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  • Zartan

    The fact that this Zartan figure doesn't come with any disguise masks and all of his accessories look fugly make this figure uniquely unattractive to the Joe fan. Yet another G.I.Joe figure released with thoughtless accessories.

    GP_Rice_Burner   10 years 46 weeks ago
  • The only improvements I found were- 1) it could grip the Power Sword better, 2) the larger size, and 3) the hips and knees had a better range of poesability but the joints weren't as tight scaled-up as they were on the DX DaiBouken.
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    Again, I am still mystified as to why BA did this at all! Did they even try to convert the DaiBouken early on, or did they just decide to do something completely different for the 15th-year anniversary series?
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    I recall in an e-mail I got from JoshB shortly after ToyFair '06 that BA had hired someone new to lead their "PR" toy department, and they were planning some cool new stuff for '07. From what I've seen, it's just the same old figures, weapons, vehicles, playsets, and repaints which never actually appear or are mentioned in the show(s). (Should I even mention that only about 1/12th of the original "Boukenger" toys- specifically the Bouken Cell Phone Accellular- have come over so far, and have already been rebuilt...?) I mean, I talk to kids in the aisles at TRU, Target, KayBee, etc., and they also say that they don't like all that stuff either and are getting tired of it. I betcha that if BA focused more on the mecha, weapons, morphers, and used the originals of all, they might get better appreciation from [former] fans like myself? I am not saying that this should be a collector's only series (though it would be nice if they at least acknowledged the older fans & collectors!), but I think they need to pay better attention to the kids out there today. Just because a motorcycle sells well one year doesn't mean that you can just repaint it for the next, add a different figure to it, and people will be satisfied.
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    I have an idea or two that I would like to share with Bandai America (though I won't do it here) for a couple of toys just for the "PROO" series, and I hope that they really listen to the other long-time fans. They, too, are a huge contributing factor. Super Sentai continues to be popular on a generational level, and "PR" could be the same if they worked at it. There are people over there who have kids of their own who still collect these toys because they satisfy both demographs! Would it have even celebrated its 30th Anniversary last year if it hadn't done that???
    (I got a couple ideas for the show itself, too, if I could share them!)

    EVA_Unit_4A   10 years 46 weeks ago
  • Well, Thanks. First and foremost, I saw this thing when it was in 'preview' mode on Wal Mart's shelves and thought it looked different from the Import version. its like Cybertron Starscream only shorter and with more articulation for a scale-up mod job.

    Rob Braun   10 years 46 weeks ago
  • "Not that bad", he says... -_-;
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    It sucks, plain and simple! If you like Jumbo Megazords with a little more articulation, this is for you. Got kids who still chew on things? This is for you. Otherwise, stay the hell away from it!
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    BA lost a long-time customer when they did this. With rare exception will I buy any "PR"-related products ever again; I can go Super Sentai all the way now because I know better.

    EVA_Unit_4A   10 years 46 weeks ago
  • I also had some time to handle this toy before It was sent out for review. While I agree with most of your points, I think you are coming off too strong. Is the toy as good as it's Japanese cousin? Absolutely not. Is it good compared to prevoius Bandai America Megazord releases? No. The paint is poor, the plastic is thin and the toy is very... simple. Collectors will hate this toy, and will probably stay away from it. But I think you have to understand that Collectors are not the target market for this toy. KIDS are. Will kids like it? Probably. I think the level of popularity of power rangers is waning due to the show being banished to an obscure digital cable channel might have something to do with the lukewarm reception you received.

    Perhaps Bandai is aiming at a lower demographic, and thought the original was too complicated? Perhaps the original was too small to pass US safety standards (some of the small vehicles look choke worthy). We just don't know.

    I'm pretty sure my 4 year old will like this toy, and he really won't care about how it compares to the japanese version, etc.. My concern as a parent is that the plastic seems cheap and brittle, and may be prone to shattering if dropped onto a hard surface.

    So my opinion as someone not as invested in Power Rangers and Sentai - the DriveMax Megazord is bad for collectors, OK for kids.

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    JoshB   10 years 47 weeks ago
  • Eh, though I don't think the Nerf-coloring on Megs is all that cool, I do like the Classics design enough to get him.
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    How to get it across the Pacific without capping? Simple. Box him already in robot mode with a book-like cover over the box window. That way, even though the toy assumes the form of a realistic looking gun, they can't say they're importing one wihtout the orange cap. The box art could also be modified so that the gun mode has caps on it even though the toy doesn't have them; call the box art a prototype image, it's done all the time!
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    Weren't the MP-01 and -04 Convoys shipped in robot mode? I know MP-03 wasn't, but Starscream had the window box.
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    Quick question: is there an MP repaint of Convoy as Ultra Magnus, or is he getting a new design all to himself later as a new MP?

    EVA_Unit_4A   10 years 47 weeks ago
  • This is a the best looking design of the original Megatron and is very faithful to the original Megatron and even the Walther P38 Microchange Gun Robo. Looks way better than the Classics Megatron(yes it's a "gun" but it's not even a Walther P38, it's a Nerf blaster) WHICH is still not that faithful to the original Megs IMHO(except the head). Overall looks great, cool, and realistic. Now how to get it wihtout orange capping it...

    chogov9   10 years 47 weeks ago
  • Now if it only has the weight to balance out the look and make it feel like a diecast Megatron/Hand gun/Toy.

    Nicely done.

    Dennis B.   10 years 47 weeks ago
  • Starscream

    For as big and solid as the US-release "TF:Cybertron" Starscream is, he only has, like, one sound FX! Hah!? I have [and reviwed for CDX] the DX Tokusou Gattai DekaRanger Robo (Bandai) from 2004's "Tokusou Sentai DekaRanger", and it's only 9"-tall and has six Light-&-Sound FX and a bump-motion sensor all built just into the chest! How boring, Starscream! But the joints are nice and tight, the color scheme is okay, and I like the vehicle mode.
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    Well, I actually stumbled across a second FX by accident. What they don'ttell you in the instructions is that when the right shoulder (arm with the blade) is rotated forward beyond 90-degrees, there is a metal-clashing sound! Now, this only works when the arm is twisting upwards, but not downwards. However, the lights do not turn on this time.
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    I think there's a third FX somewhere in him, but I haven't found it yet.
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    Oddly, Autobot Vector Prime [also from "TF:Cybertron"] also has a similar hidden FX trigger in the same area when his Planet Key is in place! Why don't they tell you? Are you just supposed to stumble across them by accident like I did???

    EVA_Unit_4A   10 years 47 weeks ago
  • In December 1984, all I wanted for Christmas was Voltron. Finding one that Christmas for a decent price proved to be difficult. I called around various toy stores and they either did not have Voltron in stock(sold out) or it was $75.99 which my Mother absolutely refused to pay for one toy. I called Meijers of all places and not only did they have Voltron in stock but he was only $15.99!!! My Mother went to Meijers and bought it immediately fearing it would be gone. I was ecstatic!!!! On Christmas morning needless to say I was very confused when I opened that present. The box said Voltron all over it but the blue robot in the box I had never seen before in my entire life. It said Voltron II on it and there was a small screen grab from the Albegas cartoon(of course I didn't know that back then) on the side of the box and it said something like "Voltron II defends the middle universe". I was very, very disappointed to say the least. My friend had gotten hosed that Christmas too and ended up with the black gladiator so we combined them the best we could but there wasn't much else you could do with them. Mine broke early on as the grey hinge on his back cracked off.
    I was much happier when I got my Vehicle Voltron needless to say. lol

    The price point was $15.99 per robot BTW.

    I have seen the Matchbox Gladiator Voltron in a deluxe gift set too(I have a pic somewhere of the box) but the rumor is that it was recalled by Matchbox for some strange reason. I have no idea what the Deluxe set sold for originally.

    iron maniac   10 years 47 weeks ago
  • The vehicle Voltron was not my first Voltron, the blue gladiator Voltron was(that's another story) but it was far more sought after by the kids in my 5th-6th grade class than the lion Voltron. We all liked the lion Voltron of course but when the vehicle Voltron appeared one day on the TV show instead of the lion Voltron, I along with everyone else in my class were hooked! The story was kind of like Star Trek, seek out and find new life kind of thing. We all liked the stories much better than the Lion Voltron. My friend bought the air team set first and I bought the sea team and land team sets respectively. You could do a lot more with the vehicle Voltron than the lion set obviously, the big downfall was like you said in your review, the toy just didn't hold up well. It was not well made, the leg connection points were the first to go, I had to wrap electrical tape around the connection points to get them to stay together when assembled. Lots of weak plastic joints. I eventually worked out a trade with my friend to get his air team set. Still it was the holy grail back then and I had a lot of fun with that toy. Hopefully we will see a masterpiece version soon! I'd be the first to lay my money down for that one!

    iron maniac   10 years 47 weeks ago
  • Yeah I remember that little annoying guy now that I look at the little drawing of him in the pic.

    iron maniac   10 years 47 weeks ago
  • So, little Kremzeek is like walkin', talkin' energon? (Hee hee hee...)

    EVA_Unit_4A   10 years 47 weeks ago
  • Looks good! Only wish they tried to match the face/head better. Anyway, this is a buy for me.
    P.S. Yellow guy is a character from the G1 show "Kremzeek". He is electrical in nature and can absorb energy.

    "Dinobots, destroy Devestator!"-Optimus Prime TFTM

    golden age   10 years 47 weeks ago
  • My parents NEVER got me that one thing that everyone else really wanted AT THE TIME. Nintendo, Atari, Transformers, Legos, movies just released to VHS- I missed out on a crap-load of stuff in the late '80s. About the most 'popular' thing I ever got was a new bike.
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    I managed to wiggle [maybe] two Deluxe megazords out of them when I was in my 'tweens, but those were under required conditions.
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    (rolls eyes)
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    I feel sorry for myself...

    EVA_Unit_4A   10 years 47 weeks ago
  • I had the G1 Megatron, in fact he was the very first Transformer I ever owned. Toys R Us had just gotten the very first wave in and Megatron and the min-cars were all they had(on an isle end-cap). GoBots had been out for a few months already so I had a few of those but Transformers were brand new and I was waiting(very impatiently I might add) for them to come out. I was calling Toys R Us on an almost daily basis to see when they came in.(the employees were probably sick of hearing from me no doubt). This was early 1984 if I remember correctly? I was in fourth grade. Luckily my Mother did not mind paying the "high" $19.99 price tag as in my haste to find out if the Transformers were indeed in stock I didn't bother to check the price! lol Incidentally, my Mother bought my nephew a yellow cliffjumper while we were there as well. My Megatron had a lot more weapons and stuff than the masterpiece seems to have but its understandable. I was the envy of my fourth grade class as the only other person that owned a real Transformer at that time was a kid with Thundercracker. Not sure who the flame-like ghost is though, he sure didn't come with my set. I'll be buying the Masterpiece most likely.

    iron maniac   10 years 47 weeks ago
  • Wow- if I hadn't known beforehand that MP-05 was mostly plastic, I would have though it was a real gun with real metal! That paint app. is so real! No wonder it'll be so difficult to get pass US toy import laws...
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    I never cared for the G1 Megatron toy or the pretty purple of Galvatron, but this is certainly changing my mind. Legs are a little thin from the front, but I think I could overlook that.
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    Cool...
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    Having never seen G1, who's the little flame-like ghost there?

    EVA_Unit_4A   10 years 47 weeks ago
  • Like the MagiPhone from 2005's "Mahou Sentai MagiRanger", this thing has a fully interactive keypad with code numbers that cause different things to happen. The Scan Mode blacklight LED is a really cool and fun idea. I also like the techy, 'realistic' look of the Accellular in general. I also like the accessory arm pouch Accellular Holder (sold separately). (I just wish the straps were longer so that I could wrap it around my arm!) It even talks in the same voice heard in the series! (Super Sentai alumni voice actor Shinichiro Ohta can't speak clear English to save his life!)
    Oodly, in the series and on the toys, the Accellular [and the Gougou Changer] can't access the later 14-18 Gougou Vehicles which make up the DX Chouzetsu Gougou Gattai DaiVoyager.

    A trick you can do when using the hasshin command:
    --Go! button > Turbine Wheel- launch without pressing a number!

    Errors you get when using the gattai command:
    --Gattai button > Turbine- error sound!
    --Gattai > 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 > Turbine- error sound! You can't use Gougou Dozer and/or Gougou Marine Diver on DaiTanken ("Bouken Formation Two!")
    --Gattai > 4 5 _ _ 8 9 0 > Turbine- error sound! You can't use Gougou Dozer and/or Gougou Marine Diver in place of Gougou Drill and Gougou Shovel on DaiTanken.
    --Gattai > 1 2 3 _ _ 6 > Turbine- error sound! To use DaiBouken+6-10 at the same time, you must use all of 1-5 first.
    --Gattai > 1 2 _ 4 5 6 7 8 9 > Turbine- error sound! You can't activate Super DaiBouken ("Super Formation!") without Gougou Gyro (3)
    --Gattai > 1 2 _ _ _ 6 7 8 9 0 > Turbine- error sound! You cannot skip Gougou Gyro, Gougou Dozer, & Gougou Marine Diver when making Ultimate DaiBouken ("Ultimate Formation!")

    Tricks you can do with the gattai command:
    --Gattai > 6 7 8 > Turbine- it can't be done on the DX toys or in the show, but the Accellular accepts any three numbers after 5 put together.
    --Gattai > 6 7 8 9 > Turbine- activate Super DaiBouken without using 1-5 keys at the same time!

    EVA_Unit_4A   10 years 47 weeks ago
  • Getter 2

    Nice work! The only thing I would like to add is that it can be very difficult to get this toy with no paint loss on the head, and one without it can be significantly more expensive.

    And maybe the only reason I tend to think of Getter 1 as being more common, is because I haven't got Getter 2 yet. :)

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    Principal, Flatpoint High

    Nekrodave   10 years 47 weeks ago
  • Bummer... That looked good, too.

    EVA_Unit_4A   10 years 47 weeks ago
  • At an average of $150 dollars each, I'll stick with the Revoltech version.

    }D

    The Mazinger Z   10 years 47 weeks ago
  • Hey thanks for the kind words Rob! I certainly hope the book (and my art) gets the TF fandom seal of approval. :-P

    Also, thanks Josh for putting a *spotlight* on this (cheeeeesy pun alert!) hehe.

    But seriously, thanks a lot guys. ^_^

    REX-203   10 years 47 weeks ago
  • I definitely want to see more of this. 7" is a bit small and reminds me of a Soul of Chogokin, but this doesn't look like a display-only set; it looks like it can take a bit of a beating at the kid level!
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    I just hope it doesn't run for something like +$100 or some ridiculous price off-the-shelf... If it is, they should make a real toy out of the Patlabors and some of the enemy labors. Dedicated models and poesable figures go only so far sometimes.
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    [I'm still waiting for the Evangelion Units- and some of the Angels- to be turned into affordable, kid-resistant 12" toys with spring-loaded Entry Plug and removable pauldrons (hint-hint, wink-wink, nudge-nudge...)]

    EVA_Unit_4A   10 years 47 weeks ago
  • Robby, if you're reading this, Great job! Excellent artwork! Best TF Spotlight book yet!

    Rob Braun   10 years 48 weeks ago
  • I used to love seeing those commercials when I was growing up. If I remember right, they played on Channel 56. I always tried to get my folks to bring me, but i never had any luck.

    I remember finding one of the Takara Dougram sets at the Child World out in North Dartmouth when I was a kid. At te time it was the coolest thing I had ever seen. That and Robotech were my two big robot/mecha loves as a kid (although I also had a soft spot for Gaiking).

    It's interesting that most fo the folks who posted so far were never able to visit the store. Does anyone know anybody who did? I was always curious if it would have lived up to my expectations :)

    Lazarus (not verified)   10 years 48 weeks ago
 
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