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Toy Review: Transformers Titans Return Fastclash

I never had the Autobot clones, and I only played with the Decepticon clones once or twice.  However, I was still excited to see that these box sets were going to give us two (and most likely all) of the clones.  In the “Chaos on Velocitron” set, Fastclash (formerly Fastlane) makes his debut.

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He is…. interesting. He’s interesting from a design standpoint. Neither a Deluxe or a Legend class, he exists in new size class Hasbro has said was created for the clones.  So, rather than try to shoehorn him into a size too big or too small, they went Goldilocks and made a size that’s just right.

This is good, because if he was a Deluxe, we’d be screaming for our money back.  His transformation is definitely not up to Deluxe standards, and dare I say it, it’s more Scout/Legion level slightly upscaled.

As much as Titan Master Rodimus Prime had a good heft, Fastclash does not.  He felt light, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it confirms that this is not a Deluxe.
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Packaged in race car mode, he looks very much like his G1 counterpart — namely a robot on its stomach with wheels and a spoiler.  This new iteration does give us two front wheels which the former lacked, and the spoiler has nice deco.

Transforming him seems to be the same — fold out the feet, turn the head around, unfold the arms and hands, and voilà — you’re done.  That spoiler, though…. You can pop in off, but the bar connecting it to the back of the head remains. It looks goofy.
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Really goofy.

Otherwise, it’s a good color scheme on a robot with articulation at the neck, shoulders, elbows, hips, knees, and feet.  If you count the wrist folding out, that adds two more joints.

The original clones each had a rubsign sticker showing what alt-mode the robot changed into. This is replicated nicely with a non-heat-sensitive sticker on the chest.

All in all, I’d say this is a remake that remains very faithful to the original.  Too bad the originals were toys based on the clone gimmick first and foremost.

It’s an interesting toy, but it’s also underwhelming.

 

Some Quick Thoughts on Titan Master Rodimus Prime

Just had the chance to examine Titan Master Rodimus Prime from the “Chaos on Velocitron” set. This is the first diecast Titan Master we have seen here, so I wasn’t sure what to think.

 

20170324_002719It’s definitely a unique TM figure. It doesn’t look different at first glance, but when I picked it up, I could tell it was not the same.

First, it was cooler to the touch.  Having been in my basement for a few hours, it was slightly cooler than room temperature, and the difference between the metal and plastic pieces was apparent.

Second, the weight was off. Heavier than the other TM figures, Rodimus has a nice heft to him.  He just feels more solidly built.  All the joints seem more secure. I know that plastic tolerances mean my sample could differ from others, but having the extra weight from the metal adds to the impression that this is a solidly built figure.

Add in a great paint job, and this is by far the best Titan Master figure I’ve played with.  This is a good first impression of this highly anticipated set.  And looking at the Laser Prime deco waiting in the box…

Oh, yeah. This is awesome.

Toy Fair Australia – Hasbro Reveals Misfire and Slugslinger

Well, this is a surprise!  Over the weekend, Hasbro revealed MISFIRE and SLUGSLINGER down under at Toy Fair Australia, which you can see at our friend Ben Yee’s website, BWTF.com.  On Monday, they sent over some press images, which we’ve uploaded to the gallery.  After the break, you can read the press release regarding these figures.  They look great!  Fine additions to the Titans Return line of Transformers, they are.

 

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Toy Fair 2017 – Day 2 Coverage

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Day two is up! We have our Hasbro Transformers press kit images as well as our showroom galleries from Mattel, Bandai, Tomy, Cryptozoic Entertainment, Dark Horse, Diamond Select Toys, Fascinations, Good Smile Company, Hearts for Hearts Girls, Playmobil, Square Enix, The Loyal Subjects, and Tonnder Doll Company! And we got more Four Hourseman/Mythic Legions pictures, too!

Find it all at http://toyfair17.asmzine.com!

Toy Fair 2017: Hasbro Reveals Trypticon

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Hello, folks! In a prelude to the opening of Toy Fair 2017 tomorrow, Hasbro sent out a press release and images of the upcoming Titans Class Trypticon! This robotic dinosaur is faithful to his Generation One counterpart but has been upgraded to Titan Master technology.  Full-Tilt is now a full size Deluxe figure with robot mode and Necro Titan Master head/figure. Plus, Trypticon can eat other Titan Master figures, and you can retrieve them from his stomach. Gross.

Below is the official press release as well as pictures, plus a picture released today on Hasbro’s Twitter account. We will see more tomorrow!

TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS TITANS RETURN TRYPTICON Action Figure

(Ages 8 & up/Approx. Retail Price: $149.99/Available: Fall 2017)

 

The TRANSFORMERS battle explodes into uncharted territory when the TITANS RETURN! To control an ancient race of giant, city-sized warriors—TITANS—the AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS must harness the power of TITAN MASTERS, smaller bots that give bigger bots enhanced abilities in battle. The ultimate Decepticon weapon is joining the Titans Return battle! Trypticon will destroy everything and devour everyone in his path. The Titan Class Trypticon figure is the largest figure in the 2017 Titans Return universe and is also the biggest Decepticon figure ever made. The towering T-Rex converts between 3 different modes: dino, spaceship, and city.  When the figure is in city mode, it connects to Titans Return Leader Class figures (each sold separately) to form the giant Nemesis Command. When the figure is in T-Rex mode, it can “eat” Titan Master figures: Trypticon can chomp them down, then you can open his stomach to get them out. Comes with a Deluxe Class Full-Tilt figure and a Titan Master Decepticon Necro figure. Additional Titan Master figures are each sold separately, but with so many to collect, the Titans Return battlefield is a veritable all-you-can-eat bot buffet for Trypticon. Full-Tilt figure attaches to the Trypticon figure’s chest. Titan Master figure becomes the head for the Full-Tilt figure and works with all Titans Return Deluxe, Voyager, and Leader Class figures (each sold separately). Also features a storage compartment in the figure’s tail.

SDCC 2015: A Quick Quick Look at Devaststor

In case you missed it, yesterday I tweeted my review of Hasbro’s SDCC Devastator:

There you go.

In all seriousness, Devvy is a big toy in more ways than one, a toy that deserves a lot of attention. But I know that tonight is Preview Night and there may be someone still on the fence on whether or not to buy him.

This post did nothing to help with that. But maybe it made you laugh.

SDCC 2015: A Look at the Kreon Class of 1985

If you’re looking for good photos of this toy,um, sorry. I don’t have a good photo setup at the moment, but I hope to change that in the future. Enjoy these official press photos, won’t you? Review sample provided by Hasbro and Hunter PR.

When Hasbro announced that there would be a follow-up to last year’s Comic Con Kreon exclusive set, I got giddy. While I’m not a huge collector of Kreons, I understand their appeal. I also can get behind themed sets that are just fun, if not completely goofy. The Yearbook Kreon sets are just that – whimsical presentations of the characters kids of the 1980’s grew up with.

Last year’s inaugural set was the class of 1984, celebrating the 30 year anniversary of the Transformers. Naturally, this year would have to be the Class of 1985, presenting characters that (mostly) had toys released in 1985.

The cool thing about this set is you can enjoy it both in and out of the box, it can be enjoyed. The packaging is a big part of the fun, as it’s designed to look like a yearbook.  The front cover features Grimlock, the back features Devastator,and “Cybertron Class of 1985″ adorns both.  The top and bottom are printed to look like book pages with the ttext “Property of Cybertron High” stamped as if owned by a school library.  Open it up, and there you see all the Kreons smiling back at you, all lined up and ready to be displayed in their protective case.  It does remind me of the senior pictures that we had in our yearbooks,complete with name and Senior Award.

If you wanted to stop there, nobody would fault you for keeping the Kreons in the book packaging.  But if you take the Kreons out, then you can have more fun with the included accessories.  Each Kreon has a weapon, but there is also a handful of extra bits, called Artifacts, all tied to some of the best movies of 1985.  We have Unicron Cereal, jackets, a map, and gold coins, but my favorites are the Back to the Future homages — a newspaper, a sports almanac, and the wild, white hair of a certain time travelling scientist.  These little touches of whimsy add to the notion that Kreons are all about fun, with nary a thought of doom or gloom.

You don’t need the previous year set to enjoy this one, but I’ll admit, it will look nice having both sets together. Now I just have to prepare my display setup for eventual classes of 1986 and beyond.

If you are heading to the show, I recommend you take the time to go to Hasbro’s booth and pick a set up. If you aren’t going to Comic Con, either have a friend grab one or pray the Internet gods are on your side when Hasbro Toy Shop gets their limited supply in stock. I love fun exclusives, and this set fits the bill. Well done, Hasbro.

 

The Case for a The Black Series 6″ Mara Jade

Look, I know I don’t usually cover Star Wars figures, I know I have BotCon info to put up, and I know I am not even part of the polling process, but I need to get this out there.

The only character you should vote for in the Star Wars 2015 Fans’ Choice Poll is Mara Jade.

I admit that I’m biased. My wife is a huge Mara fan. But honestly, there is no better choice for the winner, simply because this is the best opportunity.

I know the 6″ The Black Series line is missing a lot of iconic characters.  We don’t have Classic Leia, ANH Luke, any Lando, C-3P0, old Ben Kenobi, and many others.  But here’s what I think – those are all on the short list. We need to not vote for those.

The old Expanded Universe is now Legends status. Over time, as Disney expands the new canon, the Legends characters will become less and less important. Newer fans will not know Mara, Thrawn, Quinlan, Jaina, Jacen, and so many others. Therefore, we need to, as a fan base, vote now for Expanded Universe characters, primarily Mara.

A vote for Leia could be a wasted vote. A farm boy Luke is going to happen.  So make your vote count. Vote for Mara.

Here is a list of participating sites. This list will be updates as time goes by.

A Quick Look at Quickslinger and Brake-Neck…. Sort Of

Thanks to the fine people at Hasbro and Hunter PR, I was given Quickslinger and Brake-Neck early so that I could get time with them to give you, valued ASM reader, my thoughts.

However, life as a parent means things don’t go to plan.  I will sadly have to postpone my reviews of these toys until later (I hope to do a full breakdown over the next few weeks), but that being said, I do want to share some quick thoughts:

  • You know you’re going to want to buy these.  For the G1 “purist”, you need these toys to make Superior and Menasor the way you remembered them as a kid…. or adult, I won’t judge.
  • Even if you like the new characters (and believe me, I’m all for introducing new characters), you’ll want these toys.  Extra limbs can be used with Optimus, and I’m sure Cyclonus wouldn’t mind having them either.
  • While it would be interesting to see what Hasbro could have done with all new molds for these toys, what they did do with minor remolds is great.  The headsculpts are quite nice, the decos chosen hearken back to the original toys.

Look for more in the coming weeks!

Hasbro Bringing G1 Combiner Members Back — In Spirit If Not In Name

When Hasbro first showed the Combiner Wars Superion and Menasor, many fans lamented the loss of Slingshot and Wildrider. However, Hasbro is bringing these characters to our shores (much like Takara Tomy will do for Japan)… although trademark loss means each has a new name.

So meet Brake-Neck and Gunslinger! In the upcoming weeks, we will learn which online stores will stock them in May.

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