Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by Purple Heart, Oct 1, 2019.
Am I the only one going to paint the roof light yellow on Optimus?
I will once I can actually find anything Earthrise in the stores, gat-dangit!
Battle and Micro Masters Impressions
Not going over Smashdown in detail: looks the same, joints feel a little tighter, and has different serial number. Robot mode is still awful. Should always stay in hammer mode, which would have benefited from a longer handle.
"Yes, I'm a thing."
He's simply a bot with a ramp on the back. The bot itself looks nice. The joints are good and stay in place. Head does not rotate. Arms have blast effects port. There are blast effect ports on the blaster / missile launcher looking things on the ramp sides. Like most other battle masters, this one also suffers from no elbows and no knees.
Shield mode. Has pew pews on the tapered sides. This actually can pass off as a shield. The small opaque orange blast effect is what he comes with. Wish it came with multiple instead of just one.
Looks better than Ironwork's A.I.R. Lock ramp panels when connecting bases.
Optimus Prime's trailer cannot connect to Omega Supreme without lifting the wheels off the ground. An extra ramp helps. Yep, he's just looking at the floor.
Is he worth paying more than MSRP $6 for him? If $1-2 higher and you like base building, then yeah. Otherwise, no. I paid $1 above MSRP.
Best mode remains alt mode, followed by robot mode, and lastly combined mode.
Overall, with exception of Bombshock (green tank), quality of these Micro Masters are better than the initial Siege ones. (Siege Micro Masters got better starting with Countdown). The arms and legs stay on. Alt modes look good for their size.
They all have knees but none have elbows. The only problematic one is Bombshock (green tank). His pelvis and hip part of thighs have a design flaw. Trying to flex the hips causes the legs to pop out. There's simply not enough clearance. You could detach the leg and then reattach with the hip flexed but that's just silly to do. As his waist does rotate, one "fix" would be to reverse the pelvis and reattach the legs. However, due to empty plastic syndrome, then the pelvis would look very strange. Some have noted some difficulty with rotating his turret for transformations. I have not had that problem. You just simply have to lift up the turret from the base a teeny little bit and it'll rotate just fine. There are tiny pegs in there for a reason to keep the turret positioned straight and shouldn't be shaved off.
Combined mode is, um, uh....
The hinge on Growl (brown armored car) cannot support any decent amount of weight in combined mode, so the hinge will flap down unless you use the lightest of blast effects.
Overall, the Micro Masters are fine for what they are and recommended again for those who like bases. Combined mode is still [insert favorite negative adjective]. I paid MSRP for them. Only major disappointment is with Bombshock, who was my favorite aesthetically (hip issue which pops out the legs and slightly annoying turret rotation).
*shrugs* "It's a living..."
ya totally agree and dont use so much clear plastic i have had my jazz sitting in robot mode and the clear plastic is starting to crack without me doing anything to it . and as we all know the hood is all most all clear plastic painted.
Earthrise Optimus Jetpack by Wes, on Flickr
Earthrise Optimus Jetpack by Wes, on Flickr
Just have to wait another 24ish hours before my ToyDojo order comes in. Can't wait to get my hands on that Prime and the deluxes.
Now that we are HERE, any idea if Autobot Tracks is coming?
Update on the paint color:
I went to Home Depot and got these:
Tried the lighter one, but the pieces still seemed "too bright" next to the gray of the trailer, so went with the darker one:
What's interesting is, the lighter blue kiiiiiinda matches the blue on the legs and head, while the darker one mostly matches the blue of the fists:
In the end, it was never meant to be a perfect match, but merely some paint on a very, very monotone base. This will do.
Will post photos when it dries and I reassemble it.
Sweet! I think I need to pick up another Cog also.
Do you intend on painting the center piece of his waste yellow? For whatever reason, this missing detail stands out to me.
Ya know, I used to be all about adding paint apps to my figures....but over the last few years I've become a bit of a minimalist, and haven't really done much to them. The only exception would be for glaringly missing and omitted things, like a complete and total gray trailer; in that case, I'll do something like this. (adding the blue)
Another instance would be taking something that is flat gray, and adding some gunmetal to it.
Besides instances like those, I haven't really done much.
That's understandable. I was just interested in seeing what it could like look with the added details on his waist.
I'm not much of a customizer. All I can really do is spray paint solid pieces just like you did. Question: Have you used that brand of paint before? Thoughts? I've used it to paint a couple of my figures with mixed results.
Oh absolutely, this is my go-to brand.
I've always found if you just follow the simple rules of spray painting something, it comes out well.
- clean the piece with soap and water; then dry thoroughly.
- use latex gloves to prevent the oil from your fingers to get on it.
- super light coats, over and over and over until you reach the desired color. Don't rush this part.
- allow it to sit and dry overnight.
- a quick coat of matte/satin/gloss clear coat.
Never really had an issue if I just follow those steps.
Not his usual type of client, but an easy fix.
Thanks for the tips. I have never actually cleaned the part I am spray painting
My issue has always been the clear coat peels the paints off. Do you allow the paint to fully cure (5-7 days) before adding the clear coat ?
Really? That's odd. Could be that you're not cleaning it that's making it do that.
And nooooooo, you dont need to wait that long at all ...you can apply the clear coat within an hour if you really wanted to. Lol
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