General Upgrade Kits Thread

Discussion in 'Transformers 3rd Party Discussion' started by ziltama, Nov 30, 2020.

  1. HAL237

    HAL237 Star Saber Backer #3034

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    I’m surprised no one has designed a Matrix holder for SS86 Hot Rod yet! I’ve been messing around with my copy lately, and I feel it’s possible for a part with a 5mm peg to be engineered to tab into the highlighted slots, with enough clearance to store the Matrix in the chest cavity…

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    There technically isn't a need for one because he never had one, only Rodimus did. You of course can do whatever you want with your own figure, but one hasn't been designed because there's no real demand for it. Magnus has one through JRC because he actually carried the Matrix at one point.
     
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    HAL237 Star Saber Backer #3034

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    Yeah, I’m aware that Hot Rod never had one in the 86 movie; I just think it would make for a fun add-on, given the figure already comes with a Matrix accessory but nowhere to properly store it.
     
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    He doesn't have proper storage, but Magnus with the JRC upgrade sure has a place for that extra matrix
     
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    HAL237 Star Saber Backer #3034

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    Yes, I own it.
     
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    This is something I was thinking about doing as well for transformer toys. Not sure which to get or how to learn how to use it. So I would like to know your experience since I don't want to invest in it if I will end up in over my head.
     
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  8. Hyoumaru

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    Saw this on eBay and I'm SO tempted to buy them, that tilted foot deal on the Siege/Kingdom Magnus mold has always deeply irritated me. Those pegs look concerningly small though, has anybody else gotten these, because I'd feel more comfortable with some feedback before buying.

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    I got a set on the way
     
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    So either black or purple repaint of the existing? I'd be ok with the black.

    I see what you mean. The head sculpt may pose a problem indeed.
     
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  11. ziltama

    ziltama Mods, molds, and casts. Also full of hot gas.

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    The 2 different sets of SS86 Grimlock clear parts + sword parts on eBay are definitely made by 2 different groups. The ZX / MSS sets have a pretty cool LED sword and have clear yellow parts (clear painted over with clear yellow). A newer set of colorless clear parts started to show up along with a black / red deco LED sword. I thought they were just recolors but they're not. The quality of the clear parts is not as good as the ZX / MSS sets. The black / red LED sword is much smaller with a fairly janky LED setup that doesn't work nearly as well as the ZX sword.

    I mentioned the colorless clear parts in an earlier post. This is for the sword. ? which group makes the 2nd set.

    In pics and in certain angles, the swords may not seem short at first. In hand, though, they're small. The annoying part is that the handles are undersized, so they just slide out of hands when held upside down. The side ports strangely fit correctly. The actual print quality is pretty good except for the bottom of the hilt. It's fairly rough there with print supports not removed. Picked those off, which then left unpainted areas behind. At least black is easy to match.

    Unlike the ZX sword which simply works by plugging in the blade, these ones require removing the blade completely, pushing the LED cap firmly onto the battery, and then putting back together.

    In certain views, it may not seem small, but better off for voyager sized figures and maybe even taller deluxe figures.
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    Comparison with ZX sword on left. The ZX sword also lights up better.
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    Another size comparison: ? group on left, ZX in middle, repainted shockwave lab on right.
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    I'll be getting the T-wrecks recolor of the Go Better set and TH UM hammer set in soon. Hopefully they'll turn out better than some of the recent sets we got.

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    Now that I think about it, those swords that look like Shockwave Lab KOs are probably these smaller ones.
     
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    I still haven't gotten a shipment notice for my ZX Studios Grimlock kit from TFSafari. Kinda giving up hope at this point.
     
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  14. ziltama

    ziltama Mods, molds, and casts. Also full of hot gas.

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    Some more eBay related listings:

    Final TH Gladiator Megatron set pics via sweetmall:
    Shield Pauldrons Weapon Upgrade Kit For Siege Gladiator Megatron 3D DIY Set | eBay
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    Sweetmall also listed another Tracks set which is different than the MW one. Be careful with their listing as it has options for both:
    Newly Designed Missile Weapon Upgrade Kit For Kingdom Tracks Two Options | eBay

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    I don't have these Stunticon bots to know about problems attaching combiner hands, but here's a printed nylon add-on:
    Fasten Parts Upgrade For Combiner Wars STREETWISE Dead End WILDRIDER LIGHTSPEED | eBay

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    The first SS86 Slug / Slag listing may be a combo one from different groups. Gap fillers and the repurposed KFC hands. We've gotten a few other of these KFC hand sets before, and bluntly, they suck. The fingers implode and are not stable in staying together. I also have the sneaking suspicion that the custom hand adaptor just plugs into the collapsed hand instead of actually replacing it.
    New Design Filling/Movable Hand Upgrade Kit For Studio Series SS86 Slag Pre-sale | eBay

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    Still need some Kingdom Galvatron hands from someone...anyone? Please?!?
     
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    I hate those freaking diagonal feet so much! :p 
     
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    Shattered Trousers That thing Ratchet needed.

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    Got the Dinobot Kingdom Upgrade Kit today! :) 

     
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    Yeah, those repurpose hands SUCK. I have a set on SS86 Grimmy and they're really not great.

    Hoping someone will do replacement horns for Slag too, without holes, in red and silver.
     
  20. ziltama

    ziltama Mods, molds, and casts. Also full of hot gas.

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    Shockwave Lab finally posted stock pictures of their transport vehicle as well as announced a LED kit for the Ark. @Black Convoy
    There's already listings on eBay for the transport vehicle but nothing yet for the LED set.

    SL-109: LED light with magnet throw. Magnet switches are a pretty good idea to avoid destructively placing a switch.
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    SL-110: Transport vehicle. Stand for Ark in alt mode. Compatible with A.I.R. Lock ramps.
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