Sunday, August 14, 2016

Combiner Wars Sky Reign, Decool 'Bricktober 2014 Mini Modular'

I've been holding out on these guys on account of damn repaints, but Sky Lynx's fun factor finally convinced me to cave in. Damn you, Hasbro!


'Shampoo' Wheeljack is the weakest repaint of Sky Reign's limbs. Off white has never been the best color to cast a mold in - Wheeljack looks like a bottle of Pantene - made worse by his faux car roof chest which lacks black tinted windows (the actual car mode canopy is colored in proper though). He also has wonky hip joints. But Wheeljack has always been my favourite character (wacky science guy!) and the remold does a good job in making the car mode look like a Lancia Stratos.


Smokescreen has always been the best looking paint job amongst the Datsun bros, and he makes the remold look good here, better than Prowl who was released prior. The proportions are a bit chunky, but its very solid in either car or robot mode, and is least likely to be mangled up by a ham-handed 5 year old.


Instead of getting the remainder of Sky Reign's limb - Trailbreaker and Hound - I bought Ironhide (and Mirage) from previous waves instead. I just thought the colors go better with Sky Lynx. Trailbreaker actually makes the mold look sharper in black, he also has the has the better headsculpt. But CW Ironhide is serviceable as an homage to the G1 version, albeit looking a bit young-ish/too svelte for an ornery vet.


I've always thought the Classics Mirage was pretty damn good but this CW repaint is pretty good on its own too. Excellent deco/paint apps, nice alt mode and good articulation in bot mode. Only thing I'd nitpick are the forearm which looks like flared sleeves but otherwise it'd give the Classics mold a run for its money even without the combining gimmick.


The combined figure has some flaws - notably the shoulder area which doesn't quite lock in place - but he looks great overall. The beast head really makes it distinct from the other gestalts and the fact its an all new character is a bonus.


These are knockoffs of Lego's TRU exclusive sets and my 1st experience with Decool. Quality is noticeable inferior to Lego of course, but these are hella cheap. These are actually smaller scale than the actual mini modulars (which I've reviewed in the past), here's a good link with comparisons:

But micros are always fun to build - lots of parts despite small size, clever offset techniques - and require very little shelf space. The sets also come with itty bitty vehicles:

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