Mastermind Creations R-08 Azalea In-Hand Images

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  1. uranusdd

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  2. RMStunticon

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    Interesting how the card has a pic of the figure instead of artwork.
     
  3. zfarsh

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    very nice pics, thanks for posting
     
  4. TENIME_art

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    She is gorgeous.

    How is the plastic/how are the joints?
     
  5. wingheaven7

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    If she is anything like the shadow version, absolutely flawless. The figure is light, and the joints are a nice balance between stiff and buttery smooth. No ratchets, a few ball joints. Even the thinnest plastic bits feel durable enough. The sword swivel being the most fragile feeling to me.
     
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    The face is truly terrible. The pink is better than the original silver, but it's just a horrible look.
     
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    Very nice. This color version beats TFCon2014 version for me. Thanks for the pics.
     
  8. jamarmiller

    jamarmiller S.K.A.R. LEADER

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    Waiting for Elita 1'
     
  9. LiamK

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    She is a nice figure, although she does lean towards "nice display piece" over "a nice toy" a bit more than other MMC figures.

    I might be doing something wrong, but does anyone else find that she can't look up because a small pink plastic bit that sits right behind her head is in the way?
     
  10. Robogeek28

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    Those comparisons with Rodimus are crazy.


    Mass shifting indeed. :) 
     
  11. Kuma Style

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    Beautiful!

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  12. Rodentus prime

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    Nice pictures and all - but there are other threads for pure photoshoots - some review comments would be helpful.
     
  13. Kuma Style

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    Toy is nice.

    Good, solid feel to plastic.

    Love the accessories; especially the stand.

    Transformation can be pretty annoying while learning one particular part of it.

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  14. 9.8m/s^2

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    Gorgeous toy, in both modes. I especially love alt mode, actually; it's very sleek, and the pistol storage is clever and unobtrusive.

    Transformation is fiddly as all get out, though. Not as bad as Diesel or RotF Prime, but there are a lot of rotating parts in the legs and arms that are a pain to line up just right for alt mode. The hands are especially irritating; the wrists, forearms, inner thighs, thigh armor, and knees all rotate on the same axis, so moving one of them into position invariably moves something else out.

    On the bright side, everything tabs in just fine even if the hands aren't quite in the "correct" position, so that the final alt mode is still solid and unified.

    Given the fiddliness and preponderance of very thin parts, this looks to be another MMC toy that ends up as a pretty display piece with prime shelf real estate, rather than something I'd keep at my desk to play with.

    Edit: After playing with it some more, I find that once I got used to the specific order of locking mechanisms, transformation got a lot easier. Specifically, if I lock the calves to the thighs first, and then mess with the hands and rotational steps, everything kind of rolls into place.
     
  15. slugslinger2004

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    I agree. I'm just not a fan of the shape of the head. Does anyone know if Venksta or another 3rd Party is going to create new heads for any of the fembots?
     
  16. Maz

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    Hey guys, here's my review/article on Azalea:

    Azalea | Source Blog <- CLICK TO READ

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    All the best
    Maz
     
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  17. divinecomedy

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    Maz's final sentences: "I had to adjust myself to her and I don’t see them as flaws now, rather features. But I really had to work for it." reminds me of a friend who finally got the taste of beer after consistently trying it for .... 10 years.
     
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    But once you got it.... :D 

    All the best
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  19. scubaboy31

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    Great article Maz, though it seems it's ended up less a review and more a record of how you learnt to stop worrying and love Azalea.

    Regardless it does confirm that its not for me. It's a shame that a toy I've spent months looking forward too has not been what I expected but after handling Stealth Azalea in the pub, and then having many of my concerns addressed here I cant get in on this.

    I love this Arcee design (far more than the one they used for the past few years in RID) but I just don't see a fun toy there for me. You draw a comparison with Warden who, despite having a questionable transformation (as is Perfect Effect's style) is an absolutely solid toy.

    I will say that your article is fantastic though. It's rare that a review is so honest about the flaws and drawbacks a toy may have, while still being fair in its judgement. You don't breeze over the problems but also don't get so hung up on them to miss the positive qualities that are definitely there.

    I do think your nostalgia for Wipeout has helped. I'm totally sold on Generations Brainstorm thanks to a deep seated love of Starfox.
     
  20. Superquad7

    Superquad7 OCP Police Crime Prevention Unit 001 Super Content Contributor

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    As usual, this is a great read. I think if I had the available funds, I'd find myself a bit more convinced to pick up this one after reading this article (as well as everyone else's thoughts). I enjoy transformations that I really have to figure out, and much of this figure seems right up my alley.