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

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.

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New Age H1K Critter

New Age H1K Critter

After receiving Harry and pre-ordering the Path Finder-inspired H6B Max V2 I decided that I needed Critter as part of a New Age GoBots collection.

Critter is inspired by the version of Bug Bite that was included in the Botcon 2007 box set.

The Box

Critter’s box is based on the Generation 1 Decepticon packaging.

Critter box
Critter box back

In the box is the pistol (in silver this time!), jet pack (identical to Gremlin‘s) and instruction sheet.

Critter box contents

The molded details on the pistol are much easier to see in silver.

Critter pistol

The Robot

While I broke out the macro lens for Flipper, I never photographed alternate views of the robot mode.

Critter robot mode
Critter robot mode side
Robot mode with no kibble, so passe.
Critter robot mode back

A better job on the details than my copy of Flipper.

Critter face

According to Ben Yee, Lanny Lathem intended the tattoo as “a highly stylized version of the Decepticon insignia.”

Critter tatoo
Critter foot
Critter fist

The Volkswagen Bug

Like Flipper, Critter’s black shoulders stand out in vehicle mode but, with the black windows, they don’t clash as badly.

Critter vehicle mode

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New Age H1 Flipper

New Age H1 Flipper

Ok I admit it: after receiving Harry, I’ve become a bit obsessed with New Age‘s Legendary Heroes line!

Although Flipper was my first New Age product I never had a chance to review it before Gremlin arrived so I’ve decided to correct that error.

The Box

The box is based on the packaging for Microchange (the source of the original Bumblebee mold) which is a nice tribute.

Flipper in box
Flipper box back

Unlike every other version of this mold (including the exclusive clear version) Flipper only includes the pistol and instructions there’s no jet pack here.

Flipper box contents
(Autobot symbol sold separately)

Just like the main figure, there are a lot of details on the tiny little pistol

Flipper pistol

The Robot

Flipper robot mode
(Autobot symbol sold separately)

The paint on my version isn’t great in this close-up but It’s not noticeable normally. Even with the flaws the sculpt is still impressive.

Flipper face

The Volkswagen Bug

The biggest flaw in the vehicle mode is that the black shoulders are extremely obvious and break up the door panels.

Flipper vehicle mode
(Autobot symbol sold separately)
Flipper vehicle mode rear view
(Autobot symbol sold separately)

Even though they don’t spin, the wheels are fully painted.

Flipper vehicle mode wheel

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New Age H3 Harry

New Age H3 Harry

Harry (aka Prowl and, presumably, “Clean” Harry), the newest release from New Age‘s new legends-scaled line has arrived at Junkion HQ!

The Box

Harry comes in a Diaclone-inspired window box.

Harry 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.

Harry box back

In the box you get a rifle, two missile launchers and instructions.

Harry box contents

The Robot

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 robot mode

Harry is extremely well articulated! In addition to ball joints in the arms and hips, Harry also has thigh swivels and ankle tilts.

Harry articulation

New Age also didn’t skimp on the details, here’s a close-up of the amazing head sculpt.

Harry head

And the tiny details on the robot’s waist.

Harry robot mode waist

And now, fully armed!

Harry robot mode armed

The Fairlady Z

The biggest change with Harry is that, unlike Flipper, the wheels actually spin!

Harry vehicle mode

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:

Harry front bumper
Hood logo and turn signals
Harry headlight
Head light
Harry vehicle mode windshield wipers
Windshield wipers
Harry door symbol
Door badge
Harry vehicle mode wheel
Fully painted rolling tires!
Harry tail lights
Tail lights

I’m amazed by the paint apps on this figure!

The Comparisons

Looking at Harry and Flipper in robot mode really shows off how much detail they put into this release.

Harry with Flipper
(Autobot symbols sold separately)

The vehicle mode continues the trend making Flipper (who really is a nicely painted figure) look plain by comparison.

Harry with Flipper vehicle mode
(Autobot symbols sold separately)

To give a better sense of scale, here’s Harry with Masterpiece Prowl.

Harry with Masterpiece Prowl
(Autobot symbols sold separately)

The Rest of the Legendary Warriors

At the 2018 Shanghai Wire Factory (SGC) show, New Age showed off sixteen different figures!

New Age Legendary Heroes Teaser
New Age’s Legendary Heroes line as shown at SGC 2018 (photo by Chicken Fritters on Weibo)

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

Check out ‎Daniel Bellido‎’s gallery of the event!

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.

The Conclusion

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!

Harry with Flipper and Gremlin
(Autobot symbols sold separately)

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New Age H1G Gremlin

New Age H1G Gremlin

New Age‘s Gremlin “gold” repaint of their Flipper mini-bot has arrived at Junkion HQ.

Gremlin in box

In the box is an extremely tiny pistol, jet pack and instructions sheet.

Gremlin box contents

Like the original G1 Goldbug, Gremlin is more of a mustard yellow than a gold.

The VW Bug

The only drawback with the vehicle mode is that it lacks rolling wheels.

Gremlin vehicle mode

The Robot

This is a super fun little figure!

Gremlin robot mode

It’s very poseable for its size and has a great intuitive transformation.

Gremlin with pistol

Unlike Flipper, Gremlin includes the jet pack from Dinobot Island.

Gremlin jet pack

The Comparisons

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.

Gremlin with Flipper robot mode
(Autobot symbol sold separately)

Flipper has one big flaw in vehicle mode compared to Gremlin, his black shoulders stand out awkwardly just under the side windows.

Gremlin with Flipper vehicle mode
(Autobot symbol sold separately)

Not having one of his own, Flipper has to borrow Gremlin’s jet pack to recreate TOE*.

Flipper with jet pack
(Autobot symbol sold separately))

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* That One Episode” – the obligatory accessory that the character used once in the cartoon.


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