Destron Bad Boys Rumble and Frenzy
Rumble is black while Frenzy is blue or is it the other way around?
This review is in honor of Encore#19. I thank Primus with all my spark for even considering the release of this HTF figs.Quote:
"Sow panic and surrender will bloom" Frenzy
"Destroy what's below and what's above will follow" RumbleContents:
# 2 micro cassette Rumble and Frenzy
# 2 clear cassette case
# 2 pairs of winged laser riflesBackground:
Two of the most meanest, baddest punks in the destron army. Fiercely loyal to the Emperor of Destruction, these two have harmed many an autobot who underestimated them for their short stature.
In this review I will refer to their figure name/color reference and not to the switcheroo in the anime.
Fyi my figs actually represent two generations............my Frenzy is a Takara vintage while Rumble is the latest "re-issue"the figs:Rumble is the one on the right while Frenzy is to the leftFrenzy full body shotRumble full body shot
The transition of the past two decades have been very kind to the casseticon mold. Unlike Eject/Rewind/Rosanna/Flipside which have uber defects, this one is null. Though the gloss finish of Frenzy isn't as evident as that of Rumble, the molding is fine and smoothRumble's torsoFrenzy's torso*please note, I have applied some custom "gold" labels on frenzy to make him look like his box photos
The original Frenzy didn't have any sigils on him.
Encore Rumble on the other hand has metalized sigils (Eject/Rewind were stamp graphed)
One horror for us vintage owners of the casseticon bad boys were the "cassette" label sheets applied, post transformation, they just fall apart
Encore did away with that
See the shin labels? Frenzy had labels, Rumble...stamp graphed (Btw, both have die-cast feet)
So this time no danger of the labels getting ripped
One nasty wrinkle on that shift is that Rumble's thigh labels were removed (I applied custom labels)
Frenzy's on the other hand.........
Both share the "silver "colored wing laser rifles. Wished it was gold for frenzy though, to distinguish him from his brother as seen in his box art.The Rant:
In this day and age, them microcassetes seem obsolete but waaaaaaay back in the 80's, everyone was pining for one. Heck we had to be thankful to be able to purchase the K.O. Micros version.
Enjoyable as they were, constant transformation made them all loose and woobly (my frenzy in fact is quite loose despite my transforming him only twice in it's lifetime). The Encore version on the other hand is veryyyyyyyy tight (both the head and legs).
And of course, those d@mn labels kept on falling off. Now, the labels don't fall but Takara dropped the thigh labels la...........well you win some and you loose some.
Just like their Cybertron foes, both are back heavy and prone to falling, what was nice with Eject/Rewind, you could adjust their feet outward for more balance, this one....nadahhh.
Mass shifting aside, these two are one of my fan faves, especially how they massacred the english language ("unchrasimatic" hehehe) Chalk it to Marvel/Sunbow's excellent character development for the show). I highly recommend getting them while supply lasts. IIRC The Eject/Rewind combo is all sold out and every fence sitter are now banging their sorry heads on the wall.Rating:Fun Factor:
5/5 (these guys can kick ROTF's robo@ss anytimeFragility:
2/5 for the vintage......3/5 for EncoreAvailability:
: 5/5 while supply last (Encore that is)
My Transformers purchasing habits, here are my following considerations so as not to DERAIL thread discussions:
1. Not hung up or hate scale. MP, Legend, Voyager....I'll take 'em all.
2. Price is indeed a big factor but if its a need to own one even if I have to eat "Scooby Snacks " for a month then so be it.
3. I tilt towards Tomy products over Hasbro because it's got lots'a bling (Legends Jetfire being the exception)