Tagged: Basic

Gundam AGE kit releases

By Loran

Next month, Gundam AGE will be hitting the airwaves in Japan. I’ve made my thoughts on the show pretty clear in my last article on the series, though I think my opinion is starting to change. While I have no plans on actively following the show while it’s airing, I don’t feel as resentful towards it. Even if the show ends up being completely awful, a theme song by JAM Project will leave at least one good thing for us to enjoy. It’s nice to see them finally doing a theme for a Gundam series, especially one that looks like it might have a bit of Super Robot Spirits.

Like SEED and 00 before it, Gundam Age will be having an entry-level kit grade for the little kids. These kits have very simplified construction, often offering very little poseability and require a lot of paint to look nice. These ones seem more along the lines of the SEED no-grades, with the only poseability in the neck, waist, ankles, and shoulders. These are typically priced at less than $10 a piece, and are good for impulse buys to build on rainy days or while you’re watching TV. Continue reading

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Transformers DOTM Icepick Review

By Loran

After my disappointment with Thunderhead, I decided to seek out another Human Alliance Basic for my Dark of the Moon collection. I wanted one that had an actual weapon mode, one that could enhance my other Dark of the Moon figures. I needed a Decepticon, since I always seem to end up with more Autobots than Decepticons (even though I always like having the bad guys outnumber the good guys, regardless of toy-line). After seeing some pictures, it seemed like the only Decepticon in the HA Basic line thus far was the perfect choice: Icepick. Continue reading

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Transformers DOTA Thunderhead Review

By Loran

Well, the Dark of the Moon toys are finally here, and in full force. Last week I covered the new sublines we’ll be seeing in this Transformers series, and the other day I picked up my first of the new Human Alliance figures. There were quite a bit to choose from, but there was one in particular that had a gimmick that caught my eye, and that was Thunderhead. But was he as cool as I figured he’d be?

Unfortunately, I ended up being kind of disappointed.

Thunderhead’s vehicle mode is an adorable little tank thing with four tread… legs. It’s kind of similar to the Animated Cybertronian Ratchet and Ironhide toys, crossed with Armada Demolisher. As much as I like the look of it, it’s really kind of a cop-out of an alt-mode, if you think about it. He’s basically just… standing on all fours. Continue reading

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