Review: MakeToys Striker Manus

When it comes to third party figures, some of the most common products you’ll find are toys of characters that Hasbro or Takara are very unlikely to make in the main lines, either due to obscurity or budget. Third party versions of major characters are fewer and far between, usually only based on specific designs … Continue reading

Review: Iron Factory IF-EX11 Evil Lord

Back in my Doombringers review, I mentioned how Legends scale toys were becoming a popular market for third party products, headlined by the companies DX9 and Iron Factory. DX9’s War in Pocket line seems to be focusing on G1 cartoon characters, with their products offering multi-packs of Legends-scaled figures. On the other hand, Iron Factory’s … Continue reading

Review: DX9 War in Pocket Doombringers

The third party unofficial Transformers market has evolved quite a bit over the years. What started as simple upgrade kits evolved into full-on Classics-style figures, then became flooded with combiners, and now the trend seems to be Masterpiece-style figures. If there’s a consistent pattern to be found, it’s that once a certain type of toy … Continue reading

Review: Mastermind Creations R-13 Spartan

If you’ve been keeping up with my reviews, you should know that I’m a big fan of the IDW comics Transformers continuity, and I have a tendency to immediately throw money at any IDW character designs rendered in three dimensional plastic. While Hasbro has jumped aboard the comic-inspired toy train with figures like Skids, Brainstorm, … Continue reading

Review: Mastermind Creations R-12 Cynicus

Thanks to the runaway success of IDW’s More Than Meets the Eye, fans of of comic have been clamoring for toys of any and all of the characters featured in the book. While MTMTE versions of existing characters like Rodimus and Megatron are in high demand, we’ve been seeing Hasbro fill in the gaps with … Continue reading

Review: MakeToys Trash-Talk and Cogwheel

It may be oversaid at this point, but James Roberts’s More Than Meets the Eye ongoing comic book is some of the best fiction Transformers has ever gotten. If you’re unfamiliar with it, do yourself a favor and check it out. One of the downsides of adult-oriented fiction for a children’s toyline by Hasbro is that … Continue reading

Review: FansProject Function X-04 Sigma L

Though I’m generally a fan of FansProject as a company, their design aesthetic rarely jives well with my own tastes. The Protector armor always looked too awkward, the not-Stunticons just looked off, and Warbot Revolver never really did it for me, even though I did own it for a time. The Function X line solidified … Continue reading

Review: Dr. Wu DW-M01 Cavalier (Battle Version)

You know what’s cool? Giant robots. You know what else is cool? Swords. You know what would be twice as cool as those two things individually? Giant robots with swords. This is a tried and true law of giant robot fiction that has been around since, well, maybe Mazinger Z, but I’m not so sure … Continue reading

Review: KFC Mugen Scope (Teal)

When it comes to independent unofficial Transformers companies, you generally have two kinds: you have the high-end, highest quality producers with a good, well-received releases like FansProject, MakeToys, and Mastermind Creations, and then you have, well, the rest, where quality begins to vary. Keith’s Fantasy Club is in the latter category, with very sketchy QC, questionable … Continue reading

Review: FansToys FT-03 Quakewave

(Note: This was one of the first reviews I wrote up for this site. I’ve edited it up a bit and replaced the original pictures with better ones, but it’s still a bit different from my standard review format, so don’t be, like, scared or anything.) Third Party Transformers toys have come a long way … Continue reading