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The CollectionDX 2008 Holiday Buying Guide

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Nice job guys!

Nice job guys!

Anavel's picture
Posted by Anavel on 17 December, 2008 - 00:57
Yamato's Hagane Danguard Ace

Is there any chance CDX will soon have a review of Yamato's big Danguard Ace? I own the toy and am more than happy with it, but CDX's reviews are always a blast to read.

Besides, I don't normally get a chance to read a review of a toy I actually own. :)

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Posted by TimF on 17 December, 2008 - 03:02
I think we'll have it

I think we'll have it sometime in January - Our suppliers shipment got delayed. But we will have it at some point.

Josh

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Posted by JoshB on 17 December, 2008 - 15:01
yep

Sweet list ! Too bad nobody in my family will even think about giving me a robot toy, let alone paying more than 20 euros for it... ;)

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Posted by zolarzyztem on 17 December, 2008 - 14:09
I know I was supposed to

I know I was supposed to make more price-diversified choices for the list- "That's a steal!", "I can do that", and "I'm gonna need a second mortgage!"- but for me, the playing field just wasn't diversified enough.

Much as I love TF Animated's Deluxe-sized Prowl and Bumblebee, I thought they were a bit on the frustrating side when it came to features and transformation compared to what was asked for this list. Same with three-out-of-four of my Voyager-class figures- Optimus Prime, Grimlock, and Starscream; Lugnut had QC issues, and much as I love him too, I couldn't put that up either.
On the other side of this, I still really want that DX GodMars, but for the price... and the fact that Josh nominated it... Now, I came across several toys & sets that would have been great for the high-end price-range, but they were released in earlier years and so obviously couldn't be selected.

This year, I was limited because what I really wanted to nominate was rather consistent inside of the $20-60 range.
Hopefully I can do better next year!
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Posted by EVA_Unit_4A on 17 December, 2008 - 14:48
You've got that right!

I can't say too much about most of the stuff on here, but there are a couple things that earn my full backing.

Sanjeev is right about Glyos. I don't own many, but that's a money issue, not a lack of desire! I could fill rooms with these guys. They are just spectacular.

Josh, REX, and EVA are all right in bringing up Transformers. I've been very happy with what's been coming out recently, and there are few ways to do wrong. I can attest to Oil Slick and the pictured Prowl being great, but I don't own Magnus yet. And this is just from what I've heard pretty much everywhere: stay away from Galvatron.

EVA's recommendation of the Transforming Fury Megazord Set is also right on the money. I'll repeat in short what I said earlier: I'm no Sentai fan, but I love this toy. Totally worth a shot.

Lastly, this one's just a good feeling, and no certainty yet...I have a Godmars waiting until Christmas day to be opened. I cannot tell you how excited I am.

Great job, guys!

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Posted by Gareth Infinity on 17 December, 2008 - 23:28
I'm surprised noone

I'm surprised noone mentioned Animated Soundwave. Yes,normally I hate that show and it's poorly drawn Teen Titans characters,but Soundwave in his Kamina shades is my favorite toy in years! He's a Transformer playing a guitar!

Also,could someone please explain what's so great about those Glyos things that are always being pimped out on here? They look like a grocery store toy.

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Posted by kidnicky on 18 December, 2008 - 10:00
I covered TFA Soundwave

I covered TFA Soundwave for CDX, so I guess you'd be asking me directly why I didn't recommend him...

At a glance, he looks like Soundwave, but the toy was a real letdown...

1) He's [so far only] a Deluxe-class figure, the shortest one yet in robot mode, which he most certainly is not in his debut/cameo.
2) His size makes things difficult to transform, mostly in the torso and legs.
3) Articulation is limiting in some crucial ways (wrists, legs, head), or joints are too lose (a Q-C issue).
4) Though incorporating Laserbeak is a nice nod, the guitar just really is a let down, and hard to work with.

That's four reasons right there not to promote or recommend him.

. . .

As to the Glyos system, I'm in the same boat with you- I can't figure out why these are so appealing! Since I don't collect action figures, I suspect it may have something to do with that.
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EVA_Unit_4A's picture
Posted by EVA_Unit_4A on 18 December, 2008 - 13:50
kidnicky:

I admit that Glyos won't appeal to every single person (what does?), but here's what I like about them:

First of all they are just downright beautiful. There are so many different colorways out there, so in this field there ought to be something for everyone. The variety is awesome.

The very concept of what they are, adds to this. The interchangability of parts opens up the door to near-limitless custom color schemes. And, it allows you to create your own powered-up figures, creatures, powered suits, or whatever else you can think of.

The durability is impressive, too. I'm too lazy at the moment to find the links, but there have been a few tests recorded on video where these figures were actually thrown against walls. And the results certainly aren't fake; I've done it myself. I can't think of a way you could break them without some kind of tool, or flame. I've even casually tried to snap off the little fingers...and it's not easy.

That said, while I'm very hesitant to hand my 8-year-old nephew a Revoltech or an SoC, I'm perfectly alright with letting him play with Glyos figs. That is just great for me because I hate telling him that he can't touch any of my toys.

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Posted by Gareth Infinity on 18 December, 2008 - 15:18
Glyos

I think the thing with the Glyos figures is something tactile, more so than visual. Sure, they're action figures...that happen to pop apart so that you can beef up your existing guys or build crazy vehicles and suits. If that were the only information I was given, I might've passed on these myself. But once given a chance to handle one in person, all that changes.

There's a sort of designer vinyl appeal to the geometry of the individual parts. It's like a cross between a GI Joe guy and a Real x Head fight figure (if that means anything to ya!). They just don't feel mass-produced. Feeling the texture of the material, finding the tiny asymmetries in the sculpt, hearing the *snap* of the joints when they're first moved...it all contributes to the hand-made feel of the figures.

And this doesn't even get into the old-school scifi Micronauts feel of the characters. Or the crazy designs you can come up with if you only see them as building toys...

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Posted by Sanjeev on 18 December, 2008 - 15:45
Sanjeev's got it right...

You really do need to handle one of these things. They just feel...special. Like he said, not like a mass-produced toy. All the marvelling I did at pictures of them hardly prepared me for the actual experience of fiddling with one. They seriously rock.

Gareth Infinity's picture
Posted by Gareth Infinity on 18 December, 2008 - 16:16
Damn,now you've reminded me

Damn,now you've reminded me about those Real X Head figures I never bought!
I guess I see your point,but I doubt I'll ever start collecting them.

Eva,I wasn't specifically asking YOU about Soundwave,I was just throwing it out there. I really have to disagree with all your complaints though. My joints are all fine,and the guitar transforms back and forth easily. It's no problem posing him with it in either mode. Maybe you got a bad figure?

The scale issue might bother me,but I don't collect the line,so it doesn't. He's rocking out with my SD Gundam dudes,so he actually looks bigger than he should.

kidnicky's picture
Posted by kidnicky on 18 December, 2008 - 22:35
Late Entries of 07

Great list as always guys! Sorry I'm absent on the Gundams for the list, I'm still building my way out of 2007 that by the time I get to something 2008 it'll be 2010.
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The Gundam Model Guy

Gunpla Rob's picture
Posted by Gunpla Rob on 18 December, 2008 - 12:46
Wow, I'm amazed...

A truly awesome list overall. Liked how it had entries that would appeal to everyone and with a good range of prices. BUT, I'm kind of wondering who nobody decided to include the 1/100 20" tall RC Mecha Godzilla? shouldn't every wish list include something nobody would ever buy you?

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Posted by Jerilock on 21 December, 2008 - 21:06
Ooooh...good call on that

Ooooh...good call on that one! Honestly, I'd forgotten all about it. Is it even out?

For all those wondering what we're talking about, check it out here!

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Posted by Sanjeev on 22 December, 2008 - 11:15
 
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