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Cyberverse Beast Hunters Smokescreen

The final addition to Autobot Team in TF Prime (wait, what about Ultra Magnus?), and he is so lovable by messing up with others while he  is actually the ace that crucial to team itself.

Unlike others in team, Smokescreen actually falls into Beast Hunters line-up, and he is technically very different from previous releases. No more translucent plastic in his body and the weapon. Speaking of his weapon, he got this gun-chainsaw-blade thingy. Although it looks plain without color, but the design is very cool. Uhuk *Gears of War* uhuk uhuk.

His vehicle mode is a sport car that supposed to be in a circuit, but Smokescreen doesn’t care. His vehicle mode looks cool. I like it.  Very Le Mans-racing car type.

His transformation is easy but requires more steps than other Cyberverse legion figures. Still, a self-explanatory transformation.

His robot mode is okay. No joints on his elbow and his knee that disappoint me just like Bumblebee, so this figure has limited articulations.

The reason I bought this figure is, indeed, to complete my Autobot team from TF Prime series. As I follow Beast Hunters currently, I have to say that this series attracts me to Cyberverse even more. I don’t really care about deluxe or voyager or other gigantic sizes, but Cyberverse with all limitations still gives me this charm. And it looks real nice when they are together. Smokescreen is actually a good figure for this size, and not much I can complain. Indeed for a Cyberverse legion class figure, I think this figure is flawless.


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.

Cyberverse Beast Hunters Optimus Prime

This is the cyberverse version of Beast Hunters Optimus Prime. As the final season will be premiered on March 22, I still have no idea whether Optimus indeed will have new body or someone takes his place (body) as the trailer leads me to “a new Prime, or Optimus revived by having someone sacrified his/her spark to him? Ah, I am so curious and can’t wait.

This figure is really different from his voyager counterpart, very different. And as I previously stated, somehow this is the show-accurate design of his Beast Hunters incarnation, closer if it is not the same. For me as collector, show-accuracy is essential and this figure gives me that impression, unlike the previous voyager.

His vehicle mode is quite okay. For a beast hunter kind of figure, this Optimus Prime is really spiky, but not my cup of tea actually. Still, it looks real nice and attract attentions when displayed. Simple, spiky, and menacing, that’s my impression on this vehicle. This is Optimus Prime as we are familiar with, retains the glory of red-blue big truck, only this time with “beast” gimmick.

For this small figure, the transformation is complicated. Surprising yet satisfying. I thought the complexity of the transformation would be similar to his previous cyberverse figure, but I was wrong. it’s more….

The robot mode is great, and yes I will pose him as robot rather than as vehicle. Very different from voyager and it has its own charisma. The weapons although made from soft plastic and just plain grey, work perfectly with the figure. Repaint the weapons might do the job. Anyway, the robot mode is the strongest point of this figure. He looks perfect for a cyberverse figure.

While this figure is already that great, I have one complain that hurts this figure a lot. While his articulation somewhat limited, why the hell it doesn’t have head articulation? The previous Cyberverse Prime has satisfying articulation and the head is moveable. Why Hasbro, why? I am okay with limited articulation and the look of his back (yes, it’s horrible), but without head articulation, I will give a lot of minus points on this. It’s sad because his head sculpt is very good and superior than voyager’s head version.

Is it worth? I say, yes! With notes!

There are lots that yet to be desired. This is the point where Hasbro (or Takara) stands between great and horrible, between success and failure. If only they designed it a little bit better. This figure looks great in design but fails in several aspects, and that’s crucial. Still, this Optimus Prime and I am a Optimuses-Fetish collector, so I don’t care. Even, who cares anyway?

Cyberverse TF Prime Cliffjumper

In order to complete my set of Autobot team, he must be picked.

He was only in action for one episode (other episodes either flashback or he became a zombie), but it’s memorable. Hey, he is voiced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the most electrifying man in all entertainment. He technically can lay the smackdown on Decepticons, but no, he is defeated and killed by Starscream, sadly.

His vehicle mode is cool, your standard muscle car at its finest.

His robot design stays true to the show. Something rarely happened in cyberverse lineup.

His cyberverse figure is great. He has knee joint and, to my surprise, elbow joint unlike other legion class figures I own. So his articulation is much better than others. And the transformation is simple and satisfying at the same time. The weapon is the same sword given to Rachet, so nothing new here. How ironic to find that the best articulated figure of cyberverse legion of TF Pime is the character who is already dead.

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.


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.

Cyberverse Commander TF Prime Optimus Prime

This is my second Cyberverse figure, and still on the same character but in different universe.
One thing visible that I can complain that this figure is so plain. Optimus and two translucent blasters are just lazy compared to the previous Optimus Prime DOTM Cyberverses (both Battle Armored and normal).

The vehicle mode is good, as you expected from the series, but there’s a part that shows ball joint on the door, and if only Hasbro or Takara were not too lazy to fix that, we will have a great figure in small size. But other than that, the vehicle mode is acceptable.

To transform him is not that difficult. It’s not as accurate as the in the show, but what can you expect?

Now here comes the gem, Optimus Prime himself. For such small size, Optimus Prime has great show accuracy with appropriate proportions and articulations to sum up the action he can offer. The blasters can be combined and he is so poseable, reliving his action in the series. I’m OK with translucent plastic on his body considering this figure is already worth buying it.

No, this figure doesn’t give you Star Saber, that one in the picture is just taken from my bootleg Jet Icarus sword.

Buying this is a difficult choice considering the price. In Indonesia, this costs around 150-200 thousands rupiah (around US $14-18), and that is pricy. Try consider buying the fullset released by Takara (EZ Collection Transformers Prime SP-Set Team Autobot and Team Decepticon).