Thursday, 26 January 2017

Transformers Devastation Unwrapped

Hey there, watch me play Transformers Devastation for the first time (rather badly I must say) and hear my thoughts as I play away.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Top 5 toys of 2016

Well, that time of year again, and I might as well go through a top 5.  Looking at last year’s post, I also listed what toys I picked up.  Well here we go again!

Nendoroid Kirby Freddy Mercury
Figma Racing Miku 2016 Race GT Figuarts Captain America Cv War Ver
Legends (Mind) Wipe Figuarts Zenigata Keibu
Legends Highbrow Figuarts Daisuke Jigen
Chogokin Voltron Figuarts Mina Fujiko
Legends Fortress Maximus Figuarts Lupin III
Combiners Wars Dragstrip Masterpiece Beast Convoy (Optimus Primal)
Legends Skull(cruncher) Masterpiece Hot Rod
TAV Bisk Unite Warriors Bruticus
TAV Windblade Legends Shockwave & Cancer
TAV Scorponok Legends Wheelie & Go Shuta
TAV Runabout Legends Blurr
Unite Warriors Menasor Legends Hardhead
Legends Galvatron Legends Weirdwolf
Combiner Wars Deadend Legends Scourge
Legends Chromedome Legends Ginrai
Condor and Apeface Figuarts Freddy Mercury

Quite heavily Transformers weighted this year and about the same amount as last year
It’s been a good year, but since the Transformers line is moving along with the Titans Returns headmasters line and seems to be doing so nothing all that super exciting that has me champing at the bit.  Although, I am feeling a bit of burnout and will look forward to the Transformers movie and obvious run of ugly toys with which I can easily skip.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Scourge Legends Comic Translation

Happy new year!  A bit late, but here I have for you a translation of Scourge’s Legends comic.  Once again in Arrowed, arrowless and Japanese versions.  Some notes at the end of the post for reading accessibility and because it’s a pretty weird story.

Toy review is here, along with Bio Translation



Tets Toys & Shenanigans

  • Obviously AI is a police officer Looking for Alpha Trion.  In The Ultra Magnus comic (WIP), if I remember correctly I believe AT says he has left over power of the Matrix in him.   Hence the Old Man Matrix.
  • In the 5th Panel, with AI complaining about the number of Sweeps, the FX say “wai.”  “Wai wai” is an onomatopoeia for excitement/lots of movement.  I couldn’t think of a way to make that work.  Although just now I thought I could have used “bustle bustle.”  Oh well.
  • In the 8th Panel, the red FX as Scourge exits the room is phonetically “doar”.  So since he’s making a hole to get out, I decided that the best way to spell it was door.  
  • Shockwave and Cancer are at a summer festival.  The Legends world is primarily set in Japan and during summer, there are many festivals that culminate in a fireworks display.   Obviously the explosion of Scourge and the falling Sweeps are seen as the fireworks.  Scourge was released in Summer in Japan, along with Shockwave, Cancer and Blurr, a nice little touch.
  • Zodiac Power is a reference to a mystical power that first appeared in Transformers Zone. 

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Voltron Vs Voltron and Voltron?

 Bandai Chogokin                   Toynami  EX                               MT King  Beast

Being a bit of a derpy nerd for Lion Force Voltron, and also finding the licensing issues contained therein an interesting winding snake of complexity, I found myself puzzled by the sudden onslaught of what appears to be official Voltrons.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

No real updates this week...

...because I managed to get a PS4 at Black Friday sales.  If you're interested, I am currently playing Just Cause 3, Batman Arkham Knight and trying to finish Strider and Okami.  Woo!

Toy Wise, I had delivered to my door, the wonderful Legends Chromedome, (Mind)Wipe and Highbrow.  Nice.

This week saw the revelation of a God Bomber to go with Ginrai.  Which I really like the look of, but I need to think about both.

Work is busy, and I've finally got my hands on Arkham Knight, which I've been looking forward to for ages.  Now I just need to find a day or two to spend some quality time with him!

Sunday, 27 November 2016

LG23 Galvatron Comic Translation

Good people of the Internet. Yes, with a capital ‘I.’  To celebrate the joy that Black Friday sales bring (i.e a PS4), I have decided to release this enjoyable little gem to the English reading world.

Once again, with arrowed and arrowless versions.

Share and enjoy.


Toy review and Bio translation is here.

There aren’t really any notes to be added here.  I think the girl on the bill board is one of the chicks from Kissplayers.

Weirdwolf seems to be a bit of tricky fellow and it’s nice to see that Tarantulas doesn’t have much in the way of loyalty to anyone.  He also likes to chuckle a lot.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Toy lines and First Contact

When a new Transformers or toy line comes out, I generally judge the quality of the whole line on one toy.  Am I the only one?

Recently I’ve been watching the RID2015 cartoon and taken quite a fancy to the Decepticon designs, but having been able to have a look at a friend’s Steeljaw, I was not terribly taken with it, essentially, wishing that he was a bit more complex to make the robot mode look a bit better.


With that in mind, I gave up hope on the line and only bothered with a few of the Transformers Adventures (TAV) – The Japanese RID series toys.  Even then, the toys I picked up were the Japanese versions of toys from earlier lines, such as Japan's answer to BlackJack, Runabout, Animated Swoop, Animated Lockdown, Adams (Cosmos – Generations) and Powerglide(Generations/Combiner Wars).  All these toys were pretty good, but I either already had them, or being from an earlier time knew they were reasonable quality.

Eventually, TAV Scorponok took my eye and seeing some pictures of him online, my curiosity increased, I really liked his monster style robot mode.  Eventually after gaining information that informed me he wasn’t a complete mess of a toy, I tracked one down and bought it.

I was underwhelmed I put the TAV line into the basket along with TF4 toys; Toys to Avoid.

A friend really wanted TAV Windblade.  As did I, the show design I rather liked, but I KNEW that with the simplified toys, it would be bad.  However this opportunity proved a nice testing ground.  I bought my friend his Windlblade, who was a bit hard to find at the time and got permission to open and play with it.

She turned out OK.  Not amazing, but not terrible.  I got one for me.

Then there’s the case of Bisk.  This character I wanted since the start of RID2015/TAV because he has a great name and character design.  A crustacean robot mode and a name of Bisk.

In the meantime, Scorponok had been slowly growing on me, but I still had low impressions of the line as a whole.  Nothing had wowed me like many of the toys in the TR line.  I found Bisk and  I hesitantly bought him thinking at the very best he’ll be a weird novelty character and not a good toy.

I was wrong, I actually really like Bisk as not only a novelty character, but as a cool toy as well.
It was an interesting exercise for me, since had I bought Bisk first off, I’d have a much better opinion of the line as a whole.  I guess it’s very unfair to judge a whole line on one figure.

I kind of thought this as well with the Japanese Legends toys as well, more specifically the new Headmaster toys.  I knew Galvatron was flawed, so I bought him with low expectations.  Skull was my first one toy really enjoy and I was surprised.  Expectations were high.  I then found myself a bit disappointed with Scourge though.  Had Scourge been my first toy of the line I might have not bought as many Legends Headmasters.

So the lesson is this. Don’t judge a line solely on one toy, I guess every line has its bad toys. 
Although I think that can kind of suck if you’re trying to avoid finding too much about about a toy and have to research it.  For me, I like that first transformation and feeling to be something new, whether bad or good.

What about you guys? Have you ever dropped a line because your first toy of that line left a bad impression?  I’d love to hear some stories!