Alpha Trion's biggest flaw is how much inspiration he draws from versions of Alpha Trion that you may not know or care about - an oddity considering obsessed with G1 fidelity the designers have proven themselves on figures like Blurr and Scourge. That's the biggest
flaw - and a subjective one at that - but not the only
one. Click here to read and watch our review of Alpha Trion!
It's that time again for the latest addition to the TFCC FSS 4.0; and it's the near legendary, Spinister. Let me just say this is my favorite FSS figure thus far and the best use of the Alpha Bravo mold.
The joints are just the right tightness especially in the hips, which is important for arm mode. Being a Double Targetmaster, Spinister is armed; Vortex should've had this load out.
Prepare to pay if you're looking for this figure on the aftermarket; as I suspect it'll be one of, if not the most expensive from this collection.
The TFCC FSS 4.0 is rolling on, with Grabuge, otherwise known as Ruckus!
This figure is a fantastic repaint of Offroad, and the tightest version of the mold I've handled.
If you're buying this on the secondary market it's a solid figure on its own.
Botcon 2012 was really good to the Jazz mold. While it still has yet to see reuse at a retail level... well, anywhere
as of this writing, three instances of it turned up among the convention's exclusive toys. Giving a really good toy its due, is what I'd call it. Even though I could only obtain one of these examples for myself, I was glad to have any chance at adding further dudes built on this model to my collection. Continue to full review...
Some toys just come with an automatic expectation of certain recolors in their future. Of course in most cases it's just based on having a vehicle form that vaguely matches someone else's rather than any distinct resemblance or connection. But as such things go, Spinister from Tomahawk was a pretty common idea, and it inspired no small number of custom repaints. I myself have a certain appreciation for 1988's toys because of the rather distinct coloring they'd tend to sport. No surprise then that at the TFCC display case at Botcon I caught notice of this figure almost immediately... Continue to full review.
Octopunch could have been a regular Botcon set toy for as lukewarm as its reception was when images of it leaked to the internet a couple months before the convention. Were it not for a fantastic 1988 colorscheme toy to come with it, I bet nobody would have bought a poor Octopunch at all. Funny thing is, if you actually see it in person, and stop to realize that the mold it's using is pretty solid, a level of appeal can develop that just won't convey itself so well in photographs. Continue to full review...
I was lucky enough to be able to attend Botcon this year in Dallas. I didn't attend as a preregistrant, and a majority of the regular exclusive toy set's offerings didn't really catch my interest. However, the add-on souvenir sets began to call to me almost the moment I saw them in the display case when I arrived Thursday afternoon. Alas, Fun Publications knows their craft and paired really excellent toys with slightly less thrilling ones, and so I had to buy two sets to get the two figures I most wanted... Continue to full review...
With OTFCC (formerly Botcon) 2003 coming up, it's a good time to take a look back at previous exclusives. Suspy looks at the Botcon 2001 exclusive Tigatron
and the Botcon Europe 2002 exclusive Rook
, while PK looks at the Botcon 2002 exclusive Cyclonus
. Read about these figures (and others) in the reviews