Just got the 4 Beast Hunter Deluxes.
Man what a DISAPPOINTMENT!!!!
Overall the gaudy colors, cheap plastic and even cheaper construction make these feel more like Big Lots knock offs than actual Hasbro releases.
Soundwave is the worst offender. His garish colors just scream fail. The pics looked pretty bad, but in hand it seems worse.
As tough as his PRID release can be to line up during transform, this is pretty much impossible, and it is a direct result of cheap plastic.
Most of the pics I've seen online in reviews and whatnot have the same issues I did. He just doesn't want to snap together.
Laserback suffers from the same loud color pallet, but without seeing him onscreen, I can't yet know if this is show accurate. That being said, the above mentioned cheap construction, and crappy plastic still make him feel more like a "Super Awesome Robot" than a real release.
The Autobots fare a little bit better, but if you have the original releases you can spot the cutbacks immediately.
Anywhere that used clear plastic are gone, in most cases this means lights and windows that were originally 2 parts are now 1 solid piece with paint apps (maybe).
Worse off are the wheels. Where we are used to seeing pins holding on the wheels, we now have press fit clips. These are MUCH easier to break than the traditional pins, and just scream of the degrading quality.
Both WJ and BB are ill fitting in alt mode, but for mine, Bee fares worse here.
I was eventually able to get WJ to snap together correctly, but Bee's rear windows never did quite line up with the trunk area to snap together. It leaves a bit of a gap in alt mode.
And for this I paid an extra buck or so apiece over figs a year ago.
Price up, quality down.
Hasbro's gonna kill themselves in their own market.
I'm for sure not buying voyager Optimus, and probably not the dragon either.
It is painful to see garbage like this on the same shelf with FE Optimus and Cliffjumper, and the RTS Jazz mold (as Wheelie) which were all SUPER solid, well executed figures.