So, I finally got a shelf. Somewhere I can keep stuff I want to display at last. Trouble is by this point I’ve amassed so much stuff I can’t decide what to put on it :I so I just grabbed a bunch of random things from my various collections and put them there for now until I figure out what I want to set in stone for a while!
My newest art piece: Romeo Blue, the Seattle Saviour. I was a bit conflicted on what background to draw but I think it turned out alright.
I’m going to put this piece up for sale at a few cons as a print so look out for it if you’re off to QCon or Belfast Comic Con!
Remember how my Crimson’s arm was glued in place? I fixed it! Now it can use Thundercloud Formation properly!
Now, thing is if you do the fix you will have problems. They didn’t glue it in place for nothing. The ball joint on the torso that the arm is connected to is sunk so deep that the shoulder joint pops out if you move it around too much. I guess that’s why they glued it in the first place.
But this is no toy to me, it’s a fucking display piece so I will fix it! Only thing left to do is carve away some of the socket’s surrounding dark-grey details (none of those intricate ones above the shoulder though) to allow more room for movement.
Woot! Just got a load of these in lately for Christmas. As is the downside to Christmas though, can’t touch em until the 25th of December. But, I have the following lined up for the day:
Wave 1 Gipsy Danger
Wave 2 complete set (BD Gipsy Danger, Leatherback, Striker Eureka)
Looking forward to these!
Next up, the Transformers Prime RID Vehicon deluxe. As you can see, I have 3 of them. Only through sheer dumb luck though. A discount store got them in stock en masse at less than half retail price so I scooped up two of them to go with the one I already had.
Onto the figure itself; this is exactly what you would expect for a grunt figure. They are lightweight, fairly decent posability, simple weaponry / accessories and the detailing is moderate. But for something of this line of figures (RID) this figure is a diamond. It is, for any transformers collector, a must have.
The transformation is simple and fluid. As you can see from the photos above the whole top section of the car folds away into the legs out of sight, leaving next to no kibble at all except that which is show accurate.
Now, I’ve never seen Transformers Prime. Yet I own an abundance of the figures, over 30 of them. When I look at these figures I see them as an opportunity to view a character in a different light, a way to see the Generations of old meet modern cartoony styling and cinematic CGI which results in a uniquely styled figure that is very aesthetically pleasing.
This Vehicon is an example of one I feel the need to own many of. It is simple, shiny, smooth and elegant whilst retaining the sharp edges and defining colours of a typical decepticon.
I give this one a 9.5/10, losing half a mark to the easily broken balljoint connection for the heads. It’s the only flaw I could find.
Mobile Suit Gundam: Father of Peace promotional artwork is finally finished. Well, more accurately I finished it a while ago and just haven’t posted it yet. The Gundam shown is a custom mobile suit created for the stop motion mini series; the Axel Gundam. Parts comprising of many different suits, it was a very interesting piece to draw.
I tried to add the rotary cockpit into view as well as best I could, not much but it’s there. The logo is just the typical 90’s Gundam logo with the FOP tagline.
For more art of mine (mostly pony I must forewarn for those not into that show) check out my DA over here!
This just arrived in the post yesterday: Generations IDW Deluxe Megatron, accompanied by the IDW Spotlight: Megatron comic!
Wow where to start. This thing is amazing. Just amazing. I’m having a hard time finding anything worth taking points off of this one for. The figure has the typical balljoint / hinge joint complimentary combo articulation you’d expect on modern deluxe figures. The fusion cannon included is very true to the one in the comic and looks just as Megatron himself says, a ”limb-mounted weapon with civilisation-threatening levels of destructability”.
As for the comic… damn it’s great. I won’t spoil and if you want the full effect do buy the figure and read it yourself instead of online. I love how the comic cover was incorporated into the box design and you have to rely on the image of Megatron on the cover to draw your eye. The box itself gives no more than a simple Generations logo at the top and ”comic included”.
On a last note, something not mentioned in the instructions. In the last photo you’ll notice a difference in his two shoulders. There is a panel that moves out of the way of the back of his shoulders to give extra clearance for movement and adds to the likeness to his comic design too.
Overall, this figure gets 9.5/10, losing half a point for its hollow legs. Even when you pinch the back armor together to fill it all in that limits the foot articulation a little.
Next up for transformers: Generations Reveal the Shield Laser Optimus Prime. I grew up with Robots in Disguise and Armada as my go-to transformers series, so for me this figure combined two of my favourite characters: RID Scourge and Armada Prime.
I’ve wanted to buy the Maketoys Battletanker set to go with it sometime, but I don’t have the money right now. The figure is incredibly well sculpted and has alot of light piping across it, very reminiscent of the old light up features on the G2 Prime. For instance, the headlights on the shoulders become light pipes for the laser guns on the shoulder armor. Looks impressive when you light it properly.
Only complaint I have is the door armor pieces on the forearms. They’re just sorta…there. A nuisance really. Oh well, rest of the figure is too good.
Again, this one gets 8/10.
The first of my Transformers posts: Generations Fall of Cybertron Starscream. This figure is pretty damn decent. Good size, great posability, nice weaponry and a great colouration very reflective of the G1 Starscream.
If I was to have anything about this figure I dislike it is the lack of posability in the feet. Some people complain about the hollow body, but really that isn’t all that noticable. The feet are very limited in movement. The toe moves forward and back a good bit and there is a little side to side movement in the whole foot / booster, but thats it.
Overall I’ll give it 8/10. (Gonna start rating things now :3).
Like many mecha maniacs I have been to see Pacific Rim. I have also developed a MIGHTY NEED for Jaeger figures (and Kaiju) as a result. Here is my first war spoil: MK4 Chinese Jaeger ”Crimson Typhoon”.
This thing is immense. It’s big, it’s heavy, it’s incredibly well sculpted and detailed and has a fair amount of posability for a standard NECA figure.
My only gripe is the front right arm. It has way too much paint on the arm’s shoulder ball joint and has been practically glued in place, allowing next to no outwards movement. It can move back and forth fine, but that’s about it.
Next to starscream you can see this thing is pretty damn big too. For something that was only £18 it way exceeds the value of any transformer I’ve ever bought and is worth every penny.
EDIT: Upon further inspection / read ups it is glue holding the other arm’s balljoint in place, not paint. Which begs the question… what the f**k NECA? Why would you purposely limit a figure’s articulation?