Thanks for doing that video =)
Are there any stress marks showing on Dump Truck's bumper? That seems like a place where part of the bumper might eventually snap off. Otherwise Dump Truck looks solid.
I'm really not liking the head/foot thing for Mobile Crane.... it just looks sloppy to me =/ I'm trying to think of another Transformers team that has combination kibble this badly, to help with the mental thing that it's not as bad because HasTak's done it before (that is, ignoring the G1 Gestalt Pile'o'Parts issue for the moment - Devastator, Raiden, and the Micromaster combiners are fairly bad offenders there).
The other quibble is more GEEWUN than anything else - and that's directed at the crane. I do find the integration intersting, but the lack of a rotating crane in vehicle mode seems odd to me =/
Other than those two issues, Mobile Crane actually looks better, now that I've seen him transform. Definitely better than either of first two.
I don't know if the original review covered this, but I don't recall seeing vehicle/robot => combined mode transformations for either of them.
Almagnus1 wrote:Really, this seems like a case of "you get what you pay for". Yeah, Herc will set you back at least another $100-$200 over Giant (depending on how lucky you can get), but that extra $100-$200 brings you generally better engineering because the design team could budget for it.
Does 'better engineering' include all the flaws in the molds that I read about?
With having Herc in hand, the only flaws I see in the molds are Exgraver's shovel (the original is startng to show some stress marks), and a potential with Heavy Labor's hip.
Thankfully I have replacement parts for both (thanks to TFC), and the only other quibble is that some of the trim on the underside of the red translucent scope is just a tad bit too wide to fit into the red combined mode gun straight, so it's on crooked. Seeing how both guns spend more time attached to Heavy Labor in combined mode in storage so Herc can wielding the crane boom as a club, I think that QC issue might be something I can live with.
While I can see some issues possibly arising from the arm connectors, I also see the same issues with Giant, because it looks like it's a round peg going into a round hole with only friction holding it in place (which means they will eventually get loose if fiddled with too much).
If there are other QC issues, please let me know, cause I haven't found any. Herc's rock solid.