Fanstoys Koot

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Koot then – looks terrific in both modes, as you’d expect from Fanstoys. That transformation, though! The pain. Which I guess you sorta kind of also expect from Fanstoys, to a degree. Some of their stuff is a doddle to transform but plenty isn’t. I think this is possibly the least enjoyable I’ve experienced from them, moreso even than Sovereign.
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Not Perfect, but…

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He’s a cracking figure, this one. I think in terms of value-per-pound, Perfect Effect PC-16 is a little over-priced (especially if you hook him up with the even more over-priced PC-15 expansion, which I have done). There’s definitely a lot of thin plastic going on. But as a standalone Voyager-sized Optimus he’s terrific, and he definitely works wonderfully with Takara Legends Ginrai (or Hasbro Titans Return Powermaster Prime).

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Yes, I bought another KFC bot

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I forget who said to me that KFC Kingzilla is ‘very KFC’. But yeah, they’re right. I think it’s to do with the sparse paint, unnecessary heaviness, peculiar ratchets and the mix of stiff and loose joints. The swirly grey plastic ain’t great. Decent transformation, though (which should never be underestimated with a 3P) and the jet mode is a big slab of niceness. The whole thing feels solid.

I don’t have much room on the shelf for non-Tranformers: The Movie MP stuff now so this guy has gotta hit big to land a spot. It’s too early to say yet. But how can you not love that dino mode?

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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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