Transform Element TE-03 Speed Star (G1 Mirage)

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  1. 4249david

    4249david Well-Known Member

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    Anyone getting it from the first shipment of the first batch (there's two shipments in the first batch) will have a risk of surgery being required.

    Those in the second shipment of the first batch shouldn't have to do the fix, and neither should the second batch due in a couple of months.

    Source: TFs-Express FB post about the issue and when it was caught and remedied. TFs Express
     
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  2. Momobots

    Momobots Eat my smoke!!

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    Yup, just haven't seen anyone go "WOOP WOOP, NO SURGERY ON MY COPY"

    Starting to think every single copy was affected :D 
    Not too worried about doing it, but would be happy to win the proverbial hip lottery too!
     
  3. 4249david

    4249david Well-Known Member

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    People should start getting the 2nd shipping group soon. Hopefully we'll see some updates of those people celebrating uncontrollably at not having to get the spudger out pretty soon!
     
  4. Big Hache

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    According to tracking, mine has been in my city since 8/4. Apparently it takes 6 days to depart from distribution center to arrive at my local post office. Weird because that only used to take a few hours.
     
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    Mine just came in today. Had to do the fix to both legs, which I did by following RFC Reviews' video. It was simple yet obnoxious. Getting the thigh pieces back in was a pain. But my joints are still tight and there is no damage to the legs, so alls well that ends well. And as for the figure itself...it's beautiful.

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    It's hard to imagine a scenario where I end up preferring the Fanstoys version, at this point. I really, really, really hope Transform Element buckles down on their G1 Masterpiece and BW Legends, and tosses the idea of wasting time on movieverse figures to the curb.
     
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  6. Dead End14

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    Did it. Without the pin. But man I really disliked that experience. I will not be buying a first batch of TE the next time:

    Mirage 5.jpg
     
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  7. Dead End14

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    So how does one pry open the second head?
     
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  8. kibble

    kibble Seeker style, yo!

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    But you might prefer whatever TE does for their v2 and v3...
     
  9. Alph

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    Yeah I expect it.
     
  10. tturbozx66

    tturbozx66 Well-Known Member

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    Aside from TE-01, did they have revisions for their other figures?
     
  11. smkspy

    smkspy Remember true fans

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    Yeah, mine is the same. Crazy times.
     
  12. atomD21

    atomD21 Not made of sterner stuff...

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    I used a plastic spudger on the bottom to start opening it, then slowly worked it around. It came apart more easily the second time I did it.
     
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  13. kibble

    kibble Seeker style, yo!

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    I don't know...did they even do more than one run of their other figures? Can't make changes if you only do one run. G1 seems to be more popular when it comes to 3rd Party, though.
     
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    So I tried to Transform him... and now this:

    Mirage 6.jpg

    How the hell am I going to fix this?
     
  15. RyanCharlie

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    Okay wait, the figure is defective out of the box?

    Mine just arrived in the mail, suddenly not excited about it at all.
     
  16. Phamduc

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    thing is you can fix it. But it's not a pleasant experience , even with other members keep saying "it's ok , you can fix , such ez"
    worse thing is pretty much you , me and early buyers all will get the faulty batch and 2nd batch won't have these issues. Feel like donkey.
     
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    G1 and it’s OP. Don’t think lesser characters going to get the same treatment as OP.
     
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    kibble Seeker style, yo!

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    If this guy is popular enough for another run, it will happen, and I'd bet your cocoa pebbles there is a change to it. Why? Double dips. I personally think it's douchy...but their goal is to sell figures, not be our buddy.
     
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    Well this is some bullshit.
     
  20. MP Collector

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    Just did the thigh fix. It was like a tale of two fixes. First leg was the biggest pain in the ass, but then the second wasn’t too bad. I think I made it through the process without any damage. That being said, it constantly felt like I was going to break the thing. I think I would recommend waiting for the second batch if you can. Or if you do get the first batch, make sure you pick it up from somewhere that offers great customer service.
     
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