Greetings true believers! I know these have been a bit few and far between, but I appreciate you all who stick with me. School will be wrapping up soon and dear lord the back log…oh gods the back log…BUT I digress, you are here to read about toys!! We are looking at DX-9’s take on the terrible season 3 trio…in LEGENDS scale! Now I loved Prime’s Cyberverse, but after that really haven’t worked much with scale. Still it was different direction for these guys so I figured I’d take a chance. So…let us see how they fare….
Ok, first I HAVE to give some love to the box (giggity). This is a love poem to G1 packaging. From the grid pattern, the font to finally the character art, this is just lovely. I almost felt bad taking the figures out, but the interior is collector friendly, so we shall see if they go back in.
Even the back continues the love. Faux tech specs and a nice showcase of the other War in Pocket figures. This is some old school joy done right.
We will start with Plague/Scourge. I really like about 90% of this figure. We’ll get into the 10% later. Colors are dead on. Really looking like the old model. The cape pieces are on ball joints, so they can flare out for dramatic moments. He also has his pistol and holds it nice and tight.
The detailing on this little guy totally caught me off guard though. He has beady red painted eyes, the popped collar, AND he is sporting that ‘stache proper! The panel lines stick out pretty well, but I’m still tempted to hit the Gundam pen on him. Still for something this size, that is some serious love shown.
Ok not this cracks me up, but he can pretty much hit the box art pose. This hits the g1 love 100%. All his arms are ball joints, his neck goes left and right, and he even has a waist swivel.
What he does lack is an ankle pivot of any kind. Now he does balance rather well, but I’m sure a mushroom peg could have been put in there or something.
Alt mode, the space boat thing…yup, he folds into it quite nicely. Shame though his weapon can’t be incorporated anywhere into this form. The head actually automorphs when you transform him, so you can’t pull it out in this mode. Still it does the job proper.
Next let us look at Hurricane/Cyclonus. Again was blown away by the paint details on a guy this size. Again no ankle pivots, but with this guy I couldn’t see how it would have been done to be honest.
The portrait exceeds all expectations. If I just had this picture, it would be hard to believe that this guy is only like 3.5 inches tall.
Being a bit taller and more lanky, he still has most of the articulation. The shoulders though, alas don’t have as much clearance due to the wings.
And yes, we can do the art pose lol. I don’t know why that amuses me so much….but it is just such a plus!
Alt mode this time hits it out of the park! Helps that this gun is used in this mode. This just begs you to fly it around and go pew pew!
Now, the insane lord of destruction himself, Tyrant/Galvatron. Of the robot modes, his is my favorite. Even at this scale it commands respect. Panted perfectly…and that gun, oh it looks fantastic!
The only sliiiiiight design flaw is that if he wants to star down his arm, his shoulder is in the way. Aside from that, I have nothing to complain about him.
Yup, I did it for all three…lol
Alt mode…well there are two ways to look at it. I am surprised they could make the space cannon at this scale. BUT it is still loose and not the most stable (ok, so it fits his personality…)
But the fact they did it, you have to commend the DX-9 designers. I do not have the full sized Tyrant to compare, but they took the transformation to a simple level that just works!
Of the three alt modes, Hurricane wins as the most solid, Tyrant second for the challenge being met, and well Plague isn’t BAD, it works…it’s just boring. I should mention the plastic on all these are SOLID, even with Plague’s wings.
This is the money shot though, this is why you get this set. They look incredible together. They will look fantastic with an Armada Unicron that is for sure. (huh, if they only had minicon ports…). So if you totally craving some legends G1 in your world I can recommend them…buuut…the thing is, this is third party…so this isn’t a cheap set. It was about $60 US dollars. For just legends figures here…at that price I’m not sure I want to take these to work for a desk display. So the value is up to you to decide. For what they are I rate the team an A-, for their price though, I have to give a B.