New Age H2 Manero

New Age H2 Manero

Manero (aka Jazz) was announced as ready to ship on April 4th – an appropriate date for their fourth mold released!

The Box

Manero is packaged is a Diaclone inspired window box just like Harry. Unfortunately, the box for the Diaclone Porsche 935 Turbo was not as nice as the box for Police Car Fairlady Z (that became Prowl and later inspired Harry). To add a little more G1 flair, New Age has replaced the static toy photo from the Diaclone box with a drawing of Manero posed just like the art on the G1 Jazz packaging.

Manero box
Manero box back

Unlike Harry, Manero is not labeled as an “Ark Warrior” but does retain the “Alliance” categorization on the bottom of the box.

Manero box bottom

Inside the box you get a rifle, two speakers and instructions.

Manero box contents

The instructions feature line art with the moving parts drawn in red instead of photos with highlighting like on the previous releases.

The Robot

The robot is unquestionably a tightly designed piece of engineering. When Harry came out it was often described as a “mini-masterpiece” and it’s hard to argue that Manero is in the same class

Manero robot mode

Almost no kibble here at all.

Manero robot mode side view

The head, as expected, is very sharp and very Jazz.

Manero head

The hips are nicely detailed and painted.

Manero hips

The articulation is on a par with Harry with no interfering parts like on Max.

Manero articulation

Toy-purists beware: as you can see above, there is no way to give Manero shoulder wings since the vehicle doors wrap around the figure’s lower legs.

Apparently they tweaked Manero’s design after releasing Harry to address customer concerns:

After receiving the feedback of the H3, we improved the new version of the H2. Remaining the waist joint, we also make the shoulders and feet joint to make it better. You can’t see any empty space when looking from the back.

New Age Toys Facebook post March 16 at 11:53 PM

Certainly no “empty space” on this bot!

Manero robot mode back view

The new feet are top notch as you can see in the following “boxer” pose!

Manero boxer pose
The other Legendary Heroes wish they could hold this pose!

The ankle on this figure is double hinged with a main joint on the inside of the foot that can fold out to 90 degrees and a secondary joint at the back of the foot which can fold out 45 degrees. Here are some close-ups of the feet:

Manero ankle tilt - side hinge
Manero ankle tilt - back hinge

As you can see above, the grey cover is not attached to the calf so if you’re not careful it can separate during posing. It does fold down flat in this pose but I left the flawed photo here as a public advisory.

The Porsche

The transformation for Manero is much more complex than Harry. When transforming the knees they need to very firmly snap into place so that the attached roof panels sit flush with the rest of the roof.

Manero vehicle mode
Manero vehicle mode front

There is one small flaw in the vehicle mode, the two sides of the spoiler do not quite match with the left side being much thicker than the right.

Manero vehicle mode rear spoiler

The tiny details on this are extremely nice. From the fully painted rolling tires…

Manero vehicle mode tire

to the textured front grill…

Manero vehicle mode grill

to the doors with molded handles that are almost too small to see…

Manero vehicle mode door

New Age really pulled out all of the stops on this mold.

Manero vehicle mode with speakers

The Original Tease

H2 was originally teased in July 2018 with the following image:

New Age H2 Teaser
Photo by New Age Toys (via Weibo)

With the Shockwave head on a Jazz chest the silhouette covers both Manero and Cyclops. The black latex gloves, hopefully, were simply a reference to Shockwave as an experimental scientist.

The Name

The first result for “Manero” is a movie from 2008. It’s also Spanish for trained. However, with Gremlin and Harry being used for other releases in this line it seems like the movie is the more likely inspiration.

360 Degree Turnaround

The Conclusion

I love New Age’s confidence when they posted on Facebook about Manero:

The pictures can not describe its perfection. There’s no need to hesitate, just buy it.

New Age Toys Facebook post March 16 at 11:53 PM (emphasis added)

For me, their confidence was more than justified. This is one impressive figure!

New Age bots attept the boxing pose

New Age H6 Max

New Age H6 Max

Mini Warrior Max (aka Cosmos) has arrived at JunkionHQ! I’ve been anxiously awaiting this figure since receiving Harry, which was a massive improvement over the already great Flipper.

The Box

Max’s box is an even stronger homage to the G1 Autobot packaging style than Gremlin‘s was.

Max box
Mine got a little beat up in the mail.
Max box back

In the box you get the, probably X-Transbots Klaatu inspired, three piece “beam up” stand and instructions.

Max box contents

The Robot

Max is an enormously adorable rotund little figure!

Max robot mode
Max robot mode side view
Robot mode side view
Max robot mode back view
Robot mode back view – this was my first view of the figure since it’s how it was in the box insert.
Max head sculpt
And the face that only a mermaid could love.

Unfortunately, the articulation is more limited than their previous releases:

  • The shoulders, being jointed inside the torso don’t have much vertical movement
  • The hips, with their large side panels, do not have much forward and backwards movement
  • The feet have an extremely minor ankle tilt
Max robot mode articulation


The UFO mode is straight out of the G1 cartoon!

Max UFO mode
(Autobot symbol sold separately)
Max UFO mode side
UFO mode side view
Max UFO mode back
UFO back view
Max UFO mode front details
The details of the UFO front
Max UFO mode on stand
UFO mode on the includes stand
(Autobot symbol sold separately)

The Comparisons

Here’s Max with the Generations Thrilling 30 Legends Scale Cosmos.

Max robot mode with Cosmos
Max UFO mode with Cosmos
(Autobot symbol sold separately)

And here with the, Masterpiece-scaled, Spaceracer from Toy World.

Max robot mode with Spaceracer
(Autobot symbol sold separately)
Max UFO mode with Spaceracer
(Autobot symbols sold separately)

The Conclusion

Overall, I’m happy with Max, although not as much as Harry, which still holds the top spot in this line. Articulation issues aside, this is still a fun figure. The transformation is a little more fiddly than either Harry or Flipper requiring the instructions for the first go.

Now all I need is to get an Autobot symbol small enough to fit on his chest.

Max New Age group shot

It looks like the blue version will be next since we’ve seen it in package. The transparent version can’t be far behind.

360 Degree Turnaround