New Age Core Scenery Set B

The second set of New Age’s display accessory line is here.

The Box

Like Set A, this comes in a very plain box.

Core Scenery B box

Inside the box are the “Marble Throne” and the “Wicked Throne”. Like Set A, unpack this in a room you are about to vacuum because it will leave Styrofoam beads everywhere.

Core Scenery B box contents

The Marble Throne

The good: the marbling effect looks great.

Core Scenery B Mable Throne
Core Scenery B Mable Throne side view
Core Scenery B Mable Throne back view

The bad: the scale doesn’t seem quite right for the Legendary Heroes line.

Core Scenery B Agamenmnon in the Mable Throne

The seat of the throne leaves Agamenmnon’s feet hanging like a child’s.

Core Scenery B Agamenmnon in the Mable Throne side view

The figure also cannot sit against the back of the throne.

Core Scenery B Agamenmnon in the Mable Throne angled view

The Wicked Throne

This is the throne that I was excited about sadly, although a little better, it doesn’t seem to quite fit with the figures.

Core Scenery B Wicked Throne
Core Scenery B Wicked Throne side
Core Scenery B Wicked Throne back

Just like the marble throne, Agamenmnon doesn’t really fit the seat.

Core Scenery B Agamenmnon in the Wicked Throne
Core Scenery B Agamenmnon in the Wicked Throne side view

The Conclusion

Sadly, this set doesn’t really work for me so I cannot recommend it to accompany the Legendary Heroes line.

Get yours where I get mine: Show.Z Store – Tyrant Throne and Lincoln’s Ceremonial Chair

New Age Core Scenery Set A

The first of New Age Toys’ Core Scenery sets has arrived!

The Box

Core Scenery A box

The box, as appropriate for at item that will be part of the background of a display, is very plain – mostly flat orange with minimal text.

Core Scenery A box contents

Inside the box are the “Repairing Platform” and the “Teletraan Base” packaged in a Styrofoam insert as well as a spare set of display decals. The insert is problematic and breaks down easily. I strongly suggest that you open this in a room that you are about to vacuum because there will be Styrofoam beads everywhere whey you’re done!

Core Scenery A Repairing Platform beads
Even after cleaning everything off, I’m still finding Styrofoam beads!

Repairing Platform

Core Scenery A Repairing Platform
Core Scenery A Repairing Platform end view
Core Scenery A Repairing Platform bottom

As many have noted, it does look like the base was designed to have several features; including a telescoping base and a hinged “pillow” section. I suspect these features had to be dropped when it was decided to make it a single cast piece.

Core Scenery A Repairing Platform pillow detail
Core Scenery A Repairing Platform base

The platform is just way too large to really fit with the Legendary Heroes figures and is nearly deluxe scale.

Core Scenery A Repairing Platform with Agamenmnon
Core Scenery A Repairing Platform with Prime
Core Scenery A Repairing Platform Miller can't reach
Can’t quite reach…
Core Scenery A Repairing Platform Millers making it work
Making it work: aka – why we need translucent versions

Teletraan Base

Bad news for customizers, since these are solid blocks it’s not really feasible to add any lights or screen effects.

Core Scenery A Teletraan Base
Core Scenery A Teletraan Base side view
Core Scenery A Teletraan Base back view

The computer console is a much better fit for the Legendary Heroes.

Core Scenery A Teletraan Base with figures

Unfortunately the decals are not good. The graphics, taken without permission from Mandingo Rex‘s Teletraan-I Display Panels, are muddily reproduced and do not adhere well. As you can see from the photo above, mine arrived with one already fallen off. I suspect that New Age realized how poor the decals were after it was too late, which explains why they provide a spare set. I hope that Toy Hax or someone similar will put together a better set of screens.

Core Scenery A Teletraan Base loose decals

The Conclusion

Core Scenery Set A display

For me, this was a bit of a miss. Although I like the console, it needs more to really bring it to life – either painted screens or better and original decals. The Repairing Platform is comically oversized for their Legendary Heroes figures.

Get yours where I get mine: Show.Z Store: Teletraan I Computer Control Center & Operation Table.

New Age H9EX Hynkel

New Age H9EX Hynkel

The chromed version of Agamenmnon has arrived!

The Box

As appropriate for a toy-inspired repaint, the packaging is based on the G1 box.

Hynkel in box
Hynkel box back

Inside the box are all of the same pieces included with Agamenmnon:

  • Sight/Fusion Cannon
  • Orange barrel plug
  • 2x pointing hands
  • 2x open hands
  • Smiling face
  • Silencer
  • Stock stem
  • Stock base
  • Key to Vector Sigma
  • Energy mace
  • Movie pistol
  • Pistol mode effects adapter (matte grey)
Hynkel box contents

Due to the sheer number of accessories included with the H9 figures, there is a second insert to contain them.

The Initial Premium

Unexpectedly, Hynkel includes the same “Initial Premium” pack that Agamenmnon did.

Agamenmnon Initial Premium
Hynkel large blast effect
Agamenmnon small blast
Hynkel long blast effect

The Robot

Just like Agamenmnon but shiny!

Hynkel robot mode
Hynkel robot mode side view
Hynkel robot mode back view
Hynkel face details
Hynkel chest details
Hynkel abdomen details

They’ve also added some nice details to the inner forearms.

Hynkel forearm details

The Pistol

Hynkel pistol mode
Hynkel pistol mode with accessories

The Comparisons

To match up with the chrome paint job, the pistol accessories are gloss black for Hynkel instead of the matte black for Agamenmnon.

Hynkel comparison with Agamenmnon
Decepticon symbol sold separately
Hynkel comparison with Agamenmnon side view
Hynkel comparison with Agamenmnon back view
Hynkel comparison with Agamenmnon pistol mode
Decepticon symbol sold separately

The Conclusion

I’m having real trouble deciding which version I like best. Hynkel’s chrome paint and red accents really pop.

Hynkel posed to show off red highlights
Real despots wear red!

Get yours where I got mine: Show.Z Store – New Age H9EX Hynkel

New Age H9 Agamenmnon

New Age H9 Agamenmnon

The leader of the opposition (aka G1 Megatron) has joined the Legendary Heroes line!

The Box

The box is based on the packaging of the original release of the “Megatron” mold: Microman Gun Robo P38.

Agamenmnon in box
Agamenmnon box back
No, NA hasn’t announced Constructicons yet. “Competing” products often feature in their promotional photos.

Inside the box you’ll find more accessories than in any previous release:

  • Sight/Fusion Cannon (attached)
  • 2x pointing hands
  • 2x open hands
  • Smiling face
  • Silencer
  • Stock stem
  • Stock base
  • Key to Vector Sigma
  • Energy mace
  • Movie pistol
  • Pistol mode effects adapter
Agamenmnon box contents

You’ll note that it comes with an orange plug in the barrel. No worries though, the plug is easily removable.

Agamenmnon orange plug removed

The Robot

The robot is straight out of the original cartoon!

Agamenmnon robot mode
Agamenmnon robot mode side view
Agamenmnon robot mode back view
Agamenmnon face
Agamenmnon abdomen details
Agamenmnon side panel detail

There have been some complaints about the hips since the joints are below the pelvis, but it doesn’t really bother me.

Agamenmnon hips

The odd jointing will, however, be obvious in certain poses – including sitting in their upcoming Core Scenery throne set.

Agamenmnon hip extension
That’s totally natural.

The Accessories

Since there are so many accessories I wanted to give a few of them a closer look.

Agamenmnon spare face
Put on a happy face!

It’s hard to see from the photo but the pistol grip is painted black.

Agamenmnon movie pistol
“No your Honor, I’ve never seen that weapon before in my life”
Agamenmnon key to Vector Sigma
“Finders Keepers”

the mace is one solid piece that can be held, it does not replace the hand like in the cartoon

Agamenmnon energy mace

Like the original toy, the extra pistol parts can be assembled into a weapon platform.

Agamenmnon weapon platform

The Initial Premium

Agamenmnon Initial Premium

New with Agamenmnon is an “Initial Premium” pack that will only be included with the first release of the figure. The pack contains five effects parts:

  • 1x large blast
  • 1x small blast
  • 3x long blasts
Agamenmnon Initial Premium contents
Agamenmnon large blast effect
Agamenmnon long blast

Sadly, the small blast effect doesn’t really fit onto the 1986 movie pistol. The barrel is the right size but the sight prevents it from being connected securely. Since the effect parts are made of soft plastic, I’m sure you could force it over the sight, but I haven’t tried.

It does, however, attach to weapons included with other releases, Abadon for example.

Agamenmnon small blast

The Pistol Mode

The pistol mode looks great, just remember to lock everything in place to minimize gaps.

Agamenmnon pistol mode

The adapter looks a little odd when attached (perhaps it doubles as a “grenade”) but does allow you to connect the effect pieces.

Agamenmnon pistol mode effect piece adapter

You can also trick it out with all of the accessories

Agamenmnon pistol mode with all accessories

Transformation Highlights

One step of he transformation that was a pleasant surprise was that of the left arm into pistol mode. Despite the two arms looking the same, the left forearm splits and extends out to form the side of the pistol and cover the neck gap from robot mode.

Agamenmnon left arm transformation 1
The entire right side of the pistol mode is composed of the robot’s left arm …
Agamenmnon left arm transformation 2
… here’s the arm moved away from the pistol body …
Agamenmnon left arm transformation 3
… and the opposite side where you can see all of the parts tucked away …
Agamenmnon left arm transformation 4
… the top folds up to make the shoulder and the fist is on a post which the entire forearm rotates around …
Agamenmnon left arm transformation 5
… and done.

The Conclusion

This is a fantastic version of Megatron, it has an amazing transformation that is both complex and fun.

Agamenmnon showing off weapon platform

According to New Age Toys, there is a “mystery accessory” for Agamenmnon that will be given to people who pre-order all three of their upcoming 1984 Seekers.

Get yours where I got mine: Show.Z Store – New Age H9 Agamenmnon

Update: New Legs with Leviathan

New Age Toys put together a new set of legs to go with their original Agemenmnon which was included with Leviathan for those who pre-ordered all three Stormtroopers.

Robot mode comparison
Read all about Agemenmnon’s New Pants!

New Age H7B Riddick

New Age H7B Riddick

Riddick, aka Diaclone Onebox Cherry Vanette, has arrived at JunkionHQ!

The Box

As is becoming the signature of New Age Toy’s Multiverse sub-line, the box features a drawing of Riddick instead of a view of the toy.

Riddick box

Although Diaclone inspired, the box art clearly shows Shattered Glass Optimus Prime “on the comm”.

Riddick box back

Inside the box you get the standard instructions, two sets of extra hands, “liquid nitrogen” nozzle and rifle.

Riddick box contents

The Robot

Riddick robot mode
Riddick side
Riddick back

Sharp-eyed readers might notice the blue eyes instead of the red shown on the box and in all of the promotional photography. New Age Toys is aware of the issue and will be producing replacement heads which will be shipped out to dealers.

New Age Toys has released a statement (translated by NOCV on TFW2005) about a factory error with Riddick. The eyes were supposed to be red but some were painted blue and some black. They will be sending dealers properly painted replacement heads. On the plus side, now you can mix and match to give McCoy some color contrast if you got the blue-eyed version or make your own Zombie Ironhide with the black-eyed version.

Riddick head

The Vannette

The nannette looks good in black.

Riddick vehicle mode

The Name

Following their pattern, the name presumably comes from Riddick (2013).

The Conclusion

Diaclones unite!

Riddick with Kitt - Diaclone Legends

Get yours where I got mine: Show.Z Store – New Age H7B Riddick