Optibotimus Reviews CrazyDevy's Predaking Wings... & Exposes Potential Issues

Optibotimus Reviews CrazyDevy's Predaking Wings... & Exposes Potential Issues

Sunday, October 10th, 2010 7:09pm CDT

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Seibertron.com member and popular YouTube personality Optibotimus has just posted a new review of CrazyDevy.com's upcoming new release CDMW-11, aka The King's Power Parts Custom Wings. This upgrade is intended for the G1 gestalt Predaking and the subsequent reissues of the figure including the upcoming, shiny, 2010 Predacon team box set from Takara. The new wings are not only huge but have been advertised as being 14k gold plated although Optibotimus has posted feedback that his set appears to be gold chrome. Also, the review reveals a big design flaw that could be a real issues for Predaking owners-they can damage the original wings! Because the new wing upgrades slide over the originals instead of replacing them, parts of them can catch on the existing stickers and tear them along with potentially scratching the plastic, especially on the fully exposed back sides. The new wings are also much heavier and less stable. Word is that CrazyDevy is aware of the problem and is working on a fix. In the meantime, watch the review for yourself and decide if you sill want to order the set for your own Predaking.



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Re: Optibotimus Reviews CrazyDevy's Predaking Wings... & Exposes Potential Issues (1133943)
Posted by Bumblevivisector on October 10th, 2010 @ 7:24pm CDT
Did you say it just damages the decals, because that looks like mutilated plastic on Divebomb to me.

I haven't been buying these G1 upgrades to begin with, but that's because they're on the back burner for me until my finances improve. This is the first one that I can honestly say I have no interest in, even if they claim to work out a fix. Not if it ruins a toy I'd have to pay triple-digits to replace. For that matter, this upgrade should have been a whole new wing assembly that attaches more securely to Razorclaw, and possibly Divebomb, to replace the original wobbly one. Maybe some other 3rd party company can take a crack at new King-Wings if this crashes and burns.

Am I the only one who's much more excited about those twin shoulder cannons in the silhouette? That's a feature of Predaking's animation model totally absent from the toy, and therefore much more worthwhile IMHO. Some articulated hands and a bigger sword to go in them would rock too. I WANT to believe...
Re: Optibotimus Reviews CrazyDevy's Predaking Wings... & Exposes Potential Issues (1133945)
Posted by HighPrime on October 10th, 2010 @ 7:38pm CDT
optibotimus wrote:Thanks for posting this. One thing i'm not sure about is the BBTS price. I wasn't aware of a price increase. TFsource has it at 59.99. So was that always the price or is it confirmed that BBTS increased it by 11 bucks? I saw on the site

"NOTE - It has just been announced that this add-on set will be 14K gold plated, not only incresing the value but allowing them to work well with the upcoming shiny Predaking reissue set. "

That's utter crap if you ask me. They're not 14k gold plated...it's gold chrome



The original BBTS price was $48.99. I currently have one sitting in my preorder pile at the original $48.99 price point. It is not uncommon for BBTS or TFsource (or any retailer, for that matter) to increase prices of items just before release. Some examples include Buster Prime, Argent Silver Jazz, and all 4 of of the Black Robotmasters (BBTS even went as far as to increase the price on the buyers that already pre-ordered as the costs were sorely underestimated.) Either the product costs were more than expected or the anticipation is through the roof in most cases. Just the same, sometimes they lower the price, too (Example: BBTS on Masterpiece Grimlock). In any event, that note has been there since a week or so after preorders opened.
Re: Optibotimus Reviews CrazyDevy's Predaking Wings... & Exposes Potential Issues (1133952)
Posted by MGrotusque on October 10th, 2010 @ 8:00pm CDT
I REALLY like these wings!
I just so happen to have a damaged pair of wings for this but to even have to have a second pair of damaged ones to make these work is ridiculous.
On top of having to pay an outrageous price for the Crazydevy product. You now need to buy more wings!?! that's a major deal breaker for me.
I hope this review might take CrazyDevy down a notch. I feel these guys are really taking advantage of the fans by pricing their product so high.
I really like what they're making but am not going to purchase anything from them. Not gonna fuel the "gouge my wallet" machine that these guys are.
Re: Optibotimus Reviews CrazyDevy's Predaking Wings... & Exposes Potential Issues (1133959)
Posted by Zeds on October 10th, 2010 @ 8:35pm CDT
I guess he can see the potential. He said it enough!
Re: Optibotimus Reviews CrazyDevy's Predaking Wings... & Exposes Potential Issues (1133960)
Posted by optibotimus on October 10th, 2010 @ 8:41pm CDT
The decals and the plastic took damage.

Bumblevivisector wrote:Did you say it just damages the decals, because that looks like mutilated plastic on Divebomb to me.

I haven't been buying these G1 upgrades to begin with, but that's because they're on the back burner for me until my finances improve. This is the first one that I can honestly say I have no interest in, even if they claim to work out a fix. Not if it ruins a toy I'd have to pay triple-digits to replace. For that matter, this upgrade should have been a whole new wing assembly that attaches more securely to Razorclaw, and possibly Divebomb, to replace the original wobbly one. Maybe some other 3rd party company can take a crack at new King-Wings if this crashes and burns.

Am I the only one who's much more excited about those twin shoulder cannons in the silhouette? That's a feature of Predaking's animation model totally absent from the toy, and therefore much more worthwhile IMHO. Some articulated hands and a bigger sword to go in them would rock too. I WANT to believe...
Re: Optibotimus Reviews CrazyDevy's Predaking Wings... & Exposes Potential Issues (1133961)
Posted by optibotimus on October 10th, 2010 @ 8:44pm CDT
Apparently several people have gotten emails from them regarding this issue. I, to date, still haven't. Which strikes me as odd since i've sent them the pictures and the video...and they know i'm the one that had the damage. Regardless though, you are right, i have to replace my original Divebomb. Luckily, good friends of mine who felt bad for me, without my knowledge took up a fund raiser of sorts to buy me a new Divebomb figure. To which i cannot be more grateful. But the fact that i can only recommend this set IF you have an extra pair of vintage wings, should give crazydevy cause for concern. I've spoke highly of just about every single upgrade they've done so far...hopefully they take this situation seriously.

monstergrotusque wrote:I REALLY like these wings!
I just so happen to have a damaged pair of wings for this but to even have to have a second pair of damaged ones to make these work is ridiculous.
On top of having to pay an outrageous price for the Crazydevy product. You now need to buy more wings!?! that's a major deal breaker for me.
I hope this review might take CrazyDevy down a notch. I feel these guys are really taking advantage of the fans by pricing their product so high.
I really like what they're making but am not going to purchase anything from them. Not gonna fuel the "gouge my wallet" machine that these guys are.
Re: Optibotimus Reviews CrazyDevy's Predaking Wings... & Exposes Potential Issues (1133965)
Posted by optibotimus on October 10th, 2010 @ 9:01pm CDT
I do apologize if i said that too many times in the video. I just wanted to express it and make it understood that i....do see potential (hahaha there i go again). This set, i do see as looking massive and impressive once it's fully released. But i can't recommend this set to anyone that might only have one of the vintage pieces to put this one. If it damaged mine, it could easily damage someone elses. As we all know, Predaking isn't a cheap figure to have...and i'd hate to see anyone else go through what i had to.

Zeds wrote:I guess he can see the potential. He said it enough!
Re: Optibotimus Reviews CrazyDevy's Predaking Wings... & Exposes Potential Issues (1133970)
Posted by Gauntlet101010 on October 10th, 2010 @ 9:33pm CDT
Can't say I'm shocked that the set isn't actually real gold.

Well, it doesn't really seem worth it to me, especially when you don't know how many sets they have in the making for Predaking, how much they'll cost, or if any more will damage the figure. Seems like something they could've tested for ....
Re: Optibotimus Reviews CrazyDevy's Predaking Wings... & Exposes Potential Issues (1133972)
Posted by Ultra Markus on October 10th, 2010 @ 9:37pm CDT
its preda-bling!
Re: Optibotimus Reviews CrazyDevy's Predaking Wings... & Exposes Potential Issues (1134001)
Posted by Rated X on October 10th, 2010 @ 11:29pm CDT
Damn...

I would be pissed too. What a piece of crap.
Re: Optibotimus Reviews CrazyDevy's Predaking Wings... & Exposes Potential Issues (1134007)
Posted by Mkall on October 11th, 2010 @ 12:00am CDT
Glad I cancelled then.
Re: Optibotimus Reviews CrazyDevy's Predaking Wings... & Exposes Potential Issues (1134010)
Posted by NemesisScourge on October 11th, 2010 @ 12:13am CDT
I called it months ago that this set would be pure garbage.

Another worthless product from CrazyDevy with shady advertising.

It's really funny when people try to defend such a poorly run third party.

Maybe people will stop buying plastic balls for their Devastator's and "14k Gold Plated" [ lol yeah right ] wings that just ruin your existing ones.
Re: Optibotimus Reviews CrazyDevy's Predaking Wings... & Exposes Potential Issues (1134015)
Posted by El Duque on October 11th, 2010 @ 12:55am CDT
I actually think these look pretty good, and luckily I've got a spare set of KO wings I can attach these to with no worries. In my opinion most of CrazyDevy's stuff has been good.

G1 Devy upgrades: all good and improve his appearance, with the exception of this last set that leave a hole in his torso. I'm willing to bet they will release a set with a new chest wing and new waist armor that will cover it though.

G1 Rumble and Frenzy upgrades: improves their appearance and gives them the pile drivers they were always using in the toon.

G1 Superion head: not that much of an improvement, but it does look nice in my opinion.

ROTF Legends Devy: can't comment too much since I passed on them, but I did find them amusing. Let's not forget they didn't come up with the idea of giving him balls. It's from the movie and actually does make him more accurate.

G1 Predaking head: like Superion not a giant improvement, but it's a quality piece.

The only issue I take with them is the way they keep jacking up their prices. Their first piece, the replacement head for Devy, only cost $12.00. Outside of that I really don't see why so many people are hating on them.
Re: Optibotimus Reviews CrazyDevy's Predaking Wings... & Exposes Potential Issues (1134017)
Posted by DavidT on October 11th, 2010 @ 1:01am CDT
optibotimus wrote:Thanks for posting this. One thing i'm not sure about is the BBTS price. I wasn't aware of a price increase. TFsource has it at 59.99. So was that always the price or is it confirmed that BBTS increased it by 11 bucks? I saw on the site

"NOTE - It has just been announced that this add-on set will be 14K gold plated, not only increasing the value but allowing them to work well with the upcoming shiny Predaking reissue set. "

That's utter crap if you ask me. They're not 14k gold plated...it's gold chrome


Yes sir.... I've had them pre-ordered for a while now at BBTS and the price is $48.99 for me, so I can confirm the price increase... which is really lame for anyone else who didn't already pre-order!
Re: Optibotimus Reviews CrazyDevy's Predaking Wings... & Exposes Potential Issues (1134024)
Posted by Liftgate on October 11th, 2010 @ 1:28am CDT
Glad I never cared for this ridiculously colored and shaped figure. If they would have been made in somewhat more natural hues, then maybe I'd like em better, but. Same goes for the Seacons, which would look sick with a Beast Wars-like deco.

Too bad about the wings. Can you take them apart or something to see what's causing the problem? Weird that they'd release a product that has such a problem.
Re: Optibotimus Reviews CrazyDevy's Predaking Wings... & Exposes Potential Issues (1134062)
Posted by Stockade on October 11th, 2010 @ 5:36am CDT
If CD is aware of the problem and he is trying to fix the issue, are we gonna get another review of the updated wings when he's done? Otherwise, im cancelling mine and just keeping the head for now.
Re: Optibotimus Reviews CrazyDevy's Predaking Wings... & Exposes Potential Issues (1134066)
Posted by Stockade on October 11th, 2010 @ 5:44am CDT
El Duque wrote:I actually think these look pretty good, and luckily I've got a spare set of KO wings I can attach these to with no worries. In my opinion most of CrazyDevy's stuff has been good.

G1 Devy upgrades: all good and improve his appearance, with the exception of this last set that leave a hole in his torso. I'm willing to bet they will release a set with a new chest wing and new waist armor that will cover it though.



I agree with you about the Devastator upgrades, but if you can see the gap after installing the "09" upgrade you may have the Chest wing pegged to high. I noticed that after assembling my set and after corrected the chest wing, you cant see the gap unless your talking about see it from a side view, but then theres really not much you can do about that.
Re: Optibotimus Reviews CrazyDevy's Predaking Wings... & Exposes Potential Issues (1134086)
Posted by Zeds on October 11th, 2010 @ 7:06am CDT
optibotimus wrote:I do apologize if i said that too many times in the video. I just wanted to express it and make it understood that i....do see potential (hahaha there i go again). This set, i do see as looking massive and impressive once it's fully released. But i can't recommend this set to anyone that might only have one of the vintage pieces to put this one. If it damaged mine, it could easily damage someone elses. As we all know, Predaking isn't a cheap figure to have...and i'd hate to see anyone else go through what i had to.


Definitely no need to apologize. Your review was very much appreciated and the issues raised warranted. 8)
Re: Optibotimus Reviews CrazyDevy's Predaking Wings... & Exposes Potential Issues (1134114)
Posted by nobody1898 on October 11th, 2010 @ 8:54am CDT
wow the video doesn't do the damage justice, but those photos, YIKES.
Re: Optibotimus Reviews CrazyDevy's Predaking Wings... & Exposes Potential Issues (1134413)
Posted by NTESHFT on October 11th, 2010 @ 10:20pm CDT
Looks like I will be not getting this add on as much as I hate it. My wife has promised me the new reissue Predaking for Christmas. I know she would hate for it to get damaged as much as she paid for it.

My opinion of this is CD should recall this ad on and make a better one. i know it would piss some people off to have to wait longer, but if they put a better one out, it would be worth the wait.

BBTS really picked a good time to up the price on the wings with this new situation at hand.

This is why I love watching these reviews. Keep putting them out for the fans, optibotimus. You're being a great help.... :APPLAUSE:

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