One more quick review from diecast on RFC Reviews tonight! FansToys recently brought out a replacement head option for their unofficial Masterpiece-style Grimlock, Grinder. This new head is modeled more closely after the look of the dinosaur mode in the G1 cartoon, giving an easy modification option for owners more inclined to that appearance. How easy? Well, diecast manages it in the space of about six minutes, and still has time for several off-color jokes in the process! Wow! Check out the video in the post below.
Diecast from Radio Free Cybertron and the RFC Reviews channel has a problem. That problem is the China-based marketplace website TaoBao. But sometimes this expensive habit of his benefits us, as today when diecast brings us a review of Cosmos Dominator, an unofficial light up Unicron bust that doesn't seem to have been picked up much by sellers outside China. But we've got a chance to check one out now, so click through to watch the video embedded below!
Thanks to diecast, we've got a look at a variation of DX9's unofficial Legends-scale Seeker mold, in the form of X16G Usurper, the "ghost" clear plastics deco of their not-Starscream. DX9 has applied some interesting new engineering ideas to the (extremely) tried and tested Seeker design, giving some interesting variation to possibly the most perennial of classics - and things I'd personally love to see applied to larger scale figures! Check out the video review just below from the RFC Reviews channel.
Once again we've got a new video from the RFC reviews channel, where diecast shows the Shadow Fisher upgrade kits for Masterpiece Ironhide and Ratchet to replace and reposition the door panels off of the hips for a cleaner look. Installation is demonstrated on Ironhide and at the end both figures are shown with the modifications completed as well as showing that Ironhide is still fully capable of transforming with the replacement parts installed. You can find the video embedded below!
TMan978 has shared his latest video with us on the forums today, taking a look at the recent release from Fans Hobby, Feilong. The Masterpiece-scale unofficial take on Doublecross looks surprisingly large, especially when placed side by side with the Generations equivalent Twinferno. Feilong seems to follow the example of Arch Enemy before it in having a more simple (by the standards of third party goods) transformation, as well. We have the video embedded below, click through and have a look!
From our forums, TMan978 has shared a video of an interesting new figure. Wei Jiang, known fairly well for making upscaled, surprisingly high quality knockoffs of both official products and the occasional third party item has recently made an upsized iteration of Generations Arcee, theoretically scaled to Masterpiece figures. There's a few other things altered with the figure too, though probably more on the minor side. Check out the embedded video below to have a look at this offering.
Tonight via diecast on the RFC Reviews Youtube channel, we've got a look at Toyworld's unofficial Cosmos figure, Space Racer. Scaled to fit in with Masterpieces using MP Bumblebee as a guide (meaning it's in the neighborhood of a regular Deluxe), Space Racer seems on the less complicated side of third party, but ultimately the review of the figure does not seem super positive towards some of the design decisions made. The review is embedded below, click through to take a look and learn more!
New this weekend on the RFC Reviews Youtube channel is a lengthy look at Phoenix from Fans Toys. This new unofficial take on the G1 cartoon's Skyfire design has been anticipated for quite a while. The video spends some time demonstrating just how very large this figure turned out, dwarfing even most official Combiner toys, not to mention other Masterpieces and unofficial equivalents. In the video, diecast makes sure to note this is a testshot piece and does not have a complete accessory loadout, but all the essentials are accounted for. The video is embedded below, so take a look!
On Youtube, Japanese reviewer wotafa has a video up for Planet X's Apocalypse. This is the figure inspired by War For Cybertron Trypticon, and infamously being sold as two separate pieces - though the review does fortunately cover both at once. While the review is in Japanese, it's very easy to follow along and understand what's being shown about the figure. We've got the video embedded below for you to check out, plus a quick note on a particular point in the video. Keep reading!
Diecast of Radio Free Cybertron has posted his review of Toyworld Assault, their take on Masterpiece Thrust! He's taken a comprehensive look at this impressively large alternative to Masterpiece Thrust, which towers over even MP Starscream. And it even comes with a very large and impressive stand! Keep reading to have a look.
We've got another review video from diecast on the RFC Reviews channel, talking about Downbeat from Maketoys. Downbeat is one of a surprisingly small assortment of unofficial Masterpiece Jazzes, which bring slightly different ideas to the table. Downbeat seemingly isn't perfect, though it presents as more a collection of small problems than any one significant one. You can see the details of vehicle and robot modes, and the lengthy, but honestly pretty nice looking transformation process in between. The review is embedded below, so go ahead and watch right now.
Changing gears a bit tonight, diecast from Radio Free Cybertron has posted a new video to the RFC Reviews channel showing off a testshot of Arch Enemy, the first figure in the Master Builder series from new group Fans Hobby. Despite being a testshot piece, the review demonstrates good design and build quality overall with an appropriately simple transformation. And about twice the volume of the original official Robots in Disguise Scourge toy! We've embedded the review below, so go ahead and take a look!
Despite numerous photos already released for it, Iron Factory's Lord Scorpion figure, based on G1 Scorponok, never had a clear comparative scale revealed. Thanks to a video review by Pancrazi, that has finally changed. The figure, while very bulky, seems to be just a hair taller than a current Deluxe as seen in the video. The video otherwise runs through the three modes and shows poseability - as well as what looks like a very sturdy build. The video is in Chinese, but the visuals are clear to follow. It's embedded below, so click through for a nice demo of this figure!
Paik4Life has a new video on Youtube getting some hands on time with an early color sample of Kultur, the figure based on Decepticon Justice Division leader Tarn from the IDW comics. This piece was on display this weekend at Cyber City Con in Texas, and while it exists at too early of a point to safely demonstrate transformation, the video does show off some of its details and articulation to give a nice first impression of what this figure will be offering when it goes in to full production in the near future. The video is embedded below, so keep reading to take a look!
YU-NO has shared a quick video showing off the upcoming Alpha Prime figure from Sparktoys. This unofficial Optimus is based on the Dreamwave War Within series design which in official toys has only been represented by the Titanium Series figure. In this video we get complete turnarounds of vehicle and robot modes, an articulation overview, and a demo of the transformation, doing a nice job of showing off the figure in advance of full reviews. Keep reading to see the embedded video!
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