Japanese Transformers Prime Voyager Bulkhead with Arms Micron B.H.
Box: The boxes for the Voyager toys are the same shape as the US versions. All the text and pictures are changed. Bulkhead has more paint apps than any of the deluxe toys, which is likely the reason for using the window box.
Arms Micron B.H.
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. They look nice, but I had some problems getting the crystal to stay in on some of them. Might need a little glue. B.H. is the first Arms Micron to use a third plastic color. He has a gray chain that is clearly molded separately and attached to the side of the tree.
Weapon Mode: B.H. is pretty awesome. He has two weapon modes. He can be a gun or a mace. (Technically, he has a third mode. If you leave the chain inside and peg him on to Bulkhead’s hand he is more similar to Bulkhead’s weapon in the show.) It looks really great in gun mode. In mace mode, he suffers from some bulk, but the handle has to go somewhere, so it really can’t be helped. He is nicely decorated with stickers and I like the dark green color.
Robot Mode: B.H.’s robot mode looks kind of silly, more like a ball with a head and arms, but the weapon modes are so great, that it’s still one of my favorite Arms Microns.
Bulkhead (Based on Transformers Prime Voyager Bulkhead)
Vehicle Mode: In vehicle mode Bulkhead has new Arms Micron ports on his doors. His silver parts (running boards, hubcaps) are painted. I wish there was a good way to put the gun on the roof facing forward. It can be done, but you have to put the gun upside down and use the peg beneath the barrel.
Robot Mode: In robot mode they have added two new Arms Micron pegs on the outside of Bulkhead’s ankles. I really don’t have much to comment on here. It’s still a vastly inferior toy to the Transformers Prime First Edition Voyager Bulkhead.
Comparison Pictures with USA (Left) and Japanese (Right)
Overall: The Japanese version of this toy looks much better. The green plastic has a more metallic look to it. The stickers on the side windows are much more detailed than the simple green paint of the USA version. There can be no question that the Japanese Arms Micron is better than the awful gun on the USA version. The Japanese version has the hubcaps painted and stickers for the directionals, all of which is unpainted on the USA version. Definitely worth getting the Japanese version, but the First Edition Bulkhead is still vastly superior.
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