Pictorial Review of Transformers Studio Series Leader Blackout

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Studio Series Leader Blackout

Friday, March 30th, 2018 8:52PM CDT

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Fellow Seibertronian Ironhidensh has recently bought Studio Series leader Blackout and has written a review for us accompanied by images. Hopefully this helps those unsure to spend $49.99 on this toy. Enjoy the review:

So Blackout is an amazing display figure, but not much playability, which is fine with me, but may bother some.

Lets take a look:

Here he is in robot mode glory.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Studio Series Leader Blackout

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Studio Series Leader Blackout

This is by far where he shines brightest. The molding detail on this figure is simply gorgeous. While there is some kibble, mainly in the arms, its kept to a minimum. Hands aren't that great, but easy to look past. The legs really shine as well. He really looks like he just stepped off the screen. I do think he could use a few more paint apps.

Here is robot mode:

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Studio Series Leader Blackout

This mode does have a glaring issue: the bottom.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Studio Series Leader Blackout

As you can see, there are some big, glaring empty places. Granted, the one in the tail will be filled by the little Sccrponok figure (who I left fastened in the packaging) but it is quite hollow. Thankfully, it is on the bottom, and not easy to see.

Now, some have questioned his size so lets take a look at some compassion pics with common figures. (editor's note, we thank Ironhidensh for all the comparisons we can get)

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Studio Series Leader Blackout

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Studio Series Leader Blackout

I feel the Helicopter mode is large enough, and the the bot mode works for me as well. I think maybe some have an issue because his head sits so low compared to the top of his rotor assembly.


So lets look at the line up. Of figures released so far, I'm only missing Grimlock, and I'm still on the fence on buying him.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Studio Series Leader Blackout

By the way, have I mentioned how much I love the packaging on this line?

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Studio Series Leader Blackout

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Studio Series Leader Blackout

So, in the end, a little honesty. I wonder if part of the reason I love this figure so much is because we have never actually gotten that large or great of a Blackout figure. This guy has his flaws, but the positives greatly out weight them, in my humble opinion. SS Blackout is INCREDIBLY different from the 2007 figure. Some engineering is shared, but that's it. It's a vast improvement.
Credit(s): Ironhidensh
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Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers Studio Series Leader Blackout (1949423)
Posted by Quantum Surge on March 30th, 2018 @ 9:06pm CDT
I agree that the height is a bit weird for the leader, but such is my need for a big boy Blackout that it's not very bothersome. And even if we don't agree, then at the very least, I'm sure KBB or whatever company that makes upscaled toys can make a BLackout as tall as Grimlock or even ROTF Optimus. Speaking of Grimmy, even if you don't like the design (keep in mind that the first RID Grimlock wasn't a T-Rex and the second RID Grimlock didn't act like him much), then it may be best to rename him as Cruellock while better appreciating the paint work on him. It's very Marvel Legends Sentinel BAF-esque in terms of capturing the grittiness of the real world patina deco while being a sculpt that is worlds better than the AOE Leader ( :SICK: )
Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers Studio Series Leader Blackout (1949438)
Posted by william-james88 on March 30th, 2018 @ 10:24pm CDT
The first wave deluxes from the highly anticipated Transformers Studio Series have been found in the UK at the collectables store. Fellow Seibertronian TFmonkeybiz has found Studio Series Ratchet, Crowbar, Bumblebee and Stinger at the Derby Intu center U.K. location of Toy Planet. They are £25 a piece, which is $35 USD (taxes included), a pretty high mark up from the usual deluxe price. This is still cheaper than the prices these toys are currently reaching on e-bay, but not by much. This higher price point is being felt all across the world with this line, in varying increments, and first began with Transformers: The Last Knight Premier Edition toys.

TFmonkeybiz wrote:Since we're on the subject of sightings I recently spotted the first wave of deluxes in the Derby Intu center u.k.. I didn't pick any up as I'm not paying £25 for a freaking deluxe :BANG_HEAD: .


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Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers Studio Series Leader Blackout (1949444)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on March 30th, 2018 @ 10:59pm CDT
English video review of Blackout:

Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers Studio Series Leader Blackout (1949471)
Posted by ZeroWolf on March 31st, 2018 @ 1:35am CDT
£25! I was thinking about getting some of these but there's no way I can condone that kind of increase. I know these are premium figures but they are taking the mick a little. Guess I'll be waiting to see if these go on sale
Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers Studio Series Leader Blackout (1949504)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 31st, 2018 @ 8:48am CDT
Wanting to see comparison shots of Blackout's toy with his original toy (or its Premium redeco).
Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers Studio Series Leader Blackout (1949508)
Posted by Ironhidensh on March 31st, 2018 @ 9:16am CDT
Sabrblade wrote:Wanting to see comparison shots of Blackout's toy with his original toy (or its Premium redeco).

I'll see if I can dig mine out of my kids toy box and do this.
Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers Studio Series Leader Blackout (1949521)
Posted by Ironhidensh on March 31st, 2018 @ 10:06am CDT
Okay, so I found some of my '07 Blackout.....




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Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers Studio Series Leader Blackout (1949540)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on March 31st, 2018 @ 11:14am CDT
>some

Ouch... :SICK:
Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers Studio Series Leader Blackout (1949553)
Posted by william-james88 on March 31st, 2018 @ 12:27pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:Wanting to see comparison shots of Blackout's toy with his original toy (or its Premium redeco).

Your wish is my command

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Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers Studio Series Leader Blackout (1949665)
Posted by Lore Keeper on March 31st, 2018 @ 6:41pm CDT
I just found Studio Series Starscream and Optimus at my local Target. Then, the associate came over and scanned them while I was holding them and said, "Oh, these are street dated for 4/20. I can't sell them yet". She took them away and I'm left here feeling like a kid who just had his lollipop snatched away. :-(
Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers Studio Series Leader Blackout (1949670)
Posted by Hip-Hoptimus Rime on March 31st, 2018 @ 7:07pm CDT
Harsh! We're here for you.
Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers Studio Series Leader Blackout (1949700)
Posted by Lore Keeper on March 31st, 2018 @ 9:40pm CDT
Hip-Hoptimus Rime wrote:Harsh! We're here for you.

Hehehe, I have my own Transformers support group! :lol:
Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers Studio Series Leader Blackout (1949748)
Posted by leokearon on April 1st, 2018 @ 2:09am CDT
The Wave 1 Deluxes are in Ireland as well, I got Stinger in the Ken Black in Kilkenny for €25
Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers Studio Series Leader Blackout (1949763)
Posted by Va'al on April 1st, 2018 @ 5:04am CDT
While we have featured in-hand images and a rounded pictorial review of Transformers Studio Series 08 Blackout from fellow Seibertronian Ironhidensh - you can take a look again here - we've also been pointed towards YouTube reviewer Benscollectables, who has provided an English video review of the first Decepticon we ever saw on the big screen in 2007.

You can check it out embedded below, as he shows off the two modes of the character, plus comparisons with the rest of the Studio Series line so far, and some size checks with other Leader class figures across a number of lines. Take a look below, and let us know what you think in the Energon Pub!

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Posted by Va'al on April 1st, 2018 @ 11:09am CDT
Courtesy of a number of our site sponsors, we have rundown of all the in-stock and pre-order listings available for the Hasbro / Takara Tomy Transformers Studio Series toyline, featuring the latest incarnations of the live action Paramount movie universe designs. Summarised below are descriptions of the Leader, Voyager and Deluxe size class toys available in wave one, with links to the pages for their orders.

If you're waiting for an online retailer to grab these movieverse toys, now may be your chance - happy hunting!


LEADER FIGURES

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This Studio Series Leader Class lineup features premium figures, each with movie-inspired scale, detail, and backdrop. Figures stand at a scale relative to their character’s height in the movie and feature deco. Each package comes with a movie scene backdrop that can be removed to display the figure on shelf. Fans can use the backdrop and pose their figures in the scene with their own style. Set of Grimlock and Blackout.

BBTS (104.99): http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/Search?Se ... ies+Leader

RobotKingdom (109.90): http://www.robotkingdom.com/e0703as00.html

AJ's Toychest:
http://www.ajstoychest.com/hasbro-trans ... der-class/

VOYAGER FIGURES

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This Studio Series Voyager Class lineup features premium figures, each with movie-inspired scale, detail, and backdrop. Figures stand at a scale relative to their character’s height in the movie and feature deco. Each package comes with a movie scene backdrop that can be removed to display the figure on shelf. Fans can use the backdrop and pose their figures in the scene with their own style. Set of Optimus Prime and Starscream.

BBTS (64.99): http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/Search?Se ... es+Voyager

The Chosen Prime (64.99): http://www.thechosenprime.com/TSSDeluxeW1

RobotKingdom (69.90): http://www.robotkingdom.com/transformer ... 2as00.html

AJ's Toychest:http://www.ajstoychest.com/hasbro-transformers/transformers-studio-series/transformers-studio-series-voyager-class/

DELUXE FIGURES

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This Studio Series Voyager Class lineup features premium figures, each with movie-inspired scale, detail, and backdrop. Figures stand at a scale relative to their character's height in the movie and feature vivid, high-def deco. Each package comes with a movie scene backdrop that can be removed to display the figure on shelf. Fans can use the backdrop and pose their figures in the scene with their own style. Set of 4.

BBTS (84.99): http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/Search?Se ... ies+Deluxe

TFSource (82.99): https://tfsource.com/transformers-studi ... e-1-set-4/

RobotKingdom (89.90): http://www.robotkingdom.com/transformer ... 1as00.html

The Chosen Prime (82.99): http://www.thechosenprime.com/TSSDeluxeW1

AJ's Toychest (): http://www.ajstoychest.com/hasbro-trans ... uxe-class/
Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers Studio Series Leader Blackout (1949804)
Posted by LevelRage on April 1st, 2018 @ 11:09am CDT
So excited to go out and find this figure, if I can that is. He and Grimlock will probably be the only two figures that I'll be picking up, aside from having already gotten Bee and Stinger. Maybe thinking about Starscream and Megatron if he's tall enough, but if they gice us some more leader figures in future waves like another dinobot or even Bonecrusher, I'll totally pick them up as well.
Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers Studio Series Leader Blackout (1949828)
Posted by DMSL on April 1st, 2018 @ 2:08pm CDT
Not sure yet if i will get him, i really want to see him in comparison to ROTF Prime and the MPM Prime.
Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers Studio Series Leader Blackout (1949842)
Posted by Ironhidensh on April 1st, 2018 @ 2:58pm CDT
-Kanrabat- wrote:>some

Ouch... :SICK:

Kids, man.
Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers Studio Series Leader Blackout (1949944)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on April 1st, 2018 @ 8:13pm CDT
Super stoked for the leaders, they look to be awesome!

Still hoping Hasbro does something about SS Thundercracker and TRU. I really want him
Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers Studio Series Leader Blackout (1949946)
Posted by Autobot Roadburn on April 1st, 2018 @ 8:15pm CDT
D-Maximal_Primal wrote:Super stoked for the leaders, they look to be awesome!

Still hoping Hasbro does something about SS Thundercracker and TRU. I really want him

I'd just keep checking, I found him on Friday and got to choose the one with the best paint out of the 7 or so on the shelf. Super lucky.

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