Third Party Review! What we have here is from Fans Project. These guys made me break my “never do third party” way back when with their “We swear they aren’t the Combaticons!” add on for the Energon Combaticons. They really set the bar for all third party sets in my opinion. Well now they have made their “We swear they aren’t the Stunticons!” and I have my hands on two of em! So, considering how Hasbro has been cutting corners, shall we justify the expense?
Let’s start out with the packaging. This is just fantastic, right up there with Figuarts’ or SRC packaging. We have an open window with the character on it, same with on the side. Finally the back has various poses and highlights of the figure. Do not just tear into this like a Hasbro package…the box is seriously part of what you are buying!
Car Crash is…inspired…by the Stunticon Breakdown, and shares the alt mode of an Italian sports car. Here he shares that style in a brilliant white, with slight red and blue accents. I actually had to change backgrounds because he was blending in too well with my normal white!
Since they share the body, I figured break out the original Sideswipe for comparison. He fits in right well with G1 scale! While smaller than modern figures, he is bigger than a scout.
Now Car Crash has a laser rifle that breaks down into two parts that peg in to his back…dear lord they peg in tight!!! In car mode this is his dual exhaust.
Robot mode is a treat. We have the white of course, but the body is now blue and black with a touch of grey, and the character red face.
Articulation is just awesome! Neck is on a ball joint, single joints on the elbows and knees, but they still give a good range in motion. The feet though, they do angle and rotate, but they are curved just right to give AMAZING balance!
Take note, there is no stand, he is just balancing on the tip of his toe and the edge of his foot!
He holds himself in plenty of action positions, I was just fiddling with him most of the night. Did I mention the waist swivel? Fans Project did not leave anything out!
The hands are molded to grip his hand gun and they do it nice and tight. I tried to have him hold The Axe but while he could hold the skinny part, I couldn’t get the axe blade over it.
The details are all there and visible. You can make out his face, all the panel lines, nothing is just “there.” I totally love this sculpt.
Have I mentioned the balance? Oh I did…but you know what? it deserves more praise. Again no stand here!
Needless to say I am VERY pleased with what FP has offered us. He is going to take the place of Break Down on my classics shelf. With the price tag of a higher end Figuart or SIC he is in the collector’s budget. Yes hardly any accessories. The combiner parts will be in the big Semi truck, but you still get a solid transforming car that turns into a robot that is higher quality than Hasbro has offered us.
If you were the type who imported in Windcharger, than you have no excuse not having him. I totally recommend!