Seibertron.com Reviews Renderform's RF-003 DJ Rockblast
Thursday, December 30th, 2010 9:40AM CSTCategories: Toy News, Unlicensed Products News
Posted by: Razorclaw0000 Views: 114,764
Few other characters in Transformers history have been portrayed as inconsistently as Blaster.
His toy appearance features eyes inset into a visor, rounded head, straight ears:
His cartoon designs generally show him with a smooth face, rounded head, and angled ears:
Finally, his comic appearances take a radical departure, showcasing a red and yellow face, and squared off ears:
Although, in his IDW Spotlight, Blaster returns to his toy form, but with the original comic squared off ears:
So, if you're a Blaster fan, but not a fan of the toy, you may despair to yourself at night, believing you have no alternatives. You would be wrong! The DJ Rockblast kit comes with heads, visors, and faces to reproduce any comic and cartoon appearance!
Just take a gander at these:
Renderform has built a clever set of interchangeable faces and visors, which slot in securely to either version of the helmet. A full set comes with three faces, four visors, and two heads for maximum Blaster customization. Every one is excellent and expressive, they fit together snugly and feel durable. These are hand painted pieces with very small details, so I did notice some very minor paint application issues, particularly on the eyes of the visored silver face. There's a tiny spot where the paint didn't stick. However, they still look great!
Unfortunately, the heads are incompatible with Device Label Blaster completely.
But wait, there's more!
In addition to the dizzying array of cranial customizations, RF-003 comes with a correctly sized (though still comically large) version of Blaster's signature Electro-Scrambler Gun. The gun is excellent and weighty with great molded detail. The kit also includes a re-imagined version of Blaster's Action Master Gun, with equally impressive molded teeth and vents. Both guns fit will in any 5mm fist hole:
The kit also includes a Backpack/Weapon which can hold the other guns in robot mode, and store in vehicle mode:
Finally, the kit includes a certificate of authenticity with some wicked CGI renderings of Universe Blaster and a small sticker sheet which can be used to mask off Blaster's tape door to appear more G1 accurate, like the Universe box art:
The kit shows an excellent attention to detail, rivaling FansProject in it's slavish devotion to give you everything you'd possibly need.
It's not all perfect
There are a few slight issues with the kit that I'd be remiss if I didn't point out. I've contacted Venksta about them, and they appear to be inconsistent, so as always, use caution and common sense. Renderform and Seibertron.com are not responsible for any damage done to your figure when using this upgrade.
- The sticker isn't very sticky. Make sure you clean the area first. Also, my Blaster had poor paint apps on the chest door, so it was tough to line up. Go slowly, use tweezers.
- There is some mold flash you may want to sand down gently.
- Be careful when inserting the backpack. The hole in the back is not a 5mm hole, and the backpack peg is graduated, but mine was just a hair too tight and forced the backpack on. My Blaster now has a minor split in the ring. The backpack still holds, but use caution!
- The ball joint for the new heads did widen the neck hole on my figure, and the original head is floppy now. If I wanted to return Blaster to factory state, I'd need a few coats of clear nail polish to build up the original ball.
Despite a few flaws, this kit is a worthy addition to an otherwise worthless figure, elevating Universe Blaster from "meh" to "holy crap". I personally cannot recommend the kit enough, and as long as you apply some common sense and caution, the kit will give you years of enjoyment. I am impressed that Venksta put the care and thought into this set that he did, and am ecstatic to include it in my collection!
You can view Renderform's galleries of RF-003 here and here, or send a PM to Venksta to order. You can also read our review of Renderform's RF-002 Empyrean Espionage Kit.
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Posted by Tigertrack on December 30th, 2010 @ 10:17am CST
Posted by Oilspill on December 30th, 2010 @ 10:58am CST
I don't own Universe Blaster, but I'll be picking up the gun for my Device Label Blaster. He is in desperate need of some firepower.
I'm looking forward to the head/weapons and perhaps even powermaster that Venksta has lined up for Universe Darkwing. That's going to be awesome!
Posted by rpetras on December 30th, 2010 @ 11:40am CST
Posted by Windsweeper on December 30th, 2010 @ 12:29pm CST
Only hope that some day they do a G1 head set for ROTF Nightbeat and Generations Skullgrin.
Posted by Lapse Of Reason on December 30th, 2010 @ 2:26pm CST
Posted by Blurrz on December 30th, 2010 @ 2:59pm CST
Posted by Razorclaw0000 on December 30th, 2010 @ 3:02pm CST
Lapse Of Reason wrote:While I appreciate the work put into this and the value of what you get, I still don't think this is better than device label Blaster. Universe Blaster goes from a horrible figure to a so-so figure. A definite improvement, but I disagree that Universe Blaster is escalated to a "holy crap" figure.
You're definitely entitled to your opinion, but DL Blaster feels like such a waste of money. If it were $10-$20, and had no USB circuitry, I'd like it much more. RF-003 is pricey, and ends up costing the same as DL when you include U Blaster, but it feels like there's more to it.
Posted by Flashwave on January 4th, 2011 @ 5:41am CST
Posted by Counterpunch on January 21st, 2011 @ 2:36pm CST
I purchased the IDW head and the rest of the kit.
The Action Master gun(s) are great and so is the backpack. I did sand the backpack peg down at Razorclaw's advisement.
Now, I did have issue with flash molding on all of the parts I got. Every one of them had to be cleaned and carved down. This is no problem for me. I know that goes with the territory. The gun handles were too big as well though and that was a bit strange. I had to carve them down a good deal to allow them to fit.
Universe Blaster got the little guns and I gave DL Blaster the larger rifle. He can't really support the weight of it though, so, everyone should be aware of that.
Good set and upgrade kit. It's worth the price, but be aware that you will likely have to do some work with it.