Masterpiece V2 Starscream Coming!

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  1. 4249david

    4249david Autobot's chief customs agent, apparently...

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    The reasons for that are in my post. If you're not in Japan, go to your retailer. No other options unfortunately.
     
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    Mine doesn't have any problems.
     
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    That's terrible. I think the barrel where this cracking is at is where the friction is needed (between the pin and plastic) for the ankle tilt. With that crack I don't think it would be possible to tighten the ankle joint.

    On my copy, the outward ratchet on the left hip (from the figure's perspective) has clear detents but feels like a soft ratchet. The right hip outward ratchet is very crisp. I'm wondering if the left one will eventually fail or something. I think Paik4Life's showed on his livestream that his doesn't even have detents on one of his outward hip joints. Seems like the workmanship on the leg articulation has a lot of issues on this figure.
     
  4. BrutiKing

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    I guess an interesting thing about the outward articulation is that it is a compliant mechanism of sorts! Instead of using a spring with a toothed part for the ratchet, it uses a plastic ring, where the flexibility of the plastic causes a tooth to slide into the ratchet hole areas. This allows there to be more friction and less of the ratchet 'wiggle' found on MP-44, since the plastic has less give than the spring. It also has a longer lifetime, since tensile strength can weaken on springs a lot faster than the flexibility of the plastic (actually possibly getting stiffer if your environment is drier) However because of this, manufacturing and molding variations in the plastic can cause the 'clicks' in the leg ratchets to feel asymmetrical as the flexibility of the plastic may vary from part to part. I hope that was interesting enough :p 
     
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    I've never received replacement parts from a Japanese seller. On the contrary, it has happened twice with Robot Kingdom, for Optimus Primal & Cheetor.

    As for all of those issues, todays Masterpiece (and high grade figures by Bandai & such) are more & more complex and probably difficult to produce for most of the factories. So much stuff on their agenda ...
    Maybe with lower levels of production you could manage to get a better result but what would be the cost ?
     
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  6. DoubleClouder

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    Your's has distinctive clicks on both legs for outward movement?
     
  7. divinecomedy

    divinecomedy JAB-A-WOOOKIE

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    Same on my copy.
     
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    This is how the outward ratchets on both hips feel on mine. Reminds me of the springless ratchets Hasbro uses on mainline Transformers(instead of springs a flexible plastic spacer piece is used).

    Unfortunately I have seen these joints grind down on some of my mainline Transformers(I’m not rough when moving the joints either). Might be a luck of the draw kind of thing.
     
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  9. jackisking

    jackisking Yeah, the MP line is soooo dead

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    I think it's the larger rivet causing the post cracking, the rivets are threaded and who ever installed them didn't install them right. This was the more extreme case where it tore through and looks like even twisted the plastic
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  10. BrutiKing

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    Ok 2 things:

    @oku tightened the knee joint - cracks the housing. Don't tighten the knee - find a tougher spring

    For the ankles, I don't have cracks, but do have stresses- removed the stress marks using heat, but now it's super loose. I guess I'm removing these rivets too then and replace them with screws...
     
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    Hope they go back to screws as those flathead pins are prevalent in the Earthrise line. I’m guessing they’re less labor intensive to install but there’s a higher chance of a permanent screwup compared to driving a screw. At least with a screw, if you’re driving in at the wrong angle you’ll know right away and start over. With the threaded pins I’m guessing it’s heat up, fire through, call it a day.
     
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    Mine arrived super-fast from AmiAmi (4 days Japan to UK!) - thankfully no issues at all (maybe one slightly loose ankle). I'm surprised at how well storing things in the wings works - it feels really solid and has a nice heft. Transformation is a bit fiddly, but not nightmarish.

    Overall very pleased for £150 shipped and no customs interference.
     
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    Yeah robot kingdom sent me a junker 36+ to fix a broken part on one I ordered from them. First of all I have a pretty good report with some of the staff there so that might have helped. 36+ is an expensive and low-production figure, so I am sure they would have asked me to pay half shipping and ship the toy back for a refund. I was more than pleased to get a broken piece and to be able to fix mine to be like new.

    as far as amazon goes I’ve had several run ins with them. So far they’ve always done what I wanted as long as the item was purchased from amazon and shipped by them as well. On returns they even refunded my entire shipping cost with standard Korean EMS shipping.

    there’s even been a few times where some IDW Hardcover books arrived beat up pretty bad and they correctly assumed shipping back to them was more expensive than the book, so they told me to keep the book and they’d send me another free of charge. Maybe 5 times that’s happened. Fucking books always arrive mangled :mad:  I’d prefer to not use them actually. But their customer service is unbeatable. I’m not sure why I get ‘free returns’ and whatnot. It seems different users get different options. Maybe it’s a logistics thing. Maybe they know I’m really really sexy? *shrugs*
     
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    I ordered from AE and am missing the smiling face. You think it would help to contact them about it?
     
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    Have had the same experience with Amazon UK re. books. They’re happy to just send a new one and let you keep the original. Maybe because books are cheap enough, relatively?

    if Korean EMS was still under 12,000 Yen then that could be why they refunded it all. Or maybe there is some truth to this sexy theory…
     
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    I wouldn’t mind a 3rd party add-on set for Starscream, Thundercracker & Skywarp that could include:

    — six non-transforming solid arm guns/null rays
    — additional faces
    — launching/firing effects for the chest missiles
    — the slingshot Starscream used in More Than Meets The Eye, Part 2
    — Coronation Set
    — small Reflector camera
    — small Soundwave cassette player

    Any other things I missed?

    I get why Takara went with the transformable null rays but the way they look in bot mode is less than ideal. I’d really like to see a solid set of them in any potential add-on set
     
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    The Good: Probably the best Masterpiece ever second only to MP36 (I haven't handled 44 yet however). Starscream is absolutely incredible, wasn't sure I wanted to keep him as I was more interested in Thundercracker. Pictures don't do his proportions justice, he is absolutely perfect.

    I will be taking a few pics this week.

    The Bad: My copy has two duplicate faces and a crack on the right ankle hinge making his foot a little loose. One of his stabiliser fins is missing a rivet & he cannot hold his Megatron gun.
    Hated twisting his nosecone during transformation as it was ridiculously tight, had to watch Tmans video to make sure I wasn't going to breka it.
    Tailfins are ok and his paint is probably the most perfect of any MP I've had, knees are fantastic.

    I've messaged Nippon Yasan about it and will see what they can do, partial refund or maybe some spare legs would be ideal. The figure is so amazing even with these little flaws.
    9/10 for me
     

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    Can you share how to get the rivets out after you do it? Thanks if you do! :bowdown: 

    My ankles could be stiffer but i'm more worried about my right tail fin being extra tight but I have no idea how to go about getting them out or loosening them.
     
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    I'm getting really worried about my replacement now, my figure was good apart from one crack that effected nothing and a face without a nose. Now I'm working about multiple cracks and wrong accessories in box sometimes this thread gives you so much anxiety :confused: :D :D :D 
     
  20. BrutiKing

    BrutiKing Everything, right now, shining in hope.

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    Sure! I will describe two different ways here with a little bonus:

    1. Heat up the rivet with a soldering iron for a few seconds and remove with a magnet
    Refer to this video:


    2. Hammer out the pin using a sturdy metal rod in the opening of the pin hole and a rubber mallet
    (what I tend to do, since I'm scared of using a soldering iron at times)

    3. Use a power drill and mutilate the pins
    (I did this to take out the faux cockpit from starscream, since I also had to clear up a little bit of the plastic for modifications (I replaced a few pins inside starscream's body with screws for self-satisfaction the day I got it pretty much.)
     
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