Whatever's cool with me...

Whatever's cool with me...

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Hasbro's Transformers cheap plastic quality....

Voyager Class Optimus Prime - Age of Extinction...probably the only #transformers toy I'd get from the upcoming movie (though am pretty temp ted to get Grimlock to go with him )...his truck cab is a great homage to the G1 cartoon we all know and love!  #g

Seriously, I really had high expectations on this toy. This is probably THE only TF toy I'd get from the new Age of Extinction movie. I promise myself that I'd stay away from them movie toys but then the flat-nose cab mode really caught my attention. Having a G1-esque nod meant that Hasbro was gonna score big with the classic cartoon fanboys....right? Whatever it is, many 'classic cartoon series' collectors ended up getting this voyager class figure anyway...so Hasbro's marketing plan worked. I for one, was excited to see the G1 nod through the trailer so I managed to 'con'-vince myself into getting this voyager-class 'Evasion Mode' Optimus Prime for my collection. He wasn't cheap though....coming in at USD30 bucks equivalent here in Malaysia.

Evasion Mode Optimus Prime - Transformers: Age of Extinction

As you can probably see, I did some amateur custom painting on him to bring his otherwise drab grey-ish plastic to life...and added some realism (I think) to his blue parts by giving him scratch marks and what-nots.

Evasion Mode Optimus Prime - Transformers: Age of Extinction

I think it turned out pretty well. I even transformed him into the G1 truck mode once before I started my custom painting effort. This was how I was gonna display him irregardless of how my custom paint brought his robot mode to life. Turns out that it was gonna be the LAST time ever I was to be doing so as the plastic literally crumbled to pieces...starting from both hips. They just dropped of from where the hips swivel joints were (they broke off!)....and they 'disease' then quickly spread to his waist...the plastic disintegrated and his waist gave way. I had to super-glue both swivel hips (so long articulations) and worse of all, his waist too, rendering Optimus here virtually impossible to be transformed into his alternate mode. He now stands pretty on my display shelf....never to be converted into his alternate mode ever again.

I've read that some collectors faced the same problem and that the other characters from the same TF: AoE line had their plastic issues as well. Whatever it is, this should NOT have happened as we paid good money for it. Thank you Hasbro, you've really cheapened out big time this time around. I'd never buy a movie TF toy again. I don't think you have competent QC teams checking your products before they get shipped out to retailers around the globe.

Voyager Class Optimus Prime - Age of Extinction...probably the only #transformers toy I'd get from the upcoming movie (though am pretty temp ted to get Grimlock to go with him )...his truck cab is a great homage to the G1 cartoon we all know and love!  #g

Thursday, June 5, 2014

A closer look: The Simpsons LEGO minifigures...

The Simpsons LEGO minifigures

So finally these cool LEGO Simpsons minifigures are starting to pop up almost everywhere here in Malaysia....and I mean EVERYWHERE. Previously they were only available through a 'large' toy store in town (no, it wasn't TRU for the record!) but now they seem to appear everywhere toys are sold, which is a good sign really. Bye-bye 'scal-pors'! That's a huge boost for ordinary collectors like you and me who're only interested to get these for our display shelves as opposed to making huge profits off eVilbay. For the record, there was supposedly a way for you to specifically identify which character is inside the blind bag you hold in your hand i.e. the 'bump codes' that appear at the bottom part of the back part of the packaging. My wife and I went through the more traditional way of finding every each of the character so we actually went home with sore fingers but it was all worth it!

Anyway let's briefly look through the 16 minifigures that make up the whole of Series 1(?).

The Simpsons LEGO minifigures

I think this is the first time LEGO came up with head sculpts that do not resemble your normal LEGO-esque head sculpts. From the neck downwards these are your normal LEGO minifigures but the head sculpts are the real winner here. I love how uncanny the head sculpts turned out and how they remain faithful to the characters as they appeared on-screen. Like I said before in my earlier posts, I'm glad that LEGO gave us the complete Simpsons family line-up in this inaugural series/wave. If this turned out to be the ONLY wave from the Simpsons line-up, then rest assured that we can already complete our beloved family in one fell swoop. Here we have Abe, Lisa and my personal favourite, Homer...each comes with their respective accessory. I love it that Abe's newspaper even had a shout out to himself!

The Simpsons LEGO minifigures

Next, there's Marge, Bart (another absolute must-have for everyone!) and Maggie. I don't know about you guys but we had difficulties in finding dear Maggie. Seemed that she was quite a favourite with scalpers at the time thus we had to coax the store assistant to open a second case/box in order to complete our core Simpsons family line-up. Anyway, it's kind of funny to see that Marge came with a box full of donuts...I'm guessing that this is her treat for Homer.

The Simpsons LEGO minifigures

The Simpsons wouldn't be complete without the rest of Springfield's denizens. Here you can see Mr Burns, Apu and Krusty the Clown. Truthfully, there are simply too many of them to choose from to be included here.Considering that there were only 10 slots left from the total number of 16 (our beloved family already took up 6) I was quite happy with the choices of characters here. My only grouse is that there is no Moe or Barney. Hopefully LEGO will come around to do Series 2 and get to the rest of the characters.

The Simpsons LEGO minifigures

I love Ned Flanders. Make no mistake about that...LOL. Chief Wiggum deserves a bigger body since he's technically bigger than anyone else in Springfield! Nelson on the other hand, being a kid, has non-moveable legs but that's fine in my books. These guys just need to stand pretty on my display shelf!

The Simpsons LEGO minifigures

To round off the series, we'd also get Ralph and Millhouse and the loveable violent duo, Itchy and Scratchy. Not bad of a line-up but if you ask me, there need to be a series/wave 2! There are simply many more characters that deserve to be immortalised in LEGO form.