Just got in the first series of Deluxe and Voyager Japanese Transformers Prime toys with Arms Microns. I am working on reviews for each, but it might take a while to get them all posted. As some of the info is the same, don’t be surprised if some of this sounds familiar if you’ve read any of the other reviews. (Yes, I’m too lazy not to copy and paste when I can.) 🙂
Box: The boxes for the deluxe toys have no windows. I assume this is due to the lack of paint apps (see below). They look kind of awful without the stickers, so leaving out the window will hide that. Good marketing, but it’s only necessary because the toys are so plain without the stickers. Also, the internal packaging is cardboard, and these were very hard to even pull out of the box without damaging the outer boxes.
Arms Micron C.J.
Kit: The kits are fairly easy to assemble, and so far the stickers seem to be staying on well. The plastic is higher quality than the Kabaya kits. They have no paint apps and are perfect for customizers to paint up for a more elaborate look. Each Arms Micron includes something like a spark crystal, but I’m not sure if that is the intent of it. A sticker goes on before the outer translucent plastic to form it. Look nice, but I had some problems getting the crystal to stay in on some of them. Might need a little glue.
Weapon Mode: C.J. (yes, that’s really his name) looks cool, but the way his legs flip over in gun mode, they could be easily snapped off if pushed too hard. There is no surface for them to rest against. He is a three-barreled cannon and quite reminiscent of G1 Targetmasters in transformation. The shiny red stickers look nice on the dark red slightly metallic plastic.
Robot Mode: Has more articulation than most of the other Arms Microns. Very cool looking. His face (and coloring) makes him look a little like G1 Warpath. Does suffer from having a peg sticking straight out of his chest, common with some G1 Targetmasters.
Cliffjumper (Based on USA Transformers Prime Deluxe Cliffjumper)
Vehicle Mode: As you can see above, Cliffjumper comes out of the package with very few paint apps. Even after applying the stickers, he still has less detail than the American one, including have no taillight stickers and covering the headlights with stickers that don’t stick well on the non flat surface. He has one Arms Micron port on the roof and two on each side. They look far less out of place than Bumblebee’s do. This one is far lighter red than the US version.
Robot Mode: As with the vehicle mode the robot suffers from a lack of paint apps that is not helped by the stickers. His Arms Micron ports are in a good position for mounting on his arms and legs. Disappointingly, the weapon from the US toy is not included.
Comparison Pictures with USA (left) and Japanese (right).
Overall: It’s really up to personal choice which one of these you’ll like. The US version’s darker color looks much better. The lack of stickers on the rear taillights is not offset by the Autobot logos on his hood and shoulder. As far as the Arms Micron is concerned, obviously if you want it (and who doesn’t want Targetmasters) you have to get the Japanese version. However there are some Arms Micron kits (that at this time are new and not packed with figures) being sold separately (and they’re pretty cheap), so it is possible that we might see these kits separately later, but it’s by no means a guarantee.
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