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View Poll Results: Studio Series 02 Stinger - worth buying?
Yes 7 70.00%
Only if (cheap or something else) 2 20.00%
No 0 0%
Not even interested 1 10.00%
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Old 11th March 2018, 08:19 PM
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Default Toy Review - Studio Series DLX Stinger

(Please post comments, photos or even a fully comprehensive review - these are just some brief details to start you off)

02 - Stinger
Series - Studio Series
Sub-line -
Size/class - Deluxe
New/remould/redeco - new
Wave - "1"
Released here - Not here yet (out April 2018 - advance release in US March) (JP version released April 2018)
Approximate Retail Price - $29-35
Approximate Size - about 15cm
Allegiance - Decepticon
Alt-mode - sports car
Main Features/Gimmicks -
Main Colours - red, black
Main Accessories - 2 spinner blades

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Old 7th April 2018, 10:50 PM
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Default Toy Review - Studio Series Deluxe Ratchet and Stinger

Hey guys! Check out my review of the studio series I was lucky enough to find at toy world today 😂
Let me know what you think, the voyager review should be up tomorrow
https://youtu.be/SW-jzfJKspA
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Old 8th April 2018, 12:27 AM
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STINGER
Series - Studio Series
Sub-line - Age of Extinction
Size/class - Deluxe
New/remould/redeco - new
Wave - 1
Released here - April 2018
Approximate Retail Price - $35
Approximate Size - 13cm
Allegiance - Decepticon
Alt-mode - Pagani Huarya
Main Features/Gimmicks - N/A
Main Colours - red, black
Main Accessories - throwing stars








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Old 8th April 2018, 09:21 AM
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Thoughts on Stinger:

* Very appreciative that this is a new mould and not a repaint of Bumblebee.

* Colours and paint ops are really well done.

* The overall size of this toy is the same as the previous Deluxe Stinger but the head height is about a centimetre shorter.

* An impressively sophisticated transformation above your typical Deluxe figure! Almost approaches Voyager level of complexity.

* Having the entire roof and both windows forming a single piece attached to the right arm is kinda weird. Not sure where they were going with that. I don't think it's necessarily bad or good, just different. Certainly does add an additional layer of difficulty to the transformation.

* The back-mounted rack that holds the ninja stars is stupid and annoying. It also gives the car mode bugger all clearance and can impede with the wheels sitting flat on a surface and rolling. I wish it were removable. Ideally I think that they should've ditched it in favour of other features like adding hinges on the rear wheels to let them fold inwards or giving Stinger a gun. That rack needs to rack off.

* Overall: an above-average figure that's worth getting. I would vote "Yes" on the review poll which appears to be missing on this thread.


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Old 9th April 2018, 02:53 PM
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I'm a big fan of this one. I've flipped it back and forth between modes a few times now and to be honest I think this is the most enjoyment I've had from a Movie deluxe since the Hunt for the Decepticons line.

The transformation is a bloody treat on this one, especially the torso and the legs. It's all straightforward without being obvious.

I'll echo Gok on this though - would have preferred a standard gun and one more layer of calf transformation instead of the spinny thing rack.

Nonetheless, I'm glad to see they can still make figures of this complexity on this scale.

EDIT - Expanded thoughts

Vehicle mode is puny, but very very dense. Not a lot of hollow or wasted space in there. I haven't had any issues with rolling clearance through multiple transformations. A good amount of paint for a 2018 deluxe, with the only big misses being the hubcaps (standard) and the tail lights. Everything tabs into place solidly.

Transformation is as above really good. It's complex but intuitive. I especially love the diagonal waist rotation and the way that the outer calves rotate around to shift mass and compress for vehicle mode/decompress for robot mode. This is a toy that could have been done with a much much more boring transformation if the designers had wanted, and I'm ever so glad that they didn't go down that path.

Robot mode is also great. The puny vehicle becomes a (maybe whiff below?) standard sized deluxe. Great poseability, only missing a waist, wrist swivels and side-to-side ankle tilts. The roof of the vehicle forms a cannon on the robots right arm. Your mileage will vary with that one and I've seen it criticised, but I quite like it. I'd rather this than it just forming a backpack or something.

The weapons, being the spinning things, aren't great. Fortunately the armature that they sit on in robot mode is only a mushroom peg and can be easily dispensed with. To be fair, as much as I dislike the gimmick, it doesn't particularly get in the way of the robot mode posing as there are enough joints involved that they can maneuver out of the way of most poses.
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Old 14th April 2018, 05:33 PM
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This one was initially one I was really excited for, but the reviews made me rethink-however getting in hand made my initial excitement totally justified.

Robot mode is epic-super expressive, great use of kibble (looks really alien and evil) and I like the roof/gun and the stars are a fun add on to change the look of his poses.

Transformations is really cool, so much going on!!

Car mode is very nice looking... I couldn't work out how to get the stars to not touch the ground, but as I don't display in car mode I can appreciate how nice the car looks, even if it doesn't roll very well :P

10/10 recommend, even if he's pretty small for $35.
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