Note: MP and other figures sold separately, trailer not included. This is a 3rd party figure not associated with Hasbro or Takara/Tomy.
"Perfect Design.. Poor Execution. "
If you're looking for playability, you may want to pass this one by. If you're happy with a decent G1 homage, it doesn't get much better. It's worth will depend entirely on what type of collector you are.
For the most part, Cubex's quality control seems very low. Before I even took the truck out of the tray, I noticed one of the fold down panels behind his front tire was snapped in half. Furthermore, the snapped off piece was nowhere to be found. Meaning it was packaged like this. Cubex packaged a broken toy, missing half a panel.. First impression.... BAD.
I can appreciate what they were trying to do, but most of the plastic is very cheap. The transformation is clever, and very well engineered, but the brittle plastic panels, and tight joints make for a terrifying transformation experience. I was very careful and still broke off a headlight (they rotate for optional concealment) It just popped out in 2 pieces and had to be Krazy glued back in... There are a few places showing stress after just one transformation, and a bit of paint has already chipped off, where panels come in contact with each other. It's not the worst I've seen, but for $70, I expected better.
It isn't all bad. Once I got past my initial distaste with the quality, my impression warmed up a fair bit. All paint apps are very carefully applied, and the colors are bang on. His robot mode looks incredible, and that suits me well enough. I don't really handle my figures much, so personally I can look past brittle plastic. And truthfully, once everything's clicked into place, it feels much sturdier.
He's not as top heavy as he looks, and the joints are all pretty tight, so there are zero balance issues. The articulation is incredible.
Verdict: I'm glad to own it, and I may have even rated it 4 stars, if not for that broken panel... I knew I was taking a risk, but the over all quality is poor enough that I actually feel a little guilty about the money spent. It's a beautiful shelf piece, that I'm terrified to ever transform again.
A mint box generally has no noticeable flaws. This doesn't mean it is a C10 box, but that it doesn't have any significant damage to the box. It still may have wear to the window, and a small amount of wear to the box that is noticeable upon close inspection.
A C9 box is still considered very displayable and may have a kink, ding, minor fray to an edge, etc. The box is still case fresh and unopened with factory sealed tape on both sides.
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