o I got the last of the three in today. I really love these guys. More than I was expecting. Sadly I think Eagle Robo (leader One) is the weakest of the bunch. Very bland color scheme. Finicky transformation. Kind of spindly robot that stands oddly due to tail fins.
Battle Robo is far and away the standout of the three. Just completely fun.
Rod Drill (Really? That's what they went with? It sounds like a 70's male porn star? You can even mentally picture the beefy mustache and bad man perm each time you say it. Could the Tonka GoBots name actually be better? ... Screw Head! So 80's porn star then? Progress!) Anyway he is a really fun little bot as well. I love how expressive he is for his size. I also love how his color scheme so shifts seemlessly in transformation.
I had the chance to have a breakfast with these (and touch them a lot ) haha. They are incredible. This whole line will be a success. I posted some photos on chogoking FB page. Turbo, the red car is so heavy. Only head and arms are plastic. Hood, windshield and legs are diecast. The semi truck is so huge. The whole line up will be interesting with different size. Can't wait to see their take on Monstros combiner
Looks like more figures from the original line made it to the cartoon that I expected! I want to see the trainrobo next. Although it wasn't my figure, the original machine robo toy was what introduced me to the whole realm of (Japanese) robot toys!
I talked with the producer of this toy line. The first wave of 4 was designed time ago. The take on the new waves is more "improved". Transformations are crazy. The train robot is incredible: bot mode is far from the altmode. I didn't push the articulations on the protos to avoid breaking them, But for sure, they will be highly poseable.
KumaStyle.com (TJ): Oh definitely. I think that there are a number of times where KOs do it better especially since they come out later and have the opportunity to rectify stuff the officially made mistakes on,
May 4, 2020 16:11:43 GMT -5
KumaStyle.com (TJ): I don't know how into transformers you are but the NeoArt Toys Beast Muscle Leonidas absolutely destroys the quality of the original PerfectEffect releases and even has an Eva 01 inspired variant. I try to support the original when I can but I'm not
May 4, 2020 16:13:01 GMT -5
KumaStyle.com (TJ): going to sacrifice quality for the sake of it. I'm with you.
May 4, 2020 16:13:27 GMT -5
getterjehuty: yeah I agree with you. Quality should be high importance. I actually love FansToys products. and Yes, I do prefer Fanstoys over takara tomy.a bit controversial but I like the die cast and the accuracy of fanstoys.
May 4, 2020 16:37:17 GMT -5
KumaStyle.com (TJ): It's a fair statement. The MP official line has been a q.c. dice roll for years and I feel like MP-44 was such a big release that no one could avoid that elephant in the room anymore after it turned out to be a mess but I'm glad the community is
May 4, 2020 16:41:22 GMT -5
getterjehuty: Isn't the Perfec Effect Leonidas have loose joint legs?
May 4, 2020 16:41:22 GMT -5
KumaStyle.com (TJ): at a point where they are vocal about it... and the PerfectEffect Leonidases literally have a loose everything. Even if they're half decent out of the box they seem to just go to heck sitting on a shelf after a bit and unfortunately it's pretty universal.
May 4, 2020 16:42:48 GMT -5
getterjehuty: THis is my opinion but the issues of mp-44 are the knees and the paint. You have to be really careful or the paint will scratch. It is near the abdomen area side.
May 4, 2020 16:44:27 GMT -5
getterjehuty: I need to ask, KumaStyle. What is your favorite EX Gokin Fewture Robot?
May 4, 2020 16:45:29 GMT -5
KumaStyle.com (TJ): I agree on the issues and those compounded with how incohesive the aesthetic is compared to the third party offerings that came out around the whole time was just.... ugh. Ref EX Gokin: That's a tough call and I honestly don't really think I have a
May 4, 2020 17:13:56 GMT -5
KumaStyle.com (TJ): favorite in terms of look and quality because it was a very consistent line for me in that regard but if someone put a gun to my head and said choose now I'd probably go with the original release Getter Dragon. I think it has
May 4, 2020 17:15:11 GMT -5
KumaStyle.com (TJ): the perfect mix of homaging the original design but having Sato's signature stylization while the build and articulation were pretty tops. I feel like it has the most crossover appeal to those wanting something more faithful while not having any
May 4, 2020 17:16:25 GMT -5
KumaStyle.com (TJ): little finicky parts that will fall off during handling like some of the others do.
May 4, 2020 17:16:49 GMT -5
getterjehuty: Mine is Reideen or Shin Getter. I love their designs
May 4, 2020 17:31:07 GMT -5
KumaStyle.com (TJ): Yea. Shin Getter is up there for me as well. Probably my favorite visually but it's definitely not one I like handling at all anymore.
May 4, 2020 17:40:17 GMT -5
getterjehuty: Happy Friday Folks
May 8, 2020 13:56:52 GMT -5