Action Pose – FP Brainstorm – Maintenance

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…

And keep your foot off that blasted samoflange.


That picture makes a lot more sense from the perspective of the larger robot bodies being mech suits piloted by the smaller bots. :)


So, dear readers, do you prefer Fansproject or Toyworld when it comes to third party Headmasters? Does personal canon for Headmasters count as headcanon?

Leave a comment and let me know! And don’t forget, you don’t have to be symbiotically merged with your mouse to share this post using the boxes below!

~Matt Booker

9 thoughts on “Action Pose – FP Brainstorm – Maintenance

  1. Never got a 3rd party headmaster, but almost got Smart Robin before choosing Bovis over him. Also, AOE Lockdown. Headcanon. XD

  2. Bovis and Smart Robin are like apples and oranges. Both tasty, but definitely different. Either one is cool.

    And Lockdown’s head canon is so ridiculous it’s awesome.

    ~Matt Booker

  3. I kinda want Smart Robin, but every time I look at him, I’m annoyed by his face. He’s supposed to have a faceplate!

  4. Heli, I agree about the faceplate, but it’s easy enough to make one. Even a piece of yellow printed card stock will do it. Reprolabels even makes a sticker for it.

    Sledge, I disagree there. :) I can see the appeal in it, but there’s a few reasons why I prefer the FP version.

    Toyworld’s version looks too big and beefy for the character. I actually like that aspect for TW Hardbone in comparison to the FP bots, but TW Brainwave looks even bulkier than Hardbone.

    I know a lot of people don’t like the alt mode on the Toyworld version, too, but I can dig it. It’s a different style than the FP version went for, but there’s still something cool about a big chunky spaceship.

    That being said, the FP version’s alt mode is easily one of the sleekest, kibble free jets that’s ever been done on a TF. The robot mode is solid and compact, yet the alt mode is so thin and sleek it feels like holding a completely different toy.

    And the transformation on FP Smart Robin… It’s so ridiculously cool. The closest thing I can compare it to is the first time transforming a TF Prime RID Vehicon, only much, much better. There is SO much going on, and so much of it is cool and original, but it’s all so intuitive.

    On most really great TFs, there might be one or two transformation steps that make you smile, but on Fansproject Smart Robin there’s so many it’s like one big WOW moment.

    And that’s not even getting into the headmasters themselves. I like TW Hardbone, from the size to the alt mode to even the colors. I even like how the headmaster looks like a tiny version of the bigger robot.

    But the headmaster itself is really lazy. Most of it’s mass is in a giant backpack made from the entire front 1/3rd of the robot’s head. That part doesn’t transform, it just hangs out upside down as the backpack of the robot, being so heavy that the headmaster can’t stand up in a lot of poses.

    Sure, balljoints vs swivel joints seem like they’d be better, but when the robot can’t really take advantage of them, they don’t matter as much.

    Meanwhile the FP headmasters can actually use all of their articulation, and the heads completely transform. The robot faces don’t just get hidden by visors, but have parts that slide away as the torsos unfold.

    I can see the appeal in Toyworld Brainwave. I really can. :) The bot mode and the alt mode, those have some cool stuff going on.

    But in regards to the transformation, FP has it beat by country miles.

    And a faceplate doesn’t make up for a lazy headmaster design.

    For those that aren’t familiar with the Toyworld version, compare the little bot in the picture for today’s post with this link.

    ~Matt Booker

  5. I’m not sure why, but somehow Fansproject’s stuff just never looks right to me. Not in any way I can put my finger on, there’s just something about their style that looks wrong (to me) for most of the characters they’ve done.

    Funnily enough, the size is one of the things I like about Toyworld’s Headmasters. The original toys were big compared to regular TFs, and I like that these updates are big and chunky like their ancestors. Nice that we’ve got the choice without it getting into the situation of every company doing their own take on the concept.

    Let’s face it, we’re living in a golden age for these toys. HasTak are producing some fantastic updates of popular characters as well as some ones no one expected (Scoop, for instance), while the third party companies are giving us fantastic updates of characters and concepts it seems unlikely HasTak will revisit any time soon (Headmasters, large combiners, Mech Ideas Apex and Geminus). I haven’t been this excited about toy robot collecting since the G1 days.

  6. I can see that about the style and the size, and I definitely agree about how it’s great that so much cool stuff is getting made. :)

    ~Matt Booker

  7. I freaking love this toy. And now I definitely need Quadruple U and…whatever the heck they call their Mindwipe.

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