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Pictorial Review: Takara Tomy Transformers Prime Arms Micron AM-29 Shockwave

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Pictorial Review: Takara Tomy Transformers Prime Arms Micron AM-29 Shockwave

Postby El Duque » Sun Dec 23, 2012 11:59 am

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Site sponsor Kapow! Toys has provided us with a great pictorial review of Takara Tomy's recently released Transformers Prime Arms Micron AM-29 Shockwave with Bido. Enjoy the review and images found below!


Kapow! Toys wrote:Transformers Arms Micron AM-29 Shockwave

Now this is a strange one, Takara kick off their own Generations line this very month with TG-01 & 02 FOC Optimus and Jazz yet Shockers got rammed in the Arms Micron line which has left him somewhat overlooked. Coming in a lighter shade of purple than his Hasbro compatriot he appears closer to the cartoon Shockwave which will please a lot of people. Size wise he's definitely not any bigger ( just kidding ) and suffers from some quite thin legs, I however think it works and is a very nice representation of whats seen on screen in the video game. He has a bundle of articulation in the arms and legs, the head swivels but sadly there is no waist swivel which in these days of cutting costs is understandable on a deluxe class figure. The micron is neatly put together but has a very strange alt mode, it does come across as a gun with bug legs, it is also not capable of snapping onto Shockwaves arms and entirely concealing the fist so must always be hand mounted which is a little bit of a letdown but not the end of the world.

Alt mode is improved by the bulkier Micron figure in that it helps the ship hold together very tightly, you also get some nice battle damage stickers to plaster over the bulkhead making him look nice and worn. The style of the alt mode is fully Cybertronian appearing to be a cross between a flying cannon / ship, I personally like it but know some people don't having hoped for a full on space gun.

To conclude, FOC Shockwave has been a paint to find and when people do its usually at a premium but still cheaper than this version, does a Micron add enough value to warrant a purchase ? probably not so this will only be for you if you fancy completing your AM collection, like the lighter shade of purple or just flat out cannot find the FOC version.

Overall we score Shockwave 7.5/10


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Re: Pictorial Review: Takara Tomy Transformers Prime Arms Micron AM-29 Shockwave

Postby Va'al » Sun Dec 23, 2012 12:13 pm

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Those stickers on the vehicle mode are confusing.

What are they? Rounded go-faster stripes?
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Re: Pictorial Review: Takara Tomy Transformers Prime Arms Micron AM-29 Shockwave

Postby Mekatron » Sun Dec 23, 2012 12:27 pm

Battle damage stickers? Looks awful.
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Re: Pictorial Review: Takara Tomy Transformers Prime Arms Micron AM-29 Shockwave

Postby Sabrblade » Sun Dec 23, 2012 12:30 pm

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Va'al wrote:Those stickers on the vehicle mode are confusing.

What are they? Rounded go-faster stripes?
Weathering dents and battle damage.
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Re: Pictorial Review: Takara Tomy Transformers Prime Arms Micron AM-29 Shockwave

Postby peaces » Sun Dec 23, 2012 12:32 pm

hasbro version is much cheaper and better.
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Re: Pictorial Review: Takara Tomy Transformers Prime Arms Micron AM-29 Shockwave

Postby Va'al » Sun Dec 23, 2012 12:42 pm

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Sabrblade wrote:
Va'al wrote:Those stickers on the vehicle mode are confusing.

What are they? Rounded go-faster stripes?
Weathering dents and battle damage.


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Re: Pictorial Review: Takara Tomy Transformers Prime Arms Micron AM-29 Shockwave

Postby whacko » Sun Dec 23, 2012 1:01 pm

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On the Hasbro version of Shockwave, you can fold his fist in and the gun clips into his fore-arm in order to replicate the one-handed G1 version of Shockwave.

Can you still do that with the Takara version with its different weapon?
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Re: Pictorial Review: Takara Tomy Transformers Prime Arms Micron AM-29 Shockwave

Postby JelZe GoldRabbit » Sun Dec 23, 2012 1:12 pm

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whacko wrote:On the Hasbro version of Shockwave, you can fold his fist in and the gun clips into his fore-arm in order to replicate the one-handed G1 version of Shockwave.

Can you still do that with the Takara version with its different weapon?


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Re: Pictorial Review: Takara Tomy Transformers Prime Arms Micron AM-29 Shockwave

Postby Mindmaster » Sun Dec 23, 2012 1:52 pm

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whacko wrote:On the Hasbro version of Shockwave, you can fold his fist in and the gun clips into his fore-arm in order to replicate the one-handed G1 version of Shockwave.

Can you still do that with the Takara version with its different weapon?


Nope, Bido as he's called is handheld only.


The one time the Hasbro version is superior. >:oP

All in all, the deal with the stickers in the Arms Micron line is what makes me want the stateside versions. :-(
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Re: Pictorial Review: Takara Tomy Transformers Prime Arms Micron AM-29 Shockwave

Postby Dyn@mo » Sun Dec 23, 2012 5:28 pm

Those stickers are a joke. Tell you what; scrap the stickers and the crappy bug gun, and give me the waist articulation that is "understandably" absent.
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Re: Pictorial Review: Takara Tomy Transformers Prime Arms Micron AM-29 Shockwave

Postby peaces » Sun Dec 23, 2012 5:59 pm

stickers are dumb and arms micron weapons are too heavy like mechtech weapons.
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Re: Pictorial Review: Takara Tomy Transformers Prime Arms Micron AM-29 Shockwave

Postby PrymeStriker » Sun Dec 23, 2012 6:32 pm

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peaces wrote:arms micron weapons are too heavy like mechtech weapons.


You're joking, right? :lol:
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Re: Pictorial Review: Takara Tomy Transformers Prime Arms Micron AM-29 Shockwave

Postby Sabrblade » Sun Dec 23, 2012 6:37 pm

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peaces wrote:arms micron weapons are too heavy like mechtech weapons.


You're joking, right? :lol:
Well... his argument might hold up for the combined weapons. ;)
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Re: Pictorial Review: Takara Tomy Transformers Prime Arms Micron AM-29 Shockwave

Postby SKYWARPED_128 » Sun Dec 23, 2012 7:43 pm

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Takara, I am disappoint.

Between the ridiculous stickers, the ugly wing ports and the inability of the micron to tab into his arm, Hasbro wins hands down.

TT should have scrapped the idea of using FOC Shockwave as a substitute the one in TF Prime (looks nothing like him!), and put him where he belongs: the United line.
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Re: Pictorial Review: Takara Tomy Transformers Prime Arms Micron AM-29 Shockwave

Postby Rated X » Sun Dec 23, 2012 10:08 pm

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I bought him for the much needed G1 cartoon accurate purple. Yeah the wing ports are ugly, but they get flipped down to the back because I want him to have that G1 look. The Micron gets tossed in the parts box and I got the Hasbro version for the arm cannon. Problem solved.
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