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.
Max’s box is an even stronger homage to the G1 Autobot packaging style than Gremlin‘s was.
In the box you get the, probably X-Transbots Klaatu inspired, three piece “beam up” stand and instructions.
Max is an enormously adorable rotund little figure!
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
The UFO mode is straight out of the G1 cartoon!
Here’s Max with the Generations Thrilling 30 Legends Scale Cosmos.
And here with the, Masterpiece-scaled, Spaceracer from Toy World.
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.
Harry (aka Prowl and, presumably, “Clean” Harry), the newest release from New Age‘s new legends-scaled line has arrived at Junkion HQ!
Harry comes in a Diaclone-inspired window box.
Apparently the Autobot car-inspired releases are Ark Warriors while the mini-bot-inspired releases are Mini Warriors. Harry is also labeled as Alliance Military Strategist which is a designation the Mini Warriors lack.
In the box you get a rifle, two missile launchers and instructions.
One thing I really like about New Age’s products is that they feel very sturdy in hand which encourages you to spend time with them. I have plenty of third party products that are larger and more expensive that are both more fragile and less fun.
Harry is extremely well articulated! In addition to ball joints in the arms and hips, Harry also has thigh swivels and ankle tilts.
New Age also didn’t skimp on the details, here’s a close-up of the amazing head sculpt.
And the tiny details on the robot’s waist.
And now, fully armed!
The Fairlady Z
The biggest change with Harry is that, unlike Flipper, the wheels actually spin!
There are just so many details for such a small vehicle that I wanted to spend some extra time with the macro lens to really capture them all:
I’m amazed by the paint apps on this figure!
Looking at Harry and Flipper in robot mode really shows off how much detail they put into this release.
The vehicle mode continues the trend making Flipper (who really is a nicely painted figure) look plain by comparison.
To give a better sense of scale, here’s Harry with Masterpiece Prowl.
The Rest of the Legendary Warriors
At the 2018 Shanghai Wire Factory (SGC) show, New Age showed off sixteen different figures!
Heaven knows how long it will take to get all of these released but here is the full line up:
* I’m not actually sure which one is H2C and which one is H2W – I’m just guessing that W is for ShockWave. Corrected after TFcon 2019 ** More guesswork: McCoy just seems to fit Ironhide better. Confirmed, TFcon 2019
It’s unlikely, but I’m hoping that H10 ends up being their version of Optimus Prime for the MP-10 nomenclature symmetry.
The only disappointment that I can come up with for this line is that, by what we’ve seen for the pre-orders, it looks like they’re not giving the Max repaints unique names like they did with Gremlin and Critter. If that’s the worse thing that they do I’ll be very, very happy.
I’ve never been a Legends-scale collector but I am now certainly a New Age collector. This line is just pure fun! Transforming them is a joy despite their diminutive size. I am really looking forward to their upcoming version of Cosmos and hope to hear more about their other releases very soon!
This is not my first New Age mini-bot: I picked up Flipper a while back but never got the chance to review it. This where the clever transformation really shines. Because of how the rear window transforms it allows Gremlin to have a Throttlebot-style hood and hides that kibble for Flipper.
Flipper has one big flaw in vehicle mode compared to Gremlin, his black shoulders stand out awkwardly just under the side windows.
Not having one of his own, Flipper has to borrow Gremlin’s jet pack to recreate TOE*.
360 Degree Turnaround
* “That One Episode” – the obligatory accessory that the character used once in the cartoon.