I have never been shy of criticising XTB. While the fandom celebrated releases such as Eligos and even the woeful V2 Ollie, I have often been left bemoaning the poor materials and lackluster execution. And while stuff like Paean showed signs of improvement, it wasn’t until Klaatu that I really thought XTB were finally delivering on the long-promised improvement.
After what felt like an eternity without any incoming bots, there has recently been a bit of a flurry. Following Crackup and Predaking already this month, an additional four bots have now rolled into town!
Fanstoys’ Transformers: The Movie range grows further, and with an MP I’ve been dying for. I do wonder though when the adulation for this company will start to wane. Its first release, Quakewave, was a classic, but sadly still probably the best figure the company has released.
I had this fella pre-ordered long before Open & Play Big Spring was a thing. I can only really justify one space on the shelf, so the fight is on. Out of the box, the Fanstoys bot is as chunky as you’d expect. I couldn’t say which I prefer at this stage, however. I’m fearful about the transformation, too – could that be what swings it in favour of Open & Play? We’ll see.