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Buried Treasure Review - Frostbite

Transformers News: Buried Treasure Review - Frostbite
Date: Friday, January 30th 2009 8:19pm CST
Categories: Reviews, Site News, Toy News
Posted by: Skowl | Credit(s): Duke of Luns

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The year 2009 marks the 25th anniversary of the Transformers franchise. To celebrate this incredible milestone, Seibertron.com will look back at a quarter-century of great Transformers toys, bringing back into the limelight some brilliant figures that have fallen through the cracks over the years. Once a week, a fan (be it a member of the staff or a user on the site) will have the opportunity to write about one of their favourite "hidden gems" of the Transformers Universe, and have their review posted on the site's front page.

We hope this feature will be a great success, and that many of you will be encouraged to look back at the last 25 years of Transformers and perhaps take a worthwhile second-look at some real unsung classics of the Transformers universe.

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Buried Treasure - Frostbite (Universe series - 2005)

By Duke of Luns

In the early part of 2003, the Transformers Universe Line was born. The intent of this line was to give collectors and kids a second chance to buy molds of previously released figures, occasionally paying homage to a past character in Transformer lore. Unfortunately, the Transformers Universe line was plagued by a dearth of uninteresting repaints in hideous or gaudy colors that sometimes hampered an otherwise great figure, and the line met its demise in late 2005. Because of the lines early end, several interesting figures and redecos were left on the manufacturing room floor. Many of these figures would either not see release for several years, if at all, but fortunately for us Frostbite was not among them.

Before I begin my review, I think a little back-story is in order. Firstly, Frostbite is a Decepticon repaint of Transmetal II Jawbreaker, a Maximal. Jawbreaker was one of the final molds from the Beast Wars line, and since he never appeared in the show or any comic (barring the Beat Wars Sourcebook) as of yet, he‘s often forgotten. Frostbite was part of the final general retail release Universe figures alongside Longhorn and Night Slash Cheetor, and he‘s now showing up in a review about forgotten Transformers. It’s probably just a coincidence, but you never know. Anyway, speaking of back-story, Frostbite actually doesn’t have any, other than he’s an agent of Unicron. Considering just how cool the figure looks it’s a shame, because after all Transformers are living, functioning aliens from outer space, and it’s nice to put a personality to a face. But since this is a review of a toy and not a character, I suppose it really is a moot point. So in that respect, let’s start by examining Frostbite MOC shall we?

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Frostbite comes in normal Universe packaging, with original character at on the front of the bubble insert. In short, pretty lame packaging. However, it would be in err to judge a book by its cover, since what’s inside is more than meets the eye….

Upon opening the package, we are presented with a Transmetal II hyena….with white, purple, black and light blue fur. I guess that he’d be some kind of artic hyena, if one existed. Not exactly realistic or even “disguisable”, but considering some of the color schemes that adorned other figures in the line, it’s pretty pleasing to the eye. Anyway, the color scheme is completely original and isn’t really meant to homage any past characters, but if you squint real hard you might catch a passing resemblance to G1 Carnivac.

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Molding and detail wise, it’s everything you would expect from a Transmetal II, and that’s a good thing. Almost every part on the figure is unique, with few if any “mirrored” pieces. Robotic and fleshy parts flow in and out each other very well, and this figure demonstrates very well just how much the Beast Wars line had changed up to that point. I particularly love the robotic right eye.

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Moving on, I think now would be a good time to “point” out just how evil and dangerous Frostbite looks. From his toothy buck toothed mouth right to the bladed tip of his tail, this guy just screams “Beware of Dog“. Also of note the spinning saw blade located on his back. It functions perfectly in this mode, and doesn’t scrape against the back of the head or anything. Hard to believe this guy was redecod from a Maximal huh? Oh yeah, and no need to worry scratching or cutting yourself, since this is a children’s toy most of the bladed areas are molded in soft plastic and all have rounded tips, and this factor only enhances how cool his beast mode is. After all, do you really want to have a first aid kit on hand every time you play with him?

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Articulation is pretty decent for a Beast Wars era figure. He has some slight head articulation with full 360 degree movement, and can even tilt up, down, and side to side slightly. His front legs can’t move side to side, the but can rotate a full 360 degrees, though they will hit the hind legs in the process. These legs also articulated at the knee, and slightly at the foot as well. The hind quarters fare both better and worse than the front. They have some slight side outward movement due to being on a ball joint, but I personally don’t think they look right when jutted out. Also due to molding issues the legs can’t rotate a full 360 degrees like the front legs can, but this doesn’t affect posing much. The legs are also articulated at the knee and at the back of the calf to simulate the “backwards knees” that most four legged animals possess. Like the front legs, his feet have some minor articulation. Finally, his tail has some slight up and down movement. Not much to write home about, but more than some earlier Beast Wars figures.

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Unfortunately, this great and original beast mode is marred by a couple of technical difficulties. First of all, his head is not very well hidden, and can easily be seen underneath of him in this form. The second problem is that the front quarter of the figure doesn’t hold together very tightly. The front legs have a habit of becoming un-pegged, and the connection behind the saw blade area isn’t very secure either. However, these are very minor issues, and do little to spoil the awesomeness of his beast mode.

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But hey, despite how awesome Frostbite’s beast mode is, this is a Transformers review, so now would be a good time to settle into the metal.

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After a relatively simple transformation we now have a very cool, very posable robot. Articulation wise, he has fifteen points, sixteen if you move the back piece backwards a tad, giving him waist rotation. His head can rotate a full 360 degrees, and his arms are ball jointed. His right forarm is on a hinge at the elbow, and can rotate a full 360 degrees here as well. The left arm has a ball joint on the forearm. His arm kibble/beast front legs still rotate in this mode was well, but I don’t count them on his articulation tally. The legs are ball jointed, with hinges on the knees, calves , and feet. Stability wise, I’ve found no problem with my figure. The ball joints have held pretty tightly over the years, and his feet are large enough to accommodate him in almost any position. He also has pretty even weight distribution, so he’s not heavy anywhere.

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Sculpt wise, Frostbite is one vicious looking Decepticon. His head sculpt is pretty standard Transformers fare, though I find it interesting that his cyborg looking eye is on the left side, whereas his beast mode cyborg eye is on the right. Maybe he has different vision depending on what mode he’s in? You’ll also notice that like his beast mode, the robot mode is not symmetrical, and there is a mish-mash of organic and cybernetic parts going on everywhere. Also, Frostbite looks good from practically any position, with the only kibble being on his arms, but this doesn’t detract from the figure in the least, and enhances his look slightly.

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Yep, Frostbite certainly looks ready willing to rip any opposing Autobots to shreds! Obviously to do this he would require a weapon, and as I’m sure you’ve noticed, Frostbite not only has one built in, but very capable handheld weapon as well.

Let’s examine his right arm first. Like several Beast Wars era figures, his beast mode head has become one of his hands. Since the head is on a joint, it can be positioned to look very natural, in nearly any position. Behind his head we come to the main gimmick of the figure, namely his spinning saw blade. Often times whenever an action figure has any kind of spinning action figure, it almost always inhibits the posabilty or look that said figure could have if that feature wasn’t present. Frostbite actually bucks this trend, because not only does the saw blade look good in almost any position, it doesn’t affect posability or functionality in the least! The only trade off is that the forearm is a tad bulky, but it’s light enough that it doesn’t weigh the arm down, and the exposed lever and un-detailed areas doesn’t look too ghastly.

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Now then. let’s talk about Frostbite’s only accessory. What was once his tail has now become a very deadly and sharp looking sword, excellently molded and painted. It’s molded in soft plastic, so there won’t be any poked fingers, and is light enough to be held high over his head should you wish to pose him that way. The sword is also very….big. Gee, with a weapon that size, ya think he might be compensating for something? Juvenile jokes aside, Frostbite is actually a head or so shorter than most deluxe sized Transformers, but that doesn’t make him any less deadly in this reviewer’s opinion.

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So in closing, Frostbite is one excellent looking and often overlooked Transformer, and was certainly a great figure that came at end the original ill-fated Universe line, despite not paying direct homage to any particular past character. Hopefully when the Universe 2.0 line returns after the Movie we’ll see some more interesting original characters that can make their own legacy.

Links:

Visit the Frostbite gallery by clicking here
Visit the Transmetal II Jawbreaker gallery by clicking here
...Or find your own buried treasures by visiting all the toy galleries here!

* If you would like to write a review for our "Buried Treasures" feature, please send a private message to Skowl on the Seibertron.com forums!

Previous Buried Treasure Reviews:

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Cannonball by Skowl

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Snapdragon by Jeep

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Cybertron Downshift by Chuckdawg1999

Buried Treasure Review - Cybertron Downshift

Transformers News: Buried Treasure Review - Cybertron Downshift
Date: Friday, January 23rd 2009 5:39pm CST
Categories: Reviews, Site Articles, Toy News
Posted by: Skowl | Credit(s): Chuckdawg1999

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Views: 32,495

The year 2009 marks the 25th anniversary of the Transformers franchise. To celebrate this incredible milestone, Seibertron.com will look back at a quarter-century of great Transformers toys, bringing back into the limelight some brilliant figures that have fallen through the cracks over the years. Once a week, a fan (be it a member of the staff or a user on the site) will have the opportunity to write about one of their favourite "hidden gems" of the Transformers Universe, and have their review posted on the site's front page.

We hope this feature will be a great success, and that many of you will be encouraged to look back at the last 25 years of Transformers and perhaps take a worthwhile second-look at some real unsung classics of the Transformers universe.

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Buried Treasure - Downshift (Cybertron series - 2006)

by Chuckdawg1999

Thinking back to the period of time before Cybertron hit I remember being quite anxious. Having been generally disappointed by the lackluster Energon line and accompanying cartoon I was starting to believe that perhaps the newer lines of Transformers were best left to those younger than I. Thankfully I was wrong and the first prototype shots of the new figures assured me that I was in store for something worthwhile. At the time I was co-writing the Cybertronian Enquirer with “Professor” Mike Kaye, he and I were on different sides of the debate of streamlined vs. boxy robot design. While he liked what he saw of Cybertron he wasn’t as excited as I was. As the line progressed Cybertron became my favorite line of the Unicron Trilogy while the good professor lamented the lack of articulation. I would constantly recommend figures to Mike saying this one or that one was quite good or had a great Cyber-key gimmick, but it took a exceptionally special figure to bring the professor and I to a common ground. That figure was Downshift.

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Downshift’s vehicle mode looks like it was taken directly from a 60’s Steve McQueen movie. I can picture in my mind some hard-nosed PI flying over a hill on the streets of San Francisco his muscle car wearing the scars of hard use. I was slightly disappointed that Downshift’s bio revealed that he wasn’t some sort of Cybertronian PI. Sure we have Nightbeat but besides Jim Rockford we had Thomas Magnum so a second TF PI would’ve been ok with me. While green and black are the predominant colors for Downshift, and look quite nice I must say, there is some silver used for his bumpers, grill, and engine. Smoked orange plastic is used for the windows and headlights. This car just looks cool.

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Downshift comes with two spring-loaded rocket launchers that can be mounted on the figure in a few ways; in vehicle mode they can be pegged into each door giving the car an armored vehicle look. Imagine driving through rush hour traffic with those babies by your side. I would’ve liked it if Hasbro found a way to incorporate the launchers into the design of the car giving it a more streamlined look but that’s small potatoes and doesn’t hurt the figure at all.

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Thinking back if there was one universal complaint about the Cybertron figures it was that sometimes the slots for the cyber-keys didn’t blend in as well as one would’ve liked into the vehicle or robot mode. Downshift is one of if not the only figure where that isn’t a problem. There is a small hatch that when closed is flush with the rear window. Once the key is inserted Downshift’s front grill springs open becoming some sort of capture claw. In this mode Downshift begins to remind me of a MASK era vehicle.

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Transformation is intuitive and a joy for your hands. In robot mode you’ll notice that like his Energon counterpart Downshift’s head is a nod to G1 Wheeljack. Another nod to the old ‘jack is the ability to attach the rocket launchers onto Downshift’s shoulders as well as being able to hold them as traditional guns. I prefer the one on, one off look as it gives him a real rugged badass look.


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While the professor thought Downshift was going to be another brick-fest Transformer even he was pleasantly surprised by Downshift’s extensive articulation. While I don’t look to be able to put my figures in various yoga poses I do enjoy the occasional run-and-gun stance.

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When first released Downshift was a touch under the radar due to his brief appearance in the cartoon which is a shame since I feel his character, with the proper development, could’ve been a significant part of the series. While I can’t comment on any other use of the mold I can tell you that Cybertron Downshift is a solid investment and a great figure to fool around with. Grab him now before the Cybertron figures really shoot up in value. Thanks for reading.

Links:

Visit the Downshift gallery by clicking here
...Or find your own buried treasures by visiting all the toy galleries here!

* If you would like to write a review for our "Buried Treasures" feature, please send a private message to Skowl on the Seibertron.com forums!

Previous Buried Treasure Reviews:

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Cannonball by Skowl

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Snapdragon by Jeep

Buried Treasure Review - G1 Snapdragon

Transformers News: Buried Treasure Review - G1 Snapdragon
Date: Sunday, January 11th 2009 9:44am CST
Categories: Reviews, Site Articles, Site News, Toy News
Posted by: Skowl | Credit(s): Jeep?

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The year 2009 marks the 25th anniversary of the Transformers franchise. To celebrate this incredible milestone, Seibertron.com will look back at a quarter-century of great Transformers toys, bringing back into the limelight some brilliant figures that have fallen through the cracks over the years. Once a week, a fan (be it a member of the staff or a user on the site) will have the opportunity to write about one of their favourite "hidden gems" of the Transformers Universe, and have their review posted on the site's front page.

We hope this feature will be a great success, and that many of you will be encouraged to look back at the last 25 years of Transformers and perhaps take a worthwhile second-look at some real unsung classics of the Transformers universe.

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Buried Treasure - Snapdragon (Generation 1 series - 1987)

by Jeep?

Ah, good old Snapdragon. Who could forget that loveably stinking filth-ridden Horrorcon? Well, if you were one of the unfortunates without the toy in your collection, you’d be forgiven for missing his hi-then-bye appearances in “The Rebirth” and the Marvel Comics series, since this is a character whose real legacy lies in moulded plastic, screws and washers. Now, since I didn’t have the toy growing up (being raised in the time of G2 and the European ‘Classic Series’ re-releases, coupled with the fecker being three years older than I am), I can’t speak for precisely how awesome he was considered ‘way back when’, - though the TV advert for the Horrorcons does feature a suitably enthused kiddo revelling in owning the thing. No, I’ve owned the fellow for a grand total of around six or seven months, and even in this day and age of high-tech ball joints and flashing lights, he blew me away.

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For those who don’t know, the Horrorcons were a triple-changing subgroup (well, duo) of the Headmasters series – which meant that in addition to the Headmaster gimmick of a removable head which transformed into an additional robot, the Horrorcons (Snappy and his buddy Apeface) also featured two modes, one being a fighter jet and the other an animal - in Snappy’s case, appropriately, a dinosaur. Another interesting twist is that the Headmaster partner forms both the robot-mode and animal-mode heads, which I suppose could be considered two triple-changers in one box? Eh? Ah, worth a try.

It’s probably best to look at the jet mode first, as it’s the mode he’s packaged in whilst in the box, and the mode I received mine shipped in when I got it second-hand. As you can see here:

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He’s got quite a long nose for a jet, with an opening cockpit to place his Headmaster partner – the oddly named Krunk – into. His twin guns fit under the wings, whilst two detachable fins adorn the top side. As jets go, it’s quite interesting, with a strangely sleek design more reminiscent of a star-ship than a fighter jet. Either way it’s a bundle of awesome.

Next mode is the dinosaur mode (labelled as a lizard, but damn it, you know that’s a T-Rex, and you knew it back then too!). It’s a relatively simple transformation, most of which involves flipping the jet round and spinning the turbines round to form the legs. Here’s the first instance of Krunk being used a Headmaster, when he fits into a socket in the flip-out neck used for the dinosaur. Showing an angry gob full of teeth, appropriately enough coloured a nice suggestive red, the angry lizard is further augmented with the addition of the two guns which can now be mounted on his back (or in his stubby little dino hands if you really want). You can see the blighter here:

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Worth noting here is the articulation in his tail – while not as articulated as some later figures, it’s surprising for a toy of this era to have detail like this, especially when the tail serves a whole other purpose as a jet nose – but there are two points of articulation there, allowing a few poses to be worked out, and helping with any balance issues the toy might have.

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However, the real joy of Snapdragon's toy is his robot mode. Humorously, the robot seems a complete reversal of the dinosaur, with the legs of one forming the arms of the other, and vice-versa. In fact, the robot mode head even plugs into what we could assume to be the dinosaur’s, well, poop hole. Again armed with his twin balance-destroying gyro guns, the figure is remarkably articulated for a toy of its time, as you can see here:

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Of course, the main gimmick of the Headmasters line is revealed behind the flip-down panel on his chest, revealing three of his tech spec stats – speed, strength and intelligence. Without Krunk, all of these seemingly read as zero, but plugging in the Headmaster partner gives our little Snappy a definite boost to Strength 10, Speed 9 and Intelligence 9. Head on! The Headmaster gimmick is interchangeable throughout the entire line, with each Headmaster partner giving different stat boosts to whatever robot they’re attached to. Try it out if you have any of them.

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As for Krunk himself, there isn’t a lot to say but it’s worth saying it, I suppose. His small size and the necessity for several uses means he’s not much more than functional, though he is able to move his arms up and down, either for a hug or a zombie shuffle – or, in a pinch, the monster mash. The nature of his dual head modes means that as a robot head, he’s got the yellowest cheeks you’ll ever see, and as a dinosaur head, there’s a disturbing purple mouth-plate on top of his noggin, but overlooking these is easy enough in light of everything.

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Overall, the toy holds up well even today, although it is prone to a bit of yellowing due to the huge areas of white adorning it. Thankfully, with the black and dark purple parts offering a good contrast, this isn’t enough to ruin the figure. A highly recommended figure, and a buried treasure well worth digging up – or searching for.

Links:

Snapdragon gallery
Headmaster Krunk gallery
...Or find your own buried treasures by visiting all the toy galleries here!
** If you would like to submit a review for our Buried Treasure feature, please send a private message to Skowl on the Seibertron.com forums!

Previous Buried Treasure Reviews:

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Takara Style MP Starscream Custom Box

Transformers News: Takara Style MP Starscream Custom Box
Date: Tuesday, January 6th 2009 8:27pm CST
Categories: Auctions, Reviews, Toy News
Posted by: Stormrider | Credit(s): coolpop, Taobao, Panli

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Seibertron member, Coolpop has found a interesting custom box for Masterpiece collectors, MP Starscream U.S. Edition in a TakaraTomy style box. Coolpop gives us his review:


Custom Made Takara Style Masterpiece MP-3 Package Set

This set is made by a Chinese TF fan and he only produced 50 sets of them (probably all sold out now). The fixed selling price was RMB150, plus all shipping and fees, it came out to be around RMB314 (I used Airmail for international shipping from China to USA), and this is about US$47.50 shipped.

The purpose of this custom package set is to convert US Masterpiece Starscream into Takara style Masterpiece packaging. Unlike another MP Starscream custom package set seen last year on eBay that only comes with outside color box (you put the whole US MP Starscream w/ original package into this custom box), this new set actually comes complete with inner plastic clampshell tray, plastic nose & tail holder/divider, updated graphic/art instruction booklet & character card.
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US Masterpiece Starscream & all accessories placed in the inner plastic clampshell tray
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Side by side comparisons with origial Takara MP-3 Green Starscream:

Inner tray with toys & accessories
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Color instruction booklet & character card (front). It's a pity that the creator decided to use actual toy shot instead of using toy art like the original booklet cover
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Color instruction booklet & character card (back)
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First two inside pages of instruction booklet
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Front of box
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Back of box
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Top of box
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Bottom of box
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Side of box (both sides are the same)
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Final comparison shot
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Overall the quality of this custom package set is very good, I am very impressed with the extent of details the creator has paid attention to match with the original MP Starscream box and inserts (reshoot of the toy with correct position, angle, distance, light source, reflection, placement, art, font, color, etc.). I consider myself very fortunate to have the opportunity to purchase this custom box set, and it will surely add that extra specialty to my complete Masterpiece collection.

Later comment:
So much for the 50 sets limited run, hahaha. I just found out the Chinese seller I bought from just put out 10 more sets for sale, I guess the creator saw both bigger demand and extra income, and he decided to pump out more.

It can be found on Taobao but only open to Chinese residents. Panli does allow foreign transactions.

Seibertron.com's First "Buried Treasure" Review - Cybertron Cannonball!

Transformers News: Seibertron.com's First "Buried Treasure" Review - Cybertron Cannonball!
Date: Monday, January 5th 2009 9:35pm CST
Categories: Reviews, Site Articles, Site News, Toy News
Posted by: Skowl | Credit(s): Skowl

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Views: 65,486

The year 2009 marks the 25th anniversary of the Transformers franchise. To celebrate this incredible milestone, Seibertron.com will look back at a quarter-century of great Transformers toys, bringing back into the limelight some brilliant figures that have fallen through the cracks over the years.

Once a week, a fan (be it a member of the staff or a user on the site) will have the opportunity to write about one of their favourite "hidden gems" of the Transformers Universe, and have their review posted on the site's front page.

We hope this feature will be a great success, and that many of you will be encouraged to look back at the last 25 years of Transformers and perhaps take a worthwhile second-look at some real unsung classics of the Transformers universe.

___________________________________________________________________

Buried Treasure - Cannonball (Cybertron series - 2006)

By Skowl

Avast ye Transformer fans! For the inaugural "Buried Treasure" Review, I decided to pick a figure that embodies the very notion of "buried treasure." Pirates have not been all that common in the franchise, and for years only the Beast Wars II Seacons could lay claim to that title. But all that changed during the amazing "Transformers Cybertron" line, when we were given a unique repaint of popular Autobot character.

The Red Alert mold had been released in the first wave of Deluxe figures and, from my memory, had been a decent hit with the fans. The mold was a vast improvement over the Armada Red Alert but still retained many of the character's traits. From the obvious "medic" element, to the sympathetic look on the head sculpt, to all the first aid tools and add-ons - it was obvious that the new Cybertron Red Alert mold was all-Autobot. Which is why many fans were so surprised to see the figure repainted later down the line... as a Decepticon!

Around the same time that the Autobot Red Alert got a massive upgrade, the deluxe-class Decepticon Cannonball was released. Perhaps the character, whose bio reveals him to be a looter of sorts, salvaged the old Red Alert toy and saw it as a good enough mold to use for himself!

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It's difficult to write about any figure from the Cybertron line without mentionning the brilliant packaging. The series has come and gone, but it still had the most eye-catching packaging of any Transformers toy line I've ever seen. From the faction-shaped card backing to the brilliant character art, everything about the packaging was clean, sharp and just great to look at. With nice, dark colours and cool silver highlights, Cannonball blends in beautifully with the packaging, making him a great piece for any MOC/MIB collector.

But the real fun starts when you get this little buccaneer out of the packaging. It's amazing what a little paint can do, isn't it? Looking at Cannonball, it's difficult to tell he was once an Autobot ambulance (type thing). The dark colours give him a very menacing look, ressembling some sort of hearse, and the whole thing is beautifully decorated with sharp silver highlights, including silver trim and mag wheels, and wicked skull decals that really add alot of personality to the figure (as if a Transforming pirate wasn't cool enough already).

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The old "Cyber Key" gimmick works just as well with Cannonball as it did with Red Alert. Just stick it in the slot at the rear end of the car and watch as some cannons flip out, ready to blow any landlubber to pieces (should I stop with the pirate jokes? They're just so easy to write!). Not an amazing feature, but still added value, especially since the key gimmick really doesn't get in the way of the toy's functionality.

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His transformation, like Red Alert's, is unique and shows alot of creativity in the engineering. Cannonball's body is basically made from the middle of the car, while the front and back ends come together to form the legs.

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Yes, Cannonball's vehicle mode is wicked, but it's his robot mode that really makes him shine. I doubt many people thought "pirate" when they first laid eyes on Cybertron Red Alert, but it works so well in robot mode you would think that's what the designers were aiming for all along. Red Alert's "gun-hand" and add-ons just scream pirate-y hook hanks and the black "eye-patch" over the left side of his visor is a real nice touch. The colours work really well in this mode, with the nice silver detailing continuing over his chest, shoulders and legs and the clear purple windows of his vehicle look great in the proper lighting. And don't forget how cool those blue skeleton decals look in robot mode - two on his shoulders and the big skull on his back. Sweet.

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He is fairly poseable in robot mode, but lacks alot of movement in his legs. It's ok though, he more than makes up for it by having cool, interchangeable pirate weapons (handy for shooting blaggards in the face), a great colour scheme with lots of unique detail and an awesome bio. Heck, he doesn't need to be super-poseable, he looks great just standing there!

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Cannonball is a brilliant figure and one of the best, most original repaints in the history of the franchise. His unique personality makes him a great addition to any collection, and a must have for pirate fans... if you can ignore the fact that this pirate transforms into a car of all things...

So set sail, collectors! This is one piece of Transformers treasure that should definately not stay buried!

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You can visit the complete Cannonball gallery on Seibertron.com by clicking here, and find your own buried treasures by visiting all the galleries here!

If you would like to submit a review of an obscure or rare Transformer figure for our "Buried Treasure" feature, please contact me (Skowl) via private message!

Mini-review new ROTF "Dead End" Figure

Transformers News: Mini-review new ROTF "Dead End" Figure
Date: Thursday, December 11th 2008 1:34pm CST
Categories: Movie News, Reviews, Toy News
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): Guyincognito

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Seibertron.com member Guyincognito has just informed us that a mini review of the recently revealed Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Scout Class figure Dead End has been posted on Cybertron.ca.

The review, performed by Pascal, gives us some great size comparison shots in both robot and alt mode, and discusses some of the major pros and cons of the figure.

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Courtesy of Cybertron.ca

You can view the complete review with more images by clicking here.

Video Review of City Commander Upgrade

Transformers News: Video Review of City Commander Upgrade
Date: Thursday, October 16th 2008 12:42am CDT
Categories: Media, Reviews, Site Articles, Toy News
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): Peaugh

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Resident Transformer reviewer Peaugh has posted a nice, detailed review of the recently released City Commander upgrade set created for the Classics Universe Ultra Magnus figure.

The video goes in the great step by step detail on how to convert and attach the new addition along with nice video angles showing off the impressive attachments.

Check out the video by clicking here and when you're done with that, check out Seibertron.com's own extensive gallery of the figure with great size comparison shots and poses.

More Images of TF :Animated Activator Megatron

Transformers News: More Images of TF :Animated Activator Megatron
Date: Sunday, September 21st 2008 9:17pm CDT
Categories: Reviews, Toy News
Posted by: i_amtrunks | Credit(s): tf08.net

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New images of the soon to be released Transformers: Animated Activator Megatron have been posted on tf08.net.

The images show both robot and vehicle mode (Earth Helicopter). The image of the robot mode shows that Megatron has decent articulation, but unlike the Leader Class version, his cannon cannot be attached to his forearm.

To view all the images of Activator Megatron, please click here.

Seibertron.com Reviews Soon To Be Released Glu Mobile 'Tranformers: G1 Awakening' Game

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Reviews Soon To Be Released Glu Mobile 'Tranformers: G1 Awakening' Game
Date: Friday, September 12th 2008 8:07am CDT
Categories: Game News, Media, Reviews
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): Seibertron.com

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Thanks to staff member Stormrider, I was given the chance to make contact with a member of Glu mobile’s PR staff, and was able to play a demo of the soon to be released ‘Transformers: G1 Awakening’ game for cellular phones. Glu Mobile was very kind and even sent me a compatible phone loaded with the game to play, as they do not currently have a version available for the iPhone.

I was able to spend about a week with the game, wasting many precious hours, staying up until the wee early hours of the morning as I played the addicting game, and tried to experience as much of it as I could before I had to send the demo back....

Read the rest of the game review by clicking the DISCUSS button!

New pics: Elite Guard Bumblebee And Sentinel Prime!

Transformers News: New pics:  Elite Guard Bumblebee And Sentinel Prime!
Date: Monday, July 21st 2008 10:49am CDT
Categories: Reviews, Toy News
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): Tamo536, Japanese Transformer Message Boards

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A couple of TF fans have decided to share a bit more with the TF community.

First off we have Stealth, err, Goldbug... I mean ELITE GUARD BUMBLEBEE by Tamo536. Straight up repaint of the Original Animated Bumblebee, but according to the reviewer the 'stingers' are now able to better fit into the arms...

Elite Guard Bumblebee Review





And also a huge picture montage courtesy of the Japanese Transformers Image Board showing Sentinel in package, with other Elite Guard members, and with the Headmaster unit firmly placed on his shoulders.



Everybody should want to get Sentinel as soon as they can...
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