Sunday, November 24, 2013

November '13 TF Update

FOC STARSCREAM, JAZZ, SIDESWIPE & KICKBACK

Bought these way back when they came out but i didn't find them particularly interesting in-package so i put them aside for a rainy day. Which was today!

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The mold is actually not bad but Starscream's colors and finish is a letdown, especially when you compare to the recently released Thundercracker repaint. A lighter, solid grey and more vibrant red would've given the colr a bit more pop, but in all honesty its pretty faithful to the gritty, dark colors of the game's character model.



Jazz has the same problem as all his previous iterations: white plastic just washes out all the sculpted details. The mold fits together well in robot mode, but the roof canopy in car mode is a bit gappy.



Sideswipe has the same transformation as Jazz. They share the same robot parts (upper arm, upper legs) but the car bits are different designs. Sideswipe futs together better in car mode but the rear tabs in robot mode doesn't work as well as Jazz.



A call back to the original bug bots; we've had generic insecticons before but this is a long overdue homage to the original G1 versions. Kickback's a good choice over bombshell & shrapnel - the G1 version was the de facto leader and arguably most popular. He's the best amongst the four here: nice colors and finish, looks good and fun in either mode, not to mention a character we haven't seen in a while.

GENERATIONS TRAILBREAKER, MEGATRON

I was pretty stoked to find trailbreaker on the shelves. The recent legends version served to remind how this guy's always been underrated and overlooked but we have IDW comics to thank for bringing back this guy in the limelight. The vehicle mode is a bit on the kiddie side, but the robot mode hits all the right spot. I was almost expecting they gave him his 'force field face' from the comics.



Megatron looks great in both modes, tho the flying wing mode needs a lot of fiddling to align all the parts and even then doesn't lock together quite well. And it doesn't help you get the feeling that if they had made him a voyager it would've done this design justice.



But between these two, the new generations line shouldn't have a problem getting the support from its intended collector orientated market.

Lego Architecture: Sydney Opera House


I tend to refer myself as a designer (not being ingenuine but due to my body of work in interiors) but specifically, i was trained an architect. I mention this because, despite my interest in architecture (if only due to professional obligation), lego's architecture series doesn't really appeal to me. What i like about lego are the colours and its kid's appeal - how it doesn't go for realism, rather how kid's perceive the real world. So in comparison lego's architecture just seems dull and bland.

Still, i find myself curiously attracted to this particular set. I just like how the forms are even more abstracted at this scale. And despite the use of pre-existing pieces which only approximate the curvature of the original building's roof, the model is still recognizable in composition and profile. So the set ends up more of an exercise in visual interpretation rather than a miniaturized model.