Transformers Encore 19 - Big Mission 3 Review

Transformers Encore 19 - Big Mission 3 Review

Monday, December 14th, 2009 5:44am CST

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A Seibertronian shows some great class, as Energon Pub Member Diem has gotten his hands on Transformers Encore #19 - Big Mission 3. Residing in the Land of the Rising Sun, Diem has gotten the upper hand on us folk waiting for our pre-orders to come in. He's more or less reviewed the four mini-cassettes; Laserbeak, Rumble, Frenzy, and Overkill. His invaluable advice and purchase can be seen below.

Transformers Encore 19 - Big Mission 3 Review

I finally managed to get my hands on Encore 19. This set includes rereleases of G1 toys Condor (Lazerbeak), Frenzy, Rumble and Overkill.

First up is Condor. This figure is probably not too lusted after since anyone who's bought a G1 Soundwave in the last decade has this guy. That said, his weapons seem to fit more snugly than Encore Buzzsaw who, for me at least, had loose pegs. Unfortunately, the sliding system at the base of his neck seems to be having a small problem, with the result being that this bird is looking off to the side the whole time. It's not drastic, but if you're buying this set just for him be aware of the issue.

Next up, Frenzy and Rumble, or to avoid RIBFIR incidents, Fremble and Runzy. They have the diecast elbows and toes, and their joints hold up just fine. Thankfully their sproingy head mechanisms stil work well, and their faces are painted silver rather than white, as someone (I forget who) was worrying about. Notably their thigh stickers, which appear on both the box photos and on the instructions, are absent. I t looks like there may have been a last-minute change,or maybe a factory problem that'll be sorted out on later releases.

People have been saying of the photos that Fremble (the blue guy) looks a slightly different colour to his original release. Sadly, my 1985 Fremble lives in the UK, so I can't check, but from memory he looks the same shade, or very similar. If anyone can give a good example of another blue TF to compare him to, I'll be happy to check.

I was pretty excited about Overkill, since he was the only mold here I didn't already own. And yeah, he's fine. His jaw isn't the tightest joint ever, but it isn't exactly loose. And his legs can still come apart, even though the instructions don't say it. Be careful though, his body starts to come apart a little too!


Transformers Encore 19 - Big Mission 3 Review

As per the other Encore cassette releases, they each come with a clear tape case.

I imagine that this may be the most popular set of cassettes so far, what with the first use of the Fremble mold since 1987 (I think) and with three popular characters...and Overkill included, I recommend this set. My prediction is that this set could well sell out, so get in fast guys!


Transformers Encore 19 - Big Mission 3 Review

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Re: Transformers Encore 19 - Big Mission 3 Review (1027694)
Posted by Diem on December 14th, 2009 @ 5:46am CST
Blurrz wrote:Thanks Champ.. really appreciated!

No problem mate.
Re: Transformers Encore 19 - Big Mission 3 Review (1027705)
Posted by Coptur on December 14th, 2009 @ 7:03am CST
I just hope takaratomy market the next tape sets well.

I think they should package Squarktalk & Beastbox with Graphy & Noise

making the last set

Grandslam & Raindance with Zaur & Dial

These combinations would have east and west fight for them and keep the second hand market price down because we all know the scalpers would put a high mark up on the japanese figures, especially if they were put together.
Re: Transformers Encore 19 - Big Mission 3 Review (1027706)
Posted by Diem on December 14th, 2009 @ 7:14am CST
Coptur wrote:I just hope takaratomy market the next tape sets well.

I think they should package Squarktalk & Beastbox with Graphy & Noise

making the last set

Grandslam & Raindance with Zaur & Dial

These combinations would have east and west fight for them and keep the second hand market price down because we all know the scalpers would put a high mark up on the japanese figures, especially if they were put together.

I hope they do release at least two more box sets with the characters you mention. Maybe a sixth set with the Kiss Player tapes and Flip Sides or Enemy.

Actually Enemy's probably going to end up being part of an e-Hobby thing...
Re: Transformers Encore 19 - Big Mission 3 Review (1027711)
Posted by Counterpunch on December 14th, 2009 @ 7:33am CST
Why is Big Cassette Mission 1 so hard to find?

:|
Re: Transformers Encore 19 - Big Mission 3 Review (1027715)
Posted by Diem on December 14th, 2009 @ 7:44am CST
Counterpunch wrote:Why is Big Cassette Mission 1 so hard to find?

:|

They vanished off the shelves super quickly, which is why I was so anxious to pick this set up! Convoy, Soundwave and the cassettes sold fast, but every other Encore has stuck around for a while. Depending on the store, you can still find Ironhide and Ratchet at market-1 retail. Even Skylynx and Omega Supreme are still not too hard to find.
Re: Transformers Encore 19 - Big Mission 3 Review (1027855)
Posted by Electron on December 14th, 2009 @ 12:52pm CST
Whats everyones opinion on the encore cassettes as a whole? because as a set of figures they seem pretty pricey, but u gotta remember there cassettes and the look great

Diem as a guy who looks like you have the sets so far, how do you feel about them? wht do u like or dislike? jus lookin for advice cheers
Re: Transformers Encore 19 - Big Mission 3 Review (1027856)
Posted by IceWilly on December 14th, 2009 @ 12:59pm CST
I have recently come to the realization that I want the full cassette teams, or at very least the commanders and 4x minions. (2 humanoids, 2 animals) The way they split up the packs was obviously genius to make you buy them all.

1st pack: 2x Autobot humanoids. Ravage/laserbeak have been in repacks recently
2nd pack: Ramhorn and steeljaw not available elsewhere, nor is ratbat. Dino is nice, but certainly not a main stay from the show.
3rd pack: Rumble/Frenzy not available anywhere else, Dino is another sidebar character and then reuse or Laserbeak again.

Basically 2 must have's, 1 sorta nice, and 1 that isn't a mainstay. Tada you have to buy all 3!

Unfortunately if you buy G1 in good shape, 3 of them will add up to the standard 50$ price you pay for a new set of 4. The 1st set being the only one you could get by with just having the 2 Bots... but then your trifecta set is ruined. You win takara, you win.
Re: Transformers Encore 19 - Big Mission 3 Review (1027956)
Posted by Neurie on December 14th, 2009 @ 7:09pm CST
I want to see the other cassettes and the Egg bots as they are rediculously hard to get hold of
Re: Transformers Encore 19 - Big Mission 3 Review (1027957)
Posted by Neurie on December 14th, 2009 @ 7:12pm CST
[quote="Coptur"]I just hope takaratomy market the next tape sets well.

I think they should package Squarktalk & Beastbox with Graphy & Noise

making the last set

Grandslam & Raindance with Zaur & Dial
may be wrong but im not 100% sure Beastbox and squalktalk got released in japan, they certainly never got a europe wide release, but then thats nothing new.
Re: Transformers Encore 19 - Big Mission 3 Review (1027967)
Posted by Diem on December 14th, 2009 @ 7:34pm CST
Electron wrote:Whats everyones opinion on the encore cassettes as a whole? because as a set of figures they seem pretty pricey, but u gotta remember there cassettes and the look great

Diem as a guy who looks like you have the sets so far, how do you feel about them? wht do u like or dislike? jus lookin for advice cheers
I think they cost way too much for what you actually physically get. I can at least get them at shelf price, but I think they're a little too expensive, even then. I wouldn't import them unless you want at least three of the figures. I guess you could always resell the figures you don't want. The quality of the figures generally is good, though I'm not sure about Steeljaw's legs (they're lighter than his body, unlike the Bookbox Blaster version) or the condors' mold problems.

As a personal preference, I like Slugfest for his plates, and Ratbat for complex little engineering.
Re: Transformers Encore 19 - Big Mission 3 Review (1027973)
Posted by IceWilly on December 14th, 2009 @ 7:51pm CST
As I sit here potentially second guessing how much these things are worth to me (closing in on 200$ with 2x 50$ sets and a 70-80$ big mission ebay set...) i suppose the realization is that they are basically as expensive as G1. Yes they are new and case fresh, but you don't save much with these over G1. It is just unfortunate that the cassettes may never be remade. Maybe their name will be used, but new tapes would probably need a new soundwave to go in, best chance of that was probably with Titanium since the ML technically got the headphones as frenzy/rumble and I don't know how well the tape would function as a storage slot (don't own it)

the decepticon cassettes in particular played a pretty big role in the G1 cartoon, enough that I want at least Rumble/Ravage/Laserbeak. Other than that it was just minor appearances in season 3 seemingly for the rest. Is that worth spending 200$ to add them to the collection? Stupid Henkei seekers have put a price tag on everything for me, shame on them.
Re: Transformers Encore 19 - Big Mission 3 Review (1027989)
Posted by Counterpunch on December 14th, 2009 @ 8:22pm CST
Diem wrote:
Counterpunch wrote:Why is Big Cassette Mission 1 so hard to find?

:|

They vanished off the shelves super quickly, which is why I was so anxious to pick this set up! Convoy, Soundwave and the cassettes sold fast, but every other Encore has stuck around for a while. Depending on the store, you can still find Ironhide and Ratchet at market-1 retail. Even Skylynx and Omega Supreme are still not too hard to find.


Well, if anyone is interested in selling me a set...please let me know.
Re: Transformers Encore 19 - Big Mission 3 Review (1028004)
Posted by fenrir72 on December 14th, 2009 @ 9:12pm CST
It'll be due in my region this coming Thursday. And I'm stoked for Rumble and Overkill(the only other Destron casettes I don't own yet). A pity that Takara scrimped on the thigh labels but at least they kept the feet and joint's diecast.
Re: Transformers Encore 19 - Big Mission 3 Review (1028011)
Posted by Razorclaw0000 on December 14th, 2009 @ 9:27pm CST
I really just want a Slugfest and Overkill. I suppose it's better to go vintage?

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