Sunday, 20 May 2018

Transformers Generations Leader Class Starscream

I usually not a fan of the baddies but there many reasons for me to get this toy! Before I elaborate further, let's talk about Starscream, the second-in-command of the Decepticons better known for his cowardice and betrayal. Yet, so call the greatest military strategist known throughout Cybertron and leader of the seekers (Thundercracker and Skywarp). The squadron has brought him great power and glory. 

Transformers Generations Leader Class Starscream has the colour scheme and look of the old Starscream from the the original G1 cartoon which I love it! I do like the not-too-complicated 16 steps transformation between robot mode to jet mode as it shared a similar mold with my earlier Generations Leader Class Jetfire. 

Since its Leader Class toy, it has a good handling size of approximately 10" and solid weight too. Been an interesting toy with gimmicks such as optional blasters on limps to boost up the firepower for destruction as well as the main rifle with spring action shoot out bullet mechanism. Furthermore, the cockpit can be opened and I had some fun putting Robotech pilots from Toynami Masterpiece Collection toy-line. Rick Hunter aka Hikaru Ichijo and Roy Focker fitted in well though. 

What I like most is the addition crown which again brought me back to the G1 movie when Starscream discarded, Megatron, into deep space when he was still functioning. Scheming Starscream then forged the crown, claim that throne in delusion that he is the one who rules the Decepticons. What an ironic! I prefer having the crown on the Starscream, cause without the crown left an awkward hole on the forehead. Somehow I feel that this toy would be ultra awesome if its sprayed metallic... hmm ... Just a thought ^_^

Friday, 18 May 2018

Dragon Quest ドラゴンクエスト ダイの大冒険 Dai Figure Takara

Dragon Quest Dai on Manga cover

I was exposed to Dragon Quest during my secondary education reading manga/comic translated in Mandarin and I remember reading manga with a compilation of different running manga. My main following was Dragon Ball and the that that caught my attention was 'Dragon Quest'. It's probably that period I started liking knight fantasy genre. 

Dragon Quest: Dai no Daibōken ドラゴンクエスト ダイの大冒険 aka Dragon Quest'The Adventure of Dai' was one that I followed and unfortunately I only read the manga and didn't play the games series. What a gem to find the protagonist figure of Dai, the boy adventurer in search to defeat the evil Demon King. Definitely thrilled that vintage 'Takara' made figure still in pristine condition. The quality of toy back then are really remarkable and Takara is proud to engrave the company name on the back of the figure. 

Though the figure produced at that era looks rather blocky and few points of articulation, the sculpt remains faithful to the manga with details like the scar on Dai's left cheek. The figure comes with two weapons mainly the dagger and the sword which both are able to be kept in their respective sheaths. The most astonishing gimmick of this figure is that the hands will move back and forth in marching motion whenever the head is turned left and right.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Transformers Robots in Disguise Warrior Class Steeljaw Figure

Steeljaw is a Decepticon leader of his pack... wurrwilf!. Initially a fugitive and prisoner on the Alchemor. The big bad wolf was responsible for instigating rebellion and criminal use of subsonics, which eventually got him imprisoned aboard the Alchemor. After his escaped when Megatronus crashed the prison ship on Earth, he tried to rally the other fugitives under his howl of injustice to conquer Earth and begin the Decepticon era anew. 

Autobots beware, because this Warrior Class Steel jaw figure converts in a heartbeat from robot mode to combat truck mode and he's got a slashing claw to slash his foes to scrap! Convert him in 9 steps to either mode and keep converting him back and forth so his Autobot enemies can't keep up! Even though the transformation are only 9 steps, I still need to refer to the instruction manual but I got better after a few rounds, helping my kiddos transforming back and forth. In vehicle mode he looks fine like wolf in jeep's clothing. and I seriously like the vehicle mode over the awkward looking wolverine robot with a tail. 

Well, the Slashing Claw is kind of cool. He has a great and somewhat angular mold. One impressive detail is the faction symbol on his front bumper however the sticker on the windscreen makes it really childish. All transformers toy in this series seems to bear is obvious sticker. It's a pretty durable toy with good use of some ball joints.