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 Gora
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: Gora is made to look vaguely like Megatron’s regular cannon, but it doesn’t look that good. He is molded in slightly metallic purple plastic and has nice looking shiny sliver and purple stickers.
Robot Mode: Interestingly he doesn’t have a robot mode, but he does have a beast mode, a gorilla. He has very little articulation and his arms look more like the split halves of a gun barrel than legs (which is because that’s what they are). One of the more forgettable Arms Micron figures so far.
Combined Weapon Mode: Gora and Bulo combine to form a drill for Megatron.
Megatron (Based on Canadian Transformers Prime First Edition Entertainment Pack Deluxe Megatron)
Vehicle Mode: This one actually has very few stickers, but just as few paint apps. This one is completely inferior to the Canadian version. For example, the Canadian version has purple paint on his engine intakes and silver paint on the housing. The Japanese version is all gray plastic. He has only two Arms Micron ports on the tops of the vehicle. What’s nice is that they are molded to look like guns, very cool. His dark gray plastic is darker 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 on his back in robot mode and are virtually useless. Disappointingly, the weapon from the US toy is not included.
Comparison Pictures with USA (left) and Japanese (right).
Overall: The US version is clearly superior in pain job, but the darker gray plastic of the Japanese is nice, so I can go either way on these. Making the Arms Micron ports guns themselves is a very nice touch in favor of the Japanese. 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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