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Renderform RFX-004F PAX Final Edition LE 50

A final run of the PAX heads for TW Orion are now up for preorder here on Renderform.com!  Limited to 50 sets, this version features painted yellow eyes.  Don’t wait too long, the original run of 200 sold out during preorders, and this may not last as long either!

http://www.renderform.com/products-page/new-products-january-2015/

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Toy World Dinobots Album (Still being updated)

Toy World Dinobots

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Square Enix Star Wars Figurine Gallery & Info As Posted On BensCollectables

Star Wars Figurines

by Square Enix

Hi guys it is Tec from TF-Prototype here again but with some not so mechanized news, this time we present quite a different take than what we are used to (but not a bad way) on Star Wars. It is honestly a very interesting concept to say the least and sheds a new light onto an old tale that almost modernizes what we are used to but modernized is not strong enough of a word and one escapes me. It is just a really creative look at what we all know. With the new movies slowly building hype these will surely be a hit no matter what we really think… but I love them! All Star Wars fans (even original design only guys or “purists” as I refer to them) will have to appreciate the nod to the original character design that is built into each one. Truly amazing details and sculpts will knock these home is my prediction but only time will tell. What do you guys think? Is this something Ben should get his hands on for us to review?

Due:

May-July

Line:

Play Arts

Pricing:

12,960 yen or US$109 roughly

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Harris Loureiro Interview: As posted on BensCollectables

Harris Loureiro Interview

by Tec

Big thank you to Harris Loureiro of Harris Loureiro Films for agreeing to being interviewed.

Hello guys it is Tec from TF-Prototype here again. Harris Loureiro Films recently released a stop motion animation short showing off X-Transbots MX-1 Apollyon and it is currently making waves across the internet and social media. As most of you know Ben is currently in a battle with customs (last I heard) to get his home and also know that Ben has even been dabbling in some stop motion work of his own. It just so happens I was speaking to Harris Loureiro about his work and what he does for hours when it hit me… Let’s get some MX-1 details and stop motion secrets (ha!) ! So I quickly asked him if he would agree to a small interview for BensCollectables and here we are guys. Now enough with this long ironic drawn out story and into the interview!

Question #1:

Tec: What did you personally think of working with MX-1 Apollyon?

Harris: On my personal preference MX-1 Apollyon its good. Its really a great figures. I just hope its have a changeable face expression. Hope somebody will make that lol.

Question #2:

Tec: Was it any worse or better in terms of posing you think with fairness to whatever limitations?

Harris: To poseability this guy is not a problem he’s good at posing even tho there is some parts is due to his transformation that cause limitation. Like the shoulder arm cant lift up too high but the hip joint can help with that. Not a problem. And I love his articulation fingers and legs.

Question #3:

Tec: Was it weighted and balanced well while being held and/or standing?

Harris: He’s got weight in him, and balanced well with his diecast feet. It’s not loose at all. I don’t think he would fall easily.

Question #4:

Tec: What can you tell the Megatron fans dying to see and know more about this Apollyon?

Harris: Yea… as a megatron fan myself, he is worthy to be called Megatron. I dont know about others…But he is “Megatron” to me.

Question #5:

Tec: What got you into stop motion animation?

Harris: I watch lots of anime and cartoon and action movies all that stuff And a toy collector. And played with them a lots even tho im not kid anymore. I do a lot of posing with the articulation toys I have such as Revoltech and Bandai stuff. Japan toys are really good with articulation though. I always imagine as they were moving doing like in the anime action all that. I already knew about stop motion at that time. Then I started looking for tutorials on how to do it. Once I got it then started doing it lol. Its really take lots of time, but don’t really have anything much to do back then so I just spend all the spare time on it.

Question #6:

Tec: What was some of the hardest work you have done so far?

Harris: Doing stop motion on figures that have tight ratchet joints, and apollyon backflip transformation. That ain’t easy!

Question #7:

Tec: What was the funnest to film?

Harris: Hercules walking scenes. I never show that one. Due to his lack of foot articulation he’s walk like an old man lol. Not saying its a bad figure maybe I accidently filmed him like that. Will show it to you later haha.

Question #8:

Tec: What can you tell anyone who looks into getting into stop motion?

Harris: There are people asking me about the stop motion stuff. And there’s a lots of gadget or software can be used for stop motion but that’s not the main point… All you need a bit patient and just do it. Trust me once you done it, you will love it. Just have fun with it.

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Now for anyone new to Harris Loureiro Films below is my first encounter with them many years ago and was instantly a fan.

And as I recently wrote about over at TF-Prototype.com here is his most recent work to date released hours ago.

Skullface Returns to Heart-Breakdown Hotel

Skullface looks at Letdown… I mean, Breakdown. We looks at the figure, modes and accessories.

 

Black Plastic Life – Fansproject Function XV M.A.D.L.A.W (Master V)

Gallery of Fansproject Function XV M.A.D.L.A.W (Master V) by Black – Plastic -Life

Full review can be found here.

Fansproject Function XV M.A.D.L.A.W (Master V) – Pictorial Review

Continuing from where we left off, here’s a review of another Sixchanger, by another company that’s not Mastermind Creations, but the old-timer, Fansproject, with their take on G1 Quickswitch, Function XV M.A.D.L.A.W (Master V).

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What do we know about him? Well, aside from his appearance in Marvel The Transformers comic #240 Out To Lunch! and his own commercial (where he was declared to be Sixshot’s son, adamant to make up for his father’s mistakes), Quickswitch was only in G1:Season 5 (which consist of  more than 10 episodes from previous seasons and The Transformers: The Movie), at the end segment of Five Faces of Darkness Part 2. 
All the end segments featured stop-motion puppet of Powermaster Optimus Prime and a [real] boy, Tommy Kennedy (some information can be obtained here ).

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So, is that it? Yes, technically. It’s because Quickswitch is actually the Hasbro version of Sixknight, a character that appeared in Masterforce series. Both versions was released simultaneously in 1988.

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I will explain about Sixknight if I do a review of toy version of the character in the future (a repaint is coming, from what I heard).
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Three out of six Quickswitch’s alt modes are basically the same as Sixshot which are robot mode, Cybertronic Jet, laser pistol while the rest are a drill tank (while Sixshot is a tank), a hovercraft (Sixshot’s off-road vehicle) and a flying puma (Sixshot’s winged wolf).

In Package

Madlaw comes in a box with the same design as previous Function-X releases with the box colored green. However, the box is bigger than the box of his predecessors.

Accessory-wise, Madlaw is quite basic as he only comes with an instruction booklet and 2 pairs of guns with the bigger pair homaging G1 Quickswitch. Unlike MMC Hexatron, Madlaw doesn’t have an initialization point and the instruction show his transformation from one mode to another in sequence, not from, let’s say, robot mode to all the other 5 modes.

Wood Runner Mode

Not something you want to hear at the very beginning but Madlaw’s wood runner mode (flying puma) is really bad…

The proportion is out and downright weird while the hind legs are not articulation aside from the paws.

Not only that, the wood runner looks like he have a big butt and worse, a gap between the left and right cheek (you can attached the big guns but wouldn’t help much).

Still, he may still look decent if you can find the right angle. There is now range of movement on his head and neck aside from hinge on the jaws. The front legs have sufficient range of movement with hinges on the shoulders, knees and also paws.

Hexatron’s winged wolf mode is roughly the same length as Madlaw’s wood runner but the former is much bulkier.

Air Strike Mode

Even though the air-strike mode doesn’t have much similarities (well….almost none), the alt mode is nice and the transformation is quite easy.

My only complaint is that the drill parts sticking out at the back is really a poor design. And the wood-runner head that splits in half, sitting on the wings is not an issue…until you notice them and can’t be unseen..

Laser Shot Mode

The laser shot mode is a lot better than the previous two, personally. Following the official configuration, the guns attached at the front seems quite underwhelming compared to the overall size of the figure.

Considering you might be holding him with your hand for this alt mode, the wood-runner head that formed the handle doesn’t look too bad.

Despite being smaller, Madlaw seems to have a more plausible gun mode compared to Hexatron.

Dirt Driller Mode

The dirt driller is a good alt mode and again, the transformation is quite easy. The overall alt mode looks a bit round-ish compared to the G1 version

Officially, the small guns are attached to the side of the dirt driller but the big guns can also be attached. Other significant different is the drill is white as opposed to red drill on G1 Quickswitch.

Comparison with Hexatron’s tank mode

Aqua Force Mode

The aqua force mode is quite different from his G1 alt mode with the most recognizable as a boat is the bow (to me).

Overall, I don’t mind the alt mode being different from G1 Quickswitch’s hovercraft mode as I welcomed updated design for newer characters…

…. aside from the driller at the back.

Robot Mode

After the multiple alt modes, here’s the best part.

Madlaw comes packaged in robot mode and the transforming sequence starts from that (following the above sequence). The plastic quality is more or less the same as recent Fansproject releases (aside from their Lost Exo Realm line) with no die-cast parts.

The wings on his back is a nice homage to the original aside from the red detailing as the wings on Quickswitch are all green and smaller. Madlaw feet doesn’t have heels making it hard standing him straight.

Back View

His design is clean even at the back, it’s surprising considering that he’s a sixchanger.

The detailing and the sculpt of the head is nicely done and clean. However, there’s something wrong with the shade of yellow used…something I can’t put my finger on.

You can either have Madlaw with eyes, just like G1 Quickswitch and Sixknight toys are or push the mechanism at the back of his head so that the visor comes down, giving the same design as Sixknight in the Masterforce series.

Madlaw comes with a ball-jointed head, a hinge and swivel on the shoulders, double jointed elbows, waist swivels, hinge on the knees and ball-jointed feet. My least favorite is the fact that he uses ball joint on the hips.

His shoulders are a bit limited, a problem for any figure with tall shoulders. However, aside from that, his articulations is really good making him a figure that’s fun to play with.

I personally prefer the smaller guns as they don’t look out of proportion compared to the figure.

However, for those who prefer more homage to G1 Quickswitch, you can used the other set of larger guns.

I personally really like his ability to do a lot of dynamic poses, something that I wish all figures to have, especially when I’m taking their pictures.

The lack of heels does bother me a little but you can find a lot of ways to not make that into a big issue as you can almost pose him in any way you like.

Compared to Hexatron, Madlaw is just at his chest level which is good enough considering G1 Quickswitch is just at crotch level of G1 Sixshot.

I really need to stop using Fansproject’s Assaulter as benchmark for their new releases. I have to admit that the quality of Fansproject releases aren’t what they used to be. However, Madlaw is a sturdy and solid figure as I don’t see any parts breaking in any time soon.
When I fiddled around with him, I found that all 5 alt modes felt a bit underwhelming and I was not as excited as when I first played with Mastermind Creations Hexatron.

BUT, please understand, G1 Sixshot’s toy is already a great blueprint that just lack the modern days articulations and flexibility. What MMC did was improving what it lacked (while adding their own personal touch). That’s not the case with Madlaw. G1 Quickswitch’s robot mode had a weak design and for Fansproject to basically re-design the character from scratch is a good effort and the outcome is not a mediocre figure.

DX9toys D06 Carry Complete Gallery

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BadCube OTS-04 Wardog Production Images

OTS-04 Wardog Production Images

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BadCube was kind enough to msg us making sure we got the newest images. This thing looks awesome I am glad I prepaid mine!

 

TF-Prototype Warbotron Gallery Massive Now Online!

Warbotron Gallery Massive

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