I’ve been away

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To Canada. With my girls. It was terrific, but the jet leg has RUINED me. It seems I can no longer brush it off as I once did when I was a nipper. I’ll upload some pics when I’ve been through them. Here’s a taster, though – our hotel view at Lake Louise:

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In more frivolous matters, however, what bots arrived in the post in my absence?

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Fanstoys has a crack at minibots

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Right, Fanstoys Spindrift, or Masterpiece Seaspray, if you will. Out of the box I’d say the bot really impresses. Very sturdy and hefty, with good posing. I’m impressed. That transformation though feels far fiddlier than it needed to be, as if the torso section has simply just been over-engineered a tad. And the alt is OK, but not sensational. The arms, torso and legs don’t quite line up perfectly leaving everything looking just ever so slightly wonky. Can’t say the head at the rear bothers me, though, unlike some others.

It maybe feels like a bit of a nearly but not quite in all areas except the bot, which is definitely a winner at least. And I’m definitely enjoying him a lot.

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Heroes in a Half Shell

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My next piece for Collector’s Gazette is about the history of Teenage Mutant Ninja/Hero Turtles toys. So of course the inevitable has happened. I have the Revoltech set on the way as well. SIGH. Still, they look absolutely awesome. I have now entered what will be a protracted phase of resisting the undoubtedly amazing but also very, very expensive NECA 1990 1/4 Scale Movie Turtle replicas.

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Generation Toy GT-3 OP-EX

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This was a bit of a spur-of-the-moment pre-order from a while back that come release day I wasn’t hugely excited about, if I’m honest. But I’m enjoying him a lot in hand. There are some peculiar design elements – very few ratchets, slightly unusual plastic (feels like DX9, but thinner). The transformation has a little more panel forming than I’d like, too, and as a result is a bit fiddly (although nowhere near, say, Toyworld Primorion levels). But he tidies up very nicely in both modes. The light-up eyes are great (although dead looking when off or in bright light) and he’s got a lot of character.

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Trimming Down

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Over the last couple of weeks I’ve chosen to re-focus my collection a bit. Staying focused is always tough, and I’d got to the level where the spending and space requirements were spiraling a bit. So I’ve decided to focus mainly on Masterpieces from characters in Transformers: The Movie (which ultimately is the thing that’s dearest to my heart), my Optimus Prime collection and some select CHUGs mainly spanning Titans Return and Combiner Wars.

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