Discussion in 'Transformers Feedback & Reviews' started by Pixelmaster, Dec 2, 2022.
Transformers Legacy Evolution Comic-Universe Tarn, I found him at Target the other day and snatched him up instantly. There's a lot of love for the character in this design, that much is obvious. The figure itself is fantastic, the vehicle mode is good but not great.
Bot mode pluses:
+ all around awesome, lots of presence and very accurate
+ nice sculpt
+ very solid
+ no excessive kibble or hollowness
+ great deco, lots of paint, nice uses of translucent plastic
+ fantastic articulation in general, elbows and knees that go past 90 degrees, ankles that tilt up/down, opening hands, rotating wrists
+ very easy to pose and balance, stands on one foot with no trouble
+ joints are all the perfect tightness
+ WFC-standard 5mm ports in proper locations
+ 3mm stand port in the back of the crotch piece
Bot mode minuses:
- shoulder joint is very high compared to the character design
- the lightpiping doesn't work that well on the eyes or the chest without a direct light source pointing into it
- feet are hollow from the back, cannons are hollow on the sides
* there is a very specific angle where the head works in alt mode, the instructions don't make clear how this works and there's no secondary alignment element to help out, but the head has to be angled in diagonally - not flat - to allow clearance for the brushcutter and the top panel to seat properly.
Vehicle mode pluses:
+ very accurate sleek Cybertronian tank sculpt and deco
+ mostly quite solid
+ front cannons have 3mm blast effect mounts, main cannons have 5mm blast effect-compatible openings
+ top turret rotates, front cannons can pivot out
Vehicle mode minuses:
- deluxe-sized vehicle mode
- sizeable gap in the middle of the vehicle between body and middle treads
- fists uncovered in the back
- shoulders-as-treads can angle up slightly at the shoulder joint
- sculpted wheel sliders underneath instead of true rolling wheels
Tarn is a fantastic Transformers figure, and the only reason it's not an A+ is the small, less-than-perfect vehicle mode, but it's not enough to damn the figure very much. The budget went into making a great figure, one that's very whole, completely articulated and filled in, with deco choices that go the extra mile. Vehicle mode is doing its job, making the best of what it has to work with, it's small and could be a little better, but I'm not unhappy with it.
Maybe not with all of their comic-accurate modes, but I don't think the DJD are totally out of the realm of possibility now that the floodgates have been opened with Tarn here
Kaon definitely wouldn't be an electric chair, but he could be a chair. As ridiculous as it sounds, we've gotten weirder and less functional alternate modes in the last few years (Earthrise ramps, whatever SS BB Soudwave and SS The Fallen turned into, to name a few). It would also at least have the play functionality of being a chair for Tarn and other figures to use. Vos could easily be a 5mm compatible gun in the core class scale
And I think Helex and Tesarus' vehicle modes are so non-descript that I can't see it being an issue. I don't see why what a character does in fiction should predictate whether or not they get a toy when their designs are perfectly serviceable. We get plenty of Movie Optimus toys after all
Which Q&A was this do you know?
I got mine today and gave him a couple transforms. Overall he's pretty decent with no real hollow limbs or anything. Vehicle mode is ok and looks nice from the front, but it definitely feels like they ran out of budget along the way. The lack of wheels, the jutting knee spikes, and the exposed hands all take it down a notch. To be fair I don't believe Kultur has wheels either.
I'll transform and compare the vehicle mode of Tarn to Kultur later as it's been a while, but I don't regret having gotten Kultur.
Below are a couple comparision shots in vehicle mode. Looking back at the comics, neither one is extremely accurate, but both are close enough for me. Kultur does manage to hide his hands well and has folding knee spikes which really do help. Tarn has a decent amount of space behind the front treads they probably could have rotated the forearm into with some more time and budget, but it isn't the end of the world.
He's really excellent. Overall reasonably intuitive to convert, his tank mode actually looks like something, well articulated, great color scheme. Just a very good toy.
My one and only complaint (and I realize it's accurate to the comics) is the asymmetrical fusion canons. I really wish they were mirrored of each other, but that's really minor a complaint.
I really keep thinking that's prime universe dreadwing
Very happy I never broke and got Kultur during either it's original runs or it's inflated aftermarket prices.
Got this from HasbroPulse today.
So far I'm rather lukewarm to it. It's a decent figure, but has almost no depth to the build. It feels rather insubstantial, which is a big let down. Compared to Jhiaxus and WrekGar, both of whom I feel are amazing Voyagers, Tarn is barely there when viewed from an angle other than the front.
It's too bad, as I feel the design would have so much shelf presence if it just had some substance to it.
I just received mine from Pulse today and am still formulating an opinion on him, but so far he's looking pretty good . However, I think I agree on the comment above. I like the asymetrical fusion canon in concept and as they were rendered in the comic and by MMC. Here though they lack the silver coloring present in those versions and I do think it hurts the design. Specifically, without those silver highlights I think the canons don't look distinct enough and clash a bit as a result. The silver bits make them look distinct and the absence of that paint app here leaves them looking mismatched because they're not different enough.
Still impressed overall, though not blown away.
On the cannons, if you mount one on the side and one on the top it makes it look more interesting.
Yup . It's what I do. Looks closer to comic accurate
That first pic is fucking avatar worthy
Looks good with Megatron...
...until you pose him firing his cannons.
That shoulder joint is awful.
Anyway, looks pretty good overall, despite the near lack of depth and shoulders.
Impressive articulation that allows some very dynamic posing.
I do really like the alt mode.
Well color me strange, but now that I have had both in hand, I gotta say I prefer Hasbro's voyager over the MMC Kultar version. Never thought I'd say that but I do.
My thoughts exactly, now we just have to wait a few years for the rest of the Decepticon Justice Division
Unrelated but is that a retrolabels set on Megatron for the black helmet or did you paint it? Because it looks good.
Also a hybrid of the Earthrise and Siege bodies, with added Optimus hands for articulation.
I thought the character was kinda meh in the comics but he has a great design and translates very well to toy form.
Yeah I agree
The first pic is great
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