If you follow my Facebook you may have seen my post about a lost Aoshima Neo Getter Black Version Anime Export Limited Exclusive. Well USPS finally got around to delivering it. Aside from that, the only issue I had was a broken arm blade tip. This is because this figure has elbow joints that are friction fit to the upper arm. Due to the weight of the diecast forearm and low friction of the joint, the forearms fall off easily. This was the case with mine. The arms came off and banged around inside the box causing the blade tip to break. It's suck a small break that its not noticeable but it still sucks.
Anyways, enough nitpicking. This is a $40 (currently 70% off!) figure released by Aoshima as an Anime-Export limited release of 1500 units. Apparently not as popular as expected. However the figure is beautiful and HEAVY. Its almost all diecast metal. Deserving of a spot in your display case or shelf.
Each box comes numbered. 1500 units made.
The box surface has a gridlike texture.
The back has some bold red font bearing the name of the set.
The tray is all styrofoam for safely securing the figure in the box. Unfortunately because of it loos elbows, the forearms fall all and bang about.
The figure has a beautiful glossy black finish all over its metal body. As you can see, the forearms will stay on. There is enough friction to keep them on during display but not so much during posing. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of the extending elbow which allows more articulation of the elbows. It's a shame the elbows aren't very secure but if you deal with figures, you know tightening joints is a couple of drops of glue/nail polish/floor polish away.
The figure has a very basic but appealing design.
The doors on top of the pods on the back open up to reveal two holes where included missiles can be placed and shot out. The missiles are just like old school missiles so be careful. (not safe for kids)
Another neat feature is the glow-in-the-dark panels on the body and eyes.
I suggest snatching one of these up at Anime-Export.com while they are still available. This all for the price of a couple of cheap plastic transformers.
I've been waiting a good while for a nice new rendition of Galvatron. Unique Toys did an incredible job with this guy.
The presentation gets a thumbs up from me. Although the figure is all plastic, the box makes it feel like you've got a rock inside. All of the weight is due to the extra sturdy box material. Nothing flimsy here.
The back has a textured feel to it.
No expense spared in keeping the figure snug during transport. It sleeps in a foam diecut tray.
Galva...I mean Maniaking looks beautiful. Doesn't even look like a transforming figure
No crazy kibble to be found, only a nicely arranged backpack.
The figure has excellent sculpting and a sharply molded parts. I am really liking the face sculpt.
Maniaking is really well articulated. The lower body joints are friction type while the shoulder have very strong ratchet-type joints providing some satisfying clicking action.
I have to say that although it's not the easiest transformation, it is very well engineered. I found myself saying wow a few times. Unique Toys has some really clever designers.
Even though the back is a bit busy, aside from the head, there really isn't anything that immediately screams robot body parts. Everything has a place which is why I am soooo surprised the head just hangs there. Unique Toys Maniaking available at BigBadToyStore.com
I was finally able to pick up Hasbro's new Skywarp at retail. It cost me $12.99. The Takara on the right cost me $40 plus shipping. Don't I feel like a dumbass. If I didnt buy the Takara, I bet the Hasbro one would've been ugly. That's my luck