MakeToys Giant Set "B" Mobile Crane and Dump Truck Video Review and Images

MakeToys Giant Set "B" Mobile Crane and Dump Truck Video Review and Images

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Seibertron.com member TJ Ducketttjduckett has uploaded a video review of MakeToys Giant Series Set "B" Mobile Crane and Dump Truck. He's also provided some very nice in-hand images of the duo. Check out his review and images embedded below.








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Credit(s): daimchoc, TJ Duckett


This article was last modified on Tuesday, April 24th, 2012 1:36am CDT

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Re: MakeToys Giant Set "B" Mobile Crane and Dump Truck Video Review and Images (1371840)
Posted by Flux Convoy on April 22nd, 2012 @ 2:16pm CDT
Nearly 14 minutes of a bunch of uummm uhhhh buuuts. Edited out the transformation but none of the droning on. Sounds logical. How about showing the face in a clear still shot? Why not show the screw/pile driver looking pieces? Hand articulation? All that video and I barely know any more than I went in with. If we're calling these things video reviews, review the toys. Just calling it like I see it.
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Re: MakeToys Giant Set "B" Mobile Crane and Dump Truck Video Review and Images (1371844)
Posted by Banjo-Tron on April 22nd, 2012 @ 2:26pm CDT
Nice review man, excellent, clear visuals as ususal. Great use of lighting. I need to get these guys in green so badly :BOOM:
Re: MakeToys Giant Set "B" Mobile Crane and Dump Truck Video Review and Images (1371849)
Posted by 1111111222233333 on April 22nd, 2012 @ 2:36pm CDT
Nearly 14 minutes of a bunch of uummm uhhhh buuuts. Edited out the transformation but none of the droning on. Sounds logical. How about showing the face in a clear still shot? Why not show the screw/pile driver looking pieces? Hand articulation? All that video and I barely know any more than I went in with. If we're calling these things video reviews, review the toys. Just calling it like I see it.


You know the guy took time out of his day to film that review just so everyone could see it. He clearly explained why he didn't transform on camera. Maybe a little gratitude is in order instead of unnecessary cynicism? Besides, it's not like "IN ORDER TO BE AN OFFICIAL REVIEWER THIS MUST BE IN THE VIDEO" just calling it like I see it too.
Re: MakeToys Giant Set "B" Mobile Crane and Dump Truck Video Review and Images (1371858)
Posted by Flux Convoy on April 22nd, 2012 @ 3:06pm CDT
KenjaminLinus wrote:
You know the guy took time out of his day to film that review just so everyone could see it. He clearly explained why he didn't transform on camera. Maybe a little gratitude is in order instead of unnecessary cynicism? Besides, it's not like "IN ORDER TO BE AN OFFICIAL REVIEWER THIS MUST BE IN THE VIDEO" just calling it like I see it too.

Maybe he could have taken a few more minutes to figure out the figures better and transform them. Maybe he could have take even a few more minutes and edit this into something that doesn't remind me of middle school girls attempting conversation. Gratitude for what? I literally know one detail more from that video than I already did. I'm a cynic because this video is bad and could be much better. You want a decent review? Here you go. http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/transform ... ost7614268 That video is a guy repeating his opinion on two figures he hardly explores in the video.
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Re: MakeToys Giant Set "B" Mobile Crane and Dump Truck Video Review and Images (1371861)
Posted by worldsgreatest on April 22nd, 2012 @ 3:31pm CDT
Flux Convoy is a steaming pile of slag. Just 'calling it as I see it'.
Re: MakeToys Giant Set "B" Mobile Crane and Dump Truck Video Review and Images (1371863)
Posted by Flux Convoy on April 22nd, 2012 @ 3:40pm CDT
worldsgreatest wrote:Flux Convoy is a steaming pile of slag. Just 'calling it as I see it'.

:lol: Sure, you got me.
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Re: MakeToys Giant Set "B" Mobile Crane and Dump Truck Video Review and Images (1371886)
Posted by Doctor McGrath on April 22nd, 2012 @ 5:14pm CDT
I hate review threads.

*meanwhile*

I really want the Longhaul figure.
Re: MakeToys Giant Set "B" Mobile Crane and Dump Truck Video Review and Images (1371893)
Posted by MINDVVIPE on April 22nd, 2012 @ 6:08pm CDT
Can anyone who finally gets set B (Still waiting on mine from tfsource) tell me whether Hook has a problem with all his wheels touching the floor and rolling freely? I feel thats a pretty big annoyance and could be fixed with some adjustment to all the overall pieces in alt. mode. Thanks.
Re: MakeToys Giant Set "B" Mobile Crane and Dump Truck Video Review and Images (1371904)
Posted by Anonymous on April 22nd, 2012 @ 6:45pm CDT
Show of hands:
How many of you would show gratitude for me reviewing myself scratch my ass for 30 mins? :-?

I always wanted to be the first one to be called a steaming pile of slag...
F U up the A Flux; how dare you steal my joy!
:-x
Re: MakeToys Giant Set "B" Mobile Crane and Dump Truck Video Review and Images (1371926)
Posted by megatronus on April 22nd, 2012 @ 7:54pm CDT
Hmmm... I learned that the vehicle shoulder pads are entirely unnecessary, given they can just flip up and show that the arm pieces are almost independent of the bots. Interesting...
Re: MakeToys Giant Set "B" Mobile Crane and Dump Truck Video Review and Images (1371941)
Posted by Rated X on April 22nd, 2012 @ 9:34pm CDT
KenjaminLinus wrote:
Nearly 14 minutes of a bunch of uummm uhhhh buuuts. Edited out the transformation but none of the droning on. Sounds logical. How about showing the face in a clear still shot? Why not show the screw/pile driver looking pieces? Hand articulation? All that video and I barely know any more than I went in with. If we're calling these things video reviews, review the toys. Just calling it like I see it.


You know the guy took time out of his day to film that review just so everyone could see it. He clearly explained why he didn't transform on camera. Maybe a little gratitude is in order instead of unnecessary cynicism? Besides, it's not like "IN ORDER TO BE AN OFFICIAL REVIEWER THIS MUST BE IN THE VIDEO" just calling it like I see it too.


In my opinion, the transformation should always be shown. Im sure some might take this the wrong way, but I see so called "reviews" as nothing more than online transformation tutorials. I usually dont watch them until I have the figure in my hands. Let somebody else do the hard work and risk breaking the figure trying to figure it out. Theyre the experts, right ? Take one for the team !!! :D
Re: MakeToys Giant Set "B" Mobile Crane and Dump Truck Video Review and Images (1371960)
Posted by Vicalliose on April 22nd, 2012 @ 11:25pm CDT
BraveMax@TFW2005 wrote:The reason why the head's been "hidden" in all of the pictures we've seen is because the neck is PURPOSELY MOLDED THAT WAY. It means that Giant is ALWAYS looking slightly down. You cannot truly straighten his head or have him look up. Not a fan of that design choice personally...
Jeez, that really kinda sucks. I'm also guessing the replacement head and flaps coming with the next set will not be a new mold either, since they did just use the word "replacement" instead of something like "fixed version". I was at least hoping not-Hook's foot/head would at be able to move around and possibly help balance the figure, but apparently this is impossible. Everything I've seen and read about Giant's not-Hook really shows that he's just a complete mess.

Edit: Actually it is possible to use the head as a balancing toe, I've just never seen anyone do it outside of the official images. Silly me for forgetting that.
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Re: MakeToys Giant Set "B" Mobile Crane and Dump Truck Video Review and Images (1371969)
Posted by Almagnus1 on April 23rd, 2012 @ 12:15am CDT
After seeing that review, I'm not liking Giant all that much anymore, especially when you start comparing it to Herc and the modded G1 versions.

It almost feels as if Giant was designed with only combined mode in mind - with vehicle mode as a somewhat close second, and robot mode paying the price for the low price tag.

When you compare against Hercules - sure you might have had a small pile of parts off to the side when the team was in robot mode (specifically Structor and Exgraver's cabs and both Devy hands), or had Neckbreaker's Hand off to the side when all are in vehicle mode, but the team looked good in all modes - with the exception of Neckbreaker's vehicle mode (which I would love to see TFC do a Neckbreaker 2.0 and fix the figure). To me at least, the bigger size feels about right to scale with FansProject Bruticus, so he looks good on the Classics shelf next to the various FansProject pieces.

Giant, on the other hand, has really strong vehicle modes, but a few of them have minor kibble issues. Three of the robot modes are actually bad enough to be strong enough reasons for me not to spend money on the set, with only Dump Truck being the only robot that's selling the second set to me. Combined mode, however, is where this set is doing well - baring the head/neck issue. Until someone compares a completed Giant next to something, I'm not going to have an accurate read for that. He looks to be about FP Bruticus in height, and (to me atleast) that feels small for a Devastator.

Really, this seems like a case of "you get what you pay for". Yeah, Herc will set you back at least another $100-$200 over Giant (depending on how lucky you can get), but that extra $100-$200 brings you generally better engineering because the design team could budget for it.

I'll be waiting for the third set (and other reviews), but so far, I don't think I'll be spending money on Giant, while I was kinda hoping too =/
Re: MakeToys Giant Set "B" Mobile Crane and Dump Truck Video Review and Images (1371975)
Posted by TJ Duckett on April 23rd, 2012 @ 12:39am CDT
Oh wow guys, thanks. I appreciate the link on here, and credit. It's unfortnate that Flux Convoy seems to have been bitten by the "hater bug", but that's the internet and trolls for ya... and, of course, I'm just calling it like I see it.

He did ask for some clear pictures of the face... so here, how about some very clear shots of both the bots and the gestalt?

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Thanks again guys, and the site is looking awesome. I miss talking to my IL. boys on here. :(
Re: MakeToys Giant Set "B" Mobile Crane and Dump Truck Video Review and Images (1371981)
Posted by MINDVVIPE on April 23rd, 2012 @ 12:56am CDT
How the hell is the current gestalt head an issue? Coz it doesn't look up any higher than it does in pics??? That looks high enough for me, can see the entire face, looks fine. Pretty retarded thing to complain about. So far, the only complaint that actually might be legit, is the chest causing Hook's vehicle mode to not roll freely. Everything else just gets better the more I read and see more pics. I hadn't checked out the HERC individual bot pics in a while, and dear lord are some of them ugly. Exgravers huge shoulders and wide set hips for starters. To say the robot modes were the last on the list of priorities is ridiculous. I will give you Hook's thin knees; those are unnatractive when seen from the side.
Re: MakeToys Giant Set "B" Mobile Crane and Dump Truck Video Review and Images (1371982)
Posted by TJ Duckett on April 23rd, 2012 @ 12:58am CDT
The head isn't molded to face downwards. I corrected that non-truth on TFW. It faces straightforward, but it just doesn't look UP. The head being recessed, and the forehead area taking up so much of the front of his face makes him look like he's looking down unless you're looking at him straight on.
Re: MakeToys Giant Set "B" Mobile Crane and Dump Truck Video Review and Images (1371987)
Posted by Almagnus1 on April 23rd, 2012 @ 1:43am CDT
MINDVVIPE wrote:How the hell is the current gestalt head an issue? Coz it doesn't look up any higher than it does in pics??? That looks high enough for me, can see the entire face, looks fine. Pretty retarded thing to complain about. So far, the only complaint that actually might be legit, is the chest causing Hook's vehicle mode to not roll freely. Everything else just gets better the more I read and see more pics. I hadn't checked out the HERC individual bot pics in a while, and dear lord are some of them ugly. Exgravers huge shoulders and wide set hips for starters. To say the robot modes were the last on the list of priorities is ridiculous. I will give you Hook's thin knees; those are unnatractive when seen from the side.


So the robot arm connectors that hang off the back of the robot modes, as seen in your sig,the don't matter?

And what about the two arm robots bing mostly hollow, one of which has a head connector that looks like something begging to be snapped from normal wear and tear? If you look at the arms (and now the crane) from the wrong point of view, they look horrible.

The Herc team has attitude, it's also got chunk and heft reminiscent of most of my collection (which is primarily G1). For me, the fragile appearance of the Giant figures I've seen in YouTube reviews is a pretty big turn off. YMMV on that point
Re: MakeToys Giant Set "B" Mobile Crane and Dump Truck Video Review and Images (1371989)
Posted by MINDVVIPE on April 23rd, 2012 @ 2:07am CDT
Almagnus1 wrote:So the robot arm connectors that hang off the back of the robot modes, as seen in your sig,the don't matter?

And what about the two arm robots bing mostly hollow, one of which has a head connector that looks like something begging to be snapped from normal wear and tear? If you look at the arms (and now the crane) from the wrong point of view, they look horrible.

The Herc team has attitude, it's also got chunk and heft reminiscent of most of my collection (which is primarily G1). For me, the fragile appearance of the Giant figures I've seen in YouTube reviews is a pretty big turn off. YMMV on that point


The arm connectors don't bother me at all. There are a ton of TFs in my collection with kibble here and there (and much worse). They're robots, They are allowed to have robotic parts visible. The gaps don't bother me either (they used to). Some of my favourite TFs have gaps. Warbot Defender has a very clear albeit thin gap by his neck and chest. If it bothers you, you can always reposition the connectors so they fill the gaps. The connector hanging off the back isn't THAT bad.

Considering all this, and then considering how much better I think Giants combined mode looks, which is pretty much what matters most... Well, we can go on forever. But I wanted to be clear to other readers (who might not have bought either yet) that the issues aren't nearly as bad as people make them out to be, or appear to be from pictures. As for the neck on Scavenger being fragile, time well tell. For now, its as solid as ever even with the tightness.
Re: MakeToys Giant Set "B" Mobile Crane and Dump Truck Video Review and Images (1371993)
Posted by Vicalliose on April 23rd, 2012 @ 3:45am CDT
TJ Duckett wrote:The head isn't molded to face downwards. I corrected that non-truth on TFW. It faces straightforward, but it just doesn't look UP. The head being recessed, and the forehead area taking up so much of the front of his face makes him look like he's looking down unless you're looking at him straight on.
Ah, that's not so bad then. Thanks for clearing that up. Though I should've just been paying more attention to the thread.

To me the individual figures are what like the most about these sets, even with their flaws. They just look far more dynamic than any of the Hercules figures. To some, what's on their backs looks like combiner kibble, these people are highly unimaginative, just pretend they're Energon powerpacks. I mean it's not like they have combiner hands blatantly hanging off of them. Mobile Crane may have a head for a foot, but if you can't see it's face then it's not a head, it's just a foot.

To me all the Herc figures look lame, plain, lanky and even too blocky for my tastes. Heck some of them are actually worse about tucking away kibble.
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Wheel Loader is a freaking badass. To me, Structor just looks like a lame duck in comparison.
Re: MakeToys Giant Set "B" Mobile Crane and Dump Truck Video Review and Images (1371995)
Posted by TJ Duckett on April 23rd, 2012 @ 4:21am CDT
Wheel loader DOES look badassed. Here are a few more of Dump Truck:

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