I just received my BTA-3 Broadblast - Binaltech Asterisk "Broadblast Meets Lumina" that I purchased on eBay. I had been torn between buying this Binaltech or BT-16 Skids. This figure happened to be $10 cheaper than any price I could find for Skids, so the decision was made.
The box differs from your average Binaltech in that the "Binaltech Asterisk" series displays the Transformer in robot mode. Lumina is also visible in the display window, holding her metal clipboard and videocamera. I can't read japanese, but I get the impression that perhaps she's a reporter of some kind.
The back of the box shows some really nice artwork of Broadblast and Lumina in action poses. Lumina seems really excited about life in general, and Broadblast looks like he's just seen Megatron. Or perhaps a car accident.
The side of the box displays the sort of information you usually find on the back of the average Binaltech box. Bits of information about the vehicle and character, I'd imagine. (I wish I could read Japanese) Perhaps it gives tips on good dental health as well. I don't know.
Packaged with Broadblast is an information and instruction sheet, tri-folded with holes so it could be placed in a binder. I'm not sure why this is different than the standard Binaltech instruction booklet. Also included is a sticker sheet and the collector's card that usually is included with Binaltech figures.
In my opinion, Broadblast has one of the best robot modes of all the Binaltechs. He's very poseable and most of the excess car bits don't get in the way of the poseability. The bumper pieces above his feet look sort of odd at first glance, but they're hinged and give his legs a neat effect when you put him in action poses. I also really enjoy how the front of the car angles down to form his torso. It's a more tidy and stylish effect than most of the other Binaltechs.
Most of the car bits fold up into a nice smaller "backpack," getting them out of the way of his legs. This adds a lot of poseability to the figure, and just plain looks nicer too.
I'm not a fan of the yellow painted bits on his shoulders. I'm not sure why they painted them this way. They don't match any other bits on the car. I suppose if I had applied the flame stickers they might tie into those colors somewhat. Still, I find them distracting. I think it would look better if these bits had been painted silver or red... or even left unpainted like the Skids figure.
Transforming to car mode is a somewhat complex prodedure. The legs are very simple to fold up, requiring only that you fold back the feet and bumpers and pinch them together. the front section of the car is where you'll spend your time. There are about 5 hinges that hold all those car bits on, and you'll spend about 10 minutes rearranging the front of the car and the roof sections. While complex, I didn't find any of the bits stiff or difficult to fold or rotate, and they store nicely. The driver's side door (right side) on my Broadblast wouldn't close fully. I'm not sure why, but it just doesn't want to shut.
Lumina comes with alternate arms and legs, so she can be seated in the car, or if you like, on Broadblast's shoulder. She's a little tricky to get inside the car without causing her torso to separate from her legs. Still, she looks cute driving the little Bb.
The only obvious robot bits visible while in car mode are the feet. They just fold up into the cargo area. I'm a little disappointed that they're left hanging out like this, but I suppose none of the other Binaltechs have any real trunk space.
Broadblast's gun is a little puny-looking, but I suppose it fits his general support role as an Autobot. He's not really one to be on the front lines, so his weapon is a defensive one. Besides, it's hard to make a big impressive weapon out of a 108hp 4 cylinder. ;)
It is a little difficult to get the engine in the engine bay (sorry I forgot to photo that) but it does squeeze in there fairly well. The red arm parts are visible, but not terribly distracting.
Altogether I'm very impressed with this Binaltech. I recommend Broadblast or Skids to anyone considering a Binaltech figure. While not a front-line Autobot warrior, it's a solid figure with excellent poseability.
|Reviewer||Mark Sandlin |
|Date||February 2nd 2006 |
|Score|| (10 out of 10) |