I have never been a MISB collector, I get my TF's to play and display. But I had this for two days before I could bring myself to open it. I seriously considered leaving it sealed, it just looks so good. Plus there's the fact that I have three Subaru's already, and this wasn't going to hold too many surpries. But in the end the boredom got the better of me and I ripped into it.
Nice stuff man, this is right up there with the Takara reissues. In fact the instructions are very reminicent of the Takara bookpack catalogue thing. They're the same sort of card (as opposed to paper) and also have the ring binder friendly holes. I love extra bits and peices like this. They're sort of a reassuring reminder that you paid more because this is a classy, quality product. I always feel ripped off when I pay heaps for something and I get nothing extra with it.
I've tried my best to show you in this shot that she has a picture of Prime in truck mode on her clipboard. Judging by here hand actions, she doesn't seem to think much of him. Basically AI is a tiny little figure with the smallest ball joint you ever saw connecting her head. She has interchangable arms, and interchangable legs. Her comes come empty handed, or with the clipboard and batton. Her legs are sitting or standing. And she comes with the little stand thing you can see her left foot slotted into. All good fun, but kinda fiddly, because she's smaller than she looks. Amazingly well painted really, given her size.
There have been some questions about Red Alerts ability to, you know, line up properly in this mode. Well all the Subaru's are tough to get right. You really have to have every hinge in those legs transformed just right, or it puts everything out. In reality, Alert is exactly the same. He's incredibly tricky to get right, but no worse than the others. Part of the problem is that his black paint work ends at the surface of the doors, and doesn't carry around the edges. This means that every line and prodtruding section is glaringly obvious, as you can see in the pic.
You can see how obvious Alerts door lines are in comparisson. It's really more a paint thing.
That doesn't really show you anything, but I thought it would be cool to have both the police cars in one shot.
Overall, I like Alert. He's a worthwhile purchase, and a cool homage to a couple of old favourites. The car mode has some nice detail, and I like the little figurine. The packaging is phenomemal too. But there are still questions as to whether Binaltech is back to it's best. Hopefully they can sort out this Tomy merger soon and get back on track properly.
|Date||December 17th 2005|
|Score||(7 out of 10)|
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