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Low budget toys are back, and this time they’re… expensive?

Any kid of the 80s who liked toys that transformed from an object into a robot knew the GoBots.  They were the cheap transforming toys your Aunt & Uncle or Gran got you because you like Transformers and  they just couldn’t tell the difference.  Anyway, now they’re being brought back in their original Machine Robo1 form by a combo of Action Toys2 and Bandai3, and this time they’re bringing articulation with them!

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1. GoBots was also a Japanese toy line before Tonka got hold of them, much like Transformers.
2. A new company nobody seems to have any info on.
3. Bandai were the parent company to Machine Robo’s manufacturer, Popy.
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Whoooah-oh, we’re four fifths there: MakeToys Guardia

We’re on the home stretch for MakeToys Guardia1 with the recent releases of Himed & Katana, that means it won’t be long until this Independent Transforming Toy2 version of the Transformer combiner Defensor is complete. Vulcan, their Hotspot, seems to be a way off, but considering how quickly MakeToys are shifting product I’m pretty sure it’ll come around quickly. Anyway, so where are we at?

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1. Part of the MakeToys MTCombiner line.
2. I’ve given up using the term 3rd Party for lent… and trying to give it up forever.
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The 1st Annual “Cheesy Toy Awards for Toys That Need Awards” 2015

Another year done.  Hasbro continued to release Transformers Combiner Wars, Takara followed suit with Unite Warriors, Bandai‘s Tokustatsu love continued apace, and the smaller companies couldn’t help but get in on the act.  In fact this year has been pretty good for smaller companies.  The “independent transforming toy”, colloquially known as 3rd Party, companies really started working hard on taking cash from Transformers fans, and some of Japan’s smaller companies kept up the game they had started showing in 2014, if not surpassing it.

So let’s look at the special things from across the year with some action figure awards…

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Budget Review: Bandai HI-METAL R VF-1J Armored Valkyrie

You’ve seen Macross, right? Or Robotech? You saw the cool sequence where Hikaru Ichijyo/Rick Hunter (delete as applicable) goes on patrol an up-armoured Valkyrie/Veritech (also delete as applicable) for whatever reason, meets Zentradi/Zentraedi (more applicable deletion to be done) scout and ends up unleashing a torrent of missiles at it? If you didn’t, go watch it now, but if you did (or once you have) then boy is this the toy for you!

(Incidentally, for the rest of this review I’m going to use Macross naming conventions because doing otherwise saps my will to live)
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Budget Review: Bandai S.H. Figuarts Shinkocchou Seihou Kamen Rider Hibiki

The black sheep of the Heisei Era of Kamen Rider finally gets an entry in the SH Figuarts line as part of their Shinkocchou Seihou, or “True Bone”, sub-line.  As with Kamen Rider Kabuto, the opening entry of the sub-line, Hibiki doesn’t come in the usual cardboard packing that graces Figuarts but instead a swanky box split between a top tray featuring the Hibiki figure and a bottom tray of accessories.  I normally chuck packaging but there’s something really lovely about these boxes, they’re solid and they’re also fairly small.  But enough about the box!

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Well this is awkward: Figma Bruce Lee

It’s Cardcaptor Sakura [review coming soon] all over again.  In the wake of Bandai showing off their S.H.Figuarts Bruce Lee, Good Smile have revealed their own Bruce Lee action figure as part of their Figma line.  From these initial photos it doesn’t look anywhere near as polished as Bandai’s and seems to be continuing Figma’s record of producing terrible male action figures. It’s not that Figma’s male action figure body is bad, it’s more that they’re not particularly great at adapting it to suit the male characters they choose, and have a tendency to look considerably poorer when compared to the female…

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Announced: Bandai S.H. Figuarts Bruce Lee

While he was previewed as recently as SDCC we hadn’t seen many high quality shots of Bandai’s forthcoming S.H. Figuarts Bruce Lee figure, but then today happened.  It looks like they’ve worked really hard to ensure the likeness is spot on, even going as far as showing off their 3D modelling of his face.

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Announced: Bandai Robot Damashii RMS-099 Rick Dias

At long last Bandai have announced the forthcoming Robot Damashii Rick Dias. I had been hoping this suit would turn up, and when it started to appear at shows I couldn’t wait for the final pictures. It’s looking great, an perfect to sit alongside Zeta, the Mk II and the recently released Hyakushiki (I will review all of these soon, I promise!). The only thing I have to compare it to is the Mobile Suit In Action version from umpteen years ago, which wasn’t too bad but had horrendously cheap plastic used for the back-mounted pistols.  This resulted in those…

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