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Is anyone here getting Unicron. I had to update my pay information and seriously considered not. But it’s something that may not be made again. 

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1 hour ago, ErikElvis said:

Is anyone here getting Unicron.

really wanted to. But I'd just picked up the SoC Golion reissue, a few 3P figures, the Siege Omega Supreme, and I've got the SoC Dairugger next month. There was no way I could work another $600 in there and stay married.

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54 minutes ago, derex3592 said:

Are you going to review it??? Cause I'd love to see that! 

Probably not... I'm actually debating selling off all my Transformers as I'll be moving soon. I might not be reviewing anything for a good stretch there which would include the time when Unicron hits mailboxes.

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Quick question, you guys.

As I mentioned in my review, Siege Barricade is based on Guido Guidi's art of a G1 Barricade as a repaint of Prowl/Smokescreen from way back in 2012.

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Promotional art depicted the Siege figure following this color scheme pretty much to the letter (left), but when the figure was released he was missing some black on his waist and forearms (right).

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I want to correct this.  I already painted his "belt."  I also grabbed a second Prowl to replace his purple translucent light bar with a clear one.  I painted the second Prowl's gun gold and gave it to Barricade.  I also painted the barrels of the ones that came with Barricade.

I think doing his arms might be a little trickier, though.  For one, I think I'm a lot more likely to handle the painted spots.  Two, the black I have is noticeably glossier than the plastic (although I have a totally matte black I could try).  Three, I can pop his arms off, and I can pop the hands off the arms, but I can't separate the biceps from the forearms.  An alternative to painting would be to take the arms from the second Prowl and swap them, but that'd give Barricade black biceps.  Out of curiosity, what do you think would work/look better?  Using all-black arms, using all-purple arms, or trying to mask the purple biceps and painting the forearms black?

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Is a rivet holding the bicep and arm together or a pin?

I'd rather go for a part-swap than painting parts, so I say go for the all black arms if you can't separate the bicep from the forearm.

Edited by Valkyrie Hunter D

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37 minutes ago, Valkyrie Hunter D said:

Is a rivet holding the bicep and arm together or a pin?

It's a rivet at the elbow.

 

EDIT: In other news, while we know what's coming in the next wave of Studio Series figures (set to hit very late this year or early next year), we have some rumors for the wave after that.  Leader-class Overload, which is kind of a no-brainer since he and Voyager-class Scrapper are all that's left after Mixmaster and Scavenger hit in the next wave.  But the rumor also includes three Deluxes: Roadbuster from Dark of the Moon, Shatter with her Harrier mode, and jeep Bumblebee.  And that last one seems likely to me.  After all, by the official US numbers Bumblebee has appeared in the Studio Series nine times (01, 15, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, and 49) making him alone nearly 20% of the first 50 Studio Series figures some version of Bumblebee.  So not only am I expecting Jeep Bee, I'm sure we'll get '60's Camaro Bee and Age of Extinction Bee before the line is over.

Edited by mikeszekely

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Well, while I figure out what to do with Siege Barricade, he and Mirage have one other wave mate: Deluxe-class Impactor.

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Impactor joints Universe Darkmount (Straxus), Generations Jhiaxus, and I suppose Combiner Wars Scrounge as toys based on Marvel G1 characters.  Can I get an Emirate Xaaron next, please?  While technically not the first Classics/Universe/Generations figure Impactor received, it's the first time he's got a proper figure instead of just slapping a new head on a "close enough" figure like Fall of Cybertron Onslaught or Combiner Wars Rook.  He's got his basics from the Marvel comics, with his red eyes, generic crested head, flat chest with recessed yellow squares, and shoulder cannon with a barrel shaped like Shockwave's head.  There are some touches, though in the yellow/orange biceps and extra molded details that do evoke his IDW appearance.  I do wish his generic head had more of the IDW-style Spartan helmet.  Hasbro is releasing a version with that head and a little extra paint, but only if you're willing to shell out for a translucent blue Mirage (meh) and a repaint of Cog as a Powerdasher (and, ugh, that's the worst one... if they'd put the black and yellow drill tank repaint of Brunt in there instead I'd have bought that pack instead of complaining about it).

Impactor's a big Deluxe, towering over Barricade and coming in only half a head shorter or so than Voyager Springer.

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Impactor comes with two accessories.  The first is a rifle.  The other is something like kind of looks like a serrated pistol.  Unlike Mirage or Hound, Impactor's shoulder cannon is fully attached to his body.

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Impactor's head is on a mushroom swivel, so he can rotate it but he can't tilt at all.  His shoulders can rotate and extend laterally beyond 90 degrees.  His shoulder cannon has a hinge so it'll move out of his shouder's way.  His biceps swivel, and his elbows bend 90 degrees.  Due to his transformation he doesn't have a swivel at the waist, but in keeping with the Siege mandate for waist swivels as closely as he can he does have a swivel in his torso, where the purple chest his the yellow abdomen.  Then, also do to transformation, if you unlock his midsection he has an ab crunch.  His hips can go forward or backward about 90 degrees, and laterally 90 degrees on a ratchet (or some kind of geared hinge).  His thighs swivel just above his knees, and those knees can bend 90 degrees.  His toes can tilt down, and his ankles can pivot around 30 degrees.

While Impactor can hold both of his accessories in his fists, folding his fists in will reveal a 5mm peg at the wrist.  You can plug the "pistol" into the peg to give Impactor his signature harpoon.  Impactor also has 5mm pegs on the outside of either shoulder, on top of his shoulder cannon, one on the outside of either forearm, three on his back, one on the outside of each lower leg, and one on the bottom of each foot.  Plus, he's got one on either side of his rifle, plus a peg on either side of his rifle and on the front of both forearms near his wrist.

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Impactor's transformation is one of the more enjoyable ones.  His chest lifts up so the arms have space to tuck in, forming the turret.  And while his lower legs form the front of the tank, the sides of his legs swing around with his feet to cover and enclose his thighs and pelvis and make the rear half of the tank.  His shoulder gun flips over to stay on top of the turret, and his rifle becomes the tanks main gun.  There are two small molded guns on either side of the tank, and some gnarly-looking hooks on the front.  I'm not sure exactly how they came up with this design; I don't recall him having an alt-mode in the Marvel comics, and while he did turn into a tank (and later and SUV) in IDW it didn't exactly look like this one.  That said, I think it works really well.

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His rifle his held in place by pushing the pegs on his forearms into the peg holes on the back of the rifle.  This allows the tanks main gun to swivel up and down, and that mid-torso swivel allows the turret to rotate.  The only issue here is that rotating the turret does expose his thighs.  With his rifle forming an integral part of the alt mode you're just left looking for a place to put the harpoon.  He's got plenty of options, though.  Again, there's a peg hole on top of the shoulder cannon on his turret, three on the back of the turret, two on the front of the turret on either side of the main gun, and one on either side of the tank, just behind the molded guns.

It's easy to say that Impactor does have some flaws.  There's the aforementioned thighs peaking out when you rotate the tank turret.  Deeper ankle tilts and the ability to look up and down would have been nice.  You may also notice that his lower legs are extremely hollow, for no purpose than Hasbro's desire to save plastic.  Yet, despite his flaws, he's an extremely fun figure to transform and mess with, and a great representation of a minor Marvel character who gained a lot of newfound popularity due to his appearances in IDW.  This is one of the few molds I've picked up where I'm actually curious to see what they might remold him into, because I'm really enjoying this one.  I definitely recommend picking Impactor up.

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