Written Review of Generations Platinum Dinobots Set (classic heads): Deco and QC issues breakdow

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While the Platinum Dinobots set is still unavailable in the US, it has been available in other territories for a while, including Canada. It is even on sale at the time of writing this article at 100$ cdn (75$ US) at its exclusive retailer Toysrus. While it is unavailable online, there are still several boxes found in stores scanning the same discount (even if the price tag has not been changed).

Since I bought one set and had some problems with it, I wished to make a quick review on some points regarding this set going through each dinobot. Images of this Generations set, like the one below, can be found here.

Transformers News: Written Review of Generations Platinum Dinobots Set (classic heads): Deco and QC issues breakdow

The main difference is the inclusion of the new classic styled G1 heads and that all five Dinobots being there at once (Slog had to be ordered off Amazon to complete the SDCC set) but there are other deco differences. In general, this Platinum Generations Dinobot set has less colour than the SDCC set except for the first one I will mention.


Slog:

Platinum Slog's arms aren't chrome. Also, the neck on SDCC's is slightly painted, this version is all clear with a fully painted head. However, this figure, aside from the head, has the least visible differences from the other G1 deco overall.


Strafe:

No picture has done this new head justice. He actually has a very long crest along his moving well past his head on from the front to the back (with the back being much longer). As for deco, the only paint on his arms is the yellow that appeared on the SDCC version (no green) and the back of the wings have nothing on them aside from the layer of chrome. There are differences in where the paint is applied on the chest where the Generations Platinum version has four dark grey/black triangles painted. What I find funny about the cover art is how toy accurate it is, and even includes the tails curved the same direction (a flaw still not corrected in this release), while the back shows a version of the toy with the tails pointing the right way.

Transformers News: Written Review of Generations Platinum Dinobots Set (classic heads): Deco and QC issues breakdow

Transformers News: Written Review of Generations Platinum Dinobots Set (classic heads): Deco and QC issues breakdow

Transformers News: Written Review of Generations Platinum Dinobots Set (classic heads): Deco and QC issues breakdow


Grimlock:

This toy has some major quality issues. The robot forearms and shoulders split, where the molded halves connect, whenever they ate rotated. This can happen on either side or both (I returned a set for Grimlock and Slug and thus held two versions of each). One of the Grimlocks I had also had silver paint splotches on his red T-Rex heels and had a loose peg which made him unable to keep his robot feet connected to his forearms. As far as a difference with the SDCC version, this Grimlock lacks the red chrome and blue paint on his legs.

Transformers News: Written Review of Generations Platinum Dinobots Set (classic heads): Deco and QC issues breakdow

Transformers News: Written Review of Generations Platinum Dinobots Set (classic heads): Deco and QC issues breakdow


Snarl:

Snarl by far has the greatest difference with his SDCC self since all the gold chrome was replaced with standard silver chrome. There is no yellow found on this toy anywhere aside from he cover picture. Speaking of the box, the picture in the back depicts the translucent dino head having a silver streak across it but this is also absent from the final toy. The head is just clear plastic with red eyes.

Transformers News: Written Review of Generations Platinum Dinobots Set (classic heads): Deco and QC issues breakdow

Transformers News: Written Review of Generations Platinum Dinobots Set (classic heads): Deco and QC issues breakdow


Slug:

Slug also has no yellow or gold on him aside for his painted eyes. However, he does have the only tinted chrome on any of these dinobots, which is the blue on the dino's front legs, though the shade of blue will be different on any toy. I had one which had light blue on one leg and dark blue on the other. The tail joint is very tight and the plastic connecting the tail to the body is very weak. My first version crack while transforming and eventually fell off.

Transformers News: Written Review of Generations Platinum Dinobots Set (classic heads): Deco and QC issues breakdow

So in general, while the deco is not as good as the SDCC Dinos (aside from Slog) and the quality is questionable on two, the heads are great (especially on Strafe) and the deco is still very nice with all the clear plastic and chromey goodness. We all had a lovely day together and I am overall very happy with this set. However, I did only pay 75$ US for it (plus taxes) and was lucky enough to get a replacement set.

PS: This is who is advertised on the back of the box:

Transformers News: Written Review of Generations Platinum Dinobots Set (classic heads): Deco and QC issues breakdow

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Re: Written Review of Generations Platinum Dinobots Set (classic heads): Deco and QC issues breakdow (1744373)
Posted by Ironhidensh on November 26th, 2015 @ 8:38pm CST
If only we could get real dinobot generations figures, without having to go 3rd party.
Re: Written Review of Generations Platinum Dinobots Set (classic heads): Deco and QC issues breakdow (1744375)
Posted by Autobot N on November 26th, 2015 @ 8:47pm CST
Ironhidensh wrote:If only we could get real dinobot generations figures, without having to go 3rd party.

Saying that is like beating a dead horse at this point, because this is probably the best they can (and most likely will) give us.
Re: Written Review of Generations Platinum Dinobots Set (classic heads): Deco and QC issues breakdow (1744376)
Posted by william-james88 on November 26th, 2015 @ 8:53pm CST
Decepticon Sunstorm wrote:
Ironhidensh wrote:If only we could get real dinobot generations figures, without having to go 3rd party.

Saying that is like beating a dead horse at this point, because this is probably the best they can (and most likely will) give us.


I think they work quite well for Generations Dinos. With the exception to Swoop and Grimlock of course, but we already have a Generations G1 Grimlock, and the new TAV Swoop is a great G1 Swoop homage.
Re: Written Review of Generations Platinum Dinobots Set (classic heads): Deco and QC issues breakdow (1744377)
Posted by misfire19d on November 26th, 2015 @ 8:55pm CST
Ironhidensh wrote:If only we could get real dinobot generations figures, without having to go 3rd party.

Amen brother. I shelled out the dough for Toyworld Grimshell and Muddy. Very pricey but it's what I'm looking for. Not this stuff.
Re: Written Review of Generations Platinum Dinobots Set (classic heads): Deco and QC issues breakdow (1744378)
Posted by Autobot N on November 26th, 2015 @ 8:56pm CST
william-james88 wrote:
Decepticon Sunstorm wrote:
Ironhidensh wrote:If only we could get real Dinobot generations figures, without having to go 3rd party.

Saying that is like beating a dead horse at this point, because this is probably the best they can (and most likely will) give us.


I think they work quite well for Generations Dinos. With the exception to Swoop and Grimlock of course, but we already have a Generations G1 Grimlock, and the new TAV Swoop is a great G1 Swoop homage.

I wasn't necessarily saying that I don't like them (I do, however, dislike the Grimlock mold. My FOC Grimlock will do). However, I would like to see something better.
Re: Written Review of Generations Platinum Dinobots Set (classic heads): Deco and QC issues breakdow (1744379)
Posted by william-james88 on November 26th, 2015 @ 9:11pm CST
I know Decepticon Sunstorm, I didnt take it meaning anything else :) And I feel the same way. The idea here is not that these must be bought on site to finish a classic collection but rather for those who couldnt get the SDCC toys or didnt want to pay the high price tag (like myself).

So this set is two things to me:

1. A barely there placeholder for Classics Dinobots

2. An opportunity to get a whole set of the SDCC Dinos, including Slog, for cheaper and with exclusive heads.

And like I said, these toys might not be the dinos we want but hey are still beautiful looking toys.
Re: Written Review of Generations Platinum Dinobots Set (classic heads): Deco and QC issues breakdow (1744380)
Posted by Autobot N on November 26th, 2015 @ 9:17pm CST
william-james88 wrote:I know Decepticon Sunstorm, I didnt take it meaning anything else :) And I feel the same way. The idea here is not that these must be bought on site to finish a classic collection but rather for those who couldnt get the SDCC toys or didnt want to pay the high price tag (like myself).

So this set is two things to me:

1. A barely there placeholder for Classics Dinobots

2. An opportunity to get a whole set of the SDCC Dinos, including Slog, for cheaper and with exclusive heads.

And like I said, these toys might not be the dinos we want but hey are still beautiful looking toys.

Yeah, these Dinobots do look pretty good (except for the aforementioned Grimlock), though I do wish some G1-accurate Dinos were in my price range. And while I hope to pick these up at some point (provided I have extra money and no other things to get), I'm not going to deliberately search them out, as I do already have some Dinobots in my collection (the FOC Grimlock and the AOE Dinobots, minus Slog and Snarl).
Re: Written Review of Generations Platinum Dinobots Set (classic heads): Deco and QC issues breakdow (1744383)
Posted by william-james88 on November 26th, 2015 @ 9:50pm CST
Decepticon Sunstorm wrote:I do wish some G1-accurate Dinos were in my price range.


To be fair, a truly accurate G1 dino would have a copyright of Hasbro/Takara on them, just like the G1 toys had ;)
Re: Written Review of Generations Platinum Dinobots Set (classic heads): Deco and QC issues breakdow (1744384)
Posted by fenrir72 on November 26th, 2015 @ 9:54pm CST
william-james88 wrote:
Decepticon Sunstorm wrote:I do wish some G1-accurate Dinos were in my price range.


To be fair, a truly accurate G1 dino would have a copyright of Hasbro/Takara on them, just like the G1 toys had ;)


Not anymore mi amigo! Them bigbad KO makers from China got that in their corner. Only way you can tell is if you eyeball it personally.

Going rate for a boxed G1 JP Grimlock in Japan runs around 40000Y up
Re: Written Review of Generations Platinum Dinobots Set (classic heads): Deco and QC issues breakdow (1744387)
Posted by william-james88 on November 26th, 2015 @ 10:04pm CST
fenrir72 wrote:
william-james88 wrote:
Decepticon Sunstorm wrote:I do wish some G1-accurate Dinos were in my price range.


To be fair, a truly accurate G1 dino would have a copyright of Hasbro/Takara on them, just like the G1 toys had ;)


Not anymore mi amigo! Them bigbad KO makers from China got that in their corner. Only way you can tell is if you eyeball it personally.

Going rate for a boxed G1 JP Grimlock in Japan runs around 40000Y up


It was a joke, Tonto. And I wanst referring to the G1 molds. I said that a Classics Dinobot toy that would truly a homage to G1 would also have that copyright (aka not be a third party).
Re: Written Review of Generations Platinum Dinobots Set (classic heads): Deco and QC issues breakdow (1744393)
Posted by fenrir72 on November 26th, 2015 @ 11:08pm CST
william-james88 wrote:
fenrir72 wrote:
william-james88 wrote:
Decepticon Sunstorm wrote:I do wish some G1-accurate Dinos were in my price range.


To be fair, a truly accurate G1 dino would have a copyright of Hasbro/Takara on them, just like the G1 toys had ;)


Not anymore mi amigo! Them bigbad KO makers from China got that in their corner. Only way you can tell is if you eyeball it personally.

Going rate for a boxed G1 JP Grimlock in Japan runs around 40000Y up


It was a joke, Tonto. And I wanst referring to the G1 molds. I said that a Classics Dinobot toy that would truly a homage to G1 would also have that copyright (aka not be a third party).


Many pardons kimosabe :-P Heigh hoo Silver............ :lol:
Re: Written Review of Generations Platinum Dinobots Set (classic heads): Deco and QC issues breakdow (1744396)
Posted by fenrir72 on November 26th, 2015 @ 11:27pm CST
william-james88 wrote:While the Platinum Dinobots set is still unavailable in the US, it has been available in other territories for a while, including Canada. It is even on sale at the time of writing this article at 100$ cdn (75$ US) at its exclusive retailer Toysrus. While it is unavailable online, there are still several boxes found in stores scanning the same discount (even if the price tag has not been changed).

Since I bought one set and had some problems with it, I wished to make a quick review on some points regarding this set going through each dinobot. Images of this Generations set, like the one below, can be found here.

Image

The main difference is the inclusion of the new classic styled G1 heads and that all five Dinobots being there at once (Slog had to be ordered off Amazon to complete the SDCC set) but there are other deco differences. In general, this Platinum Generations Dinobot set has less colour than the SDCC set except for the first one I will mention.


Slog:

Aside from the head, there is no visible difference between the deco of this release and the Amazon exclusive G1 deco release. I feel the plastic dino belly flap is improved simply by being positioned better in the box, which avoids creating unnecessary angles that go against the intended shape of the flap.


Strafe:

No picture has done this new head justice. He actually has a very long crest along his moving well past his head on from the front to the back (with the back being much longer). As for deco, the only paint on his arms is the yellow that appeared on the SDCC version (no green) and the back of the wings have nothing on them aside from the layer of chrome. There are differences in where the paint is applied on the chest where the Generations Platinum version has four dark grey/black triangles painted. What I find funny about the cover art is how toy accurate it is, and even includes the tails curved the same direction (a flaw still not corrected in this release), while the back shows a version of the toy with the tails pointing the right way.

Image

Image

Image


Grimlock:

This toy has some major quality issues. The robot forearms and shoulders split, where the molded halves connect, whenever they ate rotated. This can happen on either side or both (I returned a set for Grimlock and Slug and thus held two versions of each). One of the Grimlocks I had also had silver paint splotches on his red T-Rex heels and had a loose peg which made him unable to keep his robot feet connected to his forearms. As far as a difference with the SDCC version, this Grimlock lacks the red chrome and blue paint on his legs.

Image

Image


Snarl:

Snarl by far has the greatest difference with his SDCC self since all the gold chrome was replaced with standard silver chrome. There is no yellow found on this toy anywhere aside from he cover picture. Speaking of the box, the picture in the back depicts the translucent dino head having a silver streak across it but this is also absent from the final toy. The head is just clear plastic with red eyes.

Image

Image


Slug:

Slug also has no yellow or gold on him aside for his painted eyes. However, he does have the only tinted chrome on any of these dinobots, which is the blue on the dino's front legs, though the shade of blue will be different on any toy. I had one which had light blue on one leg and dark blue on the other. The tail joint is very tight and the plastic connecting the tail to the body is very weak. My first version crack while transforming and eventually fell off.

Image

So in general, while the deco is not as good as the SDCC Dinos (aside from Slog) and the quality is questionable on two, the heads are great (especially on Strafe) and the deco is still very nice with all the clear plastic and chromey goodness. We all had a lovely day together and I am overall very happy with this set. However, I did only pay 75$ US for it (plus taxes) and was lucky enough to get a replacement set.

PS: This is who is advertised on the back of the box:

Image



wj88

Those guys look Boss but, they are all so spikey. Are they made of hard or rubberized materials?
Re: Written Review of Generations Platinum Dinobots Set (classic heads): Deco and QC issues breakdow (1744401)
Posted by william-james88 on November 26th, 2015 @ 11:57pm CST
fenrir72 wrote:
wj88

Those guys look Boss but, they are all so spikey. Are they made of hard or rubberized materials?


All the chromed bits are hard plastic (triceratop head, pteranodon wings, stegarausur back). The soft plastic is only on the same few parts that had soft plastic in the original AOE molds, like Slug's horns.
Re: Written Review of Generations Platinum Dinobots Set (classic heads): Deco and QC issues breakdow (1744411)
Posted by Rated X on November 27th, 2015 @ 1:31am CST
You do know that you can make swoops tails straight with hot hot faucet water. Just hold em in the position you want them and let the hot water run on them for a few minutes.
Re: Written Review of Generations Platinum Dinobots Set (classic heads): Deco and QC issues breakdow (1744425)
Posted by Autobot N on November 27th, 2015 @ 6:46am CST
william-james88 wrote:
Decepticon Sunstorm wrote:I do wish some G1-accurate Dinos were in my price range.


To be fair, a truly accurate G1 dino would have a copyright of Hasbro/Takara on them, just like the G1 toys had ;)

Well, I suppose there is Masterpiece Grimlock (which I had forgotten last night), which I do plan to get to start a Masterpiece collection, but it wouldn't fit in with any other Dinobots.
Re: Written Review of Generations Platinum Dinobots Set (classic heads): Deco and QC issues breakdow (1744431)
Posted by Gauntlet101010 on November 27th, 2015 @ 7:58am CST
I WISH these were just $100 in Canada. It was more like $200. Maybe my Toys R Us was just terrible with their prices.

Slog is only like the Amazon Slog in robot mode. Platinum Slog's arms aren't chrome. Also, the neck on SDCC's is slightly painted, this version is all clear with a fully painted head. There may be more, I don't have both in front of my right now. When you compare the two in-hand you can really tell the difference. I think your milage may vary with that large rubbery piece. My own was HEAVILY deformed because of the way it was jammed into the box. I've had it in Dino mode with a clear elastic around it to try and get it bent the right way for a while now and it's still not fully there. But it's close enough.

IMO, head aside, Swoop is better here than in the SDCC set. True he lacks some paint apps (including the back of the wings), but the red on this version really makes the shadows pop in comparison to SDCC's. Just add some Autobot stickers to complete the look and you're set.
Re: Written Review of Generations Platinum Dinobots Set (classic heads): Deco and QC issues breakdow (1744432)
Posted by fenrir72 on November 27th, 2015 @ 7:59am CST
william-james88 wrote:
fenrir72 wrote:
wj88

Those guys look Boss but, they are all so spikey. Are they made of hard or rubberized materials?


All the chromed bits are hard plastic (triceratop head, pteranodon wings, stegarausur back). The soft plastic is only on the same few parts that had soft plastic in the original AOE molds, like Slug's horns.


Ouch! Thanks!
Re: Written Review of Generations Platinum Dinobots Set (classic heads): Deco and QC issues breakdow (1744437)
Posted by william-james88 on November 27th, 2015 @ 8:16am CST
Rated X wrote:You do know that you can make swoops tails straight with hot hot faucet water. Just hold em in the position you want them and let the hot water run on them for a few minutes.


Yeah I did it last time: william-james-88-s-fixer-upper-thread-t102514s400.php#p1627645

I just found their apearance on the cover art a funny thing to mention, but I thank greatly you for helping me (and other who read this) in case any of us didnt know.


Gauntlet101010 wrote:I WISH these were just $100 in Canada. It was more like $200. Maybe my Toys R Us was just terrible with their prices.

Slog is only like the Amazon Slog in robot mode. Platinum Slog's arms aren't chrome. Also, the neck on SDCC's is slightly painted, this version is all clear with a fully painted head. There may be more, I don't have both in front of my right now. When you compare the two in-hand you can really tell the difference. I think your milage may vary with that large rubbery piece. My own was HEAVILY deformed because of the way it was jammed into the box. I've had it in Dino mode with a clear elastic around it to try and get it bent the right way for a while now and it's still not fully there. But it's close enough.

IMO, head aside, Swoop is better here than in the SDCC set. True he lacks some paint apps (including the back of the wings), but the red on this version really makes the shadows pop in comparison to SDCC's. Just add some Autobot stickers to complete the look and you're set.


Thanks for the info, I will go and correct it! Also, hey are only 100$ because of the current black friday sale week. They are usually 200$ but were 50% off from November 24 to December 3.
Re: Written Review of Generations Platinum Dinobots Set (classic heads): Deco and QC issues breakdow (1744797)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on November 29th, 2015 @ 8:43pm CST
the movie designs don't look too bad with those heads and the paint looks decent, but I personally still think that these were meant for their movie heads and these just aren't as good (but the heads are amazing, just not with that body) :BOT:
Re: Written Review of Generations Platinum Dinobots Set (classic heads): Deco and QC issues breakdow (1745180)
Posted by william-james88 on December 1st, 2015 @ 4:21pm CST
Well, if anyone wants to join me in the fun I am having, those dinos are now finally available in the states through BBTS:

http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail

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