DNA Design DK09 SS Megatron Upgrade

Discussion in 'Transformers 3rd Party Discussion' started by Mr.Deflok, Jul 24, 2018.

  1. TFXProtector

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    Got this set in on Saturday.

    Of the two (Megatron and Ironhide), this one is the weaker set. It's shoddy feeling (in spots), too much flash and too many sprue points (jagged, mind you) and the fit and finish is not up to snuff.

    It was due in October, according to the front page, and it seems like it was still somehow undercooked, while being late by a good bit.

    That said... It does look good in robot mode, both with the normal and weaponized arms and the torso fill of the wing assemblies. (It's like... Hasbro, really? C'mon, they did it... ) and tank mode looks a lot better and filled in more. Also, more film accurate.

    Transformation has never been a strong suit of this figure, I've always found it rather annoying to do, what with forcing this and that through this opening (that barely fits) and snapping that over this while holding this here and forcing that there... Meh.

    The new gun arm makes it even worse and good grief, that uneven wing thing... Ugh. (Yes, I know it's been addressed by other posters, so I'm not bringing anything new to the table, just angry/venting.)

    On the plus side... Removing the gun arm actually makes the transformation easier, even easier than the Hasbro stock configuration. Everything has just enough clearance and locks together nice and tight.

    Problem is, that makes him a definite partsformer. So it's back to kind of sucking, for me.

    I would say it fixes more than it breaks, it does make the transformation easier (though that's the fault of Hasbro's design, they didn't get tolerances and clearance right...) and it's stupidly easy to install.

    Oh, and lest we forget, you end up spending on one figure/one kit, which is actually cheaper than spending on two versions of basically the same figure to get the "kinda" , "sorta" , not really "same" results, (...sort of) plus added features not included in either version of the figure. So, keep some of your money and buy the original figure, don't buy the Target repaint/remold, but get this kit, and you'll save $5.00 but have the best of both worlds.

    The splitting seam on the gun arm is infuriating, though. Good grief, the quality is lacking in the execution. Ugh.
     
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    Nice! The replacement head is a waste - using it would mean swapping out a battle-damaged head for a battle-damaged head that's demonstrably worse - but the rest is exactly what I've been looking for.
     
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  4. mtl79

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    I can't tell what they're upgrading, they should at least put it in gray in the pictures....
     
  5. Scourgatron

    Scourgatron Heavy Metal Flamewar

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    Sucks this thing is a step up from garbage.

    Mines stock head cant even turn. Even after shaving shit down, the neck peg twists with it
     
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    I'm very excited for this set, but I was definitely expecting a non-battle damaged head... That would've been a large part of the reason for me to purchase... At this point, I'll at least wait for pics to see how good the paint/plastic match is. A normal head would've made it an instant pre-order.
     
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    Looks good except it looks like they used more of a gold instead of a copper on the fingers.
     
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    It's incredibly pointless for them to include it. I'm not sure what purpose it serves at this point. Other than better paint. Good grief.

    Not sure if serious...

    Basically, it's a repaint of the original kit that fixed issues with the original Megatron, such as wings for the vehicle mode (which is film accurate) but this set is also more or less color matching to the Target exclusive repaint with the damaged head.
     
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    No not serious :)  I was just reflecting on the practice of showing parts in gray given the current figure is gray lol....
     
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    All I can think is that they're going for absolute minimum effort, such that even modifying the mold to not have the extra head at all would be too much like work. If so, I'll be sad, because I was hoping they'd fix some of the issues people reported with the gun arm.
     
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    Even with the added wings, his alt mode doesn’t look screen accurate
     
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    This is great and all!  I have the first DNA Kit and love every minute of it and plan on getting the DNA kit for SS Ironhide as well.

    Put this aside, I would like to see DNA do something for SS Brawl!!!  This guy needs BIG and HUGE improvements! 

    Knock knock...DNA please create something for SS Brawl!!  You did it with Ironhide you can do it with Brawl!!! 
     
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    Oh god damn it! Of course, why was I surprised, it's so obvious. Obviously I'm gonna buy it now, grumble... grumble.
     
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    Simiar issue that I had. I used some pliers to push that fat pin down
     
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    This set should have had a clean head, no?
     
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    It doesn't.
     
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    Dillpickle This looks like cool place to kick it!

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    Some new feet with ankle tilts and new arms with proper hands would be awesome!
     
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    finally! but I was hoping for an undamaged head option to balance the counterpart.

    ah well, no big worries, I just hope the QC is a little better than the other set had so nothing breaks or splits because of being moved.
     
  19. LipSmack

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    Hence "Should have had"....
     
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    Sorry, not my first language :p .