Transform Element TE-03 Speed Star (G1 Mirage)

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  1. TigerBlade

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    Insane deal for one of the best carbots you can buy.
     
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    ugh just jumped on one (for a backup copy since I thought TE would be no more soon) of the few normal priced ones last week from a decent retailer to avoid the low priced defective lot ones...now there is gonna be a new run at under 50 bucks?! i wish they'd release another color instead. haha. red mirage anyone? haha. do i need a 3rd? lol
     
  3. Chareos

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    Can't argue with 50 bucks. Well, 49 bucks with the $1 deposit matching at ShowZ.
     
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    Gambled on a discount one for $59 from TF-Direct. I got the green ankles, but other than that, no other QC issues. It's a nice figure even with the ankles the way they are.
     
  5. mikeszekely

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    Y'know, I've thought that Speed Star is probably the best-looking Mirage, but I couldn't bring myself to replace a perfectly good Sphinx with it, especially after the early reports of QC issues.

    But for $49? Yeah, I'm in.
     
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    $49?! … let’s fill this spot!!!

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    What are you talking about? He's already there.
     
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    I wasn’t a big Mirage fan but this figure is probably my favourite Carbot. They nailed the toon TT look but also has a little more heft. It’s for me pretty uninterested in the FT version unless they really make it magic.

    I have no reason to, but I’m tempted to get another one just incase. It’s too bad the QC issues hold it back from complete domination.
     
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    mirage is the OG John cena
     
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  10. Maximus Danz

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    Oh no...
     
  11. Snaku

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    I put in a deposit last night. I'm still debating on going through with it. I don't like replacing figures and Mirage isn't a character who's important enough to me to upgrade (unlike say Optimus, Megatron, or Starscream), but at $50 it's hard to resist.

    So I never really followed this figure because I already had Sphinx but I keep hearing about qc issues. What is typically wrong with this guy?
     
  12. ShmoopsMcGoo

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    Common was Early versions had mis-assembled hips & later had wrong color panels on the insides of the ankles. I was lucky enough to get 2 left hands, so some typical hit-or-miss is possible as well
     
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  13. Snaku

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    Were the hips fixable or did they need replacing? How visible are the wrong colored panels in a standing or dynamic pose?
     
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    Hips are not bad to fix, a little annoying because you can’t completely separate the pieces without loosening the knee joint but just watch a video and it’ll take about 5-10 min.

    With the green ankles it seems like you’re out of luck, they’re like dark turquoise and stand out enough to bother me in an A stance.

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  15. Snaku

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    Hm. Well I guess I'm pretty good at paint matching so I can fix the ankles if need be. For $50 I think I can live with needing a few minor repairs. Now I just need to decide whether it's worth upgrading at all. He looks better than Sphinx but Sphinx is still pretty much good enough. I can't really sell him cuz I did a bit of customization on him - chromed his rocket and knees with molotow and the chrome has a bit of a blemish. So I'd just be giving Sphinx to my nephew which would definitely make him happy. Well, I've got time before ShowZ gets him so I'll keep mulling it over.
     
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  16. Destruktiw

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    Why green ankles? Why? I wanted to buy this nice figure but now I'm out.
     
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    Did people ever get replacements for the ankles or no? Because that sort of discoloration in such a prominent place sucks, even at $50
     
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    I’ve kept my Sphinx for vehicle mode with all the other “replaced bots” :lol 

    There are a few KOs in there too for filler but it has given me an excuse to upgrade without feeling like I wasted money!

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    Anyone know when the preorder from show z is supposed to come in for this guy?
     
  20. ShmoopsMcGoo

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    Something to keep in mind for all the folk fretting. the Show.z is a preorder, not a sale of existing stock listed w/ a no warranty disclaimer. This may just be another affordable TE reissue to clear out stock/materials before they jump to the next brand name & we'll all get lucky & find a whole new QC issue.

    Edit: clarity