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Xovergen STC-GP Grand Patriot was release circa 2011, a release inspired by a concept art by artist don Figueroa, a Transformers-G.I Joe Crossover design of Optimus Prime as Rolling Thunder.
It received several releases of green and red colors but not great reception by the fans (especially green color version) as there were issues of quality of the plastic and the design itself.
However, not giving up, Xovergen teased us in 2011 with their plan of producing on of the iconic characters in Transformers fandom (and haven't received any release since he last appearance in 1988), Super Ginrai of Transformers : Super-God Masterforce
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Transformers : Super-God Masterforce was the 2nd series that wasn't released by the US after Transformers Headmaster.
There are a few version of the story which gave different explanations of the event happening during Masterforce (not to mention how Ginrai looked like Optimus Prime) so I'll be skipping it.
But you can just easily google it for either the TV Series, the Marvel Comic or the Japan Comic versions
So, let us start!
First of all, the top left is Super Ginrai in Alt Mode, bottom left is his Powermaster, center is Ginrai with the trailer as Battle Station and lastly Super Ginrai. Xovergen Trailerforce TF-01 Masterarmor is an add-on homaging Super Ginrai with either using Classics/Henkei Optimus Prime, Masterforce Ginrai or G1 Optimus Prime.
|In Package - Front View|
Here's Masterarmor, with Henkei Optimus Prime that will be used for the review. This is the biggest box for the party that I had ever owned. Xovergen still maintaining the same theme in terms of the design of the box
|In Package - Back View|
The design is a bit simple in the back with the actual picture of the add on, a small checklist of the parts included, a great art of Masterarmor etc
|List of parts|
|It will be my time next!|
|Out Of Package|
The instruction is too simplified and skipped part of the sequence. Not to mention there are some difference in configurations when using different truck cab
|Masterarmor with Henkei Convoy|
Nicely design in my opinion. Instead of "articulating" his G1 counterpart, Xovergen presented us with something that potrayed Classics/Neo G1 version of Powermaster Prime
I've tested both versions of Classics and Henkei mold (not picture with Classics though) and I saw the the blue color of Henkei really match Masterarmor's blue. The red however somehow seemed like a different shades of red
|Great detailing and nice weapon placements|
More or less have the length compared with Optimus Prime with Fansproject G3 Trailer
Battle Station Mode
How I see it, it appears that there's some room of creativity in configuring this mode but I'll try to stick with the original configuration
There isn't exactly a trigger, peg or anything in this mode for Optimus Prime but it's plausible enough
Now for the big climatic part, the robot mode
Head sculpt wise, Xovergen decided to really giving Homage to the 1988's toy. No light piping but with red-chromed plastic in the eyes.
|2 missiles on each fore-arm|
Let's continue with his articulations
This might not be everyone's favourite but as you can see the shoulders are on ball joints which known to easily become loose especially with the big guns. But the good thing is that it's fixible. It also came with double jointed elbows which really a big add up
His lower body's articulations also doesn't dissapoint, considering his massive size. He comes with waist joint (which need to do some adjusting with the leg of Henkei Convoy on it's back), swivel thighs and knees. Also, the feet are on ball joints and the end part of the feet can be tilt upwards allowing a few more poses. But can it? Will he fall down easily as most big-scaled figures before him?
Nope! From what I can see, as long as the ball joints on his feet doesn't loosen up, he'll be very stable for displaying and taking pictures
Aside from the robot, a part of the trailer formed a 'weapon garage' according to Xovergen. This might not be really practical, just a bunch of parts put together
Here's how big he is! Enough to rival TFC Hercules
Now, is he worth it? First of all, Masterarmor is the kind of product that takes a few times to get used to. However, once you get the flow, it's a fun toy to play with not to mention the coming Not-God Bomber.
Quality wise, he's worth every penny. And since since I'm anxious to start venturing my Classics line-up into Headmasters and onwards, he just felt so great!
|Waiting for BTS Not-Overlord|
Hope you guys enjoyed this review