Fansproject Code

I never had any Headmasters as a kid, in fact, I’m pretty sure I didn’t even know they were a thing that even existed back then.  When I got back into Transformers though they’ve always been a line that I’ve tried to work on completing, I’ve gotten 3 or 4 over the years, but the prices have always kept me from going all out.  Then suddenly Fansproject comes along and starts releasing a line of their own take on the popular Headmasters line.  And Code is their first offering. Read on for the review.

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FoC Ultra Magnus

While everyone else is busy talking about Fall of Cybertron Starscream and Kickback (the two new molds and casemates for this guy. I figured I’d take the time to shine a little light on what is probably going to be a frequently passed over toy in wave three of Generations. Especially if the 5 I’ve already seen at retail are any indication. Read on for the review.

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Beast Hunters Lazerback

I’ll admit, the Beast Hunters subline of Transformers Prime had me extremely disinterested in retail Transformers. Three molds of spikey repaint/remolds of already released Prime Deluxes was not an exciting prospect.  The fourth figure in the wave had me a bit interested but only marginally so.  So I picked up Lazerback with the intent of warning my readers to avoid if necessary. Read on for the review.

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FOC Soundwave w/ Discs

As much talking about this guy on Twitter as I’ve been doing, it’d be nice that I had an outlet in which I could review Transformers figures like FOC Soundwave. Oh, wait, that’s right, I do! Read on for the review.

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Figma Link

Samus and now Link are the only two figures from the Figma line I own, but two Nintendo Characters in one year is kind of amazing. Unlike Samus though, Link has had a bit better luck with toys over the years, with having a few vinyl toys and minifigures, keychains and the like. However this is once again the first fully posable detailed figure to come out of this character. Read on for the review.

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Masterpiece Sideswipe

Over the years I haven’t gotten many Masterpiece figures. Everytime one is announced I get really excited to own it, but when the time comes I never have the money or would rather spend it on something else. Sideswipe was an exception. As soon as preorders hit I placed my order, and at 4300Yen I would have been foolish not to. But still, was it worth it? Read on for the review.

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S.I.C. OOO TaToBa

A month later than I anticipated, thanks to my hamhands, but I finally got around to reviewing the newest member of the SiC line, Kamen Rider OOO TaTaBa combo. This is the now confirmed start of all of the main OOOs forms in the SiC aesthetic, so does it start with a bang or are we doomed to garbage for the next twelve months. Read on for the review.

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S.H. Figuarts Red Hawk

So yeah, it’s been awhile hasn’t it. I do apologize as it’s been a very thin time as far as new toys making their way to my house.  And for some reason I can’t bring myself to review stuff that’s been out for months/years.  So anyway, on to a review of something that I had ordered, regretted, then once I got it in hand was so happy to have as a part of my collection.  S.H. Figuarts Red Hawk, from Choujin Sentai Jetman!  Oddly enough, this is the first Figuarts review I’ve done on this site, so read on for my thoughts!

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VinylVault: Glyos Armorvor

I’ve wanted to do a Glyos based review since starting this site earlier in the year. However it’s always been difficult to figure out the proper way to attack this toyline especially when so many other sites do it better. But then two weeks ago happened. The Armorvor came as a surprise during the July release, and with its very appealing pricepoint it became hard to say no. Now that I have one in hand it’s easily one of my favorite self-contained Glyos pieces. Read on for the review!

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Brickvault: Kre-On Preview Wave

About a year ago, Hasbro released their first wave of Transformers Kre-O, their building block line using the Transformers franchise.  Since it’s announcement people have begged for blindpacked Kre-Ons (the Transformers minifigs akin to Lego’s) only to be met with “no plans at this time” answers from Hasbro.  Well at SDCC they dropped the news that Kre-On blindpacks were coming, and the first preview wave of 6 would be hitting stores soon.  Well I just got mine and figured I’d share my thoughts.

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FansProject Warbot Steel Core

Gonna try something different this go around, both NurseMidnight and myself (Reigner) got this guy on the same day and wanted to try a tag team style.  Not sure if this will work as well as it would on say a Youtube video, but let’s give it a shot!

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Figma Samus

You might have remembered in my Zero V2 review that next to Metroid, MegaMan was my favorite game series.  Well it seems like this is my year to be a toy collector as not only have we gotten one of our first highly poseable Zero figure, we’ve also gotten our very first highly poseable Samus Aran figure from Metroid. (Other M specifically)  This is a figure I’ve been dying for since 1994 when Super Metroid was released, and the closest things we’ve had is a statue from Metroid Prime and some twelve dollar “figure” from 2003.  Read on to see if this can live up to nearly twenty plus years of hype!

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2012 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

I was a late 80s/early 90s kid, so as most kids my age, I was into Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. And boy was I ever into TMNT, bedsheets, lunchboxes, stickerbooks, coloring books, Archie comics, you name it I had it. The toys were no exception, I wanted them all, and for awhile got them all, it wasn’t until they stopped showing up en masse at retail that I started losing interest in collecting them. Ever since then there have been multiple attempts by Playmates to bring them back, the most success coming from the 2003 series. Unfortunately the toys didn’t seem to last long despite the show going for multiple seasons. Now another 9 years later and we have a new show on the horizon, and two new toylines hitting shelves. Needless to say I’m a very happy Turtle fan, and these toys do not disappoint.

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SIC Another Agito

A kind soul of the internet managed to re-upload the Cruel Angel version of the Agito subs, which means I finally get to finish what many claim to be one of the best Kamen Rider series out there.  As I’ve been watching I finally got to the point where they’ve introduced Another Agito, and since I just recently received this SIC set in the mail I figured it was a perfect time to take a look at it.  This figure comes in a set with Kamen Rider Gills, and I had been trying to figure out if I wanted to review them separately or since you’d be spending money on them both anyway, review them together.  Gills, like ZX just frustrates the heck out of me, so instead of going into another negative review I figured I’d start with the highpoint and intermingle aspects of Gills where I can in case I decide not to review him proper.  Read on to see how it goes!

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Brickvault: Crazy Scientist and His Monster

I’ve been wanting to do a Lego review for awhile now, and have been racking my brain over a way to do it justice, so expect this format to change as I nail down a style.  Hey new challenges keeps the mind sharp I figure!  I will say off the bat, I’m far from an expert in Lego, just getting back into it after leaving the hobby back in Middle School I’ve not kept up with the current trends.  Suffice to say everything is ‘new’ to me.  So if I don’t know something or seem amazed by something that at this point is trivial then I apologize.   Also something I noticed while photographing this, there are a LOT of bits and bobs that I could go on and on about, but since I like to try to keep my narrative short, I’ll try to just stick to some key items.  But enough backstory, on to the review! Read the rest of this entry

D-Arts Zero Version 2

Hoo it’s been awhile, that tends to happen when all your preorders don’t ship until the end of the month. Anyway Mega Man, where do I even begin with Mega Man. This character and his game franchise was one of my absolute favorites as a kid, second only to the Metroid series. Unfortunately a game franchise spanning two decades, fifty games, and both American and Japanese cartoons hasn’t had much in the way of impressive action figures. There were some short-lived lines here and there from Bandai, and a few model kits released in Japan, but nothing that really gave the Blue Bomber the respect I feel he deserves. That is until the D-Arts line, the line developed by Bandai to encompass various video game and anime properties (one of which I’ve already reviewed before) Since its inception we’ve been blessed with Mega Man X, Full Armor Mega Man X1, Zero(V1) and soon a Vile! The latest release is Zero as he’s depicted in every Mega Man X game after the first. Read on for the review.

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VinylVault: S.L.U.G. Zombies

Another forray into blindpacks!  This time with Jakks Pacific S.L.U.G. Zombies line.  Initially a set of 12 zombies minifigures sold as a set at seemingly random ToysRUs’s, eight of these have been repackaged into single-packed blindpacked boxes.  I found these at Walgreens of all places but apparently they’re suppose to be hitting Targets and Kmarts too? Read on for the review.

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Prime Robots in Disguise Vehicon

After the week of Botcon reviews, I had every intent on moving on to something different.  Maybe a Figuart since I haven’t done any of those yet.  Then my Prime Robots in Disguise (PRID) Vehicons showed up and I felt like I had no other choice but to review them. Read on for the Review.

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Botcon 2012 Shattered Glass Darkmount

First things first, I don’t care what anyone says, I’m not calling this figure the Bard of Darkmount.  He’s Darkmount, that’s it, you should be lucky I’m not calling him Straxus!  Anyway, the original Darkmount (Straxus as he is originally called) is not a character I was ever familiar with.  He’s a comic only character that never had a toy, until a few years ago when Generations came along and gave him a deluxe.  I instantly fell in love with the design and to this day remains one of my favorite deluxe Transformers.  So how does his mirrorverse counterpart fare?  Read on for the review.

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Botcon 2012 Shattered Glass Soundwave

Time for me to venture into the boxset for Botcon 2012.  And I’ll start with what had the potential to be the figure I most looked forward to when everything was initially announced.  I’m a huge Soundwave fan.  Despite missing some I try my best to get one of every Soundwave figure that gets released.  So when I heard that a Soundwave was an included figure this year, the year I’m attending, of course I got excited.  The artwork was released and I was still excited, the drawing looked slick!  Then I saw the TFClub photo and my heart sank.  Read on for the rest of the review.

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Botcon 2012 Shattered Glass G2 Prime

I started my Botcon reviews with Kick-Off so it’s only natural that I should continue with his bagmate G2 Shattered Glass Prime.  Let me start out by saying I don’t outright hate the concept of Shattered Glass, but I don’t like it when it feels forced or uninspired.  I like SG Thundercracker because it gives me Action Master Thundercracker, I like SG Cyclonus because in a way it makes sense.  I dislike SG Galvatron because it’s just another purple Galvatron.  With this figure though it’s a little of column A and a little of column B.  Read on for the full review.

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Botcon 2012 Kick-Off

Now that I’m back and well rested from Botcon, I feel it’s time to share some of the exclusives with you. Starting off with Kick-Off. An Action Master from the 90’s the character hasn’t seen much love other than a single panel in IDWs Last Stand of the Wreckers, until now. Now I never had the Action Master’s as a kid, and didn’t even know they existed until I returned to the fandom, but I absolutely love it every time one of them is referenced. So it’s probably only natural that I start of my convention recap with the Action Master homage. Read on for the review!

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Transformers United Stepper

At the tail end of the 2011 Takara-Tomy Transformers United figure line, a special recolor of the Autobot Special Ops Jazz mold was made available as a mail away figure if you bought the Japanese Transformers Generations 2011 volume 1 Collector’s book by Million Publishing.  This figure was Stepper, a niche character known to Western fans as Ricochet.  Originally a Japanese exclusive G1 Targetmaster repaint of Jazz, Stepper was brought to the US shores 17 years later as part of the Toys R Us Commemorative Series redubbed as Ricochet with his Targetmaster partner Nightstick.  Now that we’ve covered some basics about the character, we can step into this review and find out if this modern update of a niche character warrants its hefty exclusive price tag.

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S.I.C. ZX

Here we have the third SIC in the hat trick that convinced me to start collecting the SIC line. (SkyRider and Super-1 being the first two)  A Ninja Rider with one episode and a movie to his name, and that’s about all I know about this character unfortunately.  It really was the design of this toy that won me over to picking this up, unfortunately while photographing for this review I’m just about 180ed on my opinion of this guy.  Read on for the review.

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VinylVault: The Trash Pack

I have a bit of a confession.  I’m addicted to blind pack “stuff”.  When I was a kid it was collectible card games, despite never having anyone to play them with.  Through high school it was any blind pack import figures I could find at the local anime conventions.  Nowadays, blind-pack has taken the world by storm.  Lego Minifigs (got em), My Little Pony (kids got em), Star Wars (Got em) Squinkies (kids again), etc.  Just about everything seems to have some form of a blind-bagged sub-line these days.  One of the more cult-following lines is the Trash Pack.  And this is the one that’s seemingly hooked me in for the long haul.

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MOTUC Kobra Khan

Back when I reviewed Fisto I mentioned that he’s a character I never really had a vested interest in. Kobra Khan on the other hand, there’s a toy from the 80’s I could go on and on about. He, along with Rattlor, always had a habit of being a pair of toys that were bad guys for everything. TMNT, Thundercats, He-Man; you name it, they fought them in my imagination at some point. So when I saw that Mattel was finally getting around to classicizing Kobra Khan I started to really get excited for MotUC again. Read on for the review!

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Transformers Prime Deluxe Ratchet

I was pleasantly surprised today when after a quick trip to Walmart I came home with probably the one Transformer I’ve had the most trouble tracking down in recent memory: Deluxe PRID (Prime Robots in Disguise) Ratchet! So surprised even that he ended up completely bumping my original planned review for today. Is my excitement warranted or am I a victim of my own overhype?

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D-Arts Medabots Rokusho

Back when Pokemon was starting to become a thing, a lot of other properties tried to follow suit. The one I ended up attaching myself to was Medabots. A charming little show, but not enough to pull me into any video games, toylines or what have you. Then the D-Arts line started: Bandai’s “digital figuarts” line that seems to mainly pull from video game properties. Medabots was one of the properties to come under this umbrella, and with it comes the angsty anti-hero Rokusho (who’s name I will mispell about 12 more times I’m sure) So let’s see how this little guy compares.

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VinylVault: Godzilla Tokyo Vinyl

I will always claim to not be a fan of Designer Vinyl toys.  I will always claim this with a shelf full of Mighty Muggs, and a bin full of Glyos.  I will continue to claim this as I talk about the Tokyo Vinyl Godzilla figure.  But what can I say, this guy just speaks to a lot of my aesthetic tastes.  He’s chunky and mis-proportioned (I don’t want to say chibi-fied) and just seems to have a presence about him on your shelf.

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MOTUC Fisto

I (like many many others) have a love/hate relationship with Mattel and their Masters of the Universe Classics Line, some may go so far as to call it battered wife syndrome. Without going into those details too much let’s just say there comes a time, for about 3-4 months every year, where I getting bitten by the MotUC bug. I’ll go a bit crazy and buy just about everything available, then I’ll get tired of the line and drop it for the rest of the year. Lather, rinse, repeat. This time around, it was MotUC Fisto that started the cycle again. So was he was worth it, or am I done for another year!

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TFCC Runabout

Intro

Now I can’t claim to know anything about the Battlechargers, having never owned either as a kid. (and from what I’ve heard I’m better off for that) But when I saw that the planned Transformers Collectors Club exclusives were going to be those very figures I got excited.  Not so much because of who they were, but of the molds that they were being redecoed from.  So let’s take a moment to look at the first of two TFCC exclusives, Runabout(Over-run).

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