Pictorial Review of Studio Series Sentinel Prime + Singaporean Sighting of him and Scrapper

Pictorial Review of Studio Series Sentinel Prime + Singaporean Sighting of him and Scrapper

Saturday, March 28th, 2020 10:07pm CDT

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Fellow Seibertronian Actar found Transformers Studio Series Sentinel Prime and Scrapper at the BHG Bugis outlet in Singapore. He was even kind enough to take some images and make a write a review for us, which you can find right here:

Here's my review for Sentinel in the event anyone's interested!

Ooh boy. This one's going to be a tough review! To preface it, I'm going to come clean and say that I'm absolutely in love with the DOTM Leader Class figure from way, way back. It's one of the last few great Transformers toys with a transformation scheme that rivals the now-legendary ROTF Leader Prime. The way the windshield just collapses into his chest? That's a slice of fried gold right there.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Studio Series Sentinel Prime + Singaporean Sighting of him and Scrapper

That's not to say that it didn't have its fair share of issues. As biased as I am, I'm not delusional. For one, it suffered from a rather severe backpack thanks to the batteries that were required for his electronic lights and sounds, there were a ton more panels hanging off his back than just his cape, and his non-faux chest is way too large.

All these years later, we finally have a new Sentinel figure in the SS line. Can the SS figure topple the Leader and take its place as the definitive Sentinel figure? Let's find out.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Studio Series Sentinel Prime + Singaporean Sighting of him and Scrapper

Since we're here, let's start off with robot mode. The SS figure does indeed address and fix a number of the problems with the Leader Class figure. Without a battery box, the backpack is drastically reduced. However, the other fixes do come with their own compromises. Firstly, the chest. Yes, it is far, far more accurate and proportional, but you lose the amazing bit of transformation engineering and all of that kibble gets relegated to his butt. Credit where credit is due, it's worthy to note that they at least placed the real windows behind the faux ones ala the Beast Wars MPs and their animal heads. Secondly, they were able to minimize the number of superfluous panels by turning a couple of them into his swords. Rather ingenious idea, but the swords end up really wonky looking from one side and they cannot be stored in robot mode.

All in all, however, bot mode is great. Proportion-wise, it's spot on. (Boxy chest from some angles aside) he looks far more accurate than any Sentinel Prime figure before him with the only real, obvious kibble being the butt windshield the ladders on the side of the legs. The amount of molded detail is also insane. While paint would have gone a long, long way in bringing out all of that detail, it's also rather unfortunate that he's mainly cast in a all black plastic. It's not as dark as what most pictures will have you believe, the black plastic does mask a ton of that detail. It's also really unfortunate that while the Studio Series line excels in terms of molded detail, it lacks in terms of transformation detail. In my opinion, there are way too few transformation steps that are purely for the sake of maintaining accuracy. One obvious example would be the two wheels on the insides of Sentinel's legs instead of just the one.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Studio Series Sentinel Prime + Singaporean Sighting of him and Scrapper
Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Studio Series Sentinel Prime + Singaporean Sighting of him and Scrapper
Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Studio Series Sentinel Prime + Singaporean Sighting of him and Scrapper

In terms of articulation, there are problems. His head articulation is horrendous with minimal ability to look even left and right. The ankles don't move side to side either. The waist joint can indeed rotate somewhat, but it can come undone way too easily. At least the transformation joint at the waist can be used as a means to achieve a crazy waist twist. The only other thing that gets in the way of the posing is the fact that his chest is angled downwards due to the transformation. What this means is that if you want him to stand straight with his chest held high, he'll be constantly looking upwards at an awkward angle.

Still, the figure is articulated enough to pretty much pull of almost any pose you want him in.

The last major complaint relating to his poses is that, yes, his shield is missing. One of the most iconic aspects of his character... gone. Urgh. Perhaps they wanted to reduce the cost or perhaps they weren't able to find a way for him to store it in vehicle mode, like how the Leader could. Regardless, this severely limits his posing potential.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Studio Series Sentinel Prime + Singaporean Sighting of him and Scrapper
Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Studio Series Sentinel Prime + Singaporean Sighting of him and Scrapper

Speaking of vehicle mode, the transformation process to it borrows heavily from the Leader but is streamlined to make it more simple but yet almost just as satisfying. The only really annoying part is the fact that the back of the vehicle mode takes a ton of effort to stay pegged together. I'm not sure if it's because the pegs lack friction or that the tolerances aren't as precise as they should have been, but it takes a ton of massaging on my copy to get those back panels to stay together.

As for the vehicle mode itself, it's a boxy firetruck. The only nitpick that I have is the fact that, compared to the Leader figure, it appears to be way too long and thin. I'm not 100% sure which figure is more accurate, but the Leader figure's vehicle mode does seem to be better proportioned.

IN CONCLUSION!

If you're a fan of Sentinel Prime and want a version of him to scale with your other SS figures and are okay with all the (admittedly relatively minor) issues I noted, there's really no reason not to pick this guy up. There're no deal-breaking QC or design flaws and they genuinely did a really decent job of representing the character in the SS line even with all the constraints that come with it. Of course, that might be due to his inherently shellformerish design, but he fairs far better than some of the Deluxes with their entire roofs hanging off their back.

Coming back to the question that I posed at the beginning of the review. Is he a replacement for the DOTM Leader figure?

...not by a long shot! (^o^)

No review (yet), but some images of Scrapper as well!

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Studio Series Sentinel Prime + Singaporean Sighting of him and Scrapper
Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Studio Series Sentinel Prime + Singaporean Sighting of him and Scrapper
Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Studio Series Sentinel Prime + Singaporean Sighting of him and Scrapper


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Re: Pictorial Review of Studio Series Sentinel Prime + Singaporean Sighting of him and Scrapper (2058232)
Posted by Rodimus Prime on March 28th, 2020 @ 10:37pm CDT
I'm probably in the minority with this, but that comparison shot with leader Sentinel has me appreciating the big guy even more. I've always liked the original leader figure, and the SS version is pretty good, but he's just dwarfed. I know he will scale well with the other SS figures, but I still wish he was a leader and not a voyager. That said, this new Sentinel is a positive addition to the SS line, but he won't be joining my collection unless I can get him cheap.
Re: Pictorial Review of Studio Series Sentinel Prime + Singaporean Sighting of him and Scrapper (2058242)
Posted by Saminus9000 on March 28th, 2020 @ 11:14pm CDT
Whatever
Re: Pictorial Review of Studio Series Sentinel Prime + Singaporean Sighting of him and Scrapper (2058247)
Posted by Bounti76 on March 29th, 2020 @ 12:13am CDT
While I do like the SS figure from what I've seen of him in pictures, I do wish they'd made him a touch bigger. I'd have been good with making him a Leader Class figure if they'd given him more paint detail and included his shield. They did it with the similarly sized Optimus figure. Why not add more paint detail, give him his shield, and maybe added in a little ankle, head, and waist articulation? I'd pay Leader Class money for that.
Re: Pictorial Review of Studio Series Sentinel Prime + Singaporean Sighting of him and Scrapper (2058317)
Posted by Master Farr 1 on March 29th, 2020 @ 6:42pm CDT
i'm gonna call scrapper Señor Squishyface
Re: Pictorial Review of Studio Series Sentinel Prime + Singaporean Sighting of him and Scrapper (2058320)
Posted by Actar on March 29th, 2020 @ 7:27pm CDT
Alrighty! I took my written review and turned it into a full-fledged video review! Enjoy!

Re: Pictorial Review of Studio Series Sentinel Prime + Singaporean Sighting of him and Scrapper (2058325)
Posted by YRQRM0 on March 29th, 2020 @ 10:46pm CDT
Ugh, so many releases in studio series that come close to greatness but just fall short. For me, that's this guy because of the lack of shield and maybe a gun. That would have made him worth picking up. And also like a lot of SS, lack of paint is not doing this (great) mold justice.
Re: Pictorial Review of Studio Series Sentinel Prime + Singaporean Sighting of him and Scrapper (2058326)
Posted by MadProject on March 29th, 2020 @ 10:52pm CDT
weird no one posted it before now.
Video of the combination of Studio Series Devastator by TonTon Reviews!

Re: Pictorial Review of Studio Series Sentinel Prime + Singaporean Sighting of him and Scrapper (2058328)
Posted by ZeldaTheSwordsman on March 30th, 2020 @ 12:08am CDT
YRQRM0 wrote:Ugh, so many releases in studio series that come close to greatness but just fall short. For me, that's this guy because of the lack of shield and maybe a gun. That would have made him worth picking up. And also like a lot of SS, lack of paint is not doing this (great) mold justice.
Oh, he has paint. He has plenty of paint.
Almost all of which goes to giving him red, because aside from the glazing he's cast entirely in black plastic. :-x
IMO all existing copies of him should be recalled and destroyed, and HasTak can give it another go when they actually feel like trying when it comes to his plastic colors.

Even casting him in all red would have been better, because he's supposed to be primarily red with gray and black accents.
Re: Pictorial Review of Studio Series Sentinel Prime + Singaporean Sighting of him and Scrapper (2058338)
Posted by TF-fan kev777 on March 30th, 2020 @ 8:00am CDT
ZeldaTheSwordsman wrote:Oh, he has paint. He has plenty of paint.
Almost all of which goes to giving him red, because aside from the glazing he's cast entirely in black plastic. :-x


Are you sure? Like, better than Hotlink sure?
Re: Pictorial Review of Studio Series Sentinel Prime + Singaporean Sighting of him and Scrapper (2058367)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on March 30th, 2020 @ 10:33am CDT
Sentinel looks really good, and considering I sold my voyager last year and never got the Leader, I am ready to get him.
Re: Pictorial Review of Studio Series Sentinel Prime + Singaporean Sighting of him and Scrapper (2058393)
Posted by ZeldaTheSwordsman on March 30th, 2020 @ 12:59pm CDT
TF-fan kev777 wrote:
ZeldaTheSwordsman wrote:Oh, he has paint. He has plenty of paint.
Almost all of which goes to giving him red, because aside from the glazing he's cast entirely in black plastic. :-x


Are you sure? Like, better than Hotlink sure?
Yes. Hotlink, I couldn't judge as well because of what I was having to go off photo-wise. Sentinel on the other hand, I have seen clear, hi-res shots: the stock photos, and now the review as well. Every single red patch on him, obviously has black (or clear, in the case of his chest) plastic beneath it; you can tell from both the sheen of the red and how much black shows through Just look at this:
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The only things that might be an exception are his feet.
Re: Pictorial Review of Studio Series Sentinel Prime + Singaporean Sighting of him and Scrapper (2058488)
Posted by Actar on March 30th, 2020 @ 7:49pm CDT
ZeldaTheSwordsman wrote:The only things that might be an exception are his feet.

The feet are molded in black plastic and painted entirely red. Mine has a couple of chips in them. (^.^')

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Re: Pictorial Review of Studio Series Sentinel Prime + Singaporean Sighting of him and Scrapper (2058499)
Posted by Ig89ninja on March 30th, 2020 @ 9:23pm CDT
Actar wrote:
ZeldaTheSwordsman wrote:The only things that might be an exception are his feet.

The feet are molded in black plastic and painted entirely red. Mine has a couple of chips in them. (^.^')

Image

Wow, did Hasbro just have an excess of black plastic?
Re: Pictorial Review of Studio Series Sentinel Prime + Singaporean Sighting of him and Scrapper (2058507)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on March 30th, 2020 @ 11:10pm CDT
Ig89ninja wrote:
Actar wrote:
ZeldaTheSwordsman wrote:The only things that might be an exception are his feet.

The feet are molded in black plastic and painted entirely red. Mine has a couple of chips in them. (^.^')

Image

Wow, did Hasbro just have an excess of black plastic?


More like a conflict between plastic colors, or which parts are cast in which color, and paint budget. If only one part changes color, others will have to follow suit, and that may cause issues in what parts have to be painted over.
Re: Pictorial Review of Studio Series Sentinel Prime + Singaporean Sighting of him and Scrapper (2058538)
Posted by blackeyedprime on March 31st, 2020 @ 7:26am CDT
Scrapper looks nice. Overload is a bit of a mess in vehicle mode with his half painted windows and the half black/red on top, worse still his mixmaster piece doesn't seem to be integrated well with devy in tontons video :( kind of wondering if devy can have mixmaster truck cab as a head for a midtransformation/ gobot look.

Sentinels really noticably lacking paint in vehicle mode but robot mode looks really good but once again some hasbro employee making a fortune in their third party company to provide bits the figure should have.
Re: Pictorial Review of Studio Series Sentinel Prime + Singaporean Sighting of him and Scrapper (2058541)
Posted by Ig89ninja on March 31st, 2020 @ 8:45am CDT
blackeyedprime wrote:Scrapper looks nice. Overload is a bit of a mess in vehicle mode with his half painted windows and the half black/red on top, worse still his mixmaster piece doesn't seem to be integrated well with devy in tontons video :( kind of wondering if devy can have mixmaster truck cab as a head for a midtransformation/ gobot look.

I wouldn’t worry too much about Devastator right now, since TonTon tends to buy the prototype from some mysterious Hasbro employee that usually does not reflect the final product, as well as him having to spitball where everything goes during transformation since he doesn’t have instructions yet.
Re: Pictorial Review of Studio Series Sentinel Prime + Singaporean Sighting of him and Scrapper (2058625)
Posted by Rodimus Prime on March 31st, 2020 @ 4:42pm CDT
Is Overload part of Devastator? My Walmart just got Mixmaster and Scavenger in. My opinion of Bayverse Devastator is very low, but so far I've liked most of the Constructicons as individual bots. I never bothered to get them, because I figured their main purpose is to combine. However, Scavenger looks very good. I don't know if he's $50 good, but good indeed. I'm contemplating picking him up just to have him by himself on the RoTF shelf of my collection. Ironically, I think the original release of Mixmaster from 2009 looks better than this new version. Anyway, I have a bit of a conflict, because if I get Scavenger, I know I'm gonna want the rest of them, though my TF budget is being taken up by the Seacons and Scorponok for the foreseeable future, and again, I think RoTF Devastator looks like a turdpile. What to do, what to do...
Re: Pictorial Review of Studio Series Sentinel Prime + Singaporean Sighting of him and Scrapper (2058626)
Posted by ZeroWolf on March 31st, 2020 @ 4:44pm CDT
Overload is part of devy, being the second leader Class release for him. If you like him for his bot mode, go for it. You don't have to combine if you don't want to
Re: Pictorial Review of Studio Series Sentinel Prime + Singaporean Sighting of him and Scrapper (2058632)
Posted by Rodimus Prime on March 31st, 2020 @ 4:50pm CDT
Yeah it's tempting because he's also a part of 1 of my favorite sequences from the movie. Is Scavenger also part of Devastator? He did die early in the movie. Is there a clone of him?

Also, I'm curious. With the release of Studio Series, and these figures being generally superior to the previous movieverse releases (RoTF leader Prime being the exception), do you guys display SS by themselves in your collection, or do they get integrated with the other movie figures?
Re: Pictorial Review of Studio Series Sentinel Prime + Singaporean Sighting of him and Scrapper (2058635)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 31st, 2020 @ 4:54pm CDT
Rodimus Prime wrote:Yeah it's tempting because he's also a part of 1 of my favorite sequences from the movie. Is Scavenger also part of Devastator? He did die early in the movie. Is there a clone of him?
That was Demolishor who died early. He's white. Scavenger's red.

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