Third Party Year in Review 2019 write-in stage

Discussion in 'Transformers 3rd Party Discussion' started by CZ Hazard, Dec 15, 2019.

  1. Destructimis Prime

    Destructimis Prime We have Landed

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    Best MP Style 3P Toy of 2019
    1)Roadking
    2)Sovereign M
    3)Spoiler
     
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  2. Friendross

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    i feel like im forgetting something i got early this year
     
  3. SweeetDonuts

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    Best MP Style 3P Toy of 2019
    1) Fanstoys Roadking
    2) Fanshobby Double Evil
    3) Magic Square Light of Freedom

    Best CHUG style 3P Toy of 2019
    1) Maketoys Buster Stealthwing
    2) Mastermind Creations Ni
    3) Mastermind Creations Ultio

    Best 3rd Party Giant Toy of 2019
    1) Fanshobby Double Evil
    2) Jiangxing Winged Dragon
    3) Gigapower Superator

    Best 3rd Party Small Scale / Legends toy of 2019
    1) Iron Factory Spirits of the D.E.C.
    2) Iron Factory Tyrant
    3) Newage Lucifer

    Best Company of 2019
    1) Iron Factory

    Most Improved Company of 2019
    1) Iron Factory

    Best Newcomer of 2019
    1) Transform Element
     
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    Best MP Style 3P Toy of 2019
    1) FT Road King
    2) Gigapower Superator
    3) Fans Hobby Double Evil
     
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    Man, is Double Evil that good? I don’t feel like I see a lot of talk bout him outside this thread
     
  6. Phase Sixer

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    Best MP Style 3P Toy of 2019
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    Best CHUG style 3P Toy of 2019
    1) Maketoys Buster Skywing/Stealthwing
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    Best 3rd Party Giant Toy of 2019
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    Best 3rd Party Small Scale / Legends toy of 2019
    1) Iron Factory Tyrant
    2) Newage Agamemnon (Megatron)
    3) Newage Lucifer

    Best Company of 2019
    1) Newage

    Most Improved Company of 2019
    1) Iron Factory (they continue to improve)

    Best Newcomer of 2019
    1) Newage (yes they had two releases last year, but this year they established themselves as major players in the legends scale along with IF and MS)
     
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    Best MP Style 3P Toy of 2019
    1) MMC Saltus
    2) MMC Impetus
    3) Fanstoys Spoiler

    Best CHUG style 3P Toy of 2019
    1) M/T Delta Manus
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    Best 3rd Party Giant Toy of 2019
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    Best 3rd Party Small Scale / Legends toy of 2019
    1) Iron Factory Tyrant
    2) Iron Factory Phantom
    3) Newage Max

    Best Company of 2019
    1) MMC

    Most Improved Company of 2019
    1) MMC

    Best Newcomer of 2019
    1)
     
  8. BIOMEC

    BIOMEC Terrorcon, aka "Ratchetman"

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    He is quite good and super sturdy.
     
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  9. edgecrusher

    edgecrusher When you're featherin' it, brother TFW2005 Supporter

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    Thanks @CZ Hazard for scraping this together even with the time crunch.

    I think this is the first year I'm mostly disinterested in voting for anything other than giving a Best Company of 2019 vote for Iron Factory and a Best Newcomer of 2019 for New Age. I don't collect Legends anymore but I have picked up a couple New Age figures, they were just too cool to not find a spot for. :) 

    Instead of votes, I'll share why I don't find much else worth voting for.

    Fans Toys: Let's start with Phoenix-X. If you're going to do an X variant, even one that nobody asked for, at least make it a proper X variant and paint the figure, not just coat it with a metal flake infused satin varnish or whatever that's nearly indistinguishable from the regular version except looking like faded white plastic. And then they gave it less premium looking matte-blue eyes. The Stunticons are over-sized, so I wouldn't vote for those. Even Roadking, while good, is very much just a place on the shelf and ignore, type of box-checking figure in my collection. He looks great with the XTB Stunticon limbs in botmodes, though. Sovereign-M and Quietus-T were very well done figures, but should/could have been the original paint schemes of those two figures and they took up time that could have gone toward getting another 1-2 new figures out in 2019 from FT's vast backlog. Or if you insist that they can't fit a new figure in the same production slot as a repaint, then they could have gotten us the reissues many desire like Insecticons or Lupus or even that turd Tesla which needs a v2 more than a straight reissue. I don't recall if Hoodlum was this year or last year, but they had a string of QC issues with figures right up through Jabber's release which was arguably the low point with both an altered deco and parts breakages. And then they close out the year with an Aerialbot that can only turn his torso twist one direction from facing forward. 2019 was like a choose-your-own-adventure in how to trip up what could otherwise be a great product release where every path leads to a wonky release.

    MMC: They veered off into quasi-MP releases (Assaultus, and now the announced Defensor) and endless repaints of old Ocular Max MPs and Reformatted figures, rather than getting out the rest of the truly MP ReMix cassettes that will finish out the last few Season Two/TFTM figures that have no real MP representation. Hope they get back on track in 2020.

    XTB: Released the best Stunticon limbs set, sized correctly for HasTak MP and great designs, but wet the bed on materials quality. The first one came out the wrong shade of off-white, the second one had cracking rear window translucent parts if you transformed it without the utmost care and the paint on the thighs scratched off very easily, the third one I don't recall what people broke on it, I think it was something on the legs, and the fourth one the shoulders crack and crumble and the tolerances are so bad you can't transform the nose of the car properly without risking snapping it off. And then their Motormaster ended up looking like an ape fed a strict diet of HGH and testosterone, so even if the quality was perfect, the design was off (and has since been re-worked). Keith allegedly has two factories but neither one seems to be as good as FT's or MMC's.

    KFC: Couldn't even manage to get out the four extra Junkions that are basically one or maybe two new cores with a bunch of different add-on bits attached to them. How embarassing.

    DX9: Wish they'd gone and MT had stuck around. They hardly release anything G1 MP, and what they do (Stunticons) has poor paint accuracy (fuzzy edges or edges that are slightly misaligned to the mold), somewhat kludgy in-hand feel compared to FT or XTB, and they are also over-sized like FT's. Their Motormaster and combined Menasor look pretty okay though.

    MT: MIA, and they seem to have taken the last two Autobot headmasters with them. Although based on the quality issues with their Con-exclusive and crowd-funded Seeker repaints, and now the first Conehead release, they still haven't figured out good QC. And QC has been a challenge for MT all along, going back to their MTCombiner days and carrying forward through their MTRM headmaster releases. Plus the Autobot headmasters are large enough bots they deserve proper individually articulated fingers (this was also a miss on Despotron but can be remedied with the Eness black MP-10 hands which fit him quite nicely) as are their Seekers, so that's a big miss I hold against them for being cheap. I'm not even sure why I'm so eager to get those last two headmasters from them when they're bound to be disappointing in some way. At least it would probably check those character boxes long before FT gets to them.

    Fans Hobby: Some really nice designs and clean tampos, albeit with lighter plastics, some frustrating transformation bits with MB01 PMOP, and some stability issues with Double Evil. If I had to vote for an MP company, Fans Hobby would the be only one listed in this post but I don't have much interest in the figures they've released since PMOP.
     
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    Best MP Style 3P Toy of 2019
    1) FT Roadking (Motormaster)
    2) MMC Impetus (Vortex)
    3) MMC Fraudo (Swindle)

    Best CHUG style 3P Toy of 2019
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    Best 3rd Party Giant Toy of 2019
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    Best 3rd Party Small Scale / Legends toy of 2019
    1) Newage Agememnon (Megatron)
    2) Newage Lucifer (Starscream)
    3) Newage Manero (Jazz)

    Best Company of 2019
    1) Newage

    Most Improved Company of 2019
    1) MMC

    Best Newcomer of 2019
    1) Transform Elements
     
  11. mikeszekely

    mikeszekely Not Pessimus Prime

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    Best MP Style 3P Toy of 2019
    1) Magic Square MS-01 Light of Freedom
    2) Fans Toys Spoiler
    3) Fans Hobby Double Evil

    1 and 2 could have been MS-01 and TE-01, and they're borderline interchangeable. But I didn't want two G1 Primes hogging all the space, and I do slightly prefer MS-01.

    Best 3rd Party Giant Toy of 2019
    1) Zeta Toys Kronos.

    Yeah, Kronos' arms came out in 2018, but the torso came out January or February, and the arms came out a little after that. That means that Kronos was completed this year, so it counts, right? And as far as I can recall it's the only big 3P combiner (sorry Iron Factory) to complete this year. But this category could be more fun next year (unless all three spots are Menasors).

    Best CHUG style 3P Toy of 2019
    1) Planet X Isemnios
    2) MMC Foxwire & Ni
    3) MMC Inventa

    I mean, if I were going to buy any CHUG-style stuff released this year those would be it (with Manga, Mars, and Vejovis the runners up, but I actually wasn't fond of Kadmos). But I didn't actually buy any of them.

    Best 3rd Party Small Scale / Legends toy of 2019
    1) Magic Square MSB-18 Light of Justice
    2) Magic Square MSB-20 UFO
    3) Newage NA-H9 Agamemnon

    As awesome as Agamemnon was I'm really looking forward to seeing Magic Square's Megatron.

    Best Company of 2019
    1) MMC

    This might seem like a weird choice, since nothing they released cracked my top 3 for MPs and I didn't buy any of their Reformatted stuff this year. But if my MP stuff would have gone to five they'd have filled the next two spots, and if it'd gone to 10 they'd have probably filled more than half of them. A lot of 3Ps, even big ones like DX9, weren't really prolific enough to get a feel for them as a company. I think it really boiled down to XTB, who did well but were hampered by a few QC issues, Fans Toys, who knocked it out of the park with their Stunticons but whose Aerialbots but also dropped some less-amazing Aerialbots and some awful season 3 bots, and MMC who (in my opinion) had a string of hits: Azalea, Saltus, Impetus, and Fraudo.

    Most Improved Company of 2019
    1) MMC Ocular Max

    This could have been Fans Toys' if everything they released after Roadking was as good as Roadking. Too bad only Spoiler was. As for Ocular Max, I think Hellion was the only release MMC did under that label (excluding repaints), and while I don't think Hellion was bad it wasn't amazing, either. And if you go back further you're going to start seeing stuff like OMNE and Terraegis that were giving the Ocular Max line a rep for poor QC. So from bad in 2017 to meh in 2018 to four hits in 2019? That's improvement.

    Best Newcomer of 2019
    1) Transform Element

    While I did ever so slightly prefer MS-01, Magic Square's not exactly a newcomer. TE came onto the scene swinging this year with an MP-style Optimus that, in my opinion, is much better than MP-44. Really looking forward to seeing what else they do in the future.
     
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    Exactly how I felt!
     
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    Best MP Figure
    1) FT Roadking
    2) FT Spoiler
    3) TE-01

    Best Legends
    1) New Age Harry (Prowl)

    Best Company of 2019
    1) Fanstoys

    Most Improved Company of 2019
    1) New Age

    Best Newcomer of 2019
    1) Transform Element
     
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  14. Electro Rush

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    I think MMC Inventa is the only new 3P figure that I bought this year, so that.
     
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    Best MP Style 3P Toy of 2019
    1) Fanstoys Maverick
    2) MMC Impetus
    3) XTB Overheat

    Best CHUG style 3P Toy of 2019
    1) Powerful Figures Break & Shake
    2) Generation Toy Motor
    3) MMC Ebrius

    Best 3rd Party Giant Toy of 2019
    1) MMC Inventa Magna
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    Best 3rd Party Small Scale / Legends toy of 2019
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    Best Company of 2019
    1) Gigapower

    Most Improved Company of 2019
    1) Toyworld

    Best Newcomer of 2019
    1) Transform Element
     
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    Best MP Style 3P Toy of 2019
    1)TE-01 OP Leader
    2)FT-31C Spoiler
    3)PS-15 Fraudo

    Would also include FT-16M & FT-29T but not sure a repaint should count.
    FT-31A would also likely be on here but I don't actually have him yet

    Best Company of 2019
    1)Fans Toys. Despite some hiccups with Hoodlum and Jabber (and I don't dislike them as much as others do) they pushed out a lot of figures this year that were pretty great.

    Best Newcomer of 2019
    1)Transform Element. Their first jump into the MP scale was a homerun with OP Leader. I'm very much looking forward to their take on Mirage
     
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    Best MP Style 3P Toy of 2019
    1) UT La Hire
    2) TE Optimus
    3) XTB Seaspray

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    Best Company of 2019
    1) Iron Factory

    Most Improved Company of 2019
    1) Toyworld

    Best Newcomer of 2019
    1) Not really sure when all the newer companies started, so I'm going for TE .
     
  18. CZ Hazard

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    Yeah. From what I've seen all the Fans Hobby releases have been superb. They're just slightly outside of my MP remit. Has to stop myself buying Monsterbots several times, but Overlord and Thunderclash are right in my wheelhouse.
     
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    Best MP Style 3P Toy of 2019
    1) FT Maverick (Silverbolt) - Getting that alt mode from that bot mode pushed it above Roadking for me
    2) FT Roadking (Motormaster)
    3) FT Spoiler (Breakdown) - I initially had FH Double Evil here trying to diversify my list, but I just couldn't really. I also considered putting Goose here, but he is too new to judge fairly vs the "new factor" yet

    Best CHUG style 3P Toy of 2019
    1) Planet X Ismenios (Deathsaurus, probably spelled the PX name wrong)
    2) MMC Ultio (Ratbat)
    3) GT Bulance (First Aid)

    Best 3rd Party Giant Toy of 2019
    1) I can't think of anything that even qualifies
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    Best 3rd Party Small Scale / Legends toy of 2019
    1) Magic Square Light of Justice (Optimus Prime)
    2) Magic Square Strongman (Huffer)
    3) Iron Factory Hexwrench (Wheeljack)

    Best Company of 2019
    1) Fans Toys

    Most Improved Company of 2019
    1) Fans Toys - I know most people will scoff (or worse) at this, but by "most improved" I try to think about how I feel about the products compared to last year. For other companies I didn't really consider their figures this year "better" than their past years so I didn't really have anyone else I felt qualified for this category for me. Fans Hobby was probably the closest if I had to name another company, but as great as their figures this year were, I don't really think they are significantly improved over their previous figures. I liked the Season 3 figures from FT more than other people, but even for me they were just good. The combiner figures they have put out this year (Maverick, Roadking, Spoiler, and Goose) are probably the best figures I own.

    Best Newcomer of 2019
    1) Magic Square (if they qualify, I can't remember)
     
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    Best MP Style 3P Toy of 2019
    1) JX Metal Beast Winged Dragon
    2) Gigapower Superator
    3) Fanshobby Double Evil

    Best CHUG style 3P Toy of 2019
    1) PX Ismenios
    2) PX Star Saber
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    Best 3rd Party Small Scale / Legends toy of 2019
    1) IF Tarn
    2) Newage Megatron
    3) MS Light of Justice

    Best Company of 2019
    1) Newage

    Most Improved Company of 2019
    1) x-transbots

    Best Newcomer of 2019
    1) Jiang Xing