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Re: what is the best transformers toy in terms of design

Postby craggy » Wed Apr 23, 2014 9:46 am

I'm a big fan of RTS Jazz. Looks great in both modes, transformation isn't overly complicated, fully articulated and spot-on for the character. Even has nice integration of the weapons and can deploy the speakers in alt mode for added Geeewunniness!

MP Prowl is pretty great too, if he'd had proper missiles in the package he'd probably be my pick because he does almost everything that RTS Jazz does, but is even more accurate to the character and, being an MP, is a much nicer product in general. There are loads of options though, and a lot of the ones mentioned before this post made me go "oh yeah, he's pretty brill!"
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Re: what is the best transformers toy in terms of design

Postby william-james88 » Wed Apr 23, 2014 9:54 am

MightyMagnus78 wrote:As an alternative I've always thought TFP First Edition Bulkhead's pretty awesome in both modes, transformation can be a bit tricky.



I was wondering about this guy. Is he the same figure as Voyager RID Bulkhead? Or is TFP First Edition more show accurate?
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Re: what is the best transformers toy in terms of design

Postby MightyMagnus78 » Wed Apr 23, 2014 10:10 am

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MightyMagnus78 wrote:As an alternative I've always thought TFP First Edition Bulkhead's pretty awesome in both modes, transformation can be a bit tricky.



I was wondering about this guy. Is he the same figure as Voyager RID Bulkhead? Or is TFP First Edition more show accurate?


The FE is the much better figure...

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Re: what is the best transformers toy in terms of design

Postby RAcast » Wed Apr 23, 2014 2:56 pm

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MightyMagnus78 wrote:
william-james88 wrote:
MightyMagnus78 wrote:As an alternative I've always thought TFP First Edition Bulkhead's pretty awesome in both modes, transformation can be a bit tricky.



I was wondering about this guy. Is he the same figure as Voyager RID Bulkhead? Or is TFP First Edition more show accurate?


The FE is the much better figure...

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The FE is the one on the left.


Which is a nice way of saying the PRiD is a heaping pile. It REALLY is. I think it might be good as another character...but as Prime Bulkhead? No, a thousand times no.
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Re: what is the best transformers toy in terms of design

Postby Valandar » Thu Apr 24, 2014 8:46 am

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They look like absolutely totally different characters. It's a bigger difference than TFTM Optimus Prime and HFTD Prime. Or the Voyager equivalents thereof.
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Re: what is the best transformers toy in terms of design

Postby JelZe GoldRabbit » Thu Apr 24, 2014 9:33 am

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Valandar wrote:They look like absolutely totally different characters. It's a bigger difference than TFTM Optimus Prime and HFTD Prime. Or the Voyager equivalents thereof.


Funny you should say that. IDW has used Prime Bulkhead's design for the (newly-made) G1 character with the same name. Repurposing's a-plenty.
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Re: what is the best transformers toy in terms of design

Postby GuyIncognito » Thu Apr 24, 2014 9:39 am

Classics Mirage is one of my favorites.
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Re: what is the best transformers toy in terms of design

Postby william-james88 » Thu Apr 24, 2014 10:40 am

GuyIncognito wrote:Classics Mirage is one of my favorites.



Wow, I just took a look at Mirage and he is beautiful. This gives me an idea to make this thread interesting. Some would give the best design according to class, how about we try by alt mode?
So, as an extra challenge which transformer do you find best by design with the following alt modes:

Jet/Plane:
Racecar (ex: F1, Nascar):
Sports car:
Truck/Train/ATV:
Construction Vehicle:
Helicopter:
Tank :
Weapon:
Base/Planet/City :
Seacraft :
Motorcycle :
Cybertronian land vehicle:
Cybertronian air vehicle :
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Re: what is the best transformers toy in terms of design

Postby Valandar » Thu Apr 24, 2014 11:28 am

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None of those categories fit some of the cybertronian modes, we can't tell if they're supposed to be land vehicles, air vehicles, or just a robot doing yoga. :P Case in point, Voyager ROTF The Fallen. :P
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Re: what is the best transformers toy in terms of design

Postby william-james88 » Thu Apr 24, 2014 12:28 pm

Valandar wrote:None of those categories fit some of the cybertronian modes, we can't tell if they're supposed to be land vehicles, air vehicles, or just a robot doing yoga. :P Case in point, Voyager ROTF The Fallen. :P



HA! I have no clue what he was, but then again I wouldnt consider him good design in any way so he wouldnt appear on the list :lol:

Did he even transform in the film? Because his "vehicle" mode is just an afterthought.
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Re: what is the best transformers toy in terms of design

Postby -Kanrabat- » Sat Apr 26, 2014 2:55 pm

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Valandar wrote:They look like absolutely totally different characters. It's a bigger difference than TFTM Optimus Prime and HFTD Prime. Or the Voyager equivalents thereof.


Cloud Brawn used the FE Bulkhead mold.
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It would have looked WAY better if they had used the PRID mold.
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Re: what is the best transformers toy in terms of design

Postby -Kanrabat- » Sat Apr 26, 2014 3:32 pm

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william-james88 wrote:So, as an extra challenge which transformer do you find best by design with the following alt modes:


Jet/Plane: HFTD Leader class Starscream
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Racecar (ex: F1, Nascar): Alternators Smokescreen
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Sports car: Human Alliance Jazz
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Truck/Train/ATV: Buster Optimus Prime (face plate edition for me)
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Construction Vehicle: HFTD voyager Longhaul
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Helicopter: DOTM voyager Skyhammer
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Tank :voyagers ROTF Bludgeon or HFTD Banzaitron
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Weapon: G1 Shockwave
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Base/Planet/City : UNICRON (Amazon edition)
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Seacraft : HFTD voyager Seaspray
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Motorcycle : Animated Oilslick
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Cybertronian land vehicle: WFC Bumblebee
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Cybertronian air vehicle : Cybertron Starscream (voyager or supreme)
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Re: what is the best transformers toy in terms of design

Postby william-james88 » Sat Apr 26, 2014 11:32 pm

Thank you so much for humouring me, Kanrabat. While building my collection, I want some variety in the designs I have and the alt modes, so your list is great. I still cant believe how many figures from the Hunt for the Decepticon line show up when speaking of great design. Seaspray looks very promising especially since he can interact with Breacher, another cool transformer.

My recent haul gave me a pretty good idea of how great designs for these toys can get. Since I dont have a good enough idea of the different alt mode designs out there (hence my earlier question/challenge) I will give a list of my favourites so far by class:

Supreme: Unicron (any, even Armada)
Leader: ROTF Optimus, amazing how they got it all to fit
Voyager: ROTF Bludgeon, easy pick, I freaked when I opened his backpack
Deluxe: so many great designs in this class but my top right now is a tie between Generations Optimus (WFC), Animated Lockdown and Animated Prowl
Scout: Cybertron Scrap Metal
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Re: what is the best transformers toy in terms of design

Postby RAcast » Sun Apr 27, 2014 8:58 am

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Hm, hard to pick just a few, but off the top of my head, two of my favorites are Deluxe Warpath and Scout Breacher. They both have very elegant transformations and are flawless in both modes.
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Re: what is the best transformers toy in terms of design

Postby JelZe GoldRabbit » Sun Apr 27, 2014 9:03 am

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How could we forget Warpath?! He just oozes Deluxe Class perfection. Other contenders would be Prime Wheeljack and Arcee. Arcee really nailed the always-difficult Motorbike transformation.
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Re: what is the best transformers toy in terms of design

Postby william-james88 » Sun Apr 27, 2014 9:15 am

JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:How could we forget Warpath?! He just oozes Deluxe Class perfection. Other contenders would be Prime Wheeljack and Arcee. Arcee really nailed the always-difficult Motorbike transformation.


When I referred to many great deluxe class figures, I had exactly Prime Wheeljack and Generations Warpath in mind. Wheeljack's transformation is phenomenal, I especially like how his legs and feet transform, and I love the slight automorph effect in Warpath when you push back the cannon.
One of my favourite hauls ever was buying Generations Warpath and Sergeant Kup, and Prime Cliffjumper and Wheeljack, all for 20$. So much greatness. And now that I got generations deluxe springer, I can detach his missile launchers and place them on Warpath!

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Re: what is the best transformers toy in terms of design

Postby JelZe GoldRabbit » Sun Apr 27, 2014 9:41 am

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william-james88 wrote:As for Arcee, I only have the Beast Hunters version. Is the transformation the same?


Exactly the same, as BH Arcee is a retool of the RiD one. The slightly bigger First Edition one is a different mold.
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Re: what is the best transformers toy in terms of design

Postby william-james88 » Sun Apr 27, 2014 10:50 am

JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
william-james88 wrote:As for Arcee, I only have the Beast Hunters version. Is the transformation the same?


Exactly the same, as BH Arcee is a retool of the RiD one. The slightly bigger First Edition one is a different mold.


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Re: what is the best transformers toy in terms of design

Postby craggy » Sun Apr 27, 2014 11:01 am

william-james88 wrote:
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
william-james88 wrote:As for Arcee, I only have the Beast Hunters version. Is the transformation the same?


Exactly the same, as BH Arcee is a retool of the RiD one. The slightly bigger First Edition one is a different mold.


So the RID has a better design than the first edition one?

they're different. without having the PRID one I can't say for sure, but looking at pics, I'd say it's a personal preference thing. I don't even see that PRID Bulkhead is that much worse than the FE.
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Re: what is the best transformers toy in terms of design

Postby RAcast » Sun Apr 27, 2014 11:11 am

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craggy wrote:
william-james88 wrote:
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
william-james88 wrote:As for Arcee, I only have the Beast Hunters version. Is the transformation the same?


Exactly the same, as BH Arcee is a retool of the RiD one. The slightly bigger First Edition one is a different mold.


So the RID has a better design than the first edition one?

they're different. without having the PRID one I can't say for sure, but looking at pics, I'd say it's a personal preference thing. I don't even see that PRID Bulkhead is that much worse than the FE.


With Bulkhead, you won't see how awful it is until you have it in hand, at which point you'll want to kill it with fire.
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Re: what is the best transformers toy in terms of design

Postby william-james88 » Sun Apr 27, 2014 11:14 am

craggy wrote:they're different. without having the PRID one I can't say for sure, but looking at pics, I'd say it's a personal preference thing. I don't even see that PRID Bulkhead is that much worse than the FE.



Here's an interesting review that compares both. I preffer more show accurate and in that sense the scale of RID/Beast Hunters Arcee fits better with my other figures

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Re: what is the best transformers toy in terms of design

Postby craggy » Sun Apr 27, 2014 11:35 am

thanks, but I don't care all that much. Arcee and Megatron are the only vaguely show-accurate characters I have from Prime and that was because TFSource sent me Arcee as a freebie on some deal or other.
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Re: what is the best transformers toy in terms of design

Postby william-james88 » Mon Apr 28, 2014 2:05 pm

MightyMagnus78 wrote:One of the best figures ever made IMO is the PRID deluxe Vehicon. Virtually flawless in either mode but with an ingenious transformation.


I am guessing its very different from the First Edition one. Its the only one I can find and it doesnt look great.
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Re: what is the best transformers toy in terms of design

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william-james88 wrote:
MightyMagnus78 wrote:One of the best figures ever made IMO is the PRID deluxe Vehicon. Virtually flawless in either mode but with an ingenious transformation.


I am guessing its very different from the First Edition one. Its the only one I can find and it doesnt look great.


The FE Vehicon is okay, but he's got a massive backpack. The VASTLY superior PRiD Vehicon is utterly flawless.


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