FansToys FT-44 Thomas (MP Astrotrain)

Discussion in 'Transformers 3rd Party Discussion' started by eVac Z, Mar 16, 2019.

  1. mx-01 archon

    mx-01 archon Well-Known Member

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    Mostly because a lot of facial expressions look weird without them.
     
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  2. Such Heroic Nonsense

    Such Heroic Nonsense No!

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    Well, Takara tend to skip teeth in their open-mouthed extra faces with MP, but the effect with guys like MP36 and Sunny is often a bit "tragedy & comedy masks" for my liking. :inquisiti 


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    Clenched gums just don't have the same effect.
     
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    Fanstoys makes such amazing face sculpts.
    I wish the person who designs them could do the face sculpts of every Transformers toy :lol 
     
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  5. Such Heroic Nonsense

    Such Heroic Nonsense No!

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    Their Astrotrain nails his "grouchy hardman" personality where practically every other version of that character in toy form has missed it so spectacularly. Ditto: Phoneix for Skyfire, Hunk, Goose, Quietus, and Sovereign, which are among their best.

    Willis I think was the turning point for them where the fans demanded a closer likeness, which they delivered (and is still better than MP47, imho) and then they never looked back.
     
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    Quietus especially amazes me.
    That face looks like he's about to come alive.
     
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    I think it looks fine but it's an older KFC design and it shows. Main part I don't like is the feet - they attach by a single thin plastic arm which is a really poor design choice :( 

    My copy has a bit of play in the hip ratchets which is annoying, and it has the old kfc hands with the tiny fragile ball joints.

    But, it looks fine in bot mode, is posable and ticks the box for the character.

    Who knows if there will be another? The Octane wars were Unique Toys or KFC...

    I'm happy enough :) 

    Thomas blows it away though, but then it is newer and nearly twice as expensive!
     
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    Quietus is a handsomus bastardus and he knows it.


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    The only reason I don't own him is - quite literally - because I don't know which version to get! :oops: :rolleyes: 

    Image credit: @Destructimis Prime
     
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  9. ThatGuyCalledBlaster

    ThatGuyCalledBlaster No relation to the Autobot, ironically. TFW2005 Supporter

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    I hear you, the original looks better, but 29T has remolded kneescaps (IIRC?) that help to alleviate paint chipping more than the original.
     
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    After seeing bababobo’s message about not getting enough stock for preorders I sure hope I don’t get beat when show z ships
     
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    Paik talked about an issue with armature of the chest pieces. For those that have him in hand - have you noticed a similar issue? He said it looks as though the screws may strip and work themselves out when the chest coverings are worked down for alt modes.
     
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    @Paik4Life thanks for the stream. Really nice look at the figure. Looks like it’ll be another FT figure I’ll never transform.

    oh well. Overall, he’ll definitely tick a box for me. I just bought the Walmart G1 astrotrain on clearance for a few bucks, so I’m really looking forward to displaying them side by side. Lol
     
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    Mine from tfs express has shipped. Noice
     
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  14. astrotrain1975

    astrotrain1975 FT-44 Thomas is my precious.

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    Excellent. The only thing that could make this better is Berserk. Can't wait to see those two intimidating some autobot wimp.
     
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    Me too. Also noice.
     
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  16. astrotrain1975

    astrotrain1975 FT-44 Thomas is my precious.

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    I have both. The original I keep in robot mode because of the paint damage issues that come with transformation. The newer one is in alt mode.
     
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    Right? Looks fiddly AF. I hate when figures have armatures galore. It's like a set of Legos all connected by a string or something.

    On the bright side, the back looked to clean up pretty well.

    I think you can find one on youtube, but all you do is cut out a symbol so you have it on the paper by itself, throw it in a bowl of water for 20 seconds or so till the symbol separates from the backing paper...then pull it out of the water, put it on your figure, and line it up...then let it dry. I usually use a q-tip and toothpick as tools. Pressing on the symbol when it's in place to get the excess water off can be helpful, too, but you run the risk of the symbol moving...

    You get the hang of it pretty quick , though, and they look great. Also pretty hard to mess up. Worst case, you have to throw out a symbol and start over.
     
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    thanks bro!!
     
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  20. Momobots

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    Yes I noticed the "threaded pins" and thought it was really odd. What you'd expect is a smooth pin to move the pieces up and down but the thread just catches the plastic so over time that's bound to wear down. I'd suggest just being careful sliding it with minimal force. It's not the end of the world, just strange design and may post future issues as he noted.

    Honestly isn't so bad, all of the loose bits at least for the most part clean up well and don't feel so flimsy that they'll snap or anything. Jabber for example feels way worse in that regard. The exception being the parts that come up against his lower leg, just really wish that they had managed to find a way to secure those down in bot mode. Owel, doesn't detract much from a great figure IMHO.