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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.


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.

Animated Optimus Prime Comparison

I bought both figures from the same incarnation but different in size class and editions. The figures that I compare here are Voyager Class and Deluxe Class from Sons of Cybertron edition (with translucent plastic). One thing to note that the voyager is made by Hasbro while the deluxe is made by Takara. Each has its own charm, but my taste prefer Voyager class merely from the size. But the translucent plastic also wins my heart a lot.

Vehicle mode of both figures are futuristic truck (or fire truck), and they are just cool. I particularly love voyager design more, but translucent plastic, again, win my heart a lot. Still, voyager is bulky (and that’s good) over empty backside and just an axe attached there. And the blaster from voyager class is actually a water-squirt gun. But I have tried it and failed. Oh well, a useless gimmick actually. Nobody wants to risk the figures by blasting water to them. And by the way, the smokestacks in deluxe are useless…

Both figures without weapon attachment. And I find deluxe figure is better in proportion. Just look at the placement of voyager’s front wheels. Weapon attachment makes such a huge difference.

Deluxe wins here. Just one single axe and that’s it. The axe from voyager is still good but not as good as the deluxe version. Translucent plastic also makes the axe far superior than voyager’s counterpart.

Tranformation-wise, both are easier. But the process is much simpler in voyager figure. If only without that stupid gimmick called auto gravitation spin in his torso then voyager can be better than deluxe figure. But the deluxe’s transformation is not as satisfying as voyager either. Yes, in my opinion voyager’s transformation is more fun.

I think voyager is show-accurate than deluxe one, and to be honest, voyager’s design in robot mode here is superior. The deluxe quite out of proportion this time in contrast to their vehicle modes.

One gimmick from voyager, you can choose either Optimus with mouth face or with mouthplate. And yes, he is much better with mouthplate. Still a nice addition to voyager. If only deluxe figure also have this gimmick because the mechanism is simple and technically can be applied too.

Although voyager is quite show-accurate, but deluxe class figure has better articulation ranges. The voyager’s axe looks bad and inferior compared with deluxe’s axe. They should release deluxe Optimus Prime with blaster to match his voyager counterpart. Luckily, the voyager blaster is compatible to be used with deluxe. On the other hand, and I find it strange, deluxe’s axe is not compatible with my voyager figure. I don’t know why, I have seen pictures of voyager animated Optimus Prime with deluxe’s axe. Well, that’s unfortunate…..

Both are great figures, and I am happy with both set. They are still a lot to be desired such as blaster for deluxe or better axe for voyager. They offer different gimmicks, each with their own charms. The designer of these figures is Shogo Hasui, and I must salute him.

Voyager Class DOTM DA-03 Optimus Prime w/Mechtech Trailer

What Optimus Prime would be without a trailer? He is a truck in disguise, right?
This is TakaraTomy releases for Dark of The Moon movie toyline exclusive in Japan. American Hasbro counterpart only has Voyager Prime without the trailer (sold separately).

This figure is expensive, and I do admit the price is way too expensive for limited gimmick this one can offer.

Transformation-wise, it’s fun. It’s not that easy but also not that difficult. And the parts are not too tight, easier to transform. From a truck that roll on into a robot that battle, this figure is awesome.

The figure itself is your basic Prime movie. The design is slightly different from Hasbro counterpart. Now it has small tank that can be folded up on his back (no more hanging tank on the back). And has small paint job on his feet. The proportion is very good and nice-looking Prime there, although still with kibble window that hidden and fake wheels for no apparent reason at all.

The mechtech weapon is great, I do like it. The blaster can be transformed into Energon blade. I wish TakaraTomy sell this with two blasters, but still it’s better than having no weapon at all.

The trailer is an empty box only served as a mechtech weaponry base. Unless you collect other DOTM mechtech lineup, this trailer is pretty useless. Still, the main selling point is Optimus Prime with a trailer. You can put deluxe class figure inside the trailer, and nothing else to be talked. And yes, the trailer is not compatible with any Voyager classes Optimus Prime except DOTM line.

Is it worth buying?
Yes, this figure is very expensive that offer you little to none. But hey, he is Optimus Prime with good retooling, great weapon, and a trailer that quite useless but still you need it anyway.