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FansProject Crossfire 02 set update - Explorer!

Transformers News: FansProject Crossfire 02 set update - Explorer!

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 11:36PM CST

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Member Venksta has let us know that FansProject has updated their website with the first prototype images of their upcoming Crossfire 02 set - the Upgrade for Energon, Universe 2 or ROTF Bruticus. These images are of a new figure named Explorer, who is a close representation to Blast Off! There are several pics showing him and some upgrades to Onslaught as well, and don't forget to look at the first image of updated Bruticus! Check out all the images here.

Re: FP Bruticus Upgrade Prototype - Blastoff!
Re: FP Bruticus Upgrade Prototype - Blastoff!
Re: FP Bruticus Upgrade Prototype - Blastoff!
Re: FP Bruticus Upgrade Prototype - Blastoff!
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Re: FansProject Crossfire 02 set update - Explorer! (1030341)
Posted by UltraPrimal on December 23rd, 2009 @ 12:19am CST
Awww! Blast-Off looks so cute! Especially in that white prototype shot. He's like, "I can haz hands?!"

I wonder if they'll do Swindle too.

Even if this set is twice as much as the Superion set it'll be worth it.
Re: FansProject Crossfire 02 set update - Explorer! (1030357)
Posted by Warrant on December 23rd, 2009 @ 1:24am CST
Holy Slag this is just perfect . . .

Must buy upgrade . . .

Just need a Swindle and it will be complete!!!
Re: FansProject Crossfire 02 set update - Explorer! (1030384)
Posted by Trikeboy on December 23rd, 2009 @ 3:53am CST
Wow, I was not expecting a brand new toy (toys if they are giving swindle a new toy). I am a little concerned about consistancy between the originals and new ones.

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Please, please, please do the same for Devastator.
Re: FansProject Crossfire 02 set update - Explorer! (1030398)
Posted by cannonfodder4000 on December 23rd, 2009 @ 4:36am CST
new molds? this is getting REAL good! :D
but i think they should paint his visor instead of giving him eyes :?
Re: FansProject Crossfire 02 set update - Explorer! (1030404)
Posted by Blurrz on December 23rd, 2009 @ 5:06am CST
That puts the yes in F* yes.
Re: FansProject Crossfire 02 set update - Explorer! (1030406)
Posted by DoubleOScorpio on December 23rd, 2009 @ 5:13am CST
Dear FansProject, thanks for the early Christmas gift. These pics look outstanding!!!
Re: FansProject Crossfire 02 set update - Explorer! (1030408)
Posted by metaphorge on December 23rd, 2009 @ 5:43am CST
As expected, this revelation officially puts this "upgrade" kit at the top of my Transformers interest list for 2010, as Blast Off was always one of my fave G1 Transformers.
Re: FansProject Crossfire 02 set update - Explorer! (1030415)
Posted by Geekee1 on December 23rd, 2009 @ 6:21am CST
Very much yes
Re: FansProject Crossfire 02 set update - Explorer! (1030422)
Posted by SJ21 on December 23rd, 2009 @ 6:54am CST
Wow. That looks really good.
Re: FansProject Crossfire 02 set update - Explorer! (1030423)
Posted by Down_Shift on December 23rd, 2009 @ 6:58am CST
Calllllllllllled it!

Now I can't wait to see picture of "Runner" or "Swindler" or what ever they will call the Swindle type figure.
Re: FansProject Crossfire 02 set update - Explorer! (1030426)
Posted by Razorclaw0000 on December 23rd, 2009 @ 7:05am CST
Definitely, I just hope it matches the Energon version too.
Re: FansProject Crossfire 02 set update - Explorer! (1030431)
Posted by Geekee1 on December 23rd, 2009 @ 7:25am CST
Razorclaw0000 wrote:Definitely, I just hope it matches the Energon version too.


See man, it's all about the elbows B-) (and the totally new figure doesn't hurt either)
Re: FansProject Crossfire 02 set update - Explorer! (1030433)
Posted by zodconvoy on December 23rd, 2009 @ 7:30am CST
This is AWESOME. Bruticus has always been my favorite combiner (thanks entirely to Swindle, mind you) and the repainted Superion limb I made just wasn't cutting it. While I simply wasn't a fan of their Superion Upgrade, this set may surpase everything else they've done! Plus, even Vortex gets a new chest and connector port!
Re: FansProject Crossfire 02 set update - Explorer! (1030435)
Posted by Prime Evil on December 23rd, 2009 @ 7:35am CST
*gets down on one knee n opens up a lil box with a lil shiny glow*

Fans Project...will you marry me?
Re: FansProject Crossfire 02 set update - Explorer! (1030440)
Posted by Stockade on December 23rd, 2009 @ 8:03am CST
Now, when i thought FP has out done themselves, here they go again on their own!! winning me over again!! i thought they did a great job for Ultra Magnus upgrade, then FP Primes Trailor, the Superion upgrade (which was a 200% improvement over stock limbs) and now this!! I'm just speechless about this and i hope this turns out just as good as it looks!!!!


GREAT FREAKIN JOB FAN'S PROJECT!!!
Re: FansProject Crossfire 02 set update - Explorer! (1030446)
Posted by Convotron on December 23rd, 2009 @ 8:26am CST
This looks great so far. :) I can't wait to see more progress on this project.
Re: FansProject Crossfire 02 set update - Explorer! (1030447)
Posted by Razorclaw0000 on December 23rd, 2009 @ 8:28am CST
Geekee1 wrote:
Razorclaw0000 wrote:Definitely, I just hope it matches the Energon version too.


See man, it's all about the elbows B-) (and the totally new figure doesn't hurt either)


My ROTF is MISB, so far.
Re: FansProject Crossfire 02 set update - Explorer! (1030450)
Posted by rpetras on December 23rd, 2009 @ 8:47am CST
This is BOS (Buy On Sight)!

It'll be expensive, yea, but you seem to get a lot more than the Superion set.
Re: FansProject Crossfire 02 set update - Explorer! (1030451)
Posted by DevastaTTor on December 23rd, 2009 @ 8:56am CST
This set appears to be shaping up to be something special. I really love how FP seems to be pushing their designs and concepts with each new release, taking the best ideas from their prior releases and using them all to take these new releases to the next level. I just hope we see more of the Protector set. Rodimus seems to be getting list in the shuffle.

The only thing I can't figure out right now is whether the nose cone/front of Blast-Off is a separate add on or if it's part of the figure itself. -EDIT:never mind, I see what appears to be the hinge attaching the cone to the body of the shuttle.
Re: FansProject Crossfire 02 set update - Explorer! (1030455)
Posted by Pretender Skywarp on December 23rd, 2009 @ 9:10am CST
I really don't want to rain on anyones parade, this set looks awesom and I would love to own one. But, accurate likenesses of copyrighted characters? They have got to be flying pretty close to Hasbros' radar on that one. Hopefully not for the worst.
Re: FansProject Crossfire 02 set update - Explorer! (1030462)
Posted by freaky777 on December 23rd, 2009 @ 9:22am CST
Looks really awesome.. makes me want to go get the superion add-on now.. and then this..
Re: FansProject Crossfire 02 set update - Explorer! (1030471)
Posted by kirbenvost on December 23rd, 2009 @ 9:58am CST
WOW! Launch pad mode, even! Amazing. I actually heard that there would be separate figures a few days ago, but didn't know any details. This is pretty impressive. I have to say it's quite tempting as well. I wasn't planning on getting this, but perhaps I'll see how it turns out and how much it will be.

Pretender Skywarp wrote:But, accurate likenesses of copyrighted characters? They have got to be flying pretty close to Hasbros' radar on that one. Hopefully not for the worst.


The thing is, while they resemble Hasbro's characters, they're not copies of their designs. They're still different enough that they can get away with it, much like Hasbro can get away with using real cars as alternate modes without licensing them (Classics Prowl, etc).
Re: FansProject Crossfire 02 set update - Explorer! (1030473)
Posted by --B-- on December 23rd, 2009 @ 10:05am CST
Guess I have to re-visit keeping one of these sets. At the very least if I don't like th final look of the add-on I will be able to sell the one I have MISB.
Re: FansProject Crossfire 02 set update - Explorer! (1030476)
Posted by Pretender Skywarp on December 23rd, 2009 @ 10:12am CST
kirbenvost wrote:
Pretender Skywarp wrote:But, accurate likenesses of copyrighted characters? They have got to be flying pretty close to Hasbros' radar on that one. Hopefully not for the worst.


The thing is, while they resemble Hasbro's characters, they're not copies of their designs. They're still different enough that they can get away with it, much like Hasbro can get away with using real cars as alternate modes without licensing them (Classics Prowl, etc).


I hadn't thought of it like that, it would be a shame to see some of these guys attract unwanted attention, rather than the positive responses coming out of this thread.
Re: FansProject Crossfire 02 set update - Explorer! (1030483)
Posted by First-Aid on December 23rd, 2009 @ 10:37am CST
Down_Shift wrote:Calllllllllllled it!

Now I can't wait to see picture of "Runner" or "Swindler" or what ever they will call the Swindle type figure.


"Car Salesbot" is my guess, or "Politician".
Re: FansProject Crossfire 02 set update - Explorer! (1030495)
Posted by Requiem Prime on December 23rd, 2009 @ 11:23am CST
Glee! I like how they play of adding a proper Blast Off by modifying Onslaught into a shuttle carrier, and the launcher mode is a nice use of tooling.

I can't wait to see what else it'll have and in real color. I don't know why I didn't think FansProject would create a new figure (probably two) to shoot for the spirit of the character. It certainly beats a set of monsterously complex additions to the existing figures I imagined.

It's cool, I'm certainly getting it, but DANG, how much of the orignal set is going to be left?
Re: FansProject Crossfire 02 set update - Explorer! (1030509)
Posted by IceWilly on December 23rd, 2009 @ 12:54pm CST
Does this Bruticus suffer from the same Wide leg stance that Superion does, or is that not an issue?

This set has me possibly looking to pick up Bruticus and such, but I don't dislike the G1 toy at all. With Superion, since I want a version of him and G1 is sooo bad... I will be hard for me to spend 100$+ on G1 when I can spend 100$ for the toy and FP set... but Bruticus is a different matter. Certainly the set will cost more, and if they eventually add a Swindle could make it a must buy... but still G1 is not all that bad.

I may look into repainting ROTF superion, to get a G1 look.

Also, how feasible is this pose, which looks a ton better than the wide leg pose everyone seems to do?

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Also, i think the snowman version looks a million times better and more polished... and may take very well to my potential repainting of the figure.
Re: FansProject Crossfire 02 set update - Explorer! (1030527)
Posted by Gauntlet101010 on December 23rd, 2009 @ 1:53pm CST
You don't HAVE to pose Superion with his legs spread so widely. He has knees ... it's possible to pose him in many ways. The picture shows a pose that's easy to do.
Re: FansProject Crossfire 02 set update - Explorer! (1030589)
Posted by zodconvoy on December 23rd, 2009 @ 5:44pm CST
My wife just pointed out that if they do make a Swindle, I'll have to get 2 sets: one for Bruticus and one for my Swindle collection! She promptly regetted saying it :lol:

Plus, it's not like there's no presidence:
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Re: FansProject Crossfire 02 set update - Explorer! (1030605)
Posted by RK_Striker_JK_5 on December 23rd, 2009 @ 6:31pm CST
zodconvoy wrote:My wife just pointed out that if they do make a Swindle, I'll have to get 2 sets: one for Bruticus and one for my Swindle collection! She promptly regetted saying it :lol:

Plus, it's not like there's no presidence:
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:lol: There's an explanation there... not much beyond animation error, but an explanation.

And wow, this is looking great.
Re: FansProject Crossfire 02 set update - Explorer! (1030616)
Posted by Swiftpaw on December 23rd, 2009 @ 7:02pm CST
IceWilly wrote:Does this Bruticus suffer from the same Wide leg stance that Superion does, or is that not an issue?


All of the three Energon gestalts are sort of like this, just doe to how wide the leg components are compared to the narrower waist area. The -one- thing I would of done different on them is make their legs fold out the thighs and THEN down like a lot of the G1 versions did. But since you can twist and bend back the knee area on any of them, you can easily get some dynamic posing going that hides the need well, much like that picture does.

Personally, I like the Onslaught/Heatwave pillbox missile truck better than the G1 Cannontruck. But I'd still get this just for the new Blastoff, hopefully new Swindle, and having actual fists like Superion does. Though in Bruticus' case, the gun-hands aren't as bad. The two copter guys for arms look like actual hands at least.
Re: FansProject Crossfire 02 set update - Explorer! (1036748)
Posted by Doctor McGrath on January 13th, 2010 @ 7:10pm CST
I am looking forward to this add on alot.

Wish i would have picked up the ROTF bruticus maximus now :sad:

As far as price, im not worried too much. I mean, we thought the worst about the defender armor and it is "only" 80 bucks.
Re: FansProject Crossfire 02 set update - Explorer! (1036808)
Posted by Exic on January 14th, 2010 @ 12:44am CST
Woo! Looks impressive to me!
Re: FansProject Crossfire 02 set update - Explorer! (1036834)
Posted by Hero on January 14th, 2010 @ 1:52am CST
So glad I picked up the ROTF Bruticus set for 8 bucks on clearance at Target.
Re: FansProject Crossfire 02 set update - Explorer! (1038399)
Posted by Dagon on January 19th, 2010 @ 3:37pm CST
zodconvoy wrote:My wife just pointed out that if they do make a Swindle, I'll have to get 2 sets: one for Bruticus and one for my Swindle collection! She promptly regetted saying it :lol:

Plus, it's not like there's no presidence:
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Friggin' awesome.