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  1. I just received a haul that had both the Icarus and the Tukuru and very pleased with both! Your comment about the weight of the Tukuru is spot on and really makes the toy worthwhile imo. However, I am pretty disappointed in how easily the florescent "tron-like" markings rub off! I have a backlight flashlight to activate it and can see where it's already missing. Although a really cool effect, just simply transforming it is removing the reflective paint ... all in all it just comes off way to easy and they should have applied a coating or used decal instead of such a thin, flaky paint. The Icarus is super cool and feels like a refreshing take on some awesome looking jet fighters and surprisingly tall combined when considering they fit into two-and-a-quarter-inch boxes! My only disappointment is that while both Eagle and Raven have working retractable landing gear, Eagle is in a constant pop-a-wheelie pose since the center of gravity is too far behind from where they placed the rear wheels. 

  2. On 4/9/2022 at 12:00 AM, MKT said:


    Hmm what is that on the right? Looks interesting..


    On 4/9/2022 at 12:21 AM, no3Ljm said:

    Based on what's written on top, it's from Machine Robo: Chronos no Dai Gyakushu (Machine Robo: Revenge of Chronos). Not sure which robot character though. I've posted a clear photo of it in the Super Robots thread.


    That's Triple Jim (robot / racecar / helicopter) who was sort of the trusty bodyguard/guard dog that's always there to protect Reina Stol. The one and only toy for it was released around the mid-80's and he was incredibly hard to acquire and still nowadays fetches bids up to $300 MIB due to rarity and rare 3-modes. Extremely happy to see a modern take on this chunky triple changer!




  3. On 3/7/2022 at 3:38 PM, GrampaStump said:

    Ultimately I thought in this instance simpler would be better, and I was hoping to come up with a 1 word answer. 

    Makes perfect sense ... I see now it's more of "explain it to me like I'm a 5yr old" that way we'll know exactly what you're talking about as easy as possible and technical facets aside. I agree with Sketchley, in this instance you kinda have to use 'backpack' even if you don't prefer it because there's really no mistaking what part you're talking about ... I'd add plate (backpack cover plate) and wager a 5yr old would know exactly where to point to 😄 

    With the goal of simpler=better you might not be able to reduce some naming down to less than 3 words. While 'wings' 'canopy' 'landing gear' 'nose cone' are easy/universal, it's the proprietary parts that need more contextual relationship.

    Perhaps the formula could be:

    1st word = general vicinity (head, leg, arm, etc.)

    2nd word = part/piece (laser, thruster, hinge, etc.)

    3rd word (if necessary) = modifier/detail (large, channel, plate, etc.)

    For ex. head laser channel, backpack small thruster/backpack large thruster, backpack cover plate 

    ... you could use hyphens to get it down to 2 words:

    head-laser channel, backpack small-thruster, backpack coverplate, etc.

    I'm guessing lots of this is actually already in your notes!

  4. 10 hours ago, akai21 said:

    Long time lurker, first time poster.

    MB Hi-Nu still available at toyzinthebox for $349.  I know their site looks bad but been ordering from them for a while now.


    P.S. I'm not store/site owner, nor am I affiliated with them, but I personally rather supporting local mom and pop stores instead of BBTS.

    Welcome! I can also vouch for ToyzInTheBox ... w/regard to pre-order used them for my SOC GX-88 Dairugger back in the day (2019) for a low price + free ship and no issue!

  5. Hmm with naming you have to determine which mode takes precedence in helping to identify the part. If fighter mode the tail assembly that houses the horizontal/vertical stabilizers, exhaust, etc. is called the empennage ... and since these are smaller (aka vernier) they could be referred to as the 'empennage vernier thrusters.' But if battroid mode is easier for identifying parts and takes priority, then perhaps 'backpack vernier thrusters'. Also, in space vernier thrusters are used for fine tuning direction, rotation, velocity, etc. of the spacecraft and as you well know battroid mode's backpack has the vernier thrusters on both ends which lends to this function (albeit fictional).

  6. Interesting question ... so on large caliber weapons whether it be the main gun on a tank or a triple turret on a battleship, at the base of the large barrel is often a "turret slide" or "barrel slide" that after firing, functions as recoil and is a smaller/larger diameter than the barrel itself. On VF-1's the head lasers are called RÖV-20 Anti-Aircraft Laser Cannon's so I'd suggest 'Laser Cannon Slide Channels'.

    Sidenote: As I was looking through Shoji Kawamori's Designer's Notes book, in some preliminary sketches (p.76) he was doodling heads where some of them looked like single and double turret housing straight off a battleship. So perhaps the indentation on the head cannons is a vestigial design element that's obviously not needed on a laser cannon but still looks cool.

  7. 3 hours ago, sqidd said:

    Ok my Metal Structure peeps........where are the batteries on/in this thing (I swear the directions don't show)? I want to make sure they're not in there (I don't like leaving batteries in).

    On each side under his arm(pits) there are removable panels to access the button cells. On the the display base the ground lighting have access panels on the bottom for housing AAA's. 

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