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Planet X PX-02 “Caelus” Not-Swoop
Planet X has posted to their Facebook page new photos of their upcoming Caelus figure based on Fall of Cybertron’s Swoop design. Shown here with Grimlock, Caelus looks to be around Deluxe size and realized quite nicely in both modes, and will include a pair of sword in a similar style to FOC Grimlock’s broadsword, and two missiles like the Generation 1 counterpart. This figure is expected to release soon, with Robot Kingdom having posted it as a December arrival at just under $60.
10/10, would bang.
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Damn. Now I don’t know which FoC Bruticus upgrade set I want. There’s another set that’s a lot less involved (it doesn’t include a whole new not-Onslaught figure, for one thing), but that also means it’s probably a lot less expensive.
I have to wonder about the modifications to the original figures to make them compatible with this set. They look a little… scary. I assume the set would come with instructions, but still.
After a frustratingly cryptic first reveal quite some time ago, we finally have a little more of the Voyager-size third party figure based on Fall of Cybertron Onslaught. By way of Planet Iacon on Facebook we now know this project is being handled by Microblaze Creations, and the shown prototype is being referred to as MBC002. The new batch of photos shows MBC002 in full combination with the retail Combaticon limbs, and it’s looking great!
Several added parts are now shown for use with the other Combaticons, serving to upgrade them in some capacity or another, although the robot upgrade for Brawl seems not to be quite ready yet, nor are Brawl’s or Blast Off’s vehicle addons. This new set of photos only serves to open more new questions, especially when looking closely at Blast Off and Vortex’s arm modes which seem impossibly wrapped around two of the parts add-ons. No release information has been published yet, but it’s safe to assume that this will be expensive whenever it gets as far as preorders. Still, at the moment this is very much looking like the Bruticus upgrade package to beat!
Generations / Fall Of Cybertron Grimlock isn’t that great of a figure, unfortunately. He looks alright standing on a shelf. From the front. His chest is hollow and his shoulders don’t really lock into place. And since his robot mode shoulders are also his T-rex mode hips, his dinosaur mode kind of sucks (despite having a cool light-up head gimmick). Like I said, he looks okay standing on a shelf with his sword and shield. I think if you gave him to a kid who was used to better Transformers to play with, they might not love him. So much corner-cutting in the Generations line, this year. SMH.
Beast Hunters Voyager Predaking, on the other hand, is pretty solid. For one thing, his body actually has complete front and back sides. For another, his transformation is actually kind of interesting, for a four-limbed robot who turns into a four-limbed beast (his arms turn into the dragon’s arms, but the lower half of his body does this neat turning-sideways-and-folding-up thing when it becomes the dragon legs/tail; it doesn’t feel like a cop-out). And I love his head-sculpts (both the dragon and robot heads have a lot of personality). My main complaint is that the one I got doesn’t hold onto his sword very well in robot mode (due to him having been designed with claws instead of actual hands…), and his wing joints are a little loose. I’m actually sort of tempted to give him Grimlock’s sword and shield, since they can peg into his forearms, but that also feels kind of sacrilegious, hahaha.
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Holy shit, they’re making a new Fall Of Cybertron style Metroplex that is going to be the same size as G1 Fortress Maximus? I can’t even wrap my head around that. O_O
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The last few days, I’ve been playing Majin & The Forsaken Kingdom for about 5hrs each night before bed. I had a dream* last night that I was playing basically a game in the same play style (sandboxy hack & slash with environmental puzzles; a small/fast/acrobatic character controlled by the player, escorting / supported by a huge/slow/powerful tank character controlled by AI; occasional useful partner-based special moves/attacks) based on the Transformers: Prime and War For / Fall Of Cybertron universe. The big character was usually Bulkhead, and the smaller character was usually Arcee. Except that I think there were also parts where it was Breakdown and Knock Out. Or possibly others. (It’s tough to recall now; it was a dream.)
But this game seriously needs to happen. Because holy crap. Your move, Hasbro / High Moon.
* When I’ve been playing a game regularly enough for a certain number of hours each night before bed, I tend to have these (usually awesome) dreams that are in the style of the game (although not necessarily based on the game’s story). My absolute favorite of these are the Okami dreams I have whenever I’m playing it. They are amazing. But this one was great, too.
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Transformers: Fall of Cybertron - Metroplex
Poor Metroplex. But I guess he’s technically only in stasis, right? They could have at least let him transform back into city/base mode before they sucked out all his Energon, though. It would have only taken, like, a minute.
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