Masterpiece V2 Starscream Coming!

Discussion in 'Transformers News and Rumors' started by PoweredConvoy, Jul 5, 2020.

  1. Shin Densetsu

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    No one is expecting perfection, I think it’s reasonable that everyone just expected copies that were assembled properly and not cracked out of the box(especially given the price).

    Yes the Masterpiece line has had issues before but since 2017 there’s been more issues straight out of the box than the few and few between before. Given what happened with Hound and how there weren’t many issues reported with Lio Convoy and Arcee, the expectation was naturally heightened for Starscream to not really have issues on release. This is the very thing that leads people to go 3rd party or wait for a cheaper KO. MP’s cost more than they did years back, given the higher costs, Takara ought to hire a better factory. If the KO factories do a better and more careful job with assembly then that’s who they should hire to not only deter KO’s but ensure better production quality.
     
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    Tried to future the ankles, but didn't do anything to help. Also noticed that mine wants to lean to the left, even though it looks like I have everything extended/pushed in. Really not impressed with this, even though it visually looks fantastic. Being in constant fear of it falling backwards or forwards kind of ruins any fun. He'll stand, but I worry that a stiff breeze might send him flying
     
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    Does it lean left at the ankle or the hip?
     
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    Hard to tell. Maybe more from the hip up? It's very slight and not too terrible

    Edit: Think the lean was due to a ratchet being not fully clicked in. Messed around and now he seems to stand more level
     
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    and i didn't get to pay my shipping until after the weekend because i didn't get my shipping request until late friday :p  you know for future refrence tho innti!
     
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    Perhaps part of the cost cutting is moving to a much cheaper factory. We all know the difference a factory can make! Look at XTB Kup......it's like night and day. Cheaper (and less experienced) labour and cheaper materials = maximized profits for TT. I think at this point, TT doesn't even care about their reputation. It's not like they're a small start up company with something to prove.
     
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    I saw you say this earlier and I tried adjusting and it still didn’t work. The tab on my wing is not smooth. I think it does need a tiny shave
     
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    I need more humans to photograph with Starscream 20210705_150314.jpg
     
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    Replacement arrived from Amazon Japan, smirk face had a nose and no cracks next to the fin this time. There is a stress mark on a bit next to the thrusters though, doesn't seem to compromise anything I can see. IMG_20210705_200838_180.jpg IMG_20210705_200806_506.jpg IMG_20210705_193815_284_kindlephoto-92180169.jpg
     
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    King Kongscream? :D 
     
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    Check that stress mark with folks like @BrutiKing who've got the ankle rivet issue. Pretty sure that's the post that's affected?
     
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    Did anyone else order from Hobby Search? I got an email saying the item arrived, but Starscream wasn't listed, it was some other figure and it asked me to select a shipping method even though I had selected one when I originally checked out. The order number is the same, but I'm just confused. Is anyone else having this issue?

    Order No.: #21-0605-1113
    > Product Name: `The Kotobuki Squadron in the Wilderness` Hiryu `Air Pirate the 301st Guard Affiliation Machine Ver.`
    > `The Kotobuki Squadron in the Wilderness` A6M5 Zero Fighter Type 52 Air Pirate the 301st Guard Affiliation Machine Ver.

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    Yeah guys, we shouldn't be upset our figures arrived damaged from the factory. We can't expect perfection.
     
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    Which Ann Darrow is that? NECA, Mezco, or (heres going back aways) MacFarlane?
     
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    Good to see you back with some awesome shots. Is that a Beasts of the Mesozoic raptor on the back shelf?
    It's great how his Null-ray is actually pointing right at Meagtron's head compared to pointing past Prime on his side.
    So much action in this one.
    I've gone back and forth between modes on mine a few times and the knee extension/flip is really loud on mine too. I haven't watched any videos, so I'm not sure what the baseline is, but it sounds pretty loud to me.
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    Anyone have tips on getting the middle panel flat when going to jet mode (the one the forms the butt flap)? The multiple hinges makes it feel like it's never really in place.
     
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    my copy’s stress mark looks exactly like yours, on the same foot.
     
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    Just arrived!

    Love that he's in alt mode. Having fun swooshing around my house. I'll give him a transformation shortly.

    Happy to report all areas of discussion seem fine. Guess it really is just a game of Toy Russian Roulette?
     
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    You often mention 2017 as the point when MPs started to get more quality problems, but for me it was actually worse before that. My MP-11 Starscream was missing a part entirely on one arm and thankfully the store I bought it from at the time was able to send me a replacement arm. I also have a Soundblaster with two of the same thighs which I was not able to get parts for so it’s in alt mode forever. And I had issues out of the box with Prowl, Tracks, Ironhide, Ratchet, Hot Rod, Ramjet, Thrust, Primal, Cheetor and Grapple. I’m not sure but I thought all those figures were from 2017 or earlier? Since then I had a few issues with Megatron and the Hound fiasco but that’s it for me until Starscream V2. So from my experience things have gotten much better since 2017. I had so many issues with Fans Toys products I quit buying them. I recently broke my no KO rule and bought the Hound KO. Mostly out of curiosity and to keep a Hound on my shelf until the real deal gets reissued. The KO cost me $80 CAD and has quite a few problems. All the joints are super loose. Especially the ankles. And there are paint flaws everywhere. I also got two of the same face. It’s nowhere near the typical quality level of TT. I realize that for some reason the MPMs seem to get superior KOs but I think that’s an exception.

    Anyway that’s why I have a toy repair tool kit and my opinion is that there will always be QC issues. Most of them I can ignore or fix. The bad ones like Hound I’ll try to get a refund on. I’ve had very good luck with my Bandai Macross DX figures but a lot of people seem to have quality issues with them as well and they cost a lot more.

    I applied another coat of joint tightener to Starscream this morning. Hopefully that starts to work at some point because I really don’t want to pop those ankle rivets out. It’s an amazing figure and it’s a real shame that the ankles are causing some people grief as well as the duplicate faces. I think the problem with the faces is that when you have so many options and some look very similar the rushed factory workers don’t catch the mistake. I have two copies of Megatron and I’m pretty sure one of them has duplicate faces.
     
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  20. stevej

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    You know who I didn't have any QC issues with? MP-01. That's fucking who.

    Been downhill ever since.
     
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