New Video Review of Transformers Earthrise Autobot Alliance and Paradron Medics Sets

New Video Review of Transformers Earthrise Autobot Alliance and Paradron Medics Sets

Thursday, December 17th, 2020 8:09am CST

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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.


We have embedded his review below for your convenience:



What do you think about these figures? Were you lucky enough to avoid delays in getting them? Let us know in the Energon Pub and stay tuned to Seibertron for all the latest news and reviews!

Credit(s): Chuckdawg1999 from Seibertron


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Re: New Video Review of Transformers Earthrise Autobot Alliance and Paradron Medics Sets (2090111)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on December 17th, 2020 @ 8:32am CST
Now that I have obtained Spinout and Cordon, here are the Siege/Earthrise/Selects/Amazon lambros all together

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Re: New Video Review of Transformers Earthrise Autobot Alliance and Paradron Medics Sets (2090143)
Posted by Deadput on December 17th, 2020 @ 3:38pm CST
With that many different versions the Lambros make for great "Autotrooper-like" army fillers for the Autobots.
Re: New Video Review of Transformers Earthrise Autobot Alliance and Paradron Medics Sets (2090233)
Posted by balgorra on December 18th, 2020 @ 9:05am CST
Anyone know if Scorponok is due for a restock? I can't find him anywhere in stock for a decent price.
Re: New Video Review of Transformers Earthrise Autobot Alliance and Paradron Medics Sets (2090234)
Posted by Gauntlet101010 on December 18th, 2020 @ 9:37am CST
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.
Re: New Video Review of Transformers Earthrise Autobot Alliance and Paradron Medics Sets (2090235)
Posted by TF-fan kev777 on December 18th, 2020 @ 9:39am CST
If there is enough demand, I would expect him to potentially be re-released some time in 2021 like Omega Supreme was this year.
Re: New Video Review of Transformers Earthrise Autobot Alliance and Paradron Medics Sets (2090253)
Posted by Starseeker on December 18th, 2020 @ 12:29pm CST
Battlecharged and ready!
Re: New Video Review of Transformers Earthrise Autobot Alliance and Paradron Medics Sets (2090261)
Posted by william-james88 on December 18th, 2020 @ 1:23pm CST
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.
Re: New Video Review of Transformers Earthrise Autobot Alliance and Paradron Medics Sets (2090271)
Posted by Gauntlet101010 on December 18th, 2020 @ 4:10pm CST
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.
Re: New Video Review of Transformers Earthrise Autobot Alliance and Paradron Medics Sets (2090279)
Posted by Wolfman Jake on December 18th, 2020 @ 7:12pm CST
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."
Re: New Video Review of Transformers Earthrise Autobot Alliance and Paradron Medics Sets (2090285)
Posted by Emerje on December 19th, 2020 @ 12:50am CST
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.

Emerje
Re: New Video Review of Transformers Earthrise Autobot Alliance and Paradron Medics Sets (2090304)
Posted by Gauntlet101010 on December 19th, 2020 @ 8:59am CST
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.

Emerje

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.
Re: New Video Review of Transformers Earthrise Autobot Alliance and Paradron Medics Sets (2090368)
Posted by william-james88 on December 20th, 2020 @ 3:58pm CST
william-james88 wrote:
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 shit 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.
Re: New Video Review of Transformers Earthrise Autobot Alliance and Paradron Medics Sets (2090408)
Posted by Wolfman Jake on December 21st, 2020 @ 10:19am CST
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).
Re: New Video Review of Transformers Earthrise Autobot Alliance and Paradron Medics Sets (2090409)
Posted by ZeroWolf on December 21st, 2020 @ 10:22am CST
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.
Re: New Video Review of Transformers Earthrise Autobot Alliance and Paradron Medics Sets (2090418)
Posted by Wolfman Jake on December 21st, 2020 @ 12:21pm CST
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.
Re: New Video Review of Transformers Earthrise Autobot Alliance and Paradron Medics Sets (2090420)
Posted by ShadowBlaze on December 21st, 2020 @ 12:32pm CST
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.
Re: New Video Review of Transformers Earthrise Autobot Alliance and Paradron Medics Sets (2090425)
Posted by Gauntlet101010 on December 21st, 2020 @ 2:07pm CST
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.

I think they tried to do a robot mode 1st thing where they really nail the robot mode by making her a shellformer.

Of course that was foiled by the absence of paint. If she had a real premium paint job I could appreciate the effort more.

I can't say why they didn't just reissue the old one. Maybe they wanted to tie it into the gimmick more? Or maybe it's a movie anniversary thing where they decided to go all-out and give new molds for everyone.
Re: New Video Review of Transformers Earthrise Autobot Alliance and Paradron Medics Sets (2090431)
Posted by LinaNui on December 21st, 2020 @ 3:07pm CST
Wolfman Jake wrote:
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.

I think the reason that Arcee is getting a release is so that she is on shelves when the rest of the 86 movie figures are so that it is easier to complete the cast. I have no proof but it does make sense.
Re: New Video Review of Transformers Earthrise Autobot Alliance and Paradron Medics Sets (2090436)
Posted by ZeroWolf on December 21st, 2020 @ 4:35pm CST
LinaNui wrote:
Wolfman Jake wrote:
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.

I think the reason that Arcee is getting a release is so that she is on shelves when the rest of the 86 movie figures are so that it is easier to complete the cast. I have no proof but it does make sense.

That's a good theory, the idea i was working with was that Hasbro might have thought she would be hard to get (scalpers etc) so by re-releasing, it gives fans plenty of chances to get her.
Re: New Video Review of Transformers Earthrise Autobot Alliance and Paradron Medics Sets (2090438)
Posted by Emerje on December 21st, 2020 @ 5:04pm CST
ZeroWolf wrote:
LinaNui wrote:
Wolfman Jake wrote:
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.

I think the reason that Arcee is getting a release is so that she is on shelves when the rest of the 86 movie figures are so that it is easier to complete the cast. I have no proof but it does make sense.

That's a good theory, the idea i was working with was that Hasbro might have thought she would be hard to get (scalpers etc) so by re-releasing, it gives fans plenty of chances to get her.

Little did they know she'd be almost completely unavailable to most of the world. Sure would like to know where Walmart's and Target's supply of waves 2 and 3 ended up because they sure didn't make it into many stores. My local stores only got Battle Masters and Micromasters wave 1 (Target only, and only at launch with no restock), Deluxe wave 1, Voyagers wave 1 and 2, and Leader waves 1 and 2 (there was no 3). Target also got Sky Lynx, but not Scorponok and no ER exclusives. It's a good thing I bought almost everything online. The idea that Arcee was reissued to go with the movie figures from SS86 is pretty plausible, especially when you notice Leader Galvatron is going to be released around the same time as the reissued Voyager Starscream which can't be a coincidence.

Emerje

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