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Xtransbots X1 Glider / Air Warrior Pictorial Review

Transformers News: Xtransbots X1 Glider / Air Warrior Pictorial Review

Sunday, November 6th, 2011 2:55PM CST

Categories: 3rd Party News, Knock Offs, Reviews, Toy News
Posted by: Dead Metal   Views: 71,346

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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.

The figure and his white repaint can be purchased at site sponsor Robotkingdom.

Articulation:

Head - rotates 360
Shoulders - ball joint
Elbows - ball joint
Hips - ball joint
Knees - hinge, plus 360 rotation
Ankles - ball joint


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Credit(s): El Duque
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Re: Xtransbots X1 Glider / Air Warrior Pictorial Review (1309235)
Posted by Dead Metal on November 6th, 2011 @ 2:58pm CST
If the red where darker I might have bitten, but looking at it standing next to BB and Warpath, it's too bright for my taste.
Re: Xtransbots X1 Glider / Air Warrior Pictorial Review (1309236)
Posted by mbd88prime on November 6th, 2011 @ 3:00pm CST
pretty cool but where does one purchase Xtransbots products?
Re: Xtransbots X1 Glider / Air Warrior Pictorial Review (1309237)
Posted by outsider on November 6th, 2011 @ 3:04pm CST
Looks like a great figure and a very good review, thank you for that. Was on the fence trying to choose between this one and the superalloy version, but your review has sold me on it.


mbd88prime wrote:pretty cool, except for the lack of knee joints, but where does one purchase Xtransbots products?



Kotoys.com is the place, tho I heard that Robot Kingdom was also going to be stocking it.
Re: Xtransbots X1 Glider / Air Warrior Pictorial Review (1309255)
Posted by Hoitytoity on November 6th, 2011 @ 3:49pm CST
Dead Metal wrote:If the red where darker I might have bitten, but looking at it standing next to BB and Warpath, it's too bright for my taste.


Personally, I like the brightness. It's very flashy and showy, which makes sense for the character.

Looks great, especially when standing next to the other Classics deluxes. I especially love how they remembered to mold in the heart in his chest <3
Re: Xtransbots X1 Glider / Air Warrior Pictorial Review (1309256)
Posted by Autobot032 on November 6th, 2011 @ 3:51pm CST
outsider wrote:Looks like a great figure and a very good review, thank you for that. Was on the fence trying to choose between this one and the superalloy version, but your review has sold me on it.


mbd88prime wrote:pretty cool, except for the lack of knee joints, but where does one purchase Xtransbots products?



Kotoys.com is the place, tho I heard that Robot Kingdom was also going to be stocking it.


Ace's Toy Shop, here in the States should too. They carry KOLD and CHMS

EDIT: WANT. *salivates*
Re: Xtransbots X1 Glider / Air Warrior Pictorial Review (1309289)
Posted by Nemesis Destron on November 6th, 2011 @ 5:05pm CST
I just don't see getting this one, but thanks for sharing El Duque!! ;)^ :VEHI:
Re: Xtransbots X1 Glider / Air Warrior Pictorial Review (1309291)
Posted by Alpha Weltall on November 6th, 2011 @ 5:09pm CST
Completely off topic but is that one of Grand Slam's guns in Bumblebee's hand? If so I use the exact same guns for my Bee and Cliff as they fit pretty well between the thighs in alt mode. On a related note, if you have those guns and have an Energon Stormjet/Silverbolt that needs some guns and you don't have the upgrade set, they work well for him too. That mold has two minicon ports by the tail fins that don't have room enough to port minicons but those guns fit very nicely there as they have a 5mm peg hole in them as well.

As for Powerglide, while it does look really nice and I do want him, to me he just doesn't fit with the rest of the classics style figures. To me it's just too much of just an advancement in the original's mold and not a re-imagining of the figure like Universe Powerglide is.
Re: Xtransbots X1 Glider / Air Warrior Pictorial Review (1309293)
Posted by Rodimus Minor on November 6th, 2011 @ 5:39pm CST
Man he looks cool I want him I want one so much =P~
Re: Xtransbots X1 Glider / Air Warrior Pictorial Review (1309307)
Posted by DevastaTTor on November 6th, 2011 @ 6:34pm CST
Nice review Duke-thanks! Was strongly considering this figure and your review pretty much sealed the deal. If Aces stocks this, I'll definitely pick this up.
Re: Xtransbots X1 Glider / Air Warrior Pictorial Review (1309322)
Posted by Decepticharger on November 6th, 2011 @ 7:21pm CST
I appreciate the review. ;)

Decisions, decisions... :-? I'll probably wind up getting it now.
Re: Xtransbots X1 Glider / Air Warrior Pictorial Review (1309324)
Posted by Rated X on November 6th, 2011 @ 7:27pm CST
Alpha Weltall wrote: As for Powerglide, while it does look really nice and I do want him, to me he just doesn't fit with the rest of the classics style figures. To me it's just too much of just an advancement in the original's mold and not a re-imagining of the figure like Universe Powerglide is.



The only reason Hasbro "re-imagines" the figures is to make them marketable to today's children. I understand todays kids need something more complex to keep them happy, but us collectors just display them. Theres nothing wrong with the simpleness of his transformation. I think the figure goes well with the other deluxe sized figures.
Re: Xtransbots X1 Glider / Air Warrior Pictorial Review (1309328)
Posted by Hoitytoity on November 6th, 2011 @ 7:48pm CST
Alpha Weltall wrote:Completely off topic but is that one of Grand Slam's guns in Bumblebee's hand?


I think it's the handgun that was part of the Fansproject G3 trailer - it came with a set of chrome guns for a handful of Classics characters that got shafted in that department, and Bee was given a small handgun. Could be wrong though, someone correct me on this if I am.
Re: Xtransbots X1 Glider / Air Warrior Pictorial Review (1309344)
Posted by iron maniac on November 6th, 2011 @ 8:50pm CST
Looks good. I bought one yesterday from RobotKingdom, they had the best price that I could find. I plan on getting the die-cast one as well.
Re: Xtransbots X1 Glider / Air Warrior Pictorial Review (1309347)
Posted by geterman on November 6th, 2011 @ 9:00pm CST
Great review, I have been wondering if anyone had this yet. I didn't see any stress marks from the pics displayed, I guess they are not very noticable. Hopefully mine will be here next weekend from KOToys. I bought him alone with their KO of classics Skywarp and Cliffjumper :D
Re: Xtransbots X1 Glider / Air Warrior Pictorial Review (1309363)
Posted by Doctor McGrath on November 6th, 2011 @ 10:13pm CST
Nice review man. It's tempting but I'm not sold on it yet.
Re: Xtransbots X1 Glider / Air Warrior Pictorial Review (1309378)
Posted by joevill on November 6th, 2011 @ 11:14pm CST
ARghh! So awesome!
Re: Xtransbots X1 Glider / Air Warrior Pictorial Review (1309393)
Posted by El Duque on November 6th, 2011 @ 11:54pm CST
Alpha Weltall wrote:Completely off topic but is that one of Grand Slam's guns in Bumblebee's hand?


Hoitytoity wrote:I think it's the handgun that was part of the Fansproject G3 trailer - it came with a set of chrome guns for a handful of Classics characters that got shafted in that department, and Bee was given a small handgun. Could be wrong though, someone correct me on this if I am.


Good eye, indeed it's one the guns from the FansProject G3 trailer.

geterman wrote: I didn't see any stress marks from the pics displayed, I guess they are not very noticable.


They're really not, but I figured I better mention them.

Sorry guys I didn't put a lot of effort into the written portion of the review. Figured the pictures would speak for themselves. If anyone has any specific questions I'll try to answer them.
Re: Xtransbots X1 Glider / Air Warrior Pictorial Review (1309397)
Posted by iron maniac on November 7th, 2011 @ 12:26am CST
Are the Autobot symbols stickers or painted on?
Re: Xtransbots X1 Glider / Air Warrior Pictorial Review (1309399)
Posted by El Duque on November 7th, 2011 @ 12:30am CST
iron maniac wrote:Are the Autobot symbols stickers or painted on?


They're painted on, as are the rest of the details.
Re: Xtransbots X1 Glider / Air Warrior Pictorial Review (1309431)
Posted by Scaleface on November 7th, 2011 @ 7:03am CST
Robot Kingdom also has them, and the price seems reasonable.

http://www.robotkingdom.com/services/es ... =us&CatID=

Also, I've been working on a Wikialpha entry for the Glider toy. Anyone who wants to add to it, please do so. We need more editors for the third party Transformers Wikialpha articles.

http://en.wikialpha.org/wiki/Glider_(CHMS)
Re: Xtransbots X1 Glider / Air Warrior Pictorial Review (1309448)
Posted by Autobot Genocide on November 7th, 2011 @ 9:18am CST
I sort of like it but not enough to buy it my main problem with it is the lack of detail in the mould it self

His thighs and shoulders and forearms are just plain boring it sticks out like sore thumb to me in the photo with bee and warpath if he had the classics look it could have been so much better even his guns are plain

To me its just a deluxe G1 PG ,a good neo stand in for some but not for me.
Re: Xtransbots X1 Glider / Air Warrior Pictorial Review (1309453)
Posted by MR Optimus Prime on November 7th, 2011 @ 9:59am CST
Sorry, but not interested in big pontoons on a Warthog for $40.00.
Re: Xtransbots X1 Glider / Air Warrior Pictorial Review (1309599)
Posted by Rodimus Minor on November 7th, 2011 @ 4:57pm CST
Just to let you guys Know Tfsource have this figure on preorder i might get one as you don't have to pay right away
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