WOW! this will be an interesting thread to keep an watchful eye about Jungle Attack Ironhide. Can't wait to see how many people b*tch and moan about how aweful he looks and the list of imperfections can go on and on. Hmmm...say this reminds of another ROTF figure that everyone was to quick to critize before he came out and thats Demolishor!! I know everyone short credited Demmy in the beginning, but im sure when everyone saw him in the store and they proceeded to the check out lane and got him home to open, he was the best thing since sliced bread. So, i say wait for it to hit the shelves and then make your decisions on if he's plastic poo or ass kicking autobot weapons specialist!!
i want to add that out of any of the Ironhides that was release for the Transformers movie line, Off-road ironhide is the best i think...all-spark blue and yellow does it for him....
One more thing, per Hasbro there will be a storyline behind his new paint app and ironhide hunting bludgeon in the jungle..http://tformers.com/article.php?sid=12042
Jungle Attack Ironhide - Loaded him up with a whole bunch of weapons. The GMC Topkick has white pant splattered across (Zebra-striped camo) his entire body and weapons everywhere. Also planning to have a story connection between an Autobot and Decepticon.
Here's the thing, the Ironhide mold is fine, in fact it's great in my opinion. The photo isn't the best quality but I think the details are shown clearly enough for me to say I don't like some of the creative choices made for this version.
The problems for me start with the painted over windshield when the clear windshield in previous versions are better for my aesthetic preference. Premium Ironhide had frosted windshield, though, right? Even so, I like windows that are transparent when possible.
Anyways, moving on, the "zebra stripes" look more like "lightning bolts" and actually seem more like to me someone went along the surface with a knife and scratched the black paint. Honestly, if someone likes that look, cool. I don't care. I just don't care for the poor excuse for a "repaint". I would actually like a repaint where the paint apps look like an actual zebra pattern. However, has there ever existed a jungle where the foliage was composed of black and white plants? Hmm... My first thought when reading about JA Ironhide was that the paint scheme would be that of jumgle camo.
The grey plastic used is really pale and makes the toy look cheaper than it should. I know the parts are used as weapon accessories so they will likely get regular use, therefore painting them may not be the best option as the paint will wear down. However, a different colour of plastic or at least a darker grey would be preferable.
The weapon accessories concept is cool, that and the mold are the main drawing points for me, and I'll still check it out because I want to have one of the movie Ironhide molds. Like I said previously, if the final product has those scratch marks/zebra stripes, I plan on removing them with isopropyl alcohol since there's not a lot of paint to remove.
I also like the Offroad Ironhide repaint. The colours just work especially with the transparent blue windows.