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TFX-04 Protector (KO)

Henkei Hot Rodimus needs upgrade!

When Hotrod activates Matrix of Leadership to destroy Unicron, he is upgraded into Rodimus Prime, complete with trailer / carrier / command base just like his predecessor. FansProject relives that experience by creating this set called TFX Protector. The set that I have here is actually knocked off version as I can’t buy the original release due to skyrocketing price. I won’t discuss KO issues that commonly happen in this set.

TFX Protector is compatible with Classic Hotrod and Henkei Hot Rodimus (and other redeco releases of this mold) though actually for Henkei there is slight color differences. It’s pretty obvious but not too much, I find it okay. This is successor to previous City Commander upgrade set for Classic Optimus / Henkei Convoy and major improvement over it by having simple design, simple attachment, yet solid modifications to Henkei Hot Rodimus I have. It literally upgrades Henkei Rodimus into it’s own incarnation of Classic / Henkei Rodimus Prime.

Vehicle mode, it looks decent. I have no problem at all, now it feels like Rodimus Prime in his alt mode.

This is the carrier detached from Henkei Hot Rodimus.

Disassemble the carrier and transform Hot Rod to be attached with this set to create Rodimus Prime, or FansProject called it Protector due to copyright issue. The progress is complicated but fun to do. The only complain I have is that attaching chest part is really-really pain in the a**.

Rodimus Prime is here!

This set upgrades Hot Rodimus into the next level. It helps to fix some major issues I found in original figure. A real improvement I really need. It looks bada**, tough, and charismatic.

This is Rodimus Prime we want. Yes he is not as good as Optimus Prime in term of leadership, he is still a Prime. I really like this appearance. From hating Henkei Hot Rodimus, now it got redemption by having serious upgrade and improvement to add some values that makes it worth to be collected.

This set also gives you “Guardian”. It’s similar to Roller for Optimus Prime, and it is better. It reminds me of mini 4WD car, and that means great. You can attach Hot Rod’s blaster at the top of this Guardian.

The trailer or carrier can be transformed into a sentry gun base. It looks menacing! I like this kind of upgrade. Not only Rodimus transforms into a Prime, but he is provided with deadly arsenal to help him facing enemies.

In the end, if you hate Hot Rod figure from Classic / Henkei line but still you need him to be collected, then this set is a must. Not only it helps this figure from “bad” to even “better”, this set fixes some issues and improves them for more replay values. If you can afford, buy the original set.

PS: Actually this KO set also gives you a scythe which is originally for Shattered Glass version of Hot Rodimus+Protector. I didn’t document it though.

Henkei Hot Rodimus

This figure is not impressive at all.

Unlike that Henkei Convoy which is superior in all aspect, Henkei Hot Rodimus is plainly a lazy attempt though I do admit that it’s way better than Hasbro’s Classic Hot Rod version. That gold coating plate is a sweet deal.

Vehicle mode, this Hot Rodimus is a cool supercar called Dome Zero. Yes, I like this kind of car. Very sporty, looks tough and cool. It also has alternate mode with blaster attached at the top by folding the spoiler part of it.

Transforming this figure is easy, but seriously, annoying.

Robot mode, Rodimus doesn’t look good at all. Head sculpt is boring and some joints are difficult to move due to transformation. I have to say, this is a fail sculpt. It’s ridiculous, uninspiring, dull, and lame.

This design needs an upgrade, and luckily TFX Protector answers it all.

*yes, I am so lazy reviewing this figure, to think that this is actually Henkei version really made me sad until TFX protector saved my day.

Henkei Convoy Add-on KO

After that lovable Henkei Convoy, now it’s time to review its add-on.

I also bought two add-on for my Henkei Convoy / Classic Optimus Prime which are TFX-01J DIA Commander and BTS-01s Mobile Command Base, and both are knocked off versions. I admit, I can’t buy the original releases because they are painfully expensive. Very very very expensive. Even for this KO versions, both are already pricy and together with Henkei Convoy KO are the most expensive KO figures I ever buy.

BTS-01s Mobile Command Base (in short I will call it later, BTS trailer) is a trailer for Henkei Convoy. The design is not an ordinary trailer, but rather BTS took different approach by adding some futuristic shapes to match the “classic” incarnation of Optimus Prime. Did I ever told people that “What Optimus Prime would be without his trailer?” So this is a nice trailer for him. I have to say I really like the design a bit. At first I felt it’s strange, but I appreciate the effort BTS took.

Optimus Prime in vehicle mode looks complete with this trailer. It’s long, big, futuristic, and a kind of Optimus we often see because Optimus is always lacking without his trailer. My only complain for this trailer is that the connector port to Henkei Convoy is not that tight. Often I got the trailer separated because the connector is not that strong to hold both. Other than that, I am pleased to see this.

This trailer can be opened and reveal Mobile Command Base. Unlike other trailers that accompany Optimus, this trailer follows unorthodox style that it’s not separated in the middle of the trailer. Hence the name, it’s indeed a command base complete with repair drone. This trailer also gives two blasters which unfortunately not for Optimus (to Bumblebee if I’m not mistaken), but who cares, Optimus still can use it anyway.

This trailer also has Roller (or Rollout Drone to avoid copyright issues) which attached as trailer’s wheels. The idea is great but I wish the wheels and Roller are actually separated, still I have no complain for that.

Well, except for that connector problem, I am satisfied with this trailer. Big rig is always incomplete without a trailer.

On to the next….

The second add-on is TFX-01J DIA Commander by FansProject. Actually I would love to have Ultra Magnus and City Commander add-on, but since Optimus Prime is my favorite, having DIA Commander is truly a great experience. I am okay with this now, because DIA Commander looks menacing and cool.

TFX-01J is a trailer to Henkei Convoy (or classic Optimus Prime, gee, I refer him as Convoy more than as Optimus Prime) that makes his set looks like a garbage truck. Yes, a garbage truck. What else I could describe with this kind of vehicle except a colorful, missile armed garbage truck. I already applied stickers to some parts needed though I find it quite useless.

This trailer separates into several parts to become an armor for Optimus/Convoy and create DIA Commander. Yes, this one actually recolor version of City Commander for Ultra Magnus. The separation and assembling the armor proved to be a difficult task to do. It’s very complicated and need excessive force a little bit.

Before I praise this set, let’s criticize. As a knock off add-on, this set is very fragile. I already broke folding part from his right foot because I turned it too much. And I have serious problems with his right hand and his right shoulder. They are not locked and fitted very well to the figure. Very loose. Another problem is that it can’t hold that big weapon very well due to being heavy and the joint can’t hold that.

Now for the good parts, this add on is superb. DIA Commander (DIA stands for Diaclone actually, a toyline that inspire Transformers) looks super powerful. Considering complicated assembly and weight issues, this add-on makes the figure has limited articulation. This set also gives two missile launcher and an energon box (which I don’t use because it’s useless anyway). Given the fact that this is a knock off with all terrible problems I found, it is a great feature. The vehicle mode is nice, DIA Commander looks powerful. It’s a good feature, and for a knock off I am really satisfied. I know I can’t pose him much since it’s almost a brick. But, isn’t that a great figure to be displayed only? People will notice this figure easily on display cabinet.

Both are great sets but I wish I could buy the original releases. If you can afford please buy the original. But still, I am so happy with both…

Voyager Class Henkei Convoy / Classic Optimus Prime KO

After months of waiting, finally I get this wonderful figure together with DIA Commander upgrade and BTS Classic Trailer set (and both also KO). I will review those set after this one. Henkei Convoy is actually Takara release of Classic Optimus Prime mold with better paint job. I just can’t imagine how impressive this figure is. Henkei Convoy is modernized version of G1 Optimus Prime (which ironically called as “classic”) and this figure, again, is wonderful.

I have a long story to get this figure. When my interest in Transformers emerged, Classic Optimus was not one of my targets because I had no idea about Classic series or Henkei Henkei until every TF fanboys I know told me that the best Optimus Prime figure that only can match (or even surpass) Masterpiece release is this classic line in voyager class size. Damn, they were right. When I started to find this I had two facts, Classic Optimus Prime is rare as hellĀ  and actually it has third party upgrade. When I knew the fact that Classic and Henkei lineup is a rare figure to find (with OMG price tag) I just pissed off. There is no way people will sell this figure due to its quality.

Then, I saw Ultra Magnus upgrade called City Commander by FansProject whose price also beyond madness. I was wondering if people ever made knocked off version and to my surprise, there are lots of KO for this figure.

Then, long story short, I found someone who can help me to get I what I have dreamed for long. There is a very high quality knock off of Henkei Convoy available, but I have to wait for months due to certain regulations of importing stuff like this. And finally, it has arrived!

This figure, I don’t know how to start from. I never own the original Hasbro or Takara release but I have to say the quality is even better than all Optimus figures I own. The joints are very tight, no loose parts, no more sh*tty problems usually found on KO figure. Even it is very tight that I have difficulties in twisting, separating, or joining parts in transformation, notably from the weapons. Just look at it. It’s an art, a masterpiece (no pun intended) of its own. The fact that this figure solely depends on transformation gimmick makes this figure very valuable in every aspects. No spring loaded weapon, no strange weapon lights, it’s just a plain yet magnificent figure to play with. Not to forget it has light pipe gimmick which is small but added more wonderful things in here.

Am I being biased by this description? No, in fact my words are not enough to describe how awesome this figure is. That great design, that great ratchet joints, that tight mechanism, that great sculpt, oh my, I love love love this figure so much. I never do such thing ever to knock off figure until this one. Better than most of my collection, in fact.

Vehicle mode, this Optimus is a big rig, a good interpretation on how modern Optimus would be. Its paint job also helped to capture this kind of imagination. Unlike Habro release which has too much yellow-ish paint to certain useless parts, this figure follows Henkei release pattern to make reminiscence of G1 Optimus in retrospect. And look at that chrome grills, it’s beautiful.

Transforming this figure is not easy but satisfying. Its mechanism is very good, you’ll have no problem transforming it. Its wind roof and smokestacks can be transformed into blasters. This gimmick is simple but that’s what I want from a transforming toy.

This figure is superb, note that he is actually a knocked off version, a very high quality knock off figure, ever. Modernized G1 proved to be a great design for this line. Just a great great looking robot. And since he is Optimus Prime, so this is the best incarnation ever. Not to forget, the light pipping mechanism works really well.

This is a piece of art, this is a masterpiece, and even this is a knock off figure. I am so happy to finally own Henkei Convoy after long waiting. Yes it is not cheap at all. Probably this is the most expensive KO toy I ever buy, but the quality really worth the price. I am not only satisfied but also really adore this figure a lot.

I have to thank my friend Dimas for making my wishlist come true. For those who are interested to order this figure you may contact his Facebook here >>http://www.facebook.com/dimas.a.sasongko<<