MP-34S Shadow Panther

Discussion in 'Transformers News and Rumors' started by Heat Guy, Jan 18, 2018.

  1. Sorrow

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    I got mine yesterday. Just during the first transformation, his shoulder broke and fell off sadly. I was playing with him for 20 mins and my money just went in vain.
     
  2. XXLMagnus

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    Just opened my copy this morn ... goddamn I shouldnt have read this thread :(  (just jk, thx for all the valuable input, sadly at your expense)

    This and the issues with Dinobot are simply unacceptable ...
     
  3. Bob 121

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    I bought mine from AE and had it shipped after it came out, but haven't opened it yet. Not sure what I should do...
     
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    Some pics of my Shadow Panther (beast mode)
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    Sorry to read about the troubles so many folks are having. As someone who is indifferent to Beat Wars, I feel particularly bad for the fans. I have only been buying the fugging BW figures because TT decided to number them as part of the main MP line! Apparently I got lucky with this one, though I was sure the gun in his abdomen would break its peg coming out. Took a lot of gentle nudging to get it free. I'll never touch this MP again. Good job TT! Raise the prices, lower the build quality, everybody wins!
     
  6. WhiteMocha

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    Yikes at the crumbling shoulders. Mine is still sitting in a BBTS POL as well. Now I'm gonna be afraid to touch the thing when I get it.

    Hopefully someone (official or unofficial) can make some sturdier replacement shoulder parts for it, like they did with Rodimus' knees.
     
  7. Optronix1087

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    Add me to the list of broken shoulders. I was on my second transformation (no issues out of the box) and right shoulder broke as I tried opening the shoulder mechanism. Wasn't even trying hard as that connection is tender. I ripped out the base of the shoulder afterwards and put him back into cat mode. I've ordered a second that will live in bot mode when he comes in. Getting tired of having to double dip on MP's beast wars or otherwise due to QC and design flaws.
     
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  8. Optronix1087

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    Also, yes, a 3P fix is doable. The small piece that attaches the arm to the body is removable by a mushroom peg, and the arm itself could be dismantled via the screw in the shoulder itself. If a company were to make a fix that is die cast like MP Hot Rod/Rodimus knee joints that could work. If anyone has any way of suggesting this to a company please pass it along.
     
  9. Rakzo

    Rakzo Peruvian Transformers Fan

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    And guess who arrived!

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    As I mentioned before, I'm not really a fan of the MP Cheetor mould because of the overly-finicky transformation, bad implementation of his weapons and QC issues but I just couldn't say no to yet another MP Beast Wars figure and Shadow Panther has always been a favorite of mine. Hell, I was planning to get the original BW toy even before this was announced because of how cool it looked (despite that I'm not a fan of the original Cheetor mould either), the black paint-scheme makes the character look really good and in that regard he's also really striking here.

    The combination of colours is well-implemented thanks to the nice combination of black and silver, even the yellow parts help to break out the abundance of black and make it look more balanced. That being said, is not perfect due that I believe they could have used more silver paint apps like painting the classic Cheetor moulded details inside of his legs.

    And of course, everyone who has gotten this particular version know that this is a fragile release and is one of the reasons why I'm not going to touch this toy that much because I'm afraid of breaking it and this is not really something easy to avoid because some of the parts in the transformation and articulation are overly-stiff and I'm always afraid of making the wrong move.

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    And here he is along with his nemesis. Repaints were something classic during BW but I believe that the MP line is the best way to pull that off due that it offers different details that make the figures look distinct from one another. For example, I'm giving Shadow Panther a more "evil" looking face to differentiate him from Cheetor and the communicator gives him a different look as well. I love the addition of the Mutant Head but at the same time, I don't think I'm really going to use it that much since I prefer the normal look.

    However, the purchase of this figure made me confirm that I don't like the MP Cheetor mould, like, at all. Sure, Shadow Panther suffers from even worse QC issues because of the bad use of plastic but at the same time, I feel like many of those issues also come from the original mould like the complicated transformation that forces you to move too many parts and use more strength than necessary to put everything in place (the stiff joints don't make things any better, particularly the ones concerning the shoulders). I was thinking that I wouldn't mind another repaint like Nightprowler but now I think I'm okay with that not happening.

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    And here he is alone fighting a bunch of Maximals. I hope that MP Megatron arrives soon to fight alongside this lonely Predacon.

    As a whole, Shadow Panther looks good... and that's it. You can't really play with him that much because of how fragile he is and even if that wasn't the case, he still can't hold his weapons properly just like the first release so I don't see the point of even touching him.

    However, I'm all for more repaints of MP BW. I hope that we eventually see MP Primal in Universe colours to make him a brand new character, Dinobot being used for BW Grimlock and the upcoming Megatron being repainted into T-Wrecks.

    Oh, and for the love of GOD, make a brand new mould for Tigatron. Cheetor was just badly-executed.
     
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  10. Octopunch

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    Drat! Me too! The little internal ring is cracked on his left shoulder. What a bummer. At least his arm hasn't fallen off yet. I can't imagine this guy is popular enough to warrant a third party investing the resources in a replacement piece, but it would sure be nice.
     
  11. PrimalPrime007

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    It's very troubling that TT hasn't taken ANY steps to resolve this very wide spread issue..
     
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  12. alldarker

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    I opened mine two weeks ago, transformed it once from alt mode to bot mode and back, and noticed the very very tight joints, especially on the arm guards. Mine didn't have any issues on that first transformation cycle, but having read about the issues mentioned here, I'll be both very wary of transforming him again or even getting him out of the box. Only reason I ordered him is because I have two black cats at home, and I do like the Cheetor mold, but as far as I'm concerned, he doesn't really fit in with my display of regular BW characters.
     
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  14. Mr H

    Mr H Old bot from Iacon...

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    ^^^ I just realized this was the first MP Predacon we've gotten from Takara, and he's not even in the show! Megatron can't get here soon enough...
     
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  15. Bob 121

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    Mines still boxed up. I'll probably not even transform him back and forth once, just leave him in bot mode. Can someone explain where exactly he's breaking?
     
  16. Digger

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  17. PoweredConvoy

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    I called him being the first. Easy redeco .
     
  18. Gamerlingual

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    Anyone else own this guy and he is still in one piece?
     
  19. mcart

    mcart I'm not fat, it's Prime Armor

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    Yup
     
  20. Verno

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    He sure does look good. I'm still torn about whether to pick him up or not. Maybe when we get a look at Grimlock and Lazorbeak.