Only major difference I can see is the wheels along the forearm is now flush against it, which is nice. The other small difference I see are thicker thighs, diff fist sculpt... and that's about it.
From last page's mag scans: Tabs on the inner side of feet are now gone. Shoulder armors are different (not sure it's an assembly difference or mold difference or both). Wheels on waist and arms are bigger in diameter. No more parts forming at the fists and at the waist for transformation - this one can't be seen I don't think.
Post by tiffermore on Oct 27, 2022 14:13:36 GMT -5
Xabungle arrived a few days ago. I know it’s essentially the same toy, but it *feels* heavier and more solid than I remember the first release being. I don’t have the first one anymore so I can’t do a direct comparison, but it definitely has tighter joints, at least.
QC on mine is really good. A few nubs I want to trim here and there, a few sprue marks, but better than most HMRs, and the paint looks flawless.
The new colors are a huge improvement; it actually looks like the walker from the show. The color of the hands matches the overall plastic color this time. And unlike some of the preview photos, the red paint matches the red plastic.
I do have some nitpicks, all of them having to do with the head:
-The neck is badly designed, owing mostly to poor placement of the ball-joint. Makes the head’s range of motion awkwardly limited when turning to the sides. If the base of the neck also turned, it wouldn’t be an issue, but it doesn’t. (It looks like fixing that might be as simple as unscrewing the neck and cutting off a small tab before reassembly, but I’ve not tried that yet. I’ll take a closer look at that when I find the time to trim and tweak things.)
-Also, they didn’t match the curve on the base of the red antenna parts to the subtle curve on the side of the head, so the connection is kinda gappy, especially at the bottom. (You can see where the light is coming through in my pic. That's how it looks with the part pushed in all the way.)
-And it has a small but unfortunate sprue mark right on the chin. Easy to fix, but I could understand being bothered by it.
Some nifty engineering lets those thin wheels on the bungle skipper actually roll now, despite the hinges and such.
Changes make the transformation fairly seamless, like the SOC. No swapping needed as long as you have the larger folding wings on the bungle rover, the folding door attached to the rear skirt, and the smaller fists on the bungle skipper. This redesign also keeps you from accidentally pushing the head down in walker mode and having to fish it back out.
Overall, I really dig it. Somehow manages to feel way more satisfying than the first release. I suspect I'll like it even more when and if I can fix the neck.