Monday, September 25, 2017

Mastermind Creations R-28 Tyrantron / Tyrantronus, is now in-stock!

Mastermind Creations R-28 Tyrantron / Tyrantronus

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Mastermind Creations R-27AM Calidus Asterisk Mode, is now in-stock!

Mastermind Creations R-27AM Calidus Asterisk Mode

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Ocular Max PS-06R Terraegis Rally is in the house!

Ocular Max PS-06R Terraegis Rally

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Mastermind Creations R-26 Malum Malitia, now in-stock!

Mastermind Creations R-26 Malum Malitia


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Thursday, September 21, 2017

DX9Toys War in Pocket X33 Sonic Wizard, now in-stock!

DX9Toys War in Pocket X33 Sonic Wizard

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Perfect Effect PC-19 Gorira Jr, is now in-stock!

Perfect Effect PC-19 Gorira Jr

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DNA Design DK-04 and DK-04M kits are now in-stock!

DNA Design DK-04 and DK-04M kits


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Transformers Titans Return Leader Overlord is now in-stock!

Transformers Titans Return Leader Overlord

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Dx9Toys D11 Richthofen is now in stock!

Dx9Toys D11 Richthofen


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Planet X PX-09T Somnus - TFCon 2017 Exclusive.

Planet X PX-09T Somnus - TFCon 2017 Exclusive.


We will Planet X PX-09T Somnus available at our booth at TFCon 2017 for $90 USD. Make sure to stop by and say Hi. Check the link above to see the rest of the pictures. We'll see you there! Shop Smart with The Chosen Prime!

Monday, September 18, 2017

BadCube OTS-13 Piper Video Review



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BadCube OTS-01 Engineer Huff Video Review


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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Planet X PX-09T Somnus - TFCon US 2017 Exclusive

Planet X PX-09T Somnus


We are happy to announce that we will have the Planet X PX-09T Somnus - TFCon Exclusive available at our Booth. So, make sure to stop by and say hi! We'll see you there!


KFC Kingzilla and Komodus - Snapdragon and Krunk

I really enjoyed KFC Kingorilla so had high hopes for Kingzilla. I'm glad I was not disappointed. Kingzilla is another rare triple changer with three enjoyable modes, but I hope this new smell is not a new thing for them.

Komodus is another typical Nebulon figure. He has almost the same articulation as Kongor. His head may be on a swivel. I can't tell because the helmet prevents me from turning it much. The teeth on his arms keeps him from being able to curl his arms much. His shoulders and hips are on ball joints. Unlike Konger, Komodus can curl his knees properly. He does not have magnets in his feet, but he does have foldout heel spurs. In either head mode, Komodus' own head peaks out from underneath the dinosaur upper jaw. He doesn't hold together all that well because the tabs aren't very tight.

Jet mode is awesome. So much so, I had to buzz my kids while making wooshing sounds. His canopy can open to reveal a light-up gimmick. Komodus fits just fine inside. His three landing gears actually keep him off the ground. The sculpt isn't perfect; there are gaps and visible dragon limbs. This is probably my second favorite jet mode after Revenge of the Fallen Mindwipe.

Transformation to dinosaur mode is ridiculously easy. There were no fiddly bits to mess with.

Dinosaur mode is a bet narmy, but at least it has some character. I'm surprised the tail works as well as it does, being the jet nose cone. His tiny arms are next to useless, but they do add to his charm. His legs are just his robot arms so he's less impressive than Kingorilla who has a completely different set of limbs for robot and beast modes. His head is on a swivel and his arms are hinged at several points.

As expected, transformation to robot mode is pretty simple. Although not quite as fun as Kingorilla's transformation, it is still enjoyable. 

Kingzilla has a tall and lanky silhouette, especially when compared to Kingorilla. He has Die-cast on his flanks, thighs, dragon claws, and engine turbines. He also features the nolstagic tech spec gimmick from G1 Headmaster figures. The grey plastic has that same swirly patterns found in Kingorilla and Planet X figures. He could stand to have some more paint applications though. What little there is appears to be cleanly applied. I would have been happier if his grey parts were white though.

His head is on a swivel and has no vertical articulation. His shoulders are on ratcheted swivels and hinges. He can't quite raise his arms out and upward to 90 degrees. He swivels at the biceps, forearms, and wrists. His elbows are double-jointed and can curl past 90 degrees. His fingers are typical KFC fingers - attached by tiny ball joints with a couple of knuckle articulations for each. He also has a ratcheted ab crunch. His hips are on ratcheted universals. He can perform a full side splits, but his backpack prevents him from lifting his legs directly behind him. His waist and thigh swivels are ratcheted. I forgot to mention it for Kingorilla, but Kingzilla also suffers from hip ratchets that are too widely spaced resulting in his legs being really far apart on the first notch. His double-jointed knees are ratcheted. They can't perform full curls because of the thickness of his calves. His ankles have ratcheted rockers and tilts.

His accessories include a pair of rifles, fire effects, a flight stand, a metal plate, and replacement robot face and rifle handles for Kingorilla. His rifles are purple plastic with some line work and some gunmetal highlights. They use Masterpiece-styled tabs that work well enough in his hands. They can also store in jet and dragon modes. The fire effects are for jet mode thrusters or robot mode nipples. The flight stand is clear plastic and works well enough, but he is a bit wobbly on it. I suppose the metal plate is for Kongor, but I don't see where to incorporate it on either figure. The replacement robot head for Kingorilla have eyes that are more metallic red than the originals. The eyes and chin are fuller and rounder. The rifle handles have larger tabs that actually work with Kingorilla's hands.

Now that he's aired out, Kingzilla will join the others on my KFC shelf and pull double-duty in my Masterpiece display. Although I love the idea of triple-changers, it's rare to enjoy all the modes on offer. KFC manages to provide six great modes across two figures. Yeah, there are some kibbly bits in the the various modes, but it's not enough to detract from my enjoyment. I'm absolutely looking forward to their future offerings so hope that Ditka was just an anomaly.










Friday, September 15, 2017

Dr. Wu DW-M08 Judgement (Sword and Shield), pre-order is now up!

Dr. Wu DW-M08 Judgement (Sword and Shield)

We have the pre-order up for Dr. Wu DW-M08 Judgement (Sword & Shield). ETA of September 2017 release. Reserve yours by following the links. Shop Smart with The Chosen Prime!






Perfect Fusion PF-01 Cesium is in the house!

Perfect Fusion PF-01 Cesium

We just received our stock for Perfect Fusion PF-01 Cesium today. Orders are currently being processed. All stocks have been accounted for, but we've placed it back in pre-order status. We should be getting more soon. Make sure to follow the links to order yours. Shop Smart with The Chosen Prime!






Thursday, September 14, 2017

GigaPower HQ-04R Graviter is now up for pre-order!

GigaPower HQ-04R Graviter

Now up for pre-order is GigaPower HQ-04R Graviter. This is their version of Dinobot Sludge in MP Scale. Reserve yours today by following the links. Shop Smart with The Chosen Prime!






Wednesday, September 13, 2017

au x Transformers Infobar Optimus Prime is now up for pre-order!

au x Transformers Infobar Optimus Prime

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BadCube OTS-01 Engineer Huff and OTS-13 Piper are now in-stock!

BadCube OTS-01 Engineer Huff and OTS-13 Piper


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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Maketoys Cross Dimension MTCD-03SP Thunder Erebus is now in-stock!

Maketoys Cross Dimension MTCD-03SP Thunder Erebus

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Monday, September 11, 2017

MechPlanet HS-08 Ambulance is now up for pre-order!

MechPlanet HS-08 Ambulance


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Saturday, September 9, 2017

The Chosen Prime​ Harvey Relief Charity Raffle.




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Friday, September 8, 2017

KFC Kingorilla and Kongor - Apeface and Spasma

After the fiasco that was KFC Ditka (to their credit, KFC did send out replacement parts that fixed most but not all of the issues), I was worried about Kingorilla. But, my preorder was already in and I did enjoy all their previous figures so I decided to wait and see. I was not disappointed. Despite hitting me in the face with a horrendous stench on unboxing, the figure itself doesn't suffer from the stability problems that Ditka did. In a rare feat, Kingorilla also manages to pull off three pretty decent modes for a triple changer.

Kongor is a typical Nebulon. His face has metallic paint, but the rest of his body seems to be colored plastic. He does have light-piped eyes. No attempt was made to hide either face on his back and legs. His head is on a swivel. His shoulders and hips are on ball joints that don't quite give you the expected range of motion from such joints because of his face backpack. His single-jointed elbows can curl a bit short of 90 degrees. His single-jointed knees can't really bend normally but do bend in reverse for transformation. He has magnets in his feet to let him stick to the panels next to the cockpit of the jet. He even has a spot on his chest for a tiny Decepticon symbol. While there are tabs to help hold him together in head mode, he does come apart rather easily.

In vehicle mode, Kingorilla is a rather large and flat jet or space fighter of some kind. The overall shape is that of a flying brick. It is definitely reminiscent of the G1 toy. Gorilla feet are visible in the back. To my kids' relief, I did not buzz them while making swooshing sounds. I like the detailing in the cockpit, which is visible through the translucent canopy that opens. Opening the cockpit triggers a light up gimmick for the console. Batteries are not included. Kongor fits easily enough inside, but you have to move the console out of the way first. He has three sets of retractable landing gears and an extra pair of tiny wheels, none of which do anything to keep him off the ground. I couldn't get the rear ones to fold out completely. His rifles can store towards the rear or under the wings.

Transforming to beast mode is a bit fiddly. I had a little trouble with the backpack because the nosecone gets in the way of where you need to peg the robot arms. It's also easy to get turned around with the robot legs. You are supposed to connect the bottom of the shins to tiny little black pegs on the robot shoulders and simultaneously connect the red piece on the calves to the base of the wings. The red pegs are far more useful in keeping the backpack locked into place so I would just ignore the black tabs that are hard to fold out anyways. When pulling out the gorilla hands, do not pull by the fingers. Those tiny KFC ball joints seem too delicate to withstand that kind of force. The tail fin section separates and can reattach on his back so there is a bit of parts-forming.

Gorilla mode is rather odd looking, but I really like it. Although he has a little trouble standing upright, he easily stands on all fours. Metallic gold detailing on his arms and legs are a nice touch. His mouth can open to reveal a pair of cannons. The teeth are quite pointy. The backpack is chunky, but it actually merges into the silhouette pretty well. His rifles can peg onto his back via the tail fin piece. 

Unlike most other beast formers, the limbs in beast mode are a completely separate set from robot mode. Although his head is on a swivel, there isn't much room to swivel. The neck plate has one notch of vertical articulation. His shoulders are on ratcheted swivels and hinges. He can raise them out to 90 degrees. His ratcheted, single-jointed elbows can curl about 90 degrees. He has double-jointed wrists. I am not big a fan of KFC articulated hands. Every finger is on delicate-looking little ball joints and, more often then not, the fingers wind up in awkward looking poses. His hips are on ratcheted swivels and can hinge outward one click. He has ratcheted, single-jointed knees that also curl about 90 degrees and about 45 degrees in the reverse direction. His ankles are also on ratcheted hinges with some tilt. His toes are one solid piece on each foot that hinge at two knuckles. The big toe is on a separate hinge with a single knuckle. If the toes were individually articulating, I would actually prefer this system for the hands as well. The heel spurs are hinged.

Transformation from gorilla to robot mode is actually more interesting than I had originally assumed. It's more than just flipping him upside down. Gorilla limbs fold away to make room for robot limbs, which is a detail that I really enjoy. This is by far the easiest transition. Like Ditka, the legs are on sliders, but they don't wobble in their shafts.

Robot mode looks pretty good. Paint applications are a bit lacking, but there is some line work at least. The grey panels have swirls, similar to Planet X figures. Despite being rather back and top heavy, Kingorilla has no trouble standing because of his solid joints and significant heel spurs. KFC definitely earns some nostalgia points for their tech spec gimmick. Unlike every other recent Headmaster, including Generations Brainstorm, his tech specs spring up from the bottom once his head is plugged in. That is certainly a welcome callback to my childhood. Yes, Generations Brainstorm had a gimmick as well, but it was more of a flap that flips down, which I found very disappointing. Too bad the paint applications on the tech specs are a bit sloppy.

I wish more care had been taken to hide the ape face in robot mode and the robot face in beast mode. As it is, you can swivel the head around to choose between either face in either mode. I also don't like the seam running down the middle of his face. The backpack is also a little finicky to get to stay in place. As far as I can tell, you have to make sure the two gray tabs at the bottom are completely pressed in and then the gray tab in the middle. If you don't do it this way, the backpack will flop backwards. The shiny black paint on the metal section section of his backpack is prone to chipping and coming off just from touch alone.

His head is on a swivel only so he can't look up and down. Swiveling his head around too far will reveal the ape face. His shoulders are on ratcheted hinges and swivels. He can raise his arms out and up past horizontal but not quite to vertical. His double-jointed elbows only allow him to curl slightly past 90 degrees. He has swivels at his biceps, forearms, and wrists. His fingers have the same articulation as his gorilla fingers. The afforded articulation just doesn't seem worth the danger of breakage. Fans Toys Phoenix manages quite emotive hands without the fragility. His thumbs have a single hinge at the knuckle. The rest of his fingers are hinged at the second and third knuckles. He also has a ratcheted waist swivel. His hips are on ratcheted universals. Despite a side splits that would make Van Damne proud, his butt flap prevents him from raising his legs straight behind him. Even with being up at the universal joints, his thigh swivels are not hindered by their sculpt. His double-jointed knees can't quite curl to 90 degrees. His ankles are on ball joints, but seem to be very stable.

His accessories include two rifles, a shield, fire effects, extra hands and fingers, a display stand, and a screwdriver. The rifles are red plastic with some gunmetal paint applications. The barrels are transparent plastic to facilitate the light-up gimmick. Batteries are not included. They use Masterpiece-styled tabs that simply do not work. The tabs are too small for the slots on his hands. There is just enough tension in his fingers to hold the guns loosely, but any movement will cause them to fall out. I found a pair of replacement handles in Kingzilla's box. They do work better, but are still fiddly. The wings of the shield swivel and are also hinged. The shield can peg onto either arm. It can also peg onto his backpack in gorilla mode. There are ports to receive his rifles. The fire effects are for his jet mode. Unfortunately, they won't fit on his rifles. The display stand is transparent plastic and works well enough for the jet, but is a bit wobbly. I don't know what the extra hands and fingers are for. They are grey instead of purple and require assembly.

After airing out the figure in the garage, I am now ready to place Kingorilla on my KFC shelf. He doesn't suffer from any of the stability issues that plagued Ditka. I really like all three modes, which is rare for a triple changer. I'm ready to continue collecting KFC figures and hope Kingzilla will be just as an enjoyable . . . and free of that smell.












TransFormMission Overturn is now in-stock!

TransFormMission Overturn


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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

X-Transbots toys MM-IX Klaatu is now in-stock!

X-Transbots toys MM-IX Klaatu

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Zeta Toys ZA-02 Whirlblade is now in-stock

Zeta Toys ZA-02 Whirlblade


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Friday, September 1, 2017

MAAS Toys Skiff and Gold - War Within Bumblebee and Goldbug


I was mostly interested in these figures for their alt mode. Turns out robot mode is pretty neat too. MAAS Toys Skiff and Gold are decent figures if you're looking to pad out your War Within shelf.

One interesting thing to note - if you examine the boxes, you will see that the art work is by Bobby Skullface and the product photos are by Kuma Style. Both are great reviewers so be sure to check them out.

Vehicle modes work rather well as sci-fi hovercrafts. Other than the front ends being obviously robot crotch and thighs, the design is definitely evocative of the War Within design. The windshield on Skiff was a missed opportunity for some higher end paint applications, which is what the figure sorely needs. Some energon lines or just random detailing would have gone a long way to break up all that yellow. In contrast, Gold has beautiful metallic gold paint. I wished Skiff had been done in metallic yellow. The undercarriages are unmistakably robots contorted to fit. They both roll just fine on tiny wheels. Their rifles store underneath. 

Transformation to either mode is rather simple. The lack of included instructions was not missed. Going to robot mode, just make sure to collapse the backpack joint into an L shape so that the backpack sits snugly against the back. Their thighs are facing the right way if the molded detail is visible on the outside rather than the large slit for articulation. I wish the arm kibble folded away or tabbed into something. They are a bit of a hindrance.

The proper transformation to robot mode calls for the arms to sit quite a distance from the body. I prefer reversing the upper shoulder joint so that arm positioning looks more natural. This is the position for vehicle mode. It doesn't seem to affect articulation. The only downside is the visible ball joints when viewed from the sides.

I like the overall silhouettes of these figures. Skiff has a more serious face sculpt than I would expect from the character, but I'm not that familiar with what I assume is War Within Bumblebee. Skiff doesn't seem to have any paint applications except for the slightly different yellow on his upper thighs. Gold doesn't reveal any new paint applications either. The shoulder pads could have been toned down a little in size. The arm kibble is definitely a hindrance.

Not surprisingly, both feature the same articulation. Heads are on a hinges and swivels. Both can look up vertically, but not down without engaging their substantial ab crunches. Shoulders are badly designed. The shoulder pads are on large ball joints. Arms are attached to the shoulder pads via hinged ball joints. The whole contraption is rather unwieldy and cumbersome to manipulate. I would rather the shoulder pads be locked into place instead. They can raise their arms out and up to a little past 90 degrees. They swivel at the biceps, wrists, waists, and thighs. Elbows are single-jointed and only curl to 90 degrees. Wrists are on hinged ball joints, but the hands do not have articulated fingers. Thighs are on universals that allow them to perform full front and side splits. They have single-jointed knees that bend to 90 degrees in both directions. Feet are on rockers and tilts.

Their accessories include two rifles each. Skiff also comes with an an alternate face. The rifles are black or blue plastic with line work. They are very similar to the rifle that comes with Masterpiece Bumblebee and sit reasonably well in their hands. The alternate face for Skiff has a mouth plate instead of a mouth. They don't come with instructions. You have to scan a QR code to watch it on YouTube.

I'll be displaying Skiff and Gold alongside Spark Toys Alpha Pack. Gold fits in just fine, but Skiff definitely could have used higher quality paint. Aside from the shoulder joints and arm kibble, I do enjoy these figures. MAAS Toys seems to have a bunch of minibots lined up so it looks like Alpha Pack will soon be acquiring an army of tiny soldiers.








FansToys FT-20A Terminus Giganticus Part A, is now in-stock!

FansToys FT-20A Terminus Giganticus Part A

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Takara LG-43 Trypticon Video Review.



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Hurricane Harvey Relief Charity Raffle




Thursday, August 31, 2017

3A Evasion Mode Optimus Prime is now in-stock!

 3A Evasion Mode Optimus Prime

We just received our stock for 3A Evasion Mode Optimus Prime! Pre-orders are currently being processed. Get yours by following the links. Free shipping to the Continental US. Shop Smart with The Chosen Prime!






Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Master Made SDMT-01 Palm Warriors is now in-stock!

Master Made SDMT-01 Palm Warriors

Master Made SDMT-01 Palm Warriors is now in-stock! Pre-orders are currently being processed. Get yours by following the links. Shop Smart with The Chosen Prime!






Takara LG-43 Trypticon is now in-stock!

Takara LG-43 Trypticon



Takara LG-43 Trypticon is now in-stock and processing. Get yours by following the links. Shop Smart with The Chosen Prime!