Every kid I knew loved ’em! They combined two of our favorite things: Dinosaurs and Transformers. What more could a kid ask for? I remember being blown away by them when they showed up on the original cartoon as a 5 year old.
I could not wait to get my hands on them! When the original G1 toys came out I begged my Mom for the Brontosaurus Sludge. To this day my favorite Dino is a Brachiosaurus. I have a thing for the big Sauropods. Transformers were expensive back then (Still are!) and we couldn’t afford a lot of them. In fact when my next door neighbor broke my older brother’s Megatron, my mom took it back to Sears and exchanged it for an Optimus Prime for me. I think He still resents me to this day!
So I got Sludge but that was the only Dinobot I ever got. My Brother Got Grimlock and Snarl, so He made out OK in the end. There was one Dinobot we both wanted though, and he proved to be impossible to find!
Swoop, the Pteranodon! I never saw him in stores. Now truth be told we lived in a tiny town in Idaho, so you know… Still he was our Holy Grail, or the stuff of legends. There was a rumor at church, that a kid had one, but I never met him. Years later, in 2000 I discovered a little web site called EBay, where I was able to buy Him for $60. He was complete except for his sword. It was a good find, as eight years later I sold him for $150.
Now I firmly believe that Fans Toys has done something wonderful here with their Iron Dbots Line. FT Soar is truly a Masterpiece Transformer. The Transformation is easy and calls back to the originals as well. His chest color is blue and that of the cartoon not red like the G1 toy. There is a version with the red chest but I prefer the blue of the cartoon. Like most collectors I prefer that my Mp’s reflect the cartoon but be detailed and have that Cybertonian tech vibe.
I owned MP8 but like I said in an earlier review I sold 1 through 9 when MP10 came out. I liked that figure but the scale left much to be desired. Let’s just say I am looking forward to Grinder.
Soar is also hefty, Lots of die cast make him shockingly heavy. When I took him out of the package I noticed this right away. His proportions are really nice and He is an impressive robot. All the right points of articulation are here and this gives you any possible pose your brain can conjure up. Fans Toys always delivers on the points articulation. His sword stores on his back and on his base. Speaking of which, its a big plus that he comes with a wonderful clear base.
Bottom line Soar is Masterpiece Swoop. Period. There are a couple different choices out there as fare as Masterpiece Dinobots. Fans Toys has made the consequential Masterpiece Swoop. I don’t even think Takara could do any better! If you want my opinion, there is no other choice. So go over to Big Bad Toy Store and buy one for yourself.
See full post here: Hanchey Art2016-10-15.