Transformers Daily News Source for Transformers 5, Titans Return, Robots in Disguise, Combiner Wars, Generations, Third Party, G1, Beast Wars, Reviews, Comics, Games & More Than Meets the Eye!
TFormers Transformers News and Reviews
facebook twitter Pinterest Tumblr Google+ youtube podcast rss
How Does Bandai's 1/144 Scale Hobby Base 2 Do With Transformers?
RAC - Wednesday, January 04, 2017

With some Christmas money burning a hole in his pocket, RAC took a visit to his local hobby store yesterday and walked out with a Bandai stand designed for 1/144 model kits. He thought might be useful for toy photography, and it is! ...up to a point. Read on to find out how well a competing toy company's stand works with Transformers products.

The Hobby Base 2 is designed primarily for Bandai's Mobile Suit Gundam model kits in 1/144th scale. As such it's really only designed to hold figures of a certain size and weight... but it does so reasonably well.

The stand has a pair of latches helping to support the main strut and lock the stand at the elevation of choice. Seeing as how clear plastic stands have a bad habit of shattering over time, this is a good idea. (Though as clear ABS, the same stuff Legos and such are made of, it may have a slightly better shelf life.) The stand has swivels at the top and bottom, as well as a side-to-side swivel beneath the top.

The top of the stand has a mounting point for five different mounts - again, each designed with HG 1/144 kits in mind. There's a pair of U-shaped pieces designed for ball-joint hips with support shafts of either 6mm or 7mm - but neither fits any Transformers I tried them with. It nearly fit Kickback, but he's unusual in having a very narrow crotch and no kibble to speak of. There's a small tab that doesn't fit any TFs I had handy either. What does work fairly well is the 3mm post, which fits the sockets TakaraTomy has been including for their own Transformers Stand product.

Bandai Hobby Base 2 1/144 Scale

Most but not all recent Legends and some larger figures have these. It fits well...

Bandai Hobby Base 2 1/144 Scale with Titans Return Legends Bumblebee

...but perhaps not as snugly as you might want. Also, while I didn't have any trouble fitting any Legends I tried on the stand, Titans Return Deluxe Chromedome was an issue; his back kibble and the shape of the stand didn't really get along.

The final mount replaces the 3mm peg with a 3mm screw, and may well be more secure. Didn't want to chance doing any damage to any of my figures with incompatible hardware, though, so I didn't try.

In the end, it's not going to be super-useful for most Transformers applications. It's good for small stuff with very little kibble in the lower back area... which rules a heck of a lot of TFs out. But it does have its uses, and at $5 it's fairly cheap too.

TFormers Member Comments

NO COMMENTS YET - Start the Coversation by Posting Yours Now!

     (Membership Required)

More Generations News
Click here to view the Radio Free Cybertron live stream for 1/17/2017!
It's been a contentious issue over the last couple of Prime Wars installments, and it's only getting more intense. We can see the appeal of stickers to solve budgetary problems, but we can also see the stickers peel - often before we've even bought the toy! In this editorial, RAC goes over the hows and whys of stickers and cites the remarkable consensus growing in a consensus-resistant collector community: Hasbro, Please Stop. Click through for thoughts on this sticky situation.
While still what we would consider early in its life cycle, it seems that a running change has already been carried out on the latest member of the generations Starscream family. Jason Rye reported this finding to us, which involves an alteration to how Starscream's wings/backpack connect to the body. The design tweak is said to improve how the jet mode comes together, and may have other benefits as well. You can see a side by side comparison of the two versions of Starscream, find out more detail, as well as get one of the batch codes identified as being associated with this running change below. Keep reading!

Twitter user @GanguStars has posted an image showing two of the shelf-warmingest Titans Return Deluxes - Scourge and Chromedome - marked down to $7! In the case of Scourge this is particularly great news since you can now build the Sweep army of your dreams. As for Chromedome... time to double-check for that running error with the TakaraTomy face again! Keep reading for photographic proof.
Almost a month to the day that Amazon posted listings for the 4.5" three-step Authentics figures, Hasbro has posted official photos and product listings for the 7 inch line on their website! Optimus and Bumblebee look extremely similar to the smaller figures but with extra joints, and here we have the Grimlock that was leaked a while back. Keep reading to see!

Optimus Prime Issue 15
Generations IDW Comic Book
Generations Power of The Primes Legends Class Figure
Generations Power of The Primes Legends Class Figure
Transformers Vs. Visionaries #1
Generations IDW Comic Book
Lost Light Issue #12
Generations IDW Comic Book

All's Fair In Love & Thumb War With New Evergreen Transformers Valentines

Interview: Magdalene Visaggio Talks Transformers Visionaries

Various Transformers Video Game Titles No Longer Available For Digital Purchase Via Steam And PSN


Entertainment News International (ENI) is the popular culture network for fans all around the world. Get the scoop on all the popular comics, games, movies, toys, and more every day!
Action Figures
Star Wars
© 2018 Entertainment News International - All images, trademarks, logos, video, brands and images used on this website are registered trademarks of their respective companies and or owners. All Rights Reserved. Data has been shared for news reporting purposes only. All content sourced by fans, online websites, and or other fan community sources. Entertainment News International is not responsible for reporting errors, inaccuracies, omissions, and or other liablities related to news shared here. We do our best to keep tabs on infringements. If some of your content was shared by accident. To have it removed right away, please [ Contact Us ].