Blog #623: Toy Review: Transformers Botcon Subscription Service Barricade with Frenzy

Transformers Botcon Subscription Service Barricade with Frenzy

Finally the first toy in this year’s Botcon Subscription Service has arrived.  This year it’s only about four months late rather than the six months like it was last year.  The delay is being blamed on production issues.  Last year it was a miscommunication.  Now, for the record, all that may very well be true.  But how many times have items been delayed?  Some club member exclusive figures have been very late, arriving after Botcon.  Sometimes we wait and wait and wait for club store exclusive orders to go up.  Now, most of that isn’t such a big deal.  But last year, we were paying for this year’s figures while still waiting for and paying for last year’s figures.  If they can’t start delivery of figures when advertised, then don’t make people pay for them so far in advance.  I know the argument is that they do orders first to determine quantity, but that clearly isn’t working.  Maybe they need to set a quantity and make them before doing orders like they do for the club store exclusives.  We will not get the last of this year’s figures until after we pay for next year’s if their schedule holds.  Delays happen.  I get that.  But at some point any company has a responsibility to not offer something they cannot deliver on.  The wait of four or six months is not the end of the world.  It is the principle of the thing that bothers me.

Okay, now that that’s over with, let’s get to this awesome toy.

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Frenzy

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I like the mold choice for Frenzy.  Originally this mold was Micron Sou who came with Arms Micron Swerve (a red Autobot repaint of Breakdown) in Japan.  The only problem is that he has no paint apps accept for a silver Decepticon symbol.  The original came with a sticker sheet.  Even though there were only a few stickers, I would rather they include that than nothing at all.  They make a big deal about including partners with the toys and then don’t bother even giving us a few stickers to make him look like something more than a piece of gray plastic.

Barricade

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Barricade is absolutely awesome.  He is a repainted Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Deluxe Prowl.  He did not need a new head as the existing one does look a bit like Barricade, though without that homicidal expression he wore in the movie.  He even has his Decepticon police shield and “to punish and enslave” on his fenders.  The purple, black, and silver look great on this mold.

I have to take off a bit for a lack of paint apps or stickers on Frenzy, and making me wait four months for this, but I do love this toy.

Grade: A-

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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