FANS HOBBY MB-15 Naval Commander (Armada Optimus Prime)

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  1. RoboW4rrior298

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    Opened my copy. Very very minor cracks on the hinge except a more visible one on the main hinge to swing the cab forward but nothing I'm that worried about right now. Definitely will take care.

    I made it to base mode and nearly super mode but didn’t have enough time to connect the two halves and have a mess around as responsibility calls.

    @Kuma Style I can easily see how possible it was to crack or break those grey hinges mine were tight and there’s quite a lot of weight on either end to account for too.

    I won’t be changing mine very often I don’t think. The most gentle I’ve ever been with a figure and I’d consider myself very light handed on figures that don’t have issues like this.
     
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    Exactly what I think. It seems to me that it's more a plastic issue than a pin issue.
     
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    That’s mainly why I’m repairing my copy where I can. I’d rather just fix some of the issues and take a chance instead of maybe getting replacement parts that will have the same cracking issues. So far that seems to be going well!
     
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    Did you fold it without extending the hinges?
     
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    Cancelled my pre-order.

    Think I'll wait to see if the next batch corrects the current issues.
     
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    Sorry for missing that!
    I used a very thin plastic toothpick and this super glue pictured below. Only applying a very thin amount over each of the cracks. Waited for those to dry for a day and did a second coat in the exact same spot right over the previous one but slightly wider so it would cover more of the surrounding plastic and “hold” the whole thing together.

    So far that seems to be doing just fine. The cracks haven’t gotten bigger and haven’t caused any stress marks along with it being thin enough to still have the hungers move freely without causing additional tension.
     

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    Great review.
    All things considered, I think Naval Commander is an interesting toy, but ultimately fails to be either a CHUG or a MP version of Armada Supebase OP.

    The key aspect of Armada was specifically the interaction with mini-con figures, to unlock weapons, features and transformations. This is why Superbase OP packed so much value into the base mode. Boxes and ramps are no substitute for that level of interaction - it's a sterile, unfaithful, crude adaptation.
    With its designs for Superbase OP and Megatron, FH has thrown out of the window Armada itself.

    In comparison, what we have seen so far for "FH Energon OP" is much, much closer to a MP representation of Fattimus Prime -helped by the lack of ambition of the original material, of course, but still closer to that ideal.
     
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    Is there a trick to connecting Prime to the trailer for super mode? I can get hook just fine but can’t seem to really get those tabs to peg in. I did it once but I’m not 100% what I actually did..is there a good spot to apply force to solidify the connection?

    Also, that chest piece with the chains is awful design. Easily my most disliked part of the whole transformation and so fiddly. More worried about that breaking than the cracks..
     
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    They've mailed replacement hinges and I think once I get a feel for this figure I'm honestly just buying another to keep them in separate modes forever. It honestly rubs me like a brittle time bomb so I'd rather just play it safe even at an expense.
     
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    Personally from the look of it I don't mind the chains, but hey, if the worse happens he still seems to be able to transform, just as a partsformer.
     
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    Wait what, you already got replacement hinges on the way? I emailed them about that and they still haven't got back to me. Is there a certain email to use? I used the one on their site
     
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    I just messaged them on FB?
     
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    Oh damn, okay, thank you! ^^
     
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    So far only the top part of the cab hinge seems to be showing signs of wear I think it’s definitely the plastic they’re using everything else seems to be holding and I’ve transformed him back an forth a few times already. I feel like any kind of moisture ie grease oily hands lubricants would wear it out quicker
     

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    I just realized what Naval Commander's plastic reminds me of... Fans Toys Tesla. No wonder it's cracking.
     
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    Thanks a lot for this.
     
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    The core robot itself is fantastic I almost wanna get another copy just to load up the base mode full of mini cons, would be such a nice display.
     
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