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.
Alright, so I’m just trying to poke at these kind of debates. When spending a few times retail on items, you should be picky. I try to be objective about it, as choices are a good thing. Cubex Huff really does have some cool stuff going on, and if somebody wanted to pick that as their MP Huffer, that’s cool. I prefer X-Transbots Krank for the look of the bot mode and the more realistic alt mode, and that’s cool too.
I’d caution people to read up on reviews of both before making the decision, and then to buy through a retailer with good customer service. That’s something to do when buying any kind of product like this.
I’d like to say both are on equal footing and you can just buy whichever one you think looks better, and initially that’s what I was telling people… but every other post I see about Cubex Huff mentions crappy QC like loose joints or breakage, sprue marks, sloppy paint, and it looks like almost all of them have paint flaking off. Just glancing at the feedback thread on TFW, look at this post showing paint issues right out of the box, and Cheebs at TFW had not only paint flaking, but one of the wheels won’t stay pinned on.
Cool design or not, I can’t recommend someone buy that.
Compare that to a few QC issues here and there for Krank and Stax, or how Krank can actually hold MP Optimus Prime’s trailer up over his head, and that’s just more reasons why I’m glad I’ve got X-Transbots bots on my shelf.
And with Takara’s MP Bumblebee being a full size Volkswagen Beetle, it looks like their stance is on realistic alt modes for MPs, so the alt modes of X-Transbots Krank and Stax are looking even better. :)
So, dear reader, are you buying a third party orange and purple cranky bot, or would you rather an official version? When Krank dances, does he get krunk?
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