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Quick Review: iGear Gold & Silver Faith Leaders

Transformers News: Quick Review:  iGear Gold & Silver Faith Leaders
Date: Friday, July 30th 2010 3:20pm CDT
Categories: 3rd Party News, Knock Offs, Reviews
Posted by: Dead Metal | Credit(s): HighPrime

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Seibertron.com member HighPrime has received his Golden and Silver Faith Leaders (KO Masterpiece Optimus Primes) and posted a review.

A few images are included at the bottom of the article.

HighPrime states:

"For the record, I have every MP figure released by Takara Tomy to date. This is my justification for picking up the KOs ;-)

Moving on...


PRICE
$260.00 For Silver Faith Leader + shipping
$300.00 For Gold Faith Leader + shipping

PACKAGING
Figures are shipped in a plain white box with a little gold or silver sticker indicating PP01 gold or silver exclusive. Annoyingly, the number of figure you purchased is markered right on the front. Fortunately, it can be removed (for the most part) with a little goo gone without ruining the finish of the package. My silver one is #10 of 50. Gold is #7 of 50. Inner clam shell packaging is the same as all PP-01x releases to date.

WHAT'S INCLUDED
Optimus Prime, of course, (or 'Faith leader, as it were...) Extra hands and extra 'Prime Gun are not included, but Megatron in gun mode, Anime OP head on mount, and Energon Axe, and instructions (PP-01c's actually) are still included.

WHAT ELSE IS INCLUDED
XL T-Shirt (Gold or Silver lining)
x2 Autobot Symbols (Gold or Silver lining)
x2 Stickers for Prime's Communicators on both arms (2 different ones depending on the version)
Numbered collector's Card in Gold of Silver.
VIP membership at iGear's online store granting you a lifetime 10% discount (not including exclusives)

FUTURE KNOCK-OFF PLANS?
While on the stickers, if these are any indication, additional KOs iGear will be working on are:

G1 Bumblebee
G1 Alpha Trion
G1 Wheeljack
G1 Ultra Magnus

QUALITY
I'm very surprised at the level of quality. I handled these figures with leather gloves as to prevent damaging the finish, however, not a single fleck of paint came off the entire time. At first, I handled them with extreme care. By mid-transformation, I was practically treating them like any other transformer (with care, but not so much that I'm afraid it would break). For the most part, joints are tight. The Grill of the cab had a tendency to flop down. You can play around with it to get it to stay in place, though.

The paint finish seems to be of varying application styles. Some of it as sort of an 'unsanded primer' texture. Other parts are mirror finish (i.e., windows). The design works for me. May be questionable to others expecting a mostly mirrored finish. Application of paint (more so on the gold) is somewhat inconsistent, particularly around the edges of part housings. Other parts look 'burned.' Keep in mind these are KOs, though. I can't expect lucky draw finish on an item that is 1/4 cost of many lucky draws. In no way is that a defense, just an observation. Even still, these aren't cheap. Rounding up comments on the finish, it's relatively thick. Previously tight tolerances are even more so. Keep that in mind when transforming.

TRANSFORMATION RECOMMENDATIONS TO PREVENT CHIPPING
Take the head off. No one will see it anyway in cab mode and you'll save the ears from chipping.
When flipping the head plate over and inter the chest, press up from underneath in the front, and from on top in the rear. This will prevent stressing the plastic near the top front of the cab Windows.
Use a vinyl card to flip up the tab that allows the fists to retreat into the arms.
Use a vinyl card to flip out the matrix.

Other then above, you should not experience any problems getting these guys into cab mode as long as some level of care is observed.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Dropping this kind of cash, especially for a KO, is not for everyone. There are a few of us crazy enough to do so, though. Overall, I'm satisfied with these 2. A bit disappointed in some of the paint application, but not bitterly so. Unless you're dying to have these guys, you can pass.

Between the Gold (Lagoon Prime) the Silver (Heat resistant Alloy Prime), The silver has the better finish and look. Plus, it's cheaper. However, if you have cash burning a hole in your pocket, go for both. Last check, there's 38/50 left of Silver and 37/50 left of Gold.

If you continue to frequent iGear, the 10% discount on future purchases will come in handy, too.

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Transformers MP -M01 Starscream Review

Transformers News: Transformers MP -M01 Starscream Review
Date: Thursday, July 29th 2010 9:35am CDT
Categories: Collectables, Movie News, Reviews, Toy News
Posted by: Dead Metal | Credit(s): ROARBO, Peaugh

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Views: 47,749

Peaugh has gotten his hands on the upcoming and highly controversial figure "Masterpiece M01 Transformers the Movie version Starscream" the first figure of a new Masterpiece subline dedicated to the movieverse Transformers.
As always you can view it by clicking here or right here.


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Seibertron Exclusive Video Review of Animated Sons Of Cybertron Optimus and Rodimus

Transformers News: Seibertron Exclusive Video Review of Animated Sons Of Cybertron Optimus and Rodimus
Date: Saturday, July 24th 2010 5:23am CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Reviews, Toy News
Posted by: Diem | Credit(s): Diem

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Seibertron member Diem has managed to get the Animated Sons Of Cybertron set, a Takara exclusive including clear-plastic versions of Deluxe Optimus Prime and Deluxe Rodimus. He shares his thoughts with us in a video review which can be seen here or embedded below:



Diem will be answering questions and taking photo requests in the forums.

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Seibertron Exclusive Video Review of Device Label Blaster

Transformers News: Seibertron Exclusive Video Review of Device Label Blaster
Date: Saturday, July 24th 2010 4:41am CDT
Categories: Collectables, Reviews, Site News, Toy News
Posted by: Diem | Credit(s): Diem

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Views: 39,177

Seibertron member Diem has been lucky enough to get a hold of Device Label Blaster and has shared his thoughts with us in the form of a video which can be seen here or embedded below.





If anyone has any questions about or image requests of the figure, Diem will be answering them in the forum thread.

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TFcon 2010 Night-bird Video Review

Transformers News: TFcon 2010 Night-bird Video Review
Date: Sunday, July 18th 2010 12:06pm CDT
Categories: 3rd Party News, Event News, Reviews, Toy News
Posted by: Anonymous. | Credit(s): GeneralTekno

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Views: 34,337

Transformers fan and youtube user GeneralTekno was able to get his hands on the TFcon 2010 exclusive, Night-bird. This product is a repaint and remold of Valkyrie, by Impossible Toys. Check out the video embed below or on Youtube!



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Transformers HFTD Hailstorm video review!

Transformers News: Transformers HFTD Hailstorm video review!
Date: Saturday, July 17th 2010 9:05am CDT
Categories: Movie News, Reviews, Toy News
Posted by: Dead Metal | Credit(s): Jocob P. Galvatron

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Peaugh did it again and reviewed the upcoming Transformers Hunt for the Decepticons deluxe Hailstorm figure. Hailstorm is a homage to the G2 comic only character Mindset, you can watch Peaughs review by clicking here or right here on seibertron.com!


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Quick review: Impossible Toys TRNS-01 Valkyrie (Arcee)

Transformers News: Quick review: Impossible Toys TRNS-01 Valkyrie (Arcee)
Date: Wednesday, July 14th 2010 1:53pm CDT
Categories: 3rd Party News, Reviews, Toy News
Posted by: Razorclaw0000 | Credit(s): Pascal

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Seibertron.com member Pascal has received TRNS-01 Valkyrie from site sponsor BigBadToyStore.com and has given us a review and mini-gallery.

Pascal wrote:
PROS

-G1 Arcee!
-good sculpt
-G1-esque box and instructions
-guns stay in the hands during transformation, much like ROTF DLX Brawn
-easy to transform
-good arm articulation

CONS

-questionable paint job, dirty
-delicate
-nothing really locks anywhere (torso and shoulder plates should but they don't feel like it, tabs are too small and the minute you try to pose the figure they untab)
-loose right foot (could be just mine)
-head doesn't look like it can turn (if it does, the joint is really stiff, to the point you feel like you'll break the head off)
-no waist rotation
-hard to balance
-bad print quality for the instructions

My call? For hardcore collectors and display only. And wait for a sale.


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Animated Rodimus Video Review

Transformers News: Animated Rodimus Video Review
Date: Sunday, July 11th 2010 7:40am CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Reviews, Toy News
Posted by: Diem | Credit(s): Peaugh, Cannonfodder4000, DaiShan Prime

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Views: 41,634

He may be minor but his figure certainly isn't. Animated Rodimus Minor is due to be released by Takara as part of the 2010 campaign and by Hasbro as a store exclusive but we get a sneak preview thanks to another of Peaugh's excellent video reviews.

The video can be seen here or embedded below.



Thanks go to Seibertron members Cannonfodder4000 and DaiShan Prime for alerting us to this video.

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Generations Darkmount Video Review

Transformers News: Generations Darkmount Video Review
Date: Sunday, July 11th 2010 7:28am CDT
Categories: Reviews, Toy News
Posted by: Diem | Credit(s): Peaugh, Cannonfodder4000, Forgotten

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Views: 32,843

Peaugh has once again got the scoop on a new figure; this time it's the forthcoming Generations Darkmount figure. This figure is Straxus from the Marvel comics way back in the eighties in all but name, but this is the first time he's had a figure of his own.

The review can be seen here or embedded below.



Thanks go to Seibertron members Cannonfodder4000 and Forgotten for alerting us to the video.

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Human Alliance Jazz Video Review

Transformers News: Human Alliance  Jazz Video Review
Date: Saturday, July 10th 2010 1:27am CDT
Categories: Movie News, Reviews, Toy News
Posted by: Dead Metal | Credit(s): Jacob P. Galvatron, fxfranz

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Views: 44,413

Youtube member fxfranz has done a video review of the upcoming Hunt for the Decepticons Human Alliance Jazz.
You can view it by clicking here or right here on seibertron.


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Transformers Podcast: Twincast / Podcast #114 - Brainmasters
Twincast / Podcast #114:
"Brainmasters"
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Posted: Tuesday, April 7th, 2015