ToyWorld Coneheads

Thanks to TFSource‘s recent Customer Appreciation Week sale all three of ToyWorld’s Conehead Seekers have arrived at Junkion HQ. The included six display stands along with the ones from my original Assault (aka Thrust) and Spaceracer (their masterpiece style Cosmos) have been put to use on my Masterpiece Decepticons shelf.
Coneheads

One thing that seeing my shelf put together makes clear is that there are too few official representatives in the Decepticon ranks.

Here’s a version of my Decepticon shelf with Takara’s version of Ramjet to really show off the size difference between the two interpretations.
ToyWorld Coneheads with Takara Ramjet

I picked up Assault shortly before beginning this blog and was happy enough with the figure to put the other two on my wish list until additional funds became available. Not to rub it in for those who missed it, but the appreciation sale dropped the price for all three figures to what you would have paid for a single figure with shipping. Unfortunately for my budget this deal was too good to pass up.

Since we’re on the subject of TFSource I’d like to relate my experience purchasing my first ToyWorld Conehead from them. For anyone who hasn’t purchased one of these figures they are shipped in a brown box labeled with the figure name that contains two stands in plain brown boxes and the figure in a full-color box. I purchased mine just as we were discovering that ToyWorld had shipped Assault in Combustor’s outer box and vise-versa. So, I opened my package with great anticipation only to discover the the wrong figure. I let TFSource know and they quickly emailed a return shipping label so I could send it back for an exchange.

When Assault finally arrived I unpacked it but couldn’t figure out why there were two different sized missiles. Upon closer inspection I realized that there was a molding error on one where not enough plastic got injected so the barrel just ended in a stump.
Assault WeaponsIt was beautifully painted though! I again contacted TFSource’s customer service and they immediately sent out a replacement.

These are great figures with nice deep colors and a design that solves two of the biggest flaws with the MP-3/11 mold with a chest that locks together very tightly and much less back kibble.

They are, however, not perfect; they do not scale well with the MP-3/11 Seekers and tower over them and most of the other Masterpiece figures. Their biggest flaw is with the feet, there are no heels and the toes are on a ball joint – the joint holds fine when posed but the slightest tap can knock it out of balance. The Coneheads are also pinheads with taller, thinner heads than the official versions.

One feature that straddles the line is that there are so many deep panel lines molded into the wings that applying faction stickers is a concern.

Although the full set is sold out TFSource does still have the individual figures available as of this writing:

Before their designers split into Zeta Toys, ToyWorld announced that they would release versions of the original Seeker trio. According to Qingtianzhu on the TFW2005 Forums, ToyWorld still intends to release the other three Seekers and, via the same source, that they own their existing molds including the Coneheads.

HasCon TF Exclusives

HasCon TF Exclusives

According to io9, HasCon will have two Transformers exclusives; Optimus Prime and Arcee with Ultra Magnus.

Optimus Prime power bank

Looking for a backup battery for your phone? This one transforms!

If charging your phone is too dull for you you can use the battery to power Optimus’ light-up sword!

A bit out of left field, but also something of a continuation of Takara’s Device Label.

Box Set Refugees

TR Ultra MagnusTitans Return Arcee leaked card

They’re releasing the Blurr repaint Arcee with the Ultra Magnus Titan Master as a set. I suspect the trading cards, which many pointed out don’t match most of the other cards from TR, are for this set and use art from the cancelled box sets.

Update

More photos from the Arcee & Ultra Magnus set have surfaced including the packaging and both Titan Masters.

Packaging

Leinad (or Daniel if you prefer) has a blank silver face and, disappointingly, is not the same mold as the Exo-Suit Spike that’s coming with Legends Bumblebee. I’m sure we’ll see some face swaps once both figures are out in the wild.
Titan Masters

Power of the Primes Musings

Power of the Primes Musings

At SDCC we were introduced to the next chapter of Transformers Generations – Power of the Primes – with some exciting reveals including Starscream, Rodimus Prime, Jazz, Dreadwind & Blackwing (aka Dreadwing), Beachcomber and Liege Maximo with Skullgrin. We’ve also, due to a huge Weibo leak, seen pretty much the entire first year of the line (the leak has since been plugged and most of the images removed at Hasbro’s request).

New Play Pattern

From SDCC we discovered that Titan Masters are being replaced by Prime Masters described as containing the sparks of the original Primes. They’re basically Titan Masters with the face on their back replaced by an abstract symbol representing the Prime in question and a Decoy shell (a modern interpretation of a Pretender shell). The core Prime Master will still drive Legends class figures but now fits into the chest of Leader Class figures and will be mountable on Deluxe and Voyager figures, apparently using updated combiner hands/feet which snap onto the chest of Deluxe figures and the arms of Voyagers.

More Combiners

Predaking!

It appears that all Deluxe and Voyager figures are combiners including the Terrorcons! Some potential non-traditional combiners include the Dinobots (now with a sixth Legends class member which strongly implies a weapon or other combiner integration mode) and G1 female Autobots (including Voyager Elita-1 who appears to be a Starscream remold).

Continuing the Unexpected

In addition to new Pretenders, it also looks like we’re getting the Duocon Battletrap and Firecon Cindersaur!

In the leak we got a peak at Prime Master Metalhawk whose Decoy shell could go with the Metalhawk’s Professor Go Titan Master from the Siege on Cybertron box set to very nearly recreate the original Pretender.

Leaders

Since the leak showed a new Leader Optimus Prime Leader Class figure that looks like it will have the same “evolution” feature that was shown for Rodimus Prime at SDCC, I’m betting that there will be an Ultra Magnus remold that will satisfy the “white Optimus in armor” purists.

With a Voyager Grimlock featured in the leak as a the core of a Dinobot combiner it makes me wonder if we’ll get the rumored Leader Class Grimlock. I was very surprised by Titan Return’s double-dipping releases of Brawn but that was a Legend and radically different Titan Master. Even Titan Return’s two Optimus Primes were very different with a Tripple Changer and Power Master version. They could still pull it off if they used the “evolve” gimmick that was introduced with Rodimus Prime. But what would a Grimlock Prime look like? Unlike Optimus Primal’s “Optimal Optimus” mode there is no upgraded version of Grimlock from fiction and you can’t just add a trailer (he’d have to wear a “cone of shame” or he’d just chew it off). I’d still like to see a non-evolving Leader class Grimlock but don’t know that it would be different enough from the Voyager version to justify a separate release.

Power of the Primes @ SDCC

Power of the Primes @ SDCC

Hasbro has been revealing new Power of the Primes figures at SDCC today including some exciting figures like Leader Rodimus Prime, Jazz, Pretender Skullgrin, Beachcomber, and combining Dreadwind & Darkwing.

Pretender Skullgrin from Power of the PrimesGotta love a true Pretender Skullgrin!

Check out the photos at Seibertron.com & on Aki Aki’s blog!

Announcements include:

  • Voyager-class Starscream who appears to have been eating spinach since his last release with some huge forearms which apparently contain Combiner War ports
  • Leader-class Evolution Rodimus Prime who has a deluxe Hot Rod component that evolves to become the full Leader figure and includes a Titan Masters port compatible Matrix of Leadership
  • Jazz who screams for a Wheeljack remold
  • Dreadwind & Black(aka Dark)wing who have Combiner War connectors so they can become limbs for existing gestalts, according to reports they do combine into Dreadwing
  • Beachcomber who looks great and has an extremely natural Titan Master cockpit
  • Prime Master Liege Maximo (shown above) who is a Pretender Titan Master Skullgrin!
  • According to Seibertron.com Prime Masters will replace “Titan Masters” and, except for driving Legends-class figures, will have a totally new integration with the rest of the line including chest-pieces (Deluxe) and arm-candy (Voyagers).

Power of the Primes is off to a great start!

Titans Return Legends Class Seaspray

Titans Return Legends Class Seaspray

Another long awaited release has arrived here at Junkion HQ – Titans Return Seaspray.

Titans Return Seaspray on card

Seaspray was one of the TFs I had as a child and I’ve been waiting for an update that matched the original. Unfortunately, the earlier Ultra class figure was too big to truly capture the feeling of the G1 mini-bot.

The Robot

Titans Return Seaspray package content

As you’ve probably heard, Seaspray’s weapon is an unique design that has evoked many, many, pizza box jokes. I give them credit for integrating it with the vehicle mode (something I always appreciate) but it needs a little extra something to really work as a weapon. Either a fold-out muzzle or way to wield it as a shield would have been a vast improvement.

Since it doesn’t really work as a weapon for me, my preference is to keep the pizza box connected to the robot chest for a more G1-esque look.

The Transformation

To transform Seaspray start by folding up the robot back so that the shoulders are flush with the robot chest. Rotate the arms up and lock the wrist pegs into the holes at the back of the chest piece. If you have the “pizza gun” on the robot chest, remove it so that you can fold up the flap that covers the face. Flip out the robot heels to form the sides of the hovercraft. Snap the feet together then flip them around so that they are upside down. Fold the knees backwards then rotate the hips and waist in until you can lock the sides of the hovercraft into the side of the robot chest. Replace the “pizza gun” on the top of the hovercraft and Seaspray is complete. Overall I’m satisfied with how everything locks together in hovercraft mode but I do wish the fists locked in just a little more solidly.

The Comparisons

Titans Return & G1 Seaspray

The biggest difference between G1 Seaspray and TR Seaspray, aside from the modern articulation, is the location of the Autobot symbol which has moved from the top of the foot to the chest. The G1 chest decals have been replicated almost exactly on the TR version.

In hovercraft mode you can clearly see how much more angular the TR version is when compared to the original. It’s most noticeable in the flattened front and the squared off fan mounts at the back. This is also where the Legends class sizing really shines, Seaspray fits easily in the hand just like his G1 predecessor.

The Case-mate

TR Legends class series 1 consists of Seaspray and the re-release of Cosmos. I’m using the Combiner Wars version of his case-mate in the above photo. The TR version is a darker green with a slightly lighter blue on the windows and an Autobot symbol that’s about half the size of the CW version.

The Conclusion

I highly recommend TR Seaspray, it’s a fun figure that’s nice and solid in both modes. If the “pizza gun” bothers you you can leave it in the bubble and never miss it.

While writing this post I received notification that Fans Toys FT-27 Spindrift is on it’s way so we’ll have another Seaspray-centric post in about a week.

Mini-bots travel in packsMini-bots travel in packs

Bringing the Unexpected: Part Three – Clone #2

Bringing the Unexpected: Part Three – Clone #2

Today we found out that the last two clones will be arriving in a two-pack instead of with larger box sets as had originally been expected. Hopefully the other two box sets that we’ve been anticipating will still happen just without the clones.

Box Set IconsWill we get sets to fill in the other two icons?

Since my Siege on Cybertron box set recently arrived this seemed like good timing for a review.

All of the unexpected so far

The Box

For some reason the Siege on Cybertron box set comes branded with the Beast Wars logo. I suppose it does come with a puma and a guy called MetalHAWK but it’s still a bit of a stretch.

Brought to you by Beast Wars and the letter H

Beast Mode

As mentioned above, Pounce’s beast mode is officially a puma but, to me, it looks more like a robot on all fours wearing a dog costume. Still, like Fastclash, it’s a little figure.

Pounce beast mode - front

To integrate with Titan Masters Pounce features a saddle on his back where the figures can be attached.

Pounce beast mode - side

While his front legs are a bit spindly at least they’re white to match the head instead of the purple used on the G1 version.

Pounce beast mode - with G1

Transformation

His tail folds back onto the pink hindquarters and the puma head folds back into the Titan Master saddle. Straighten the rear legs and fold the beast feet into the robot shins. Spin both shins so the beast feet are on the same side as the tail. Fold the front beast legs together then push the robot arms around to the side. Push the beast front legs down so they sit flush on his back against the puma head. If you twist the arms to hide the hollow bits in beast mode like I do rotate them back so that the forearms can fold forward normally. Twist the robot head and you have transformed Pounce the clone.

Robot Mode

Pounce Robot Mode

The key aspect of the clones was their identical robot modes and the new version stays true to this. There is no doubt that these are clones.

Pounce and Fastclash robot modes

In robot mode all of the beast parts are pushed into a good sized backpack with what looks to me like formal suit tails.

Pounce robot mode - suit tails

To enable sitting you can change the suit tails into a duck tail.

Pounce robot mode - duck tail

Like Fastclash, Pounce also includes the unexplained second set of hinges in the hips. Hopefully, now that the other two clones have been revealed we’ll find out what this is about soon. [UPDATE: now that we’ve seen more photos it’s clear that the extra hip joints are part of the transformation of the final two clones. They’re not just designed to look the same they’re using the same engineering – true clones!]

Pounce robot mode - splits

Comparisons

When seen with the original G1 versions the pedigree is obvious, they did a great job with the new clones.

While the new versions are slightly shorter than the originals they easily make up for that with their expanded articulation.

Pounce robot mode - G1

I mentioned Pounce’s backpack earlier, this is the biggest difference from the original G1 version which hid the alternate head inside the torso.

Pounce robot mode - back with G1

Here Pounce is with Fastclash from the back with his prominent kibble visible.

Pounce robot mode - back with Fastclash

Conclusion

Like Fastclash I’m enjoying Pounce more than I would have thought when they were first announced and can’t wait for the final two clones. My only issue with the figure is the back kibble, especially the tail section which often gets in the way when posing.

Pounce with Titan MasterYeee Haw!

Brawns

Titans Return Brawn arrived today so:

1984 Minibots


I went with preferred molds here rather than consistent scale. (If I can remember where my Botcon Huffer is I could complete the set.) Both Bumblebee and my custom Cliffjumper are sporting Renderform weapon upgrades (not that Bee’s is really visible in this shot).

Two Heads Are Better Than One


“And this is Spare-Head #1, we only let him out on weekends…”

Brawns


The modern Brawns – they get better every time. The Henkei version is decked out with a ToyHax upgrade set.


Another great addition to the Titans Return line.

Rewind’s Dewbot Cosplay

The 2007 Transformers movie introduced many things to the franchise including several AllSpark powered robots created from common appliances. One of the more persistent was a Mountain Dew vending machine called Dispensor, aka Dewbot. You’ll note that I prefer the name Dewbot and will obstinately use that for the remainder of this post.

Rewind in Tablet mode

When Titan Returns’ tablet-based Rewind figure was released it inspired several of the more creative members of the Transformers community to create their own Dewbot.

ToyHax’s Contribution

ToyHax, formerly known as Reprolabels, released a decal set to convert Rewind into Dewbot, or as they call it TR Spensor. Both modes get the full Mountain Dew treatment but the alt mode is where the set really shines.

Rewind with Labels

Dewbot Vending Machine

The TR Spensor label set will allow you to convert Rewind without making any physical changes to the figure. However, if you don’t mind some minor alterations, there’s a solution for that too…

Prize Inside’s Contribution

Prize Inside by The Octavirate Forge on Shapways has created a new head and 6-pack shooter weapon (you can also get them both as a kit) to complete the transformation. Swapping out the head is simple; the original pulls out easily and the new one snaps right in.

Dewbot with Head & Gun

If you look closely at the barrels of the weapon and the back of the head you’ll notice that they include a cool soda can top detail.

Dewbot Gun

I ordered mine in Green Strong & Flexible Polished which came out a little grainy as you can see in the photos. I mainly display my Dewbot in vending machine mode so I haven’t gotten around to painting the 3D printed parts quite yet. Some silver detailing should really bring out some of the finer details.

Dewbot back of head

Before and After

Some comparison shots of the fully-dewed Rewind compared to the standard version.

Robot modes

Tank Modes - angled

Alt Modes

Tank modes - front