This is an add on piece designed by fakebusker83 to let Titans Return Galvatron wear the cannon on the side of the arm, restoring the poseability it would otherwise block. This comes in a small range of colors, including a smoother polished purple. In this review and gallery you can see that purple option plus a metallic grey.
The purple in this batch is a good match to Galvatron's colors, but the polishing removed a little too much from the cannon port, preventing it from actually forming a grip with the cannon's peg. Sadly this color is only available in the polished finish as of the time of this review, making it probably a bit useless. Thickening the port might be possible through the usual means of floor polish to account for the looseness, but your mileage may vary.
The metallic grey does not have a polished option, so it definitely has that rough surface like most Shapeways pieces you'd have seen. It can be filed or sanded to smooth it a little bit, and also help bring out the metallic look of it. You'll need to file the connection peg in any case, because it's a little too thick for the 5mm hole on Galvatron's upper arm to begin with.
The metallic option is good, I think, because it's very neutral and while it doesn't specifically match any of the greys on the toy, it's visually close enough so it doesn't really stand out. That'll also be a plus if you're buying with TakaraTomy Legends Galvatron in mind, since there's not a specific color option to match that toy.
Either way, the piece is designed to be low profile and have a minimal visual impact on Galvatron. Accordingly, it's made so once installed you can leave it in place. It does not interfere with transformation in any way, and is only even visible at all in the cannon mode. The spacejet mode manages to almost completely hide it. Even in cannon mode, its presence is not detrimental to the toy overall.
I'm really happy with this. It did everything I hoped it would for improving the look and function of Galvatron, it's really cheap, and it's made in a smart way so you can leave it alone once you put it on. If the default way of attaching the cannon bothers you, this is absolutely worth considering. If you're a little hesitant to use a Shapeways part because you've seen pictures showing these rough textures, be reassured that while they don't match the smoothness of any plastic on a Transformer, the grainy texture is far, far less pronounced when looking at it in person. Cameras are not the friend of these 3D printed pieces.
I was wary of that myself for a long time, but I decided this was worth taking the risk on, and I'm really satisfied. I fully recommend picking up one of these pieces. Just, not the purple option, unless you're ready to try to tighten its 5mm port. Personally I'd rather stay in a neutral color and just have to file down the peg a little.
|Date||July 27th 2016|
|Score||(8 out of 10)|
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