Sunday, December 25, 2016

Variable Action D-Spec Star Wars AT AT Review

I was surprised by its small size, but not disappointed; it just added more charm to it. AT AT has plenty of articulation and nice details. It comes with 3 tiny Stormtroopers that have optional arm with hand holding gun. For its size I'd say adding one more or two AT AT(s) would add to its presentation especially if you like toy photography.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Maketoys Striker Manus

Striker Manus by Maketoys is an awesome debut for their new line, "Cross Dimension." It's a highly poseable and stylistic take on Optimus Prime. First off, let get one gripe out of the way, I don't like the engineering on the ankle much because of its lack of rotation. Other than that, I really like the figure, and look forward to more from the line.

Notice the silver/grey parts at the bottom of the back? Those parts may hinder proper stances if not shaved off a bit. Just a suggestion.

Blaster transforms from the top of the truck mode. Cool gimmick, but the hands don't grip it as well as I'd like.

Backside looks really cool.

Shoulder articulation is insanely good. Butterfly hinges help to pull off poses such as this and the one below.

Both axes can be linked to form this weapon.

Thursday, April 21, 2016


Favorite one in the line up so far. Good mix of aesthetics, articulation, poseability, and balance. It can be cumbersome with the backpack on in bot mode, but it still looks pretty good, and it can be taken off. Also comes with extra head sculpt, but it's hard taking off the one on the figure so I didn't bother because I didn't want to ruin the visors.

 Ab crunch, upper half of chest swivel, waist swivel. Right shoulder's impedes range of movement, but it's enough to pull off poses. Also, the articulation on the legs are pretty awesome. I especially like the knees.

 Extra head sculpt. Too bad I didn't succeed in taking off the standard one.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Wei Jiang M01 Commander - OS AoE Evasion Mode Optimus Prime

Going to keep this short. This is a big figure, thus the 'OS' as in oversize in the figure's title. It has been redefined (by Wei Jiang) with better aesthetics, paint apps, strong joints, rubber tires, diecast, and a badass weapon supply. The alt mode is a clean homage to the G1 Optimus Prime truck, and bot mode is movieverse, flame decals and all. I did quite a bit of weathering, not a ridiculous amount, but it's noticeable all around the figure. Also, I shaved down some of the ankle joints to increase the tilt range a bit. Ok, enough typing.. let the pics do the.. hmm.. talking..? You know what I mean.

Messing around. Moved shoulder flaps, and placed blades on back. Looks badass I think. 

 I painted the gold in the armpit area.

 I placed hobby kit len decals over the eyes. They're highly reflective and look best in bright surroundings. Since they're stickers, they can taken off easily.

Not a Bay TF movie basher, but this Matrix looks better.