Our very own El Duque has received his Xtransbots X1 Glider/Air Warrior and decided to share the following review:
I got my Xtransbots X1 Glider/Air Warrior yesterday and decided to take a few pictures for those who might be interested. First let's establish what this is. There's quite a bit of confusion about this guy because there are two third-party companies that have upsized and revised the JazaiToys Wheelie and Powerglide molds, Xtransbots (a CHMS project) and Superalloy. The Xtransbots figures are all plastic whereas the Superalloy figures feature diecast. From what I understand the Superalloy Powerglide is currently in production and should be available in the near future.
Onward to Glider! I'm not much of a packaging guy, but this is actually pretty nice. It's display minded for you MISB guys, made of decent quality cardboard, and features nice art. As you can see the front flap opens to reveal the figure in alt mode and features a hook and loop closure. Glider is secured in a clear plastic tray with a couple of twist-ties. The back teases their upcoming Galvatron homage, Tyrant. He comes with a small instruction sheet naturally, however you'll be working backwards since they take you from robot to alt mode. The instructions show a step were the face would be concealed in alt mode, but apparently that was scrapped. You also get a card that has his bio and specs.
As previously stated this is basically a knock off of the JazaiToys Powerglide. It's been upsized to roughly Deluxe class and ball joints have been added to improve articulation. He comes with three weapons, two hand guns and a knife. You can store one of the weapons in his chest cavity if you wish. He's spot on in both modes and displays well with the other Classics universe Minibots that have been upsized to Deluxe. He has decent articulation and stands easily thanks to his large flat feet. He's not without his flaws though, his arm joints are a little loose as are the rotational joints for his wings. He can still easily hold poses though, and if you really want to stiffen them up a quick coat of super glue will do the trick. The plastic quality could be a little better, my figure has a few stress marks from assembly, but nothing feels like it's going to break. Overall I'm happy with him, and he looks good on my Classics shelf.
Seibertron.com member Soundwave9 has shared a video review of the NYCC exclusive Transformers Prime set featuring Bumblebee in taxi deco, Arcee in G1 pink, and Jack and Raf mini-figures. Check out his video embedded below.
Can't get enough DOTM Voyager Class Cannon Force Ironhide? We posted some in-hand and comparison images yesterday, and today we have video review from YouTube member fxfranz. The figure may only be a repaint, but it's one that has been a long time coming. Check out the video embedded below.
Reviewing TRANSFORMERS ONGOING #26 - Chaos Part 2: Numbers
Story By: Mike Costa and James Roberts
Script by: Mike Costa
Art by: Livio Ramondelli
Letters by: Neil Uyetake
Editor: Carlos Guzman
Michael Bay’s jealousy meter may have been tickled a bit with the release of this issue of Transformers Ongoing. Honestly, I’m not sure Michael Bay cares for any Transformers beyond the universe that he created, but if he did, CHAOS Part 2: NUMBERS would probably be amongst his all time favorites.
Continuing with the outer space adventurama, last issue in space (Issue 24) saw the Autobots staring down the gun barrel of Kimia; the weapons research facility transformed into one of the galaxy’s largest weapons of mass destruction, ready to lay waste to Optimus Prime’s little Autobot opposition force on Cybertron. Looked hopeless, right? Eh, not so much.
In issue #26, the Autobots find out they are not the target of the captured Kimia station, but the planet Cybertron itself is, at some precise coordinates whose significance we are not yet aware of. Optimus, noting new life for his team, immediately sends an aerial assault team to try to at least redirect Kimia, to possibly cripple it, but if need be to destroy it.
Silverbolt, Rodimus, and Omega Supreme lead a cast of 100’s (it seems) of aerial Autobots out of Cybertron’s atmosphere and into direct conflict with the station. They are met by hordes and hordes of mindless Sweeps.
Fly you fools!
Back on Cybertron, Cliffjumper and Wheelie scout out the Cons. Through a lack of discipline and situational understanding, Wheelie pushes the Autobots back into conflict with Galvatron and his massive amounts of planetside Sweeps.
Wheelie say, you need dentures today.
Meanwhile, after being stopped short of shooting a large hole through Cybertron, Kimia is removed from functional use thanks to the sacrifice of two very altruistic Autobots. Galvatron seems to think he has gotten what he needed from the shortened blast anyway, and quickly pulls out, removing himself and Jhiaxus to investigate the epicenter of the blast’s impact. Optimus, of course, must follow.
And for the issue’s coup de grace, Megatron escapes Omega Supreme (surprise) and seems to have added some sort of armor and weaponry on top of his existing hull and claims Cybertron for himself made from all of his little copies of himself. The Autobots immediately mess their collective aft hulls. End.
"Behold, the super, superest, Super Megatron!"
I know the issue has been out for about a week, but I did not want to give away all the details involved in it. It’s a fun, action-packed, moving at the speed of light story!
There isn’t a whole lot of controversy to this issue, it’s advancing the story nicely, building tension and creating what seems to be an almost hopeless situation for the Autobots (does anyone else hear “The Touch” in the background?).
"This is my boom stick."
If I go for the easy shot at criticism, it’s at the art. It’s not bad, in fact, I like it, I am a fan of people taking license with character designs to fit his/her art style. Using current designs in a new style can be cool, and Livio does that creating an instantly recognizable painted, scratchy, almost dreamlike style for the space showdown, highly contrasting Brendan Cahill’s tighter, more classic-styled work for the other Ongoing story arc, The Last Story On Earth.
At times it can be hard to tell who characters are, or what they might be doing. And sometimes the art style does not seem to work with the newer Don Figueroa created designs. But I think for as many people that complain about these points, there are just as many supporters of it for it’s different feel, almost like Alex Ross is finding his way into the Transformers universe (Or Bill Sienkiewicz, again). However, it does seem to tilt between trying to look lifelike and real to being more of an impressionistic look at the bots. Purposeful, or not, I’m not sure. You'll find toy inspired al modes, and almost too simple and too flat faces at times.
Regardless, I believe the huge difference in art from what we are used to actually makes this part of the series seem more epic. I almost believe if it were a more classic-style artist, the impact that this story is meant to have would not be quite as noticeable. But Don’s classic style worked well enough for Stormbringers, so maybe this drastic of a difference was not needed, but is a nice change at times.
There are other things to pick at as well if you look. Like where the dead army went that Galvatron raised in the Heart of Darkness series? Everyone not named Galvatron, Cyclonus, and Scourge seems to be a sweep now, but clearly at the end of HOD there were all types on Cybertron with Galvatron. And with the change/disappearance of his troops, so the Autobot army seems to have grown larger and changed from what was originally intimated when this whole space action started back in 20, and 21.
Honestly, these small wonderings do not make me want to stop reading as some of the choices the creators made in the past had made me want to do. I want to see this through, I want to see what this DVoid thing is (Unicron is the easy guess, but doesn’t seem quite right) and how Galvatron’s wound to Cybertron will help him to stop it when his back from the dead army had a very hard time defeating DVoid’s harbinger back in HOD #4.
So what do you think? Does the CHAOS arc compare with previous galactic Transformers stories like ‘End of the Road’, ‘War Within’, or ‘Stormbringer’ or the G2 Marvel series? Do you think Mike Costa has finally gotten into his ‘writing zone’, with James Roberts helping to bring him there using his good karma that grew to fruition with ‘Last Stand of the Wreckers’?
If you haven’t read this issue, I suggest picking it up and seeing this through until the end...
Seibertron.com member wewyllenium has uploaded a couple of videos showing off Takara's MP-10 Convoy Version 2.0's packaging, including the commemorative coin, and demonstrating the transformation sequence. The YouTube videos are embedded below.
Youtuber Peaugh has reviewed Target Exclusive DOTM Deluxe Leadfoot. Leadfoot is mistransformed in the first video so be sure to click the link in the video for the correct chest transformation. Check out this brand new figure below.
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.
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