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eBEFOREi Reviews: AM34 JET VEHICON GENERAL

Postby ebeforei » Fri Mar 01, 2013 5:56 am

So, I preordered this guy sight unseen... then... the first pics surfaced and boy did he look bland... Knowing pics do not always translate to an in-hand impression, I kept my order and here he is! Does the in hand impression change? Find out in my detailed review

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Re: eBEFOREi Reviews: AM34 JET VEHICON GENERAL

Postby El Duque » Fri Mar 01, 2013 8:53 am

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Seibertron.com member ebeforei has shared a video review of Takara Tomy's recently released Transformers Prime Arms Micron AM-34 Jet Vehicon General. The figure is a redeco of their previously released Jet Vehicon trooper modeled after the elite Jet Vehicons seen in the Transformers Prime season 2 finale. Check out his review embedded below.

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Re: eBEFOREi Reviews: AM34 JET VEHICON GENERAL

Postby Sabrblade » Fri Mar 01, 2013 10:39 am

Motto: "FOR THE EARTH!!!"
Weapon: Saber Blade
"Love those stickers!" - Glad someone does.

Rank a 6? Pretty low-ranked General.

Very cool figure. Not perfect, but still cool.
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Re: eBEFOREi Reviews: AM34 JET VEHICON GENERAL

Postby ebeforei » Fri Mar 01, 2013 10:55 am

Sabrblade wrote:"Love those stickers!" - Glad someone does.

Rank a 6? Pretty low-ranked General.

Very cool figure. Not perfect, but still cool.

Haha - yeah I was being sarcastic on both counts. I despise the stickers with a passion!! Every AM figure I say to myself will be my last - but I just keep going there :) As for the rank, I suppose if I were to make any sense of it in a story line, I would say that he is a General within Starscream's seeker/jet Vehicon army, and hence, lower on the overall totem pole. I know... It's a stretch lol! Totally agree that is turned out pretty well despite some deco flaws. Looks great on the shelf!
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Re: eBEFOREi Reviews: AM34 JET VEHICON GENERAL

Postby KnightStrike » Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:01 am

Motto: "Remember, this hobby is supposed to be your therapy, not the reason you need therapy."
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Glad I cancelled my pre-order. I wasn't crazy about the micron ports all over it and really dislike the sticker thing, but thought maybe it would still look pretty decent. Its far too bland for my taste and that center chest looks pretty bad compared to the clear overlay piece and insignia on the PRID Vehicons. So wish we had gotten a Hasbro Jet Vehicon release :(
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Postby ebeforei » Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:19 am

That's a great point - you'd think that a toy that could be seen as an army builder would be one of the first releases by Hasbro. I thought the prid Vehicon sold well - at least in my area.... Oh well... As is, it is not bad. I just wish Takara would drop the prime AM stickers and just go back to paint!! They do it so well. Ah well, the AM line will most likely be done soon enough... I wonder if the Takara Beast Hunters line will be stickers?
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Re: eBEFOREi Reviews: AM34 JET VEHICON GENERAL

Postby Sabrblade » Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:30 am

Motto: "FOR THE EARTH!!!"
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ebeforei wrote:That's a great point - you'd think that a toy that could be seen as an army builder would be one of the first releases by Hasbro.
If only the stores hadn't bought so many Wave 1 shipments.

Honestly, there was not a single time I walked into any of the Big 4 retail stores that didn't have either a Bumblebee, a Cliffjumper, or a Wheeljack during the time that the PRID toys were sold.
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Re: eBEFOREi Reviews: AM34 JET VEHICON GENERAL

Postby KnightStrike » Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:49 am

Motto: "Remember, this hobby is supposed to be your therapy, not the reason you need therapy."
Weapon: Electro-burst Rifle
ebeforei wrote:That's a great point - you'd think that a toy that could be seen as an army builder would be one of the first releases by Hasbro. I thought the prid Vehicon sold well - at least in my area.... Oh well... As is, it is not bad. I just wish Takara would drop the prime AM stickers and just go back to paint!! They do it so well. Ah well, the AM line will most likely be done soon enough... I wonder if the Takara Beast Hunters line will be stickers?

By the way, thanks for the excellent review!
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Re: eBEFOREi Reviews: AM34 JET VEHICON GENERAL

Postby ebeforei » Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:07 pm

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ebeforei wrote:That's a great point - you'd think that a toy that could be seen as an army builder would be one of the first releases by Hasbro.
If only the stores hadn't bought so many Wave 1 shipments.

Honestly, there was not a single time I walked into any of the Big 4 retail stores that didn't have either a Bumblebee, a Cliffjumper, or a Wheeljack during the time that the PRID toys were sold.

Oh man, I had totally forgotten about that. It seemed as if for months there was nothing but an endless seas of 'Bee's and Cliffjumpers.
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Re: eBEFOREi Reviews: AM34 JET VEHICON GENERAL

Postby ebeforei » Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:09 pm

KnightStrike wrote: By the way, thanks for the excellent review!

Thanks very much man! :)
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Re: eBEFOREi Reviews: AM34 JET VEHICON GENERAL

Postby MightyMagnus78 » Fri Mar 01, 2013 5:46 pm

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He's so plain...I bet he thinks this review is about him. #-o

This mold looks so much better in black. Its just weird they didn't paint the whole thing silver. It's like they went over budget with the micron, so they could only afford to paint the roof. :BANG_HEAD:
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Re: eBEFOREi Reviews: AM34 JET VEHICON GENERAL

Postby ebeforei » Fri Mar 01, 2013 6:34 pm

MightyMagnus78 wrote:He's so plain...I bet he thinks this review is about him. #-o

This mold looks so much better in black. Its just weird they didn't paint the whole thing silver. It's like they went over budget with the micron, so they could only afford to paint the roof. :BANG_HEAD:

Now I can't get Carly Simon out of my head lol
I like the figure pretty well, but you have a valid point. The whole Takara sticker thing is crazy considering what they *can* do with paint.
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Re: eBEFOREi Reviews: AM34 JET VEHICON GENERAL

Postby Mindmaster » Sat Mar 02, 2013 6:15 pm

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A little to bland for my taste.... chrome him up though, and give him the black head he is supposed to have, then I'll buy. :BANG_HEAD:
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Re: eBEFOREi Reviews: AM34 JET VEHICON GENERAL

Postby ebeforei » Sat Mar 02, 2013 7:07 pm

Mindmaster wrote:A little to bland for my taste.... chrome him up though, and give him the black head he is supposed to have, then I'll buy. :BANG_HEAD:

That would look sweet! Surely some people will start customizing him soon enough. Looking forward to see what people do. To bad Takara didn't do it! :) (but he is pretty cool as is.. just upsetting to think what could have been!)
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