View Full Version : I Gear MW-03 & MW-04

2nd April 2012, 08:50 PM
These look pretty damm nice to me. Only issue is the price. $31.90 ea is very steep for essentially a scout class 3rd party toy however nice it may be.



3rd April 2012, 06:37 PM
When you consider the cost of other 3rd part toys, double the Hasbro price is normal, still I wish they were as cheap as the first two smaller Minibots.

3rd April 2012, 07:00 PM
Personally, I'm quite happy with my Official Legends Class versions of these characters; This is the same reason why I didn't bother with the Deluxe Warpath. :cool:

3rd April 2012, 07:01 PM
Igear's own online store have these for usd34 shipped. I just wish they made not brawn's arms as posable as the first two they did. The current design pretty much turned the shoulder and elbow ball joints to single swivel joints.

10th October 2012, 09:27 PM
Got both of these guys in the mail today! 1st impressions are that they are really quite good - bigger than I thought they'd be.

Pics and more thoughts in a day or so.

11th October 2012, 06:49 AM
keen to hear your thoughts.

11th October 2012, 06:30 PM
Lucky you!

Still waiting for mine to materialize.

12th October 2012, 05:54 PM
Here they are! I'll put up some pics and share some thoughts along the way...

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8467/8079184071_cd6b8c9d35.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/m-botstransformers/8079184071/)
DSC_0582 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/m-botstransformers/8079184071/) by M-bot2011 (http://www.flickr.com/people/m-botstransformers/)

Overall, I really like them. All of not-Brawn's ball joints (8 in total - 2 for each arm and 2 per leg) are a little loose, which makes posing a bit tricky out of the box. Nothing a coat of nail polish can't fix though so I'm not that fussed. I'll probably paint up the arms a more silver, it's currently a silvery grey. Another thing was that the one I got had it's legs on backwards, but popping them off at the ball joints and swapping them solved that.

Not-Cosmos is really quite awkward and not particularly posable, mostly because of the bulk in the arms and the small feet. I don't mind the fact that he's a bit weird looking - I think that kinda fits the odd nature of his alt mode. I like that his head is in a transparent bubble - gives him a cool "spaceman" look.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8052/8079177310_f496c7522c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/m-botstransformers/8079177310/)
DSC_0586 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/m-botstransformers/8079177310/) by M-bot2011 (http://www.flickr.com/people/m-botstransformers/)

The rear of not-Brawn's reversible head. A bit nondescript, I much prefer the cartoon accurate side.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8050/8079183433_8a5f6428c7.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/m-botstransformers/8079183433/)
DSC_0577 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/m-botstransformers/8079183433/) by M-bot2011 (http://www.flickr.com/people/m-botstransformers/)

There is an unfortunate gap at the rear of not-Brawn's alt mode. Considering the impressive engineering of the transformation (about the equivalent of the average deluxe), it's a bit disappointing.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8055/8079177110_077cbcf039.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/m-botstransformers/8079177110/)
DSC_0585 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/m-botstransformers/8079177110/) by M-bot2011 (http://www.flickr.com/people/m-botstransformers/)

The fin at the back of not-Cosmos is damned sharp! Nearly cut myself on it a couple of times as it's needed for transformation - you lift it to raise the head.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8051/8079183835_18f5651daf.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/m-botstransformers/8079183835/)
DSC_0581 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/m-botstransformers/8079183835/) by M-bot2011 (http://www.flickr.com/people/m-botstransformers/)

Not-Cosmos comes with this stand.

Size comparisons:

MW-01 through to -04

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8463/8079184221_3e820f469e.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/m-botstransformers/8079184221/)
DSC_0583 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/m-botstransformers/8079184221/) by M-bot2011 (http://www.flickr.com/people/m-botstransformers/)

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8473/8079183013_84e0305b4e.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/m-botstransformers/8079183013/)
DSC_0575 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/m-botstransformers/8079183013/) by M-bot2011 (http://www.flickr.com/people/m-botstransformers/)

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8331/8079183647_2101373ee5.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/m-botstransformers/8079183647/)
DSC_0579 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/m-botstransformers/8079183647/) by M-bot2011 (http://www.flickr.com/people/m-botstransformers/)

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8474/8079185233_ed9c3c60cf.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/m-botstransformers/8079185233/)
DSC_0589 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/m-botstransformers/8079185233/) by M-bot2011 (http://www.flickr.com/people/m-botstransformers/)

Even though the MP-10 and iGear's not-Ironhide are a tad blurry, this does give a reasonable indication of their relative size.

This next one is a sad, sad indictment on the size of Hasbro's recent offerings...
Even though the photo makes FOC Optimus look bigger than he actually is. I realise it's only a question of perception, it sort-of makes the price point for not-Brawn and not-Cosmos (around AUS$32 from memory) a little more palatable - as they're *almost* no longer scouts but deluxes.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8335/8079184977_8a0ec3d03f.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/m-botstransformers/8079184977/)
DSC_0587 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/m-botstransformers/8079184977/) by M-bot2011 (http://www.flickr.com/people/m-botstransformers/)

(Just to note, MW-01 (not-Huffer), RTS Jazz and MP-10 all have Reprolabels applied. IMO, improves all those toys out of sight - I advocate Reprolabels.com's products anytime)

Verdict: Not perfect, and not for everyone (the price point is high, but probably fair considering the lower manufacturing run), but I'm really happy with them, they're going to make a fantastic addition to my classics collection.

12th October 2012, 06:49 PM
Good review. I got set of two just a few hours ago. Must say I do like them alot :D

The Scream Man
14th October 2012, 11:03 AM
Its the size that makes them a winner for me. While Cosmos is OK, the points that M Bot makes are pretty much right on. but i LOVE Brawn! he is exactly what I would want from his character; Size, Color, sculpt are all great. I admit the ball shoulder is a little loose, mine pops out a lot. But overall i REALLY like him, Im VERY happy with mine.

Also MBot is right: Reprolabels make all things awesome.