Sunday, January 26, 2014

Lego Star Wars Microfighters

I've been looking forward to this set since it was announced. This line replaces the previous years planet series, by keeping the collectible minifigures, dropping the planet globes and by making the vehicles super-deformed with cockpits for the minifigs. Clever way if you ask me of integrating the minifigs, where previously the figures would just be standing beside the vehicles on the base plate. They've also added flick missiles to add playability for the kids (for the kids, yeah, right).

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The wave comprise of 6 sets in total but I passed on the trade federation tank and republic turbo tank because FUCK THE PT. Haha, just kidding (no, really). So that leaves us with:

I expected to like this set the least but its quite alright. Prolly the best use of SNOT technique and the easiest to reconfigure if you want to do a version without cockpit.

The set which best conceal the flick missiles. Also, I could be mistaken but I don't recall the minifig version from the planet series came with removeable helmet...

This set produce the best example for the super deformed/chibi look, with the oversized engine nacelles and the bulbous nosecone. Also worth noting, the pilot body printing seems to have new, improved detail.

Saved the best for last, but you know with the falcon I was always going to be bias. Decent gribbling detail, and even without minifigure the proportions still look good. You know whatever version it'll always look like junk, but it'll always have it where it counts, kid.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Enlighten Brick Piano Set

Found this at a kiosk at KLCC's concourse - a shop selling variety memorabilia with piano/keyboard motif. Its by Enlighten Bricks, a lego compatible building toy (made in China or Hong Kong going by the packaging).

The good:
- it's damn cheap. I paid RM20 (which at KLCC is likely higher compared to other places) and despite the size its got a lot of pieces. A comparable lego set with similar number parts would be around 40-60 bucks.
- the build is very interesting and the details are cute (the keys and piano inner bits are sorta chibi-ized) and makes good use of SNOT technique.
- the brand makes useful parts that lego doesnt make. Like the 1x1 ridge tile used for the black keys. And the printing on the printed parts are very decent too.

The bad:
- mold quality isn't as good. Doesn't affect the clutch strength tho, in fact, sone of it is too tight, but surface quality/smoothness of the pieces aren't as high quality as lego
- plastic quality feels a bit brittle compared to lego, feels like you can easily break em if you apply too much force.

But overall i'd say this was well worth the purchase. Nice design, fun build and a real bang for the buck.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

"I've got better things to do tonight..."

He's been out for a while, but for whatever reason i've been flip flopping on getting Generations Springer till now:

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I suppose its because we've gotten so many versions of him: twice repainted from Cybertron molds and the recent one repainted from the movieverse line, none of were actual triple changers. And the proper triple changer we did get was unofficial, courtesy of Fansproject. But it seems Hasbro nutted up and finally gave us a proper, triple changing Springer. And the deliberated amount of thought and effort really shows.

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The robot mode is based on the IDW comics version, as initially appeared in Last Stand of the Wreckers storyline. Where the old G1 springer was stocky and muscular, his latest incarnation as rendered by new fan favourite artist Nick Roche is (literally) lean, mean and green. He's got nice detailing, very good articulation and from his robot proportions you wouldn't think he can properly pull off 2 convincing alt modes: he does.

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The armored car mode looks like its going for batman's tumbler look, with oversized wheels and a build thats low to the ground. The rear spoilers are supposed to hang off the back, but i thought i'd copy the look of the tumbler by having them mounted at the back of the canopy. Don't really dig the frog eyes headlights, but i guess they add to look of the hood which looks more robust than streamlined.

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I think i like the chopper mode better. The color distribution here is better than in car mode (which has all the yellow bits lumped together into hood of the car) and the chopper design itself looks pretty unique - more gunship than helicopter.

Hasbro might have took its time to finally put him out, but now that they've done a proper Springer they sure as hell knocked it out of the park. Now all thats left is just to dump all those single alt-mode versions of him...