Tuesday, January 12, 2010

micromasters sixtrain

sixtrain, my 1st micromasters

they're sold separately

today's post is about the micromaster sixtrain from the micromasters sub group of transformers zone. he's a gestalt robot formed by the combination of six micromasters which take the form of various trains as alternate mode. zone was suppose to be the continuation of transformers victory but due to poor toy sales it was canceled - only the pilot episode was aired. micromasters are transformers who were created in small sizes for the purpose of energy saving. these smaller bodies were easier to maintain and uses less energy than larger bodies. the same nebulon technology seen in headmasters & powermasters were used.
figure indicator

manual on one side...

...comic on the other

actually i'm not a fan of small size transformers toys because its small, less detail, little to no accessories & very simple transformation process. what prompted me to buy this one is a review by cliffbee on sixturbo, another micromaster combiner that was rated very high - 9/10. cliffbee said that sixturbo is a very good gestalt and features interesting individual toy design & accessories (click me for details). sixtrain got a little lower rate - 8.5/10 (click me to for details) but still in the same league. i have aquired both but i'll review sixtrain first...
desire with right foot

atlan with upper legs

all six bots came in individual boxes so you can either slowly buy & build sixtrain one at a time or if have the resources can go in one shot. because i managed to get all six at a reasonable price so i opted for the latter. i'm not sure if there is a boxset like other normal size gelstalt but i guess there isn't any. even though each box has the same design there is an indicator at the bottom left of each box to differentiate who's who - 1 is desire, 2 is atlan, 3 is raise, 4 is san diego, 5 is windy & 6 is convertor. this will ensure collectors won't get 2 or more of the same figure. each box contains a bot, accessories to form sixtrain, a transformational manual & comic...since i don't read japanese i can't understand the comic.
raise with left foot

san diego with head & blaster

each figure is only 6 cm tall & share the same transformation process; fold back the rear part of the train to form the legs & push the arms forward, reverse to change back to train form. combining them to form sixtrain is a bit more complex but you can still do so without refering to the manual...that's why i don't like legend class. articulation is only limited to the arms.
windy with fists

convertor with torso

anyway the detail on the bots are better than what i expected, for example you can actually see their tiny faces clearly. like all legend class they don't come with weapons other than parts to form sixtrain & he has a blaster, which is nice. i also don't like transformers without weapons, makes them look weak. in train mode they cannot link together to form 1 train, a shame as it would really add up value to the set.
merge to form sixtrain

side view

as for sixtrain he looks good & much better than the small guys. at 17 cm he's about the same height as a deluxe class. however because all 6 bots are the same size its impossible to merge them together without the use of extensions, like the normal gestalts. aside from the normal gestalt head, feet & fists a torso & upper legs is needed. desire (chest), san diego (back), atlan (right arm) & raise (left arm) will attach to the torso part while windy (right leg) & convertor (left leg) attach to the upper legs. merge these two parts & you'll have sixtrain.
rear side

left view

he only looks nice from the front so as a display piece that's the only way to pose him. articulation is limited to the head, arms & fists only. the legs are fixed & the feet snap into position.
being my first micromasters figure & micromasters gestalt i can say that i'm quite please with sixtrain. though small each figure has a high degree of detail & the gestalt looks good. the colour choice for each figure is great making sixtrain looks unified and even.


The Spinner Rack said...

thought you might be interested in the new transformers video game trailer


touyakaruma said...

perthhh giler smart

Mat`amiT said...

spinner rack - thanks dude, will check it out

touyakaruma - yes, very smart