Whereas from fellow Seibertronian AzT, we have a HasbroToyShop code for 25% off items purchased online, and free site-wide shipping (to continental US) without any promotional code! The code CYBER2016 lasts until December 4th, and you can find more info below.
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Fellow Seibertronian Emerje has sent us a breakdown of the Cyber Monday deals over on at Walmart.com, and though there isn't much to get excited about, some of these may interest you! Check them out below, and check out our other round-ups and tips for Cyber Monday in the Energon Pub!
Fellow Seibertronian Cyberpath has sent our way a video review of Takara's Masterpiece MP-33 Inferno. It is from site sponsor The Chosen Prime. They give a very detailed rundown of all the features that come with this toy and an extensive comparison to the other MP-styled Inferno toys out there. Finally they provide a great group shot to show how well this toy scales and looks compared with the rest of the line. If you have received yours already please let us know how you find it!
After the reveal of the Transformers: The Last Knight voice-changing mask/helmet of Optimus Prime from a while ago, we have some new images from Toy-People.com's coverage of the Taipei Film and Television Toy Fair 2016 - check them out below!
Fellow Seibertronian Ironhidensh has spotted and shared the Toys'R'Us online Cyber Monday deals on Transformers toys, which includes a 20% price reduction of a variety of figures - and an extra 20% off with code HASBROCYBER. Still looking for a Robots in Disguise Power Surge figure? Maybe a Paralon? Titans Return Chromedome? Head here, and happy online hunting!
It's not every day you find a job listing that asks that you have "Knowledge of the Transformers IP", but there is one up now for the role of an Online Community Manager for an upcoming Transformers Game from Kabam. The job is based in Vancouver Canada. This is the company making both a Transformers MMO and a fighting game. This job seems to be for the MMO because it also says that they will favour applicants that have built from scratch and made existing multi-million player communities effective. That's quite a requirement. For anyone interested, you can get the full job posting here.
Every two weeks, Seibertron.com brings you a Top 5 list related to all things Transformers written by me, your fellow editor. These are my opinions (just like movie or game reviews hosted by sites are still just the opinion of one person) so what matters most is what you guys think of the topic or list, and I hope to see your own lists or comments on omissions and ranking. Let's have fun! All previous lists can be found here.
Top 5 Most Difficult Transformers Toys
Last time, we looked at toys that were annoying to transform regardless of whether they were complex or not. But now we are looking at difficulty all around and not just annoyance at a step. For this list, I tried to pick toys that had a good balance of difficulty in terms of complexity (number of steps) and difficulty in terms of frustration (like panels not fitting properly or parts being either too tight or fiddly). It has to be a combination though. In the end these are the toys that take me a while to transform without instructions after a few months of not playing with them.
RID gave us some very interesting designs for car transformers we had not seen yet. Especially for the three brother Prowl, X-Brawn and Sideburn who were asymmetrical and wore their car shells on one their arm. Of the three, Sideburn was by far the most difficult. The fact that the design is asymmetric makes it hard to visualize how he should fold onto himself and transform. It is also a very tight fit getting everything into the car. Magnificent car mode though.
This guy is symmetrical and though he has a ton of steps, the next move from truck to robot can be anticipated. It is actually a great joy to undo panels and have this figure totally morph in front of your eyes. The big problem is getting him back into truck mode. The nose segment gets infinitely tricky since several panels have to come together at once including two chest panels that just won't stay put. And at the same time you have his swinging swords that keep popping up, it gets really involved. And if you forget to fold down those pieces above his shoulders, then you will have to fiddle for another 10 minutes to redo what you just did.
Transforming MP Megatron is a long and arduous process. He isn't as complicated as others say because his transformation is logical and you can tell what goes where. However some pieces and panels are very small and his waist is extremely fragile that you have to take your time transforming him. And all the while, other sections can require an enormous amount of force which is quite counterintuitive and frightening considering the cost of this toy. I do absolutely love him though, since both modes look awesome to me and give me a very rewarding feeling. Also, he wins the award for being the only TF I know who is as difficult and takes as long when transforming from alt mode to robot as robot to alt mode (which is usually far more difficult in comparison).
This is such a complicated toy. Getting the arms oriented the right way for either mode can take a while and the feet pieces won’t stop popping off every time you touch them. The robot doesn’t have logical proportions so there’s no rhyme or reason helping you figure out if what you are doing is correct of if you’ll have to double back to swivel the waist the other way. And getting him back to truck mode is super tricky since everything ends up being really tight and flush. That’s great news for the truck mode but it means that certain steps must be done in parallel and all come together at the same time. It’s ROTF Leader Optimus all over again but in a smaller scale and with a lot more parts at stake (oh and with the top of the cab popping off at the same time).
This is the one TF that I can never remember how to transform correctly. Especially back to alt mode. Almost all alternators were complicated and complex and featured some unintuitive transformation steps, usually with their waists or arms. Like all the alternators, forgetting a step or doing it wrong can cause severe misalignment in alt mode. And the instructions don’t help. It’s sometimes just a matter of positioning and that can’t be conveyed precisely in the instructions. Since the day I got Alternators Grimlock (I actually got the Binaltech version), I would transform him to robot, then back to car but not completely. I would have the hood section still lingering unfinished due to arms seemingly impossible to position correctly for everything to fit. Then comes the trial and error, flipping the arms inside out, turning them the other way making them face another direction. It really feels like a Rubiks cube, and takes as long if not longer (for me at least). And then after a fever dream, I just happen to have the arms in the only possible way they can fit and everything locks together flush. I never know how I do it. This is by far the TF that takes me longest to transform, instructions or not.
Honourable Mentions: I hear MP 09 Rodimus was pretty hard but I never got a chance to transform him.
Does everyone have their Combiner Wars Victorion yet? Because Hasbro Toy Shop has an amazing deal on her. You can buy it for $50 USD on their e-bay page. 80% of the stock has already been bought so hurry if you want yours!
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