New Age H2G Capoeira

New Age H2G Capoeira

Capoeira (aka G1 Stepper, Ricochet or Manero repaint #1) is here!

The Box

Like Max, Capoeira’s box is G1 inspired with a grid starburst pattern behind the robot mode photo.

Capoeira box
Capoeira box back

Since this is a limited release it reuses the instructions created for Manero. You also get a gold version of the rifle.

Capoeira box contents

The Robot

All the glory of Manero in black and gold!

Capoeira robot mode
Capoeira side
Capoeira back

As you can see on the box, New Age is a bit fixated with mounting the rifle on the figure’s shoulder which, for me, just reinforces that it does not include a version of Nebulon (aka Nightstick) who originally would have been placed there.

Capoeira shoulder rifle
No really, it’s a Target Master

The Porsche

Just like the original toy, this Porsche 935 Turbo looks fantastic in black!

Capoeira vehicle
Capoeira door detail
Capoeira hood detail
Capoeira vehicle wheel

The Comparisons

This is a pure repaint, but the colors really pop.

Capoeira with Manero
(Autobot symbol sold separately)
Capoeira vehicle with Manero
(Autobot symbol sold separately)

Here he is with United Stepper, a great repaint of my favorite modern Jazz mold.

Capoeira with Stepper
Capoeira vehicle mode with Stepper

360 Degree Turnaround

The Conclusion

A great looking repaint that I am very happy to have in my New Age display!

Capoeira with Manero
(Autobot symbol sold separately)


Legendary Heroes Unofficial Catalog

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


Legendary Heroes Unofficial Catalog

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.

360 Degree Turnaround



Legendary Heroes Unofficial Catalog
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

360 Degree Turnaround



Legendary Heroes Unofficial Catalog
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

360 Degree Turnaround



Legendary Heroes Unofficial Catalog
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

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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)

360 Degree Turnaround



Legendary Heroes Unofficial Catalog

X-Transbots MM-VI Boost (Toon V2)

My final 1984 Masterpiece mini-bot, Boost (aka Windcharger) has arrived at Junkion HQ!

The Box

The box featured a nice illustration of the figure in robot mode on the front and G1-style tech specs on the back.

Boost box

Unfortunately, they sealed the box with large “X-Transbots” decals that cover the edges of the tech specs.

Boost box back

In the box you’ll find a pistol, tractor beam attachment, toy visor with compatible head piece, trading card and instructions book.

Boost box contents

Another cool thing about the box is that it was designed to be displayed along side the box for mold-mate Hatch. The front of the box is actually a single illustration of both figures and the back shares a line drawing of the robot mode.

Boost and Hatch boxes
Boost and Hatch boxes back

The Robot

Boost robot mode

The robot mode looks great but the transformation has a lot of steps that require parts to be precisely positioned. When transforming the arms you can’t just fold out the hands, you have to manipulate the hand around a raised edge on the forearm starting with the thumb then spinning it so that the palm clears the edge. The feet are an even more awkward with multiple parts that have to be positioned just right before everything can be rotated into place. I’m not sure I’ve managed to do it in the correct sequence yet, I usually just fiddle with it until the pieces finally fall into place.

Boost tractor beam
Boost with his TOE* tractor beam from The Ultimate Doom.

The Trans-Am

Windcharger’s G1 vehicle mode was not nearly as deformed as Cliffjumper‘s or even Bumblebee‘s retaining a similar basic shape as a classic Trans-Am so it is much less of change to see such a realistic vehicle mode.

Boost vehicle mode

One thing I always appreciate is having a place to store weapons while in vehicle mode. Boost can not only store his pistol but also his tractor beam between the rear wheels.

Boost vehicle mode weapon storage

The Masterpiece

X-Transbots did a good job matching Boost with MP-21, on display they certainly look like they are from the same line.

Boost with Bumblebee robot mode
(Autobot symbol sold separately)

In vehicle mode, Boost fits right in too.

Boost with Bumblebee vehicle mode
(Autobot symbol sold separately)

The Conclusion

I ordered this set as soon as the pre-order appeared in June 2018, long before I even knew there would be multiple versions. As it turns out, I got the one I would have picked anyways! The chrome legs on the other two versions wouldn’t really fit with the rest of my Masterpiece collection.

Boost with Bumblebee robot mode
(Autobot symbol sold separately)

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

Masterpiece Showcase: Part 2 – 1984 Decepticon Cassettes

Masterpiece Showcase: Part 2 – 1984 Decepticon Cassettes

One thing that I was never able to do the first time around was to “collect them all” and gather all of the figures shown in the catalogs. With the Masterpiece line however, I’m finally able to work towards that goal with modern updates of the original figures.

The evil Decepticons fool you as cassettes, but they transform to either a jaguar, condor or robots! - 19) Rumble/Ravage 20) Frenzy/Laserbeak - Decepticon Cassettes
Soundwave’s minions!

Like Soundwave, the original cassettes were from MicroChange and transformed into a 1:1 scale micro-cassettes. Sadly, I don’t think we’ll ever get a modern set of alt modes that work as well as these. The Titans Return tablets worked on a technical level but didn’t really look like real-world tablets and there was no explanation as to why you would be inserting them into something else. I suppose, to make it more relatable, you could make Soundwave into a car carrier and his minions cars but you loose that special relationship. To keep the relationship, you could make Soundwave into a Drobo enclosure and the cassettes into hard drives but it’s not very relatable to most people.

All of the 1984 Decepticons cassettes came out in 2013 shortly after Soundwave so this is another easy to complete step of my Masterpiece collection completion plan.

1984 Cassettes

19) Rumble and Ravage

Rumble and Ravage

MP-13 Rumble

Rumble (yes, he’s red) came in a two-pack with Ravage.

Rumble robot mode
Rumble cassette mode

The most poseable of the Masterpiece cassettes, the robots feature several ball joints.

Rumble poseability

To recreate his trademark special power, Rumble includes a set of pile drivers that mount on his arms.

Rumble with pile drivers

Both backpack rifles can be stored within the pile drivers when not in use.

Rumble weapon storage

There’s also an accessory that allows you to mount the pile drivers to the robot’s back, but mine is packed away somewhere.

MP-13 Jaguar

Ravage (Jaguar in Japan), like the condors, features a fully integrated transformation where the missiles fold into the cassette mode.

Jaguar
Can’t loose these missiles!
Jaguar cassette mode

Another feature of the new design is that head splits and includes a flip-out nose which is very easy to miss during transformation.

Ravage nose

20) Frenzy and Laserbeak

Frenzy and Laserbeak

MP-16 Frenzy

For some inexplicable reason, Frenzy comes with blue versions of Rumble’s pile drivers, mine never left the box.

Frenzy robot mode
Frenzy cassette mode

MP-13 Condor

Too famous to wait, Laserbeak (Condor in Japan) was released along with Soundwave.

Laserbeak condor mode
Laserbeak cassette mode

_) Enemy

Not featured in the catalog, Enemy was part (literally, it was glued to the front!) of a Transformers AM radio available in 1984. The Masterpiece version was released as part of MP-15/16E.

Enemy Robot Mode
Rumble is red and so am I!
Enemy Cassette Mode

Additional Reading

Third-Party Alternatives

As mentioned in part 1, Ocular Max has a series of larger cassettes for any of you who feel that these are too small and don’t mind that they don’t fit inside Soundwave.


Read the Entire Series

Masterpiece Collection Showcase

Masterpiece Showcase: Part 1 – 1984 Decepticon Communicator

Masterpiece Showcase: Part 1 – 1984 Decepticon Communicator

One thing that I was never able to do the first time around was to “collect them all” and gather all of the figures shown in the catalogs. With the Masterpiece line however, I’m finally able to work towards that goal with modern updates of the original figures.

Soundwave, disguised as a cassette recorder, locates and identifies Autobots, then informs other Decepticons of their whereabouts. His cassette changes to a golden condor! - 24) Soundwave/Buzzsaw - Decepticon Communicator
So cool in 1984, so unidentifiable to anyone under 30.

The original Soundwave toy was borrowed from MicroChange where tiny robots transformed into common household objects. In this case, “Cassette Man” transformed into a 1:1 scale micro-cassette recorder. Micro-cassettes were not very common in the US so it was usually presumed that he was supposed to be a full size audio cassette player.

Admittedly, the “Decepticon Communicator” category is pretty easy to complete since it consists of only two figures:

Soundwave and Buzzsaw catalog view

24) Soundwave and Buzzsaw

Unlike the original, Masterpiece Soundwave came with Condor (aka Laserbeak) while Buzzsaw was released in a two-pack with Frenzy.

MP-13 Soundwave

Despite being released in 2013, Soundwave is still an impressive figure even though it is not as pose-able as the MP-36-style Masterpiece designs.

Soundwave robot mode

The Masterpiece version is compatible with most cassettes from 1984 as well as the Masterpiece versions. In fact, he can now hold three cassette minions, besting the previous record holder, G1 SoundBlaster, which was a Japan-exclusive remold of Soundwave for 1987 that held two cassettes.

Soundwave with Ratbat in his deck
Still rocking the micro-cassette scale!
Soundwave tape deck mode

Similar to how the G1 toy could store his weapons in his “battery compartment”, Masterpiece Soundwave’s weapons store in the back of the tape deck mode.

Soundwave tape deck mode back view

MP-16 Buzzsaw

The best part about this mold is that it features a fully integrated transformation where the booster packs fold into the cassette mode.

Buzzsaw condor mode
Can’t loose these accessories!
Buzzsaw cassette mode

As a Masterpiece, Buzzsaw is much more pose-able than the original.

Buzzsaw sitting up
Now featuring “sitting up” action!
Soundwave launching Buzzsaw
Buzzsaw eject!

Third Party Alternative

Ocular Max has released a larger version of Buzzsaw called Buzzard scaled so that the alt mode is the size of a normal cassette rather than a micro-cassette. However, since for me a lot of the fun is the interaction, I haven’t really paid much attention to it.


Read the Entire Series

Masterpiece Collection Showcase

BadCube OTS-9 Grump

BadCube just reissued their version of Masterpiece Gears – the final BadCube mini-bot that I need for my 1984 Autobots!

The Box

Grump box

The traditional BadCube box comes in red and blue to mirror the figure inside. When I first saw these boxes I thought they were plain, but I have to admit that they’ve grown on me.

Grump box contents

Inside the box you get a trading card, instructions, pistol and TOE* personality card and welder.

Grump personality card

The personality card is detailed to look like a VHS tape.

Grump with personality card

The card fits very tightly into the chest, I had to use a small pair of pliers to get it back out.

The Figure

Grump robot mode

Grump has a lot of personality and looks like he just stepped out of the cartoon.

Grump smiling
Happy to help Megatron, good buddy!

Grump’s head contains both faces. The whole face folds up and everything below the eyebrow spins.

The Truck

Grump vehicle mode

Just like Slick, locking Grump’s chest piece in place for vehicle mode is challenging but, due to the quarter panels being attached to the hood, not quite as difficult.

The Mold Mate

Grump with Slick
(Autobot symbol sold separately)

Although I usually don’t display Slick with his wheels out, it does help differentiate the two versions.

Grump with Slick vehicle mode
(Autobot symbol sold separately)

Not much difference in vehicle mode besides the colors, as it should be.

The Masterpiece

Grump with Bumblebee

Beside Bumblebee, Grump’s vehicle mode doesn’t look nearly as realistic.

Grump with Bumblebee vehicle mode

The Conclusion

Grump with MP mini-bots
(Autobot symbols sold separately)

I was pretty happy with Slick and am just as happy with Grump. He looks great with the rest of the mini-bots. Now I just need my X-Transbots Boost to arrive to complete the set!


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