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  2. Gundam Plamodel Thread IV

    Who knows? Maybe next to RG Sazabi is RG Re-GZ? Or RG Jagd Doga? The whole nine yards in RG.
  3. The Transformers Thread Next

    I don't like bare paint for windows. Looks sorta cheap or tacky. I don't mind paint under translucent plastic, though that might be a bit much for a Deluxe-class toy. Like I said in my review, I think the best thing to do would have been to use a nice, dark, smoked translucent instead of the so-clear-it's-practically-invisible stuff that they did use. Anyway, Studio Series Ratchet... He's a Deluxe, and he's closer to the size you associate wtih Deluxes than Bumblebee. Here he's just a hair taller than Titans Return Hot Rod. And although I've heard that he's a new mold, he seems to share a lot of engineering with Dark of the Moon Deluxe Ratchet, but I can't be sure since I don't have that toy. I did have the original Voyager-class toy, and despite being what I thought was one fo the better toys from the first movie line Studio Series Ratchet definitely seems more screen accurate. From the waist down, minus some paint and the fact that he has real kneecaps instead of exposed machinery, he seems especially on target. The paint on his head is pretty lazy, too, as he should have a lot more silver and the chin that is painted silver shouldn't be, but again the sculpt is good. His chest is almost there, aside from not squishing up to hide the outer lights and turn the line of inner lights into a triangle. His shoulders are also close, but he's trade some pretty random kibble from his movie model for actual folded panels, plus the front tires (which I guess just disappear in the movie?) live there. And his biceps just really need more green. His forearms would almost be correct, if the elbow still bent in that same direction but the forearm were rotated inward 45 degrees. Those trios of pipe-like things on the inside of his arms should be on the back, the molded detail should be on the inside, and the car panel should face outward. Had they actually done that, though, more transformation would have been involved to keep the car panels out of the way. My real big gripe, though, is that they did pretty much nothing with the top of the car. I mean, yes, he's mistransformed in my pictures (I figured that out later). There is another hinge that allows the roof to bend in half, so the back half tucks under the front half. But the black rack with the light bar and extra tire doesn't split, and half of it doesn't stay on its half of the roof and get tucked under. It just hangs from his butt like the world's worst coattails. Ratchet's lone accessory is this saw blade thing. I can't recall where it's from. Really, I don't recall Ratchet doing much of anything except commenting on Sam's pheromones indicating his desire to mate with Mikaela and getting murdered to death by Lockdown in Age of Extinction. Ratchet's articulation is decent enough. His head can swivel, but there's no tilt at all. His shoulders are on pegs, with ball joints in his back. They give him rotation, but limit him too a little under 45 degrees laterally. He's got a bicep swivel, a hinge at the elbow that's good for 90 degrees, and another the top of the bicep for transformation that can be used to fake a double-jointed elbow if you want him to curl all the way. No wrist swivel- I guess you have to be a Voyager for that. No waist swivel either. Ball joints at the hips can go kick-a-guy-in-the-face far forward. Properly transformed, with his back kibble folded up and pegged down, they can't really go backward due to his back kibble being in the way. If you unpeg it and lift it, tough, he can bend his leg backward as much as you like. Laterally they're good for about 90 degrees, but so far Ratchet's hips are the loosest of the Studio Series figures I bought so I'll be breaking out the floor polish. He's got a little thigh swivel around the ball joint, but no cut in the thighs with a mushroom peg for a real swivel. His knees can bend 90 degrees. His ankles are ball joints, so they can swivel, pivot inward a little under 45 degrees, and bend downward 90 degrees, but nothing up. His little saw blade can fit into his fists, if you want, or they can peg onto holes in his forearms. The only other place to store it is the same place it goes in vehicle mode, in the middle of the tire on his roof. However, doing so pretty much requires unfurling the roof, like it is in all my pictures. Ratchet's transformation is probably the simplest of all the Studio Series figures, as he's basically a shell former with a little chest poking out as the front grill. His legs tuck up, panels on his shoulders and the outside of his lower legs unfurl to meet the one on the outside of his forearm, then his backpack unfolds as the front windshield, the entire roof, and the rear, locking everything in place. The vehicle is very accurate, with plenty of molded detail including lights, vents, mirrors, running boards, and the tools on the edges of the roof. What it's lacking is color. "Fire Department" should be yellow (and not read "Department Fire" on one side- blame the hinge). The unpainted green between the reds should be white. The rear bumper and running boards should be black or, more accurately, gunmetal, along with the vents, gas cap, and sideview mirrors. The skid plating that the tools sit on and around the lights should be silver, and the lights themselves could have been picked out in red and white, and the tools that sit on the skid plates could have been colored. The Autobot symbol on the door should be silver, and the quadrants of the circle behind it should have pictures (trees, waves, medic, not sure the fourth). There should be a caution stripe above the running board on the door, and and there's no H2 logo. I guess that's a lot of extra paint to expect from a Deluxe-class toy, but its absence makes an otherwise very good alt mode look a little bland. The saw blade, as mentioned, can store on the roof tire like some kind satellite dish made out of cutlery. There's also barely enough clearance for it to peg onto the sides. Ratchet's not bad, but he's not great either; I'd say among the Deluxes I prefer Bumblebee. He's fun to mess around with, but I wouldn't recommend him unless you're going all in on the Studio Series line. And now, for the group shots. I'm not an expert on Bayverse scale. I've seen some numbers tossed around. I've seen different fan-made attempts at a Bayverse scale chart. I don't know, though. All I can say is that it's a goal of the series to keep everyone roughly in scale in robot mode, and I guess this looks about right. I'd have though maybe the bigger guys (Starscream, Blackout, and Grimlock) could be a little bigger, but Grimlock is the tallest, Blackout is taller than Starscream, who's taller than Prime, who's taller than Ratchet, who's taller than Bumblebee. That much is definitely correct. There's no way the alt modes are right, though. Leaving out where an alien T-Rex might fit in for a minute, I think Blackout and Starscream kind of work, but Prime would definitely be smaller than that. And even if we leave the Decepticons out, I think Ratchet should still be smaller compared to Prime, and Bee should be way smaller. As is, he's longer than Ratchet. All told, though, if you have any interest in movieverse figures the Studio series is definitely a collection of better-than-normal toys from Hasbro that look really good together in robot mode and look nice but not in scale in robot mode. They're the most fun I've had buying Transformers at a Target in years. While some figures are definitely stronger than others, as a line I think the Studio Series is worth checking out.
  4. Yamato 2202

    I think what we have now is horrible writing, you can have robots that aren't written in such a bland manner. Wait... what... so, they're just going to make that dual deck carrier ten times normal size, and that's it... let me know when the subs are done. And let me know when Dessler get in on the act. It looks like WMG are about to rapidly become obsolete as weapons. And here is emo Kodai still whining about it. And from the looks of it, all of those pretty pretty dreadnoughts are going to be nothing more than a bunch of space stormtroopers. Hey, Zordar, why not kill the Gamilas first...
  5. Max Factory 1/20(!) VF-1S/A Hikaru

    indeed... I'm hoping they release fighter-mode or at least a non-gerwalk Strike as stand-alone kits... if we're going to have to buy a $400 dollar kit and end up leaving large volumes of plastic in the box, no matter how we assemble it, this'll be a "wait 'till a great deal pops up" item for me...
  6. FEXTHOBBY Macross Line up

    So is the main difference on the 1/60 is that it takes advantage of the removable nosecone feature? Decided to pass on the 1/100 version so far because they took the Toynami route....or based it off an HM instead of HMR...
  7. Gundam Show Thread - MSG thru IBO

    Yeah Hathaway is up there with Katz as terrible characters who deserve what they get. Course it takes a few years for Hathaway to get his. I dunno, maybe we should ask Chan Agi about that......
  8. Max Factory 1/20(!) VF-1S/A Hikaru

    Dear god, almost $400 before shipping? That's probably going to end up more expensive than my PG Phenex.
  9. This was bound to happen...gray market VF's?

    How can anyone afford NOT to buy this?
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  11. Gundam Show Thread - MSG thru IBO

    We had one of those... Well, more like two... Maybe three if you count the original concept for the SDF-1, which was a White Base knockoff that turned into a giant Gundam...
  12. FEXTHOBBY Macross Line up

    1/60 is tempting....will depend on price. i'd like to support 3P macross add ons BUT gotta be "worth it" aka a good value as they aren't "must haves" for me. gotta be less than the stand alone yamato GBP-1S was (as a closest comparison). fext...you seem to have a good thing going (if interest here is representative of other macross fans)....don't screw the pooch!
  13. BANDAI DX YF-19!!

    Besides of the tampo variation I don't see Bandai improving absolutely nothing even doubt of the canopy opening change also is very likely sold by separate the supers with foldbooster and missiles like the previous releases (25 and 31) I hope to be wrong and Bandai surprise us
  14. FEXTHOBBY Macross Line up

    Everyone knows the 1/48 is the best VF-1 in existence
  15. FEXTHOBBY Macross Line up

    Hear, hear! The Arcadia/Yamato V2 1/60 is the best VF-1 toy in the market today. It would be a shame in my opinion to not have one if you're into collecting valks.
  16. Gundam Plamodel Thread IV

    Oh Bandai, who are you trying to fool, we all know what's next from CCA after RG Sazabi (hint: it starts with an RG and ends with a Nu Gundam). So what is the mystery kit coming out in October?
  17. FEXTHOBBY Macross Line up

    1/60 great news!!!!!!
  18. Gundam Plamodel Thread IV

    That Narrative Gundam looks sweet... I believe I'm tapped for the year though.
  19. BANDAI DX YF-19!!

    For me it means it's a race on who's going to make a new YF-21.
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