Transformers War for Cybertron: Earthrise Discussion Thread

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Re: Transformers War for Cybertron: Earthrise Discussion Thread

Postby Whifflefire » Tue Dec 15, 2020 10:58 pm

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I finally acquired a Quintesson Judge, ordered from Seibertron's very own eBay store! It's out of stock everywhere, and I haven't seen it in stores, so I was glad to find it for a reasonable price from a familiar source. I normally wouldn't get something for myself so close to Christmas, but I figured it was safer to get this one myself rather than expect someone else to try to find it for me.

I had no problem with the some-assembly-required part of the figure, the disconnected faces were attached pretty easily. I have had no trouble with their stability since putting them on. The gun also attaches to the ports on the tentacles very securely. All of the (admittedly few) joints feel very secure, except the hole underneath the levitation beam is not quite deep enough for the peg on the chair to hold it without some wobble.

I know the alt-mode for this figure is one of the most maligned parts of the entire toyline, but it had to transform into something, didn't it. Given what there was to work with, I think they put in a decent effort in getting it to at least contribute to the line's play pattern with that base mode - looking thing. It certainly has play value, at the very least.

The only thing that does bother me about the figure is that the hat piece is only held in place by gravity. While in robot mode it is somewhat secured by friction, in alt-mode it is really just hanging there on the chins of the upside down faces. Unless I'm missing something, that is an odd design choice.

Ultimately, it's great to have an official representation of one of the franchises most notable non-Cybertronian characters. I can't really knock it too much since it's the only attempt at a Quintesson toy since Energon's Alpha Q, and the only proper Judge figure. Some may dilike it for being a glorified egg with too many faces, but I think it does all it needs to and more to bring the classic trial scene to life for the first time. I don't have the Allicon yet, but in the meantime it looks great with Cyberverse Gnaw.

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Re: Transformers War for Cybertron: Earthrise Discussion Thread

Postby ZeldaTheSwordsman » Wed Dec 16, 2020 2:43 am

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Re: Transformers War for Cybertron: Earthrise Discussion Thread

Postby Hellscream9999 » Wed Dec 16, 2020 11:40 am

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So, it's official, sandstorm - a figure set for release in February is gonna be in my hands today, before thrust - a figure set release on the first of December, thanks hasbro, honestly, I wanted sandstorm more, I just wanted to experience the conehead mold without going in on the two pack and thought thrust would be a good way to do that cuz he looked sick too
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Re: Transformers War for Cybertron: Earthrise Discussion Thread

Postby william-james88 » Wed Dec 16, 2020 6:59 pm

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Hellscream9999 wrote:So, it's official, sandstorm - a figure set for release in February is gonna be in my hands today, before thrust - a figure set release on the first of December, thanks hasbro, honestly, I wanted sandstorm more, I just wanted to experience the conehead mold without going in on the two pack and thought thrust would be a good way to do that cuz he looked sick too


How do we know this all Hasbro's fault and not Target's?
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Re: Transformers War for Cybertron: Earthrise Discussion Thread

Postby TF-fan kev777 » Wed Dec 16, 2020 7:12 pm

william-james88 wrote:
Hellscream9999 wrote:So, it's official, sandstorm - a figure set for release in February is gonna be in my hands today, before thrust - a figure set release on the first of December, thanks hasbro, honestly, I wanted sandstorm more, I just wanted to experience the conehead mold without going in on the two pack and thought thrust would be a good way to do that cuz he looked sick too


How do we know this all Hasbro's fault and not Target's?


Well the fact that they put some on shelves in stores already while the pre-orders for everyone have been pushed to December 29th tells you they had to screw something up on their end.
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Re: Transformers War for Cybertron: Earthrise Discussion Thread

Postby chuckdawg1999 » Wed Dec 16, 2020 8:50 pm

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Re: Transformers War for Cybertron: Earthrise Discussion Thread

Postby Hellscream9999 » Wed Dec 16, 2020 9:03 pm

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william-james88 wrote:
Hellscream9999 wrote:So, it's official, sandstorm - a figure set for release in February is gonna be in my hands today, before thrust - a figure set release on the first of December, thanks hasbro, honestly, I wanted sandstorm more, I just wanted to experience the conehead mold without going in on the two pack and thought thrust would be a good way to do that cuz he looked sick too


How do we know this all Hasbro's fault and not Target's?

cuz hasbro provides the product, if pre-orders are being pushed back, not enough product was supplied - it'd be different if thrust was on the shelves of every target and the pre-orders were being pushed back, but he's no where to be seen in most of the country, but he's not;

target needs product to fulfill their pre-orders plus stock most of their stores - most retailers don't normally whiff on getting product they paid to make exclusive, they likely have a large outstanding order for him
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Re: Transformers War for Cybertron: Earthrise Discussion Thread

Postby Gauntlet101010 » Wed Dec 16, 2020 9:40 pm

I'm still waiting for a Quintesson to arrive in my neck of the woods in Canada. I'm still patient. It takes forever for something to arrive.
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New Video Review of Transformers Earthrise Autobot Alliance and Paradron Medics Sets

Postby ZeroWolf » Thu Dec 17, 2020 8:04 am

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Greetings Seibertronians! Fellow Seibertron user, and regular YouTube toy reviewer, Chuckdawg1999, has let us know that he's reviewed two of the many Amazon Exclusives for the Earthrise line, Autobot Alliance and the Paradron Medics sets!

The Autobot Alliance set includes Deluxe Class Earth mode Ironhide and Earthmode Prowl. Prowl is a redeco of Earthrise Deluxe Class Smokescreen, while Ironhide is a retooled version of his Siege mode, adding a big shield to done as his van roof. The Paradron Medics set is part of the Galactic Odyssey series of Amazom Exclusives, and features Deluxe Class Ratchet and Lifeline. Ratchet is a redeco of Earth mode Ironhide with a new head. Lifeline is a straight redeco of Earthrise Deluxe Class Arcee. Lifeline is not part of the review below, which focuses on Ironhide, Prowl and Ratchet.

Check what Chuck has to say:

chuckdawg1999 wrote:Finally! After having the date pushed up, then back, then who knows when you're getting it, Amazon delivered my Autobot Alliance set. Having gotten the Galaxy Odyssey Paradron Medic set a week prior were able to compare and enjoy the Nissan van family of Ironhide and Ratchet, out of order. Having been able to enjoy the Earthrise Datsun brothers car mold twice already Prowl feels a little flat, but I was surprised at how tight everything came together. This was supposed to be our first experience with the mold after all. Good luck getting the sets if you're trying, don't give in, and don't pay the mark-up prices.


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Re: Transformers War for Cybertron: Earthrise Discussion Thread

Postby D-Maximal_Primal » Thu Dec 17, 2020 8:32 am

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Re: Transformers War for Cybertron: Earthrise Discussion Thread

Postby Deadput » Thu Dec 17, 2020 3:38 pm

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With that many different versions the Lambros make for great "Autotrooper-like" army fillers for the Autobots.
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Re: Transformers War for Cybertron: Earthrise Discussion Thread

Postby balgorra » Fri Dec 18, 2020 9:05 am

Anyone know if Scorponok is due for a restock? I can't find him anywhere in stock for a decent price.
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Re: Transformers War for Cybertron: Earthrise Discussion Thread

Postby Gauntlet101010 » Fri Dec 18, 2020 9:37 am

I always see the Titans later on. I passed on Scorpy when I first saw him knowing I'd see him again. Just like every other titan.
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Re: Transformers War for Cybertron: Earthrise Discussion Thread

Postby TF-fan kev777 » Fri Dec 18, 2020 9:39 am

If there is enough demand, I would expect him to potentially be re-released some time in 2021 like Omega Supreme was this year.
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Re: Transformers War for Cybertron: Earthrise Discussion Thread

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Re: Transformers War for Cybertron: Earthrise Discussion Thread

Postby william-james88 » Fri Dec 18, 2020 1:23 pm

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balgorra wrote:Anyone know if Scorponok is due for a restock? I can't find him anywhere in stock for a decent price.


We don't know.
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Re: Transformers War for Cybertron: Earthrise Discussion Thread

Postby Gauntlet101010 » Fri Dec 18, 2020 4:10 pm

Got Ratchet and Lifeline again.

I'm actually happier with Lifeline than I am Arcee. Maybe I like the color blue more than pink. But I think it owes more to her status as a small army builder. I have the club's figure, but this adds and doesn't replace it. To me it's fine that they're a bit different as long as they share the same look.

It almost makes me want to track down another Paradon medic figure. The 3rd Party figure Delicate Warrior had a recolor like that.

Almost. But not really. There's other things I want.

Ratchet is more successful than Ironhide. Mainly because his shoulders are white so they blend in vehicle mode better. Still in need of new feet, though.
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Re: Transformers War for Cybertron: Earthrise Discussion Thread

Postby Wolfman Jake » Fri Dec 18, 2020 7:12 pm

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Gauntlet101010 wrote:Got Ratchet and Lifeline again.

I'm actually happier with Lifeline than I am Arcee. Maybe I like the color blue more than pink. But I think it owes more to her status as a small army builder. I have the club's figure, but this adds and doesn't replace it. To me it's fine that they're a bit different as long as they share the same look.

It almost makes me want to track down another Paradon medic figure. The 3rd Party figure Delicate Warrior had a recolor like that.

Almost. But not really. There's other things I want.


Congrats! I'm glad you were able to get a non-defective set this time. :)

I know what you mean about army building the Paradron Medic too. That's what I decided to do, and why I had extra Ratchet figures to offer. The TFCC Lifeline figure is the leader of that "nursing" unit, and the Lifeline figures from the Galactic Odyssey collection are her generic "troops."
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Re: Transformers War for Cybertron: Earthrise Discussion Thread

Postby Emerje » Sat Dec 19, 2020 12:50 am

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Gauntlet101010 wrote:I always see the Titans later on. I passed on Scorpy when I first saw him knowing I'd see him again. Just like every other titan.

Problem is there's usually a heavy restock every year in time for Black Friday, it even happened with Omega Supreme last year when it looked like he was becoming scarce. That didn't happen this year, very few stores, if any, got a substantial restock past their first supply. Stock could be, perhaps even is likely, held up in shipping thanks to COVID, but I doubt they're doing a second run any time soon, that would have to wait for after they've finished making enough Arks for Kingdom.

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Re: Transformers War for Cybertron: Earthrise Discussion Thread

Postby Gauntlet101010 » Sat Dec 19, 2020 8:59 am

Emerje wrote:
Gauntlet101010 wrote:I always see the Titans later on. I passed on Scorpy when I first saw him knowing I'd see him again. Just like every other titan.

Problem is there's usually a heavy restock every year in time for Black Friday, it even happened with Omega Supreme last year when it looked like he was becoming scarce. That didn't happen this year, very few stores, if any, got a substantial restock past their first supply. Stock could be, perhaps even is likely, held up in shipping thanks to COVID, but I doubt they're doing a second run any time soon, that would have to wait for after they've finished making enough Arks for Kingdom.

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I live in Canada and I've only seen Scorpy in ONE place near me. Haven't seen a Quintesson. Just saw Waves 2 and 3 of ER this month. Things get here slooooooowwwwwwwwwly.

I panicked when Hotlink became scarce elsewhere only to see him shelfwarm. Ditto Skywarp and Thundercracker. Netflix Soundwave is the only one I think I may miss in-person because of extremely high demand.

So I tend to think there'll be more made available somewhere at some time.

I'll wait to hit that panic button until it's well past Scorpy's time.
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Re: Transformers War for Cybertron: Earthrise Discussion Thread

Postby william-james88 » Sun Dec 20, 2020 3:58 pm

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Wolfman Jake wrote: WilliamJames, what do you think of Earthrise Arcee, now that you bought one on deep discount?


Thanks for asking but I have yet to open it. Still unsure. My first handling of the mold might be Elita 1.


Ok so I handled Elita 1 today and Well... this is the worst deluxe mold I handled within both generations trilogies so far. And no contest on that. The concept of it sucks but what I hate most is that it's not even a clean or intuitive transformation, even with instructions. It's just fit the **** in so that it looks ok in vehicle mode.

And Elita is worse than Arcee since her shoulders make it that articulation is hindered. On a TF toy where the robot mode is valued above all else (and even then I think that mini back pack looks wrong on arcee), making an amateurish mistake like that is inexcusable.

Worst toy of the year. (That's gonna be a category on this year's end of year list)

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Re: Transformers War for Cybertron: Earthrise Discussion Thread

Postby Wolfman Jake » Mon Dec 21, 2020 10:19 am

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william-james88 wrote:Ok so I handled Elita 1 today and Well... this is the worst deluxe mold I handled within both generations trilogies so far. And no contest on that. The concept of it sucks but what I hate most is that it's not even a clean or intuitive transformation, even with instructions. It's just fit the **** in so that it looks ok in vehicle mode.

And Elita is worse than Arcee since her shoulders make it that articulation is hindered. On a TF toy where the robot mode is valued above all else (and even then I think that mini back pack looks wrong on arcee), making an amateurish mistake like that is inexcusable.

Worst toy of the year. (That's gonna be a category on this year's end of year list)

In any case, I wish you all the best Jake! Have yourself a merry little christmas and make the yuletide gay.


Earthrise Arcee is definitely the worst Generations mold of the year. I don't collect any of the other lines right now, but I wouldn't be surprised if Earthrise Arcee is the worst Transformer of 2020, period. What's sad is that I have ALL THREE releases of this mold so far: Earthrise Arcee, Netflix Elita One, and the Galactic Odyssey Paradron Medics. Even when there are no QC issues mucking things up (like with my Earthrise Arcee), the mold is just a fail. The plastic of the alt mode feels very thin. The tolerances are terrible. Pieces get in each others' way all the time. Nothing snaps in very securely. Getting the entire robot sufficiently smooshed up into the car shell is almost impossible if you want the car to actually roll on its wheels. It's difficult to get the figure to stand and not fall over at the ankles, even with the backpack removed. There is almost NOTHING about the new Earthrise Arcee figure that is superior to the Thrilling 30 mold. I think they should just reissue the Thrilling 30 mold of Arcee for a Studio Series release or something with a premium, screen accurate paint job (like the Takara Tomy Legends version).
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Re: Transformers War for Cybertron: Earthrise Discussion Thread

Postby ZeroWolf » Mon Dec 21, 2020 10:22 am

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I wonder why the ball was dropped so hard with her :-? Its not like they haven't done a good Arcee at the scale before.
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Re: Transformers War for Cybertron: Earthrise Discussion Thread

Postby Wolfman Jake » Mon Dec 21, 2020 12:21 pm

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ZeroWolf wrote:I wonder why the ball was dropped so hard with her :-? Its not like they haven't done a good Arcee at the scale before.


That's the million dollar question. I read recently on these boards that Hasbro and Takara Tomy might have tried to use some of the "Arcee Prime" engineering that was developed should she have won the Power of the Primes fan poll for the next Prime. That's just an anecdote without proper citation, though.

The real head scratcher now is why they would bother to re-release Earthrise Arcee in Kingdom. If they wanted to reissue another Deluxe sized character to fill out the Kingdom line, why not include something like Red Alert with English tampographs instead of Cybertronian ones for "FD" and "Fire Chief" on his alt mode. They wouldn't even have to alter the plastic colors or paint mask, except for the tampographs. Doesn't sound complicated to me, and it would pretty much fix the ONLY thing that makes it harder for Siege Red Alert to pass as having an "Earth Mode" than the likes of Sideswipe or Tigertrack, who don't really need a remold or repaint to look at home on the shelf with the rest of the War for Cybertron Earthrise cast in either robot or vehicle mode.
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Re: Transformers War for Cybertron: Earthrise Discussion Thread

Postby ShadowBlaze » Mon Dec 21, 2020 12:32 pm

I know the Earthrise Arcee mold is objectively a bad Transformer toy, but darn it if it hasn't grown on me. I don't like the parts-forming employed in this line, and I was really disappointed that HasTak cheaped out and didn't paint her backside. By the time the first reviews were slipping out, I was prepared to be utterly disappointed with her.

And then I got her in-hand.

Maybe I can be more forgiving because mine didn't have any QC issues. I hate transformations that involve a lot of limb origami, but it only took me a couple of tries to figure out precisely how everything needed to be placed for her conversion. Even with the stiff ankle-rockers, I found her relatively easy to pose and balance...thanks to those hideous but highly functional heels. Even the giant backpack doesn't bother me as much as I expected, since keeping the back half of the car attached obscures the weird silhouette created by the folding front fenders. In terms of engineering, it's a huge step back from Thrilling 30...and yet I feel like the result is a better proportioned robot. She doesn't top Titans Return Arcee for me, but I do prefer her to Cyberverse, and I think she does a better job than Thrilling 30 at conveying feminine robot as opposed to human female cosplaying as robot.

I also have Lifeline and Elita-1. In terms of paint and colour layout, I think Elita-1 looks the nicest, but I agree that the clearance issue created by her unique shoulder pieces makes her the most problematic of the three to transform. Still, I don't dislike her, and I prefer this to her obscenely stickered and bulked up POTP toy.

Strangely, I think my least-favourite Earthrise purchase is Fasttrack. I don't like the way his guns are designed to attach or how that limits placement options in robot mode. Of course Black Roritchi has the same issue, but at least his colours are a bit more interesting.
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Transformers Podcast: Twincast / Podcast #274 - Pulse Fan Fest 2021
Twincast / Podcast #274:
"Pulse Fan Fest 2021"
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Posted: Sunday, April 18th, 2021

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