Discussion in 'Transformers 3rd Party Discussion' started by Optimis prime, Mar 19, 2019.
this is what should be. smart online purchasing.
Ko stands for $16 shipped from China if anyone's interested. You can save a bit on shipping if you buy more.
Dammit man I just bought a stand from ebay for nearly double.
Mine just arrived from showz. Havent transformed him yet but with a bit of massaging i got his torso to mostly tab in. It isn't perfect but it's good enough for my shelf. A tiny bit of sanding on the weapons made them fit right into the hands too. Not seeing any visible stressing or weird spots from pin issue yet either, but will find out after transformation
Dinobot breaks the internet.
Ok, after transforming it and being careful mine works pretty well. The sides get fairly close together and everything but 1 half of the tail works. 1 side doesn't pull up far enough to make into weapon mode. It doesn't seem to be a pin as both of those turn smoothly. It almost feels like the red rotating part inside the end of the tail is just too big to pull up far enough. Pretty happy with mine.
Pretty much the same with me. It's just one half of the tail that if forced it looks like it's gonna snap clean. Imma try to push the pin before I attempt messing with it, also I will transform it when I get back from work to see if there's something else too.
I had the same issue with the tail, then I took the blunt end of an exacto and used it to push the red part up....it worked and there were no breakages and everything went to where it needed to be to tab in properly.
so you just brute forced it? Hmm mine seems to go 3/4 of the way and then if I release it, it slowly recedes. Don't really feel confident with the damn thing.
yup. It's what I do.
Right...It's here finally.
Good news: To be honest I'm less disappointed than I expected to be after all the horror stories. The joints, tolerances, tabs are mostly stiffer and more troublesome than the original but mostly (see bad news) not to the point at which things have broken or not worked as they should. I had the second (see bad news) most trouble with the tabs on the backs of the robot knees, the tab just would not go in without EXTREME force...but once I'd done it once it got easier. The sides of the torso DO tab in on mine....most things tab in as they should with varying degrease of ease and success. I was able to go from robot to beast to robot to beast with no serious issues and no paint chipping...something I can't say for the original.
The colours generally match the original a lot closer in person, they're just a little more vivid. I'm even considering swapping the (working electronics) robot mode head from IT-02 for my (battery drain stricken) head from the official.... The dino hide is more noticeable different, its more glossy and less even with more imperfections then the original on account of it being painted more traditionally, but its not bad it's just different. The butt covers are nice touch, nothing I needed but nice none the less. The die-cast robot feet and tighter ankle joints in both modes DO improved stability which does make me happy.
I don't really have a strong opinion on the accessories. The golden disk is thicker and no longer says "The Sounds of Earth" due to the moulding being of centre....this neither upsets or pleases me. The sword is pretty much identical to the original as far as I can see...so that's fine. The faceplates don't look any more or less flawed than the ones I have for the orignal...so gain no harm no foul. The stand...well its alright but it looks even cheaper than the original due to lack of metallic flake in the plastic....but it does its job just fine.
Bad news: Due to all the tightening up of joints and tolerances things are definitely more prone to breakage and I broke something. Now I will say I blame myself first, TT's original design second and IT's tightening of the joints in question third. So what i did was.. I broke the tail weapon. I didn't need to transform it.. I've always found the tall weapon silly and have never displayed Dinobot with it plus I HATE the way it's engineered. However I wanted to do it once just so I know it worked and well... it didn't. The joints you need to pop out to allow the ends of the tail to rotate back over itself are so tight that I 'had' to apply excessive force and the plastic around it snapped...I should have just left it. An hour or so of berating myself and carefully gluing things back together and I have a perfectly functioning tail that no longer turns into a dumb helicopter 'weapon'. It's annoying but I can live with it.
What else is dumb is that the sword no longer tabs into his hand....it's fixable I guess but even for a KO it seems like it shouldn't have gone into production with such an obvious error. Although I said most things tab in as they should there are some exceptions, some of which I think can be fixed with a little filing or applying of glue/polish, the only one that really bothers me is the legs don't seem to want to line up right when you lock then in place at the knee...I don't plan on displaying him in robot mode but it does bother me as thus far I haven't found a solution.
All said and done it's not the home run or well polished package IT-01 was. Instead it's a flawed but passable KO of a pretty difficult to KO figure....it feels to me like IT rushed this out and if they'd taken a little longer about it they might have produced a better product. I think I got a 'good' one...so I'm ok with it but I would not recommend IT-02 unless we see some improvements in future runs. For my purposes this will do me fine, it'll be my beast mode Dinobot and at less than half what I paid for the original I can put up with it's sort fallings.
For the sword i just sanded the brown paint off the handle and it fit perfectly.
Thanks I figured that was one of my options however I may just keep the sword as a spare. As i said IT-02 will likely stay in Beast mode most of the time.
Well, Oh My Primus says they can’t give a refund on the down payment and shipping because of QC issues. I can either get it shipped, or put the money towards the Takara version.
I did throw around the idea in my head of taking this one and painting him into a Grimlock, but sounds like adding more paint to him won’t help the transformation issues.
So it-02 showed up and when I took him out of the box I was pleasantly surprised with how good he looked and felt, then I transformed him and the exact same thing that happened to Ben in his video happened to my dinobots foot, it completely snapped off at the orange peg, I wasn’t even using force just slightly moving it and bam
He also has the tabbing issue on the robot sides which isn’t that bad compared to the foot breaking and both of his weapons don’t fit in his hands. I took him apart to do the mod @Chopper Face did and it was going well until a spring on each arm popped out and i don’t know where to put them back in, so now he has floppy arms in bot mode, I took a pic of the springs if anyone knows where they go that would be awesome.
So I’m not too impressed with this ko but then again it’s a ko but then again infinite transformation have done good kos before so i don’t know what to think.
I also managed to fix his foot so he’s going to stay in bot mode and I gave his tail to the original mp41 as it fits perfectly and doesn’t look out of place.
Lastly in my honest opinion the no brand ko is better than this. Come on IT
These are the springs that came from his bot mode shoulders, the circular bit under the copper shoulder pads
Pic of the tabbing issue
And mp41 with it-02s tail
I received my IT-02 from ShowZ today. Checking it briefly in robot mode it has the torso gap and non-fitting weapons issue that seems to be on every copy. Quickly sanding the pegs of the weapons resolved the fitting issue. Checked all the articulation joints and so far no breakage. I guess I'll try transforming it later today, hopefully it can survive that.
Out of the box it seems to be worth the $82 or so I paid for it. I never got the official as it wasn't something I was interested in, so I can't compare with the official, but in robot mode at least it feels decent enough. So as long as I don't encounter breakages (fingers crossed), I'll be satisfied with it.
That said, I'm never pre-ordering an IT product again.
Yup that's pretty much my take away from this.
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