Loyal Subjects Blind Box Masters of the Universe…SpartanNerd Unboxing and Review

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He-Man.org indicated that these were coming to Wal-Mart, and on that very same day I went to investigate, only to find that they only had Transformers and Power Rangers Blind Boxes by the Loyal Subjects.  I don’t live near Wal-Mart, nor do I like going there.  So it was another two weeks before I went back to look again.  And there it was.  I got the second figure from the case!  Why not more?  This little box has a steep price of $12.95!

The box is very nice.  It has a shiny treatment, that isn’t foil.  Instead, it is just…slick and shiny.  It makes the images of the figures and characters really pop!  There is a Filmation Castle Grayskull motif to the box as well.  And MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE is plastered all over the box.  It is nice to see the brand on store shelves again!

Let’t talk blind bag/blind box.

I have bought so many Magic the Gathering Booster packs, that I am done.  I am only buying the singles I want, unless the packs come with some other product.  (Think Planeswalker Packs, or Fat Packs.)  Other than that, the only way I am opeing a pack is if I draft it or win it.  That’s because you get burned so often.  And there is no telling what’s inside.  Blind Boxes/bags have the same problem.

I’ve only opened one Blind Bag/Box for myself in my adult life, and I did it for the school children.  It was a Nina Turtles Mega Block Mini Figure.  I gave them all a speech about how the picture shows lots of different characters, and kind of gets your hopes up.  But then when you open it, it won’t be what you wanted, probably.  I told them that my favorite was Donatello, but I was OK if it was someone else.  We also discussed the rare and chase figures that it could be, and how those are ways that the company gets you to buy more.  My turtle turned out to be Michaelangelo.  And now he sits on top of my white board.

So this is the second Blind Box/Bag I am opening.  Do I hope it’s He-Man or Skeletor? Certainly!  Do I hope it is a special rare flocked red Beastman.  Heck Yeah!  But realisitcally, I expect it to be something else.

The box is so nice, I decided to open it carefully. I intend to display the figure atop the box!

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Inside the box was a foil bag.  This is the second layer of security to keep prying eyes out!  The house doesn’t win if you know what figure you are getting.

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Here is what was inside!  Tri-Clops!

I don’t own Masters of the Universe Classics Tri-Clops…(who does?)  But I do own my vintage one still.  But I won’t be showing you that.  He is in WAY AWFUL shape.  his visor is busted off, so only the top layer remains, making him look eyeless but with some kind of deranged hat.

A little talk about Tri-Clops.  As a kid, I played with Tri-Clops all the time.  He was SO FUN. The eyes spinning thing was AWESOME!  But his sword was the other big thing.  Everyone knew this was the coolest sword in MOTU.  He-Man’s sword was shorter and lacking in detail compared to Tri-Clops.  And when I couldn’t find He-Man’s, and didn’t want to use Prince Adam’s LAME pink sword, I would use Tri-Clops sword in its place.

This fully posable vinyl figure comes with a miniature copy of that same sword!

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I am trying a new tactic in photographing Tri-Clops.  I am using the “Crafs Man”s method of having a trash can as a diffuser.  Great results!  You can see Tri-Clops very good here.This is just about as vanilla a pose as I can get you.

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You can see the holster on the back of the removable armor.  This removes just like you would expect, but you have to pop off his head.

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Tri-Clops spinning eyes works really well.  Not as loose as the vintage, but still pretty cool.  You can see he IS fully articulated.  As a two-and-a-half inch figure, it is pretty incredible how much articulation they got into him!  Ankles that swivel, hip-thigh joints, torso swivel, jointed arms, swivel wrist with hands that can hold weapons, and head on a ball joint.

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Most vinyl figures around my house are of the “Funko” philosophy.  Not much articulation.  Tri-Clops takes pointers from a different line of figures, I think.

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These Sonic guys, who I really like to photograph, have all of the same articulation points as Tri-Clops.  And are the same size, but not muscular, of course.

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I DO have the Tri-Clops sword that came in the MOTUC weapons pack.  The sword that isn’t painted green, but is painted like a traditional sword.  I thought it would be cool to see Tri-Clops hold it.

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He is larger than Mega-Bloks or Lego mini-figures.

But smaller than MOTUC figures.

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So what does the SpartanNerd rate the Loyal Subjects Blind Box Masters of the Universe Mini Vinyl Tri-Clops?

I think there is some “Masters of the Universe” fan tax added to the price.  I think this item is worth $12.95 on a blister card.  But not as a blind bag.  If I bought three more of these, I could have three more Tri-Clops.  That’s a bummer.  I don’t even want one more copy.  The one I opened here is enough.  And this is enough deterrent for people who collect stuff.

The product though is terrific.  These vinyl figures do real justice to their source material.  I have to complain about just a little bit of paint slop on the back of his furry shorts.  But otherwise, he has excellent features, and you feel like you are playing with a miniature Tri-Clops.  (you are, actually.

So I am going to rate the Loyal Subjects Masters of the Universe Blind Box Mini at 3/5.  This would have been a 4/5 if it was carded, and 5/5 if there wasn’t any paint slop.

So do you agree or disagree?  Let me know in the comments!

 

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SpartanNerd Review…KREO Transformers “Micro-changers” (Blind Bag)

Bored and nearly broke…buying dish detergent and looking for cheap content…I came across this gem for a mere three dollars at Dollar General Market in Pacolet, SC.

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A couple of things bears discussing here, first.

This isn’t my first experience with Kreo Transformers.  One of the Spartan-children had a Kreo BumbleBee once.  They were really too young.  So I had to do the assembling.  Which was quite tough.  I specifically remember putting pieces on, only to have others let go.

Ranking building blocks…LEGO is king.  The blocks go tog enter comfortably.  There are certain “design standards” that LEGO adheres to.  Then there are the iconic Mini-Figures.

Mega-Blocks…second place…at one time these felt like generic LEGO blocks.  Nowadays a kid might just as well be talking about LEGOs and Mega-Blocks interchangeably.  Mega-Blocks has its own figures, and cool licenses such as Halo.  They don’t market to as young of a crowd of kids as LEGO.  But they don’t have the same design standards as LEGO.  So they might just wing a big rectangle on a single stud, and call that a moving part.  Not the best our soundest solution.

Then KREO has to be last.  These blocks are meant to be interchangeable with the other two.  But there are some problems. They tend to be smaller.  And the studs don’t stick together so well even with blocks in the same set.  And forget about design standards…a part might be held together with tension, or whatever.  I remember that BumbleBee having layers and layers of underside.  This was neither fun to build, and seemed to be lacking in function.

When I saw this KREO Transformer, I remembered the BumbleBee experience.  I also know that that particular set was among the first KREO sets.  I wondered if things had moved along any and improved?  Keep on reading for more of the review!

The back of the bag looked like this…featuring many transformers…most of whom I have little knowledge of or care for.  Rodimus Prime was among them, making me think these must be Transformers from season three of the Generation One cartoon.  (Longtime readers will know that I never cared much for Rodimus Prime.)

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Opening the package revealed these two items…a poly-bag and the instructions.

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I believe the instructions have an error…The ad for Computron and Menasor are BACKWARDS.  Compton is the one at the top. I could be mistaken however, not being that much of an expert on Transformers.  But as a kid, I had Scattershot.  Furthermore, I saw a “Combiner Wars” version of Computron at Big Lots.

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The Transformer I got was “Cyclonis.”  Here are the instructions…

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Here are the assorted parts.

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Here is my first build of Cyclonis.  As I look at him, I scour my memory to see if I can remember this character.  The wings on the arms really bother me.  So I re-arranged him to have a more “Starscream” build.

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One thing that is immediately apparent is the helmet doesn’t want to stay on.  He has a head-barrel almost exactly like a LEGO mini figure.  But that helmet doesn’t snap on well.  And it keeps popping off.

After rebuilding him into “Thundercracker” or similar re-colored Starscream, I put him back the way he is supposed to be according to the instructions.  I am certain, however, if there was a Starscream KREO, he would probably have the same pieces with a different coloration.

Cyclonis…who was he?  The back of the bag tells me that he is probably from the episodes of Transformers I would only OCCASIONALLY watch.  I was very upset when they killed off Optimus Prime.  I also preferred the Autobot and Deception war to be on Earth, and finally the vehicle modes of the last season of Generation 1 Transformers tended to be science fiction things like ships, futuristic cannons, etc.  This made sense for a group of warriors on Cybertron.

Saying all this doesn’t change the fact that I owned more Transformers from this era than from the earlier era.  Transformers were expensive.  The ones I had were gifted to me.  And usually going to the store with money to purchase one meant that characters I knew would be out of stock…

Finally, It came to me.  A little blip in my memory where Galvatron is using Cyclonis name.  I broke down and looked at Wikipedia.  Indeed, Cyclonis was Galvatron’s “right hand man.”  And yes.  His wings are on his arms.

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Transforming Cyclonis wan’t difficult.  He becomes one of those “futuristic” vehicles I mentioned.  The transformation really isn’t anything more than the figure on its belly, with an extra nosecone piece instead of the helmet.  And the wings re-arranged.

I much prefer the robot mode!

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Cyclonis stands just fine without his KREO block-stand.  He comes with this purple gun, which is one of the coolest parts of this set.  That translucent purple reminds me of another Transformer I DID own, Shockwave…

SpartanNerd Review of KREO Transformers “Micro-changers” (Blind Bag)

I haven’t reviewed alot of LEGOs.  But as it goes, this is worth every bit of three dollars.  I really like the color scheme.  He is menacing, with guns on his back and a purple gun accessory.  You immediately know he is a Decepticon!  (I have always been more of a Deception, even though I regarded the Autobots as awesome as well.  But my toys were usually Decepticon.

Sure, it has some problems.  The helmet doesn’t like to stick to the single stud on top of his head.  He stands better without the stand…both feet don’t want to plug into it.  (That’s why you saw me posing him standing on one foot.)  There is ugly branding on the underside of one of the wings.

The SpartanNerd rates  KREO Transformers “Micro-changers” (Blind Bag) a 4/5.  For three dollars,you have something way cooler than most LEGO mini figures that come in blind bags.  For instance, I remember SpartanKid opening a Cheerleader, a clown, and a caveman.  At least this was a Decepticon!