mikeszekely Posted January 7 Share Posted January 7 I guess we're not totally done with Reformatted yet... at least, not with their Remix subline. Sadly, MMC decided to skip Ratbat, Slugfest, and Overkill and move on to Blaster's cassettes, starting with Tempo, their version of Steeljaw. We're going to work backward on this one, so like the other Remix releases Tempo turns into 1:1 scale cassette tape. I feel like I've probably touched on this when I reviewed other Remix releases, but going with 1:1 cassettes instead of microcassettes like the G1, official MP, and now Fans Toys versions means that there's simply no Blaster out there that Tempo will fit into. For some, that probably defeats the purpose of transforming in the first place. As an '80s kid, though, this is a powerfully nostalgic form factor, as I had probably a low-hundreds number of cassettes, mostly of hair metal bands that sort of faded away when grunge took over in the '90s. Tempo is pretty bland, though. To be fair, I suppose the other Remix cassettes are pretty bland by default, too, but I got the labels for Jaguar (I seem to recall MMC had some kind of deal with Toyhax at the time?). As is, Tempo has some obvious cassette features, like the thicker trapezoidal section at the bottom and the two spindle holes, but without the window for the reel and any sort of labels he looks more like a flat-packed machine than an obvious cassette. Fortunately, he has one accessory, and it mostly helps with that. Like the other Remix release, Tempo comes with a cassette case you can store him in. Unlike the other Remix releases, though, where the instructions came as liner notes that also fit into the cassette case, MMC seems to have messed up with Tempo's instructions. Yes, they're still designed with a cover and spine, and the instructions are meant to look like liner notes, but this time they do NOT fit into the case. Instead, they sort of wrap around the outside of the case when it's closed. If I'm totally honest, my Remix figures have been in their non-cassette modes pretty much 100% of the time I've owned them, and the cases for the previous ones are in a closet. And yes, once we get Tempo out of cassette mode he's not likely to go back, and his case will also go in the closet. But somehow, this design choice/issue really bugs me. Getting Tempo out of cassette mode has similarities to Jaguar, but with shorter limbs and a lot more building a box around his upper torso. It's not difficult, although there are a few areas you need to pay close attention to. Folding the halves of his body together can be a bit finnicky, though. At the very least, at least his body locks together solidly, whereas Jaguar's halves just kind of lay against each other, so Tempo feels a bit more solid. Or rather, solidly built... like Jaguar, most of the diecast in him is in his forelimbs, but since his forelimbs are smaller than Jaguar's, he weighs noticeably less. Aesthetically, I think MMC did a pretty good job. The molded linework on his mane and the slight upward bend at the end of his tail are both features seen in the cartoon. His face has a more defined, feline sculpt than the flat, mushy animation model. I think the biggest change on Tempo vs the animation are the gold wing guns. In the animation, the gun part is larger and covers a lot of his sides, and the whole thing sits lower so the round part of the wing is below his back. Tempo's design is meant to incorporate the wings into the transformation, no partsforming, without interfering with his articulation, though. So I'd say it's forgivable. Speaking of that articulation, he's got a good bit. His head is on a ball joint, that allows him to look up, look down, tilt his head sideways, and turn his head from side-to-side. His ears can wiggle, and his jaws open. The whole of his mane is hinged, allowing him to arch his back there, plus some hinges just behind where his wings are attached allows him to arch his back or ab crunch. Thing wings themselves are hinged, so they can fold outward a bit (there are clearance issues with the gun barrels and his shoulders). His shoulders have ball joints for rotation and a backwards butterfly, and hinges for 180 degrees of lateral motion. His biceps swivel, and his elbows bend 90 degrees. His paws are on hinged ball joints, so they can tilt up, down, and pivot. His hips are ball joints that swivel and move laterally 90 degrees. His "knees" bend forward around 90 degrees, and his rear paws use the same hinged ball joint setup as his front ones. Should you get Tempo? For me, the impetus for getting the Remix cassettes has been that, regardless of what Takara says the official scale is, the official MP cassettes seem too small to me. If you prefer the smaller scale, then you're probably fine with the official MPs, or the Fans Toys/Robot Paradise ones. And, hey, Fans Toys/Robot Paradise seems to be working on a Blaster and his cassettes, so maybe you're covered there. But if you're like me, and you prefer the larger scale for the MP cassettes, then Tempo is a fine addition to your collection, and I'm looking forward to MMC doing Ramhorn, Rewind, and Eject. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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