Mastermind Creations Ocular Max REmix01 Jaguar
It's a bit of a familiar story by now.
In October of 2015, I believe, pictures of an astonishingly
80's Transformers cartoon-accurate Ravage began wandering the internet.
A third-party, unofficial Transformer. After I felt a bit of disappointment in the latest official incarnation of
Ravage, I saw what looked like an awesome, reasonably-sized
representation of a favorite character of mine. Surely it was inevitable.
And then WAITING! There was. So much waiting. Waiting for more pictures, then for a potential release date, then a pre-order. It was within hours of the first pre-order opening that I decided yeah, I had to, put in my order... and waited. Somewhat unfortunately, the release date was right before Chinese New Year, which meant delays everywhere. Delays in leaving the retailer to get to the post office, delays in leaving the country, massive delays in getting through customs in the US and then finally being delivered. This guy left China on February 11 and arrived at my door on March 19. Worth the wait?
Yes. Was it still annoying? Of course it was. But that's because waiting. The packing itself has been criticized by some, but... it's a reasonably sturdy cardboard box wrapped in an envelope, with a sturdy styrofoam insert protecting the figure's case itself. If there's any complaint to have, it's with customs and mail carriers.
Something else of note: how heavy he is. My postal scale said he's about 4.2 ounces. That may seem like absolutely nothing, but for a figure this size it's pretty hefty. Honestly, I like it; diecast has been missed in the all-plastic figures, and the sense of heft is just sort of a nice thing to have. I mean, diecast. It's a lost art.
As for transformation itself, the instructions are pretty good, but I think this video helped me more personally. The way he's put together is a little different than standard Transformers are, and a demonstration was helpful. There are a lot of ball joints and turning pieces which are extremely easy once you've done the transformation back and forth a couple of times, but might be a little tricky until then.
I... guess this counts as an ass shot. So wrong, guys.
I'm sure they'll get along, actually. But wow has toy engineering come a long way.
Overall, I'm really, really pleased with this figure. Especially coming from a third-party designer and manufacturer, it's top-notch in terms of design. Apparently I was punished a little bit in terms of my timing, since I just had to get in on the first release, but considering how happy I am with him, the wait was a minor annoyance. The movement is good, the quality (at least for me, and for this particular figure) is amazing, and for those of us who truly do live on nostalgia, this was a very reasonably-priced must-get no matter what.
...And yes, I may have already ordered some Decepticon stickers. Because that left shoulder just looks too bare.