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Re: Fansproject Munitioner/Explorer Recolors

Postby xyl360 » Fri Oct 05, 2012 1:49 pm

Rated X wrote:
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Rated X wrote:Plus an extra set of parts to make the TFCC Nexus Maximus along with Flamblast and Warcry. :grin:

Yep, I just grabbed an extra TFCC Landquake, already have an extra TFCC Heatwave and TFCC Topspin and also grabbed an Energon Kickback.

My plans for this one are to have 2 tanks for legs (Kickback and Landquake), Heatwave as the torso (obviously) and 2 choppers for arms. I'm looking to snag an Energon Stormcloud to be the second arm and plan to buy 2 FP Explorers once I've confirmed that the arm piece for the helicopter is ambidexterous. I won't actually use Munitioner or Explorer themselves for this combiner like I used Flameblast and Warcry for the last one, just the combiner bits they come with.

I haven't decided if I'll swap out Heatwave/Nexus Maximus' combiner head yet for FP's like I did with my original custom or not. Probably not as I want this one to be different.



I went all out. This is how it looks...

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Re: Fansproject Munitioner/Explorer Recolors

Postby Rated X » Fri Oct 05, 2012 2:42 pm

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Looks great ! I like what you did with the red paint for the head and feet.
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Re: Fansproject Munitioner/Explorer Recolors

Postby xyl360 » Fri Oct 05, 2012 2:43 pm

Rated X wrote:Looks great ! I like what you did with the red paint for the head and feet.

Thanks :)!

Yep, I did that because I didn't think the gray/drab coloring of normal Bruticus fit with all those pretty/shiny bots from the TFCC set so I did a bit of painting on the details and it turned our pretty nice. He's my fav of all my combiners now :).
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Re: Fansproject Munitioner/Explorer Recolors

Postby That Bot » Fri Oct 05, 2012 10:34 pm

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xyl360 wrote:I'm looking to snag an Energon Stormcloud to be the second arm and plan to buy 2 FP Explorers once I've confirmed that the arm piece for the helicopter is ambidexterous.

The way the chopper arm transforms (and the shuttle arm, for that matter), the forearm is facing the same way no matter if it's left or right arm. You just rotate the figure at the waist 180 degrees to switch the direction the shoulder faces. So yes, the FP forearms will work either way.

I did a visual comparison of the Munitioner/Explorer redecos with the new deco on Takara Asia Bruticus, thinking maybe they were trying to match that. Doesn't look like it, they're going straight G1 with the new colors. Munitioner is a darker khaki than Swindle, and Explorer is black where Blast Off looks to be about the same brown as his ROTF/Universe version. So I don't know how well the new decos of these sets will mesh with each other, but I'm all the more glad I have the second run of the original Crossfire 02 deco.
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Re: Fansproject Munitioner/Explorer Recolors

Postby Flux Convoy » Sat Oct 06, 2012 5:45 pm

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I don't really see the point in the redecos. I don't really care either way. I'm just saying.
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Re: Fansproject Munitioner/Explorer Recolors

Postby That Bot » Sat Oct 06, 2012 11:05 pm

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If you make it, they will buy. And there's always some people who want stuff to be uber-G1, so this fills that niche. And it's another use of the molds, so they can get more profit off, especially from people who are new to the 3P scene and missed on either Crossfire 02 or Causality 01 and 02.
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Re: Fansproject Munitioner/Explorer Recolors

Postby FortMacs » Sun Oct 07, 2012 7:13 am

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If they do come with the combiner parts i may have to try and make these my first third party figures.
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Re: Fansproject Munitioner/Explorer Recolors

Postby Destron Pride » Fri Oct 12, 2012 10:01 pm

Hey, Hey, Hey, pre-orders up today!
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Re: Fansproject Munitioner/Explorer Recolors

Postby Rated X » Fri Oct 12, 2012 10:23 pm

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Destron Pride wrote:Hey, Hey, Hey, pre-orders up today!
BBTS

Nice to meet you guys, BTW! :grin:



Hi. Since youre first post is an advertisment for Crossfire pre-orders, Im guessing you might have some connection to BBTS or Fansproject. Is it possible to find out why they doubled in price ? I bought my Explorer and Munitioner brand new from BBTS for $49.99 each. flameblast and Warcry were also $49.99 each. What is going on with the doubled price ? I dont think this is acceptable for retail.
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Re: Fansproject Munitioner/Explorer Recolors

Postby Gauntlet101010 » Sat Oct 13, 2012 8:33 am

Those preorders show the original and are probably the originals and not the recolors.

Plus, if they are the originals the price hike makes sense. BBTS probably feels they're justified in the price since it's such an old product.
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Re: Fansproject Munitioner/Explorer Recolors

Postby Rated X » Sat Oct 13, 2012 10:08 am

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I e-mailed BBTS to see if they can clarify whether these are the originals or the re-colors. I also questioned the price hike since they are coming direct from the factory. Hopefully on monday we get an answer. Until then ill keep my pre-order for the Asia exclusives Bruticus Maximus.
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Re: Fansproject Munitioner/Explorer Recolors

Postby RodimalToyota » Sat Oct 13, 2012 10:46 am

Let us know, I'm not buying them for double the price.

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Re: Fansproject Munitioner/Explorer Recolors

Postby Rated X » Sat Oct 13, 2012 11:04 am

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RodimalToyota wrote:Let us know, I'm not buying them for double the price.

Forget that!


Me either. The pre-order says October so Im thnking thats too soon to be the new versions. Thats just my guess. Although, I disagree with the double price, but it they are the old stock, it kind of makes sense. Although I doubt they will sell too many originals at e-bay prices...
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Re: Fansproject Munitioner/Explorer Recolors

Postby necr0blivion » Sat Oct 13, 2012 11:57 am

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RodimalToyota wrote:Let us know, I'm not buying them for double the price.

Forget that!


Me either. The pre-order says October so Im thnking thats too soon to be the new versions. Thats just my guess. Although, I disagree with the double price, but it they are the old stock, it kind of makes sense. Although I doubt they will sell too many originals at e-bay prices...


The listing is indicative that these are rereleases of the original versions. If that's the case, it must be a rather low print run from FP, because there's no real reason for such a price hike (as mentioned before, that's double the original price). Other FP products that have seen recent print runs have been priced a bit higher than before, but not at this level. It's puzzling that FP would sell the originals AND the recolors around the same time.

Sadly, I disagree with your assessment of selling them at e-Bay prices. I just did a completed listings search, and $200 is still cheaper than any completed set that has been sold in the past 3 months.
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Re: Fansproject Munitioner/Explorer Recolors

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Re: Fansproject Munitioner/Explorer Recolors

Postby That Bot » Sun Oct 14, 2012 12:32 am

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Meanwhile I recently broke a couple of Bruticus's fingers. Although I don't want to have to buy an entirely new Munitioner just to fix that. I've emailed Fansproject but no word back yet. :(
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Re: Fansproject Munitioner/Explorer Recolors

Postby Rated X » Wed Oct 17, 2012 8:18 am

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BBTS got back to me and confirmed that these pre-orders are for the old versions. They said the new decos would be put up later on. They defended their double price hike as being fair. I sent a reply back asking what would be the price of the new decos and if all future Fansproject scout size releases will start at $99.99. Lets see what they say...
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Re: Fansproject Munitioner/Explorer Recolors

Postby xyl360 » Wed Oct 17, 2012 1:00 pm

Rated X wrote:BBTS got back to me and confirmed that these pre-orders are for the old versions. They said the new decos would be put up later on. They defended their double price hike as being fair. I sent a reply back asking what would be the price of the new decos and if all future Fansproject scout size releases will start at $99.99. Lets see what they say...

I suppose their (FP's) excuse for jacking up the price compared to other 'deluxes' would be the combiner kibble. There's a lot more plastic on those boxes than just the figures themselves when compared to FP's not-secticons and such.

Still, my fingers are crossed hoping that the new deco versions go for a more reasonable price.
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Re: Fansproject Munitioner/Explorer Recolors

Postby RodimalToyota » Fri Oct 19, 2012 7:26 pm

BBTS has the new ones up for preorder.

129.99$ for both, not terrible.
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Re: Fansproject Munitioner/Explorer Recolors

Postby xyl360 » Fri Oct 19, 2012 7:39 pm

Damn, I wish they sold the separately :(. I have to buy 2 sets to do what I want to do with them (I need 2 of the forearm assemblies that go on Vortex).

Oh well, it's still cheaper than the $300 I would have paid for buying 2 of one of the original colored ones and 1 of the other. Sadly, only about $40 cheaper though.

Oh well, I'm sure I'll find a use for all those extra bots and bits of combiner kibble in other customs.
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Re: Fansproject Munitioner/Explorer Recolors

Postby necr0blivion » Fri Oct 19, 2012 10:48 pm

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The inflation sucks (dollar vs yen is different than a few years ago, this might be a more limited release), but I bit the bullet on these two (and the Bruticus set). Now I've just got to keep telling myself I don't need the Takara release of the FoC Bruticus... = (
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Re: Fansproject Munitioner/Explorer Recolors

Postby RodimalToyota » Fri Oct 19, 2012 11:36 pm

necr0blivion wrote:The inflation sucks (dollar vs yen is different than a few years ago, this might be a more limited release), but I bit the bullet on these two (and the Bruticus set). Now I've just got to keep telling myself I don't need the Takara release of the FoC Bruticus... = (


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Re: Fansproject Munitioner/Explorer Recolors

Postby necr0blivion » Sat Oct 20, 2012 12:25 pm

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necr0blivion wrote:The inflation sucks (dollar vs yen is different than a few years ago, this might be a more limited release), but I bit the bullet on these two (and the Bruticus set). Now I've just got to keep telling myself I don't need the Takara release of the FoC Bruticus... = (


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Thanks for the moral support! I just received and opened my Hasbro Bruticus this week, and wasn't too impressed with the design of the individual bot modes. I went to try out the gestalt mode and have been having fun trying to get nice poses with it. While far from perfect, this Bruticus can look pretty damn aggressive. So thinking about a more G1-inspired color scheme at less than the going SDCC version is really tempting.

On topic, Munitioner/Explorer are really fun molds, so I don't mind having multiples of them. I had a 2nd set of the initial release that was going to stay in alt mode with the rest of the Combaticons because I really liked the Onslaught trailer with Explorer, but eventually traded it before I got to that point.
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Re: Fansproject Munitioner/Explorer Recolors

Postby xyl360 » Sat Oct 20, 2012 8:13 pm

BBTS listed more of the preorders for the individual original deco versions for $99 so I cancelled one of my 2 new sets. So now I'm only shelling out $230+S&H. Not bad :).
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