In Hand Images of Transformers Prime AM -01 Optimus Prime, AM-04 Ratchet and AM - 06 Skywarp
Friday, March 30th, 2012 11:00am CDTCategories: Toy News, Reviews, Collectables
Posted by: GetRightRobot Views: 43,363
AM-01 Optimus Prime
To view Alfes 2010 Optimus and Ratchet galleries click here.
To view whkvictor's Skywarp gallery click here.
Credit(s): Alfes2010 from higekumatoytoy.blog, and whkvictor from hk-tf.com
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Posted by welcometothedarksyde on March 30th, 2012 @ 11:08am CDT
Posted by WolfDawg on March 30th, 2012 @ 11:17am CDT
Having to apply THAT many stickers on the poor guy to accomplish a (lazy) paint job that's similar to Hasbro's attempt is just unforgivable. For the first time as a collector, I can say that I feel sorry for Japanese collectors. It's like Takara doesn't even give a shit about the Prime line AT ALL. Not even the semi decent Microns can make up for this amount of laziness.
I guess the only positive thing to say is that Skywarp at least looks passable...
Man, for once I'm proud to say that I'm an American collector.
Posted by gothsaurus on March 30th, 2012 @ 11:19am CDT
Posted by Crosscheck on March 30th, 2012 @ 11:48am CDT
Here is the thing about the kitbashing, a miniscule fraction of fans are kitbashers, a figure being tailormade to do-it-yourself should be a no-sale for the vast majority of people.
Now, if you take the Takara stickers and put them on a Hasbro figure, you might get a pretty close to complete figure. Of course, I will just get Reprolabels to do that, with better color-matching.
Posted by paul053 on March 30th, 2012 @ 11:53am CDT
Posted by Sabrblade on March 30th, 2012 @ 11:53am CDT
Posted by metaphorge on March 30th, 2012 @ 12:20pm CDT
I super dig Albino Freak Ratchet's Micron, but....
Feh. Fail. Wake me up when Knock Out and Breakdown have been released.
Posted by Erailea on March 30th, 2012 @ 12:21pm CDT
I don't dig the sticker idea at all. If G1 toys are notorious for missing and damaged stickers, what's stopping these sticker-needing guys from the same problem in the future? I didn't like them with the one Kre-o figure I bought, so I definitely don't like them here. Didn't enjoy applying them in the least.
I do think it's kind of funny that Takara took the extra step of giving Ratchet the heart monitor on his arm, but they have (most of) it on the wrong side. Lol. I understand why - the outer part of his arm is filled with that wheel and cramming it in would be uncomfortable/cramped - but it's still a little weird, especially since it got all broken up in robot mode. It does add a nice touch in truck mode though. Can't have the best of both worlds I suppose.
Posted by SW's SilverHammer on March 30th, 2012 @ 1:23pm CDT
Posted by metaphorge on March 30th, 2012 @ 1:27pm CDT
Posted by Dead Metal on March 30th, 2012 @ 1:36pm CDT
the new minicon ports are just extra pieces that are attached to the toys, and look removable (probably glued on though) and that Hasbro's paint is the clear winner this time round.
Seriously, is that right? I mean look at Ratchet, all those stickers and the seriously lacking Hasbro version still has more and better apps?
Posted by Requiem Prime on March 30th, 2012 @ 1:52pm CDT
When they said stickers I thought Prime would be the standard. Nice paints, but needed stickers to cover the accents. Ratchet... As many have said, he'd make a good autotrooper. Perhaps some 3rd party will take pity, and in conjuction with with Reprolabels a new head and decals will breath some life into him. Seriously it's his only hope. Even the sword minion isn't worth it in my eyes.
Skywarp on the other hand looks fine and his bull minion is cool. Isn't if funny that the Decepticons come out of the box looking fine, and get the better minons. I think the animals make better weapons because they require less compromise to make some sort of critter work and vice versa.
I knew the minions were going to require some compromise. That's the deal with any TF gimmick. But to have no paints at all? Why didn't they just make it a separate line of kits? I could see Hasbro being lazy and trying to shoehorn them in, but Japan already has this EXACT concept with those gum figures.
Hasbro, if you make the minions, launch them as a separate deal like Cyberverse. It'll cover the limited weapon options that come with the figures.
Posted by kirbenvost on March 30th, 2012 @ 3:01pm CDT
Posted by bvzxa on March 30th, 2012 @ 3:02pm CDT
However for Transformers, and the perspective price points it is a mixed bag.
Ratchet has an extra clear window on each side that the Hasbro version does not. There are a few differences that if you switched them around you would have the perfect ratchet. The holes aren't bad either. The thing that is weird is the beige ports balance out the just plain whiteness.
To me this is a no-brainer. Ratchet for the US is definitely cheaper and regardless of how many waves he appears in, he will be sought after because of what Takara presented. If you are a Takara fan and like what they did, then buy that one for a higher unjustifiable price.
On the real Hasbro's is better because it doesn't need the gimmick.
Looks like FE prices are gonna skyrocket. So what's gonna happen with Arcee and the rest of the deluxes.
Posted by Requiem Prime on March 30th, 2012 @ 3:14pm CDT
bvzxa wrote:Ratchet has an extra clear window on each side that the Hasbro version does not.
I don't think those are clear.
Posted by Spunky on March 30th, 2012 @ 3:29pm CDT
Posted by freaky777 on March 30th, 2012 @ 7:21pm CDT
The price variations for this over at SG is just SGD$2 more than the Hasbro one, that is like USD$2.60. (Our Hasbro figures are way more expensive over here compared to the US.) So I guess for me it's cool though I would really have wished that Takara at least painted the main areas. I just hope that the stickers stayed on and that I do not screw up the application of it...
The ports are not really that bad after all, they've done is pretty well IMO for Megatron and Skywrap. Autobots are okay but not as bad as I thought.
Posted by craggy on March 30th, 2012 @ 7:37pm CDT
Posted by LOST Cybertronian on March 30th, 2012 @ 7:54pm CDT
Posted by MGrotusque on March 30th, 2012 @ 7:55pm CDT