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Friday, 23 May 2014

Hasbro Transformers Age of Extinction Voyager Hound

So the Dinobots were pretty nice, though the AOEs vehicle transformers left me unimpressed. That was until wave 2 came along. Wave 2's voyagers were the man-made Galvatron which were pretty meh, and Hound. What can i say bout Hound? Well how bout HE FREAKING ROCKS!!

In G1, Hound was a peace-loving, tree-hugging all around good guy that turned into a jeep, but since this is Bay's transformers, all that goes out the window. Here, Hound is a war vet, militaristic and gruff Autobot carrying enough firepower to  take on the Decepticon army himself, and it shows in his altmode, a medium tactical vehicle. It's rugged, bulky and honestly, reminds me more of Bulkhead than Hound.

Transformed, Hound certainly looks mean. With BEARD AND ARMS MADE OF AMMO, wide shoulders, puffed up chest and stocky proportions, Hound looks like he 's been through it all.

While recent transformers offered little to no accessories, Hound here is loaded with them. Sporting a minigun, 2 shotguns, 2 handguns, 2 tinier handguns and a combat knife, what else can you ask for? Best part, HE CAN CARRY THEM ALL! Honestly i'm just having too much fun posing him with all the weaponry.

But that's not all, all those sweet weapons can combine into a huge decepticon blasting, seriously overkill weapon of mass destruction. Just look at it, it's almost as tall as Hound himself.

Articulation wise, he's pretty good with swivel head, shoulders, arms, wrist, hips, knees and toes. He's able to keep any action pose you want him to. Just be aware he's a bit top heavy so you might need to balance him alittle. Scale wise, he's undersized standing next to the older deluxe, but i don't mind that 1 bit. I almost forgot to mention, the plastic on the weapons are made thinner than Hound himself, so you might see stress marks if you force the weapons too hard. The shotguns are the worst offenders because once you push their handles in, it's tough to pull them out. So what i suggest is to only push in the handle half way.

He's pretty much the gem of wave 2. I love how solid everything clicks into place, leaving nothing hanging like alot of the recent transformers. He's 1 of those transformers that i would suggest to hunt out for.
Anyway. thanks for viewing!

EDIT: I finally did the knuckle mod. Just slide the pieces downwards, there might be some glue so becareful with that. To store them at the back without the pieces wiggling around, just angle them and they stay in pretty tight.

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Hasbro Transformers Age of Extinction Deluxe Slug

After the fantastic Deluxe Scorn, how does his dinobot wavemate stands next to him? Kinda... meh? Based off the G1 dinobot, Slug aka Slag aka Snarl is a triceratops though he looks kinda skeletal especially with the spines on the tail. He's mostly made of purple plastic with some grey painted with red, dark grey and some silver. A very cool colour scheme for sure.

He's not a bad toy to be honest, his alt mode is fantastic. It looks very cool with tons of spikes coming out from the face and a very nice looking frill. Articulation on the dino mode has jaw swivel, shoulder ball joints, swivel elbow and back leg toes swivels. It's a bit weird that to complete the transformation the back legs have to peg into the back and thus taking away the articulation from the hips.

He comes with 2 short swords and it looks so GOOFY stored on the dinomode! Just look at it!

Bot mode is where he's a tad lacking. The proportions is awkward with popeye arms, huge boots and tiny torso with a tiny head. The shoulder pauldrons are also the dino head split in half, which is pretty cool. Again, same with Scorn, his head is based on the knight's helmet though i have no idea what this kind of particular helmet is called.

He looks cool dual wielding his short swords at least. Articulations are pretty standard, but because of how  his dino legs peg to torso, he can't lower his arms by his side.

Nice looking head sculpt.

After fiddling around with him, i prefer to keep him in dino mode because of how good he looks. Not as fun as Scorn, he might not satisfy you dinobot needs. Overall it's above average.
Anyway, thanks for viewing!

Friday, 16 May 2014

Hasbro Transformers Age of Extinction Deluxe Scorn

So Michael Bay has decided to make another Transformer movie... yup... ain't gonna hold alot of expectation for that. Anyway, the movie this time is bringing us dinobots and you know what that means? MORE TOYS! Introducing a whole brand new character to the franchise, Scorn, the red-sailed knight!

Scorn is a spinosaurus that's made of knifes. Seriously, this thing has jagged edges everywhere and it's cool! The whole thing is decked in red and grey plastic, with orange paints and baby blue for the eyes with contrasts really well with the red.

Articulation wise, the dino more has really good head swivels (up/down and sideways), ball jointed arms and kinda awkward leg joints. Not much pose you can pull off with those leg joints without looking awkward.

Bot mode, is a thing of beauty. Probably because it doesn't have the butt ugly Baybot faces, it looks really good. I heard the designers drew design inspiration from knights for the dinobots and here it shows. With large shoulder pauldrons, bucket helmet and LANCE ARM Scorn looks imposing and cool. It reminds me of Darksouls and i really love Darksouls.

Articulation is pretty good, though the knee joint is kinda awkward.

Underneath the lance arm, there's a slot for a shortblade. Not much to mention bout it, but it's nice of the designers to enable you to store it on the figure.

Really like the double fins.

It's surprisingly good and unique, but if i have to point out a flaw, it'll be the awkward knee joints. Other than that, it's a great figure. I understand that Hasbro has increased the price yet again, so people might be wary of buying new figures especially of an new character, but if you're gonna buy 1, make it this guy.
Anyway thanks for viewing!

Friday, 9 May 2014

Hasbro Transformers Prime Robots in Disguise Deluxe Vehicon

Transformers Prime was the most recent series that picked up from the game Fall of Cybertron left off. A pretty solid series, Transformers Prime was darker, more serious and pretty well animated than it's the previous series, Transformers Animated. It ran for 3 seasons, which was pretty long so Hasbro made 3 toy lines for it, First Edition, Robots in Disguise and Beast Hunters. So today i'm here to talk bout the unsung heroes of the Decepticon army, the Vehicons.

The Vehicons are the cannon fodder and abuse material for the Decepticons. Highly expendable and numerous, they were the perfect material to show how badass the Autobots were. This particular Vehicon is from the second line, Robots in Disguise. Based off the appearance from the series, it transforms into this sleek, futuristic car resembling a Cadillac Ciel that looks so beautiful with sharp angles and smooth lines. Certainly one of the best deluxe car modes.

The robot mode ain't too shabby either. It features a head with visor, high shoulders and no kibbles! NO KIBBLES! Because of how it transforms, the entire car hood is split and folded up the legs. This is genius.

It only comes with a gun that can be held or clip onto the arm. This makes it looks like the arm cannon accurate to the series.

Articulation is pretty good with most in the skinny arms, which allows it so much emotive gestures.

Some of you might have noticed though, that the Vehicon in my pics have it's car wheels lower than it should be. That's because i modded mine following some simple instructions online. This gives it a more accurate look and allow the overall silhouette to look better. Here is the modded one compare to an unmodded Vehicon.

One of the best looking deluxe, this little guy is well sought after by army builders. I was lucky to come into 2, so if you come across them for a good price, don't hesitate!
Anyway thanks for viewing!

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Marvel Legends Spider-Man Infinite Carnage

Unlike the Eddie Brock, Carnage's host was mostly the psychotic murderer Cletus Kasady. And unlike Eddie, Cletus was a one note character who basically murders everyone in his path. So unlike Toxin, i have no particular attachment to the character, but how does the toy stack up to the newer Marvel Legends? Not too bad actually.

He's probably the best looking Carnage toy Hasbro has made ever. With a great head sculpt, attached tendrils and new hand sculpts, he looks pretty impressive. The black vines are painted instead of molded on so it looks great without being too messy.

Articulations are the standard modern Marvel Legends standard, so it's pretty good.

He comes with the exact same back tendril attachment that came with Toxin.

Overall a pretty good figure, and will probably the definitive Carnage toy for some time.
Anyway thanks for viewing!