The UK Toy Discussion

Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by Boardwise, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. Braddock

    Braddock Well-Known Member

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    Aaah, I remember those heady hours spent sitting in the library of Chew Valley Secondary school, in my student quise as 'librarian',
    whereupon I read my way through each and every Moomin book....good times,
    probably, I cant really remember, I am f**king old now...bloody youngsters...stop bothering me...I remember when this website was all fields...etc.

    Finally made small dent in my 'MPs to be transformed despite having nowhere to put them' pile, and tried him on a cool sword (box labelled 'swords online' I bought at a boot - how did that get into the country)?
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    Oh, and some Kre-o fun
    "Mirage, hang on mate, and we're off"!

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    Laters.
     
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    hmm who did we get.. Banzaitron got a regular release didn’t he? I feel like everything else was ether a vague homage or Funpub. I always thought Jackpot, Kick-off and Rad would have been easy to do from a Jazz or Datsun bro mold. I mean I did get the Botcon KickOff or whatever they renamed him too but I really want a Rad. His alt mod is a bit more obscure, some say motorbike but I always saw a Ferrari. Anyway him and Treadshot were my top Original action masters. I do want them redone.
     
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  3. Braddock

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    You know that's an anagram off Jack-off and Take-pot yeah?

    just checking.

    Dust? little bit of dust?
     
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  4. tikgnat

    tikgnat Baweepgranaweepninnybong. TFW2005 Supporter

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    Haha yeah. I've seena bunch on eBay pretty cheap, the most expensive one is £30 for a unused MIB one. Which I'm uhming and ahhing about, after all if it's just an itch I want to scratch why spend more than a fiver all in? Decisions decisions eh?

    Okay...

    CALENDAR UPDATE.

    As I said yesterday, main pages are done!

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    07 July 2020.jpg

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    As you can see this year all pages have unique backgrounds (only took me 5 years!), with some minor tweaks so hopefully it's more practical than this years was (November and December are too dark to write on).

    I've included special dates, flickbook animation from @OptimusTimelord, 'hidden' code and some jokes. As I have no time the extras are going to be nice and easy this year, so all that I really have left to do with the front and back covers and make a selection from people's pictures!

    Thus, as I reckon I'm far enough along... Pre orders are open! I have no idea on cost, but I will tentatively say it's gonna be £15 like last year. If you want a calendar PM me, and make sure I respond otherwise I might not have put you down on the list.

    Also, if you're a UKTD regular (sorry lurkers) and wanted your Birthday included let me know. There was a fella who wanted theirs included but I didn't make a note and don't know who it was! Course, if you don't see this, then you're not a regular... :redface2: 

    Oh and also, as I say picture submissions have been thin this year, dunno why! But if you want a chance to be included just submit a picture to the actual 2020 calendar thread

    2D Artwork: - tikgnats' 2020 Calendar thread!

    And I'll stick it in the submissions directory for consideration! Top tip, Landscape is best!

    Edit
    Oh and I forgot... every calendar purchase will be put in a prize draw! The prize? SIEGE RATCHET!

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  5. Imperator

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    I wasn't upset by the PotP Jazz redeco into Rick O'Shea but it does still count as a golden missed opportunity for Rad or Jackpot, aye. And yeah, I also always wondered where people got the idea of a motorbike for Rad, that's clearly a squished up front bumper there. There was very nearly a Rad made from Cybertron Crosswise but it ended up coloured as Smokescreen, a slightly more bankable character I guess.

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    I've probably blathered on this point too much already, but I still say that the latter-wave RID toys would make for great Action Master redecos. Stormshot into Skyfall, Soundwave into Mainframe or Gutcruncher, that sort of thing. Stick 'em in a two-pack, put 'em at the voyager price point, bish bash bosh.
     
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    Ottertron Moon-faced assassin of joy

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    Well HELLO THERE!!
     
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    dispatch note from Kapow for Ratbat and co..

    good times..
     
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    Yeah that’s such a Rad head. Without the blue it would work but I feel he should be a svelte fellow. One day I feel like another one will slip in somewhere. There were some neat designs. It’s a shame for them to go to waste.
     
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    Did I ever mention how hard drawing is? But at least she's starting to look pretty damn adorbz.
     
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    Rodentus prime Old Git

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    Was it Soundwavelover2004 by any chance?

    Did you mean to put independence day as July 3rd in the calendar rather than the 4th?
     
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    You're gonna look great. I just know it.

    Hard agree
    Hard disagree.

    Even first time round, before nostalgia was even a thing, I thought the AM's were good. I liked the fact that there was now a Jazz or Devastator who was more robust and more like an actual action figure then what was previously available. I didn't know this was a 'hot take' at the time.

    2nd in my duo run. 'Surely Optimus and Megatron should go together?', I hear literally no-one cry. Not for me, my non-existent friend. From 'Warrior School' up to 'The Price of Life', it's always been these two.
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    OOOOPS. That's another reason for posting, proof reading!
     
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    I assumed it was satirical. They only think they have independence.
     
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    my tuppence on Action Masters - was very Meh towards them back when i was a young-un, but now, i frequently scour ebay for them - some genuinely nice figures in there, and some really cool companions/ vehicles - and they tend not to cost a bomb (not fallen down the Elite hole yet, but i'll get there eventually)

    they also display really nicely...
     
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    Standard disclaimer: The theme of this week's reviews is the worst toys in my collection. If you enjoy these toys, great! It is not a personal attack on you or your tastes. Not everything you love has to be good, and you are not defined by the quality of the things you like. Essentially, you don't need to defend your honour on someone else's view of plastic robot men.

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    Oh ho, what an irony that the vainest of the Autobots ended up with the ugliest of the Combiner Wars moulds. Lad must have been fuming, I tell thee. I mean, there's a lot to like about Sunstreaker's general design. He's got those great big ear thingies, so he'll always stand out, he's got the canopy chest, he turns into a swish sports car and he's got that turbo thingy on the roof, so yeah, he's a Good Boy. Just not here.

    He's also had a good turnout in fiction over the years, even though he quickly vanished into the background in the cartoon when Tracks showed up, and was one of the assumed off-screen casualties of the Movie, but both Dreamwave and especially IDW gave him plenty of page time. Sure, he definitely deserved a better finale to his relationship with Hunter O'Nion, but it's not like he vanished from the series after that, even if he generally took a more background role again.

    I'm stalling, aren't I? I'm trying to avoid having to talk about the toy. I don't have anything to say about the character at all, but I'm trying to stretch it out like he's some fiction megastar like I've covered in the past. No Thunderwing he.

    Alright, let's do this. The CW Breakdown mould is hands down the worst of the bunch. CW was generally a smash hit, giving fully-functional versions of (almost) all the classic combiner teams, as well as a few oddities along the way. But while the Stunticons yinned with the superb Dead End, they yanged hard with Breakdown. And then it only got worse when it was done in yellow as Sunstreaker. Because while Breakdown was lumpy and wonky, it did still look like Breakdown. Sunstreaker just... doesn't.

    For starters, there's too many right angles. Almost everywhere one line meets another on this toy it takes a sharp 90 degree turn. Once or twice wouldn't be a problem, but here they're everywhere. Point of comparison, just today I had my first experience with the Prime Wheeljack mould, and it's astonishing how much better this works, and not a single right angle to be had anywhere. And if the Dead End mould could pull it off, why not this one?

    Second, the proportions are off. The torso goes on for days in every direction, the chest juts out hard, the legs look piddly and stumpy by comparison, with the weedy little arms dangling down uselessly despite perfectly adequate joints. Third, the head and shoulders don't line up. It's funny how often this can cause problems with a figure, and it's not always something you notice at first.

    I do like that his turbo charger thingy is made from the hand-foot-gun doodad, and it sits comfortably on his back. This is good! It looks Sunstreaky! It sticks out way too far, obviously, but it's trying. It looks even better in car mode, and definitely has the most effective way of keeping the HFG around out of any CW character (other than Brawl). His other accessory, a sort of gunblade thinger, is less successful. When did Sunny Streak ever use a swor- oh forget it. Like it even matters. After all that praise for the HFG the sword just gloms on the side of the car mode as an afterthought, which of course it is.

    But here's the kicker. These issues are actually forgivable. I didn't think they were, but then I met Unite Warriors Lightspeed, who uses the slightly-altered design for CW Wheeljack, but is mostly improved by having much tougher and better quality plastic. Sunstreaker by comparison may as well have been made from the spare yellow scraps left over from all those Bayverse Bumblebees that were accumulating in factory waste bins. It's somehow too yellow, with a slight sheen of translucency that makes details just sink away into a bland mess if they're not picked out in paint. It's the same problem that affect Megatron in Titans Return and Apeface's white bits in Siege, only this time in yellow.

    Lightspeed wears this mould reasonably well. G2 Breakdown is also just about acceptable, though this is mostly due to his ludicrous shell suit deco. But other than that, this is an ugly mould that just doesn't work as a Transformer toy. There's decent odds for Sunny Delight here to make a comeback in Earthrise, though this is only an educated guess, nothing more. But if he does, I'll be ready to upgrade. I don't often say that either.

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    Finally switched one of my Master System.
    60Hz Dragon <3

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    nice sideburns Autobot Brother

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    Ahhh, that takes me back, I loved my master system back in the day <3

    Wonderboy in monsterland was my personal fav of the wonderboy games
     
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    If the camera adds ten pounds...
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    I'm so happy to have made mine modified, it's so bright and fluide right now aaaaaaaaaaaaaa <3

    Wonderboy in ML is a great game ! I love it ! I have a very soft spot for the Dragon's Trap (and that remake <3) but the four Monster World games are pure joy, so, hard to disagree haha.
    I hIghly recommend you to get Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom then, its been realised almost two years ago and it's glorious, a true pure beautiful sequel 23 years later.

    Also Aggelos, which is more classic in a sense and is pure hommage without being tied to the series in any officiel way, but it's pretty awesome if you love the MW series.


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    Haha great pics.
     
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