What makes a TF toy great? - TFSource Article

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  1. Maz

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    Is it possible to apply a pre-agreed set of criteria to any Transformers toy in order to decide if it is worthy of being called great? Is it possible to apply a very aggressive agenda to such a question and twist the words of your contributors in such a way as to make a toy of your choosing qualify as great under those conditions? The answer to both of those questions, this week, is yes! Obviously this will not be an exhaustive analysis of what qualifies a Transformers toy to be heralded as great, but it does allow us to split the topic into a few categories where our contributors tell us what it is about specific aspects of a figure that makes a Transformer stand out to them.

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    Poetry, very well said.
     
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    Nice article Maz as usual.

    For me its simple how I determine what makes a great Transformers is that I enjoy the figure and it reminds me of the character its based on. I have yet to be disappointed in a single Transformer of the 500+ figures I've bought.
     
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    Reading at this moment!
     
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    Great article!
     
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    I myself love to choose carefully what figures can go into my collection. One important factor for me is the transformation. I love to transform my figures without instructions, that's the most interesting part of my collecting. It's like a challenge to complete a puzzle. On the other hand, I also aprecciate simple but original transformations. Some figures have got the same steps, but some of them really catch me out of balance when transformations got an original and surprising step, the one that makes me stop and say: "hey, great... this is great".
     
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    Nice article, Maz!

    And if I can say, without me feeling like I said the wrong thing... or things... I collect a portion of Transformers Legends figures for the fact they are based on their JG1 counterparts. Granted, most were edged into untold parts of the fiction. And others are humans who suffer from Transformers sickness. But what I collect really helps me connect to the series they are based on.

    For example... Galvatron. I see him as he was from the first series, Scramble City, the movie, 2010, Headmasters, Unite Warriors, G-2, and all the translated manga and story pages I found over the years. With the same going for Blurr, who left Rodimus Convoy because he did not want to lose his speed... Fortress, who admitted that becoming Fortress Maximus drains his life force... Skull, who is now a narcoleptic... And so on.

    Point being is that I feel like I get both a toy and a piece of fiction with this line. And the fact they mix the Hasbro names in English with the officially used names in Japanese is a fun bonus. :) 
     
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    One is only limited by one's mind and imagination..
     
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    I usually apply the following criteria,

    1.Will it look good with any of my existing displays?

    2.Is the build quality good enough to make it worthwhile dropping the cash? (There's currently 3-4 companies that I think offer a better than average guarantee of this.)
     
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    It's kinda all of the above really. What Hasbro is really acing at the moment it the playability of the Titans Returns line, even moreso than the mainline NuRID stuff! So right now, their 'collector' focused line is more 'fun' then their mainline! I digress, but my point is right now TR is 'better' to me than NuRID, MP and 3P.

    So 'fun' is what makes them good, great I guess would be the Takara paintjobs... but they're y'know. Expensive. One thing though, Takara totally missed the point on an IDW Rewind. Hasbro version really is great.
     
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    What makes a figure "good" for me.

    * fun. Fun to transform, handle, play with
    * character connection. Do I have a connection with the character? Is the essence of the character reflected in the mold?
    * relatable alt mode. A flying-tank-whatsit just loses me.
    * articulation/pose-ability. Lots of articulation is great but if it can't stand for crap, it's pointless. Limited articulation but can strike some killer poses?

    These 4 simple principles are it for me.
     
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    Many kind thanks :) 

    Cheers mate! I have always tried to be picky because of budget constraints, so I have tended to like everything I have bought too. Except BT-17 Black Convoy. Yuck.

    Thank you, Jose!!

    Yeah I actually had it pointed out to me today by @glaug that he does actually say Broadcast on the box, just not in English!

    and budget!

    Excellent criteria!

    I know IDW Rewind has been bossed by Hasbro, but there are features on the Takara Rewind I really like and prefer, the TakaraTomy Twitter icon on the display is a lovely touch :) 

    Very good policy.

    All the best
    Maz
     
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    Great article! Interesting read. :D