View Poll Results: Should I have a Huff?

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Thread: Toy Review - HUFFER (Kingdom)

  1. #1
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    Default Toy Review - HUFFER (Kingdom)

    HUFFER
    Series - Generations
    Sub-line - War For Cybertron
    Sub-sub-line - Kingdom
    Size/class - Deluxe
    New/remould/redeco - New
    Wave - 2
    Released here - March 2021
    Approximate Retail Price - $30
    Approximate Size - 12 cm
    Allegiance - Autobot
    Alt-mode - Prime Mover
    Main Features/Gimmicks - Geewun Nostalgia, being an awesome transformer
    Main Colours - Orange, Baby Blue, Silver
    Main Accessories - coolest gun in the Trilogy, Riot shield


    SUMMARY

    • Handsome little fella
    • Best looking gun in the entire Trilogy
    • Transformation is a bit sticky/crunchy



    Cranky yet majestic

    "Aww geez, why do I have to look so awesome? It's just too much darn it"

    Ready to tow

    Ready to plow through some zombies


    THICK

    Possibly my favourite geewun deluxe in the Trilogy now (yes topping Cliffjumper), Huffer wildly exceeded my expectations in both quality and... well quality. Everything you would want painted is painted and the sculpting exudes so much character. There is very little left to desire. Huffer's accessories are also best in class with the best looking gun in the trilogy to date in my opinion. The riot shield is also a great addition and cleverly forms a cover for the alt mode hitch. A nice addition as well is that this shield can also be mounted in a 5mm hole on top of the cab, should you wish Huffer to pull Prime's trailer. Also not to be overlooked is Huffer's superior poseability in bot mode. The only thing this guy is missing is a wrist swivel (not that he needs it). The cap it all off, I find the transparent blue plastic for the cab to be absolutely gorgeous. I have a few minor quibbles with the alt-mode and transformation which are detailed below.

    PROS
    • The colours really pop. This is one handsome transformer! They even painted his tail lights. That never happens!
    • Kickass articulation and balance. This guy has pretty good balance and the joints to make use of it!
    • Accessories are the bomb.


    CONS
    • Transformation is just a bit too sticky/crunchy for my liking. Call me spoiled but things don't quite tab/line up well enough 100% for me to take pleasure in transforming him. It's a bugbear that ruins an almost perfect toy.
    • The alt mode just seems a little off, as if the rear wheels and front wheels are at different elevations. It's a bit of an optical illusion because the orange plastic rear of Huffer's alt mode slopes downwards. The stickyness of the transformation also makes like the cab is being pulled backwards from a straight level. The not-hidden fists not only feels lazy, but unnecessarily so. Front wheels have a tendency to pop off during transformation.


    In conclusion: why are you still reading this. Go get this guy!

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    I love this figure, too.

    The transformation is on the simple side for a deluxe... but it's so Huffer. And it's been a long time coming; especially after the lacklustre (and surprisingly expensive now) Combiner Wars offering.

    The gun splitting for transformation is both innovative and inelegant in execution; but I don't care since I'm not going to attach it as a back plate thing, since he didn't have that in G1.


    Looking For:

    - Blue Microchange MC-04 (02) Familia 1500XG (that's the pre-TF Bumblejumper)

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    This is simply the best Huffer ever made, until they make a Masterpiece one. I remember seeing the Combiner Wars Huffer and thinking, "No, dear God, no." So this is much welcomed.

    "Go get this guy!" - He's sold out! At Myer he was on super special for $25 and was the first to go among his case mates. Even expensive EBGames has no more stock. I posted about him listed at Toys R Us online for $29, where he got snapped up quickly. And he's MIA at Amazon AU. Fortunately/unfortunately Popcultcha has him for a costly $40. Kingdom wave 2 Deluxes are yet to show at Big W, Kmart, Target, Toymate (and Toyworld?). It's a bit worrying that Big W has their sale on now with lots of KD w2 Voyagers but no Deluxes. So I really hope the mass retailers get him in quantities as he deserves to be in any G1 person's collection (and to stuff up the scalpers).

    However, there are some minor criticisms. His size is too big. He towers over the Power of the Primes, Combiner Wars and Titans Returns minibots, and is almost Studio Series 86 Jazz's height. So I found the best place to put him is next to Masterpieces where he comes up to about mid thigh on MP-44 Optimus.






    Another small thing is the light blue/grey paint around the Autobot insignia. The insignia sits on top a raised, shield-like area that is coloured around in the cartoon. It would have been nice if they followed that, though it would have required alteration of the molded detailing of the chest.

    Also, the shoulder pylons might or might not annoy you. The cartoon did not have them but the G1 toy did sort of (they were the hinges/levers for the cab). For the Kingdom version, they play no role in transformation but add some continuity to the undercarriage, which can be appreciated when looking into the front wheel well at certain angles.

    Lastly, why not make the feet out of the orange instead of grey plastic like on the box art and like the cartoon, which would also make the truck all orange?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skyfire View Post
    Lastly, why not make the feet out of the orange instead of grey plastic like on the box art and like the cartoon, which would also make the truck all orange?
    Because of the diamond lattice on the cab of the truck. I’m
    Not disagreeing with you; I just see that they chose that direction. I’m personally fine with the choice, but your preference also makes sense.


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    - Blue Microchange MC-04 (02) Familia 1500XG (that's the pre-TF Bumblejumper)

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    Huffer is my favourite Wave 2 Kingdom toy. Lovin' it.




















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    He is back in stock at Amazon for $34... After reading this review I bought one

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    Quote Originally Posted by MayzaPrime View Post
    He is back in stock at Amazon for $34... After reading this review I bought one
    So did lots of others - he's #1 Best Seller in Action Figures on Amazon AU as of right now. Ha ha!

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    Definitely a fun figure - huge shame about the limited elbow articulation though! Stops him from being up their with Sideswipe as a WFC deluxe favourite.

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