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Sixshot is vile, nasty and carries out his job with ferocious intensity. He is a “Solo Transformer Assault Group” seeing he transforms into six forms (Robot, armored car, tank, gun, spaceship and wolf creature) His only redeeming quality is he tends to speak well of the foes he has vanquished. 

 

Name: Sixshot
Line: Transformers Titans Return
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Released:
2016
Price: 89.99 AUD
Scale: Roughly  26 cm in height (including those wings)
Accessories: Two Blaster Weapons, Revolver mini figure, Tech Spec card


Yet another addition to my small yet ever-growing Transformers Titans Return collection of toys, even although the bulk of my collection is from Takara Tomy, I still have picked up a couple of Hasbro offerings here and there. Sixshot being one of them.

SCULPTING

Hasbro has done a great job here, Sixshot is covered in detail! Plenty of raised sections, paneling etc to make him look quite good, in robot mode and any of his other six modes too. He’s very much a modern update of the original toy in design and execution.

PAINT

There’s not too much paint on Sixshot, it’s mainly just used for small details. I’m fine with that, they just help to break up the solid blocks of plastic. What paint we do have, is nice and neat overall. The stickers are a nice touch too, just try to get one with them lined up decently.

ARTICULATION

Sixshot has a lot of ball joints, swivel joints and hinge joints, which makes him really fun to play around with. You can get a lot of good poses out of him, I just wish the ankle joints wouldn’t snap into certain angles, so it would make it more fun to pose him that way.

ACCESSORIES

Sixshot comes with two guns and the Titan Master mini figure, that turns into his head. The guns are pretty cool with plenty of detail, they can even be combined together to make a larger gun the mini figure can sit in.

The Titan Master mini figure is all kinds of cool! He’s got articulated head, arms, and legs, the only thing I don’t like about the Hasbro version is that Hasbro doesn’t tend to paint the faces of them, whereas Takara does!

POTENTIAL PROBLEMS

I can’t really see anything to watch out for, except you could misplace the mini figure if you aren’t careful!

PRICE

I paid the Australian retail price of 89.99 AUD for Sixshot. I don’t think that’s too bad of a price, I bought mine from my local Toys ‘R’ Us and they had a few there so it was pretty easy to pick one with a good paint application. I don’t do too much purchasing from actual brick and mortar stores these days, but it’s always been a pleasant experience when I have.

OVERALL

Much like Triggerhappy, Sixshot is an excellent upgrade of the original toy using today’s technology, he has a really nice design and has plenty of play options being a six mode transformer! What more could you ask for? I don’t know, but I’m very happy with my purchase and the toy in general.

 

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Triggerhappy is wild and unpredictable, apparently too busy laughing uncontrollably to look where he’s shooting and loves the sound of his guns blasting away. He transforms into a Cybertronian Starfighter and is partnered with Titan Master Blowpipe.

 

Name: Triggerhappy
Line: Transformers Titans Return
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Released:
2016
Price: 24.99 AUD
Scale: Roughly 14.5 cm in height
Accessories: Two Blaster Weapons, Blowpipe mini figure, Tech Spec card

 

I didn’t really want to get sucked into buying anything from Hasbro’s Titans Return line initially. Even after the reveal of  Skullcruncher, I thought the design looked amazing but, I didn’t want to commit if they were just going to drop the ball like Combiner Wars did.

Unfortunately for me, I came across Triggerhappy in Big W out at Rouse Hill last month and after staring at the toy in package for about 30 seconds I knew I was picking it up then and there.

Now I’ve managed to pick up some of Takara’s offerings (Skullcruncher, High Brow etc.) you can pretty much say I’m all in. If Triggerhappy didn’t do it, Trypticon, certainly would have.

SCULPTING

Hasbro have done a great job here, Triggerhappy is absolutely covered in detail! Plenty of raised sections, paneling etc to make him look quite good, in both robot and plane mode. I really like the head design too, finally, a Triggerhappy toy has a cartoon accurate face!

PAINT

There’s not too much paint on Triggerhappy, it’s mainly just used for small details. I’m fine with that, they just help to break up the solid blocks of dark blue and grey. What paint we do have, is nice and neat overall.

ARTICULATION

Triggerhappy has a lot of ball joints, swivel joints and hinge joints, which makes him really fun to play around with. Most importantly the shoulders and hips are ball joints, this really helps you achieve some great poses. If I had one complaint, it’s that his feet don’t pivot so it makes it hard to stand him up properly, the further apart his legs get.

ACCESSORIES

Triggerhappy comes with two guns and the Titan Master mini figure, that turns into his head. The guns are pretty cool with plenty of detail, they can even be combined together to make a larger gun the mini figure can sit in.

The Titan Master mini figure is all kinds of cool! He’s got articulated head, arms, and legs, the only thing I don’t like about the Hasbro version is that Hasbro doesn’t tend to paint the faces of them, whereas Takara does!

POTENTIAL PROBLEMS

I can’t really see anything to watch out for, except you could misplace the mini figure if you aren’t careful!

PRICE

I paid about 24.99 AUD for Triggerhappy. I normally don’t purchase toys from stores locally, but I’ll make the exception if I want to try and get one with a good paint job. For the price, I’m quite happy with what you get in the blister card.

OVERALL

Triggerhappy is a great addition to the Titan Returns Toy line. He’s what you would expect when you take an older toy or character design and update it, it’s good to see this happening not only in just the masterpiece line anymore, as I really think Hasbro are doing an excellent job with Titans Return so far! It will be interesting to see if Takara plans to release their own version and how much it will differ from Hasbro’s.

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Shockwave has a cold, brutal, scientific approach to war. His thought process is ruled by logic. He sees emotion as a weakness and a distraction. He also seeks to overthrow Megatron as leader of the Decepticons. He transforms into a powerful Cybertronian laser gun and can fly in either gun mode or robot mode.

 

Name: Laserwave (MP-29)
Line: Transformers Masterpiece
Manufacturer: TAKARA TOMY
Released:
2016
Price: 12,000 YEN
Scale: Roughly  21 cm in height
Accessories: Numerous hands and gun hand and mini Laserwave gun.

 

I don’t know if I’ll get to reviewing every toy and/or figure featured in my “Best of 2016” list But, I’ll try my best to get through most of them at some stage.

Shockwave/Laserwave made that list and is a pretty awesome figure, even if I don’t actually own it myself, my brother is the bigger Shockwave fan, so naturally he was the one to buy him. But, that means I still have access to the figure to do a review as it’s a pretty good addition to the Masterpiece lineup.

SCULPTING

Both robot and gun mode look great! But, out of the two modes, robot mode is easily my favorite. I really think that Takara Tomy has done an excellent job in matching the look of the character from the cartoon series and translating that into toy form.

The figure in hand looks amazing and it towers over most of the Autobots. (Even if some fans have complained about the height, the show bible height chart tends to suggest otherwise.)  There are plenty of nice little details all over the figure, If I had one complaint, it’s that the lower legs don’t stay together as well as you’d like.

PAINT

I’m pretty sure Laserwave has hardly any paint application if anyone him, I’m going to assume the feet have been painted grey and maybe the outside panels on the legs, but I think that’s about it.

Otherwise, everything has been cast in the colour it’s meant to be and that’s just the way I like it! It’s a very nice shade of purple, I wouldn’t say show or vintage toy accurate, But it suits Laserwave well enough.

ARTICULATION

With the Masterpiece Transformers figures, they really have a decent amount of articulation, but some of that articulation is to assist with the transformation. So I’m not really going to try and list every joint and joint type with these kind of toys.

With that said Laserwave is still quite fun to pose and play around with. He has standard joints like ankle pivot and knee joints, elbow joints etc. Most of these joints are ratchets so you know they aren’t going to loosen up on you over time.

ACCESSORIES

The Type of character Laserwave was in the cartoon, you knew he wasn’t getting too many accessories, also it didn’t help that his design he didn’t really need anything either. (Hand? Check. Gun hand for a weapon? Check.)  You get a few different hands/gun hand and you get a mini version of Laserwave in gun mode, which for some weird reason he used as his own handgun in the cartoon.

So to combat that Takara Tomy has included purple clear parts so that you can turn him into the vintage toy version as well! This is a nice touch and I really do like the look of that clear plastic.

His gun hand and gun barrel both light up and his backpack also turns into a stand for the gun, which I think is quite neat.

POTENTIAL PROBLEMS

I can’t see there being too many problems with Laserwave, besides some sections like the legs being a bit dodgy in terms of how well they hold together he’s still a solid release. Just make sure you put those Decepticon logos on straight!

PRICE

Amazon JP is the place to go if you want to get the best price for Laserwave, you can pick him up for about 12,000 YEN and that’s a pretty good price for what you get if you ask me.

OVERALL

Laserwave is a welcome edition to the Transformers Masterpiece Decepticon ranks. He may be lacking in accessories, but more than makes up for that in awesomeness and cartoon accuracy alone.  He is a great example of taking the original toy and updating it. If you are collecting the Masterpiece line you need to pick up this Laserwave/Shockwave figure, you won’t be disappointed that you did!

 

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Inferno first appeared in the original Generation one cartoon in season two, with no explanation what-so-ever as to how he arrived on earth. But proved himself a competent and helpful fellow Autobot whether fighting Decepticons or a blazing fire. Although his eagerness to engage in combat sometimes distracts him from his rescue job. His character had a memorable southern style accent and featured in a number of season two episodes after his initial appearance. He Transforms into a red Mitsubishi Fuso fire truck with ladder and has Ceramic plated armour to resist the extreme heat he has to deal with.

Name: Inferno (MP-33)
Line: Transformers Masterpiece
Manufacturer: TAKARA TOMY
Released: 2016
Price: 11,990 YEN
Scale: Roughly 22cm in height
Accessories: Blaster Rifle, Water Spray Effect, Fire Hose, 3 Chest Plates, 2 Heads, 4 face Plates, 2 Nozzles/Wrist Blasters and 2 Wrist Communicators

Firstly I’ll address the elephant in the room. If you have already checked out my Best Of 2016, then you already know this figure is a home run as far as I’m concerned. So, in a lot of ways, it makes writing this review a bit redundant. However, I really loved taking photos of this figure, even if he was a pain to light correctly without any horrible glare from the light reflecting off the red. I eventually got into the mood after taking more photos of him (You’d think I’d have taken all my photos of him back when I did my list, but no, I’m not THAT organized or committed!)

As a child, I was lucky enough to own the original G1 Inferno along with Sideswipe and Beachcomber among others. Unfortunately, I ended up giving away both Inferno and Sideswipe after losing many of their accessories as you do when you are a small child with these type of toys. I never regretted the decision as I reasoned at the time, ‘Where would I be able to get the parts I needed?’ (pre-internet and all that) However, once aware of the power of the internet I did go out of my way to get a sample of both original G1 figures I was happy with.
With that said Inferno was always one of my favorite Autobots and favorite Transformers in general.

With the announcement of Masterpiece Inferno I was quite excited as the prototype images of Inferno, looked really amazing. Also, he was scheduled to by released in November when I would once again be over in Japan. So the prospect of having him on release day was pretty exciting too! (Even if it was two days before I left Japan, but I got him none the less!)

SCULPTING
I’m really happy with the amount of effort it appears Takara Tomy are putting into their Masterpiece Transformers. Inferno in hand is breathtaking, I love the size of the fire truck and it just oozes detail and quality. It really took me back to when I was young and my memories of receiving a G1Transformer that came in a proper box with numerous accessories. I spent a good 10 mins just pouring over the fire truck mode and all of its details. Upon transforming Inferno a lot of these details are carried over to robot mode. The face plates and helmets are on point and Inferno matches the animation model almost flawlessly, even if this makes him quite boxy in appearance. I love that the ladder disappears into his chest in robot mode. One minor nitpick with Inferno’s sculpting is that there was a bit of excess molding on the eyes on the faces plates which I ended up trimming off. The factory should be doing this, not me.

PAINT
I’d like to assume most of Inferno is cast in the colour its meant to be. But, I’m pretty sure some parts a painted and matched to those plastic parts. I’m not going to take Inferno apart to find out. One thing Takara Tomy can work on is their paint applications, you don’t call your line of high-end Transformer toys “Masterpiece” and then drop the ball on quality sans MP Thundercracker. In my experience, the paint applications have always been hit and miss, but thankfully most of the time hit.
For example, the blue eyes on the yelling/screaming face plate have been rubbed a bit and need a touch-up or on Inferno’s left shoulder there’s a little bit of red paint/scuff mark on the grey shoulder part. These are minor nitpicks, but sour my confidence in Takara Tomy with each new release I receive.

ARTICULATION
Inferno has a lot of thoughtful articulation, some of it because of the transformation technique and some of it is just designed that way. He has lots of satisfying ratchet joints that make you feel confident that he will hold the pose and not have much trouble with his joints loosening up over time. Even though these Transformers look great in the heroic “museum pose” as seen in some of my photos you can still get very dynamic poses with Inferno if you want and he still looks great doing it and doesn’t look awkward.

ACCESSORIES
Inferno comes stacked with oodles of accessories Takara Tomy shows everyone how it’s done (Bandai and Hot Toys, I’m looking at you) with useful and even cartoon episode-specific accessories. I had a lot of fun playing around with the many different chest pieces and hand/arm blaster combinations you can have. The options are almost endless and you can find a mix your happy with (to make it clear as if it’s not already, my go to is: animation model head and toy truck parts for the chest and arm). Plenty of posing options with the water spray effect for example.
I’m really satisfied with the amount of accessories Takara Tomy have done an excellent job here.

POTENTIAL PROBLEMS
Besides minor paint app and factory molding clean up issues Inferno is pretty much problem free. I guess try not to loose some of those small accessories by keeping them in the box and all that jazz.

PRICE
Amazon JP had a great price for Inferno of 11,990 Yen and this was me being late to the pre-order party too (not so for MP Megatron ;) ) Most other retailers will have him for this price or around that depending on exchange rate, so shop around if you feel the need to. Just pay a price you are happy with, but he’s really an awesome figure so he’s easily worth it.

 

OVERALL
Inferno definitely lives up to the title of “Masterpiece” he is another great example of how far Takara Tomy have come with their MP line since it was rebooted and another great addition to my ever growing Masterpiece display, his larger bulk and height make him tower above the standard Autobot cars and he commands my attention when I glance over at the display. With Grapple on the way, the Decepticons are starting to look a bit out numbered!

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I’ve been on the Poppies Judging Panel (under media) for the last couple of years, I’ve contributed to a list of nominees from various categories to determine which toys/collectibles/props were the best for that particular year, where the judges decide and the people also get to decide. I really enjoy being a part of that as it’s great to see the sometimes varied results between industry and public.

However, it got me thinking that I’d like to do my own list of toys I thought stood out to me the most in 2016. Because with many people voting sometimes you don’t get to see your favorites get the number one spot.

Firstly, I have imposed upon myself the condition that the toys must have either been bought or reviewed by yours truly, if that hasn’t happened, then they don’t make the list ( so no Hot Toys Deadpool, even although I technically did buy it when I was in Japan, it was for a friend and not for me.) Secondly, I’ve tried my best to keep the list as varied as possible, even If I really didn’t buy a lot of new toys this year (I did, in fact, buy plenty of old ones) and thirdly, if I didn’t buy the toy but either my father or brother did and that makes it technically in the same house as me, it’s still up for consideration.

 

I’d also like to make the following honorable mentions:

 

Hot Toys AOU Quick Silver

Takara Tomy MP-30 Ratchet

Hot Toys Terminator Genesis T-800 Guardian

Takara Tomy MP-11NT Thrust

Mattel Defining Moments Ric Flair

 

 

 

TEN – Mattel Emma (WWE Basic Series 65)

This might be a bit of an underwhelming choice for number ten spot on what should be a very important list of the best of the best toys of 2016. But after going to the WWE’s NXT event here in Sydney and seeing Emma sitting on the toy store shelf when out and about with my family and passing on her, when a second chance came up to buy her from my local hobby store, I didn’t think twice about it.

I do love my wrestling figures and I do love purchasing the occasional toy based on an Australian actor etc. (Thor comes to mind right now) and after having a bit of a play with the figure once I got home and teaming her up with Zac Ryder (her current real life boyfriend) I was pretty happy with the figure.

It’s a fun figure, with plenty of play value and a great head scan to match her current gimmick perfectly and that was enough for her to score a spot on the list, sometimes it’s nice to be able to buy a toy you do not have any real desire to own, but find plenty of things you like about it after your purchase. (Impulse buying be damned!)

NINE – NECA Private Vasquez (Aliens Series 9)

NECA are slowly but surely lifting their game and doing a great job with the licenses they have, putting out a great number of figures and strong offerings in plenty of different scales, one of the few NECA figures I did buy this year was Vasquez to go with Hicks and Hudson. It was no easy feat to track her down either. I was over in Japan in November and tried my best to find her (being released just recently before I left) But had no luck what-so-ever.

That was until one of my last days there where I decided to check out a few stores in Akihabara that I normally pass by. I found a store with her, but they only had the display one left, then I asked if they would sell me said display stock, to which the clerk said “yes” (or in this case hai!) I did have to buy her as a set with the albino Aliens warrior but why not, sometimes you have to make compromises when out hunting.

Once back in Australia I was able to have a good look at the figure and a bit of a play and could see why I had trouble finding one, it’s one of NECA’s better figures they have made in a while and as of this writing the best Vasquez figure to date by any company, Strong likeness, great articulation and excellent accessories make for one kick ass figure!

EIGHT – Fujimi Kumamon Bear (Ptimo Series 002, Plastic Model Kit)

It’s not that often I buy a model kit, but from time to time I do make the exception. The Japanese character mascot Kumamon, created by the government of Kumamoto Prefecture to increase tourism, its popularity exploded in 2011 and he started appearing everywhere. I had seen this bear around during my travels in Japan and I’m always on the look out for Japanese mascot or character toys which are quality toys or action figure versions of the character.

Upon visiting my local Lala Port shopping centre and hobby store contained within, I noticed in their case shop section, they had this particular Kumamon bear for sale (already assembled too), so, of course, I bought it straight away! ( If I have learned anything from my travels in Japan, it’s if you see something you want, don’t hesitate to buy it or someone else might buy it before you do!)

I was very impressed with it once I had it in hand, multiple mouths and eyes that can be changed out as well as a good amount of articulation makes Kumamon very posable. It’s pretty much a perfect example of what I would want from a mascot toy.

SEVEN – Hot Toys Scarlet Witch –  Age Of Ultron VER. (MMS 301)

I’ve already reviewed Scarlet Witch last October, so if you want to read about my thoughts on her, check out the review here. I wasn’t expecting to like Scarlet Witch that much, but after having her in hand and having fun taking pictures of her for my review she won me over. I haven’t bought too many Hot Toys figures this year, but she is definitely a standout for me, the excellent head sculpt and outfit coupled with great articulation and accessories, for Hot Toys first release of this character she was a home run.

SIX – Takara Tomy Laserwave (Transformers Masterpiece series MP-29)

Like Scarlet Witch I don’t actually own this toy, my brother does. However, he’s still up for consideration and deserving of being ranked number six. As far as Takara Tomy’s Transformers Masterpiece Series is concerned after a shaky start they have now hit their stride and are releasing numerous and quality toys from the G1 series, that have been designed to match both the cartoon and toy, almost perfectly. Laserwave is a solid addition to the line, even if a lot of fans complain about the height and colour of the toy, in hand, it’s an amazing figure and it’s great to get more Decepticons to help fill out the ranks. Laserwave comes with only a few accessories compared to other releases, but in my opinion, he’s still value for money (third party can GTFO).

FIVE – Hot Toys Stan Lee (MMS 327)

I had fun tracking Stan Lee down when I was over in Japan, I didn’t think he would be so hard to find, yet somehow he was. I ended up picking him up from Osaka’s Entertainment Hobby Jungle of all places and even more surprisingly for a good price (20,000 Yen) MISB. (Still cheaper than Australia by at least $100 after currency conversion!)

Then I went to Toy Sapiens and they had plentiful Stock, but the price was not worth it, (28,000 Yen) and I managed to spy one more in Akihabara for around the same price I paid in Osaka so at least I didn’t feel ripped off.

Another figure I have in hand but am yet to review (see what happens when you wait until November to make a lot of purchases you’ve been holding off on!)

This figure is truly a work of art, especially the head sculpt and as you know with Hot Toys that is one of the most important aspects of their figures. The amount of detail is amazing and it’s an excellent likeness to Stan Lee, for me this is easily one of Hot Toys best efforts.

You also get a number of accessories and various hands, but the best part about this figure is it’s potential and by that I mean for funny photos or posing with your other Marvel figures, much like Deadpool he’s comedy gold and that’s what makes him so great as the possibilities are endless, just think of it as an extension of the cameos the real Stan Lee makes, the figure is just that fun.

FOUR – Mattel Harlem Heat – Booker T and Stevie Ray (WWE Elite Series 46)

I’m going to lump these two figures together because they are a team and they are both from the same series. When Mattel announced these figures I was excited, being a WCW/nWo fan from the 1990s, the more WCW era figures Mattel makes, the happier I am.

I knew there was a good chance they weren’t going to stuff them up, they had already made Booker T when he was in WWE so at least we weren’t going to get that version of him again. I was really hoping we were going to get just what I thought we would, classic WCW era Harlem Heat figures. Mattel have done an excellent job and even taken queues from Toy Biz with the singlet top construction. But the most important part is they both have the same tights design and same colour tights, so they actually look like the legendary team that they are! (which Toy Biz, unfortunately, didn’t do)

From head scans to the details on their costumes these figures are near perfection, they even have new torsos and they are both different torsos for each figure too. They come with some different bandanas/hats and sunglasses to complete the look. I couldn’t ask for anything more from Mattel which is why these guys are so high on the list, they are executed exceptionally, easily some of Mattel’s best work in 2016.

THREE- Takara Tomy Inferno (Transformers Masterpiece series MP-33)

I already knew this particular figure would be somewhere in my top ten, even from the prototype pics I knew Takara were going to make something special, it wasn’t until I had him in my hands, no less than two days until I flew out of Japan (Thanks, Amazon JP!) that I knew this was an amazing figure.

Upon opening the box, the quality and detail blew me away, I was most impressed with the size of the fire truck and then I transformed him, the transformation is a joy and really well thought out, I love the fact that the whole ladder hides inside Inferno’s back!

He looks just like the animation model and much like previous mp releases you get a number of accessories, to cater to toy and cartoon version of Inferno, personally I’ll be keeping him with cartoon head and toy truck parts as I think that’s the best of both worlds and it’s nice that’s an option! I’m finding it very hard to find anything beyond minor nitpicks to be negative about. Takara Tomy have done an excellent job and had a great year as far as their Transformers Masterpiece line is concerned, in my opinion, and another case of third parties GTFO.

TWO – Hot Toys Black Widow – Civil War VER. (MMS 365)

Yet another figure I put off purchasing initially upon release or even pre-ordering, after the two sub-par head sculpts for Black Widow I wanted to make sure Hot Toys did a good job and didn’t stuff it up.

Thankfully they didn’t, this is their best Scarlet Johansson head sculpt to date. They’ve had a lot of attempts, but this one suppresses them all quite easily. Coupled with excellent rooted hair and a plethora of accessories this figure is almost the definitive Black Widow from Hot Toys, they’ve come a long way with the body suits as well and I think the material used works well not hindering the articulation too much and hopefully won’t deteriorate over time.

I was really impressed with this figure out of the box, I’m sure some collectors are suffering from Black Widow fatigue, but seeing this is my first purchase of a complete Black Widow figure (Winter soldier doesn’t count as I sold her as soon as I received her) besides buying a loose head sculpt, I was quite pleasantly surprised. This is easily the best Black Widow so far, it will be interesting to see how Hot Toys plan to top it.

ONE – Bandai Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (SH Figuarts)

Out of the three released turtles (Donatello, Leonardo, and Raphael), it was just too hard to choose just one, so like Harlem Heat they are together as a team.

I had fun hunting all three of these figures down while I was over in Japan, it’s definitely a great feeling going from store to store on the hunt and ultimately being rewarded.

Bandai normally does a pretty good job with their SH Figuarts releases (the Monster Arts figures come to mind about now)  and when these cartoon versions of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were announced a lot of people were excited, me included. The sculpting is spot on when compared to the 1980s cartoon.

With plentiful articulation and metal shins and feet these figures are extraordinary, not to mention the numerous accessories and additional head sculpt for each turtle, Bandai have really set the bar high and come out tops against anything Playmates and even NECA could hope to achieve with their TMNT figures in my opinion (NECA really need to include some more accessories with their 1/4 scale offering, plus it seems like they are still using cheap and brittle plastic for their 1/4 scale figures joints, if the pictures and stories are to be believed, but they are still head and shoulders above Playmates).

So that sums up what I thought about the figures I purchased in 2016, sure there were a few big names missing and my opinion might differ greatly from yours, but like I said, this list had a few particulars to make it a little different from the standard “best of 2016 list” with the upcoming Poppies everyone can have their voice heard loud and clear about which figures were the best for this past year.

 

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After the original Transformers US cartoon series ended in 1987, A Japanese exclusive series The Headmasters continued the story and was followed up in 1988 with Super Godmasters. The series had a very human-centric story where humans connected with Transector bodies to become the power source and personality of the Transformer and also included the more traditional Transformer characters as pretenders.

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Name: Ranger C-305
Line: Super-God Masterforce
Manufacturer: Takara
Released: 1988
Price: Then: 1,980 YEN.  Now: 45,000 YEN more or less.
Scale: 5 1/2 Inches in height
Accessories: Godmaster Transtector, Napalm Blaster

Variations:  Joyride (The powder blue plastic is replaced with green)

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When it comes to G1 Transformers there are a lot of toys to be collected if you want to go all in, then you have a choice of if you want to collect the Japanese exclusive repaints of the tail end of G1 (basically recolours of toys released by Hasbro in the US and in my opinion the Japanese versions got the better colour scheme too)

The only problem in doing that is not only are they harder to come by, but the price increases quite a lot too! (Especially if you are looking to buy Minerva or Grand Maximus among others)

I’ve been lucky enough to acquire most of these toys over the years and decided I’d at least cover one in my blog seeing I’m sure lacking a lot of Transformer based reviews, for being such a big fan. Tonight I’m looking at Ranger from the Godmaster series of Transformers first released back in 1988!

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SCULPTING

Most G1 Transformers are quite blocky looking toys and Ranger is no exception. He’s quite square and chunky. His dune buggy car mode has a lot of nice details, like his suspension etc. Plenty of smooth surfaces too. Not too much detail in robot mode, these later toys relied more on their stickers for the details than anything else. He has a pretty nice face sculpt too.

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PAINT

The only paint on Ranger I can see is on his face. it’s neatly applied and a yellowy brown colour. other than that he’s got plenty of stickers to make up the details on him. and everything else has been cast in the colour it’s meant to be. His body is a really nice powder blue, with red arms and legs and a bit of grey here and there. Really nice colour choice I have to say pretty much screams Autobot.

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ARTICULATION

As with most G1 Transformers, his articulation is due to his transformation which is just his arms have any real movement. he can bend his elbows and partly swivel his arms at the shoulder and that’s about it! pretty much the definition of a ‘brick Transformer’. His Transector has more articulation then Ranger does.

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ACCESSORIES

Ranger comes with his ‘Napalm blaster’ and his Transector and that’s all he really needs right? A gun and his engine (not necessary required to transform the toy, however.)

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POTENTIAL PROBLEMS

He’s a pretty rock solid toy, if you are taking the plunge, I would make sure you are buying one that hasn’t yellowed (if you look at mine, in the pictures one of his mirrors and his suspension are slightly discoloured.) Other than that be prepared to potentially pay through the nose.

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PRICE

Ranger commands decent prices on the secondary market I picked up mine for about $450 AUD about 5 years ago, he was pretty much unused and in great condition. I would expect you would be paying more if you happen to find one Mint in sealed box after all.

"I have the POWER!!!"

“I have the POWER!!!”

OVERALL

I like the colour scheme of Ranger a lot more then Joyride, I can appreciate this toy a lot more than I would if I had just bought Joyride instead. Also, it helped that I watched the original Godmaster cartoon series as well so at least I was familiar with his character too. It’s really up to you if you want to buy him or not, just be happy with the decision as you can pay quite a lot for a simple repaint, but in my opinion, the colour scheme is far superior and makes the toy look a hundred times better.

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