So I admit, I was a bit late on this bandwagon, but hey, it happens…I ACTUALLY was on the first pre-order, but heard a few nay sayers on him, but then I have heard more positive things, so I bit the bullet and made the order…am I drowning in tears of regret? Jumping for nerd joy? Or am I still just drinking that left over beer from my 4th of July party and being over dramatic? (Hint, it’s number 3, but still, you may want to read on)
Ahh, let us start with the box, because this is some cool art work! Really, Unique Toys has some damn cool art guys. I still love the Sharkies box. Here we have one angry Maniaking shouting defiantly to the world. Oh who am I kidding, that is some damn cool Galvatron art with a nice looming Unicron in the back ground. I’d have had this as a poster in my single days I admit (and would probably STILL be them single days if I did).
Sides of course have both modes of robot and Space Cannon. This is really good stock as well for the box, no skimping.
Finally the robot was incased in foam in robot mode. When I opened the box I had him in his full glory. I was VERY pleased with this presentation. After that, we had a card and the instructions. No comic or anything, but I am happy.
He comes packaged in robot mode, the instructions actually start with him in robot mode (hear that Hasbro?) so WE will start in robot mode! Behold! Maniaking! Oh we know who this is…it is Galvatron in every way. Yes, a lot of white on the legs that would look better grey, yes the barrel would look better with more orange…but you know what? I really don’t care. THIS is the figure I have been wanting! (plus Reprolabels has a set that helps with the gun and tones down the legs)
Articulation is pretty decent. Waist? Check. Ankles? Check, Elbows and knees? Yup and yup. Wrists? ok, we have to get back to you…but not a deal-braker for me.
Oh and yes, we have the high kick! Now his other ankle was a bit loose, but still could keep the poses.
Now he has opening and closing hands, but really can’t hold other stuff with 5mm pegs, but fortunately most of the melee weapons still work just fine. I mean it’s Galvatron, does he NEED another gun?
My point exactly! Oh the plastic is just perfect. This feels like Hastak’s kind of stuff, actually compared to the Beast Hunter’s, this is much higher quality.
Then we have space cannon mode. FREAKING LOVE THIS. Again yes, a bit more white but when you have him in hand…it’s feels so right…
From all angles he looks good…well…
ok, this is my one major complaint…no damn place for this head to go. I’ve seen it flipped, angled…but really…no way to fold this inside? Plus the crown points are so pointy I’m afraid they may catch on something and cause damage.
Still, this is one great piece of futuristic weaponry!
Now I have to show this…this is the actual mid transformation (ok some parts forming with the gun barrel but that is actually animation accuracy if you recall) and it just cracks me up. I would have KILLED to see Galvatron actually use this form in the cartoon or comics…anyway…
The details are there, the colors are there, and if they aren’t you are in luck! They just announced a new more anime accurate edition! Yes…they announced it just as I had mine purchased…yay…so you are in luck…go you…*smack, Starscreamer, snap out of it!* ok, I’m good…I really don’t have regrets after getting this guy in hand, so what ever edition you get, I think you will be quite pleased. Unique Toys is becoming a serious player now in the third party game.