Thanks to regular reviewer and Seibertronian PrimeVsPrime, we have two video reviews to bring to you today, those of Studio Series Voyager Class figures Sentinel Prime and Scrapper! These two are due in the next wave of Studio Series figures, and PrimeVsPrime takes a look at them both in detail. While we did post video reviews of these a few days ago, today's reviews are in English. On with the show(s)!
What do you all think? Are you looking forward to these two figures? Do these reviews along with the Chinese-language reviews from a couple of days ago whet your appetite for some more Studio Series goodness? Let us know what you think below!
Fellow Seibertronian Actar found Transformers Studio Series Sentinel Prime and Scrapper at the BHG Bugis outlet in Singapore. He was even kind enough to take some images and make a write a review for us, which you can find right here:
Here's my review for Sentinel in the event anyone's interested!
Ooh boy. This one's going to be a tough review! To preface it, I'm going to come clean and say that I'm absolutely in love with the DOTM Leader Class figure from way, way back. It's one of the last few great Transformers toys with a transformation scheme that rivals the now-legendary ROTF Leader Prime. The way the windshield just collapses into his chest? That's a slice of fried gold right there.
That's not to say that it didn't have its fair share of issues. As biased as I am, I'm not delusional. For one, it suffered from a rather severe backpack thanks to the batteries that were required for his electronic lights and sounds, there were a ton more panels hanging off his back than just his cape, and his non-faux chest is way too large.
All these years later, we finally have a new Sentinel figure in the SS line. Can the SS figure topple the Leader and take its place as the definitive Sentinel figure? Let's find out.
Since we're here, let's start off with robot mode. The SS figure does indeed address and fix a number of the problems with the Leader Class figure. Without a battery box, the backpack is drastically reduced. However, the other fixes do come with their own compromises. Firstly, the chest. Yes, it is far, far more accurate and proportional, but you lose the amazing bit of transformation engineering and all of that kibble gets relegated to his butt. Credit where credit is due, it's worthy to note that they at least placed the real windows behind the faux ones ala the Beast Wars MPs and their animal heads. Secondly, they were able to minimize the number of superfluous panels by turning a couple of them into his swords. Rather ingenious idea, but the swords end up really wonky looking from one side and they cannot be stored in robot mode.
All in all, however, bot mode is great. Proportion-wise, it's spot on. (Boxy chest from some angles aside) he looks far more accurate than any Sentinel Prime figure before him with the only real, obvious kibble being the butt windshield the ladders on the side of the legs. The amount of molded detail is also insane. While paint would have gone a long, long way in bringing out all of that detail, it's also rather unfortunate that he's mainly cast in a all black plastic. It's not as dark as what most pictures will have you believe, the black plastic does mask a ton of that detail. It's also really unfortunate that while the Studio Series line excels in terms of molded detail, it lacks in terms of transformation detail. In my opinion, there are way too few transformation steps that are purely for the sake of maintaining accuracy. One obvious example would be the two wheels on the insides of Sentinel's legs instead of just the one.
In terms of articulation, there are problems. His head articulation is horrendous with minimal ability to look even left and right. The ankles don't move side to side either. The waist joint can indeed rotate somewhat, but it can come undone way too easily. At least the transformation joint at the waist can be used as a means to achieve a crazy waist twist. The only other thing that gets in the way of the posing is the fact that his chest is angled downwards due to the transformation. What this means is that if you want him to stand straight with his chest held high, he'll be constantly looking upwards at an awkward angle.
Still, the figure is articulated enough to pretty much pull of almost any pose you want him in.
The last major complaint relating to his poses is that, yes, his shield is missing. One of the most iconic aspects of his character... gone. Urgh. Perhaps they wanted to reduce the cost or perhaps they weren't able to find a way for him to store it in vehicle mode, like how the Leader could. Regardless, this severely limits his posing potential.
Speaking of vehicle mode, the transformation process to it borrows heavily from the Leader but is streamlined to make it more simple but yet almost just as satisfying. The only really annoying part is the fact that the back of the vehicle mode takes a ton of effort to stay pegged together. I'm not sure if it's because the pegs lack friction or that the tolerances aren't as precise as they should have been, but it takes a ton of massaging on my copy to get those back panels to stay together.
As for the vehicle mode itself, it's a boxy firetruck. The only nitpick that I have is the fact that, compared to the Leader figure, it appears to be way too long and thin. I'm not 100% sure which figure is more accurate, but the Leader figure's vehicle mode does seem to be better proportioned.
If you're a fan of Sentinel Prime and want a version of him to scale with your other SS figures and are okay with all the (admittedly relatively minor) issues I noted, there's really no reason not to pick this guy up. There're no deal-breaking QC or design flaws and they genuinely did a really decent job of representing the character in the SS line even with all the constraints that come with it. Of course, that might be due to his inherently shellformerish design, but he fairs far better than some of the Deluxes with their entire roofs hanging off their back.
Coming back to the question that I posed at the beginning of the review. Is he a replacement for the DOTM Leader figure?
...not by a long shot! (^o^)
No review (yet), but some images of Scrapper as well!
Thanks to the Facebook page TFND - Transformers Never Die, we have a ton of brand new images to share with you today of the upcoming Transformers Studio Series Sentinel Prime.
This new Sentinel Prime figure is a brand new voyager class mold, and is based on the characters appearance in the Dark of the Moon film from 2011. The traitorous Autobot is shown off in all his traitorous glory, complete with his sword, but no shield or cosmic rust cannon. We also see that his sword can split to become 2 different handheld units, or combine together to form his Darth Maul-esque sword. We also get a comparison with the Powered up version of Studio Series Optimus Prime and Jetfire.
You can check out some of the images below, and follow the above link or click any of the images below to check out the full gallery. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!
Have any of you heard of 2019 film The Fanatic, a film starring John Travolta and directed by Limp Bizkit? While Travolta aimed for a Rain Man type performance, it was more of an embarrassment for everyone involved and has a 16% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which is a little better than the rating for The Last Knight (15%) but worse than the rating for Age of Extinction (18%). I bring these three films up because they have something in common: Bayverse Grimlock.
In a scene where John Travolta is hiding in his idol's house, under the child's bed, he sees a Transformers Age of Extinction Grimlock toy on the floor (looks like Flip and Change Grimlock), reaches out and brings it close to him. Why Limp Bizkit felt the need to put such a spotlight on this specific toy is unclear, as it does not come back in the film.
By all means this is not an endorsement for the film, and I do not recommend anyone to watch it. All you need are the screenshots below. Enjoy.
Thanks to regular early reviewer TonTon Reviews, we have a fun preview video of sorts. It features the elusive Constructicon Overload, set to be released in the Leader Class Assortment later this year. The video is only barely longer than a minute, but shows Overload transforming from truck mode into his robot mode, with the promise of a full length video to come.
So now that we've gotten a taste of the final Devastator component to be released, are you looking forward to this figure? Let us know what you think!
While we have had a rumour of Transformers MPM 10 Starsrcream for almost TWO years now, we now have an actual listing and release date.
The listing, among many others, was posted on Loopaza Mega Store's Facebook page. It will be coming out in September 2020 and the price is 20000 Yen (so around $180 USD) but remember that retail prices in Japan are usually at 20-30% less than the SRP, reflecting the usual US price.
The other listings are for upcoming Studio Series figures and all the Walmart Netflix series exclusives. So Japan will be getting these too, and they do not seem to be exclusives there so international fans who do not have Walmarts could possibly order from Amazon Japan or other Japanese outlets to get these.
What's yellow, talks through the radio, and always comes to the rescue? Okay, that was an easy guess; it's Bumblebee, of course! We have a fun video to share with you, thanks to a notice from friend of the site Adam C. It's a new advert (commercial to those in North America) for a U.K. car insurance company, featuring everyone's favorite yellow kid appeal character, as he appeared in his recent eponymous movie. The CGI is quite nice for an advert, and is a fun way to see Transformers in every day life. Check it out below, and let us know what you think!
Thanks to Dengeki Hobby, we have some brand new images to show you today of the upcoming Transformers Studio Series Offroad Bumblebee and Sentinel Prime!
Offroad Bumblebee is a brand new mold deluxe class figure, and is based on the Jeep form Bumblebee temporarily took at the beginning of the Bumblebee movie. He faithfully recreates his appearance from that film, and transforms into a pretty nice little yellow Jeep. Here we get a look at him in a couple poses, showing that not only can be move, but he also has a pretty tight backpack, keeping barely any kibble on his body.
We also get our best look yet at Sentinel Prime, the main villain from Dark of the Moon, where he betrayed the Autobots and went insane trying to bring life back to his planet, at any cost. While we don't get any sort of look at him from behind, we do get a couple of poses out of him, as well as a look at his sword. Sadly, he does not come with a shield, though this means your Studio Series Ironhide can beat him up quicker.
Check out the images below, and let us know what you think in the comments section below!
Below are the videos Seibertron took of the show floor at the 2020 Toy Fair. They do show some things we did not see before. For instance, we see that Doubledealer has a chest compartment, similar to Soundwave. It is demonstrated in the Earthrise video on Seibertron.com's Youtube channel, toward the end of the video.
All the videos can be found below and you can see all the galleries for the event here.
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