I've been a lurker around here for a while. Wanted to jump in with a collection of pics of a figure that there isn't much info about right now: Generations 3.0 Scout Class Laserbeak!
Just picked this guy up on eBay from EPToy.com, as he's an Asia exclusive and not available (sadly) in Canada. I'm a big fan of the Generations line, having grown up with the G1 cartoon & movie, as well as all the new stuff like the live movies & the new Prime TV series.
Here's a pic of the packaging from EPToy's website:
It's a repaint of the ROTF Skystalker figure, and it really caught my eye with it's G1 inspired colors and the drone alt-mode that is very reminiscent of how Laserbeak appeared while on Cybertron in the very first episode of the G1 series.
For those who need a reminder, here's what I'm talking about:
His drone mode is really well done. Everything is nice and clean on the top, and the stuff on the bottom tucks in nicely. And with the G1 colors on this mold, the drone mode looks fantastic.
In addition, there's a simple way to display him in drone mode that pays homage to the original Laserbeak, and that's to fold his feet out instead of using the front wheel.
In my opinion, this looks pretty neat as a way of displaying him in drone mode.
Next, while I personally don't care much for the Macross-esque look, you can also extent the legs more fully to have a hybrid drone/robot mode that is referred to in the instructions as his 'attack mode'.
Now the really interesting part! Some purists may shun the fact that Laserbeak has been given a humanoid robot mode, but for me it really works as a reinvention of the character. He's still small, and looks very 'vulture'-like when in robot mode. The beak-like face, talon-like feet and wings on his back give the impression that if Laserbeak did turn in to a robot, this is what he'd look like.
He of course comes with the same battle-hooks that Skystalker came with, so he has those removable weapons that tuck nicely in to his wings. Quite frankly I'd rather he come with some type of laser weapons to match his name a bit better, but I guess we can pretend he shoots a laser from his eye or something. A minor gripe, but it would have been nice for Laserbeak to have lasers.
No light piping on his head, but it still looks cool with the shiny gold paint app on the top.
And finally, here's a shot for size reference next to his good buddy Soundwave. I must admit that I was really disappointed with the DOTM interpretation of Laserbeak (way too chickeny for my taste). Had he been presented in the movie like THIS, it would have been amazing. Think about it: a human-sized assassin/interrogator Transformer that turns in to a small stealth drone? That's cool.
Hope you all like these pics! Let me know what you think, I'd love to hear any comments! Cheers!
Hi to all. Here are my views on Transformers Prime: Sergeant Kup.
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There are good and bad things about this figure so I think I will split it like that.
These came from Hasbro Asia but this time came in the smaller multi language box. Smaller height, no tech spec and tiny Bio. The back has zero wording, so nothing about his modes or weapons. The Bio reads:
“Sergeant Kup delivers advice and encouragement, even in thick crossfire.”
The truck mode is pretty nice but quite small for what it should represent. A definite green compared to the Generations Kup blue shade. It has a rather nasty lime green hood and side stripes.
It does have a lot of nice little details on it though. Gold rollbar and roof lights. Plenty of areas for Reprolabels to be added. You can see his fists through the rear window.
A neat touch is Autobot logo outlines on his centre tyre rims. There is no actual logos on the alt mode though.
He is essentially the Cyberverse version upscaled! Not by very much though. The details on the 2 are identical with the exception of the rear window and transformation.
There are 2 micron ports on the sides and 2 in the rear, which is actually his feet! The cannons only fit on 1 way. You can give him jet thrusters for old timer turbo mode!
They fit on and blend ok. There is detail inside the barrel end so it’s not just a tube.
The robot mode is very nice. A bit on the plain side with just green and black but used to not much paint now. He has a small Autobot logo, which I believe is the first Autobot TFP Deluxe to get one!
He has a fake windscreen chest which looks ok with good detail behind it.
He has a lot of articulation and very nice small details. Ball joints on the shoulders, elbows, hips and ankles. Swivel thighs and jointed knees.
The head is on a ball joint and can move side to side. The back prevents it from moving more. It could be possible to swap the head but it would have to be small.
It has a kinda Kup look to it but I personally feel it’s more Ironhide.
The weapons can be held in his hands or on his arms. Also they lock together to form a Bazooka like gun. Again the same as the Cyberverse figure. I feel holding them as pistols suits him better.
What I plan on doing is giving the cannons to Takara AM Ironhide and give Kup the Micron or other gun.
In summary I feel Kup is a great figure and another nice addition to the line! His robot mode has lots of personality but his truck mode is a bit too small.
He really is an Ironhide repaint and if that came first I would have been happier. If it had I don’t think many would be buying this. We’ve been spoiled with the iGear Kup head.
But like all figures there are some negatives. So I will post them next and some comparison images. I hope you liked my review.
Now onto the bad parts.
There is a gaping hole in Kups rear! Right between his legs. This guy won’t be transporting anything. It’s not so bad with the guns hiding it but when did we see a Transformer car with no floor! I’m sure it helps the robot mode be kibble free but still.
Also he seems rather small in alt mode. We all know the TFP guys are smaller than previous lines but for a truck he’s smaller than the cars! Others you feel could fit in a driver or 2. With Kup you would have to be tiny to fit inside him.
He’s the same length as Knock Out but if you compare windscreen and door sizes you will see what I mean.
This is the Official way he transforms! The hood folds back and sits there. That's as far back as it goes! If it had a swivel hinge it would be perfect. Luckily there is a fix but not if you don't like partsformers.
You can pull the hood off the hinge. Flip it around and reattach! Works a charm.
Not perfect as you run the risk of wearing the pegs down over a long time but so much better than before.
Also the inside of his legs are hollow. Nothing new now but with a hinged panel it could have covered them and the gaping hole in the truck mode too.
My only real problem with this figure is that he's.. Ironhide! If we didn't know we were getting one it would be fine. But with the Takara one a month away Kup doesn't say Kup to me. There are too many Ironhide looks. That plus I have the Cyberverse figure too. If there was a new head sculpt it would have at least been improved.
Some comparison pictures will be posted shortly. If anyone has some questions please ask and I will pop back and try and answer them
Kapow Toys wrote:Transformers Prime Deluxe Rumble
Wave 5 brings us 2 new characters in the form of Sgt Kup and Rumble. Apart from being blue and having blasters shaped like pile drivers that appears to be where the similarity between Prime Rumble and G1 Rumble finishes and he's all the better for it. Transforming from a quite boring compact car to robot he follows suit with the other Prime deluxe in being a little smaller than we've been used to over the years but it doesn't take away from the fact he is an awesome little figure. He looks the business in robot mode with very little ''kibble'' apart from the two roof halves which sit on his shoulders and in our opinion beef him up, the side panels of the car are cleverly hidden over his shoulder with little rocket launchers molded into the inside giving them a function rather than just having them sit there. His articulation is very good enabling him to strike all kinds of action poses with the only area being a little restricted the shoulders, this is down to the rocket launcher panels tilting forward but its not the end of the world and doesn't do enough to take away from what is a very original and very nice figure.
Overall we score Rumble 9/10 another great entry in whats shaping up to be the best Transformers line in some time.
Kapow Toys wrote:Transformers Prime Sgt Kup
Ever since Generations Kup has been a Sgt, enjoying his promotion he now decides he must also look like Ironhide which hasn't gone too well with Ironhides agents or Mrs Kup. I'm going to point out the faults first which are the big hinge / bonnet that hangs over his upper back in robot mode and the fact the cannons can be loose when plugged into the forearms, apart from that this guy is fantastic! packed full of articulation his proportions make him not only look great but also capable of an array of poses. There is no doubting he could have done with a remolded head as Kup but just imagine how cool this figure is going to be in red??? Truck mode is small but perfectly formed, the transformation is easy with the only gripe being a gap in the trailer section which you can see through, will kids care about this ? no so its not a problem as far as we can see.
Overall we score Kup 8/10 ( add another point if you prefer him in green )
Kapow Toys wrote:No time to pass opinion on this guy tonight due to time constraints but we thought you would like to see a gallery anyway. What we can tell you is he is a meaty Voyager like Megatron and transforms into a nice big jet! none of that Voyager Starscream tiny alt mode nonsense!
Starlorz wrote:Transformers: Fall of Cybertron (FOC) is High Moon’s follow up their 2010 hit Transformers: War for Cybertron (WFC). FOC takes place immediately after the events of WaC and involves the same cast of characters with a few notable additions. For anyone that didn’t get a chance to play High Moon’s original Transformers offering, WFC, I’d highly recommend it. Transformers fans were given a thoughtful treatment of the Transformers franchise which fleshed out some watershed moments from Starscream’s defection to Optimus’ rise to Prime, and video game fans were treated to well-balanced first person shooter that made great strategic use of an innovative transforming mechanic. In other words, High Moon not only succeeded in creating the best Transformers game ever (which was not hard because the bar was set so incredibly low), but actually made a game that would have been great even without the association to a beloved franchise.
I’ve only had the opportunity to play FOC for a few hours at this point, but that is more than enough time to give you a run down on what has changed, what remains the same, and offer my initial impressions of the game.
What’s the same
There are a lot of elements from WFC which carry over to FOC. High Moon’s adept handling of the Transformers continues unabated. The dialogue stays true to the characters and is well written. I don’t mean that it’s well written like Shakespeare is well written, but in tone, style, and content it all sounds like the Transformers I grew up with. The voice acting continues to be spot on, which is what you’d expect given how many voice actors from the original series are used in the game. The robot and vehicle models remain sharp and contain interesting details like parts that move and shift when the player stands still. The art direction is consistently good. Personally, I really wish the backgrounds had a bit more color to them, but given that every time I’ve ever seen Cybertron in cartoon form it was grey with glowing bits all over, and that’s how it looks in this game, I can’t complain too much. The game itself still has two play styles: single player campaign and online multiplayer. The single player campaign is divided into chapters which are further divided by checkpoints. The multiplayer has several familiar modes like Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag and a few others. And as with most good FPS multiplayer games these days, you earn experience as you play that can be used to unlock new weapons and weapon upgrades. The cool addition that FOC brings to this system is that in addition to experience, you also earn money that can be used to buy different body parts or vehicle modes. I’ll cover this in greater depth in my full review. Transforming is still handled incredibly well. It sounds perfect (I would sometimes transform just to hear that sound on command) and looks amazing (one of the characters does a breakdance style windmill move to get into vehicle mode). But most importantly, transforming serves an integral strategic function for game play, especially in multiplayer. The multiplayer levels can be much larger than they would be otherwise, since everyone can turn into a fast mode of transportation. What you are trying to do at any given moment affects what kind of character is most useful. A Scientist in jet form may get you across the map fastest, but it has the weakest firepower once you get there. On the other hand the Titan packs a huge wallop, but takes forever to get anywhere. The interplay between the advantages and disadvantages of robot form and vehicle forms of the four different classes make FOC an incredibly fun, balanced and unique first person shooter.
What has changed
The graphics for FOC have been noticeably improved while simultaneously eliminating the frame rate slow down that occasionally happened in WFC. High Moon has also tweaked the controls, removing the double jump and secondary robot ability while adding a dash/sprint mechanic to the robot form. For a game that so often deals in close quarter combat, the dash/sprint ability is a welcome addition, particularly in multiplayer. Because your shields dissipate so quickly, if someone got the drop on you in WFC, you were pretty much doomed. But in FOC you can dash around the corner to try and get away without taking the time to transform . The four basic types of characters you can choose from have also changed a bit. The new types are the Infiltrator (a cloaking sniper type that transforms into cars and is quick but lightly armored), the Destroyer (armed with rocket launchers, medium armor and transforms into a truck), the Titan (heavy armor, heavy weapons, and slow tank-like vehicle) and the Scientist (lightly armored support class that transforms into a jet/helicopter). Again, I’ll get into much more depth in the full review. Another change is that instead of being able to choose from three different character options at the beginning of every chapter as you did in WFC, you are given no options. While this may seeming limiting, it has the advantage of forcing players to try different ways of taking on challenges. You can’t just choose the same kind of character every time just because you are good with them, but instead you are forced to experience the different play styles the game has to offer.
Overall, FOC is an improvement on an already good model. The game is better looking and the controls seem a bit crisper and more refined. From everything I’ve seen so far, this game should please Transformer fans and video game fans alike. And if you happen to be a fan of both, this will probably be another must own title.
I look forward to getting the chance to play the game from start to finish. When I do, check back in for a full game review.
baltmatrix wrote:Each of these guys are pretty cool in their own way but together they form an awesome, Decepticon, Blazing Sword! AM-01 looks to be some kind of hermit crab, AM-02 is a bird/hawk thing and AM-03 is a crocodile. My only complaint about the set is that I have no idea what AM-01's weapon mode is supposed to be. Is it a cannon? A crossbow? The monster from Final Fantasy? Who knows.
Hi to all. Here are my views on Transformers Prime: Takara AM-16: Jet Vehicon. Or Jeticon as I like to call them. Big thanks to Andy at Kapow Toys - http://www.kapowtoys.co.uk in the UK! Who once again got these at super fast shipping speed without the current customs hassles.
It's quite long, so the short review is he's the same as the regular car Vehicon but with wings. Buy it! But i'll try and tell you what's different as I can.
The Jet mode is the same length and width as the "Caricon" but with spikes giving it the edge.
It's all black and as it has stickers the only paint is 4 small purple marks on both sides. The Decepticon logo area is raised, it has a nice air intake at the front, redesigned rear and even a little landing skid!
There are 5 Micron ports on both sides and 1 peg and port under the wings. The Caricons weapon fits in ok, it's a shame it only has 1 gun unlike the jet mode in the show.
To transform you have to unclip the wings and then fold them up. Everything else is the same as the Caricon then. The only flaw is due to a different back piece the rear will not fold down out of sight like the Car version.
The wings are nice and hard and don't drop. Nor are they sharp but no doubt Hasbro would make them kid safe if they did one and ruin it!
A pic of Robot mode with no stickers on yet. He's not as sleek as the Vehicon as the shoulder, arms and leg panels are all larger to match the Jet design.
Light piping is purple not red. I had a nice Cylon eye by accident earlier.
His main limb colour is a nice almost glossy plum. Not pink! It's a touch lighter than Takara AM Skywarp. The chest has a great metallic paint to it which pics up a shine nicely and makes it closer to the Season One images.
The wings bend right back, all the way to the sides or I prefer to angle them a little.
He can't clip the Car Vehicons gun to his arm but he can hold it as normal. The FE Vehicons weapon makes a nice arm blaster.
He comes with his Arms Micron partner, Igu, which transforms from a robotic iguana into a similar blaster as on the show. I believe it to be longer than the Takara car Vehicon Micron.
Iggy as he is now known actually looks like an Iguana kinda. If the RID is a machine gun then Iggy is the Shotgun or Bazooka version!
He comes in a nice dark gray which looks great with or without labels. Hasbro take note. Iggys labels really make it look like the show colour and show how nice some colour on the RID would be. I traced the grooves with a tooth pick to pick out the details.
Igu can be joined with Breakdown and Megatrons Microns to form a giant axe/hammer like.. thing.
He has 22 stickers, 13 of them for him and the rest for Igu. The stickers go in the same places the Caricon has paint apps. Legs, ankles, waist. So there's not much different there except the Decepticon logo has to go on top and not under his chest glass. He has metallic stripes on his wings, both sides and the nose area.
I recommend lining his ankle labels on the inside first as they are tricky. I rubbed his leg grate ones down with a tooth pick to pick out the details.
The rear of the gun extends back. It's a very long gun! With a small amount of bending and tweaking you can kinda make it look like it's coming from his arm.
Iggy makes a big cannon when mounted on the side of the jet too.
All together the Jet Vehicon is a great addition to the line! Really worth getting.
I will post a bunch of comparison pictures below as I have them.
I will say that a USA release of the same mold is 95% unlikely from all sources. It's marked Takara only. Even if it does you are looking at 1 1/2 to 2 years away. So if you want 1 don't wait and then complain later. Get one now before everywhere is sold out
I've added some pics of the Jeticon from the show to compare to the toy also.
Sabrblade wrote:Remember when we found out that the Transformers: Prime Voyager Breakdown and Voyager Gaia Unicron would be TakaraTomy exclusive figures? Well it looks as though the Deluxe Jet Vehicon figure might be joining their ranks. The Jet Vehicon figure was recently released in Japan, and Allspark.com user Powered Convoy has both acquired one and taken a photo of the figure's copyright information. Much like the Breakdown figure, the Jet Vehicon figure only contains copyright info from Tomy, rather than from both Tomy and Hasbro like the other figures shared between the two.
For comparison, here's Prime Voyager Breakdown's copyright information (also taken by Powered Convoy), which also lacks info from Hasbro.
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