Transform Element TE-03 Speed Star (G1 Mirage)

Discussion in 'Transformers 3rd Party Discussion' started by oku, Dec 3, 2019.

  1. CyclonuS_ZerO

    CyclonuS_ZerO Uni-con

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    I really wish they would release this guy in a darker blue, then he'd be perfect. Has there been any talk of this happening?
     
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    Darker blue, and cover up the ugly '05' and '06' panels!
     
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    refresh my memory...so this guy has had 2 or 3 releases? I can't seem to tell. V1 we will call "hips are probably backwards". V2 was fixed hips but might have green ankle. Run 3 was the same as V2 or am i getting that wrong? might want to pick up an extra but supply seems to be running low. any chance for another reissue?
     
  4. Scowly Prowl

    Scowly Prowl Still calculating variables...

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    I don't know if there's an actual difference between the releases, just that the QC is better/worse/different between the batches. I feel that at this point buying anyone of them is kind of a roll of the dice in the QC issues that you may face - maybe try and find a retailer who will take it back if there's something wrong with the one that you get?
     
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    karamazov80 Million Dollar Champion

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    I got this guy yesterday. Fantastic figure! Aesthetically, he blows Sphinx out of the water as a 'bot, and the quality and heaviness of him is on par with Fans Toys. But evolution and improvement is the name of the game and I'm thankful we had that other version for a couple of years to tide us over. Maybe someone can do an even better version later, but I really dig this guy.
     
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    I took the gamble, will report back when he comes in.

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  7. Kung Fu Roo

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    I ordered one of those 38 dollar (USD) ones from taobao last week. Was listed as reprinted and repaired version. Whatever that means. Repaired hip? repaired paint? recycled return, haha. Will be interesting to see what arrives.
     
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    Yeah, it's the hip repair. I asked Bababobo about this last week.
     
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    hopefully they werent like hey, lets fix the hips but leave the green panels and forget about the missing engine piece.
     
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    rolled the dice as well. Here's to hoping we get non green ankles.
     
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    Aren't the green ankles just unpainted? I can't imagine that it'd be very hard to paint it. Only tricky part would be color matching the paint.
     
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    Not sure how the leg is put together, but if it involves punching multiple pins and such that'll be a pain.
     
  13. 4249david

    4249david Autobot's chief customs agent, apparently...

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    It's pinned. I forget the extent of the problem, but looking at mine, I think it a single pin job...
     
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    Theres a couple vids on youtube oin how to fix the hip. heres one/ starts around 2 min mark. Im not worried if I have to fix the hip or paint the panels. I just dont want missing parts to the engine.

     
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    4249david Autobot's chief customs agent, apparently...

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    Oh, the hip is definitely a single pin, but you do need to be careful. Watching a video is hugely beneficial.

    I had a missing engine piece but TFS-Express sourced a whole load of spares and stuff from TE, so I got my part at that time. It took ages for TE to supply them, but it's good to have him complete!
     
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    open preorder from showz, I hope it is not from the 30% defective lot ... okay, I preordered ... in this case showz should replace defective parts ... we will see ... this figure is very good and animestyle
     
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    Rats, would have waited for ShowZ if I'd known it'd be $15 cheaper than TFsafari. I'd feel less bad at taking the gamble for only $50.
     
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  18. Mercutio

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    Woah, 50 bucks for this guy?? I can't pass up that deal.

    [Pre-Order] Transform Element TE-03 Phantom Mirage

    Same listing page as the previous releases, and doesn't mention any damage or defective parts aside from the old hip issue, so hopefully everything's in working order. Seems like TE are just trying to get their last bit of money's worth out of their old molds (this guy and TE-01) before they move on to new stuff, and possibly a new company name?
     
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    picked up a sealed one from a facebook seller lets see what version i get.
     
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    Excluding the manufacturer qa/qc issue, I think this mold is excellent for its original price point and would love to see redecos, such as diaclone red, full/partial transparency, cell-shaded, etc.

    However, I wonder if the widespread qa/qc issues with 1st and 2nd runs effectively killed TE's expected sale numbers or demand for this figure, thus causing hesitancy to release redecos?

    It's been well over a year since initial release and it's baffling why TE still hasn't dropped any inkling of upcoming redecos.
     
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