Yeah, I just took notice of this a couple of days ago too. The delay batch is suppose to be out buy the end of the month. The price is around $85-$90 before shipping. It's mainly on Taobao. So if you use a Taobao agent to buy it for you and then ship it to you, you're looking at around $130-$150 total. It's still a preorder on most sellers so there's going to be a 2 week wait. They have it on Aliexpress too, but it's for $200.
There seem to be a bunch of minor QC here , But it seem to come will lots of nice accessories.
Post by quinjester on Oct 30, 2015 12:05:23 GMT -5
I've got this guy. He's okay. Quality wise there's a lot to be desired - there's a lot of "misting" from the use of superglue during assembly; not difficult to clean up but it'd be nice if I didn't have to. Tolerance wise, the joint tightness is all over the place. My copy has extremely loose forward/backward shoulder swivels and the front skirts dangle loosely without any friction. On the other hand, his hips, knees and ankles are tight, and one of his elbows was so tight I thought I'd break it before it moved. At the same time, his wrists are extremely floppy.
Mine was missing one of the two beam sabers that plugs into the back of the arm, unfortunately. Buyer beware if you're picking this up from Taobao through an agent like Taobaoring because if there's anything wrong with the figure you won't be able to get it fixed. There's at least one seller on ebay and one website selling it that may be safer (tf-direct.com. I'm not associated with them and have never used them myself, so I can't speak to their reliability). They're selling it for around $160 shipped.
Overall I'd say he's pretty cool and it's a neat thing to have a 3rd party Metal Build figure of a SRW:OG design. I just wish the QC was a bit better for the shipped price for those of us who can't buy it in person in China.
I want one but not at these retail prices compared to what it actually goes for. It's less than $100 USD for collectors that can get them in China right?
Chinese MSRP works out to around $80. With fees and shipping I ended up getting it for $150. I'd say it's a fantastic $80 toy. For a $150/$160 toy that's rubbing elbows with the cost of Bandai's Metal Builds, it's got a few too many issues for my taste.
Last Edit: Oct 30, 2015 13:25:52 GMT -5 by quinjester
I love the Huck series, but this rendition of the 008 is a little too greeble-ey for my taste. He is handsome, but I prefer the smoother, sleeker look they traditionally sport. Along with that price and those issues you've mentioned, that makes this an easy pass. Just means more money for stupid TWE GGG Star Parts.
With shipping, it's going to be comparable to a legit metalbuild release though.
Quinjester, how do you feel about the quality of material and diecast parts?
Material quality seems fine. It's just the joint tolerances that appear iffy. The metal doesn't quite have the same blackened metal look of an SOC or Bandai DX figure, but I can't really say anything about its longevity since the figure is so new.
Last Edit: Nov 2, 2015 10:39:06 GMT -5 by quinjester
Knowing what I do of the manufacturing process, there's practically no way to turn around changes to the production line that quickly if the second production was during the first one's release month, so I'd doubt the second batch is any different.
here hoping for the best, just finalized my 2nd payment with my Taobao agent after waiting 2 weeks for the stock to come in . The Grand Total came out to around $131 with EMS shipping. Now back to the waiting game.