New Age Toy’s first G1-styled not-Decepticons have arrived!
Abadon, Berial and Asmodeus are bundled together in a box reminiscent of the original G1 packaging featuring the slogan “Psychic ready. My Command is your wish!”
The top and side of the box labels them as “Psi Commando” Abadon, Berial and Asmodeus.
Inside the box are the three bugs, each with a weapon and an Energon cube, and a large instruction sheet.
Unfortunately, possibly due to the plastic being used, every Energon Cube has a large flaw along one side.
Abadaon, was always most likely to be my favorite from this set. Kickback was the only Insecticon that I owned the first time around so it holds a special place for me. However, even if that wasn’t the case, this would still be my favorite Psi Commando!
Like the G1 version, Abadon’s chest opens
Unlike the G1 version, Abadon’s insect fore-legs are stored within the chest cavity.
One of my favorite parts of the transformation is how the shoulders lock into the wings for robot mode.
The robot arms form an abdomen for a more accurate grasshopper mode.
Berial, aka Shrapnel, is my second favorite from this set, the biggest “flaw” is that the insect legs stick out of the robot back. I’m happy to overlook that considering how great the rest of the figure is.
Like the G1 version, Berial’s chest opens.
When transforming to stag beetle mode, the fists lock into the legs for stabilization.
Asmodeus, aka Bombshell, has one flaw in robot mode, no ankle tilt like the rest of the set. This is necessitated by the transformation mechanics and it’s certainly not a fatal flaw.
Bombshell’s “Twin Ion Impulse Blaster” from G1 is absent, replaced by a larger version of the rhinoceros beetle horn which makes his insect mode toy accurate and his robot mode anime accurate.
Like the G1 version, Asmodeus’s chest opens but, due to the transformation mechanics, the head is attached so it has a very different effect.
When transforming to rhinoceros beetle mode, the fists lock into the legs for better stabilization.
I was never fully satisfied with the Legend Class Insecticons. Being released in three separate lines the colors don’t match.
The only Legend Class Insecticon that almost fits with these is Chop Shop who, as a Deluxe Insecticon stands a little taller.
I can’t recommend this set enough, the figures are super fun and, despite their size, come very close to Manero, their best figure to date.
And they’re not done yet! There are at least two more versions of the Psi Commandos on the way (anime repaints and the translucent version) with rumors of a Diaclone repaint to follow.
There are some surprising details in vehicle mode like the first aid kits on the back of the seats.
The dune buggy looks great, but the transformation is not fun. Also, I hate the roll cage, which is just a series of tubes that hold together by friction and fall apart as soon as you being the transformation.
Arkose fits in perfectly with other Masterpiece-class figures.
Although this figure looks great, for me, the play-ability is very low. Like their Ollie, it will remain on the shelf in robot mode.
New Age Toy’s Miller (aka Gi Ratchet) has arrived. They’ve released so many figures in such a short amount of time it’s been hard keeping up! McCoy and the Insecticons are already in the mail with Riddick and the anime-Insecticons ready to ship.
The robot mode looks pretty good but it’s not without issues.
For many people, the visible pins in the legs will be enough to ruin the figure. For me I don’t mind too much although I do with they had been capped or painted, perhaps they will be in an H8EX release.
The big issue for me is the fact that the chest and shoulders do not lock into place. The shoulders tend to wander a bit whenever you move the arms.
I didn’t expect to like the Marvel Comics head but it makes a nice contrast to the all-white robot mode and I plan to keep it installed.
The vehicle mode is very true to the source however you do need to be careful to keep the panels properly aligned to minimize gaps.
The hyper-detailed Martini Manero from New Age Toys has arrived at JunkionHQ!
Originally announced as H2EX, Martini Manero’s packaging is labeled 02M. Like with G2 Manero, I’m sticking with the original numbering for this post and my unofficial catalog.
Inside the box you get all the same accessories that came with the original version.
Like the original release, the robot mode is clever and fun, the best we’ve seen in this line so far, now with beautiful details.
They even painted the tiny little details on Manero’s chest.
Here’s where the new details really shine, it truly looks like a shrunken down version of the original toy.
Here are all four Maneros side by side:
The Legendary Heroes line is occasionally referred to as “mini-Masterpieces” and, for me, this release fits that description perfectly. My perfect Masterpiece is an accurate real-world vehicle mode, like Diaclone, paired with a robot mode that strikes a balance between the cartoon and the original toy.
The first of the new Maneros (Manerii?) has arrived at JunkionHQ!
Originally announced as H2V, G2 Manero’s packaging is labeled 02G, which was already used for Capoeira. Because of this, I’m sticking with the original numbering for this post and my unofficial catalog.
Inside the box, you find the expected Manero accessories as well as two of the missile launcher from Harry in G2-inspired blue and green.
The first thing that you’ll notice about the robot mode is that it doesn’t look like the box art. On the box we can see the entire musical note from the hood on the robot’s chest. On the toy, we can only see the bottom of the note which is rather odd. I thought at first that they were trying to replicate the exact layout found on G2 Jazz, it’s further forward on the hood there, more like the box art.
I don’t think Harry’s missile launchers really work here since the hollow “bottom” is exposed when mounted on Manero’s shoulder. It also doesn’t look anything like the launcher that came with G1 toy or even the G1 version.
I’m still surprised that they included the “Jazz” details on the windshield and spoiler. I’m guessing that, since Hasbro no longer owns the trademark (they have to use “Autobot Jazz” now themselves), they felt safe enough. The result, however, is a fantastic and complete tribute to the G2 toy.
In robot mode the G2 version, paradoxically, comes off as pretty plain.
Vehicle mode is where the G2 markings become obvious and this release starts to stand on its own.
Here’s a shot of the missile launchers beside Harry’s, no changes except for the paint job.
A nice release, especially for those of us who remember the G2 toy line, but it’s certainly not for everyone. For now it will be displayed with the other odd-ball releases from this line.
Translucent Multiverse Cyclops has arrived at JunkionHQ!
Another G1-inspired grid, this time with an artist’s rendition of the figure inside.
Just like the previous Cyclops, all you get inside the box is the figure and instructions sheet.
New Age originally solicited this release as H02PT Vizla, but the name was dropped for the official release. This is doubly odd when you consider that the translucent Manero announced at the same time retained it’s dedicated Kagemusha naming.
No surprises here except that, with the translucent plastic the color darkens to a deeper purple that is a better fit for the character.
Unlike Kagemusha, the vehicle mode doesn’t suffer quite as bad from the visible panel lines and hinges. Again, the deeper purple has improved the look.
With the original Cyclops:
The color alone might be enough to convince some to pick this up over the original release.
Another day, another Datsun: New Age Toys’ Diaclone No. 7 Fairlady Z blue version inspired Kitt has arrived.
Th box is very similar to Maverick‘s with a very strong 1970’s feel that replacing the racing flag pattern with a sea green background and removing the Ark Warrior badge. Unlike the rest of the Bluestreak-inspired releases which were numbered H4_, Kitt has been added to Harry‘s numbering scheme: H3B.
Like the rest of the Datsuns this includes the rifle and two of the same missile launchers that came with Harry for a more toy-inspired look.
No changes from Murphy except for the blue. I was a little concerned by some of the early photos of this figure that the shade of blue would be overwhelming but, in hand, it looks fine.
Again, no changes here besides the blue paint job.
To really show off the blue, here’s Kitt with Maverick.