LG-44 Sharkticon

LG-44 Sharkticon

Takara LegendsRecent releases from both Hasbro and TakaraTomy have been a celebration of the original animated movie, the latest example of this is LG-44 Sharkticon & Sweeps.

Sharkticon - box

Sharkticon

The Sharkticon mold is a great little ball of terror!

Sharkticon - beast

To transform; remove the mace and fold the fin back. Disconnect the top half of the beast mode, split it apart and fold it back to make the robot legs. Fold the beast head halves back to become the robot heels. Move the beast hip joints up until they snap into place to become the robot solders. Spin the beast feet around to become the robot forearms. Fold the beast lower jaw down to become the robot chest then rotate the robot head up out of the torso. Spin the head to face forward then fold up the fin against the robot back.

Sharkticon - robot

There’s something almost lovable about this rotund little bot.

Gnaw

This mold was originally released in the US as Titans Return Gnaw.

Sharkticon & Gnaw - beast

Takara’s version is mostly grey with purple and blue accents. The fin, beast arms, upper legs and mace are all molded in the same grey as the lower-half of the beast mode. The fists and robot thighs are now in purple to match the beast mode’s mouth.

Sharkticon with Gnaw

Sweeps

Sweep Headmaster - robot

I skipped LG-26 Scourge the first time around but picked one up specifically to go with Sharkticon’s Sweeps Head Master. There are no differences between the two Head Masters

Sweep Headmaster - head

Sweeps Head Master mustache goes upwards over his cheeks instead of down like Scourge’s.

Sweep with Scourge

The Swarm

I’m not usually a troop builder but something about this figure made me want a swarm.

Swarm

I might have managed with just the one if not for ToyHax and their label upgrade set. The set includes enough labels to customize three figures in their own color scheme. After seeing this, I immediately pictured Gnaw with three squad leaders each backed up with half a dozen color coordinated drones. Sadly, reality and budgetary limitations forced me to scale this back a bit. Now, with the Legends version, my swarm is a quintet – rather appropriate for servants of the Quintessons, I think.

QC Punishment

After greedily ordering three additional Gnaws Karma decided to punish me a bit. Although my first Gnaw is perfect, none of the others can keep their tails in place in beast mode. It was so bad that I even labeled each tail/mace to make sure it gets back to the figure it originally came with.

Swarm - tails

Conclusion

Despite a few loose tails I’ve really enjoyed these figures and wanted to end with a scene inspired by the movie.

Movie Scene

Poor Thundercracker

Poor Thundercracker

I recently skimmed a thread about the RID toy-line ending where Imperator was talking about still wanting Thundercracker and it got me thinking. Poor Thundercracker has often gotten shafted – most famously; the last original Seeker released in Masterpiece format and a Botcon exclusive during the Classics era. But what kept bubbling up in my mind is my collection of Legends Seekers from Cybertron/Galaxy Force.

Legends Cybertron Seekers

As you may notice in the photo above there is a distinct lack of blue and an abundance of grey. This mold was released ten times, five of those were Starscream and even Sunstorm got a retail release but no TC. I’m still half expecting a release as Acidstorm just to rub salt in the wound.

Sunstorm backed with Starscreams

Skywarp was the only other bot of the original Trio released in this mold.

Seeker trioI’ve utilized a seasonally appropriate stand-in for the missing TC here. At least, I think it’s appropriate, we were “booed” and this Wizard (I think) was part of the package.

All three coneheads were released and, due to the transformation, they can even have pseudo-coneheads.

Coneheads trio

As you may have guessed by now, I love this mold. It’s small and fun and, for me, gives us the best Cybertronian Seeker that has been released by any company. I’ve had these displayed in my (extremely dusty) shadow-box on the wall behind the computer monitors in my home office for years.

Ark Shadowbox

Another benefit to this mold is the fact that, unlike the deluxe version, it does not require a Cyber Key to deploy the weapons.

Legends Cybertron weapons

The transformation is very similar to the Deluxe and just as effective.

Legends Cybertron flyers

The Deluxe version of this mold was only re-released once as a Thrust-colored version of Starscream and the Ultra version was never repainted as a different character.

To close, my favorite Seeker Thrust, the only one I actually had back in the 80s.

Thrust

Fans Toys FT-27 Spindrift

Fans Toys FT-27 Spindrift

The Seaspray inspired masterpiece-style Spindrift from Fans Toys has arrived at Junkion HQ.

The Box

Spindrift box

The first surprise with Spindrift is that it comes in a very small box for a masterpiece-class figure.

Spindrift box contents

Along with the styrafoam insert Spindrift comes with full-color instructions, trading card, three weapons and a spare head with a more boxy design.

The Robot

Spindrift robot

One thing that is immediately obvious is that this is a post-diet version of the character. Spindrift is very thin, especially when viewed beside TR Seaspray.

Spindrift robot comparison side

Spindrift includes a pistol in the G1 cartoon generic handgun style as well as two small blasters that can mount on the forearms.

Spindrift robot armed

The Hovercraft

A word of warning, the white side pieces lock into the arms very tightly making it difficult to disconnect them when transforming back to robot mode.
Spindrift Hovercraft side
The two blasters can be mounted on the hovercraft deck with the pistol between them for a “fully armed and operational” hovercraft.

Spindrift Hovercraft side

Spindrift Hovercraft armed front

The Comparisons

Spindrift robot comparison

As mentioned earlier, Spindrift has a much flatter chest than the G1 inspiration.

Spindrift Hovercraft comparison

The hovercraft mode is shaped much like G1 Seaspray with a pointed bow.

The Conclusion

Although I like the figure, the proportions seem a bit off, with the very thin chest and the trademark oversized feet it looks extremely bottom heavy.

Spindrift robot badgeIt’s just a bot without a Badge

NYCC 2017 Reveals

NYCC 2017 Reveals

Thanks to OAFEnet’s Twitter Feed we now have photos of Power of the Prime releases including Volcanus, the Terrorcons, Rodimus Unicronus, Prime Masters and Cliffjumper! Add this to this today’s surprise release of Grotusque which sold out quickly at Hasbro Toy Shop but, according to the announcement, will be available later at retail similar to the Arcee exclusive.

UPDATE: Even more photos on TFW2005!

I have to say, Cliffjumper looks better each time I see it. And, by the purple Autobot symbol and goatee, it looks like Rodimus Unicronus is also Shattered Glass Rodimus Prime. The decoy shells for the two Prime Masters on display; Vector Prime with Metalhawk and Alchemist Prime with Submarauder both look great.

They also have several photos of the prototype Divebomb wings from the Titan-class Predaking. The details look good but it’s hard to really judge without seeing the rest of the figure.

Box Set Refugees

Box Set Refugees

At New York Comic Con 2017 today Hasbro announced the immediate availability of Grotusque with the final die-cast Titan Master Scorponok!

Grotusque & Scorponok

Grotusque is a remold of Titans Return Twinferno (aka Doublecross) with an all new beast head and arms.
Grotusque beast mode

I doubt it will be long before Botcon’s Headmaster Scorponok starts showing up with this new die-cast head attached.

Grotusque and Scorponok will be packaged just like Arcee (now available from TRU) in a special black box.

Grotusque box

I’m glad to see that we’re getting another refugee from the two cancelled box sets and hope that we see more!

Bringing the Unexpected: Part Four – Twin Twist

Bringing the Unexpected: Part Four – Twin Twist

Twin Twist has finally arrived at Junkion HQ and the Jumpstarters are finally complete!

Jumpstarters complete!

In photos Twin Twist’s tank treads can look very thin and Topspin’s wings do not lock in place so I had been a little concerned about how the treads would work. But with the actual toy in hand I’m happy to say that they stay in place very well in both modes. There’s no real lock but they are tighter than Topspin’s wings.

Twin Twist vechicle mode

Like his mold-mate, Twin Twist has a great transformation that  compacts everything into the vehicle mode for a very solid feel. Not only is it a great update of the original, but the cockpit is very well integrated and feels like it should always have been there.

Twin Twist with G1

Also like his mold-mate, Twin Twist’s biggest difference from the original is the height difference. There is no question that these are the same ‘bot. You may notice that my G1 Twin Twist is not exactly pristine – it is my original toy and features a catalog Autobot symbol that I glued on after the sticker wore off.

Twin Twist robot mode

After seeing a solid color parts swap of Twin Twist and Topspin on TFW2005 and realizing how much I loved Topspin I decided to double-dip. After much debate I finally settled on donating these bodies to Clobber and Ptero. I thouth that he blue for Ptero would evoke the Diaclone figure while the white Clobber would have a Beast Wars feel.

Clobber & Ptero with bodies

Swoop was another figure that I owned “back in the day” and I was very excited when Ptero was announced, especially after seeing how great Clobber’s beast mode turned out. Unfortunately I was underwhelmed by Ptero’s mini-vehicle and am much happier with him in his new form (at least until we receive the true Swoop next year).

Clobber & Ptero vehicle mode

Destroy TCH 03

According to tweets from @JbGabrielLee and TFsource it looks like X2Toys and C+ Customs are putting together a combiner torso to replace Onslaught.

The first image is a fuzzy teaser pic of the full combiner against X2Toys’ Autobot background set. It’s impossible to be 100% certain but those certainly look like the Combiner Wars/Unite Warriors limbs.
Destroy TCH 03 Teaser

TFsource included a render of the figure in robot and vehicle mode.
Destroy TCH 03 Render

Off Topic: The Tick

After rewatching The Tick on Amazon then the earlier live-action version I kept thinking about a comic that I put together with my college roommate, Matt Cohen.

I had the dubious distinction of getting hooked on the orignal Tick series from New England Comics with issue #12. For anyone who is not familiar with the original comic, issue 12 ended up being the final issue after the creator, Ben Edlund, started working on the animated series for FOX. It wasn’t my first encounter with The Tick; my college roommate knew Bob Polio from the original series and sold his personal copies while we were at school.

While futilely awaiting issue #13 I was craving more Tick content. Issue #12 was released in May of 1993 and the FOX show didn’t premier until September 1994 so there was a year and a half with no Tick. NEC tried to fill the gap with the Karma Tornado series in October of 1993 but it never clicked for me like the Edlund issues did. “Fly a Mile in Another Man’s Cape” is my version of what issue #14 of The Tick might have been. Due to the limitations of the original digitization some of Matt’s pencil work is a bit hard to see but hopefully it will still get the idea across.

Here’s the cover and teaser page:

Tick Cover
Tick Teaser

Titans Return Tripplechangers

Titans Return Tripplechangers

After much waiting and anticipation the last two Tripplechangers from Titans Return have finally arrived at Junkion HQ.

Tripplechangers!

I hate to say it, but I’m disappointed.

I enjoyed Laser Optimus Prime from Chaos On Velocitron so much that I purchased the original Diac & Optimus Prime to go with it.

Primes!I especially liked how the Rodimus Prime head looks on this mold.

But, right out of the box, Blitzwing and Octone both have mangled Decepticon badges. I was able to smooth out the one on Octone but Blitzwing’s was unrecoverable.

Sad Decepticon Logo

I don’t have the pre-mold Megatron version so I was really looking forward to Blitzwing but the stickers are just so poor that it sucks the fun out of the figure. I wasn’t happy with the stickers on Laser Optimus Prime’s trailer, but they’re mostly out of the way, especially in robot mode.

Octone's Sad Wing

Another disappointment is that one of my Octone’s wings is extremely loose and rarely stays in place. The only good thing about this is that is that, while looking for more stable configurations, I stumbled on a fun Shockwave mode.

Octone/Shockwave

The good news here is for ToyHax who will probably be selling two more sets of labels to clean up my sad Tripplechangers very soon.

Decepticons Rule!