Video Review for Transformers Studio Series Ironhide

Video Review for Transformers Studio Series Ironhide

Friday, June 15th, 2018 3:06pm CDT

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Fellow UK-based Seibertronians LeAwesome1, Carnivius_Prime and the author himself PrimeVsPrime have reached out to us to let us know about the latest available video review from the Transformers: Studio Series toyline: the Autobot weapons specialist, Ironhide!

Showing up in his Voyager class size and arm cannons, Ironhide's review is embedded below from the post made on our Energon Pub Toy Reviews section here, and includes a look in both robot and GMC topkick truck mode, plus comparisons with the likes of Bumblebee, Jazz, Optimus Prime and Ratchet. Check it out, and let us know what you think about this latest addition to the line!

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Re: Video Review for Transformers Studio Series Ironhide (1965180)
Posted by Spider5800 on June 15th, 2018 @ 4:29pm CDT
Holy cow, he dwarfs SS Prime in vehicle mode, lol.

He looks good, and im glad they compared him to DotM Ironhide at least so I can gauge the size (smaller, which means WAY smaller than the movie 1 voyager I already have and will probably scale terribly with RotF leaders and BB Bumblebee :( ). Probably would still look good with BB OP, at least.
Re: Video Review for Transformers Studio Series Ironhide (1965182)
Posted by ZeldaTheSwordsman on June 15th, 2018 @ 4:51pm CDT
Well, if you want an Ironhide that scales with the ROTF Leaders, the movie 1 voyager Ironhide is your best bet by robot mode scale (at least, judging by that chart). Going by vehicle mode scale... the DOTM Leader is 1/29 scale while the Movie 1 Voyager is 1/36 scale, and ROTF Optimus is 1/31 scale. So the DOTM Leader is closer in vehicle-mode scale, but seems to be too huge in robot mode.

Studio Series Ironhide is meant to scale with the other Studio Series toys in robot mode, so it's only natural he'd be dwarfed by the ROTF Leaders.

For those feeling like SS Optimus is a smidge too small, there are a couple options. Battle Blades Optimus - he's fiddly and complex to transform, but being barely a head taller than SS Optimus he would still size decently with the others in the line. DOTM Mechtech Voyager Optimus is the other. He's between SS Optimus and BB Optimus in size, and would seem to be less fiddly (don't own him myself. I don't own BB Optimus either but I do own his big cousin, so I have a pretty good idea what he's like), though he does have somewhat stylized robot mode proportions, the DOTM chest, and those giant tanks.
Re: Video Review for Transformers Studio Series Ironhide (1965188)
Posted by Spider5800 on June 15th, 2018 @ 5:25pm CDT
Yeah, I pretty much knew this would be the case (they're ALL smaller, of course this one is too), was just having a silly hope I would have a better reason to pick this up.

Like you said, the DotM leader is just too tall in robot mode, and while I like my movie 1 voyager I was hoping this would be so definitive that I would just HAVE to pick it up. This looks good, but if it doesn't scale with RotF leader Prime, I just don't need it, unfortunately.

Still have hope for the line (picked up several already since they were massive improvements over other toys or new characters), just a minor letdown for me.
Re: Video Review for Transformers Studio Series Ironhide (1965190)
Posted by Wolfman Jake on June 15th, 2018 @ 5:33pm CDT
Spider5800 wrote:Probably would still look good with BB OP, at least.


That's my feeling too. BB Optimus Prime (Movie Advanced "Revenge" version) is my Prime for my new Studio Series collection. The actual Studio Series Optimus Prime is just too small and has too many flaws for me in terms of sculpt, detailing, and even color choices.
Re: Video Review for Transformers Studio Series Ironhide (1965195)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on June 15th, 2018 @ 5:53pm CDT
That SS Ironhide is a MUST BUY. It will definitely replace my '07 one in my Movie display. I got rid of all my deluxe Ratchets too so I'll have to get the SS Ratchet to go with it I guess.

My only gripe is that ridiculous bumper. It definitely need hinges to cut off the "smile". I'll either mod it myself or some Shapeway dude will do it.

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Re: Video Review for Transformers Studio Series Ironhide (1965203)
Posted by ZeldaTheSwordsman on June 15th, 2018 @ 6:26pm CDT
Speaking of improvements, I so want Studio Series ROTF Megatron for that reason. I understand why they went for his ROTF body first. His Movie 1 toys... The Leader was kibbly but passable, same for the Voyager aside from the stupid ice bits. But ROTF... The Voyager was off in a number of ways, and then the Leader-class... Dear gods that arm. I still want him for scale purposes with ROTF Optimus, but holy crap that right arm is a mess.
Re: Video Review for Transformers Studio Series Ironhide (1965219)
Posted by MegaX Master on June 15th, 2018 @ 9:58pm CDT
I think he looks better than the 2007 and DOTM voyagers. The leader looked good, but his legs were a bit too lanky. This looks near perfect, but I don't think any Ironhide could beat the HFTD 2010 Deluxe. His truck mode captures better proportions compared to the 2007 voyager and his robot mode is STUNNING. Sorry Studio Series that an almost 10 year old toy beat you. I think Ratchet, Bumblebee and Jazz are good for this scale, but Optimus and Ironhide don't compare to their 2010 voyagers and Deluxes.
Re: Video Review for Transformers Studio Series Ironhide (1965223)
Posted by WreckerJack on June 15th, 2018 @ 10:13pm CDT
Looks like the one I have. I wish I had those guns for him though. But paying 20 bucks just for a gun is a little much.
Re: Video Review for Transformers Studio Series Ironhide (1965229)
Posted by ZeldaTheSwordsman on June 15th, 2018 @ 10:50pm CDT
WreckerJack wrote:Looks like the one I have. I wish I had those guns for him though. But paying 20 bucks just for a gun is a little much.

Well, I don't know much of anything about you.
But that statement confirmed that you sure as heck aren't someone who sells G1 accessories on eBay :P ;)

That jab aside, I do think paying $20 for a gun is quite alright... if it's a really big one or a fancy/3P upgrade. Like one of the Cubex buster guns (normally sold as a set that costs $40, so..) for ROTF Leader Prime, or a discount on the replacement for ROTF Leader Megatron's aformentioned mess of a right arm.

I may be rambling to distract myself from things.. :(

Has anyone done a step-by-step transformation photoshoot of Studio Series Megs yet? I looked through the whole of this thread and don't think I saw one here.
Re: Video Review for Transformers Studio Series Ironhide (1965277)
Posted by shajaki on June 16th, 2018 @ 11:15am CDT
Got these two the other day. They're fantastic!
I'm returning them #-o

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Jazz is awesome in both modes. Posable, detailed, fun but not complicated to transform, and excites me for what they could achieve with an MPM.

Lockdown, almost gets the same praise. His design is of one of those kibble'less Movieformers, so his added bulk and kibble makes him feel a little inaccurate. However, he's miles ahead of the AOE mold, and has some incredible sculpted details in bot mode. He looks fantastic. Transformation is a bit of a pain though. Fitting his hood to his shoulders isn't easy.

So why am I returning both? Jazz, for the life of me, I cannot get one side of the car mode to panel together flush. It's incredibly frustrating and I want one that actually fits together. Lockdown does the same sort of thing (not quite as bad) but then, broke while I was working on these pics! The bullet thingies on his shoulders, one of them snapped off while transforming him. To be fair, after examining it I could quite simply glue it back into place without hurting anything on the figure, but since his car mode doesn't fit together I'm also going for a new one like with Jazz.

It's really unfortunate. These are both amazing figures, but I got two lemons. I am absolutely getting a new pair and hoping for better results. These two are the most impressive to date, and Jazz might be my favorite SS so far! Still recommended!

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Re: Video Review for Transformers Studio Series Ironhide (1965287)
Posted by william-james88 on June 16th, 2018 @ 12:22pm CDT
ZeldaTheSwordsman wrote: I don't own BB Optimus either but I do own his big cousin, so I have a pretty good idea what he's like


He's even tougher than the leader simply because all that level of complexity is brought down to a voyager scale. Its freaken mental. Also, now that i finally own BB Prime I was surprised to find out that it is a completely different mold than the leader. Sure there are a few similarities but it was different enough to feel like a totally different toy, even moreso than the MPM we got last year.
Re: Video Review for Transformers Studio Series Ironhide (1965295)
Posted by ZeldaTheSwordsman on June 16th, 2018 @ 1:55pm CDT
Holy crap, Seibertron actually loaded all the images in Shajaki's post instead of half of them being left as the "Image" placeholder text.

Also, Shajaki... Considering that you broke Lockdown after removing him from the box, you might have a hard time returning him.
Re: Video Review for Transformers Studio Series Ironhide (1965299)
Posted by william-james88 on June 16th, 2018 @ 2:07pm CDT
ZeldaTheSwordsman wrote:Holy crap, Seibertron actually loaded all the images in Shajaki's post instead of half of them being left as the "Image" placeholder text.

Also, Shajaki... Considering that you broke Lockdown after removing him from the box, you might have a hard time returning him.

Not in canada. customer satisfction is a big deal here. And how are they to know when lockdown broke, could have been broken like that from the get go. Plus worst case scenario, he can write to hasbro and they send him a new one and regardless of waht it is, Shajaki can bring that new toy to toysrus and get his money back for lockdown.
Re: Video Review for Transformers Studio Series Ironhide (1965308)
Posted by ZeldaTheSwordsman on June 16th, 2018 @ 2:33pm CDT
Ah, I see. Good to know. And yeah, writing to Hasbro is always an option.

Satisfaction from stores in the USA is a bit harder to get, probably due in part to people abusing the system (and in the process, the employees) so much..

It's kind of a shame to see quality control issues like this after the brand unification... Hopefully they'll diminish with time.

Something I forgot to comment on last night:
That gap in SS Megatron's torso (which I learned about reading through the thread).. Personally, it doesn't bug me. It's decently camouflaged, and I'd rather have a hollow, gappy torso that helps the figure's transformation than a solid one that hinders it (like the ROTF Leader and his obligatory electronics).
Also, someone totally needs to take pictures of Studio Series Megatron with Cybertron Leader-class Megatron (or Galvatron) including side-on shots with their arms lifted. Because, well, guess which other Megatron had a big torso gap (And I don't care, he is awesome).
Re: Video Review for Transformers Studio Series Ironhide (1965315)
Posted by EvasionModeBumblebee on June 16th, 2018 @ 3:18pm CDT
This guy's serving as my SS Prime unless/until we get a DOTM remold of SS Prime. It's kind of a pain though, you can hardly move the legs on it without untabbing his waist. At least standing still he looks pretty cool!

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Re: Video Review for Transformers Studio Series Ironhide (1965317)
Posted by Ig89ninja on June 16th, 2018 @ 3:29pm CDT
EvasionModeBumblebee wrote:This guy's serving as my SS Prime unless/until we get a DOTM remold of SS Prime. It's kind of a pain though, you can hardly move the legs on it without untabbing his waist. At least standing still he looks pretty cool!

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Woah, nice job on bee so far, what color paint did you use for the custom bits? Be specific, please
Re: Video Review for Transformers Studio Series Ironhide (1965321)
Posted by EvasionModeBumblebee on June 16th, 2018 @ 3:54pm CDT
Ig89ninja wrote:Woah, nice job on bee so far, what color paint did you use for the custom bits? Be specific, please


Thanks! I used Testor's enamels, the yellow is their flat yellow (which I've realized is a little darker than the yellow already on the figure - I'd recommend mixing some lighter yellow in with it for optimal results). The silver on the grill and feet is their silver metallic enamel, and the gray for the body is like a 50/50 mix of that silver and flat gunmetal. The dark gray/black sections on his head were supposed to be flat gunmetal but I think I may have used my flat black instead (oh well, still looks pretty good), and I used a silver paint pen on the helmet pieces that stick up. Oh, and the inside of the cannon barrel is painted with Testor's gloss tangerine.
Re: Video Review for Transformers Studio Series Ironhide (1965322)
Posted by ZeldaTheSwordsman on June 16th, 2018 @ 3:57pm CDT
And these Testor's enamels actually dried on TF plastic instead of staying perpetually tacky? What sorcery did you use to pull that off?
Re: Video Review for Transformers Studio Series Ironhide (1965330)
Posted by EvasionModeBumblebee on June 16th, 2018 @ 4:46pm CDT
ZeldaTheSwordsman wrote:And these Testor's enamels actually dried on TF plastic instead of staying perpetually tacky? What sorcery did you use to pull that off?

Yep, they seem to work pretty well! To be honest, I know absolutely nothing about painting transformers, I just used the paint I've used on models in the past. Do acrylics usually work better?
Re: Video Review for Transformers Studio Series Ironhide (1965361)
Posted by ZeldaTheSwordsman on June 16th, 2018 @ 7:37pm CDT
EvasionModeBumblebee wrote:
ZeldaTheSwordsman wrote:And these Testor's enamels actually dried on TF plastic instead of staying perpetually tacky? What sorcery did you use to pull that off?

Yep, they seem to work pretty well! To be honest, I know absolutely nothing about painting transformers, I just used the paint I've used on models in the past. Do acrylics usually work better?


In my experience, yes. My attempts at painting TFs with Testor's enamels, the paint never fully dried like it did on models, it stayed tacky forever and got filthier and filthier over time, and was prone to rubbing off on my hands. The metallic paints were especially bad about this.
Never had that problem with acrylics. You've got to be careful what brand you pick, though: Avoid Americana, it tends to be a little on the chunky side and not come out smooth. I've generally had good results with Apple Barrel, CraftSmart, and DecoArt. Tamiya (which is pricier) is the brand you always here "pro"'s and magazines bleating about, and it is decent quality... at first. But it's vulnerable to turning to gum in the jar, especially the red (also had that happen to me with the Testor's Enamel red). Apple Barrel, DecoArt, and CraftSmart have never done that to me. Despite being cheap brands.


More comments on SS Megatron: As I was saying, the main purpose of the gappy torso would seem to be to enable transformation into an accurate tank mode. On the CGI model, Megatron's arm performs a somewhat complex transformation to become the main gun (the claw folding back and flattening out, his hidden right-hand fingers or at least what look like them forming a muzzle extension - possibly a focusing array - for his fusion cannon, etc). That'd be fancy hat trick to pull off in toy form, especially at Voyager size, and even if they did manage it at that size... from what I've seen it would probably just end up being bashed as overly fiddly :roll: . So instead a main gun that doesn't actually transform from anything is stored in his torso in robot mode, and his arms have to tuck away into the torso in tank mode. The torso is hollow to make room for that, and has exposed gaps because it doesn't look like there wouldn't be anywhere to hide the cover panels in tank mode without them partsforming

Moving on from his torso, I'm not sure if I've seen him configured into the "flying tank" mode. Can the Studio Series toy actually assume that mode?

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