Blog #275: Toy Review: Japanese Transformers Prime Voyager Silas Breakdown with Arms Micron Magi

Japanese Transformers Prime Voyager Silas Breakdown with Arms Micron Magi

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Box:  The boxes for the Voyager toys are the same shape as the US versions.  All the text and pictures are changed.  Silas Breakdown has more paint apps than any of the deluxe toys, which is likely the reason for using the window box.

Arms Micron Magi

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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.

 

Weapon Mode: Magi’s weapon mode is a gun.  I like it, but I wish there was a different way to fold up blades.  They don’t sit parallel since the joints they connect to are very loose.

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Robot Mode: Magi is a Praying Mantis, an interesting animal mode.  I like it, but if you were going to do a Praying Mantis, wouldn’t green have made more sense than blue?  Perhaps we’ll get one in the single release series.

Silas Breakdown (Japanese Transformers Prime Voyager Breakdown – Read my review of the previous version here.  I will focus on color changes in this blog.)

(No Stickers)
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(With Stickers)
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(With Weapon)
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(For Comparison – Swerve [left] & Breakdown [right])
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Vehicle Mode: Silas Breakdown is a remold of Breakdown.  In vehicle mode, there is only one change.  A chromed grill had been added to the front of the truck, which looks pretty great, though it does seem to get in the way of transformation a little bit.  I love the mold in black, but it really needed some colored stripes on the sides or something.  It just looks really plain.

(No Stickers)
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(With Stickers)
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(For Comparison – Swerve [left] & Breakdown [right])
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Robot Mode: Silas Breakdown’s head has been remolded and to my memory looks very show accurate.  Due to the design of the gun, it can’t actually go in his hand.  It must be plugged into the port on his wrist.  Not a huge deal, but I don’t really see why they couldn’t have paired him with a different weapon.

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Silas:  Since Silas Breakdown is in effect a robotic suit being worn by Silas, the leader of M.E.C.H. they molded Silas inside his chest.  This is something that just makes me shake my head.  It’s just molded in gray plastic without any color.  They do stickers for these toys instead of paint, and then when they have a perfect time to use a sticker, they don’t.  This would look so much better if they had made the piece flat and had a sticker to put on it that really looked like Silas from the cartoon.  That would have been really cool.

Thanks for reading!

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About lmb3

I’m 36 years old, and I work in network tech support for a public school system. I am a huge fan of Star Trek, Transformers, Harry Potter, and Marvel Comics as well as numerous other fandoms. I’m a big sports fan, especially the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. I collect toys (mostly Transformers but other stuff too), comic books, and Red Sox baseball cards. I watch an obscene amount of television and love going to the movies. I am hopelessly addicted to Wizard Rock and I write Harry Potter Fanfiction, though these days I am working on a couple of different original YA novels.
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