Pictorial Review! – KFC Citizen Stack

April 23rd, 2014

Keith’s Fantasy Club got their start with transforming cassette bots, and while they are still releasing new products in that line, the subject of today’s review represents a bold step in an ambitious direction. From their roots in a niche subgroup of tiny rectangles that turn into tiny robot animals, the company’s new E.A.V.I. METAL line features bigger and more complex designs and characters with a much wider collector appeal. I’m certainly excited for their upcoming Sencho Barbossa and Haiku releases.

I mean really, Captain Shark? Awesome!

But as cool as those are, KFC brought out their big foot for that first bold step. Standing at a whopping thirteen inches tall and transforming into a mack truck with a car carrier that can haul around Masterpiece Autobots, with Citizen Stack it’s not so much a first step as it is a high kick that hit me right in the MP shelf. But with the impending release of Takara’s Ultra Magnus, does Stack have a leg to stand on? What about the plastic quality and the articulation? What are the special features? Will I continue with the foot jokes?

Read on to find out!

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Action Pose – Optimus Prime: Dino Rider!

April 18th, 2014

One of the most badass things about Transformers 4 is that Optimus Prime rides on the back of Grimlock in giant mechanical t-rex mode.

Sure, the Transformers movies aren’t exactly great when it comes to plot, but they’re a visual spectacle on the big screen, and seeing giant robots battle on the backs of giant robot dinosaurs sure sounds like a visual spectacle.

Masterpiece Optimus Prime heard about that, and thought it would be good to try it out.

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Action Pose – Draw Me Like One Of Your French Bots

April 14th, 2014

Regular readers here on MattBooker.info know that Transformers Animated is my favorite TF show and one of my favorite toylines of tiny plastic giant robots.

For my Animated display, I have one shelf for Autobots and one shelf for Decepticons. Wreck-Gar is already one of the bigger bots, thanks to both his backpack and most of the others being deluxes, so usually I have him sitting on the edge and waving. It seemed in character for him to be breaking the 4th wall. :)

But after dusting a re-arranging a bit, I decided to pose him like this on the shelf instead…

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Action Pose – FP Brainstorm – Maintenance

April 11th, 2014

Fansproject’s Function X line has some of the best transforming tiny plastic giant robots that have been made. The transformations are complex enough to be interesting but intuitive enough to be fun.

They are finger candy.

It certainly helps that Headmasters are my favorite subline of Transformers. I’ve mentioned that before when posting about FP Weirdwolf, but the designs on these really go the extra mile. Even the little bots that form the heads have enough poseability to be full of personality.

For instance…

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Action Pose – FP Weirdwolf – None Shall Pass

April 7th, 2014

It’s been well documented just how much I like FP Weirdwolf.

Today’s post is no exception, and shows one of my favorite poses for it. If you recognize the movie quote from the title, you’ll know what to expect.

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Action Pose – IDW Skids

April 4th, 2014

Even if I wasn’t a fan of IDW’s More Than Meets The Eye comic, I would want this version of Skids for my Classics display.

Deliciously blue color? Check.

Transforming handheld weapon? Check.

Transforming integrated weapons? Check, check, and check.

Macross style missile pods? CHECK.

Hot dang that sounds great. How’s it look?

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The MOAR You Know – Maketoys Scrapper Has A Lazer

March 31st, 2014

I like the way MakeToys Scrapper looks.

But the bot mode has something that can’t be unseen.

Thankfully it’s not something gross, like how Classics Sunstreaker has balls showing on his crotch, or that time Kup starred in an internet video with two girls and a bunch of soft-serve ice cream.

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Action Pose – Maketoys Scrapper

March 28th, 2014

I’ve said this before, but one of the reasons I went with MakeToys Green Giant for my Classics Devastator is that I like the way the individual bots look.

Bonecrusher is poseable enough to give and take a beating. Scavenger is just as poseable, has a built in melee weapon, and looks great with a shield.

And Scrapper? Scrapper looks good even when he’s just standing there.

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Action Pose – X-Transbots Krank Haters Gonna Hate

March 24th, 2014

If you collect Masterpiece Transformers and pay any attention to third party companies, you’ve probably seen pictures of X-Transbots Krank and Cubex Huffer. They’re two different bots with the same homage intended, and both have some cool things going on about them.

But because they’re so different, and because that’s how a fandom do, sometimes people debate on which one is better.

And sometimes those debates get a bit angry.

Here’s my response to that.

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Action Pose – Think of it, Starscream!

March 21st, 2014

I’ve posted before about how the Mega Bloks Halo Anti Aircraft Gun makes a good display piece with Transformers. While you can use it with anything from Legends\Legions to Masterpiece TFs, I have it at the center of my main Classics Decepticons shelf.

I also mentioned how it looks like some kind of superweapon that Megatron would have in one of his evil schemes of the week in the G1 cartoon.

It’s that kind of thing that made me think about doing the picture for today’s post.

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