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Cyberverse TF Prime Ultra Magnus & Quickblade Bumblebee

Excuse me for my laziness here. I feel this review lacks a lot of things.

So, the reason I bought both figures came from the fact that Bumblebee spotted having new paintjob and *spoiler alert* Ultra Magnus appears in the third episode of Beast Hunters. How did I know? I can’t be patient and watched bad quality of the first three episodes of TF Prime season 3 that uploaded on YouTube. Before being premiered in USA (March 22nd), Okto channel Singapore already aired them in form of movie (episodic compilation).

When I saw Ultra Magnus I can’t help but wondering he will be a jerk (just like Sentinel Prime from Animated version), but it turns out that Ultra Magnus is just a mere soldier and speaks in military code. He is temporary in command to replace Optimus Prime whose body is in a very bad shape (please, please, give new body or the toys will be useless).

Also Bumblebee has new paintjob and I find it’s perfectly suited him. So, in order to complete my TF Prime Autobot collection, I have to take both Cyberverse versions and somehow I am quite disappointed.

Ultra Magnus’ vehicle mode is a fire truck. Wait, a blue fire truck? That’s ridiculous. And also this figure is really out of scale. It’s okay if compared to legion class figures, but with the same commander class size? Oh my, Ultra Magnus in vehicle mode is gigantic, not to mention the truck is not that inspiring.

Transformation-wise is ridiculously easy. Less than 5 steps I think. I will not discuss much considering Cyberverse figures are made with easier transformation.

Oh my, the robot mode is fragile. It is not show-accurate and to my surprise, the joint is not as tight as other Cyberverse figures. Maybe it’s only my own UM, but I saw other reviews claiming the same problem. And that problem itself contributed to why my photos here are lacking something. I don’t know how to pose him. Also, the hammer cannot be held by the figure tightly because it has strange opened-hand peg. Did I say, I hate translucent weapon?

Oh my, although I do like the design, but this is not what I have expected. This figure should be better. Not to count the articulation is decent and as I said earlier, I can’t pose him at all. I don’t know how to take pictures because he is way too inferior compared to Beast Hunters Optimus Prime.

And for Quickblade Bumblebee, not much to say except I like the vehicle mode (the paint job is perfect) but I hate the robot mode (almost a brick, due to limited articulation).

Oh, that sweet sweet little sport car.

Aw, that ugly ugly brick….

Yes, Bumblebee comes with translucent sword similar to Rachet’s sword, but I am already too lazy to take pictures because he is not poseable at all. 

I bought these only for the sake of completeness. And I know I expected too much.

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Deluxe Class Movie Bumblebee Comparison

Before I start the comparison, I want to tell the story of my TFTM Deluxe Bumblebee screwed up my life last November. I bought this figure together as set with Voyager TFTM Optimus Prime. While Optimus is fragile (I broke his right hand), Bumblebee got double left door. That was disaster until someone helped me to get the right door.

So now, let’s see the comparison

Ah Bumblebee, lovable character from the movie. He never got so much attention better than his movie incarnation. Sure his G1 is already huge, but his movie version brings a new whole level of Bumblebee we have known. His design as Chevrolet Camaro proved to be well accepted while it is controversial on its own. Starting from movie incarnation, Bumblebee is now a mute scout (a trait that being used again in TF Prime).

From the design each has its own charm. TFTM version is 2007 Concept Camaro while DOTM version is 2012 SS Camaro, and both are great. No complain because I love Chevrolet Camaro. But I have to say that DOTM version slightly better than TFTM in my opinion. I don’t know why but I am being biased here. Probably because I watched DOTM in 3D last 2011 and this Bumblebee wins my heart a lot.

Transforming both figures are not that easy although quite predictable. Nothing surprising here rather than automorph gimmick from TFTM version and solid conversion in DOTM version (yeah, for the sake of the kids who bought him).

The weapon? I have to say I like TFTM weapon so much. Blaster that convert into sharp blade? It’s much much better than stupid mechtech blaster. I love the design of mechtech blaster for DOTM Bumblebee, but the application is a failure, enough said. I have the same complain from TF Prime Voyager Optimus Prime, the weapon must be pressed and can’t stand still because there is no mechanism to hold the weapon in pressed position.

And yes, Mechtech weapon looks ugly when attached in vehicle mode.

Both figures are technically fantastic in their robot mode. Too bad, my TFTM Deluxe Bumblebee has strange paint job (or defect?) from the box. Yeah, I have to much problems with this figure since I bought it. He looks like a Terminator :p

In the end, I love both figures though DOTM line wins a lot for me. It takes months for me to finally got him considering it is quite rare to find DOTM Deluxe Bumblebee now in my country. I don’t know why Bumblebee is so difficult to find here, but indeed the figure is great, at least half of my question ins answered properly.

Top Ten 2012 Figure Highlights

2012, a year deserved to be highlighted. It is noticeable that my interest shifted from Gundam (or plastic model) into Transformers. I will highlight ten best figures I purchased during the year of 2012.

10. Candy Toys FFR Kamen Rider Decade and Diend

I was so lucky, my friend in Surabaya helped me to get these figures in his local toy store. CT version is much better than the normal one. The articulation is good and nice representation Kamen Riders in small size.

9. Animated Optimus Prime (both Voyager and Deluxe)

As Optimus-fetish collector, these two are hard to miss. Again, I am so lucky getting the Sons of Cybertron version in a very cheap price. The voyager also looks very well. Until now, I have no idea about Transformers Animated, but both of them already made me happy. You can check the review here: Animated Optimus Prime Comparison.

8. SD Wing Gundam Endless Waltz

I don’t remember if this one appeared in Endless Waltz OVA, even the design is far from this one. But this SD figure is very good. I love SD version better considering I am not really interested in MG counterpart.

7. EZ Collection TF Prime Autobot Set

Enough said, check the recently reviewed set here: EZ Collection TF Prime Autobot Set. My online seller helped me getting this set from Japan.

6. Hongli NG 1/100 00 Raiser

Surprisingly for a bootleg plastic model, he is far superior in articulation than MG version. He is so big and so bad. One of my earlier figure reviewed on my WordPress. Check it here: Hongli NG 1/100 00 Raiser.

5. WFC Cybertronian Optimus Prime and FoC Optimus Prime.

Aside from everything I said in the review, this Optimus Prime is much better than FoC version. But I can’t help to have both side by side because hey, they are from the same incarnation and I can’t ignore both of them. Check my review of both figures here:
WFC Cybertronian Optimus Prime
FoC Optimus Prime

4. SIC KT Kuuga Rising Ultimate

Yes, I already have this one, but still mint in box. As my habit to let all of my SIC KT collections in MIB condition, I don’t want to open this too. I hate Kuuga Rising Ultimate, a useless form upgrade seen in Decade’s movie. But the figure, is actually pretty cool. Very tempting for me to open it out of the box. The picture above taken from Hacchaka. Check his “so great” review here: SIC KT Kuuga Rising Ultimate.

3. DA-03 Voyager DOTM Optimus Prime

He is “are you nuts?” purchase I have done in 2012. Slightly retooled from Hasbro release and trailer included. No matter what, I am so happy to have this set. Check my review here: DA-03 Voyager DOTM Optimus Prime.

2. Minipla Gekitouja

I thought I never get this set forever, but again, the same person who helped me getting CT FFR Decade & Diend offered this set, which hard for me to resist. To make it even better, this set completed with RinLion and RinChameleon to create GekiRinTouja, one of the best mecha in Super Sentai history, ever!

1. DX Dino Megazord 2010

This is my long time wishlist. Together with minipla Gekitouja, I never thought I finally own this. I almost give up getting this figure because of expensive price and its rare status. Thank God, I found one seller on Facebook group, and without hesitation I bought this childhood memorabilia. Yes I know this is 2010, but I chose this over original DX figure since this is updated version. Check my review here: DX Dino Megazord 2010.

That’s my top ten figures of 2012. I have to admit that I was so lucky to have all figures I mention here, considering I will slowly reduced my collecting habit, starting to settle my future to have a family. But I hope everything continues well in 2013.

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013 TO YOU ALL!!!

EZ-SP1 TF Prime Autobot Set

This is the easiest way to complete your set of Autobot team from Transformers Prime Cyberverse line. Known as EZ Collection in Japan, This set contains 2 commander class and 4 legion class figures which are Optimus Prime, Bulkhead, Rachet, Arcee, Bumblebee, and surprisingly Wheeljack, instead of Cliffjumper. Yes, this set has its counterpart which is Decepticon Set and strangely contains Cliffjumper corrupted with dark energon. Too bad, I didn’t pick the second set because this one itself is already quite expensive. But far cheaper than buying them separately.

Six Autobots and they look nice. Well, it is always nice to have complete team (technically without Cliffjumper, luckily I have bought it separately), and with accurate paint job.

1. Optimus Prime

I thought this one was going to be the same, but no. This is Optimus Prime without mouthplate. I find it strange but that’s make my collection of Cyberverse Prime Optimus Prime (gee, try to say the name many times) different one to another.  I already reviewed Hasbro counterpart, and also I already have Nightwatch version (which is nowhere near night).

From the left, Nightwatch version (different color and has mouth sculpt instead of mouthplate). in the middle Optimus from this set, and to the right original Cyberverse version. You can differentiate them from their head. Nice decision from Takara to make Optimus from this set without mouthplate. Although the weapon remains the same, still having this Prime with accurate color but without mouthplate is a great touch.

2. Bulkhead

Nothing to complain, other than tight joint at the beginning. I believe his Cyberverse (or EZ) incarnation is much better than his Voyager counterpart. This figure has a translucent mace which is his signature weapon. Yes, I do not like translucent weapons, but oh well. Together with Optimus, he is a commander class figure from Cyberverse line. His articulation is as expected, limited but satisfying. And I think his vehicle mode is show-accurate.

3. Rachet

This one is from legion class, now we have articulation problem. Rachet is actually good, but limited articulation ruins it. I don’t know why between commander and legion, they also have to differentiate their figure’s articulations. I believe the weapon, a translucent blade, is similar to Cliffjumper’s weapon. Still, Rachet is simple to transform and quite nice to pose.

4. Bumblebee

This one blew. Bumblebee is a disappointing figure from this set. I hate the fact that he doesn’t have knee joint. His vehicle mode is cool, but his robot mode is the other way around. This one cannot live up his series’ counterpart as Autobot Team’s scout which is highlighted from his agility. He is almost a brick, a small painful brick.

5. Arcee

For legion scale, Arcee is the complete opposite of Bumblebee. Yes, she has kibble in her back, a big one. She is better in articulation and her transformation is complex but not that difficult. The blaster for Arcee is the same for Bumblebee. To be honest, her scale together with Bulkhead ruin the set’s realistic appearance in size. But the problem is already carried from the series, can’t help. I wish Hasbro or Takara included small rider figure (Jack) to accompany her vehicle mode. Motorcycle runs without a rider is creepy.

6. Wheeljack

Why it is not Cliffjumper is understandable, Wheeljack is crucial addition to the set. It is not Hyperspeed Whelljack with different paint job, it’s Wheeljack in correct color and correct weapon. I am amazed to find the fact that his transformation is almost identical to his deluxe figure.

The box includes background card which is their base to be posed with the figure, but I find it useless. Overall, this set is fantastic. Six Autobots have their own characteristics which are good (save for Bumblebee). Definitely worth buying it.

Some Transformers Knock Off

These are Transformers knock off (or in Indonesia, we use to call it KW) I found in my local toy stores. Just don’t ask for the quality, as knock off figures or bootleg, these all are horrible. Cheap plastic, wrong color accuracy, incomplete gimmick, all found in these figures.

1. Legend Class Galaxy Convoy / Optimus Prime from Transformers Cybertron

I can’t help but wonder, why the body part must be blue, not red? And considering this is from legend class, the figure doesn’t have the firetruck trailer. Not a bad looking figure but this one is a great thing to be customized. I was surprised to put this figure side by side with my own DOTM Cyberverse Optimus Prime (not pictured), both are on the same size. I thought Cyberverse Commander size is quite bigger than Legend class, but then I was wrong. Overall, a nice bootlegged figure to be displayed on cabinet.

2. Classic Bumblebee (redeco of Cybertron’s Hot Shot)

The size is actually a misfit, as I can’t figure out what size-class is this. I knew this was Bumblebee after searching the toy database and found it to be a redeco of Hot Shot but the size of this figure is nowhere from Legend class. But I realize this is the perfect scale to be displayed. Wrong colors here and there, particularly on his head. He is perfect in vehicle mode, but the robot mode? Just keep it as a vehicle, and you will know why.

3. Robot Conversions G1 Convoy (Robot Masters Knock Off)

Previously I watched several G1 episodes, mainly the important ones such as The Return of Optimus, More than Meets the Eye, and even The Transformers Movie (1986), and I was wondering if I ever find at least a knock off G1 Optimus Prime. Well, my wish is half granted with this ridiculous name called Robot Conversions. Again, strange size here. Although originally Robot Masters are small size toyline, this one is huge. I can predict that this one is on Voyager Class size. What kind of drug the maker of this bootlegged figure has taken? The size is big enough for me to buy it. Other than wrong color weapon, cheap plastic, and other complaints, I found that this figure looks nice on the shelf.

4. I Have no Idea What Figure is This

Can somebody identify this one? This one looks good and poseable, too bad I have no references about this one.

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