MMC / Ocular Max Backdraft (Inferno)

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  1. Mormolyce

    Mormolyce Throbbing Member

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    I've been thinking of getting one.

    Yeah tried the flathead also, no dice. No soldering iron or anything like that unfortunately, I'm reluctant to try anything like the hairdryer that might interfere with the plastic. Think I'd rather leave the default head on than take the chance.
     
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    I don't have this figure but does the replacement head come complete...like the screw and more importantly, the whole head assembly? If it does and you don't reuse any of the old head parts, you could just take a small drill bit and drill the head off the existing screw, separate it, and then just take the old head off that way. Especially if it's gonna come down to "pick one or the other" and you like the other better.

    That said, I still think the stripped screw bit will do the job for you. I have a set and they work wonders on this sort of stuff.
     
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    Yeah unfortunately it's actually the replacement head with the dodgy screw :S
     
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    Just trying to think of options for you. Could always contact the vendor or perhaps MMC and see if they'll send you another head. Also if you don't go the screw removal bit way, you could ask in the BST thread here and just ask if anyone is will to part with the spare head. Might be someone out there with one in a box they don't really want. I know I've gotten parts I needed that way here.
     
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    I was talking about OX PS-03 BACKDFRAFT (for the spare parts) :) 
    KO is out of my consideration range (we won't discuss here the leggit of KO versus 3p versus original IP)...
    Backdraft wowed me once I received my sample : poseability, weight (you know it counts :p  ), proportions...
    I am diging the aesthetic (Kuddo to AK and Jesslyn for the work achieved) greatly inserted
    between OX studio style, G1 toy and Japanese canons during this great design and cartoon era.
    The versus people are battling here (too much) about MP Inferno versus Backdraft is nonsense.
    I am not saying that because I am part of MMC crew, it's same thought for any 3p designs
    versus MP v3 ("Sunbow deformed" character model sheets).
    To me, it's like debating about Gobots versus Revenge of chronos.
    Gobots where fun (and toys far better than the cartoon) and Revenge of Chronos was so cool (and superior to ME)
    because of the aesthetic very graphic, stylized and dynamic... Here comes Action Toys now ;) 
    ...
    I have also MP Inferno. I like him a lot, more for the engineering (the ladder !) than the aesthetic.
    But I admit the cartoon stylization is a kind of design achievement from Takara.
    I only regret there where not consistent in MP line by making a kind of huge change in design.
    I wonder why no 3p company did not reboot in cartoon style the MP characters done before MP Inferno ? (in fact I know : cost, interests, collector budget slots...).

    Off topic : I am very excited by the takes on Menasor XTB and DX9 are going.
    Diversity !
     
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    Yeah I'll probably try getting a screw extractor at some point. Hopefully that won't damage the plastic.
     
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    Nah it shouldn't. Just make sure the bit is small enough to get in the hole without chewing up the outside of it.
     
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    I recently rearranged my Masterpiece display area and used that as a chance to mess with Backdraft again. A lot has happened since I last picked him up and I have to say my criticism where far too harsh the first time around compared to the other Inferno options. Transforming him back to alt-mode was a joy and he solidly tabbed together.

    The major event that happened in between was the release of the official Masterpiece version. I only own the Grapple version but he was the most disappointing toy of 2017 for me and for my preferences he pales in comparison with Backdraft. Other than the ladder/crane boom transformation (which is ingenious) I think Backdraft beats out MP Inferno on almost every level.

    Of course I really wished that the QC on Backdraft was tighter which brought down a potential stellar toy to a merely good one but he moved a few spots up the ladder for me in retrospective. He just needed some cleaner paint apps and the extra details like the fire department emblem and the golden detail lines painted on the toy from the get go.

    I'm still baffled that the quality of the Ocular Max line was in free fall after Sphinx (which I adore) and Backdraft. Oh well hopefully the two recently released cassette bots are a turning point for the OX line towards greatness...
     
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    The hairdryer will not adversely affect the plastic, I assure you...(unless you just hold it there for a really long time in the same spot, obviously).

    The hairdryer trick is very effective at "healing" stress marks in the plastic, as well as reshaping warped or bent parts, and making it easier to pop parts off/on ball joints without stressing or breaking them.
     
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    I just picked up Backdraft on eBay. I can't wait to get him in hand. I am however gonna have to gather up some of the things he came with out of the box....box, instruction sheet, character card. And hopefully the stickers he came with .
     
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    @Bugste81
    Can you tell us what hands you used for Backdraft?
    How you installed them?
    Do they hinder transformation or the arm cannons?
    [​IMG]
     
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    I used the articulated MP Tracks hands. 3D printed an adapter to connect them on. Still transforms fine.
     
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    This is, to this day, one of my favorite third party purchases. I love everything about this bot. but normally, when I get a third party figure based off of a G-1 character, he adopts that characters name. But in this case, I really do like the name 'Backdraft' as opposed to 'Inferno'. Such a conundrum...
     
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    I finally got this guy today (MIB from a local toy shop). I've had my eye on an MP Inferno for a while, and not much caring for the aesthetics of the other options out there, I figured I'd probably pick this guy up at some point. I didn't realize until I saw him and handled him at the shop how large and heavy he is. He's a substantial figure and the quality, thus far, probably tops every other 3P figure I've ever handled. The plastics, for the most part, feel on par with official figures as do all of the paint apps and finish. He's also much more posable that I thought he'd be...those feet are awesome and the ab-crunch is a great addition. The transformation isn't too bad, though, the scheme is a bit too simple and the tabbing isn't terribly secure in truck mode. Regardless, I am very happy with him.
     
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