Magic Square Toys Legends Size Soundwave

Discussion in 'Transformers 3rd Party Discussion' started by Megawillbot, Oct 10, 2019.

  1. Snaku

    Snaku Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2006
    Posts:
    9,769
    News Credits:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    287
    Likes:
    +22,792
    Ebay:
    The sides are definitely more important but if the back is bad, it usually shows from the sides as well. I don't do a lot of from the back posing but I do some. Look how much better MST Optimus looks than NA Megs in the following pictures. These would've worked much better with MST's Megs.

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
    • Like Like x 4
  2. NOCV

    NOCV Cretin of Kaon

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2007
    Posts:
    5,877
    News Credits:
    7
    Trophy Points:
    287
    Likes:
    +15,635
    It could be a cost compromise. Skip some added materials, manufacturing, and assembly costs to cover something that most won't ever really look at, so that that expense can go to making the tapes.
     
    • Like Like x 4
  3. LoserBroadside

    LoserBroadside Your ship just came in.

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2002
    Posts:
    6,080
    Trophy Points:
    337
    Likes:
    +2,280
    Ebay:
    Twitter:
    Damn, it looks incredible! The back is a little clunky, but I can live with it. I do wish the battery weapons stored in the middle of the back and not on the sides like that. But that's a small nitpick. I wonder if Laserbeak is the same size as Ramhorn and if they would work in each other's chests
     
  4. TheRebirth

    TheRebirth Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2018
    Posts:
    485
    Trophy Points:
    132
    Likes:
    +2,137
    No debate there - you can definitely come up with a shot where NA megs looks bad. And all things being equal I'd prefer a clean back to a messy one. But the point is most people don't naturally take those shots. Go through any of the photo threads (which aren't contrived for the sake of a discussion) and tell me how many photos do you see where the back of any character (not just Megatron) is visible.
     
  5. Snaku

    Snaku Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2006
    Posts:
    9,769
    News Credits:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    287
    Likes:
    +22,792
    Ebay:
    Excuse me? Contrived? I took those pics months back to share in the Show Off Your Legends Figures thread and they were very well received.

    Go through a photos thread, huh? Challenge accepted.
    [​IMG]
    Courtesy of @Nebrobot in this post in the 3P MP appreciation thread.

    [​IMG]
    Necrobot again from this post.

    [​IMG]

    Necrobot again (noticing a pattern here) this post.

    [​IMG]

    And a simply gorgeous shot from @phazed here.

    Not everybody is content to just stick their figures front facing in a case forever and call it good. Yes, they're few and far between but I'd say that's likely because most TF figures don't look that good from the back (I did that NA Megs pic in spite of his back not looking great). These pictures are so much better than the "look at my pretty robots all in a row" pics.
     
    Last edited: May 28, 2020
    • Like Like x 6
  6. mark4flair

    mark4flair Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2017
    Posts:
    2,954
    Trophy Points:
    222
    Likes:
    +4,945
    Received my balance request from showz for Soundblaster as well.
     
  7. TheRebirth

    TheRebirth Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2018
    Posts:
    485
    Trophy Points:
    132
    Likes:
    +2,137
    Maybe cherry picked would be a better description. If you have to go back 14 pages to find 4 examples, most of which are by the same person, how big of an issue is it? There's probably another 5 or so that we missed, but even still, it's fairly rare. And most of the photos in the Masterpiece thread are not of the look at my row of robots variety. In my own collection, I have maybe 5 back photos, and all of them are pretty cool, but that's out of hundreds. I don't avoid them intentionally, I just take what I like. It comes up, just not that often.
     
    Last edited: May 22, 2020
  8. TIKnTIN

    TIKnTIN Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2020
    Posts:
    742
    Trophy Points:
    132
    Likes:
    +1,124
    for me it has nothing to do with pose-ability for photos. it has all to do with just completeness as a whole with the figure in hand. and i would normally hold that true for both bot and alt mode, but i think more priority on bot mode. but in this case it's a cassette tape deck which on the real thing, no one even really looks at the back. if this was a car, plane or types of alt modes then sure, but even those you give less consideration for the bottoms of them (well less so on a plane), so why are we nitpicking on a cassette tape deck back??? o_O  sure, we'd all love a 100% complete bot and alt mode, but that's not realistic in most cases and there has to be some compromises and limitations.
     
    • Like Like x 2
  9. Snaku

    Snaku Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2006
    Posts:
    9,769
    News Credits:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    287
    Likes:
    +22,792
    Ebay:
    I'd say it's a pretty big issue for that one person :p  I mean you can keep your NA Megatron and MP Bumblebee if you want but I want my Transformers to be action figures. I don't expect miracles and I'm pretty forgiving with kibble, screw holes, backpacks, and even small to medium gaps in the back (Mp36 is about as much as I'm willing to forgive, though), but I want my figures to be mostly good looking and photogenic from any angle.

    Exactly. The back of Soundwave's tape mode is basically the same as the underside of a carbot.
     
    • Like Like x 4
  10. gaseous clay

    gaseous clay Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 2, 2017
    Posts:
    1,601
    Trophy Points:
    197
    Likes:
    +5,438
    Yeah, I just want a new legends Soundwave, because this just doesn't work anymore:
    irritated.jpg
    He may have been fine back in the day, but this just doesn't fit with the current crop of Legends. Would it be cool if this Soundwave had a smooth looking alt mode? Sure. But really, as long as the bot mode looks cool, its all good to me.
     
    • Like Like x 2
  11. Megawillbot

    Megawillbot Well-Known Nuisance

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2018
    Posts:
    1,664
    Trophy Points:
    177
    Likes:
    +3,218
    53B3EB8F-0BA2-40C8-9ADF-4C98F8A6FE58.jpeg
     
    • Like Like x 1
  12. gaseous clay

    gaseous clay Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 2, 2017
    Posts:
    1,601
    Trophy Points:
    197
    Likes:
    +5,438
    I did spring for those chest and back fillers for NA Megs, which just came in today:
    meg vs op side.jpg

    They do help the back a lot:
    meg backs.jpg
    But I know some people would be aghast at spending nearly $24 for a couple of pieces of plastic just to fix their NA Megatron.
     
    • Like Like x 5
  13. FredVIII

    FredVIII human germ!

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2005
    Posts:
    1,709
    News Credits:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    232
    Location:
    Brooklyn, NY
    Likes:
    +4,395
    Looks great! How close is the color match on the grey?

    Edit: And how's the plastic quality? Grainy or smooth?
     
  14. lilcarus

    lilcarus Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2006
    Posts:
    4,103
    Trophy Points:
    262
    Likes:
    +7,297
    looks good and at 5-10 that is an awesome deal. but the extra 24 on a 50-60+ megs is definitely a bridge too far for me.

    but the back does look perfect now. it is just a shame he cant alt with that stuff on.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  15. gaseous clay

    gaseous clay Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 2, 2017
    Posts:
    1,601
    Trophy Points:
    197
    Likes:
    +5,438
    Pretty smooth. The color's not a perfect match though:
    meg filler side1.jpg
    meg filler top.jpg meg filler side2.jpg
    The grey is lighter than the figure, the red is close, but not quite.
     
    • Like Like x 8
  16. FredVIII

    FredVIII human germ!

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2005
    Posts:
    1,709
    News Credits:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    232
    Location:
    Brooklyn, NY
    Likes:
    +4,395
  17. NOCV

    NOCV Cretin of Kaon

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2007
    Posts:
    5,877
    News Credits:
    7
    Trophy Points:
    287
    Likes:
    +15,635


    Yeah, we definitely need a bigger Blaster now:
    Untitled-1 copy.jpg
    And the tapes are bigger:
    Untitled2.jpg
     
    • Like Like x 10
  18. Blazing Mewtwo

    Blazing Mewtwo Decepticon Lover

    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2017
    Posts:
    5,157
    Trophy Points:
    247
    Likes:
    +6,732
  19. Charlock

    Charlock Well-Honed Blender

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2018
    Posts:
    1,171
    Trophy Points:
    177
    Location:
    NE, USA
    Likes:
    +1,967
  20. NOCV

    NOCV Cretin of Kaon

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2007
    Posts:
    5,877
    News Credits:
    7
    Trophy Points:
    287
    Likes:
    +15,635
    Only If you're ok with Blaster being a centimetre taller than Soundwave is.
     
    • Like Like x 1