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 Bulo
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: Bulo is my least favorite of the Arms Microns. He is a Triplechanger of sorts, as he can form either a drill or a shuriken. Nice idea, but it just doesn’t work.
Robot Mode: Interestingly he doesn’t have a robot mode, but he does have a beast mode, a bull, which is very nice (accept that his legs don’t look like legs). One of the more forgettable Arms Micron figures so far.
Combined Weapon Mode: Gora and Bulo combine to form a drill for Megatron.
Skywarp (Based on USA Transformers Prime Deluxe Starscream)
Vehicle Mode: He has more paint apps than average for these deluxes, and looks great as Skywarp. Hard to compare him to anything as there is no other Skywarp toy in this line. The missiles from the US First Edition Starscream have been replaced with large bombs that are not removable and that have Arms Micron ports on them.
Robot Mode: Skywarp is nice looking, they did a good job coloring him, but would have looked better with all paint apps instead of stickers. There is no good way for him to hold his weapon. You need to connect it to his wing on his back. It’s sort of ridiculous.
Comparison Pictures with USA (left) and Japanese (right).
Overall: If you want to have Skywarp, this is your only option, so it’s really not a question of USA or Japan. 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.
Thanks for reading!