Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master (Action Master Elite)

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master (Action Master Elite)

Monday, January 21st, 2019 10:22AM CST

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I recently acquired a complete set of the rarest Transformers fouresome of all time, the Europe and Australasia exclusive Action Master Elites. These were four new molds made in an Action Master subline that actually Transformed, and since they were never released in North America and never redecoed into anything else, they are today the rarest Transformers molds out there released by Hasbro, especially in a complete states (since some of them come with several accessories which are made to be removed as part of the transformation).

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master

With so little in terms of images out there, especially of the vehicle modes, I thought it would be a good idea to show you these toys, one at a time, and go over each of their modes along with their gimmicks, and finally have a review out there for each.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master

Today we will look at Turbo Master. Yes, that is his actual name. And while a Turbomaster also reffers to a different Transformers subline, he is not part of that line. Instead he is an Action Master which transforms. Three of the four Action Master Elites are shrunk down versions of towering robots that had already come out and this is an homage to Bruticus. It is a pretty faithful one when it comes to the main body and face, with the limbs streamlined and symmetrical to one another to make it more like an action figure.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master

His colours are more flamboyant than even G2 Bruticus with lilac and pink all across the toy. He has the most accessories out there and thus is the hardest to get complete. Not only does he have double blade weapon (which become wings in alt mode), he also has two rotors which clip to his shoulders in robot mode. He also has two rotating tail fins at his feet which are removable pieces.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master

Each of his fists have 3 small holes, one above, one below and one front and centre (to be used in alt mode). This allows you to either give him a sword in each hand or make a double blade weapon. There are two gimmicks associated to his wrists and they work in both modes. Simply by moving one arm up or down, both wrists will turn. Also, by pressing the yellow button in his back, cleverly disguised as one of Bruticus' two back cannons, both wrists will rotate furiously. Any enemy near him would be cut to bits in seconds, like the henchman Indy fights by the plane in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Of course, the four accessories are interchangeable so you could give him rotor fists if you wanted to.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master

For any IDW fans out there, he had a tiny appearance in MTMTE 12 where he fights against Ultra Magnus (he is in the background on the right):

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master

Turbo Master transforms into a vertical take-off, Osrpey type, vehicle with wings. The transformation for all Action master Elites is nothing to write home about. In this case you just need to rotate the tail fins, turn his head, bend his knees and point his arms up. Then you attach the wings and rotors where they should be. Below you will see images of him with and without the wings attached, since the Osprey alt mode works better without the wings. Personally though, I much preffer with wings since it just makes it look so much more bonkers. The part of the transformation I find particularly clever is the head turning around since the window details in back of the head line up perfectly with the alt mode details already present in the vehicle mode chest so that the front looks uninterrupted. Pushing the yellow button in alt mode will make the rotors spin.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master

The robot mode is clearly the star this time, especially with all the display and equipment options, while we have had some non combining Bruticus components in the past, it is really unique to see what looks like a combiner design (Bruticus in this case) Transforming from a full combined robot mode into one alt mode.
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Re: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master (Action Master Elite) (2006005)
Posted by o.supreme on January 21st, 2019 @ 11:54am CST
Excellent acquisitions Will ;)^ ...I've actually seen these for sale at conventions before. Not sure if they are the *rarest* Transformers ever, but I'm not going to steal your thunder with debate, because I know I'll never have these. The seller was from the UK and was asking an outrageous price, said he was "happy to go home not selling them"...I wondered though why offer them at all then? Just keep them in your collection and dont offer to sell them.

I mean I've sold things before I didn't want to part with out of necessity, and sold them for nno more than what the market demanded. But if I don't want to sell something (whether it has collector value or not...) I simply dont sell it. After all, it probably wont happen, but you never know when some crazy rich guy will come and actually give you what you ask. Sure it's nice to have all that money, but knowing the item you had was so rare, you cant simply buy it again, is kind of foolish IMHO
Re: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master (Action Master Elite) (2006023)
Posted by Sabrblade on January 21st, 2019 @ 1:49pm CST
As a neat tidbit, one of the discarded ideas for a Fun Pub exclusive that never got passed the idea stage was an Action Master Elite version of Bruticus redecoed from Turbo Master:

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Re: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master (Action Master Elite) (2006031)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on January 21st, 2019 @ 2:24pm CST
Also, Turbomaster was revived as a concept for BotCon, plus had a mockup displayed at Pete's Robot Convention 2017:

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The source figures are:
- TR Highbrow (body)
- TR Blowpipe (head)

Unbelievable how well he works.
Re: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master (Action Master Elite) (2006070)
Posted by Flashwave on January 21st, 2019 @ 6:11pm CST
Soo, a Transforming version of a Non Transfrming figure that doesnt Transform and is in fact made up of smaller figures that Transform. That about right? :lol:
Re: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master (Action Master Elite) (2006077)
Posted by skywarp408 on January 21st, 2019 @ 6:57pm CST
I heard about the other Action Master Elites except for Double Punch. He looks really cool. Thanks for sharing.
Re: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master (Action Master Elite) (2006089)
Posted by EunuchRon on January 21st, 2019 @ 7:49pm CST
The rotating blades totally look like Dinobot's rotating weapon. Except Dinobot is way cooler.
Re: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master (Action Master Elite) (2006116)
Posted by Sabrblade on January 21st, 2019 @ 10:26pm CST
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:Also, Turbomaster was revived as a concept for BotCon, plus had a mockup displayed at Pete's Robot Convention 2017:

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The source figures are:
- TR Highbrow (body)
- TR Blowpipe (head)

Unbelievable how well he works.
And his Titan Master was named "Take-Off" on the mockup's nameplate.
Re: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master (Action Master Elite) (2006127)
Posted by ZeldaTheSwordsman on January 21st, 2019 @ 11:10pm CST
EunuchRon wrote:The rotating blades totally look like Dinobot's rotating weapon. Except Dinobot is way cooler.

Eh, they're the wrong shape and too flat for that in my book.

But somebody else does have twin blades shaped like Turbomaster's: Cybertron Sideways.
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Re: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master (Action Master Elite) (2006133)
Posted by william-james88 on January 21st, 2019 @ 11:36pm CST
Sabrblade wrote:As a neat tidbit, one of the discarded ideas for a Fun Pub exclusive that never got passed the idea stage was an Action Master Elite version of Bruticus redecoed from Turbo Master:

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Thats intetesting for several reasons. First it means these molds are accessible. Second, i dont know if this is before or after images surfaced showing that Hasbro had plans for a Bruticus action master (seen below). It would have been cooler if fun pub would have done the limbs to be coloured differently rather than symetrically.

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And O Supreme, there are rarer TF toys out there, for sure, especially if you get into exclusive redecos from Takara and the like. Thats why I made sure to only reffer to the molds being rare. As far as i know, these complete is as rare as it gets for molds from Hasbro. I might be wrong but for the sake of my own pride I will keep thinking that till shown otherwise :lol:
I think the reason they are not as expensive as some other less rare TFs is because they are so unknown by a bulk of the fandom, and thus there isnt as much demand. How much was that british chap selling them for? 200$ a piece.

Alsi, i am sure you will like tomorrow's gallery ;)
Re: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master (Action Master Elite) (2006203)
Posted by Sabrblade on January 22nd, 2019 @ 9:36am CST
william-james88 wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:As a neat tidbit, one of the discarded ideas for a Fun Pub exclusive that never got passed the idea stage was an Action Master Elite version of Bruticus redecoed from Turbo Master:

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Thats intetesting for several reasons. First it means these molds are accessible. Second, i dont know if this is before or after images surfaced showing that Hasbro had plans for a Bruticus action master (seen below). It would have been cooler if fun pub would have done the limbs to be coloured differently rather than symetrically.
Looking at the mockup, it looks like what they were going for was Blast Off-colored lower arms and Vortex-colored upper arms, what with both arms having rotors on them. I can only imagine that the legs were each a similar mix of Swindle and Brawl based colors (we can see a hint of yellow on one of the legs at the very bottom of the image, there).

Though, I can also imagine the concept not going forward because of the mold's probable lack of availability. The mockup above is likely a digibash rather than a hand-painted sample, as the Maccadam/Alchemist Prime mockup in the same image is. The digital-painted mockup was very probably done as a proof-of-concept for Hasbro to see if it could work, but would have turned down if the mold wasn't available. I can't say for sure without just going over to The Allspark and asking Jesse Wittenrich about it directly, but that's just my guesses. ;)^
Re: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master (Action Master Elite) (2006204)
Posted by william-james88 on January 22nd, 2019 @ 9:38am CST
Thanks!
Anyone ready for a final pictorial review?
Re: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master (Action Master Elite) (2006214)
Posted by william-james88 on January 22nd, 2019 @ 9:52am CST
I recently acquired a complete set of the rarest Transformers fouresome of all time, the Europe and Australasia exclusive Action Master Elites. These were four new molds made in an Action Master subline that actually Transformed, and since they were never released in North America and never redecoed into anything else, they are today the rarest Transformers molds out there released by Hasbro, especially in a complete states since some of them come with several accessories which are made to be removed as part of the transformation.

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With so little in terms of images out there, especially of the vehicle modes, I thought it would be a good idea to show you these toys, one at a time, and go over each of their modes along with their gimmicks, and finally have a review out there for each.

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Today we will look at Omega Spreem. Three of the four Action Master Elites are shrunk down versions of towering robots that had already come out and this is an homage to Omega Supreme. He only has one accessory, a gun, so of the four this one is the easiest to get complete. Oddly enough, this specific toy has been homaged in the past, with the headmaster component of Energon Omega Surpeme being based on this toy's robot mode. And his name (being Spreem rather than Supreme) was homaged in Transformers Animated with Omega S.P.R.E.E.M. being the name given to a small scale prototype of Omega Supreme's conterpart in that universe.

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The robot mode is sleek like all Action Masters, with an even better level of articulation and the height perfectly nestled between that of a contemporary deluxe and legends class figure. The colours are super bright with a very neon yellow and hot pink for the chest and face.

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Omega Spreem transforms into an excavation vehicle on treads. The transformation for all Action Master Elites is nothing to write home about. In this case you just need to flip his hands so that they become long narrow drill bits, lower the tank treads to the ground and bend him at the waist. While the result is not the greatest, the gimmick really gives the alt mode some credence. By pushing the yellow button in his back, the waist turns rapidly, turning those arm blades into a deadly mixer.

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Overall, a very nice robot mode, as expected, but a fun alt mode thanks to the gimmick.
Re: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master (Action Master Elite) (2006219)
Posted by Sabrblade on January 22nd, 2019 @ 10:11am CST
Been waitin' for dis one. So's zat I can be postin' dis vidyo t' share as a complement to yo' review o' Omega Spreem! :P

Re: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master (Action Master Elite) (2006231)
Posted by william-james88 on January 22nd, 2019 @ 11:02am CST
Sabrblade wrote:Been waitin' for dis one. So's zat I can be postin' dis vidyo t' share as a complement to yo' review o' Omega Spreem! :P

Haha, thats hilarious, I didn't know that was a thing. And yeah, I kept him for last because unlike the others, he is rather well known and has been reviewed before.
Re: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master (Action Master Elite) (2006268)
Posted by Overcracker on January 22nd, 2019 @ 2:04pm CST
Sabrblade wrote:Been waitin' for dis one. So's zat I can be postin' dis vidyo t' share as a complement to yo' review o' Omega Spreem! :P



Omega Spreem! and his womens!. Cue Isaac Haye's Shaft theme!. :michaelbay: :michaelbay: :michaelbay:

Vange1us is still pure awesomesauce.


Never had the AM Elites. But they look kind of fun.
Re: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master (Action Master Elite) (2006274)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on January 22nd, 2019 @ 2:56pm CST
Isn't the head supposed to flip up?
Re: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master (Action Master Elite) (2006275)
Posted by william-james88 on January 22nd, 2019 @ 2:59pm CST
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:Isn't the head supposed to flip up?

You cant make his head cannon point forward, there isnt enough clearance. He either slightly looks up or down.
Re: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master (Action Master Elite) (2006401)
Posted by ScottyP on January 23rd, 2019 @ 11:46am CST
Glad you're enjoying them! Fun reads.
Re: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master (Action Master Elite) (2006555)
Posted by cruizerdave on January 24th, 2019 @ 9:59am CST
There's just something charming about a Transformers toy that is part of line where the main gimmick is they don't transform, but then they decided that for these four figures, the extra gimmick is that they can transform ... kind of.
Re: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master (Action Master Elite) (2006557)
Posted by william-james88 on January 24th, 2019 @ 10:03am CST
ScottyP wrote:Glad you're enjoying them! Fun reads.

Thanks man, and thanks fo the advice!

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