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Transformers Reviews: Fans Toys Soar (Dinobot Swoop)

Today, I'll be reviewing the third party Transformers figure, Soar, by Fans Toys. Soar is a homage to the Transformers G1 Dinobot Swoop. He is in scale with the Transformers Masterpiece line.

The packaging on the outside is similar to Fans Toys first Dinobot figure, Scoria. Actually, I'm not supposed to call them Dinobots. I'm supposed to call them Dibots but there is a typo on the box and it says, Dinobots.

Fans Toys Soar

Scoria's box says, Dibots.

Fans Toys Soar

The inside packaging, however, differs from Scoria's packaging. Scoria came in a plastic clam shell. Soar comes in a three level styrofoam packaging.

I'm not a fan of the styrofoam packaging. Mine has already cracked. It looks like they may have used this style of packaging to keep the contents compact.

He comes with an instruction booklet and a collectors card. As usual, for some reason the third party collector cards are higher quality than official product collector cards.

Fans Toys Soar

Fans Toys Soar

For his weapons, he comes with rocket launchers that can attach to his wings or can be held in his hands. They don't launch but are molded with triggers to look like the G1 toy. He comes with an extra set of wings that are silver painted if you don't like the chrome version that comes attached to him. I like the chrome, so I won't be using the silver wings but I appreciate that Fans Toys gave us that option.

Fans Toys Soar

He also comes with a sword with a light up feature. Batteries are not included. The sword can be pegged into his back when not in use.

Fans Toys Soar

Fans Toys Soar

He also comes with a stand, which he can be mounted on in robot or dino mode. This seems like an obvious thing to include but maybe a lesser company would overlook it. Fans Toys are really showing that they want to be on par with or better than official products.

Fans Toys Soar

Fans Toys Soar

He also comes with an additional beak that is transparent to emulate his G1 toy. The one that comes included on the figure is gold chrome to emulate the cartoon look. I will probably never use the transparent beak but again, I appreciate that Fans Toys gave us that option.

Fans Toys Soar

He comes packaged in his robot mode and he looks fantastic!

Fans Toys Soar

Fans Toys has done it again. They've created a toy that is a perfect or near perfect representation of his G1 cartoon character model. And let me tell you, this guy is heavy. He feels super solid. There hasn't been this much die-cast on a figure since MP-01. He has die-cast on his chest, upper arms, waist, legs and dino feet. Something else not seen since MP-01 are that he has pistons on his knees.

This figure also comes with a lot of chrome. He has silver chrome on his wings and tail. He has gold chrome on the tips of his rocket launchers, beak, thighs and dino feet.

His head sculpt looks very nice to me. He actually has a face switching gimmick, like with the MP-03 Starscream, where you can pull out his face and spin it around to reveal another face. The second face is a goofy smiling face.

Fans Toys Soar

Fans Toys Soar

I've heard some people complain about his eyes not being a blue chrome any maybe theirs wasn't well painted but mine looks good. His face is a nicely painted silver. His thighs are also painted silver.

This guy has excellent articulation:
- His head rotates 360 degrees, pivots up and down.
- His shoulders can rotate 360 degrees but are hindered by his wings. They can bend out 90 degrees to the side.
- He has a bicep swivel and double jointed elbows.
- He has wrist rotation. He has one point of articulation on his thumb and two points of articulation on all his other fingers, which can all move independently of each other.
- He has waist articulation if you unpeg his beak.
- His legs can move forward 90 degrees and backwards about 40 degrees. They can move out to the side about 85 degrees.
- He has a hip swivel. He has double knee joints, which allows him to bend his knees about 180 degrees.
- His feet can move up and down and there's an ankle tilt.

Dinosaur mode articulation:
- He can turn his head in a flying pose. In a sitting pose, he can only tilt his head, which looks weird.
- His feet can swivel. It can bend forward and backward but I don't see a point for bending it this way.
- His wings have three points of articulation.

So, as you can see, this guy is very articulated! You can't quite do the kneeling on one knee pose but most big figures can't.

Fans Toys Soar

But he can do the double knee kneeling pose!

Fans Toys Soar

He can kind of do a walking/running pose but it's not that easy because he's got pretty small feet.

Fans Toys Soar

The transformation on this guy is pretty easy. It's very similar to his G1 transformation. The dinosaur mode is very nice. It's looks very cartoon accurate. It might be a little big compared to the other Dinobots but that's understandable to make his robot mode bigger.

Fans Toys Soar

Fans Toys Soar

So, there are a couple of issues about this toy. The overall quality of this toy is fantastic but the pieces of chrome plastic on this thighs seem pretty weak. I haven't had a big issue with mine because I've tried to be really careful with them but I've seen it break off on the YouTube reviewer T2rx6's figure. Although, a small bit of chrome has peeled off on mine. I think it would have been great if they could have made those pieces die-cast.

The other issue with this toy is that the joints are too tight. I had an issue with his heel. I slightly loosened the screw and it seemed to work fine. And just as I'm looking at his feet, I noticed that a screw is missing on the front of his feet. A missing screw in that particular spot does affect the figure but it's kind of annoying to have it missing. The other issue I had was that the 2nd knee joint did not want to bend. The problem was that there's a spring inside the back of his leg that was too tight. I had to open it up and what I did was extend the spring to loosen the tension. When I closed the piece back up, the spring ended up protruding from the top of the plastic piece, which I was fine with. If you want a more elegant solution, you can check out T2rx6's video.

Overall, I think this is an awesome toy. I think the robot mode is perfect, the dinosaur mode is perfect, it's got a very nice and easy transformation, the paint job is excellent, the materials used are excellent (except for those chrome thigh pieces), the articulation is excellent. The only issue I had with this guy was the tightness of his second knee joint, where I wasn't even able to bend it at all. I was able to open it and fix it but obviously, I shouldn't have to and maybe not everybody can do this. I don't know if it's a widespread issue but if you're not comfortable opening up your toys then maybe you shouldn't get this. Maybe they will do a second run where they will address this issue. If you don't mind opening up your toys, then I would recommend getting this toy as it is awesome. I think they will do a release with the toy accurate red torso but I don't know if they will fix any issues in that release.

Check out my entire Fans Toys Soar photo gallery.
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