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  1. I think that M.A.S.K. absolutely was Kenner's answer to both Transformers and to G.I. Joe, and the kid in me recognized that and was definitely a big fan. When Hasbro got the rights to it, I was honestly excited for the potential there. The IDW comics and crossovers were... not to my taste (the MASK ones, not the TF ones, which I did enjoy). We got the one Trakker GI Joe figure, with the Condor-inspired backpack, but that was about it. I did enjoy the Transformers Human Alliance figures because they felt to me a bit like TF having a taste of MASK figures.
  2. So very excited for this. Even though the series, for my tastes, was just ok... this design really clicked with me, or rather, the potential for the design. I'd love to see this not just be the original design, but with a better toy, but some liberties to update it, too ( a la Sentinel).
  3. Personally, I would LOVE to see this happen (I have a shelf for CMs ride armors and Yamato Motoslaves, since it's all Aramaki at roughly the same scale, and the same for some model kits that are close). I feel like, ability-wise, they could do it fairly easily, when you look at the different designs from Sentinel and Riobot. However, it would probably depend on if there's any market for it. I want to say that they tend to go for things that will allow a lot of uses for the same mold, and where there is a current market (i.e. the Marvel stuff), but then again, they've been doing some very random one-offs too, so who knows?
  4. Not that it really matters, since this is RT we're talking about here, and not the original material, but I recently re-read all of the novels and don't recall any mention of that. The novels present Mars Base and Jupiter Base as not being literal bases that sent troops (which is how I always pictured it as a kid), but as the names for the missions. Therein, the final mission was named "Jupiter Base"... which makes no sense. Then again, re-reading those over a fairly short period a couple months ago, maybe I'm misremembering. I think the concept art books for the actual MOSPEADA showed how divisions of Mars joined up with ones from Jupiter's moons, which made more sense, but again, memory is fuzzy.
  5. This has kind of bothered me every time I rewatch the original or even New Gen. I don't lose sleep over it, but it is a little annoyance. She showed up already extremely good with the bike, as though trained on it, but no mention of how. RT complicates it further by having Jupiter Base be the mission arriving AFTER she already has it. I don't recall any of the background info in the concept books covering it, but others probably are more familiar with all of that than I am. Sentinel has re-ramped up new products in a big way, but they all seem to be things with mass appeal (i.e. Marvel stuff) or items where the same molds can get reused A LOT. I think we're only seeing Houquet because the base figure is already coming out for another line. Maybe when they get some profits back in, they'll look at things like Genesis Breakers and be willing to invest in the new molds.
  6. Are you referring to the Good Smile/FREEing E=X? I actually got two of them (right when they had their lowest price drop, so got there for like $90 a piece), and like them. It's one of those figures where I ABSOLUTELY 100% understand every complaint leveled against it... and they are completely justified... and it is super floppy... but the engineering is still very cool and it just looks so good next to my Arcadia Garland, so if you don't breathe too hard on it then it is gorgeous to look at. I had missed the info on the Flagger somehow, and had assumed that the Flagger and Hargan were going to be a single purchase together. So the Hargan comes first, and if they sales aren't good enough then no Flagger? Well, I hope that we do get it, and within a reasonable time frame (or we're going to have some serious 3d printing going on to make up for it).
  7. I actually reorganized my Ikea display cases a few months ago, and specifically left room for this (one of those, "thematically, this would be the right spot for it" kind of things). My Garlands are all spread out across 4 different shelves, next to each other, and then I have a Hargan-like figure on a nearby shelf, so just waiting...
  8. I am ridiculously excited for this to come out. That display space has been sitting there, just waiting... plus these might actually be fun to handle.
  9. There are also delays with shipping and being able to load product from ports onto trucks that are affecting everyone. My Sentinel/1000Toys "TOA Heavy Industries Synthetic Human (Female)" (what is most likely the basis for our new female rider figure) only just arrived at BBTS, around 3 months late.
  10. There have been a number of updates in recent weeks (or it seems like that, in my memory), both on FB and on IG. I'd recommend checking them out. I think the Hellcat final production pieces just came in, and the Hellcats and Invid are kind of all going simultaneously. I'd assume that now that the Hellcats appear to be sorted, the manufacturer is working on the final joints on the troopers.
  11. Good for dry dirt and nothing else.
  12. This doesn't match anything I have, except for maybe the one Zillion statue, so it would probably have to be relatively inexpensive for me to get this one... which is not going to happen.
  13. I was assuming 1/15 or 1/18, based on... well, not much of anything, I suppose.
  14. The old toys of this did include those, which was the only way to get the weapon. I honestly did like those too (I've thought the sidecar look to be pretty cool, ever since my old Revell model of the GI Joe RAM when I was a kid), and I hope that the Tri-Charger not only actually gets released this time (unlike when CMs teased it), but does well enough to justify a couple more items in the line. I'm not a fan of the look of the wheels on the side either, but functionally they're needed there for the third mode (thus the "Tri" in the name).
  15. Congrats, and great find! I lucked into finding the full set of all of them for around $60 a couple years ago, all NIB, and have to say I love them decorating my display shelves. The Hargun is front and center in my display, because, like you said, it's the only mass-produced one, and a nice contrast to the others. Still haven't gotten around to building any of my resin kits of the rarer ones, though.
  16. Thank you for posting this. I hadn't seen any of this before. Does anyone know if there is any confirmation that the Toynami accessories are different (i.e. less included) than the B2Five ones? I seem to remember Japanese listings including accessories that were not explicitly shown in the BBTS pre-order, but may be misremembering.
  17. Thank you. I was completely blanking on the company. Sadly, I actually disliked the Megahouse ones. It's funny with partsforming... I actively disliked it with MegaHouse, but others where this is like 1 piece of partforming don't bother me so much.
  18. Agreed! If you can swing getting two of each, you'll be happier keeping one in each mode. They're engineered really nicely, and gorgeous to look at (they very much fit my personal tastes, style-wise), but these are similar to Arcadia products, in that there is solid engineering, they're decently entertaining to transform, but they're not "toys" and WILL have some weak spot break eventually. My one hope for the new Toynami 1/28th ride armors (having a brain lapse and forgetting the actual manufacturer) is that they're designed more to be toys, where you can absentmindedly transform them repeatedly and not worry about anything breaking. I wish Yamato had tackled these like they did the Motoslaves.
  19. Preorder up on BBTS https://www.bigbadtoystore.com/Product/VariationDetails/184788
  20. Thank you. Just deciding if I should wait for a BBTS preorder, since the last ones were $199 on there (with essentially free shipping, considering how much I keep in my Pile of Loot) and I don't mind waiting a little, as long as I get it.
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