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Buyer beware: Update on KO Henkei Seekers!

Transformers News: Buyer beware: Update on KO Henkei Seekers!
Date: Monday, December 13th 2010 3:31am CST
Categories: Knock Offs, Toy News
Posted by: Dead Metal | Credit(s): KOToys

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You might remember the Seeker replica Knock Offs we reported a while ago. You may also remember the review we posted which showed how to distinguish them from the real deal – this review has now been rendered useless.
As KOToys reports that the company responsible for these Kos has changed the moulds. The mould has been improved and is now identical to the original Seeker mould. The colours and paint has also been improved and are now far closer to the originals. The plastic quality is also said to be of a higher grade than before.
There is just two known ways of telling the difference between one of these new Kos and the real deal, the packaging and the CHMS logo on the inside of the leg. The company responsible has replaced the TakaraTomy logo on the card with their own name “CHMS” and the bubble is also slightly different as it does not feature the standard Transformers imprint and instead reads “CHMSERS”.
However CHMS might be changing their packaging to be more accurate with future releases.
We have mirrored a few images for the rest just click here.
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The Thundercracker on the left is the old Henkei KO and the one on the right is the new one.
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The other Henkei/Classics KOs might be subject to the same treatment.

KO Classics / Henkei Sunstorm released!

Transformers News: KO Classics / Henkei Sunstorm released!
Date: Thursday, December 9th 2010 11:36am CST
Categories: Knock Offs, Toy News
Posted by: Dead Metal | Credit(s): Scaleface, Chimungmung

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Thanks to seibertron.com member Scaleface we now know that the previously announced KO Seeker in Sunstorm colours has been released.
Online toy store Chimungmung has posted its product page and it is now available for order. there are also new images of the toy in both modes.
This might be of interest to all Sunstorm fans who've been waiting for the Classics Seeker mold to be released in this colour scheme.
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Buyer beware: KO Henkei Starscream!

Transformers News: Buyer beware: KO Henkei Starscream!
Date: Monday, November 29th 2010 12:58pm CST
Categories: Knock Offs, Toy News
Posted by: Dead Metal | Credit(s): G1Sizzle, taobao

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Thanks to seibertron.com member G1 Sizzle we now know that henkei Starscream now joins the ranks of accurate henkei Knock Offs. As you might remember, we reported here that Henkei Thundercracker, Skywarp, Electro Disrupor Mirage, BotCon Mirage and Henkei Ghost Starscream have all been bootlegged.
Now it seems that the standard henkei Starscream has also been bootlegged as this auction at taobao shows.

Kazi Brick: KO Lego Transformers!

Transformers News: Kazi Brick: KO Lego Transformers!
Date: Friday, November 26th 2010 9:57am CST
Categories: Knock Offs, Toy News
Posted by: Dead Metal | Credit(s): Scaleface, Focalprice,com

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Kazi Brick is a Chinese company that has been directly copying Lego bricks for quite some time now, 99% of their bricks are direct copies of Lego bricks. And since they are direct copies they also fit with real Legos.
Well last year the company released a line of brick robots that turned into vehicles, now they have announced another bunch of sets following the same concept, just this time they look very familiar.

We mirror just a few images each, to view all of them just click the links located in the names.

Hundred Changes Jin Gang, aka Not-Lego Not-Movie Optimus Prime
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Super Thunder, aka Not-Lego Not-Movie Incinerator

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Black Cyclone, aka Not-Lego Not-movie Jetfire

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Super Road Block, aka not-Payload, sadly no link or any more images.
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And their most original set, Destroy Foreman who seems to be an original design.

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Thanks to seibertron.com member Scaleface for finding these!

Review and Identification Guide for Knock Off BotCon Mirage

Transformers News: Review and Identification Guide for Knock Off BotCon Mirage
Date: Sunday, November 14th 2010 2:03pm CST
Categories: Knock Offs, Reviews, Toy News
Posted by: Razorclaw0000 | Credit(s): G1Sizzle

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Seibertron.com member G1Sizzle, author of the comparison guide between Henkei Thundercracker and the Knock Off version, has posted a review of the Knock Off of Botcon Clear Blue Mirage. G1Sizzle did not have a BotCon version available for comparison, but still made a thorough review based on Classics Mirage, noting all the obvious mold changes. You can view our full gallery of BotCon Mirage here.

G1Sizzle wrote:And here is a look at KO Botcon Mirage. I don't have an actual Botcon Mirage to compare him to, but I do have Classics Mirage, Fracture and Drag Strip. All of these molds appear to be alike, so I will be pointing out where KO BC Mirage differs from these molds. This will again be one half review, and one half tutorial.

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Here he is next to Classics Mirage. As you can see, the reproduction is 1:1. He's reproduced part-for-part. There don't appear to be any shortcuts taken in this KO. All parts are clear blue plastic with the following exceptions: the ball joint that the head is on, the biceps, the two inner parts of the torso, and the part that connects the thigh and the calf.

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I should apologize right off the bat for these pictures not being clearer. My camera is a simple digital camera and isn't made for high quality photos. This is the first difference I noticed between the KO and all the other Mirage molds I own. In the solid piece between the thigh and calf, there are markings. On the KO, there are 2 straight horizontal lines. On the other Mirage molds, there are 3 slanted lines.

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Also on the legs, on the upper part of the thigh, there are air intake vents right where the exhaust pipes fold up in bot mode. The KO has 3 vents. The original mold has 4.

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I'm not certain if this next difference is also present on the real Botcon Mirage, so maybe somebody who has it can let us know. If you look on the KO BC Mirage's shin, there is a lot of detailing that is not present on Classics Mirage, Drag Strip or Fracture. Also, the dead giveaway is the rubsign. KO BC Mirage has no rubsign.

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There is a seam on the outside of the forearm of each Mirage-mold figure. On Mirage, Fracture and Drag Strip, this seem perfectly bisects a detail, making it essentially look like teeth. The legit molds have the seam running straight down the middle. The KO does not. It's rather widely off center.

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Here's one that's really easy to spot. The screws on KO BC Mirage are smaller than the screws in any of its mold-mates. The holes are obviously meant for larger screws, but smaller ones are used.

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Oopsie! Don't worry too much, though. This is not actually broken. It's just a place in the torso that can be detached. All the other versions of this mold have this too. The reason I point it out is that the one on the KO slides out really easily. It showed up in my mailbox split in two, and it also fell out while I was fiddling with it. The legit figures have never done this for me.

This picture also showcases one of the dealbreakers for this figure, in my eyes. The KO BC Mirage I received cannot hold his gun. The peg on the crossbow is simply larger than the one in his fists. I couldn't get it to peg in on either fist. So when KO BC Mirage transforms, he's going to be weaponless, sadly.

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And here they all are together. As you can see, KO BC Mirage does fit in to the classics collection, as long as you don't look closely.

QUALITY: Sadly, Mirage does not live up to the high quality of the Henkei seekers. He's floppy for one thing. His joints are not tight at all. The plastic quality also doesn't feel up to snuff. I realize this is clear plastic, but the Henkei Ghost Starscream KO felt a LOT sturdier than this guy. The looseness of the figure hinders his ability to achieve all the great poses the original Mirage could achieve. Additionally, as I mentioned, he tends to come apart at the waist, and he cannot hold his weapon.

PACKAGING: There is none. No bag, no card. Er go, one of the simplest ways to ensure you are getting a REAL Botcon Mirage is to purchase one bagged. So far, anyway.

One more thing: I don't know if this is true for all of them, but there was a flaw on my KO BC Mirage's face that stemmed from it being improperly removed from the sprue.

In summary, this is only a figure to get if you are planning to get a real one in the future and want it as a placeholder. This will be really easy to spot as a fake in person. If you buy it on eBay or another online source, be sure to get close-up pictures of it. If you want it because you can't afford a Botcon figure, that's fine, but realize you're getting something that is lower than Hasbro quality.

Comparison review between Henkei Thundercracker and the KO.

Transformers News: Comparison review between Henkei Thundercracker and the KO.
Date: Wednesday, November 10th 2010 9:47am CST
Categories: Knock Offs, Reviews, Toy News
Posted by: Dead Metal | Credit(s): G1Sizzle

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Seibertron.com member G1Sizzle has posted a part review part comparison guide on the previously revealed KO reissue of henkei Gentei Thundercracker. You can use this to distinguish the KO from the real deal.

G1Sizzle wrote:Since I bought two of the KO Henkei TCs, people have been asking me to review them so they'll know whether or not to purchase them. Here goes!

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This is the KO (left) standing next to the legit original Henkei Thundercracker (right). As you can see, there aren't a lot of differences between the two. The differences are mostly very very subtle. As you can see, though, the actual Henkei figure has its launchers held onto its arms by rubber bands, whereas the KO is actually able to support its own launchers. Your mileage may vary, though, as the launcher port on the KO's right arm (your left) is a little loose, but nowhere near as loose as the actual product.

To be perfectly frank, this KO is perhaps the best KO I have ever seen. It is sturdy, the transformation process is fluid, and the plastic quality feels like the real deal. I had no issues in transforming it, and it's actually a bit less floppy than the Henkei version. The only joints I thought were too stiff were on the bottom right tailfin, which took a little more pressure to fold up than I was comfortable with. Otherwise, the figure fits together in both modes quite comfortably. All in all, the KO has BETTER paint apps than the original, and holds its launchers better.

The only real problem was that one of the launchers was broken and the missile won't fit in correctly. A simple fix, really.

Simply put, if you want Thundercracker and can't afford the Botcon or Henkei versions, this guy is the one for you, and the price is unbeatable.

Now...I imagine a lot of you are wondering how you can avoid being taken in and buying the KO thinking you are getting the real deal. Well, I'm glad you asked, because I'm about to tell you how you can tell the difference between the two:

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The real Henkei version has a notch in the "knee pad" of TC's leg. The KO is perfectly squared.

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As you can see from the back of the two TCs' wings, the red on the Henkei version is a much lighter color. This is most noticeable on the wing backs, but is true for the whole figure. The KO figure's red is a much deeper red. Also, I feel like the blue on the KO is a tad deeper blue, and I'm quite sure that the cockpit is a MUCH deeper amber color.



As you can see, the alignment of the Decepticon sigil on the front of the wing is a bit off. That's only true on one wing of my KO, so I'm not certain that this is common to each figure. However, it is one of the few differences that can be detected BEFORE opening the packaging.

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This one is a dead giveaway. It's so small, it's almost unnoticeable, but there is a notch on each seeker's shoulder. On the real deal, the notch compromises the silver swatch. It's this way on every seeker that I have, including other KOs. But on this KO, the notch is significantly lower on the shoulder and doesn't cross into the silver swatch at all.

All things considered, I recommend this KO to people who don't have Thundercracker and can't afford him. And I hope this review helps those of you who want to know the difference.

Buyer Beware: New Knock-Offs of BotCon Mirage, Henkei "Ghost" Starscream and Seekers

Transformers News: Buyer Beware: New Knock-Offs of BotCon Mirage, Henkei "Ghost" Starscream and Seekers
Date: Monday, November 8th 2010 6:44am CST
Categories: Knock Offs, Toy News
Posted by: DevastaTTor | Credit(s): Scaleface, KOToys.com

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Seibertron.com member Scaleface has posted a warning to Transformers collectors that there is a new supply of very accurate knock-offs entering the market of Henkei "Ghost" Starscream and BotCon clear Mirage along with other versions of Henkei Thundercracker, Skywarp, and Mirage. To add to the deception, all of these figures come in packaging that is nearly identical to that of recent Henkei releases. From the original post:

Scaleface wrote:Whereas most Henkei/Classics KOs are obviously KOs, I thought I might warn people that some company has started to product replica Henkei toys. They sell for about $30 each. I've seen Crystal Starscream, Thundercracker and Skywarp, and the clear Henkei Mirage and they are IN PACKAGE!

Additionally there is a KO version of Botcon Mirage. Luckily you can tell the original from a KO in that the KO has no rub sign.

Of course for thoe who want these hard-to-get toys and don't mind KOs, it's a real deal.


The images from KOToys.com he includes in his post show just how good these new replicas are. Please use caution when purchasing these figures in the future, especially if you buy them through auction sites or online trading forums.

Thanks to Scaleface for the heads up!

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Crazy Devy CMDW-11 Complimentary Parts For G1 Predaking

Transformers News: Crazy Devy CMDW-11 Complimentary Parts For G1 Predaking
Date: Friday, November 5th 2010 2:15pm CDT
Categories: 3rd Party News, Knock Offs, Toy News
Posted by: RodimusConvoy13

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A user on Toynova has posted pictures of the CMDW-11 Complimentary Parts for Predaking from Crazy Devy. This set includes replacement wings for Divebomb that are thinner and a brace to better hold the wings in place when combined into Predaking. The original Crazy Devy add-on wings were causing damage to Divebomb's wings when placed on them. The smaller, thinner wings are meant to be swapped out with Divebomb's original wings and then the larger gold wings placed over them. See the pictures below.


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As always, 3rd Party Add-on Parts and Figures are not endorsed by Hasbor or Takara/Tomy.

New Bumblebee figure by i-Gear?

Transformers News: New Bumblebee figure by i-Gear?
Date: Wednesday, October 20th 2010 3:17pm CDT
Categories: 3rd Party News, Knock Offs, Toy News
Posted by: Dead Metal | Credit(s): Forgotten, i-Gear

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I-Gear has posted an interesting gallery on their facebook page, this gallery goes by the name of "interesting".
The gallery is of what looks like a prototype for an upcoming classics styled Bumblebee. It is also revealed that this figure's alt-mode is in fact the Volks Wagen New Beetle. It is not known if this is an i-Gear product, something they plan on selling or a project by a completely new toy team.
We have mirrored two images and if you want to check out the full gallery just click here.

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Image of Third Party MGT-02 Firestar

Transformers News: Image of Third Party MGT-02 Firestar
Date: Wednesday, October 20th 2010 11:16am CDT
Categories: 3rd Party News, Knock Offs, Toy News
Posted by: RodimusConvoy13 | Credit(s): El Duque

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ACToys have posted an image of MGT-02 Firestar. This is from the same company that has recently produced an Arcee figure. It is not from Impossible Toys though. Click here to see the thread on ACToys.


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