Seibertron.com Reviews TFCC Dion

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Reviews TFCC Dion

Saturday, June 12th, 2010 7:12PM CDT

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Much to my surprise, the Transformers Collector's Club Dion arrived in the mail for me today. I very gleefully opened my little white box to a figure that’s interesting no doubt. But is he worth twenty to forty dollars? Read on for my thoughts:

Dion’s namesake traces back to an episode of Generation One, where the Arielbots traveled back in time to a Cybertron in the past. Dion was a Autobot dock worker they met, but if you know Generation One, I probably need go no further. Dion would receive a Japanese E-hobby exclusive based on him as a redeco of Wheelie, but this new Dion uses Universe (2008 - 2009) Hotshot’s mold, or more precisely, the Japanese Henkei version. He is also part of the Elite Guard, and is intended as a part of the 2009 Botcon “Wings of Honor” set.

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With that said, Dion is a pretty sharp little car. The paint applications are very detailed, although as indicated by stock photos, he has one flaw: On each side of the car there is a Autobot insignia that is placed closely to the door hinges. As such, the upper corner of the emblem is missing. It’s a little bit glaring, as this is somewhat of a focal point on the toy. The side windows are also painted, but it is a color very close to the rest of his windows and blends nicely.

This was my first experience with the newer Hotshot mold, so I was unfamiliar with his conversion from alternate mode to robot mode. On a somewhat humorous note, the transformation begins with his head between his legs, although it is surprisingly not too difficult regardless. I find it’s a much smoother transformation than some of the other figures from his era, such as Sunstreaker, requiring less “massaging” or so to speak.

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It’s very much a subjective assertion, but in robot mode he’s just pleasing to look at, and for once I feel his visor is very cool looking. Best part: it’s clear, so you can see his face through it. Speaking on the mold details, the sculpt is highly detailed, but what’s also nice is that there are enough paint applications to really bring out everything. He does however have a lot of kibble, especially on his shoulders, but it doesn’t hinder him much in terms of articulation, which is one of the nice parts of Henkei tooling. The other nice part is the inclusion of guns, which in the case of this mold aren’t chrome for the first time.

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He also comes with Cop-Tur, who is a little more novel than Dion is. Cop-Tur would be one of the few Go-Bots references we’ve seen recently which includes Fracture, Deadlift, and the unreleased Backtrack. He is very interesting in that respect and a creative use of the tooling.

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Unfortunately, Cop-Tur stops being good past that. The mold itself isn’t the best, with problems including that he can’t even stand up straight. To stand the figure you practically have to hunch him over like an old man, due to the proportioning of his weight. He is very top-heavy, and to make matters worse his feet are like small stilts. Because of the few parts he is made of, it doesn’t ever feel like you’re done transforming him, and speaking in general, the mold is a total downgrade from the original Jolt that came packaged with Armada Hotshot. He’s a nice bonus, but that’s about it.

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My last complaint would be that he doesn’t look good on Dion at all. It’s more a problem with Dion’s mini-con port, but he looks very simply tacked on. There’s little reason to ever combine/ powerlink them since it would just take away from Dion’s general look.

My closing remarks: Dion himself is a great toy, and a nice way to work Hotshot’s likeness into a “Neo-G1” collection. He has flaws, but most are a carryover from the tooling used. All in all, I recommend him to collectors of Classics style toys, and also to the people who are into novelty Transformers.
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Re: Seibertron.com Reviews TFCC Dion (1085550)
Posted by Samsonator on June 12th, 2010 @ 7:29pm CDT
Awesome, I can't wait for mine to show up! :grin:
Re: Seibertron.com Reviews TFCC Dion (1085561)
Posted by ShGarland_1383 on June 12th, 2010 @ 7:44pm CDT
Nekoman wrote:Unfortunately, Cop-Tur stops being good past that. The mold itself isn’t the best, with problems including that he can’t even stand up straight. To stand the figure you practically have to hunch him over like an old man, due to the proportioning of his weight. He is very top-heavy, and to make matters worse his feet are like small stilts. Because of the few parts he is made of, it doesn’t ever feel like you’re done transforming him, and speaking in general, the mold is a total downgrade from the original Jolt that came packaged with Armada Hotshot. He’s a nice bonus, but that’s about it.

Mine came today as well, and this is my only complaint. The Cop-Tur/Jolt mold isn't able to stand on it's own without hunching forward.
:sad:

Nekoman wrote:My closing remarks: Dion himself is a great toy, and a nice way to work Hotshot’s likeness into a “Neo-G1” collection. He has flaws, but most are a carryover from the tooling used. All in all, I recommend him to collectors of Classics style toys, and also to the people who are into novelty Transformers.

I picked up an Animated Sentinel Prime, but kind of wish I hadn't passed on Jazz now. I'd use these two to flesh out a 3-bot Elite Guard with Dion being the third member, kind of like how I did with the Animated Dinobots. (I couldn't stand Animated Grimlock, but I picked up Swoop and Snarl to join up with Classics Grimlock.) I do have G1 Kup, though, and he was the one telling the story that became Wings of Honor. (It's by way of this point that I'd consider Wings of Honor as much a Classic-verse story as it's own [by the rational that classic-verse is a continuity that considers Marvel's G1 comic a prequel].)
Re: Seibertron.com Reviews TFCC Dion (1085569)
Posted by Anonymous. on June 12th, 2010 @ 7:55pm CDT
Dion looks pretty ace. Hopefully a fellow member can bail me out with the figure in the future...
Re: Seibertron.com Reviews TFCC Dion (1085571)
Posted by Midnight_Fox on June 12th, 2010 @ 7:59pm CDT
Thanks for the review, can't wait to get mine.
Re: Seibertron.com Reviews TFCC Dion (1085576)
Posted by Short Circuit on June 12th, 2010 @ 8:06pm CDT
Look at the Autobot logo.

Doesn't it look like this: o_0 :lol: :BANG_HEAD: :BOOM:

It has armada laserbeak syndrome!*

(*Plastic Addict 24: on youtube)
Re: Seibertron.com Reviews TFCC Dion (1085577)
Posted by bvzxa on June 12th, 2010 @ 8:08pm CDT
The mold of Hot Shot has issues for both Takara and Hasbro. The Takara mold has a little more movement in the arms because of the modified shoulders. Hence the clubs use of the Takara version, it will be a little more fun. Haven't decided if I will keep it in the box, or display it...But I will test it out when I get it.
Re: Seibertron.com Reviews TFCC Dion (1085582)
Posted by ShGarland_1383 on June 12th, 2010 @ 8:17pm CDT
Midnight_Fox wrote:Thanks for the review, can't wait to get mine.

Yeah, great work on the review, Nekoman!
Re: Seibertron.com Reviews TFCC Dion (1085603)
Posted by Swiftpaw on June 12th, 2010 @ 8:45pm CDT
It kinda amuses me.

Armada Hotshot - Craptastic figure, awesome minicon.
Classics Hotshot/TFCC Dion - Awesome figure, craptastic minicon.

Fortunately I still had my Armada Hotshot, so I ditched the crap and put that Jolt on Classics HS. Much better.
Re: Seibertron.com Reviews TFCC Dion (1085614)
Posted by Frostic_Prime on June 12th, 2010 @ 9:09pm CDT
Damn, now I need this. Great review thanks man!
Re: Seibertron.com Reviews TFCC Dion (1085615)
Posted by LiKwid on June 12th, 2010 @ 9:12pm CDT
What kind of packaging did dion come in ? I hope it's not the crushed and destroyed tiny cardboard box and way too small baggy..My heatwave came in 3 peices..Sure hoipe Dion doesn't :(
Re: Seibertron.com Reviews TFCC Dion (1085633)
Posted by Cryo Prime on June 12th, 2010 @ 10:40pm CDT
Hell yeah got Dion AND Reentry Ravage today :grin:
Re: Seibertron.com Reviews TFCC Dion (1085651)
Posted by chuckdawg1999 on June 12th, 2010 @ 11:25pm CDT
Did anybody notice that Dion doesn't come with the same missiles that Henki Hot-Shot did? According to early pictures he was supposed to come with them, what happened he lost them in the swim from China?
Re: Seibertron.com Reviews TFCC Dion (1085690)
Posted by DevastaTTor on June 13th, 2010 @ 4:55am CDT
Great review!
Re: Seibertron.com Reviews TFCC Dion (1085788)
Posted by Doctor McGrath on June 13th, 2010 @ 11:49am CDT
Now this is how the Hot Shot mold should look. It is a shame that the minicon is such a bad display of tooling. Wish I would have been able to pick him up.
Re: Seibertron.com Reviews TFCC Dion (1085824)
Posted by El Duque on June 13th, 2010 @ 2:38pm CDT
I really figured mine would have showed up already considering how close I live to their headquarters. Oh well maybe tomorrow. Looks really cool.
Re: Seibertron.com Reviews TFCC Dion (1086142)
Posted by Stockade on June 14th, 2010 @ 1:10pm CDT
Awesome review man! its got me ready for my Dion!
actually making space on shelves and in my cabinets for exclusives and Generations figures...
Re: Seibertron.com Reviews TFCC Dion (1086145)
Posted by Prime Evil on June 14th, 2010 @ 1:22pm CDT
chuckdawg1999 wrote:Did anybody notice that Dion doesn't come with the same missiles that Henki Hot-Shot did? According to early pictures he was supposed to come with them, what happened he lost them in the swim from China?


No missiles? Really? Hmmm, not a deal breaker for me since I usually leave my missiles out when on display, but still kinda lame if true.
Re: Seibertron.com Reviews TFCC Dion (1086148)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on June 14th, 2010 @ 1:28pm CDT
Prime Evil wrote:
chuckdawg1999 wrote:Did anybody notice that Dion doesn't come with the same missiles that Henki Hot-Shot did? According to early pictures he was supposed to come with them, what happened he lost them in the swim from China?


No missiles? Really? Hmmm, not a deal breaker for me since I usually leave my missiles out when on display, but still kinda lame if true.


Maybe Nekoman choose to leave them out in his review? They tend to end up all over the place when accidentally fired you know ;)
Re: Seibertron.com Reviews TFCC Dion (1086153)
Posted by jrgreer74 on June 14th, 2010 @ 1:36pm CDT
Does anyone know where to find the customizable card on the website? The note said they discontinued the mailed one and put it online. I looked on their site, but to no avail. We need to add a link so we can make it easier for others to find. Thanks.
Re: Seibertron.com Reviews TFCC Dion (1086167)
Posted by ShGarland_1383 on June 14th, 2010 @ 2:39pm CDT
jrgreer74 wrote:Does anyone know where to find the customizable card on the website? The note said they discontinued the mailed one and put it online. I looked on their site, but to no avail. We need to add a link so we can make it easier for others to find. Thanks.

I'm kind of wondering, too. I really like that they did the kind of card they use for the Botcon figures and the other TFCC exclusives for this one - frankly, I feel like they should have been using that kind of card all along for the TFCC free figure bios – but if anyone wants to do the custom card, they aughta be able to find out how easily.

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