Zeta Toys ZV-02 Core Star / 1Studio Cell (G1 Unicron)

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  1. Jaguaratron

    Jaguaratron Well-Known Member

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    Not only did he have symmetrical pecs in the movie (sans animation flaws) he also has a symmetrical chest as his back too! I thought this was weird and lazy on Zetas behalf until I actually looked into it and it IS as he was in the movie, like it or lump it, the work Zeta did to produce this item was amazing.
     
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    Electro Rush Just a guy waiting for the perfect Whirl

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    Paid my invoice with Chosen Prime. Can't wait for this to arrive.
     
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    I’d be interested in a battle damaged unicron from this mold.
     
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    Electro Rush Just a guy waiting for the perfect Whirl

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    Mailman dropped this fella off a while ago, wasnt expecting the delivery til tomorrow! This will be a fun night.
     
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    Electro Rush Just a guy waiting for the perfect Whirl

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    They must have used softer plastics on pumpkin because edges on mine are chewed up. Especially the kneecaps.
     
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    If you don't plan on transforming him, there's very little QC to worry about. He's easily one of the best manufactured figures I've ever seen. The only thing that I think is relevant is that one of my two copies (both 2nd batch/christmas box) didn't come with grease in his ratchet joints. If the ratchets feel way too stiff, you likely have this problem. It's probably not a huge issue if he's display only but if you plan on posing him a lot it could chew the ratchets up over time, though most of them are made of either steel or nearly indestructible plastic. Regardless of anything, having the ratchets be lubed makes him more pleasant to handle.

    The small clip spikes on the sprue and the planet mode horns are some sort of memory plastic. If any of them are bent for whatever reason (usually they are out of the package) briefly heating them with a hair dryer or a quick dunk in hot water should cause them to return to their original cast shapes.

    The chest is usually mistransformed to some extent in the box, causing it to not sit flush. If the chestplates aren't lining up you want to open them up and make sure the planetary horns aren't pushing on the other side. If you straighten them with the heat trick above, lining them up base-to-tip (so the tip of one horn nestles in the ball socket groove at the base of the other) is the best way to achieve clearance.

    Not a QC issue, but when you first tab the kneepad together (they're split in the box to allow the legs to slide shut) BE CAREFUL WITH THE PIN JOINT where they connect to the rest of the leg. Try to avoid putting too much leverage on the pin, it's very easy to crack it if you fold the knee together wrong. After extending the leg, tabbing the back of his calf in first will lock the knee extender so you aren't trying to line up the kneepad halves and the internal knee at the same time.

    On some copies of the figure the clear plastic inlays on his chest and crotch are loose and pop out. This is easy to fix with a tiny dab of superglue.
     
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    Pretty much my ideal centerpiece!
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  11. Puulis

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    Zeta/01 Studio really hit a home run with this mold. I think they could coast for some time on various repaints to bankroll other projects, just a shame it got so mixed up in legal trouble.
    Sadly on that Armada digibash the color blocking doesn't work for the planet mode. If the shoulders are going to be orange that will pull a solid block of orange too close to the center maw. I think the orange equator band could be black as an homage to to the gloss black mini con turntables on the original toy, as the only place that band is visible in robot mode is the tops of the shoulders.
     
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    I don't know how much of a hot take this is, but I find him easier to transform with the rings installed. They force me to handle the figure in certain ways and kind of create a 'force field' around accidentally bumping the small spikes. The only thing to be careful of is knocking off the spikes around the ring port when rotating it.

    As for the spikes that end up inside the arms, one is mounted higher than the other (the one near the elbow.) If you lay that one down first and then the low one on top of it, you can use your fingernail to pop them both out by scratching at the base of the high one so you don't need to use a tool to get them out.
     
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    Just got this guy and the wing extensions in, love it! Though I’m not sure if I’ll ever transform him haha.

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    So, I am sure this has been mentioned previously, but I would love a re-tool of this guy to become Cybertron / Primus.
     
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    Fuzzimus Prime Light our darkest hour

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    Have to tip my hat off to Zeta or whoever actually made the figure. Had an unfortunate incident where my Cell took a good tumble about 4-5 feet off of my shelf. (In the middle of prepping to move) Had a heart attack that something broke, but only thing that actually popped off was one of the clear circle peices from his back waist tabs, and his one leg had the tabs pop out at the side of the knee. No other parts detached or damage. Very impressed and noted to be much more careful in the future lolz
     
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    Yeah, I don't know what he's made out of, but it's some of the most durable plastic I've ever seen. The only thing that worries me are the tiny decorative towers, I've seen people post that if he lands right on them it can take them out.

    On an unrelated note, I'm curious how fast everyone here can transform him. He's one of the lengthier figures in my collection, usually takes me about a half an hour from one mode to the next, but I'm not speedrunning it either. My problem spots are getting the horns to align so they don't bend in robot mode, getting the waist chunks tabbed onto his shins in alt mode, and working with the top shoulder panels - specifically getting them to clear the planet mode pegs that slot into the bottom of the horn plates. Other than that it's pretty easy. This is with the spikes and rings attached.
     
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    I've gotten it down to about 25 minutes. Less, from planet to robot.
     
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    Fuzzimus Prime Light our darkest hour

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    That's what I was really worried about, especially since quite a few of mine are pretty loose fitting. Hmm, I've only transformed mine twice so far. I think last time was around 40 minutes roughly lolz. And yes, I have also had issues with the waist chunks and shoulder panels. Frustrating but brilliant lolz
     
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    Physics cares not about paultry buildings/towers/spires. Force & weight vs tiny rigid plastic = physics feasting on delicious tears


    The first time took an eon but, I am absurdly slow with first transformations (even back in the day with $4.99 basic sized toys) as a precaution. I also try to transform the first time without instrucyltions/guides/etc. so I can physically feel if something isn't being done correctly so that I have that force feedback in the future as a reference point. I had to pull up a video on 01 Studio's Cell because I was too scared to pull up the upper torso (it was obvious something up there had to move but, I wasn't going to start randomly applying force on something that expensive with supply quickly drying up).

    I've only gone to planet mode and back to robot mode once and then I boxed it back up (I have to do a furniture swap and I've been putting that off because I haven't felt like stripping the lacquer off the new TV stand and staining the wood black). It will be faster in the future as,the only tricky parts are the planet clips/tabs and the leg to chest clips. The rest is fairly straight forward after you've done it.


    IIRC, the general advice is to put the horn tips in the screw hole of the opposite horn.
     
  20. Jaguaratron

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    This guys videos are way better than instructions and he really goes into "best practice"

     
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