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What Has Your Experience Been with New TFA Figures?

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Sabrblade at 2008-06-10 6:49 pm

There is a report on where members have pointed out some quality control type issues they're experiencing with new Transformers Animated toys.  A few of the items include: overly loose ball joints and the sloppy paint applications...  Share your experiences with the rest of the Transformers fandom in our TOY REVIEW SECTION and the discussion thread below.

Sabrblade said,  - 2008-06-10 19:06:27
I bought all six Deluxes, Battle Begins, and Lugnut. Most of them are flawless, but sadly, there are those I'm a little disappointed with. Here are the Flawed of my figs:

* Lockdown - his hands point sideways and his shoulders point downward. But this flaw goes for ALL Lockdown figures

* Bumblebee - his stingers don't retract all the way. Again, this goes for ALL BB figs.

* Prowl - there's a big spot of yellow paint right on his gray face. It looks like something splattered on him.

Plus, the heads of Cyb. Mode Prime, Battle Begins Prime, and Prowl are so tiny.
Tyscream said,  - 2008-06-10 19:15:33
Um... I really don't know what to say. I don't know what to make of this.
TriPredRavage said,  - 2008-06-10 20:42:44
My Grimlock figure has to have the middle portion of his legs VERY carefully inserted to the section that becomes his shoulders in robot mode out of fear that the shoulder/upper arm section will seperate at the seams.

I noticed it when the first pictures were rolling in that the figures looked like quality had taken a step backwards. So the surprise wasn't there, but the disappointment was when I saw that my assumptions turned out to be correct. The figures feel like they are made from a new form of plastic that isn't as durable as the older figures as recent as Classics. That and they are relying too heavily upon glue rather than screws, so the figures aren't going to be as stable as previous series figures. That's what I've noticed.
sean said,  - 2008-06-10 20:57:18
this is why im avoiding them alltogether
Bruticus_42 said,  - 2008-06-10 21:36:55
Blackarachnia is ok, don't like the way the arms bend sideways and not forwards. Grimlock looks great, but his knees bending inwards and are a bit loose. Looks like he has reverse rickets! The arms can be pushed inwards but with force. Ratchet's legs pops off rather easily. Bumble Bee's stingers don't transform well. I heard there is an issue with Prowl's arms and that the new Prowl with the armor will be a better Prowl, so I will wait for that Prowl.
mkbauch said,  - 2008-06-10 21:48:37
I found the Voyager Class Megatron's cannon to be rather unwieldy in robot mode. It looks cumbersome to the figre and if you transform that arm as per the package it sticks off his arm by nearly half an inch. If you fold it down, it's more flush with the arm, but still makes it look awkward. Beyond that, my only complaint so far are Lockdown's hands which are brittle and tend to break off.
bruticus_42 said,  - 2008-06-10 22:06:12
They messed up on his toy transformation BIG time! His cannon was supposed to be under him in jet mode, watch the cartoon! In the first Ep. while Megatron is flying outside the Ark, you can see it clearly!
MetalMatt said,  - 2008-06-10 22:14:14
I didn't get Starscream out of the box without his hand popping right off. It almost feels like some of that bootleg plastic. Battle Begins Megatron has almost no poseablity due to his legs being so loose. I transformed Grimlock once and can't get him to properly go back into beast mode even though robot mode is pretty stable. BA and Battle Begins Prime are both pretty good and stable though. BA can even stand all the way up on 4 legs with the other 4 sticking out in attack stance in beast mode. Hopefully the second pressings will be of higher grade plastic. Or maybe we are stuck with these because of oil prices since plastic is made from oil.
tonybsuave said,  - 2008-06-10 22:32:18
no real complaints from me, these are much better than many beast wars toys, and most of us look back fondly on those. I think we have to remember that these are kids toys, not collector grade, so I'd rather have them fall apart with force applied than break. And I don't have any issues with the plastic quality, what are you doing to these poor guys where you think the plastic is too cheap? Sure some joints are loose but not many, then again I haven't gotten grimlock yet, and he seems to be a big offender.
Perceptor said,  - 2008-06-10 23:38:31
This Saturday was like the, "Day of the Decepticons" for me. With my two kids we finally found the first Transformers Animated toys in stores. My daughter got a Blackarachnia. As far as I can tell, the toy has been flawless (and really well done.) My son picked out Lockdown from a line-up of Prowl, Bumblbebee, Ratchet and LD. He loves it. The toy has taken a pounding and seems to have no quality control issues, aside from the design flaw where his hands cannot snap into place.

The Starscream toy I bought is a bit of a different story. The chest has a fingerprint smeared on the red paint (not up to usual Hasbro standards). I really don't like the blue color they picked for it and both legs and arms fall off too easily for my liking.

The deluxe Cybertron Mode Optimus I bought at Botcon (in package) is a flawless work of art. (LOVE it!) The OP v. Meg 2-pack seems likewise up to very excellent standards. The Grimlock toy I have is problem free. I love it. So far, that's all I've got.
ChunksTM said,  - 2008-06-11 00:11:48
I've picked up Starscream, Grimlock, Prowl, Blackarachnia and Lockdown, and the only problems I've had so far have been with Lockdown. His legs kept popping off when I was transforming him to robot mode, and I cracked (and almost broke) his left hand off before I realized that his hands don't fold all the way out. However, those issues aside, I'm really impressed with these figures so far, and I was blown away by the size of Lockdown in robot mode. He seems to be bigger than most of the Voyager figures! A great deal for $10, in my opinion.
Speedbuggy said,  - 2008-06-11 00:26:32
My only problem is with bumblebee's hood/leg covers. They keep poping off when I transform him. Bulkhead is the best by far in transformation and quality.
ZhaneX said,  - 2008-06-11 00:35:28
I've been suffering from the hand thing with Lockdown, my Ratchet figure has no end of problems, and that's about it. My Starscream figure is definitly the best. The auto-morph tech can be a bit tricky, and mine has a slight loosness in it's right leg, but it's hardly noticable, so Starscream is definitly the best one I have.
Perceptor said,  - 2008-06-11 00:52:23
Awesome feedback!, please 'immortalize' these comments by posting them in the Review section too.
bb cant sign on using a wii said,  - 2008-06-11 01:45:13
My voyager megatron is flawless and i love him to death. but his automorph does slip a beat here and there but its not a common gimmick so i can overlook it. but if u get him i garrenty you won't be sorry.

And remember if there are any problems just take them back, raise some hell, and get a new one free.
Energon Hot Shot said,  - 2008-06-11 02:33:14
I haven't had any problems with my animated figures besides a few easy to fix problems.

I don't think many people know this, but Grimlock's sword's flames are ment to pop out when you move his wrist until it clicks, as if he spins his sword and it ignites. Unfortunately mold wear has shortened the piece in the palm of his hand that hits the button in his sword. One or two drops of super glue on that piece will make it work right.

The left half of Lugnut's cockpit doesn't seem to lock for most people, but it will lock if you push it toward the other side until the lock engages.

Lockdown's left leg pops off when moved, but adding super glue around the edges of the socket and the ball of the joint makes it stay on much better.

The EMP generator that comes with Lockdown kept popping out of the port on Ratchet's arm. Again, apply super glue arount the edges of the port. It stays perfectly now.

And remember, super glue on ball or "pop-in peg" joints fixes any looseness. I hope I've helped. :)
MetalMatt said,  - 2008-06-11 11:48:35
i just got Cybertron Prime and he seems to be made with a heavier type of plastic than the rest. If they were all made with whatever he is made with no one would be complaining. The best of the line so far (at least for me).
lord megatron said,  - 2008-06-11 14:14:59
I bought voyager megatron, lockdown, pre-earth prime, and the two-pack at botcon and I've no problems with any of them......except lockdowns leg.
megatrong1 said,  - 2008-06-11 14:45:51
i just got back from animated hunting in ohio for 6 hr.becase my friend starscreem found a megs a starscreem and prime in canton
Jumpercliff said,  - 2008-06-11 15:47:20
So the figures have some flaws. I don't care, as long as they are Transformers/GI Joe toys.
cyberwuss said,  - 2008-06-13 17:40:20
I only have Lugnut so far and his cockpit split thing doesn't lock all the way as it should in vehicle mode, otherwise perfect.
Decepticon Rhinox said,  - 2008-06-20 19:44:58
Energon Hot Shot,two of your fixes are VERY wrong,lockdown's hip is not too loose,there's just loads of grease on it,you just have to clean it with water and soap.
And ratchet's problem is best fixed by sanding down the little peg in his arm.
the collector said,  - 2009-04-24 20:29:24
that must have sucked

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