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Transtopia: Fix Universe 2.0 Ironhide's "Low Self Esteem"

Transformers News: Transtopia: Fix Universe 2.0 Ironhide's "Low Self Esteem"
Date: Saturday, October 25th 2008 12:32am CDT
Categories: Toy News, Site Articles, Transtopia
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): Geekee1

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Seibertron.com member Geekee1 has taken time to show all you Ironhide loving TransFans out there how to do a relatively simple modification to Universe 2.0 Ironhide. This fix will eliminate the "hanging head" problem. Here's what he had to share"

I will post this in both the kitbashing forum and the toy forum, as I believe more people will see it there.

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Poor ole Ironhide. he just can’t catch a break with his head can he? For as long as we’ve known he’s gotten screwed when it comes to his head. First he had no head, then he had it blown off in the movie, and now with Universe the poor bastard just can’t stop looking at his boots.

If you’ve been wanting to fix this as much as I have then I have some good news for you, and I have some bad news. The good news is that it can be fixed! Yes, yes hooray, you may love me now. The bad news is, is that it is a fairly extensive (albeit overall easy) mod that takes a good deal of cutting and sanding. Booo! You suck. I know.

So if you’re still with me (and if you love Ironhide you’d better be) here’s what you need.

First tools. Not a lot really. You’ll need a small phillips head screwdriver, and X-acto knife, some sand paper, and a small flat surface like a popsicle stick to wrap the sand paper around.

There are three major culprits in Ironhides head tilt, and how this got passed engineering is beyond me. The first is his “lower spine.” This piece folds down and presses against his rear bumper in robot mode. The problem is that there is too much plastic to allow it to sit flush, so that has to go. First partially transform him and then remove the three screws that hold the roof on like so.

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You will also find it easier to work with him if you remove the “lower spine” from the upper body. Just pull the pieces apart.

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It may be a little tight at first but I have removed and put this piece back together at least fifty times and it still works perfectly. Now carefully cut and sand the shown areas until you can push the spine to the bumper and his head sits flush when you reattach the spine. Remember to go slowly with the cutting and the sanding. You can always take more off, but you can’t put it back on. It took me a good hour to get this how I wanted it, granted I was being supremely careful.

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Now it would be nice if that was the only problem, but unfortunately it’s not. We have two other problems to deal with. The next one that we will deal with is the hinge that is between his headpiece and the roof of the car. The problem here is that when his wheels come up into his backpack the wheel wells hit the underside of this hinge. What needs to be done here is to cut out a triangular shape on both sides so that the wheels can slide into them. I marked where the pieces were hitting with a marker and went from there. After finishing I’ve found that a good place to cut is parallel with the second “line” on this hinge as shown. The other cut for this triangular piece should be at about a 45 degree angle to the first cut. Once again you will have to keep test fitting until you get it just right, and again slow and steady.

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Now onto the last problem that we have that’s got ole Ironhide lookin’ down. Remember those three screws that you took out to take backpack off? You can get rid of two of them because they are part of our last problem. The two screw pegs on the outside of this piece are keeping the tire from fully coming up into his backpack. They’ve got to go. You can cut these little buggers completely flush to the larger piece of plastic and then sand them smooth.

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Do you have to take them all the way off you may ask? The answer is yes you do, and I should know, I spent about two hours carefully sanding these down little by little, fitting and refitting to see if they could still be used. They can’t. Don’t worry about the roof no longer being secure either. It is still plenty sturdy with just the center screw in there, and if it bothers you that much it can be glued on too.

Now put all pieces back together and voila! No more looking down for Mr. Hide. Now a few additional notes. The head won’t be quite perfectly flush, but it’s damn close. Also if you look at the rotating pelvis area it won’t go quite the whole way back, as it’s hitting the automorph bumper. Honestly this isn’t at all noticeable unless you’re looking at him from underneath. I didn’t even notice it for a couple of hours after I finished the mod.

Lastly I would highly recommend clear coating the backpack pieces. Mine were scarily tacky right out of the box, and I haven’t had that problem on any of my other figures. I recommend Testors Dullcote for this. I used it and it worked great, and the sheen on the figure isn’t that different either. Remember to mask of the windows though or you’ll end up with foggy ugly windows. I also painted his face silver with Games Workshop boltgun metal, followed by chainmail, but you can use whatever you want.

I would consider this mod to be of intermediate difficulty only because of how much plastic you’re actually getting rid of. It’s more time consuming than anything. I also may be a little biased having about 25 years of model building experience, but I’m sure that if you’re careful anyone can do it.


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BBTS Inventory Clearance Sale and City Commander restock!

Transformers News: BBTS Inventory Clearance Sale and City Commander restock!
Date: Friday, October 24th 2008 8:34pm CDT
Categories: Toy News, Sponsor News
Posted by: Bed Bugs | Credit(s): DavidT, BBTS.com

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Site sponsor Bigbadtoystore.com has excellent news for all. They have just announced a Warehouse Clearance Sale with a picture tour for anyone wondering what their facility looks like. BBTS has also restocked City Commander. If you have been waiting for BBTS to restock, order yours now by clicking here.

Hi - Here is another big update from http://www.bigbadtoystore.com about a
variety of new preorders, more new arrivals, and a 3000 item clearance
sale along with a photo-tour of our warehouse.

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3000 ITEM CLEARANCE SALE
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Our warehouse is getting extremely full so we've cut prices on about 1500
items, and gathered 1500 previous sale items together in one handy place.
This new sale menu will be a permanent link on our site, and all current
sale items will be displayed here. In addition to all the great deals
20% to 50% off and higher, we've put together a quick little photo tour of
our warehouse. We hope you enjoy the pictures and please do what you can
to help us make room in the warehouse:
BBTS.com Sale and Tour

SDCC 2008 NEMESIS PRIME & SHADOW COMMANDER TRAILER SET
FansProject's new Shadow Commander Trailer set, a black recolor of the
Ultra Magnus City Commander Trailer set, is now available in a set
alongside the SDCC 2008 exclusive Nemesis Prime, for whow the armor was
made. We've got the two paired for you, priced at just $129.99 for both
the robot and the trailer, saving you $8 off the package - take a look!
Shadow Commander Combo Pack

E-HOBBY BLACK MEGATRON
We've already listed E-Hobby's Sunstorm re-release, and now he's being
joined by the new Black Megatron re-release. This version of Megatron
stretches back to the Microman days, and he's got a basic black paintjob
with brown handlegrips. Our version of Black Megatron will already have
the orange safety plug applied, so there won't be any issues with laws or
Customs. He's listed at $99.99, and we expect to see him this February.
E-hobby Black Megatron

TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED ACCESSORY FIGURES
Impossible Toys is offering a three-pack of figures to go alongside your
Transformers: Animated toys. Listed as Female Sidekick, Father and
Detective. We've got the set of three listed at $64.99; check out the
pics, including the pic showing their scale with the TF's from the series.
Impossible Toys Animated Humans

G1 TRANSFORMING SPIKE & DANIEL IN EXO-SUITS
Also from Impossible Toys, we've got a pre-order up for G1 Spike and his
son Daniel, each in a transforming exo-suit taken directly from the
original animation. The transformation may be a bit simplistic, but the
look is excellent and the character heads are spot-on. Pre-order your
two-pack today, just $69.99.
Impossible Toys G1 Spike and Daniel Exo-suits

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NEW ARRIVALS:
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G1 MICROMASTERS
One of our sources has managed to get ahold of some cases of G1
Micromasters for us. The cards may be a little banged up, but these
sealed 1989 Micromaster sets are all ready to go home with some happy
collectors. Choose from the Military Patrol, the Hot Rod Patrol and the
Monster Trucks Patrol, each priced at $19.99 Take a look at the available
sets here -
G1 Micromasters

TRANSFORMERS UNIVERSE LEGENDS - WV 3 CASE, WV 2 SET and WV 3 SET
We've restocked Wave 2 of the Transformers Universe Legends, and also
received a shipment of Wave 3. Wave 2 consists of G2 (Tank) Megatron,
Jazz and Hound, priced at $15.99. Wave 3's set of three includes the new
Animated versions of Optimus Prime, Prowl and Bumblebee for $19.99, or you
can grab a case, which includes two each of the three Animated figures,
plus one each of Hound and Jazz, only $37.99.
Universe Legends

Thanks very much for your interest in www.bigbadtoystore.com and be sure
to check out some of the new items mentioned above.

Thanks!

Joel & The BBTS Crew
www.bigbadtoystore.com

Want G1 Roadbuster? How about a shiny new modern version?

Transformers News: Want G1 Roadbuster? How about a shiny  new modern version?
Date: Friday, October 24th 2008 11:04am CDT
Categories: Toy News, Collectables
Posted by: Dead Metal | Credit(s): cybergundam

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the cybergundam blog has promo images of a new product from CM's corp's Brave Gokin Mugen Calibur figure. Many will remember that this is the original name of what we know as the G1 deluxe Autobot Roadbuster. This guy is much sought after and almost impossible to find complete so now you soon have the chance of buying a new articulated version of him and yes it's got Diecast.


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Head over to the blog to see all images and read the original thread if you can.


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Transformers Universe RID Bruticus bio on HTS!

Transformers News: Transformers Universe RID Bruticus bio on HTS!
Date: Friday, October 24th 2008 10:41am CDT
Categories: Toy News, Collectables, Store News
Posted by: Dead Metal | Credit(s): HasbroToyShop.com

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HasbroToyshop.com has the upcoming Universe RID Bruticus bio up! The product is labeld as coming soon.
Read the bio of the Robots in Disguise character by clicking here or just by scrolling down.

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With three slobbering, ferocious heads, and only one brain to split between them all, PREDACON BRUTICUS is a perfect dungeon guard. Short-tempered, brutal, and unimaginative, he takes his job of guarding AUTOBOT prisoners very seriously. MEGATRON doesn’t trust him to do anything beyond serve as a guard, but he is content in the dark, stinking dungeons beneath the PREDACON leader’s headquarters. As long as he has a full complement of prisoners to look after and a steady supply of energy, PREDACON BRUTICUS is happy.

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New images of TFA Jetfire and Jetstorm with hands

Transformers News: New images of TFA Jetfire and Jetstorm with hands
Date: Friday, October 24th 2008 10:32am CDT
Categories: Toy News, Collectables
Posted by: Dead Metal | Credit(s): El Duque tf08.com

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tf08.com has first images of the soon to be released Transformers Animated Jetfire and Jetstorm robots.
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As well as the combined robot mode.
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They also have a close up of the individual robot hands!
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TRU sends us images from their "Big Toy Book" catalog

Transformers News: TRU sends us images from their "Big Toy Book" catalog
Date: Friday, October 24th 2008 10:17am CDT
Categories: Toy News, Company News, Store News
Posted by: Seibertron | Credit(s): Toys R Us

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Toys R Us has sent us full sized images of the relevant Transformers items from their latest catalog. You can view the details here. Thanks for sending these images to us TRU!

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New Universe Galleries

Transformers News: New Universe Galleries
Date: Thursday, October 23rd 2008 12:11pm CDT
Categories: Site News, Toy News
Posted by: Nekoman | Credit(s): Seibertron

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Seibertron has updated the Toy Gallery section with Hasbro’s latest offerings, from the Universe Classics series. Click on one of the links below to view over three hundred images of the latest figures to join the Seibertron.com galleries!

Silverstreak
Sideswipe
Ironhide

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TakaraTomy Website Updates

Transformers News: TakaraTomy Website Updates
Date: Thursday, October 23rd 2008 3:36am CDT
Categories: Toy News, Company News
Posted by: Stormrider | Credit(s): TakaraTomy

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TakaraTomy has updated their Transformers website with several new tidbits.

The Henkei page features the figures that were just released today in Japan: Lambor, Streak, and Octane. These figures include a new mini manga.

Lambor (Sideswipe)

Seibertron Streak

Octane

Also up on the Henkei site are two mini mangas that were included with Hotrod, Skyfire, and Ramjet. Click here to see them.

You can also check out the Marvel Crossover page here, which features several figures:

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Exo-Suit Spike & Daniel - BBTS PreOrder

Transformers News: Exo-Suit Spike & Daniel - BBTS PreOrder
Date: Wednesday, October 22nd 2008 10:51pm CDT
Categories: Toy News, Sponsor News
Posted by: Stormrider | Credit(s): BBTS, DavidT

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BigBadToyStore.com is now taking pre-orders for Spike & Daniel in Exo-Suits created by ImpossibleToys. The set is listed at $69.99 and is scheduled to arrive in the first quarter of 2009.


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New Henkei Released in Japan: Swipe, Streak and Octane

Transformers News: New Henkei Released in Japan: Swipe, Streak and Octane
Date: Wednesday, October 22nd 2008 10:44pm CDT
Categories: Toy News, Sightings
Posted by: Stormrider

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Several new Transformers have been released in Japan. Henkei Seibertron Streak (Silver Streak), Lambor (Sideswipe), and Octane. Like the previous Henkei figures, these three feature chrome painted parts. Expect online retailers to have them in stock soon.

Also of note - several Marvel Crossovers figures were released in Japan today as well: Grey Hulk, Human Torch, Black Spiderman, and Wolverine. These figures have been released directly by Hasbro and do not show any change in paint scheme or box art. So don’t expect a special Japanese repaint version.


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Lambor

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Octane (Sorry no photo)

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