Magic Square-Toys legend scale not Ultra Magnus, Seaspray and Sideswipe

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  1. Mercutio

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    I like the lighter blue (and silver grill) so much more, but happy they're making an alternate version for those who want him.
     
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    The question now is when will he be available?
    When I do get him, he will be displayed in robot mode temporary until the better looking robot mode MF UM2.0 comes out. Then I'll re-position MST UM to alt.mode just to be different...and show off another UM with red bumper, lol. I wonder how the alt.mode of MST UM is scale with WST Heero UM since the cab looks so small. I see MST really cutting corner on the ink. I don't care about the box being just line art, but the trading card should have color like version 1.
     
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    Why do they even do these at this point? I got two different error cards with their Hoist, and the one that came with their Optimus was messed up too.
     
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    I’ve never even looked at them. They could have “haaah haaah” written on them and I’d be none the wiser. Waste of time/ink as far as I’m concerned but maybe others cherish them??
     
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    to make it feel "premium" maybe? added "swag"? a throwback to old G1 toys (did old G1 toys come with collectors card)? can't say i'm excited when i see one, nor can i say i'm bummed out when my bot doesn't come with it. if they want their products feel "premium" or have an added "swag", at least pack it with an RMB coin or bill with the likeness of...let's say Prime or Hoist, instead of Chairman Mao or Pres. Xi Jinping. i'd be down with a Unicron (planet mode) shaped RMB coin LOL
     
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  6. JeremyGui

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    Maybe they should ditch the card for better paint/finish? No offense to those who like 'em matte :p 
     
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    Unless I'm totally misremembering, all G1 came with was the tech specs you cut off the back and the instruction booklet. Oh and the catalog and the little red decoder to read the tech specs. LOL
     
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    I would take something like the little energon cubes that came with the NA Insecticons; some kinda of little display piece.

    The cards just get dumped in a drawer with the instructions.
     
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    The trading card also has no use for me. I completely agreed with better paint, QC, more accessories over trading card anyday. My objection earlier, if you are going to include a trading card, then make it looks presentable/premium. Otherwise, don't bother with it.
     
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    Gather 'round, children, and let Old Man Broadside tell you about the history of Transformers collectors cards...

    If I remember correctly, this all started with the Takara book-style G1 reissues in 2001. If I remember correctly, Hasbro started adding collectors cards beginning with Armada a year later. After that, it just became a thing that was expected.
     
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    I don't think I bought any Armada figures. I've bought very few of any of their figures outside of MP in years. I had no idea where the collector card thing came from. I guess in a sense I prefer it to the G1 version of cutting off the bio from the back of the box... but only barely. It's just another thing that goes in a drawer somewhere.

    Thanks for the history though!
     
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  12. Max Rawhide

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    Some of the BW2 and BWneo figures I bought also came with collectors card. It must hus predate the 2000 G1 reissues.
     
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    Oh, that could be. Possibly Car Robots 2000 had them too.
     
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    I'll likely be getting the new cartoon color version. I kinda wish i had waited on getting him so i wouldn't have to sell my original one. I also kinda wish someone on shapeways would go ahead an make a skull face for Delta Magnus so I can use him as Shattered Glass Magnus.
     
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    I posted this on another Magic Square Powered Convoy thread, but no one seems to go on that one, so I'm reposting it here:

    Mine came in over the weekend, so here are my two cents!

    Powered Convoy is quite nice, though with noticeably fewer paint apps. The only ones missing that bum me out are the lack of painted in windshield wipers, and the unpainted raised "equals" sign on his right shoulder. The painted wipers on Ultra Magnus in particular were a really nice detail and made it feel a bit more like a tiny MP in truck mode. He's also missing the painted fake headlights on his waist. I don't miss them too much, but maybe painting them in the same yellow-orange as are on his legs would have brightened his torso up a bit. The bumper and grill on Powered Convoy are silver paint this time around, but it's such a nice, smooth, glossy silver paint that I wasn't sure that it wasn't chrome until I did a side-by-side with Ultra Magnus. In pictures it's much more obviously paint, but in hand it's REALLY chrome-y looking. I prefer this as chrome wear is always a concern when it comes to handling figures, and it also means the grill lacks the ugly "tear" that was common to the Ultra Magnus version where the chrome was separated.

    The joints are nice and tight. REALLLLLLY tight. Almost too tight. Apart from the hips, which are kinda floppy, but no more so than they were on Ultra Magnus.

    The light piping seems to work a lot better on PC than UM. I think the blue plastic is a lighter shade, allowing more light to pass through. The emerald green chest glass looks gorgeous, and I vastly prefer PC's silver face and antenna to UM's white paint. That said, the masking on the silver on PC is more slapdash; it doesn't go all the way up the bridge of his nose, whereas the white paint on UM's face completely covered his facial area.

    The orange base plate is...fine. It's a big plastic orange square. I don't have much use for it unless I were to get more of them and connect them, which I probably won't.

    The unpainted black trailer hitch on his waist is accurate to the trailer hitch being black on the Diaclone toy, so that's fine. The side panels of the truck mode that fold out of the legs should have been grey tho. That's the one major inaccuracy from the Diaclone toy. It also would have also been nice if they'd put the little yellow circle on his crotch that the MP figure has and that the early TF Movie trailer version of Magnus in the PC colors had.

    Overall, Powered Convoy is very nice, but does feels a bit corner-cuttery with the paint apps. The only new one is the big blue triangle on his chest, and he's lacking a number of apps that UM has. The one's that PC has aren't as neatly applied as Ultra Magnus. But DAMN does he pop on the shelf visually. For the extra money that PC costs over UM, you're getting that orange plate, and a limited color scheme. That's it. So if you're on the fence, and don't have a color preference, UM is the way to go. But if you're like me and LOVE the Powered Convoy color scheme, this version won't disappoint.
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    The collector cards might be carry on from hot soldiers, spike art has a passion for cards hence they all came with cards. Around about the same time hasbro did theirs too. I have a bunch of tf cards, some with very nice artwork but they are not toys...

    Yeah magic square cards are junk they shouldnt waste their time.
     
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