta
    3) MMC Ocular Max

    Most Improved Company of 2018
    1) XTB
    2) MMC Ocular Max
    3)

    Best Newcomer of 2018
    1)
    2)
    3)
     
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  3. bri888

    bri888 bte888

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    Best MP Style 3P Toy of 2018
    1) gigapower graviter - just the shelf presence is outstanding
    2) perfect effect mega doragon
    3)

    Best CHUG style 3P Toy of 2018
    1) thunder manus
    2) x2 giga raiden
    3)

    Best 3rd Party Giant Toy of 2018
    1) dx9 gabriel
    2)
    3)

    Best 3rd Party Small Scale / Legends toy of 2018
    1) iron factory cygnus- ab crunch on a figure this size? wow! even fanstoys couldnt give their ft phoenix this figure's articulation.
    2)iron factory war giant
    3) iron factory sword of atlas

    Best Company of 2018
    1) iron factory
    2) gigapower
    3) mmc

    Most Deteriorated
    1. fanstoys- charging $175 for figures with no waist swivel! not an ab crunch a waist swivel! It seems like the norm for fanstoys now to launch figures with no waist swivels. It pains me to say it because they are my favorite 3rd party company but this is their worst year so far.

    Most Improved Company of 2018
    1) iron factory- adding ab crunch to a legends sized figure. Their figures this year have been amazing. plastic crack indeed.
    2) gigapower- made great improvements with their dinos. Hopefully they can keep it up and give us the best grimlock toy ever.
    3) maketoys- once they figure out how to make beautiful face sculpts that are faithful to the source material, watch out.

    Best Newcomer of 2018
    1) magic square
    2)
    3)
     
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  4. spot138

    spot138 Proud Gee-Wunner!!!

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    I only collect MP, but here goes...

    Best MP Style 3P Toy of 2018
    1) XTB Crackup
    2) XTB Cliffjumper (Toro?)
    3) DX 9 Gaberiel

    Best 3rd Party Giant Toy of 2018
    1) DX 9 Gaberiel

    Best Company of 2018
    1) X Transbots
    2) Maketoys
    3) Toyhax / Reprolabels <--- Very important part of the hobby to me

    Most Improved Company of 2018
    1) X Transbots

    X Transbots has been CRUSHING it this year
     
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  5. Instrumentsofdestruction

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    Best MP Style 3P Toy of 2018
    1) Gigapower Graviter
    2) XTB Savant
    3) Perfect Effect Megadoragon

    Best CHUG style 3P Toy of 2018
    1) n/a
    2) n/a
    3) n/a

    Best 3rd Party Giant Toy of 2018
    1) Wei Jang Megamaster (I know his thread is labeled as KO, but imo that is unfair as it is an original design)
    2) Perfect Effect Megadoragon (yes, it's big)
    3) Gigapower Graviter (Also big enough to count as far as I'm concerned)


    Best 3rd Party Small Scale / Legends toy of 2018
    1) n/a
    2) n/a
    3) n/a

    Best Company of 2018
    1) X-Transbots (All their releases have been outstanding this year. Great finish, good quality control, better engineering)
    2) Gigapower (Every dinobot release manages to be even better than its predecessor.)
    3) Fanstoys (Still a great company with good releases, but they're in danger of losing their crown imo. FT's grey teaser syndrome is honestly getting tiresome.)

    Most Improved Company of 2018
    1) X-Transbots
    2) Gigapower
    3) MMC
     
  6. the oaf

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    Best MP Style 3P Toy of 2018
    1) Gigapower Graviter
    1) XTransbots Toro
    2) Mastermind Creations Furor/Riot

    Best CHUG style 3P Toy of 2018
    1) GCreations Rebel
    2) Mastermind Creations Drift
    3) Generation Toy Sarge

    Best 3rd Party Giant Toy of 2018
    1) DX9 Gabriel
    2) Mastermind Creations Magna
    3) No others purchased

    Best 3rd Party Small Scale / Legends toy of 2018
    1) Do not collect
    2) Do not collect
    3) Do not collect

    Best Company of 2018
    1) XTransbots
    2) Mastermind Creations
    3) FansToys

    Most Improved Company of 2018
    1) XTransbots
    2) Badcube
    3) GCreation

    Best Newcomer of 2018
    1) Transform & Rollout
    2) No products bought from any other new company
    3) No products bought from any other new company
     
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  7. Blacktimus

    Blacktimus TFW2005 Supporter

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    I'm probably going to add and edit stuff in my list up until the poll comes out.

    Best MP Style 3P Toy of 2018
    1) X-transbot Crackup
    2) Gigapower Graviter
    3) Ocular Max Furor

    Best CHUG style 3P Toy of 2018
    1) Mechfans Toys Engineer (this Huffer fits in with Hasbro Legends perfectly, looks beautiful, one of it's designs by Mech Studios... It's almost like a sub-line)
    2)
    3) Hot Soldiers Centurion (cho choo train bumblebee)

    Best 3rd Party Giant Toy of 2018
    1) Wei jiang Ultima Guard
    2) DX9 Gabriel
    3) unique Toys Ragnaros

    Best 3rd Party Small Scale / Legends toy of 2018
    1) Magic Square Extinguisher
    2) DX9 Dutch
    3) Newage Flipper

    Best Company of 2018
    1) X-Transbots
    2) Magic Square
    3) Zeta Toys

    Most Improved Company of 2018
    1) X-transbots
    2) mechfans toys (for adding original designs by Mech Studios that are great)
    3) DX9

    Best Newcomer of 2018
    1) Magic Square
    2) Newage
    3) Papatoys
     
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  8. the horrorist

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    Best MP Style 3P Toy of 2018
    1) FT29- Quietus
    2) X-TB MX-XII Crackup
    3) FT-23 Dracula

    Best 3rd Party Giant Toy of 2018
    1) FT-20 Terminus Giganticus
    2) Zeta Armageddon
    3) DX9 Gabriel

    Best Company of 2018
    1) FansToys
    2) X-Transbots
    3) BadCube

    Most Improved Company of 2018
    1) X-Transbots
    2) BadCube
    3) DX9
     
  9. Blacktimus

    Blacktimus TFW2005 Supporter

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    KO nominations have their own thread:
    KO of the Year 2018: write-in NOMINATIONS stage
     
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  10. M Alex

    M Alex Well-Known Member

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    Wasn't Terminus Giganticus 2017? :) 
     
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  11. JPrime

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    Best MP Style 3P Toy of 2018
    1) FansToys Hydra
    2) XTB Crackup
    3) XTB Flipout

    Best 3rd Party Giant Toy of 2018
    1) DX9 Gabriel

    Best Company of 2018
    1) XTB
    2) FansToys
    3) Magic Square

    Most Improved Company of 2018
    1) XTB

    Best Newcomer of 2018
    1) Magic Square
     
  12. motorthing

    motorthing Carry on you Wayward Son

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    I actually bought very little 3P stuff this year and what I did buy was about six months back at least so here goes..........

    MP
    1. XTB Flipout
    2. XTB Crackup
    3. Er..........?

    Chug
    Don't think I bought any.

    Giants
    Definitely didn't buy any

    Legends
    1. IF Rush Beats/Jazz
    2. IF Sword of Atlas/Dai Atlas
    3. Magic Square Sideswipe.

    Company
    1. Iron Factory
    2. XTB (my God I never thought that would happen)
    3. MMC

    Most improved
    XTB - take a bow Keef, you earned it this year.

    Newcomer
    Magic Sqare

    WTF Happened? Award
    Fanstoys and Maketoys - what the hell happened to you guys?
     
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  13. PANTSMAN1973

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    Best MP Style 3P Toy of 2018
    1) Fanstoys Quietus. About bloody time!
    2)Maketoys Bounceback. Its Downbeat, but black!
    3) Fanstoys Hydra. About bloody time!

    Best 3rd Party Giant Toy of 2018
    1) Unique Toys Ragnaros
    2)
    3)



    Best Company of 2018
    1) X-Transbots. By a country mile. Released a good number of quality products this year.
    2) Fanstoys. Finally delivered on Quietus and Hydra!!
    3) Magic Square. Haven't bought any of these smaller guys...............yet.

    Most Improved Company of 2018
    1) X-Transbots. Year on year improvement. Their Stunticons. What else can I say!
    2)
    3)

    Best Newcomer of 2018
    1) Magic Square. 2019 is gonna get expensive!
    2)
    3)
     
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  14. TM2 Dinobot

    TM2 Dinobot closeted otaku

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    Best MP Style 3P Toy of 2018
    1) UT Challenger
    2) MMC Azelea
    3) LS MPM Bumblebee

    Best CHUG style 3P Toy of 2018
    1) DX9 T-Beast primal
    2) PE Dragon Megatron
    3) TFC Tatical Commander

    Best 3rd Party Giant Toy of 2018
    1) JJ Jet Commander
    2) UT Bruticus
    3)

    Best 3rd Party Small Scale / Legends toy of 2018
    1) MS Ultra Magnus
    2) Papa Hot Rod
    3) IF Shrike Feather

    Best Company of 2018
    1) Magic Square
    2) Iron Factory
    3) Black Mamba

    Most Improved Company of 2018
    1) XTB
    2) KFC
    Iron Factory
    3)

    Best Newcomer of 2018
    1) Magic Square
    2) New Age
    3) JJ
     
  15. MP Collector

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    Ok. It took me a while to pull this together, but here it goes.

    Best MP Style 3P Toy of 2018
    1) Fans Toys Quietus (FT not-Cyclonus)
    2) Ocular Max Furor/Riot (MMC Ox Max not-Frenzy and not-Rumble)
    3) Unique Toys Challenger (UT not-Movie Optimus)

    Best CHUG style 3P Toy of 2018

    1) MMC Magna (not-first part of SkyLynx)
    2) X2 Giga Raiden

    Best 3rd Party Giant Toy of 2018
    1) Zeta Toys Armageddon (Zeta not-Bruticus)
    2) DX9 Gabriel (DX9 not-Omega Supreme)
    3) Wei Jiang Ultima Guard (WJ not-Omega Supreme)

    Best 3rd Party Small Scale / Legends toy of 2018
    1) NewAge H1 Flipper (New Age not-Bumblebee)
    2) Magic Square Transporter (MS not-Ultra Magnus)
    3) DX9 X34 Dutch (DX9 not-Optimus Prime)

    Best Company of 2018

    1) Fans Toys
    2) Zeta Toys
    3) Unique Toys

    Most Improved Company of 2018
    1) MMC/Ocular Max
    2) X-Transbots
    3) Unique Toys

    Best Newcomer of 2018
    1) Magic Square
    2) New Age


    Honorable Mentions - Things I Wish I Could Have Ranked on a "Best Of" List Somewhere
    1) Action Toys DX Bike Robo (Cy-kill)
    • One of the best things I purchased this year. Simple, beautiful, and it feels like it fits in perfectly with SoC stuff.
    2) All the Other Fans Toys Stuff I Purchased This Year
    • I wish I had room above to include Hydra, Rouge, and Dracula (in that order).
    • I know everyone's reactions to these figs has been mixed, but I love everything FT does. All of it.
    3) All the Other Magic Square Stuff Released This Year
    • No duds. All perfect. Love this company. So excited for what MS and New Age are doing right now.
    4) Black Mamba's OS KO/Slightly Modified MPM-4 Optimus Prime
    • It may be perfect. And for the price...it may be the best value I have ever gotten for my money.
    5) All X-Transbots Stuff Released This Year
    • None of it made my top list, but it was all good stuff that I was happy to add to my collection.

    Worst Toy I Purchased in 2018
    1) Alien Attack's El Cid (not-movie Optimus Prime)
    • Not even close. Terrible QC, mind-numbingly frustrating transformation, and more tricky panels than I have ever seen on a figure.

    Most Anticipated Releases for 2019

    1) MP Optimus Primes - I am in for all of them. Let the Optimus wars begin.
    2) Fans Toys, Fans Toys, Fans Toys - I am in for all of it.
    3) More G1-inspired Legends figs. So much good stuff to look forward to.
    4) X-Transbots 1986 movie stuff - Give it all to me!
    5) Iron Factory's DJD stuff. I am not usually an IDW guy...but there's something about this set.
     
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    I only bought one 2018 release this year but it was good so
    Chug: 1.MMC ThunderClash for a retool this thing looks great.
     
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    Best MP Style 3P Toy of 2018
    1) XTB Flipout
    2) XTB Crackup
    3) MMC Riot & Furor

    Best 3rd Party Giant Toy of 2018
    1) DX9 Gabriel
    2) WJ Ultima Guard
    3) Jinbao OS Gravity Builder

    Best 3rd Party Small Scale / Legends toy of 2018
    1) MS Ultra Magnus
    2) New Age Flipper
    3) MFT Grimlock

    Best Company of 2018
    1) Magic Square
    2) X-Transbots
    3) MMC

    Most Improved Company of 2018
    1) X-Transbots
    2) MMC

    Best Newcomer of 2018
    1) Magic Square
    2) New Age
     
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    zfarsh Big Penguin Chief

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    Best MP Style 3P Toy of 2018
    1) FT Hydra
    2) XTB Flipout
    3) XTB Crackup


    Best CHUG style 3P Toy of 2018
    1) MMC Ater Beta / MMC Beta Tfcon Toronto
    2) MMC Tarn re-issue (only other chug i bought this year...)


    Best 3rd Party Small Scale / Legends toy of 2018
    1) Magic Square Trailbreaker - best sculpt legends figure in my collection
    2) Magic Square Huffer
    3) Iron Factory Jetfire


    Best Company of 2018
    1) XTB
    2) Magic Square
    3) FT

    Most Improved Company of 2018
    1) XTB
    2)
    3)

    Best Newcomer of 2018
    1) Magic Square
    2)
    3)
     
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    Won't bother answering all the questions as this year really felt very 'meh' after an amazing 2017. Even the good figures had some terrible design flaws that should never have made it to production... I really hope 2019 brings a return to form for some and continued improvements from others.
     
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    Best MP Style 3P Toy of 2018
    1)XTB Crackup (Breakdown)
    2)XTB Flipout (Wildrider)
    3)Ocular Max Furor/Riot (Frumble)

    Best CHUG style 3P Toy of 2018
    1)MMC Cylindrus (IDW Roller)
    2)GCreation Rebel (IDW Prowl)
    3)MMC Magna (Sky Lynx's Lynx half)

    Best 3rd Party Giant Toy of 2018
    1)X
    2)X
    3)X

    Best 3rd Party Small Scale / Legends toy of 2018
    1)Iron Factory Cygnus (Jetfire)
    2)Iron Factory War Giant (Bruticus)
    3)Iron Factory Sword of the Guardian (Dai Atlas)

    Best Company of 2018
    1)MMC
    2)XTB
    3)Iron Factory

    Most Improved Company of 2018
    1)XTB
    2)Iron Factory
    3)Unique Toys

    Best Newcomer of 2018
    1) New Age
    2) Magic Square
    3) Papa Toys
     
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