So the new trend now it seems with Third Parties is for companies to take on the same figures. We have 3 Predakings out there, too many Ultra Magnuses..(Magnusi?)…and Huffer…yeah, I know, HUFFER…There is Igear’s Rager, X-Transbots Krank, and this guy from Cubex. I took a chance with him, he is actually the least popular of the three. So let’s see if he lives up to that rating.
The packaging is a simple recycled cardboard box. The front is the figures colors and the name. The back though is cool. Has the tech specs and cool illustrations.
Inside we have the figure in a clam shell. Also we have an alternative face and hand set. Per the instructions, these were the original face and hand designs. So if you liked the original pictures, you can convert him back. Cool thing I have to say, so points to Cubex.
Next we have not one, but two trading cards. One has the more official look to it, while the other more casual art work. Only way I can phrase it, sorry lol. The more serious card has all the info in…Chinese? While the other is in English. Both have the tech specs and both are on hardy card stock.
He comes packaged in Alt mode, and they have it nailed. This is Huffer through and through. One of the cool things is that he is designed to pull MP-10’s trailer…alas can not illustrate because frankly not spending $300 for that figure lol. Still it was done in G1, and it can be done here.
One of my favorite thing these days is having the character’s weapon hidden or used in the alt mode. Huff’s gun is inside the cab, which is cool, but it was a pain getting it loose. Dislodging the weapon is where I first got a good feel on the plastic. It is thin. I mean I got it all loose with no problems, but always felt if I just gave a bit more pressure something would happen.
After a lot of tucking and folding we have robot mode! I really liked the transformation, but the thin plastic always had me hesitant. The coloring is dead on. I mean this is near animation perfection.
Some great detailing on the face and torso. Again, there is a second face from the initial design if you prefer.
The cab isn’t quite a back pack of doom, but more of a shoulder pack of doom. Still, the one good thing about the thinner plastic is that it doesn’t make him super top heavy. The legs do a great job of counter balancing the cab.
Articulation I have to say is pretty awesome. The arms are stiff, and yes had a bit of apprehension adjusting them . The legs though are great. I really love the ankle tilts. Also we do have a waist joint, and that always is an instant point for me.
Now my major complaint in the design has to be the hands. They hold his own gun just fine, but there is no way they will hold anything with a 5mm peg. Fortunately the standard hands do open and close, so you can kind of finagle alt weapons. The original hands were just closed hands.
Did I mention I like the legs? We get that perfect balance I oh so do like…he did stay over night in this pose FYI.
Now does he fit in with the Masterpiece? I’ll leave that up to you. Size wise, I think they are good, but just the aesthetic…I’m about 70-30 there…for right now though Huff is residing on my Third Party shelf still.
Now is he better than Krank? Well let’s just say I saw Krank hold both Prime’s trailer and Big Convoy over his head with no assistance on Matt Booker’s site. Needless to say I had to try with Huff here…let’s just say it didn’t end so well…So points to Krank. Plus I have heard some quality control issues, from looser joints to paint chipping with Huff as well. So far I have been in the clear.
So Huff has taken the little guy to places I think he should have gone ages ago…BUT is he worth your money? Well factoring in the QC issues some people have, the thinner plastic..well…I can’t give him the must buy label. Really, only if you are jonesing for a new figure. I will say it has be wondering what I passed over with Krank. I don’t regret or hate him, but yeah, I could have used that money to something cooler I think.