Prime Wars Trilogy Blast Off with Megatronus

Prime Wars Trilogy Blast Off with Megatronus

The first of the Prime Wars Trilogy Exclusives has arrived at JunkionHQ and wow, is it a great start!

Blast Off box back

The Figure

The figure is a very good update of the G1 figure and includes the  chest details from the original.

Blast Off

The Shuttle

Transformation is always a bit worrisome for me with this mold, the shuttle nose always feels on the verge of breaking off. In fact, I often find myself removing it for transformation just to calm my nerves.

Blast Off shuttle mode

The Comparisons

Blast Off is my second favorite Combaticon just edged out by Brawl.

G1

Here he is with a gold-box reissue of the original figure. The colors are spot on even down to the faux windows on the forearms.

Blast Off with G1

Unlike the G1 toy, the shuttle mode is more of an “inspired by” space shuttle.

Blast Off vehicle mode with G1

Unite Warriors

This is the second release of this mold, the first being part of the Unite Warriors Bruticus box set. While TakaraTomy chose to make the top of the shuttle the chest, Hasbro literally gone the other way.

Blast Off with Unite Warriors

The new release is an olive green like the original toy where UW is mostly a light brown. The biggest issue with the shuttle mode is the fact that, since the arms have been swapped, the hollow parts end up on very visible.

Blast Off vehicle mode with Unite Warriors

The combiner hand is a dark grey rather than the silver on the UW version and the fingers are slightly lighter grey. The pistol is glossy black instead of a matte dark grey.

Combiner parts comparison

Megatronus

Megatronus, for me, was initially just a useless add-on. However, in hand, I find that I really like version of the Prime Master.

Special Edition Megatronus

The special-edition Megatronus switches the light grey plastic with clear red and the dark grey with black. The outside of the arms have been painted grey leaving the fists in red which is a really nice look. The thighs have also been painted grey. The head is painted grey as well with a black face and unpainted eyes that allow for light-piping!

Megatronus light piping

Prime Masters

Megatronus comparison

While the original release had a very Megatron color scheme, I like that the special edition stands on it’s own.

Megatronus comparison robot mode

The Conclusion

This version of Blast Off will take his place on display in place of his Unite Warriors equivalent.

Bruticus

Wild Kidz Iron Deck

I picked up a few of Wild Kidz’s new Iron Deck background sets to try out.

The Contents

The Iron Deck set comes in a fancy anti-static bag.

Iron Deck bag

Inside the bag are ten panels, eighteen panel connectors, two arm bases, four arm segments, two claw bases, two inner claws and two outer claws.

Iron Deck parts

The Panels

The panels are two sided, one with 5mm holes and one without. The hinges are uni-directional so you have the option of showing either side.

Iron Deck panel with ports

Iron Deck panel

The connectors are also uni-directional and two sided with a circular mold mark on one side.

The Constructions

The hinge connectors give you a lot of options but do also function as hinges so you will need side walls of some kind if you want to use these to build a display background.

Iron Deck grey background

You can also use the kit to build crates or lifts for your display. This is where they really add something new

Iron Deck platform

The Conclusion

Make sure to assemble your display in place, the panel connectors do not provide enough structural stability to survive a move. I ended up having to build my new corner display twice because it fell apart when I tried to slide it into place. The display below is constructed with three sets of the Iron Deck panels.

Iron Deck corner shelf empty

BG-B Base Background

X2 Toys’ purple Decepticon-themed background has finally arrived!

2018 MP Decepticon Shelf

I’ve finally been able to put together the Masterpiece Decepticon shelf that I planned way back when the Autobot version arrived.

It also allows me to finally build the photo background concept that originally inspired the name for this blog.

JunkionHQ original photo background

So, this is the last time that you’ll see the original all-orange background. The next photo session will have a much more Junkion-style “whatever is available” look.