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July 6, 2014

This is a Transformers third party review of PP-05W Weapon Specialist aka Ironhide from iGear. If you're only familiar with Michael Bay's Transformers movies then you might be thinking, "that looks nothing like Ironhide." Well, this is what Ironhide pretty much looked like in Generation 1. I think that iGear did a great job with this mold. Something to note is that this is not the original colours that he came in. I did some paint touch-ups to give him a more G1 look.
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June 11, 2014

Transformers 4: Age of Extinction is set to open in theatres on June 27th but the toys are already here and I have my first toy of this movie! And surprise, surprise, it's an Optimus Prime toy! This is a voyager class toy and is not even the main vehicle mode of Optimus Prime in the movie but in my opinion is the best Optimus Prime toy from the movie so far.
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May 31, 2014
Unique Toys A01 Soundmixer
Autobot symbol does not come with toy. More Photos

Unique Toys bring us another pretty great Classics style G1 toy, Soundmixer aka Blaster.
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May 19, 2014

I'm doing a review of Masterpiece Soundblaster before Masterpiece Soundwave because it's taking me forever to upload all the photos for Soundwave, which comes with five cassettes.

The robot mode for Masterpiece Soundwave is pretty much perfect. For Soundblaster, it's a bit more subjective because Soundblaster looked different in the cartoon than the toy. If you're not familiar with who Soundblaster is, he is essentially a rebuilt Soundwave after Soundwave was destroyed in a fight between he and Blaster. This occurred in the Japanese-only cartoon, "Headmasters."
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April 3, 2014
Okay, enough Optimus Prime reviews. Behold... Galvatron...

Finally, we get a figure worthy of the name Galvatron and it's not from Hasbro/Takara Tomy. This comes from the 3rd party company Unique Toys. My previous favourite Galvatron was Energon Galvatron but the alt mode for that figure was not inspired from G1.

Mania King comes in a pretty hefty box packed in foam. It comes with an instruction sheet and the usual pretty well made bio/collector card.

The plastic quality is pretty good. Everything hold together pretty solidly in both modes. The colour scheme could be a little more G1 accurate.

Probably the biggest complaint about this figure is that there is no fist articulation so his arm poses are a little bit limited. Other than that, I think this is a really awesome figure. I can get him in some really awesome looking poses so I'm not complaining too much.

The alt mode is pretty awesome, too. Sure, when a non-Transformers fan looks at it, they may think, "What the heck is that supposed to be?" but for us G1 fans, we know that that is the futurist cannon mode that Galvatron is supposed to have.

I highly recommend this figure for any G1 fan. It's not perfect but it's still an excellent figure.
March 23, 2014
iGear Faith Leader
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Note that I painted the waist and thighs silver. The original figure was grey plastic. I also added the Autobot symbol on his arm.

This is a pretty old figure but I was playing with my camera and decided to take some pictures of him so I thought I'd do a short review as well. This is a downsized version of the original Masterpiece MP-01 Optimus Prime. It is a third party (non-official) figure made by the company iGear. My short review is that this figure looks fantastic but the quality is crap. There is no die-cast like the original Masterpiece figure and the plastic quality feels super cheap. I broke the panels underneath his arm used for pushing out his fists on my first transform. One of his fist also fell apart on me. I was able to glue it back together so it wasn't as bad. iGear said they would send me a replacement part for the arm but it never came and they wouldn't respond to my emails so I'm not a big fan of them, anymore.

As for accessories, it comes with the same ones that come with MP-01, that is, his blaster, energon axe, a mini Megatron gun and a removable Matrix. It also comes with an extra blaster that can be used with Classics Optimus Prime, an Orion Pax head, a Megatron head and a cape. I think most of the reviews I saw weren't that excited about these additional accessories but I really like them. I think the cape is awesome. It's made of really nice fabric and I think Optimus looks really cool with a cape. The extra blaster for Classics Prime is a nice include. I have my Classics Prime using it. I think the Orion Pax head is cool. Technically, it's not G1 accurate to put the head on Optimus Prime's body but if you ignore that, I think it looks pretty good. I'm not sure what the point of the Megatron head is. That's the only accessory I don't really have a use for.

This figure is no longer for sale but if you find him on eBay or something, I couldn't recommend getting it just because of the build quality. Maybe if you could get it for $60, it would be OK.
March 5, 2014

This figure is probably not for everybody. This figure does not transform. I usually don't buy Transformers that don't transform but I thought this looked cool. This figure is probably bigger than you expect it to be. It's about 6 inches tall. It has a very nice and shiny paint job. And as you can see, it come with lights. All those lights are controlled by six different switches. A bunch of parts on him can be removed to reveal a skeletal structure. You can check out the photos to see what I mean. His accessories include three interchangeable hands, an energon axe and a removable Matrix. He also comes with a display stand. The thing I don't understand is that it comes with a piece that looks like it's meant to lift him up on the stand but he's too heavy to be lift up. I like this figure but I wouldn't recommend it unless you really like the look of it.
December 15, 2013

Read my MP-17 Prowl review for a full review of this mold.

I have a QC issue where Bluestreak can't hold his gun in his right hand without it popping out of its peg. Besides that, the joints are pretty tight and the paint application is really good. I really like the paint on this figure. It looks really nice in person.

Besides the difference in colour, other difference between this figure and Prowl are the face sculpt, the waist piece and Bluestreak doesn't have a light bar.

For Prowl, his gun plugs into his light bar in vehicle mode but Bluestreak doesn't have a light bar. So, they've designed it so that there's a peg that swivels underneath his hood that allows him to plug his gun into in vehicle mode.

This is a fabulous update to G1 Bluestreak. I recommend this figure to any Bluestreak fan or Masterpiece fan.
November 16, 2013

DA-15 Dark Nightwatch Jetwing Optimus Prime is a black repaint of the Dark of the Moon movie DA-15 Jetwing Optimus Prime. I loved the jet pack when I first saw this version of Optimus Prime.
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October 14, 2013

Prowl is one of my favourite G1 toys so it's awesome to finally have him as a Masterpiece figure. I've passed on previously versions of Prowl, like the Alternator/BinalTech and Classics version because I was not satisfied at how those figures represented Prowl's look. This figure however, being a Masterpiece figure, perfectly captures G1 Prowl's look.
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