Thursday, July 25, 2013

Fall Of Cybertron (FOC) Metroplex.

The highly anticipated Metroplex, the biggest Transformer ever!
Yes, Metroplex is slightly taller than Fortress Maximus.
The box is 1/3 smaller than Fort Max. No styrofoam, replacing it is the crappy cardboard tray.
Guess Hasbro didn't put in much effort in the packaging for this fella.
The right arm is dismantled and packed into the small tray. The space in the cardboard tray is really maxed out. they used every little gap they could use.
But on any day, i would welcome a big TF toy!

 Horizontal Boxart on the front fo the box.
 Veritcal back of the box.
 The sides....

The top and bottom.

 Mugshot of FOC Metroplex....

 Scamper with Metroplex...

 Playability is quite good, having 3 modes...The added "new age" articulation is also welcomed.
G1 version of metroplex is well represented here. 
Scamper in bot mode.

 Scamper in alternate mode.

 Put in 02 x AA batteries and the eyes and chest light up along with sounds.

 The instruction sheet is also Titan Class...I find this quite wasteful. Metroplex, whether G1 or FOC, is easy to transform and is very direct. there are no need for instructions, needless to say a titan class one...

 Sticker sheet and sticker instructions are also titan class.

 A size comparison with TFC Hercules....half the size...

 The battle station mode or as the instruction syas Vehicle mode.

 CIty mode.

 In this case, the Fort Max city mode is actually better than FOC Metroplex. For fort max, there is a lift where you can bring a small car up and another button to fire the car out of the cabin. For FOC Metroplex, there is only 1 slide. and the lights.

 Kiddo playing with Metroplex city mode.
As i've mentioned earlier, big TFs are more than welcome. Then comes the headache...where are you going to display him? Box is easy but the bot, to put him on display mode in some fancy poses, space is what you need. Please think carefully of where you are housing him...otherwise if you buy him and keeps him in he sad....
Playability-wise, i would prefer Fort Max. Lights and Sounds add some points for Metroplex but still, toys are all about playability so Fort Max wins.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Pre-transformers G1 Joustra Starscream

Pre-transformers Joustra Starscream.
Finally got one of these and at a very reasonable price....still aiming for a Diaclone piece.
Too bad the box is abit crappy, almost destroying the precious artwork.
Styrofoam and toys however, are pristine.
Being a starscream fan, i just gotta have one of Diaclone would be my next target.

Missiles off the sprue, it's ok. But somehow, the seller managed to find a diaclone figure and put it in.
Joustra Starscream has no pilot, so this is like a bonus.

Back of the box is also damaged. Not exactly torn but defaced.

the sticker sheet wit 85% of the stickers applied.

And the sticker instructions are behind the sticker sheet.

A real pity that the comic does not come with this piece.
Took out the toy to play and transform but i guess i was too excited to remember to take some photos of the toy...that is why you do not see pics of the robot and alternate mode.
Next, i embark on my search for a Diaclone Starscream, along with secret starscream, Pre-rub starscream.....