Toyworld Grind Rod Pictorial Review

Discussion in 'Transformers 3rd Party Reviews' started by pingth, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. pingth

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    Has been a while....have not been doing pictorial reviews for some time but this guy showed up unexpectedly today as I was at the store. So I am glad to bring him home.

    Some in and out of package images:

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    Item comes with instruction and a very nice card (credit card material and size). By the way, instruction did not safe veal anything about the combination mode or anything of the like.

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    The different views in alt mode:

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    Other views of the alt mode in different angles:

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    Different views in robot mode:

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    And a close up view of the weapon:

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    Some dynamic poses:

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    And finally, the rumored combined mode:

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    Conclusion:

    The plastic used on this piece has a swirly kind of pattern like the previous release, Hegemon. The transformation is simple but not overly simple, in my opinion fitting for a deluxe class figure. Joints are tight, some parts are too tight for my liking but I guess they should loosen up over time.

    However I do have some issues initially with the wheel weapon and the his right fist. One side of the laser cannon couldn't be flipped out so I have to sand some bit down before I could flip it out alright, otherwise I could have damaged it. Also the weapon could not fit into his right fist initially, so similarly I have to sand down a little on the inner side of the fist. I didn't want to sand the holder on the weapon to fit the fist cos I found that the holder fitted the rear of the vehicle nicely. So other than these two issues, the figure is actually fine, maybe it could have been just my piece having these two problems and thankfully they can be easily corrected.

    The vehicle mode is nice, rolls well. I would have preferred the side mirrors to be a little bigger but that is a minor complaint. In robot mode, the head has very good light piping but unfortunately the light is hindered by the back piece behind the head. Toyworld actually made the effort to add some silver details on the arms and the legs of the figure, which is great, I think. I would very much like to paste an autobot symbol on his chest but there is this grill like pattern on it, wish Toyworld would actually allocate a flat spot for us to paste symbol, well, have to see what Reprolabels will come up with later on. Rumored combined mode.....I am not a fan of it in the context of the throttlebots but if it doesn't sacrifice the beauty on individual figures, I wouldn't mind this extra feature.

    I do like this figure and I do recommend it. I look forward to the rest of the throttlebot pieces and complete this throttlebot collection.

    UPDATE:

    Thanks to a reminder from brother Soundwave that the panel on the forearm can be brought forward closer to the fist in bot mode:

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  2. theestampede

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    looks quite nice, hows the plastic quality, qc and joints? Anything particularly fragile?
     
  3. pingth

    pingth Autocon

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    I didn't feel that plastic is bad or cheap, it feels solid and sturdy. There are some tabs which you got to be careful in the process of transformation, if you are rough with it, they could be subjected to breakage....hmmm perhaps something like the FOC swindle.
     
  4. Acidophilus

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    This turned out really well. I like it, but I just can't justify spending roughly $70 on it.
     
  5. 1984forever

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    Why Rollbar? They could make more money with a more popular character such as Gears. They would have been ahead of iGear by a year with their own release.
     
  6. Acidophilus

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    What I don't understand is why a company that did such a fantastic job creating a classic styled Megatron with Hegemon, wouldn't have gone ahead and made the obvious choice for a successor figure with Galvatron. Instead they choose to use their resources to make characters like Rollbar, or Gears.

    They are good characters, but surely Galvatron is the most wanted, and would have been a far better seller. This release doesn't seem to make good business sense. They are a new company, producing the most well known characters as early as possible would establish them firmly with high sells.

    I know Optimus is on their release plans, and to me that's a maybe, this release is priced too high in my opinion, but if Toyworld released a Galvatron similar to their Hegemon release, I would have bought thier Galvatron in an instant, probably two of them.
     
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    I got this today as well. One note Pingth, the arm plates can shift down a little more to help in the elbow articulation.

    Personally this is one of the few third party figures that impressed me so much. Transformation looks complex but is instead very simple. Looks and feels very solid and plastic quality is comparable to old Hasbro abs.

    Light piping is huge when you tilt the head. Also nice that the left hand is opened while right hand has a closed fist. Especially love this touch.

    Here's some pics of mine to share.

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    Throttlebot Rollbar by Clement Soh, on Flickr
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    Throttlebot Rollbar by Clement Soh, on Flickr
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    Throttlebot Rollbar by Clement Soh, on Flickr
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    Throttlebot Rollbar by Clement Soh, on Flickr
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    Throttlebot Rollbar by Clement Soh, on Flickr
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    Throttlebot Rollbar by Clement Soh, on Flickr
     
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    Yeah, I must have missed that bit, will check it out more when I get home later. You have posted beautiful pics. The lighting from the top really brings out the nice light piping on the figure.
     
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    Where in SG you guys bought it from? Any pointers?
     
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    looks good, glad I have one in my POL-waiting though, since it seems like everything else I have pre-orderd is supposed to come out this month lol.
     
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    You can buy directly from toys world site 3rd party store for $60 shipped.

    I'm not a fan of the character or throttlebots in general but this figure does look very nice.
     
  13. ORIO

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    He is? I'd rather have Throttlebots. NO ONE else is doing them. At any moment another 3rd party group or Takara with a Masterpiece Galvatron could pop up. I love that this group chose such an obscure little team of bots to do.

    Bring on the Monsterbots I say. :D 
     
  14. pingth

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    I got it from utoys at CSC. They are probably the only shop in SG selling this item at the moment.
     
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    Looks like a nice chunky and well designed bot. TW continues to impress.
     
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    The toy looks great but it's kinda sad the art works color doesn't match the figures
     
  17. cylor

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    Me too... and I've said it before, many many times. Probably the majority of fans is happy with the crappy Universe Galvatron? You can't even put him in front of Protector, who is literally dwarfing him.
     
  18. Acidophilus

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    I'm not aware of anyone working on a classics Galavtron, but if so the more choices the better. The point I was trying to make was Galvatron would sell better, and after handing Hegemon, Toyworld is the group I would like to see take it on. I want a version that would fit in with classics like Hegemon does. A masterpiece Galvatron wouldn't take away from that, it would be too large for classics at their current scale. I would buy it, and I would still need a better than the universe version classics Gavatron.

    The Monsterbots would be cool. I had those as a child, I would be more tempted, but probably not for $70 a piece.
     
  19. cylor

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    No classics Galvatron at the moment. CHMS' X-Transbots it's working at a Masterpiece-sized Galvatron: for now the prototype looks like crap, and we haven't seen updates in a while.
    Every now and then somebody says that Takara will show up with a masterpiece Megatron, but it's just mere speculation. But then again, it looks like it's just me and you craving a decent Voyager sized Galvy :) 
     
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    Grrrr, it's now a week and a half after receiving my tracking number and it STILL hasn't left Hong Kong yet. I'll never buy from the actual store ever again. :(