What were "Game Changers" in the world of third party?

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  1. velencourte

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    I wanna say DX9 Hulkie for attempting a fully-integrated combiner, which we're seeing a bit more now from MMC. I could be wrong and another combiner was before Hulkie, but I haven't done research into it.
     
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    Sure, for Machine Robo, Go Lion, Sentai, and many others over the years.
     
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    For me, it's not early ones but fairly recent figures.

    I have a good number of 3rd parties now but all have been regarded as great figures and so in the last few years, the number did increase quite a lot.

    So what I regard figures as game changers over the overly quality and what they offer and within a fair price (as far as I'm concerned).

    1) Eris Kultur : the reasons are
    • across every figure I have, the transformation is simply amazing, with both modes being excellentt
    • the articulation is as perfect as can be, I can't thing of anything missing
    • the damn tank threads! They managed actual working caterpillar tank threads that are plastic and are secure, work perfectly, and aren't lost in robot mode either.
    This figure is absolutely my reference to what an amazing figure should be, and within the 100$ range, makes it a very good deal compared to so many much more expensive figures that doesn't bring as much as this figure does.

    2) Dr.Wu Optimus and the Ultra Magnus:
    • Micromasters scale and yet, amazing in both modes
    • Transformation are semi easy/complex for their size and just works
    • Many have excellent articulation for their size
    • Plastic quality, again for their size, is just fantastic.
    These tiny guys show how good figures can and should be and still in the same price range of the Hasbro cores... Smaller yes, the the level of quality adds up.
     
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    i would argue for optus pexus and thunderking

    the former was insane for its engineering and articulation which is probably to this day mmc's most famous and notable work

    thunderking meanwhile spawned a whole new style for combiners, the fan made realistic-ish bbm style. DST superion, DST devvy, 01 studio devvy etc
     
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    Fans Hobby brought renewed interest into the Japanese side of Transformers.
     
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    Omnigonix Spinout
    Daca Toys Kronos
    KFC Shitka
    Fanstoys Berserk
    X-transbots Abaddon
    VectronLabs Devystator
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  7. Tanafor

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    Ah, Spinout... I really liked the design, it's a pity it didn't get tolerable QC.
     
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    Fp City Commander armour (iirc that was the first main stream 3p add on?)
    FP Insecticons (iirc they were amongst the first full 3p figures? Might be first ko'd 3p too)
    TFC Hercules (first full 3p combiner)
    FT Quakewave (opened the mp floodgates)
    Toyworld Constructor (first to use parts to enhance stability and proportions)
     
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    I agree with most releases here and want to throw in TNR Sunstreaker and Jazz for being the most controversial 3p releases so far
     
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    Answer to the title of the thread: Time (things tend to develop over time) and the fact that hobbyists of robot figures increased during the corona period, because many had nothing else to do but hang out on the Internet. The increase in the number of enthusiasts has caused an increase in demand.

    I understand that the opening comment of the thread asks which releases have been game changers, but I still think that the things I wrote above are the ones that have greatly helped in the development of the third party world.
     
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    FPJ upgrade kit with Energon Bruticus?
     
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    X-Transbots Fuzz. It changed the game to such a degree I almost stopped collecting.
     
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    I'd like to throw in the 01Studio Unicron. I don't remember the exact timeline on if this debuted first or the Haslab, but it made a big enough splash for 3P to be seen as a legitimate threat to Hasbro. My Haslab is still in its shipping box, never opened (because it's fkn huge) but my Studio Uni is proudly out on display.
     
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    This represents me. I didn’t rediscover Transformers until covid. I remember I was skimming the web in my forced free time and found videos of MP-44 and could barely believe it. Transformers the way I actually imagined them as a kid. The first one I bought was the Jin Bao oversized Devastator. Then I picked up almost all of the current Tamara MP’s. Now, I only pay attention to 3P. It is the actual complexity of these that make these interesting to me as I like to sit around and treat them like a puzzle while watching TV. The more complex the better. Also, Cang Toys Predaking has really resurrected my imagination of what I thought was cool as a kid.
    That being said, the game changer for me was Devil Saviour’s Mixmaster and the rest of the line. Complex transformations that make no sense and look like junk in both modes despite the good paint jobs. Devil Savioir made me wait to buy a 3P figure until I could actually see if it works.
     
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    Now I'm curious, when did you get it and what are your plans for it?
     
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    Now to get BSF to say "It's me, I've been here the WHOLE TIME"
     
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    I got it with the initial Haslab preorders, but it's so big I decided to wait for my office to be finished before opening it
     
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  20. Honesty

    Honesty honestly, Honesty!

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    Ahh. Remember that fun drama? And the whole “XTB sabotaged it because they were on track to make their own Sunstreaker” business?

    No, it was just shit QC because it was XTB and early days XTB. Think their QC can be bad now and be very hit and missy? Pfft. Nothing on early days XTB.

    I never really liked the design to begin with but at the end there, the designer got a little crotchety wnd angsty and I just closed the book on him by then.
     
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