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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 hell  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 >><<

Voyager Class Beast Hunters Optimus Prime

A major upgrade, and this one really an upgrade we need. And I think this is the second time I get a figure while the character itself is not yet appeared on the series. TF Prime season 3 will start this spring (oh my, Indonesia has no idea about spring, summer, fall, or winter).

Previously I have reviewed Voyager TF Prime Optimus Prime RiD and that figure is just bad, real bad. Fortunately, his Beast Hunters incarnation proves the other way. This figure is the complete opposite, no more stupid gimmick, no more painful transformation, and no more ridiculous weaponry. This figure answered all complaints from the previous lineup. This figure has soft plastic for the wings and the claw, I don’t mind it at all. It could be better but ah, that safety regulations…..

His vehicle mode is menacing. Actually I don’t like a kind of vehicle that is not based on real vehicle, but this one I can say I like it a lot. Truly a beast in every senses. The weapons can be attached to the vehicle and that’s just great.

This figure has wings, and it makes me wonder. A truck that can fly?

Transforming this figure is easy but I have to say, still impressive.

His robot mode is fantastic with one complain on the head. His head sculpt is not that good but I understand why Hasbro did that.

Other than that, this figure has a lot of play values. The articulations are good, even got ratchet joints on the shoulders and feet. Weapons can be stored on his back or attached to his both hands, and they have lot of options how they will be used. This figure is poseable at his best.

If only my real complain does count, and indeed this is my serious complain, why this figure is not show-accurate? I saw Optimus’ design from the box and he is different than this voyager class design. In fact the design of his cyberverse version is closer, if not the same, to the design of actual Optimus Prime in his Beast Hunters incarnation. Oh well, my complain is useless this time because this figure is already that great. In fact, this is a good decision by Hasbro.

If you can, grab it!

Voyager Class TFTM Optimus Prime

I bought this figure together with TFTM Deluxe Bumblebee as set.

This figure is actually interesting if not for one major complain, it’s so fragile! I broke his right hand last November.

My fault, and that was a disaster for me at that time. Fortunately I found Ridho Bengkel Toys and he fixed my beloved Optimus. And now let’s go to the review.

This is Peterbilt truck and I find it is big and accurate. I just knew this when I saw Voyager DOTM Optimus Prime is quite smaller compared to this one. Big is beautiful, and it seems that I need to complete my collection with Leader class one, hahahaha. His vehicle mode stays true to the movie which means accurate to the original.

This vehicle mode has two interesting gimmicks. It has driver with hat (Peter Cullen, anyone?) which can be hidden when the door is opened. Also, the truck’s smokestacks (which are his blasters) can be moved into the front of the vehicle. Quite useless but still a nice addition. Yes, the blasters are spring guns so they can shoot.

Transforming this figure is simple but annoying. So many parts need careful attention as I stated earlier that this figure is fragile. As expected, the transformation is not show-accurate.

My figure has part missing from his body, and I just realized it 😦

This figure with all disturbing things I got (missing part, fragile, annoying transformation) is a good interpretation of Optimus Prime from the movie. It has fake windows and big kibble (front part and truck’s grill) at the back. But I have to say, this figure is impressive. Too bad, he is fragile.

He has good range of articulations actually, but I rather not to mess up even more. Maybe someday I will buy another TFTM Voyager Optimus Prime for the sake of completeness.

Voyager Class TF Prime RiD Optimus Prime

This figure……… is bad!

The cyberverse version is the best on its league, but his voyager release, dubbed Robot in Disguise (Hasbro is getting and getting more confusing about their toys’ lineup), is bad. Even it could be the worst Optimus Prime figure I have. I know there was “First Edition” came before this, but it’s pretty dang expensive. I purchased this only because there was a discount on my local toy store, and this figure is the only target I had chased there.

One thing that I like from this figure that the window is not fake, it’s the same window from the car for his chest, albeit upside-down. Sometimes having kibbles or fake parts (wheels, windows, or other else) can be frustrating too. And although he does come with trailer port, he is not compatible with my DOTM trailer.

Transforming (or converting according to Hasbro who loves to call their product “converting a transformer”, blow your costumer even more) this figure is difficult. Not because of his transforming mechanism, but rather the feeling of transforming this one. I don’t know, I feel frustrated seeing parts by parts progress. It’s lame and boring, no satisfaction there.

The weapons suck. Rather giving the figure show accurate weapons, they give battle sword and blaster which has light gimmick. Oh my, I hate the blaster. If I feel the figure is okay, the blaster ruins everything. The gimmick is useless and there is no lock mechanism. You have to push and let it in order to unfold the blaster. That’s battery consuming, and screw it, it’s useless. The battle sword is okay but feels cheap, why don’t give us Star Saber instead, or just give the figure the correct weapons he uses in the series.

I am sorry that my review on this one is a little bit harsh. But yeah, the figure is bad. Poor Optimus Prime here, can’t live up the expectation of the character of the series well. Oh my, what a start for this new year.

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.


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.

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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