Seibertron.com member and staff member El Duque has received an interesting figure in the mail a few days ago: The Transformer Superalloy C-80 Wheelie Survivalist. What is a "The Transformer Superalloy C-80 Wheelie Survivalist?" you may ask. Well it's a re-do of the Jizai Toys Wheelie kit that was released a few years back at the Wonderfest Toy Festival in Japan. This figure is mainly metal for you diecast lovers, and for more on the figure, feel free to read El Duque's review below!
The first thing you are probably asking yourself is "What the heck is The Transformer Superalloy C-80 Wheelie Survivalist?", and that would be a valid question. There's quite a bit of misinformation surrounding this figure, because two different third-party groups are producing versions of Jazai Toys' Wheelie and Powerglide. There's the version that I mentioned earlier and there will a version by X-Transbots known as TB02 Survivalist/Detectibot. The Superalloy version has been upsized to roughly Deluxe size and is composed of about 75% diecast, hence the name. From what I understand the X-Transbots version retains the original Jazai Toys scale and is made entirely of plastic. Hopefully that clears up some of the confusion.
On to the review. Keep in mind I don't have the set-up, equipment, or skills that Seibertron has.
He comes in a small cardboard box about the same quality as most third-party companies use and encased in a plastic tray. Also included are his instruction sheet/mini-poster featuring the art from the back of the box, two cards one of which is translucent, and a large sticker sheet with a bunch of additional faction symbols. Sadly no slingshot accessory, but according to the box it will be included with their next release Powerglide.
Construction, like I said before about 3/4 diecast, plastic naturally, and rubber tires.
Articulation: ball-jointed head, shoulders, elbows, wrist, hips, and feet. Hinged knees and there's also a little added articulation in the hips due to the transformation. His shoulder articulation isn't the greatest, since it lacks lateral movement, but it's acceptable.
Overall I'm pleased with my purchase. Initially I was little disappointed with his rather large size, but considering all the upscaling the Minibots have received in the Classics line I've come to accept his growth spurt. I paid $53.00 which included EMS shipping. The only place I know to purchase this figure is a seller on iOffer. It's the same seller who previously offered the KO Headmaster 10 pack.
Courtesy of Cybertron.CA'sSolscud007 we have some fresh images of Headrobots next upgrade set Butcher. The set turns Universe Onslaught into a Headmaster complete with a newly molded face for the Headmaster mini-figure, the weapons pack included with their previous Hothead set, plus a couple of translucent bayonets.
If you're more of video review fan we also have one of those from YouTube's peaugh.
Seibertron.com member optibotimus has uploaded a video review of the soon to be released Transformers DOTM Deluxe Darksteel. This Beast Wars Quickstrike homage is a repaint of DOTM Deluxe Sideswipe featuring a brand new head mold and remolded MechTech weapons from DOTM Deluxe Starscream. Enjoy his review of the highly anticipated figure embedded below.
YouTube member optibotimus has posted an early video review of the upcoming Transformers DOTM Deluxe Air Raid. Air Raid will accompany Darksteel, and Autobot Armor Topspin in Transformers DOTM Deluxe wave five due to release shortly. His review has been embedded below for easy viewing.
YouTube member peuagh has uploaded a video review of the latest upgrade set from Headrobots, Blood the Dark Warrior. This set provides two new head sculpts for ROTF/HFTD Voyager Bludgeon, a more menacing skull, and a version closer to what we've seen from the IDW comics with no bottom jaw. The set also comes with two chrome plated swords to replace the soft rubbery ones that originally came with the figure. Review embedded below:
With a pair of great comics preceding Transformers: Ongoing #24, it's fair to say that this issue had it's fair share of expectations. Not only that, but the comic was the start of IDW's well-advertised arc, Chaos. The previous issues featured flashbacks and art by Alex Milne. Ongoing #24 deviates from that state, with the artwork being the biggest change many will notice. Livio Ramondelli takes the helm for Ongoing #24, as well as three future issues, #26, #28 and #30. While this review is meant to focus on #24, I feel that it's a good time to look at Ramondelli's art. Many have been rather critical on the change of artwork, as this is a drastic change from what we've seen in the previous 23 issues. However, I feel that the naysayers are a bit overcritical. Ramondelli's covers for Best Of Megatron and Best of Optimus Prime are top class. This is his first Transformers issue. There's also the concept that we're finally back at Cybertron. What better way to set a tone than to use Ramondelli's art, which I think conveys the oppressed feelings and melancholy the Autobots would have if Galvatron were in control of their home planet.
Chaos. We're in it. How did we get here? The matrix was given back to Optimus Prime on Prime, who immediately set course for Cybertron. He explained to his troops that Galvatron was still alive and has been amassing an army on Cybertron. Cut to #24. Galvatron and his brethren show up on one of the Autobot's most important facilities, Kimia. By the time the Autobots show up, it's no longer under their control.... the consequences of the capture will be known once you read the issue.
They're scared. Who you might ask? The Autobots. It's been a very long time since the Autobots have been outnumbered. In fact, in the entire Ongoing session, there really hasn't been a massive army versus a massive army. That's seemingly going to change.
What's rather odd about the Autobots first arrival on their birthplace is the selection of Transformers accompanying Optimus Prime. Or to me, maybe it's just one. Yes, Ironhide and Sideswipe were the last Autobots to be on Cybertron. But Drift? I know he's the IDW posterboy, and perhaps it's so that we won't forget that Drift exists, but I think there were much better candidates on the Autobot ship.
It's hard to be highly critical of Transformers #24. Yes, Chaos does look promising, but this issue isn't much of a standalone piece, but more of a setup for hopefully greater things to come.
YouTube member ProtoRetro has uploaded a quick video review of the Transformers 2010 MP-09 Rodimus Convoy Sound Stage. This was a promotional item available directly from Takara by mailing in ten 2010 Robo Points. Similar to the sound stage that was included with the 20th Anniversary DVD edition MP Optimus Prime, but designed for MP-09 Rodimus Convoy. The sound stage features six lines by Hiroya Ishimaru from the original Transformers 2010 cartoon and two transforming sound clips.
Courtesy of site sponsor Kapow Toys we have nice high quality pictorial review of the upcoming brand new mold DOTM Deluxe Air Raid. The figure features an AWAC style alt mode with the radar dish detaching and transforming into a shield or weapon. Check out their images mirrored below.
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