New Age H14S Amy

The first of the second-string Seekers has arrived at Junkion HQ in the form of Aerospace Engineer Amy (aka G1 Sunstorm)!

The Box

The box is the now-standard G1 grid pattern

Amy box
Amy box back

Inside the box you get a the standard Stormtrooper instructions, Spacebridge stand instructions, a warning sheet about not rotating the stand post, a set of pointing hands, a set of open hands, 2x shoulder cannons, 2x wing bombs, Agamenmnon in pistol mode, 2x blue gradient thrust effects, 2x pink gradient blast effects and the Spacebridge stand segment.

Amy box contents

The Figure

One nice thing about the figure is the use of multiple yellows with some parts being more mustard an others closer to canary, all accented in bright white.

Amy robot mode
Amy robot mode side view
Amy robot mode back view

The face has a huge lopsided and rather creepy smile.

Amy grin

The wings have a subtle gradient between the two yellows on the top side.

Amy wing graident

The Jet

Amy jet mode

I didn’t think I’d like the flame details at first, but in hand they work well.

Amy flame detail

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New Age H13T Lucifer

New Age H13T Lucifer

The coronation translucent version of Lucifer has arrived at Junkion HQ.

The Box

The box is the standard blue grid package used for all of the translucent editions in the Legendary Heroes line.

Clear Lucifer box
Clear Lucifer box back

Inside the box you get the standard instructions, 2x null cannons, 2x wing bombs, a clear version of Agamenmnon in pistol mode, a set of pointing hands, a set of open hands and coronation gear for the initial Lucifer release.

Ironically, the one thing that is not included (in my copy at least) are instructions for the coronation gear – those are printed on the Spacebridge stand instruction sheet.

Clear Lucifer box contents

The Figure

The biggest change from the standard Lucifer is the fact that the feet are plastic instead of die-cast. Unfortunately this makes the figure more top-heavy and harder to pose since it doesn’t have that extra weight.

Clear Lucifer robot mode
Clear Lucifer robot mode side view
Clear Lucifer robot mode back view

The Jet

Clear Lucifer jet mode front view
Clear Lucifer jet mode
Clear Lucifer jet mode vertical view

The Coronation Gear

Now for the real reason to purchase this release.

Lucifer coronation gear

Although the gear looks good, it makes the figure extremely top-heavy and difficult to pose.

Lucifer coronation gear side view
Lucifer coronation gear back view
Lucifer coronation gear crown

The Conclusion

This will probably be my last translucent figure from the Legendary Heroes line. Not that there’s anything wrong with them, but there are so many other releases that it’s getting hard to justify them.

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New Age H8T Tata

New Age H8T Tata

Tata, the yellow 90s Beijing taxi version of Miller, is a great addition to the Legendary Heroes line.

The Box

The box is a nice color-coordinated G1 grid with Chinese text similar to Martini Manero‘s.

Tata box
Tata box back

Inside the box, you get the standard vannette instructions, a pair of pointing hands in grey, a pair of open hands in grey, black rifle, black version of McCoy‘s nitrogen hand, and black version of Miller’s laser scalpel.

Tata box contents

The Robot

No changes here except for the color scheme.

Tata robot mode
Tata robot mode side view
Tata robot mode back view
Tata head close up

The Vannette

Tata vehicle mode front view
Tata vehicle mode

The Details

Like their other releases, the best parts are the tiny details that they manage to fit into these small figures.

Tata details TAXI sign
Tata details front hood
Tata details pricing sign

The Conclusion

Tata is a nice addition to my, poorly lit, non-TF Legendary Heroes display.

Legendary Heroes non-TF releases


Legendary Heroes Unofficial Catalog
New Age H19 Hogan and H20 William Bonney

New Age H19 Hogan and H20 William Bonney

New Age has finally returned to the mini-bots with their two-pack of Hogan (aka G1 Brawn) and William Bonney (aka G1 Outback)!

The Box

The box is about what you expect from the Legendary Heroes line but with red details.

H19-H20 box
H19-H20 box back

Inside the box you get both figures in robot mode, a combined set of instructions covering all three releases of the mold, a large cannon, a pistol, 2x gas tanks in matching colors, a die-cast drill and the die-cast Initial Premium set which includes a drill for Agamenmnon and a claw for Lucifer.

H19-H20 box contents

The Transformation

I found it impossible to transform the arms into vehicle mode as shown in the instructions. There are post on the forearms that have to slot into the folding piece that fits between them and, if the arms are in the final position, there is not enough clearance to slide everything into position. I have to rotate the forearms out (as seen below) so that the posts clear the bottom of the center piece then use the fists to fold the arms into the final position.

Extra step in the arm transormation

The Gas Tank

The gas cans fold out into odd-looking blasters.

Gas tank pistol

They also fit into the back of the vehicle mode very tightly. So tightly that I had trouble getting them back off. They’ll probably end up in my New Age parts bin.

H19 Hogan

Each figure gets an unique head and chest so that they maintain the unique look of each character.

Hogan robot mode
Hogan robot mode side view
Hogan robot mode back view
Hogan chest

And a close-up of his face – Hogan is apparently very unhappy.

Hogan face

In vehicle mode the only difference between the two figures is the bottom of the grill, for Hogan, there is a hole for the drill attachment.

Hogan vehicle mode
Hogan vehicle mode front view
Hogan vehicle mode back view

Here is Hogan with his TOE drill.

Hogan vehicle mode with TOE drill

H20 William Bonney

The different head and chest really helps the two figures stand apart.

William Bonney robot mode
William Bonney robot mode side view
William Bonney robot mode back view
William Bonney chest
William Bonney face

Since the spare tire on the roof is identical to the regular tires, including the mounting rivet, it is not possible to mount the cannon in the middle of the roof like on the G1 toy. You’ll have to pick a preferred side and use that fist to mount it.

William Bonney vehicle mode side view
William Bonney vehicle mode front view
William Bonney vehicle mode back view

The Conclusion

After the recent releases it is a bit of a shock going back to such small figures but the quality and poseability certainly don’t suffer.

Hogan and William Bonney action shot

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



Legendary Heroes Unofficial Catalog
Agamenmnon’s New Pants

Agamenmnon’s New Pants

For those who pre-ordered all three of New Age Toys’ Stormtroopers (aka G1 Seekers) the arrival of Leviathan includes replacement parts for Agamenmnon in the form of new hips and legs that resolve the unnatural hip joint in the original design.

Agamenmnon hip extension

Comparisons

At a very quick glance you might not even notice the difference:

Robot mode comparison
(Decepticon symbol sold separately)

But the closer you look, the more obvious the changes become. A side view emphasizes the new, longer, side skirts.

Comparison hip side view

From the back, the new hip is even more obvious, and looks more “gappy” than the original.

Hip comparison back view

The pistol mode is even more similar at first glance.

Pistol mode comparison
(Decepticon symbol sold separately)

A close-up of the original pistol handle.

Original transformation - handle

And a close-up of the new pistol handle showing the new joints.

New transformation - handle

Installation

There are no instructions on how to install the part included in the box (at least there weren’t with mine) so I’ve detailed the steps I took below:

Separate the figure by pushing the hips backwards to slide the mushroom cap out of the torso. This will require a firm hand since the cap is held tightly in place.

Step 1 - torso mushroom peg

Remove the toes from each leg by pushing them in from the outside of the leg to slide the mushroom cap out of the calves. Just like the waist, the cap is tight and will require a bit of pressure to release.

Step 2 - foot mushroom peg

Get a PH01 screwdriver to remove the leg panels (be careful not to strip the screws!). I removed the outer panels first since they’re bulkier but the order doesn’t appear to be important. When removing the leg panels, make sure to keep the correct screw with the correct panel – the inner panel has a shorter screw.

Step 3 - screw for inner panel
Step 3 - screw for outer panel

To install the new part, reverse the previous steps:

  1. Attach the toes to each leg: line up the mushroom cap with the slot then push them out from the inside of the leg until the cap snaps into place.
  2. Use your PH01 screwdriver to attach the leg panels to the new part.
  3. Reattach the bottom half of the figure by lining up the mushroom cap at the top of the hips with the slot on the torso then pushing them forward until the cap snaps into place.

The Transformation

The new transformation is more complicated than the original.

Here’s the original design where the hips simply folded down:

Agamemnon's original hip tranformation

The new transformation starts with folding the legs down, similar to how the original hips worked.

Agamemnon's new hip tranformation

Then fold in the flaps at either side of the front hip skirt panel. Here is a view of one of these panels opened in pistol mode:

New hip flap - open front view

And a view of the cap that it is meant to cover:

New hip flap - open side view

You may also notice that there is another hinge behind this one. That is the connector for the new side skirts which fold flat into the pistol grip. Here it is during the transformation:

Agamenmnon's new pants hip joint side view

And as viewed from the back:

Agamenmnon's new pants hip joint

The Hip Joint

The best part of this upgrade is the relocation of the hip joint.

Here’s the original design:

Original hip - close up
Original hip joint

And the new one:

New hip close up
Agamemnon's new hip joint

The Waist

The biggest flaw with the new part is the sliding hip panel which does not lock into place. In many poses it drops down leaving a gap at the waist:

New hips - waist gap

Of course, in the alternate position it gives Agamemnon visible underpants:

Agamenmnon's new pants close up

Update: Correct Transfomation

After posting on TFW2005 I got more information about the official transformation which includes a lot more tucking than I originally realized.

New hips - correct transformation

Turns out that the “visible underpants” look is how it is supposed to be. You need to fold in both sides of the front hip skirt then fold up the tips of each side skirt to cover the resulting gap. This will hold the hip assembly in the correct location.

Here’s a comparison with the hips properly transformed:

Comparison with properly transformed hips

The Conclusion

I’m not sure that this upgrade was completely necessary but it is just as solid as the original. Each has one large flaw so you can choose your poison. Personally, I’ll keep my original version on display and save the upgraded version for any time that I need a pose that would highlight the hip joint.

According to New Age Toys, the replacement parts for the other repaints might be made available for purchase “at cost price” due to people not wanting to buy another figure just to get the part.



Legendary Heroes Unofficial Catalog
New Age H16, 17, 18 “Conehead” Stormtroopers

New Age H16, 17, 18 “Conehead” Stormtroopers

New Age’s conehead Stormtroopers have arrived at Junkion HQ!

The Box

I was surprised at how large the box was when it arrived, even though I have no idea how it could have been smaller. It’s features a Multiverse-style artwork cover with the coneheads attacking Unicron‘s head.

Coneheads box
Coneheads box back

Inside the box are two separate trays, one that contains the figures and accessories (see the sections for each character below for the contents), and one holding the 3x Spacebridge stands, 6x blue gradient jet blast effects and 6x red gradient medium blast effects. Packed in separate baggies are the Initial Premium (yellow blast effects, no sticker on the bag this time) and 6x wing bomb shells. The instructions sheet covers all three figures and is huge – the photo below shows only 1/3 of it.

Coneheads box contents

The Initial Premium contains: 3x long yellow blasts and one short yellow blast.

Initial Premium effect parts

If you ordered in time to get the Initial Premium, this set will add a total of sixteen effects to your collection:

  • 6x jet engine effects – blue to clear gradient
  • 6x medium blasts – clear to red gradient
  • 3x long blasts – yellow
  • 1 short blast – yellow
All effects parts

Overall Observations

Wing Bombs

The new wing bombs are a bit odd – they’re shells that snap onto the standard Stormtrooper blasters:

Bomb shells

I don’t understand why they didn’t make the bombs a complete piece. It doesn’t seem like they saved all that much material going with this plan since they now require internal reinforcements to lock onto the original blaster. If amount of materials was a concern, couldn’t it have been hollow with a post?

Heel Spurs

To make use of the hollow calves, New Age has added a flip-out heel spur.

New heel spur

An unfortunate side-effect of these new spurs are the posts they lock into which really stand out in jet mode.

New heel spur posts top view
New heel spur posts front view
New heel spur posts side view

I never had any problems posing Lucifer so I’m not sure that the heel spurs are worth the posts’ negative impact on the jet mode.

New Knees

The coneheads all get bulkier and fully-painted knee pads.

New knees front view detail

The Heads

The heads in jet mode are awkward at best – they point down and the top of the cone folds backwards.

Conehead in jet mode

Unfortunately the head it too large to rotate 180 degrees so that the cone points forward and like the end of a fuel tank or something similar.

Transformation

Something that I should have noted with my Lucifer review: When transforming the arms, always start with the left – it has a post that locks into the right arm (see below). If you try to start with the right it’s much harder to get it started.

Arm post

H16 Beelzebul

Beelzebul, aka G1 Ramjet, comes packed in jet mode and includes the same Stormtrooper blasters from Lucifer, 2x bomb shells, a set of pointing hands and a set of open hands.

Beelzebul accessories

The Robot

The robot mode, like the rest of the Legendary Heroes line, looks like it just stepped out of the cartoon.

Beelzebul robot mode
Beelzebul robot mode side view
Beelzebul robot mode back view

It’s hard to see in-hand but each conehead has an unique face.

Beelzebul face

The Jet

With the exception of the already mentioned head, the jet mode is very nice.

Beelzebul jet mode
Beelzebul jet mode top view

H17 Mammon

Mammon, aka G1 Thrust, includes 2x blasters, 2x bomb shells, a set of pointing hands and a set of open hands.

Mammon accessories

The Robot

Another great robot mode, clearly I prefer the original Stormtrooper blasters for this one.

Mammon robot mode
Mammon robot mode side view
Mammon robot mode back view

Mammon’ sneering face is the most unique, and visible, of the three.

Mammon face

The Jet

The only thing I don’t like about the jet mode is the second set of tail-fins that they’ve added.

Mammon jet mode

Here is a close-up of the o”fin”ding additions.

Mammon new fins side view

Like Beelzebul, the back panel hinges do not match the color of the rest of the top of the jet, but here they really stick out as something that shouldn’t be there.

Mammon jet mode top view

Thrust was the only Decepticon jet that I had “back in the day” so I’m very attached to the toy interpretation. I’m holding out hope that there will be an EX-style version of Thrust with shoulder wings although I don’t really expect it to happen. If it were a simple parts swap that would be one thing, but I’m not sure that the potential Nacelle repaint would be enough to justify the remolding cost.

H18 Mephisto

Mephisto, aka G1 Dirge, includes 2x blasters, 2x bomb shells, a set of pointing hands and a set of open hands all in matching grey.

Mephisto accessories

The Robot

Probably the weakest of the robot modes – the “winglets” do not lock into place so they’re very easy to knock askew. I presume that’s why all of the photos on the box show them pushed to the side instead of pointing up like in the instructions.

Mephisto robot mode
Mephisto robot mode side view
Mephisto robot mode back view

Mephisto’s face is very similar to Beelzebul’s with the main difference being the detail of the chin.

Mephisto face

The Jet

Mephisto in jet mode

The Comparisons

Robot Mode

Just like G1, the big differences are the head and wing arrangement.

Mamon with Lucifer in robot mode
(Decepticon symbols sold separately)
Back view comparison

Here are the new knees beside the original, both are snap-on pieces and not part of the calf.

New knee side view

Jet Mode

Here’s Beelzebul next to Lucifer in Jet mode.

Beelzebul with Lucifer in jet mode
(Decepticon symbols sold separately)
Beelzebul comparison with Lucifer in jet mode side view
(Decepticon symbols sold separately)

Mammon, as expected, is far closer to the standard Stormtroopers but still decidedly unique so here he is again.

Mammon comparison with Lucifer in jet mode
(Decepticon symbols sold separately)
Mammon with Lucifer in jet mode side view
(Decepticon symbols sold separately)

The Conclusion

While there are a few things that I would change (if I had the power to do so) this is still a great set and a nice addition to the line!

Spacebridge stand with all three Coneheads top view

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Legendary Heroes Unofficial Catalog

New Age Spacebridge Stand

Included with New Age’s Stormtrooper (not-Seekers), the Spacebridge stand is an impressive accessory!

Spacebridge segment
Spacebridge side view

One of the most impressive features is the fact that all of the pieces of the stand store in the back of the Spacebridge stand segment.

Spacebridge parts storage

The second most impressive feature is the fact that the Spacebridge stand segment is coated with metal. The metallic paint makes the stand feel like it is die-cast. So much so that I found myself looking for a seam between the metal and the plastic.

Spacebridge instructions

The stand includes two attachment points; a short post compatible with New Age’s Stormtroopers, a and a claw for other figures.

Spacebridge with Lucifer
Spacebridge with Lucifer side
Spacebridge with Flipper
Spacebridge with Flipper side view

The set also includes a side mount so that you can use a single stand to support multiple Stormtroopers.

Spacebridge arm side mount

UPDATE: Here are some examples of the stand being used to hold three Stormtroopers.

Spacebridge stand with all three Coneheads side view
Spacebridge stand with all three Coneheads top view
Spacebridge stand with all three Coneheads side view

Update #2: I had set up my New Age display with two of these planning to have one seeker and one conehead flying at the back of the display. When my Coneheads arrived I tried to attach Mammon and discovered that the mounting points on the Coneheads’ backs are larger than on the original Stormtroopers. I swapped out with one of the stands that came with the set and realized that the posts at the end of the mounting arm are also larger. The new stands do work with the original Stormtroopers and hold them fine just not vice-versa.


The final pieces are snap-on connectors that allow you to construct the complete Spacebridge out of twelve segments.

Spacebridge connection parts
Spacebridge stands assembled

The Conclusion

Mixing the stand with the effect parts can result in some very dynamic displays.

Spacebridge with Lucifer robot mode
New Age H13 Lucifer

New Age H13 Lucifer

New Age Toys’ Air Commander Lucifer (aka G1 Starscream) has arrived at Junkion HQ!

The Box

The box is another Diaclone homage, this time to the F-15 Jetrobo.

Lucifer box
Lucifer box back

Inside the box you’ll find two sets of instructions; a generic “Stormtrooper” set for the figure and one for the Spacebridge stand (which is covered in a separate post). For accessories you’ll find the stand, 2x cannons, open hands, pointed hands, 2x small blast effects, 2x engine blast effects, 2x bombs and Agamenmnon in pistol mode.

Lucifer box contents

The Robot

Lucifer’s robot mode is an impressive rendition of Starscream from the original cartoon.

Lucifer robot mode
Lucifer side view

Even the back is nice and clean!

Lucifer back view

You can also use the front landing gear as a wrist communicator.

Lucifer communicator

The F-15

Jet mode is equally impressive!

Lucifer jet mode

The effect parts in this release are two-tone. The jet blasts start as blue at the base and move to clear at the tips.

Lucifer jet effect parts

One thing to be aware of is that, due to the transformation joints in the tail fins, it is very easy to knock them out of alignment when handling the jet.

Lucifer droopy tail fins
Exaggerated for dramatic effect

Transformation Highlights

The robot chest inverts out of the underside of the cockpit…

Lucifer chest tranformation step 1

…then flip out to form the chest…

Lucifer chest tranformation step 2

…then everything folds up into the robot torso.

Lucifer chest tranformation step 3

The outer edge of the robot legs pivots around…

Lucifer leg tranformation step 1

…which positions the tail fins on the inside of the calf…

Lucifer leg tranformation step 2

…so that they can be folded completely into the leg.

Lucifer leg tranformation step 3

The Comparisons

Lucifer is a head shorter than Agamenmnon.

Lucifer with Agamenmnon

Lucifer is also twice the height of Flipper.

Lucifer with Flipper

The Conclusion

Another impressive and fun addition to the Legendary Heroes line!

Lucifer salute


Legendary Heroes Unofficial Catalog

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.

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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.

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