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The newest action figures (and other toys) thread (NSF56k)

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  • AthenorAthenor Battle Hardened Optimist The Skies of HiigaraRegistered User regular
    Athenor wrote: »
    Good lord. everything decided to come in at once.

    Whelp. It's ZAP TIME! And my first purchase of a Zord since.. jeez, 2018? whenever Toys R Us collapsed.

    I passed on the ZAP Dino Megazord and Dragonzord because I had the Legacy editions. But when they said the 3rd one would be the Astro Megazord...

    [im.g]http://i.imgur.com/VcUH9mkh.jpg[/img]

    What insanely nice packaging. I mean, I'd expect that for how expensive this guy was, but... It is still appreciated. It just feels premium. For reference, this was around $180, similar in price to the HasLab Victory Saber and the typical price of Transformers Titans (though Metroplex was $200).

    [i.mg]http://i.imgur.com/UqOXoLmh.jpg[/img]

    Slipping off the outer cover (and all the stickers holding it in place), we get to the inside.. and see it's quite thick still.

    [im.g]http://i.imgur.com/6hYKOGzh.jpg[/img]

    Yet more sealing stickers and we actually open the box...

    [im.g]http://i.imgur.com/hQTZ495h.jpg[/img]

    And under that control panel? Woah. That's bigger than I was expecting.

    [im.g]http://i.imgur.com/KLiSXJDh.jpg[/img]

    They say it's plastic free packaging, so I'm not 100% sure what this bag is made out of. It feels wild. But let's keep removing bits!

    [im.g]http://i.imgur.com/pNyBt3Yh.jpg[/img]

    With the flash lighting it up, all I can see is a "Sad T." Under that were 4 compartments holding various bits and bobs. Taking them all out...

    [im.g]http://i.imgur.com/uzEF2Xlh.jpg[/img]

    Again.. the Astro Megaship itself is extremely large. When I was a teenager, my bros got this particular Zord, but I always loved the idea... and I swear it was smaller than this.

    [im.g]http://i.imgur.com/xjx9eG7h.jpg[/img]

    This is no transformer. Just look at those giant hands, just hanging out there underneath!

    [im.g]http://i.imgur.com/NpC0qmbh.jpg[/img]

    While the set does come with super tiny Space rangers, the shuttle also has a nice touch!

    [im.g]http://i.imgur.com/NMJLvoLh.jpg[/img]

    [im.g]http://i.imgur.com/CgzbOFxh.jpg[/img]

    It also has its booster sled / cannon.

    [im.g]http://i.imgur.com/49d6c3Wh.jpg[/img]

    But what about the Megazord itself? Well...

    [im.g]http://i.imgur.com/JzWFB5Zh.jpg[/img]

    [im.g]http://i.imgur.com/mHQVhWLh.jpg[/img]

    [im.g]http://i.imgur.com/HO2xiARh.jpg[/img]


    First and foremost: Articulation! While not perfect (especially in the shoulders and ankles), it is very accurate to its TV self. I'd like it to do more, but.. already it is easily my most expressive Zord. The hands and head are made of softer materials to allow them to work with the ball joints, but the main body is extremely solid plastic. The ratchets are super tight. And he has waist articulation! That's kind of a big deal! You can get some wider poses by unplugging some parts, and of course the hands are swappable. It feels like there might be some more joints/articulation I'm missing, especially with said ankles, but I don't want to risk damaging anything.

    But how does he stack up to what came before? Well.. getting out my Legacy Ultrazord would be a little bit of a challenge right now, so I'll just put him next to my Tiger Megazord, and...

    [im.g]http://i.imgur.com/O054D0ah.jpg[/img]

    Again. Damn. Just a whole other level.

    There were some complaints about the materials, floppiness, and overall design of the original ZAP Dino Megazord. But frankly? This is just another level. I know the ship doesn't combine with any others or do some of the more advanced gimmicks, so they could leave it pretty simple... but that has also resulted in just a wonderful figure. I'm so happy I jumped on this.


    Sooo... um... I just played a bit more with this (after a bit of time doing some other things), and found... that I was wrong.

    First, the shoulders are essentially butterfly joints, so they can pose inwards and outwards. It doesn't have shoulder lift (to do a true T pose), but the butterfly joint does allow a TON of expressive articulation.

    Second... The ankles absolutely are on ball joints. You just have to pull them out. One fully pulled out, the square sockets release and the feet become completely poseable, with ankle tilt and swivel.


    And Third? I discovered that there is an ab crunch. I found this while investigating how to open the Megaship bridge section (which is hidden under the M on the chest). And while it doesn't allow bending backwards, it is very well done to allow leaning forward.

    Soo... yeah. This solid chunk of plastic is even more articulated than I realized. I am QUITE happy. I cannot wait to see what they do with the Zord Ascension Project from here.

    He/Him | "A boat is always safest in the harbor, but that’s not why we build boats." | "If you run, you gain one. If you move forward, you gain two." - Suletta Mercury, G-Witch
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