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Toy Review of Fansproject "Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit

Transformers News: Toy Review of Fansproject "Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit

Thursday, December 24th, 2009 11:28PM CST

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Seibertron member bvzxa has purchased the Fansproject "Snowman" Superion Appendage and was kind enough to share his thoughts and images on this set.


Yes...it's here. And I must say, it's one tricky but sweet piece of work. Still don't see any extra belles and whistles, but the gun color was changed at the last minute....it's BLACK with SILVER paint.
I'll be using my Superlink Superion set because I like that one more than the ROTF Superion set. Which will receive the first set of the appendage kit next year. I'm done buying things until the new year.
And now pictures!!!
Appendages....what appendages?
"Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit has arrived w/lots of Pics!!

The packaging, TFSource special tag, comic book preview, and instructions (color):
"Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit has arrived w/lots of Pics!!
"Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit has arrived w/lots of Pics!!
"Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit has arrived w/lots of Pics!!
"Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit has arrived w/lots of Pics!!
"Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit has arrived w/lots of Pics!!
"Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit has arrived w/lots of Pics!!
"Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit has arrived w/lots of Pics!!

Using the add-ons are not easy, and require some care. However, the parts are durable, and very well crafted. They almost feel like a Valkyrie/Veritech fastpack for all five vehicle/robot modes. After looking at the pictures of the first add-on kit, the paint job is much nicer. Almost looks like a production model, while the first appendage set looks like a prototype.

Silverbolt/Afterburner(leader):
These are the feet and hands. They hands have some articulation. The hands are stored in the feet and are added to Silverbolt. The gun fits in the back center of the jet mode. Amazing
"Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit has arrived w/lots of Pics!!

Jet Mode:
"Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit has arrived w/lots of Pics!!
"Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit has arrived w/lots of Pics!!

Robot mode:
He looks like he has extra thrusters, and now a weapon for the leader!
"Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit has arrived w/lots of Pics!!

Skydive and Slingshot:
Please note, the radar dish breaks into four parts to add stability to the feet portion. The parts only make up for one radar dish. There are two guns however for both robots, which is fine by me. I'm also not happy about how the parts look hanging off one of them. I see FansProject may have been at a loss on what to do with the parts, except to make one robot look different than the other.
"Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit has arrived w/lots of Pics!!
"Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit has arrived w/lots of Pics!!
"Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit has arrived w/lots of Pics!!

Air Raider and Firebolt:
I love the simple design off the add-on for these two. They remind me of the leg armors on the valkyries from Macross. They give them a nice look. The surprise was only one leg is used to create the overall arm. Slick!
"Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit has arrived w/lots of Pics!!
"Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit has arrived w/lots of Pics!!
"Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit has arrived w/lots of Pics!!

Now putting it all together:
Arms
"Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit has arrived w/lots of Pics!!

Legs. Interesting parts overall. You first place the legs into the feet (Still not right), then you split the radar dish into four halves. The silver pipes from the feet go into the gold parts from the broken up radar dish, giving the feet and legs a hydraulic look. The guns also give it a hydraulics' look when placed into the holes near the cockpits of Slingshot and Skydive.
"Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit has arrived w/lots of Pics!!
"Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit has arrived w/lots of Pics!!

Now the final part:
I like this paint scheme better on this version of Superion. Works better on the Superlink/Energon version than the gray set.
"Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit has arrived w/lots of Pics!!
"Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit has arrived w/lots of Pics!!

Overall, I love this set. I love the way it looks, and feels. The fact that the gun color was changed to black with the detailing is a nice touch. If I wasn't sold, I am now. It is a must have if you plan on getting the future Bruticus set. 2010 is going to be a great year, and FansProject knows it!!!

Merry Christmas Seibertronians. We are a bunch of nuts!!!
Credit(s): bvzxa
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Re: Toy Review of Fansproject "Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit (1030911)
Posted by Sabrblade on December 24th, 2009 @ 11:48pm CST
Very nice, indeed!
Re: Toy Review of Fansproject "Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit (1030917)
Posted by -Genocide- on December 25th, 2009 @ 12:22am CST
Really glad I was able to pick up this set, now just have to wait a few days till it gets here.
Thanks for the pics and review.
Re: Toy Review of Fansproject "Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit (1030924)
Posted by First Gen on December 25th, 2009 @ 1:16am CST
Thanks for all the great pics. I've never seen the additions on the individual bots in robot mode. The white looks great.
Re: Toy Review of Fansproject "Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit (1030930)
Posted by metaphorge on December 25th, 2009 @ 2:07am CST
I've been dithering over whether to get these sets or the regular editions for my ROFT/Universe Superion sets, I think this settles that I want the regular editions. I don't think these will look quite right with the colorscheme of the latest releases.

This Snowman set is great if you have the Energon version, though.
Re: Toy Review of Fansproject "Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit (1030980)
Posted by Mykltron on December 25th, 2009 @ 12:04pm CST
Thanks for that, it was interesting. I would have bought the set if it was cheaper.
Re: Toy Review of Fansproject "Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit (1030985)
Posted by zodconvoy on December 25th, 2009 @ 12:54pm CST
I'm liking them much better than the gray version. Bonus points for G1 accuracy. I might have to pick it up!
Re: Toy Review of Fansproject "Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit (1031001)
Posted by Convotron on December 25th, 2009 @ 2:32pm CST
Thanks for sharing these pics of the product!

I like the G1 accuracy but I still like the original set's colours.
Re: Toy Review of Fansproject "Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit (1031005)
Posted by Razorclaw0000 on December 25th, 2009 @ 2:55pm CST
I had no intentions of buying these, but now I'm not sure.
Re: Toy Review of Fansproject "Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit (1031013)
Posted by Rated X on December 25th, 2009 @ 3:39pm CST
Looks nice but why would they put a radar dome on an A-10 warthog ???
Re: Toy Review of Fansproject "Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit (1031020)
Posted by bvzxa on December 25th, 2009 @ 3:52pm CST
Rated X wrote:Looks nice but why would they put a radar dome on an A-10 warthog ???


Honestly, I don't know either. In fact, when you change either A-10 to robot mode, the pieces from the radar dish look very odd just hangin out on the sides of the wings. It's as if FP could not figure out what to do with them.
Re: Toy Review of Fansproject "Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit (1031026)
Posted by dragons on December 25th, 2009 @ 4:24pm CST
i thought there would be added new accesiory to this new set?
Re: Toy Review of Fansproject "Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit (1031079)
Posted by JRFitzpatrick7 on December 25th, 2009 @ 11:21pm CST
dragons wrote:i thought there would be added new accesiory to this new set?


If you are referring to the "Holiday Bells and Whistles", then so did the rest of us. I received mine and was impressed that it atroves before Christmas but it was a gift to myself and I will be leaving it sealed in the bubble wrap it came in as I have the original already, it does look nice though.
Re: Toy Review of Fansproject "Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit (1031329)
Posted by bvzxa on December 27th, 2009 @ 5:35pm CST
Here's the add-on on on ROTF/Universe Superion....
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It's OK. But it's the color of the leg parts that throw it off. The only accuracy to G1 is Silverbolt's colors. Everything else is as usual off-center. The other thing is the mold degradation is present for the ROTF/Universe version. It's not as sturdy, causing it to rely heavy on the add-on kit. I think I'll go with the gray add-on kit for ROTF version.
Re: Toy Review of Fansproject "Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit (1031336)
Posted by Sabrblade on December 27th, 2009 @ 6:15pm CST
bvzxa wrote:Here's the add-on on on ROTF/Universe Superion....
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It's OK. But it's the color of the leg parts that throw it off. The only accuracy to G1 is Silverbolt's colors. Everything else is as usual off-center. The other thing is the mold degradation is present for the ROTF/Universe version. It's not as sturdy, causing it to rely heavy on the add-on kit. I think I'll go with the gray add-on kit for ROTF version.
I spy with my little eye:
  • A Wii Classic Controller
  • Project A-Ko 3 (VHS?)
  • Mario Kart Wii box
  • Nintendo Gamecube
  • What appears to be an XBOX 360
  • Universe Leo Prime (the recent Target-exclusive version)
  • A cellphone?
:mrgreen: :-B B-)
Re: Toy Review of Fansproject "Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit (1031337)
Posted by RK_Striker_JK_5 on December 27th, 2009 @ 6:41pm CST
I've got the original version of this, and it adds tremendously to the group and gestalt.
Re: Toy Review of Fansproject "Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit (1031340)
Posted by bvzxa on December 27th, 2009 @ 7:00pm CST
Sabrblade wrote:
bvzxa wrote:Here's the add-on on on ROTF/Universe Superion....
Image
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It's OK. But it's the color of the leg parts that throw it off. The only accuracy to G1 is Silverbolt's colors. Everything else is as usual off-center. The other thing is the mold degradation is present for the ROTF/Universe version. It's not as sturdy, causing it to rely heavy on the add-on kit. I think I'll go with the gray add-on kit for ROTF version.
I spy with my little eye:
  • A Wii Classic Controller
  • Project A-Ko 3 (VHS?)
  • Mario Kart Wii box
  • Nintendo Gamecube
  • What appears to be an XBOX 360
  • Universe Leo Prime (the recent Target-exclusive version)
  • A cellphone?
:mrgreen: :-B B-)


Actually you got all except one right, the cellphone...more like the home phone. The 360 is under the TV, the big box in the corner is my arcade stick for PS3 to play fighting games. :D

I'm quite the collector you know. My wife has her Black ROTF Optimus Prime, I have my Snowman kit. I currently own a Dreamcast, PS2, Gamecube, XBOX 360, Wii and a PS3 (hardware backwards compatible w/PS2) :grin: :grin:
Re: Toy Review of Fansproject "Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit (1031369)
Posted by chuuzetsu on December 27th, 2009 @ 8:49pm CST
Here goes my next paycheck....
Re: Toy Review of Fansproject "Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit (1031381)
Posted by IceWilly on December 27th, 2009 @ 9:38pm CST
I'm looking to pick up this kit and then repaint Superion to G1 colors entirely. Possibly repainting some of the addon kit in the process.

I think from this perspective possibly leaving the fists white and feet white may be the right way to do it. I'm almost of the opinion to get Energon Superion simply for the initial mold quality and tightness of the figures, since I will be repainting them the original colors don't matter as much.

Its too bad I can get the ROTF one for like 30-40$ and energon seems to be much more.
Re: Toy Review of Fansproject "Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit (1031390)
Posted by bvzxa on December 27th, 2009 @ 10:16pm CST
IceWilly wrote:I'm looking to pick up this kit and then repaint Superion to G1 colors entirely. Possibly repainting some of the addon kit in the process.

I think from this perspective possibly leaving the fists white and feet white may be the right way to do it. I'm almost of the opinion to get Energon Superion simply for the initial mold quality and tightness of the figures, since I will be repainting them the original colors don't matter as much.

Its too bad I can get the ROTF one for like 30-40$ and energon seems to be much more.



I had every Energon combiner...and even when they came out some of them were difficult to find. I remember having to wait until the end of the line to finally pick them up. Windrazor and Terradive were the hardest. I finally got them, then sold them becasue I had no money. Now I have the Target set, and I got a Superlink set at the flea market for $45. it had the box but no insert. Yes, there is a difference in quality. The nosecones are more rounded for the raptor jets in the Target set. The paint on Sliverbolt has smudged like they did with Universe Prowl. I was not happy with that, so I keep them in the box.
Re: Toy Review of Fansproject "Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit (1031791)
Posted by Tigertrack on December 29th, 2009 @ 8:42pm CST
I agree it is a very nice set. I was pretty impressed on how it improved Energon Superion Maximus... :wink:

Not sure if I would buy another of this particular set, but I do give it high marks for what it can accomplish, but I don't think I need another.
Re: Toy Review of Fansproject "Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit (1031846)
Posted by Oilspill on December 30th, 2009 @ 2:50am CST
Great review. After seeing this, coupled with the news that FansProject will be doing a Bruticus add-on kit, I finally caved and purchased this (in the original colours) and Superion & Bruticus.

FansProject really can turn an average retail toy into something very nice - and I think that this is one reason it would be unwise for Hasbro to try and crack down on them, since FP's products actually increase sales of Hasbro products (excluding Defender which is a stand alone figure).

Now to find a little more room on my shelves.
Re: Toy Review of Fansproject "Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit (1031928)
Posted by LiKwid on December 30th, 2009 @ 12:37pm CST
I'm curious as to what the "bells and whistles" were going to be..I ordered this set way back in november and it literally just got here yesterday..Not really happy with the way Tf source packed it either..Remeniscent of how HTS shipped all of the SDCC soundwaves....
Re: Toy Review of Fansproject "Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit (1031942)
Posted by City Commander on December 30th, 2009 @ 1:33pm CST
Hey guys and gals, I need a little help with some decision making. Can anyone throw up pics of Superion with the grey kit and pics with the snowman version of crossfire? I'm tempted to get the Snowman kit, but the grey one might well be better...


Unless you can direct me to a pictorial review of the grey crossfire kit with ROTF Superion. All I've seen is Superion Maximus with both kits...
Re: Toy Review of Fansproject "Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit (1032002)
Posted by JediJerseyJoe on December 30th, 2009 @ 5:28pm CST
Idk

I already have the original appendage set, as was originally not going to get the stocking stuffer version, but I don't know now.

Besides my ROTF/Universe and Energon superions that must stay MISB, i have only purchased a second ROTF set just to unbox for the original appendage set.

I absolutely love the original set, and when I saw this I thought... "man, why couldn't they just do white to begin with?!" Original G1 supieron was mostly white, and I thought when I saw the new "white appendages" that they seemed more appropriate.

It would be cool if the original author could post some pics of this set on the ROTF color scheme. I do not want to go purchase a separate Energon mold, just to open for this appendage set.

Thanks
Re: Toy Review of Fansproject "Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit (1032022)
Posted by IceWilly on December 30th, 2009 @ 6:29pm CST
Re: Toy Review of Fansproject "Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit (1032028)
Posted by Tigertrack on December 30th, 2009 @ 6:50pm CST
JediJerseyJoe wrote:
It would be cool if the original author could post some pics of this set on the ROTF color scheme. I do not want to go purchase a separate Energon mold, just to open for this appendage set.

Thanks


He did.

bvzxa wrote:Here's the add-on on on ROTF/Universe Superion....
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It's OK. But it's the color of the leg parts that throw it off. The only accuracy to G1 is Silverbolt's colors. Everything else is as usual off-center. The other thing is the mold degradation is present for the ROTF/Universe version. It's not as sturdy, causing it to rely heavy on the add-on kit. I think I'll go with the gray add-on kit for ROTF version.
Re: Toy Review of Fansproject "Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit (1032033)
Posted by LiKwid on December 30th, 2009 @ 7:25pm CST
I just fit the appendage kit on my ROTF superion and I still had to take the inner wings of the warthogs off to make it look right ..His legs being so far apart just ruined how the kit made the feet look...
Re: Toy Review of Fansproject "Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit (1032040)
Posted by Tigertrack on December 30th, 2009 @ 7:44pm CST


I'm going to merge this with the above topic, because it is probably of interest to many folks looking in on that thread too.
Re: Toy Review of Fansproject "Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit (1032053)
Posted by City Commander on December 30th, 2009 @ 8:26pm CST
Thanks man, appreciate it! Actually looks pretty damn good with the original set, the grey is brighter than I thought it was!

Looks great with both sets, so I guess I'll go with whichever set I find cheapest! ^^
Re: Toy Review of Fansproject "Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit (1032058)
Posted by Counterpunch on December 30th, 2009 @ 8:50pm CST
Wait, was there actually a special bonus along with it?
Re: Toy Review of Fansproject "Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit (1032062)
Posted by Tigertrack on December 30th, 2009 @ 8:53pm CST
Counterpunch wrote:Wait, was there actually a special bonus along with it?


Nope.
Re: Toy Review of Fansproject "Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit (1032068)
Posted by LiKwid on December 30th, 2009 @ 9:05pm CST
Counterpunch wrote:Wait, was there actually a special bonus along with it?


None that I could see..My box did come with a nice dent on the bottom right hand side and the interior bubble was slightly crushed ( contents secure of course) .. I was looking foward to some sort of "bell or whistle"...
Re: Toy Review of Fansproject "Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit (1032090)
Posted by Exic on December 30th, 2009 @ 9:58pm CST
I love Superion!
Re: Toy Review of Fansproject "Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit (1032114)
Posted by bvzxa on December 30th, 2009 @ 11:24pm CST
LiKwid wrote:I just fit the appendage kit on my ROTF superion and I still had to take the inner wings of the warthogs off to make it look right ..His legs being so far apart just ruined how the kit made the feet look...



That's why they designed the inner feet to twist in such a way. The way Has/Tak designed Superion Maximus was the problem. We're all using an alternate mode that Hasbro did not think we would use. The feet-apart syndrome is because of the fact they (hasbro) wants us to use one A-10, and one F-22 as legs. To make an F-22 a leg makes it wider than the A-10. In order for him to stand, the legs have to be set wide apart. Even in the Superlink instructions, they use one A-10, and F-22. However, they use parts from Bruticus Maximus on the back of the box reminiscent to Scramble City's switching between Superion and Menasor, except they use parts from Bruticus Maximus.

The weight of the add-on kit's feet is what saves the day. the rudders on the A-10s also keep it from having a slightly closed leg position. I usually turn a leg at an angle to bring them close together, but it looks funky to me. The wide leg pose reminds me of the old Japanese super robot shows where the robots have the same pose at times.

Still, thanks to Peaugh's alternate arm configuration, I will get the gray set for the ROTF version.
Re: Toy Review of Fansproject "Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit (1033373)
Posted by Counterpunch on January 4th, 2010 @ 3:18pm CST
The "Bells & Whistles" are a lie, much like the cake.

TFSource...you're on notice.
Re: Toy Review of Fansproject "Snowman" Superion Appendage Add-On Kit (1033469)
Posted by Lapse Of Reason on January 4th, 2010 @ 8:54pm CST
I have an extra "Snowman set", brand new not opened for $45 shipped in the USA. Stupid me pre-ordered two.

Asking $49 with free USA shipping. Saves you a few dollars if you planned to order one anyway.

I'm working on a Carbombya sell thread to clear out some excess before an upcoming move, but figured I'd mention this here in the meantime. Send me a pm if interested.
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