Oooooh…evil mysterious title card…but I’m sure you either know what this figure is or have googled it. This has been a anticipated project from Master Mind Creations for quite some time, teased back in 2012. This was a really big deal back then…and then it was back burnered…and delayed over and over. Finally he comes out…to well…not the strongest fan fare…read on is all I can say…
I’ll admit I was torn where to start this review, just because there is SO much to talk about! So let us start with the alt mode.Very white/ivory with blue accents and a touch of silver and black. This is a neat looking truck cab, don’t get me wrong…but GETTING him into this mode, oh dear lord. About 85% of it is fine…until you get to the arms. Tucking them *just* right was an epic pain. A painful throwback to MMC’s early days…oh get used to hearing that btw.
While looking good, there is the scale issue. The more CURRENT MMC stuff has been MP scaled. Some such as Azalea and her lot are more CHUG(Classics, Henkei, Universe, Generations). As you can see next to CHUG Kup though…well…still a bit out scaled.
So out came our very old friend from back in the days SCOUT Hubcap. Yeah, THIS is what he scales best with alas.
Now let us get to robot mode. After all…I doubt anyone truly displays in alt mode (I just lost my other subscriber because that is what he does…I know it…). The colors look great and we get more black with the limbs. There is light piping on the Pimeish face. I do have to say the neck is rather loose though. We also get a neat pair of ghosty swords. These are the same Hexatron came with. I did end up taking a hair dryer to one to straighten him out. Now the swords can not store in alt mode, and that was a let down.
They do store well in his back though, so I guess I can’t really complain.
Articulation by the way is pretty cool. My favorite part is that due to the transformation with the wheels, he has butterfly joints with the arms. For a sword bot, this is gives a great dynamic. The swords though do not grip the best in his hands I have to say.
Now the hands them selves are interesting. As you can see you can do the thumbs up or down. You can even fan out the fingers. This is a bit different from the usual MMC hands that are all in that static fingers semi-splayed pose.
Speaking of current MMC figures, Seraph does stand taller than most of the figures despite his more slender look.
So now let us talk a brief moment on the trailer. First and foremost, this bad boy is BIG. Expect a lot of bigger than the backdrop pictures when this is involved. This was sold SEPERATLY for $140 by the way. So yes if you are pinching pennies you can just get the pretty cool sword wielding bot…BUT there are two little things that bother me…
This sword and gun. I love the look of the matrix in the sword. Just a very cool epic tier weapon. The pistol is a neat revolver, but I think the drum should have been painted. Here is the thing…The only way to get them was to get the trailer. Why does this bother me so?
Well what is he holding on the box? The ghost swords? Nope…Well I mean that is just a single picture after all…
Oh wait, let’s look at the instructions!! Really man?
Plus THAT sword fits perfectly in his hands. This would have been a perfect stand alone purchase.
Oh and the back of the box? Hmmm…let’s see here…
Again, not cool. To go back to the swords, I think they were tossed in just so he would have had…something. Seriously though, this was a bit of dirty pairing.
Thought sword DOES store on the trailer, and the pistol plugs in as well. Ghost swords though still get set aside. Goes back to my previous theory.
Now together this is a pretty impressive looking truck. This IS actually worthy of being a display piece I have to say. Would look cool on the top of a display shelf. Again the smaller scale is more functional-ish…the thing is, that trailer is LOADED with stuff, but no room to use it to carry any vehicles like Ultra Magnus could. So looking good, ok…but no real playability.
What it DOES do though is open up to a war chest of armor! Looking cool.
This does tower over Seraphicus, so pretty rocking. This is just a display though. It’s not like he can be plugged into the base and the parts hook up to him like Iron Man. If that was the case, would have had zero issues with the price point. Instead it is just pull off and plug on.
The armor clips on or around his limbs securely. This adds some very nice mass to the figure.
Fully loaded he is quite an impressive figure. A true powered up version. Again holds the sword securely and looks fantastic.
Even loaded up, you don’t loose too much articulation. So he can still hit all the fun dynamic poses.
Ok, now we are in the main course…because the final piece is this harness with frankly a lovely set of wings. I thought MMC’s Divebomb had rocking wings, but Seraph here I think has the best. Plus THEY ARE HUGE!!!! In this form he looks like Nova Prime good and proper!
The range of motion is very impressive I have to say, and this is the highlight of the set.
This guy came out as an answer to Make Toys version of Nova. That was a frankly perfect CHUG scaled figure. This guy though…while works, just came out too late…
I said before how he reminds me of MMC of old. Well if he came out when intended, he would have been right there with his brethren. Coming out in 2016, at a price point of over $200 COMPLETE…I can’t say he is worth the value. The core bot is pretty cool, and if he came with his proper weapons I’d say a near must buy. If the trailer was about $30-$50 less…I could justify it. At the current price though, I can’t really recommend this with full confidence. He just doesn’t have that value that I felt with Feral Rex. I have to give a B+, and at the cost, that isn’t acceptable.