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Here's a oldie... but.. OKie?

I finally had the chance to open the box to the used MP-5 Megatron I purchased in Vancouver during my July 2017 outing.

Yes, there were dings in the box and I later learned during my fiddling with the thing that scratches were already present and one of the pieces (plastic to contain the sliding barrel piece) had broken, but at the $50 or so that I paid (got this and two Batman Animated figures MISB for $80 so, however you want to break it down) it was a good chance to compare and contrast this to the MP-36 that was recently released.

MP-5 is significantly larger than the MP-36 counterpart, which of course makes sense given the fact it predates MP-10, which was sort of the new standard to which MP figures were scaled.

Strangely enough, while MP-5 came with Kremzeek, an Energon Ball & Chain, and Laser Gun/Sword, it didn't come with the barrel extension that the classic G1 toy did, and that the MP-36 set came with.

The scope/fusion cannon has a light up feature, which is nice.

Understandably, it only came with one facial expression. I say understandably because it wasn't the norm back in 2007.

Speaking of faces.. well, lets just say that while neither MP-36 nor MP-5 have that perfect cartoon look, MP-36 at least looks like a close relative, as compared to the low budget cosplay visage from the MP-5 figure.

My impression of this figure prior to playing around with this figure was that it was a lanky mess of limbs.. that hasn't really changed even after my time with the figure.

The arms are much too stubby, and the legs are hilariously too long and slender.

Transformation wise, I've read reports that say prior to MP-36 being released, MP-5 was the biggest pain in the ass to transform out of any modern toy.

Maybe it's because I no longer needed to be super delicate as this was a used figure, but I certainly didn't find it to be anywhere even close to how annoying difficult the transformation for MP-36 was.

The legs have their own crazy insanity, but the upper body was relatively simple, as it relies very heavily on what I would call an exo-skeleton rather than the dizzying array of panels and pieces on MP-36.

Pistol mode is solid and is fun to play with, provided that you like playing with guns that are over a foot long.

I still don't know what sane human being could see this thing and think it was a real gun. Not to mention that the toys were packaged in robot mode.. that orange ring installation thing was overkill IMHO.

The fusion cannon, while is comically big and looks impressive, was a bit too heavy, causing my figure to do the splits on more than one occasion. Not to mention that actually pointing the thing in front requires the joints in the shoulder to be in pristine condition.

The articulation isn't MP-36 quality, but I agree with many Youtube reviewers saying that Takara Tomy might have gone completely apeshit crazy overboard on MP-36 as a sort of apology for the MP-5 figure.

What you get with MP-5 isn't too bad, with most major points of movement present. I just wish they had included a waist swivel.

For all its faults, MP-5 does have a few things that are superior to that of MP-36. For starters, as a homage to the G1 toy, MP-5 works much better due to the metallic silver paint job as compared to the more matte grey of MP-36.. of course, MP-36 is trying to be more like the animated model.

There seemed to be more mechanical details on MP-5 as compared to Mp-36. Again, this could be due to the relatively simplistic look of the animated model versus what a toy would be like, but they are appreciated nonetheless. These details are most notable on the lower legs and the insides of what become the grip of the pistol mode.

MP-5 doesn't have that awkward waist panel pattern that MP-36 has. Of course, MP-5 doesn't have a waist at all, so I'm not sure which one wins.

At the end of the day, IMHO MP-36 is the clearly better product. Of course, it was engineered to be better in every single way, not to mention costs a pretty penny, so that quality is to be expected. The original MP-5 isn't bad, but is certainly below average, especially when compared to the greatness of the admittedly flawed MP-1.

How Many Americans Know the Words?

Melinda Young Stuart posted a photo:

How Many Americans Know the Words?

You see the source and the date of this great cartoon at the bottom of the image, captured with iPhone from the book, shown below--a terrific and entertaining study of the history of this song as our national anthem, which only become official in 1931. The song has been controversial since the 19th century, with musicians, singers, and regular folks all claiming that it is practically unsingable. And yet, so connected with spectator sports has it become (starting with baseball), that the idea of jettisoning it or switching for another are fightin' words!! Many other patriotic songs have been proposed to replace it, but, so far, nothing has succeeded.

Click to enlarge and read the captions!
Here are all of the verses that you probably don't know.
www.dictionary.com/e/star-spangled-banner/

EXPLORE-d!
Thanks, Americans, and international friends!!

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Quantum Stalker posted a photo:

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Here's a oldie... but.. OKie?

I finally had the chance to open the box to the used MP-5 Megatron I purchased in Vancouver during my July 2017 outing.

Yes, there were dings in the box and I later learned during my fiddling with the thing that scratches were already present and one of the pieces (plastic to contain the sliding barrel piece) had broken, but at the $50 or so that I paid (got this and two Batman Animated figures MISB for $80 so, however you want to break it down) it was a good chance to compare and contrast this to the MP-36 that was recently released.

MP-5 is significantly larger than the MP-36 counterpart, which of course makes sense given the fact it predates MP-10, which was sort of the new standard to which MP figures were scaled.

Strangely enough, while MP-5 came with Kremzeek, an Energon Ball & Chain, and Laser Gun/Sword, it didn't come with the barrel extension that the classic G1 toy did, and that the MP-36 set came with.

The scope/fusion cannon has a light up feature, which is nice.

Understandably, it only came with one facial expression. I say understandably because it wasn't the norm back in 2007.

Speaking of faces.. well, lets just say that while neither MP-36 nor MP-5 have that perfect cartoon look, MP-36 at least looks like a close relative, as compared to the low budget cosplay visage from the MP-5 figure.

My impression of this figure prior to playing around with this figure was that it was a lanky mess of limbs.. that hasn't really changed even after my time with the figure.

The arms are much too stubby, and the legs are hilariously too long and slender.

Transformation wise, I've read reports that say prior to MP-36 being released, MP-5 was the biggest pain in the ass to transform out of any modern toy.

Maybe it's because I no longer needed to be super delicate as this was a used figure, but I certainly didn't find it to be anywhere even close to how annoying difficult the transformation for MP-36 was.

The legs have their own crazy insanity, but the upper body was relatively simple, as it relies very heavily on what I would call an exo-skeleton rather than the dizzying array of panels and pieces on MP-36.

Pistol mode is solid and is fun to play with, provided that you like playing with guns that are over a foot long.

I still don't know what sane human being could see this thing and think it was a real gun. Not to mention that the toys were packaged in robot mode.. that orange ring installation thing was overkill IMHO.

The fusion cannon, while is comically big and looks impressive, was a bit too heavy, causing my figure to do the splits on more than one occasion. Not to mention that actually pointing the thing in front requires the joints in the shoulder to be in pristine condition.

The articulation isn't MP-36 quality, but I agree with many Youtube reviewers saying that Takara Tomy might have gone completely apeshit crazy overboard on MP-36 as a sort of apology for the MP-5 figure.

What you get with MP-5 isn't too bad, with most major points of movement present. I just wish they had included a waist swivel.

For all its faults, MP-5 does have a few things that are superior to that of MP-36. For starters, as a homage to the G1 toy, MP-5 works much better due to the metallic silver paint job as compared to the more matte grey of MP-36.. of course, MP-36 is trying to be more like the animated model.

There seemed to be more mechanical details on MP-5 as compared to Mp-36. Again, this could be due to the relatively simplistic look of the animated model versus what a toy would be like, but they are appreciated nonetheless. These details are most notable on the lower legs and the insides of what become the grip of the pistol mode.

MP-5 doesn't have that awkward waist panel pattern that MP-36 has. Of course, MP-5 doesn't have a waist at all, so I'm not sure which one wins.

At the end of the day, IMHO MP-36 is the clearly better product. Of course, it was engineered to be better in every single way, not to mention costs a pretty penny, so that quality is to be expected. The original MP-5 isn't bad, but is certainly below average, especially when compared to the greatness of the admittedly flawed MP-1.

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Quantum Stalker posted a photo:

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Here's a oldie... but.. OKie?

I finally had the chance to open the box to the used MP-5 Megatron I purchased in Vancouver during my July 2017 outing.

Yes, there were dings in the box and I later learned during my fiddling with the thing that scratches were already present and one of the pieces (plastic to contain the sliding barrel piece) had broken, but at the $50 or so that I paid (got this and two Batman Animated figures MISB for $80 so, however you want to break it down) it was a good chance to compare and contrast this to the MP-36 that was recently released.

MP-5 is significantly larger than the MP-36 counterpart, which of course makes sense given the fact it predates MP-10, which was sort of the new standard to which MP figures were scaled.

Strangely enough, while MP-5 came with Kremzeek, an Energon Ball & Chain, and Laser Gun/Sword, it didn't come with the barrel extension that the classic G1 toy did, and that the MP-36 set came with.

The scope/fusion cannon has a light up feature, which is nice.

Understandably, it only came with one facial expression. I say understandably because it wasn't the norm back in 2007.

Speaking of faces.. well, lets just say that while neither MP-36 nor MP-5 have that perfect cartoon look, MP-36 at least looks like a close relative, as compared to the low budget cosplay visage from the MP-5 figure.

My impression of this figure prior to playing around with this figure was that it was a lanky mess of limbs.. that hasn't really changed even after my time with the figure.

The arms are much too stubby, and the legs are hilariously too long and slender.

Transformation wise, I've read reports that say prior to MP-36 being released, MP-5 was the biggest pain in the ass to transform out of any modern toy.

Maybe it's because I no longer needed to be super delicate as this was a used figure, but I certainly didn't find it to be anywhere even close to how annoying difficult the transformation for MP-36 was.

The legs have their own crazy insanity, but the upper body was relatively simple, as it relies very heavily on what I would call an exo-skeleton rather than the dizzying array of panels and pieces on MP-36.

Pistol mode is solid and is fun to play with, provided that you like playing with guns that are over a foot long.

I still don't know what sane human being could see this thing and think it was a real gun. Not to mention that the toys were packaged in robot mode.. that orange ring installation thing was overkill IMHO.

The fusion cannon, while is comically big and looks impressive, was a bit too heavy, causing my figure to do the splits on more than one occasion. Not to mention that actually pointing the thing in front requires the joints in the shoulder to be in pristine condition.

The articulation isn't MP-36 quality, but I agree with many Youtube reviewers saying that Takara Tomy might have gone completely apeshit crazy overboard on MP-36 as a sort of apology for the MP-5 figure.

What you get with MP-5 isn't too bad, with most major points of movement present. I just wish they had included a waist swivel.

For all its faults, MP-5 does have a few things that are superior to that of MP-36. For starters, as a homage to the G1 toy, MP-5 works much better due to the metallic silver paint job as compared to the more matte grey of MP-36.. of course, MP-36 is trying to be more like the animated model.

There seemed to be more mechanical details on MP-5 as compared to Mp-36. Again, this could be due to the relatively simplistic look of the animated model versus what a toy would be like, but they are appreciated nonetheless. These details are most notable on the lower legs and the insides of what become the grip of the pistol mode.

MP-5 doesn't have that awkward waist panel pattern that MP-36 has. Of course, MP-5 doesn't have a waist at all, so I'm not sure which one wins.

At the end of the day, IMHO MP-36 is the clearly better product. Of course, it was engineered to be better in every single way, not to mention costs a pretty penny, so that quality is to be expected. The original MP-5 isn't bad, but is certainly below average, especially when compared to the greatness of the admittedly flawed MP-1.

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Quantum Stalker posted a photo:

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Here's a oldie... but.. OKie?

I finally had the chance to open the box to the used MP-5 Megatron I purchased in Vancouver during my July 2017 outing.

Yes, there were dings in the box and I later learned during my fiddling with the thing that scratches were already present and one of the pieces (plastic to contain the sliding barrel piece) had broken, but at the $50 or so that I paid (got this and two Batman Animated figures MISB for $80 so, however you want to break it down) it was a good chance to compare and contrast this to the MP-36 that was recently released.

MP-5 is significantly larger than the MP-36 counterpart, which of course makes sense given the fact it predates MP-10, which was sort of the new standard to which MP figures were scaled.

Strangely enough, while MP-5 came with Kremzeek, an Energon Ball & Chain, and Laser Gun/Sword, it didn't come with the barrel extension that the classic G1 toy did, and that the MP-36 set came with.

The scope/fusion cannon has a light up feature, which is nice.

Understandably, it only came with one facial expression. I say understandably because it wasn't the norm back in 2007.

Speaking of faces.. well, lets just say that while neither MP-36 nor MP-5 have that perfect cartoon look, MP-36 at least looks like a close relative, as compared to the low budget cosplay visage from the MP-5 figure.

My impression of this figure prior to playing around with this figure was that it was a lanky mess of limbs.. that hasn't really changed even after my time with the figure.

The arms are much too stubby, and the legs are hilariously too long and slender.

Transformation wise, I've read reports that say prior to MP-36 being released, MP-5 was the biggest pain in the ass to transform out of any modern toy.

Maybe it's because I no longer needed to be super delicate as this was a used figure, but I certainly didn't find it to be anywhere even close to how annoying difficult the transformation for MP-36 was.

The legs have their own crazy insanity, but the upper body was relatively simple, as it relies very heavily on what I would call an exo-skeleton rather than the dizzying array of panels and pieces on MP-36.

Pistol mode is solid and is fun to play with, provided that you like playing with guns that are over a foot long.

I still don't know what sane human being could see this thing and think it was a real gun. Not to mention that the toys were packaged in robot mode.. that orange ring installation thing was overkill IMHO.

The fusion cannon, while is comically big and looks impressive, was a bit too heavy, causing my figure to do the splits on more than one occasion. Not to mention that actually pointing the thing in front requires the joints in the shoulder to be in pristine condition.

The articulation isn't MP-36 quality, but I agree with many Youtube reviewers saying that Takara Tomy might have gone completely apeshit crazy overboard on MP-36 as a sort of apology for the MP-5 figure.

What you get with MP-5 isn't too bad, with most major points of movement present. I just wish they had included a waist swivel.

For all its faults, MP-5 does have a few things that are superior to that of MP-36. For starters, as a homage to the G1 toy, MP-5 works much better due to the metallic silver paint job as compared to the more matte grey of MP-36.. of course, MP-36 is trying to be more like the animated model.

There seemed to be more mechanical details on MP-5 as compared to Mp-36. Again, this could be due to the relatively simplistic look of the animated model versus what a toy would be like, but they are appreciated nonetheless. These details are most notable on the lower legs and the insides of what become the grip of the pistol mode.

MP-5 doesn't have that awkward waist panel pattern that MP-36 has. Of course, MP-5 doesn't have a waist at all, so I'm not sure which one wins.

At the end of the day, IMHO MP-36 is the clearly better product. Of course, it was engineered to be better in every single way, not to mention costs a pretty penny, so that quality is to be expected. The original MP-5 isn't bad, but is certainly below average, especially when compared to the greatness of the admittedly flawed MP-1.

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Quantum Stalker posted a photo:

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Here's a oldie... but.. OKie?

I finally had the chance to open the box to the used MP-5 Megatron I purchased in Vancouver during my July 2017 outing.

Yes, there were dings in the box and I later learned during my fiddling with the thing that scratches were already present and one of the pieces (plastic to contain the sliding barrel piece) had broken, but at the $50 or so that I paid (got this and two Batman Animated figures MISB for $80 so, however you want to break it down) it was a good chance to compare and contrast this to the MP-36 that was recently released.

MP-5 is significantly larger than the MP-36 counterpart, which of course makes sense given the fact it predates MP-10, which was sort of the new standard to which MP figures were scaled.

Strangely enough, while MP-5 came with Kremzeek, an Energon Ball & Chain, and Laser Gun/Sword, it didn't come with the barrel extension that the classic G1 toy did, and that the MP-36 set came with.

The scope/fusion cannon has a light up feature, which is nice.

Understandably, it only came with one facial expression. I say understandably because it wasn't the norm back in 2007.

Speaking of faces.. well, lets just say that while neither MP-36 nor MP-5 have that perfect cartoon look, MP-36 at least looks like a close relative, as compared to the low budget cosplay visage from the MP-5 figure.

My impression of this figure prior to playing around with this figure was that it was a lanky mess of limbs.. that hasn't really changed even after my time with the figure.

The arms are much too stubby, and the legs are hilariously too long and slender.

Transformation wise, I've read reports that say prior to MP-36 being released, MP-5 was the biggest pain in the ass to transform out of any modern toy.

Maybe it's because I no longer needed to be super delicate as this was a used figure, but I certainly didn't find it to be anywhere even close to how annoying difficult the transformation for MP-36 was.

The legs have their own crazy insanity, but the upper body was relatively simple, as it relies very heavily on what I would call an exo-skeleton rather than the dizzying array of panels and pieces on MP-36.

Pistol mode is solid and is fun to play with, provided that you like playing with guns that are over a foot long.

I still don't know what sane human being could see this thing and think it was a real gun. Not to mention that the toys were packaged in robot mode.. that orange ring installation thing was overkill IMHO.

The fusion cannon, while is comically big and looks impressive, was a bit too heavy, causing my figure to do the splits on more than one occasion. Not to mention that actually pointing the thing in front requires the joints in the shoulder to be in pristine condition.

The articulation isn't MP-36 quality, but I agree with many Youtube reviewers saying that Takara Tomy might have gone completely apeshit crazy overboard on MP-36 as a sort of apology for the MP-5 figure.

What you get with MP-5 isn't too bad, with most major points of movement present. I just wish they had included a waist swivel.

For all its faults, MP-5 does have a few things that are superior to that of MP-36. For starters, as a homage to the G1 toy, MP-5 works much better due to the metallic silver paint job as compared to the more matte grey of MP-36.. of course, MP-36 is trying to be more like the animated model.

There seemed to be more mechanical details on MP-5 as compared to Mp-36. Again, this could be due to the relatively simplistic look of the animated model versus what a toy would be like, but they are appreciated nonetheless. These details are most notable on the lower legs and the insides of what become the grip of the pistol mode.

MP-5 doesn't have that awkward waist panel pattern that MP-36 has. Of course, MP-5 doesn't have a waist at all, so I'm not sure which one wins.

At the end of the day, IMHO MP-36 is the clearly better product. Of course, it was engineered to be better in every single way, not to mention costs a pretty penny, so that quality is to be expected. The original MP-5 isn't bad, but is certainly below average, especially when compared to the greatness of the admittedly flawed MP-1.

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Quantum Stalker posted a photo:

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Here's a oldie... but.. OKie?

I finally had the chance to open the box to the used MP-5 Megatron I purchased in Vancouver during my July 2017 outing.

Yes, there were dings in the box and I later learned during my fiddling with the thing that scratches were already present and one of the pieces (plastic to contain the sliding barrel piece) had broken, but at the $50 or so that I paid (got this and two Batman Animated figures MISB for $80 so, however you want to break it down) it was a good chance to compare and contrast this to the MP-36 that was recently released.

MP-5 is significantly larger than the MP-36 counterpart, which of course makes sense given the fact it predates MP-10, which was sort of the new standard to which MP figures were scaled.

Strangely enough, while MP-5 came with Kremzeek, an Energon Ball & Chain, and Laser Gun/Sword, it didn't come with the barrel extension that the classic G1 toy did, and that the MP-36 set came with.

The scope/fusion cannon has a light up feature, which is nice.

Understandably, it only came with one facial expression. I say understandably because it wasn't the norm back in 2007.

Speaking of faces.. well, lets just say that while neither MP-36 nor MP-5 have that perfect cartoon look, MP-36 at least looks like a close relative, as compared to the low budget cosplay visage from the MP-5 figure.

My impression of this figure prior to playing around with this figure was that it was a lanky mess of limbs.. that hasn't really changed even after my time with the figure.

The arms are much too stubby, and the legs are hilariously too long and slender.

Transformation wise, I've read reports that say prior to MP-36 being released, MP-5 was the biggest pain in the ass to transform out of any modern toy.

Maybe it's because I no longer needed to be super delicate as this was a used figure, but I certainly didn't find it to be anywhere even close to how annoying difficult the transformation for MP-36 was.

The legs have their own crazy insanity, but the upper body was relatively simple, as it relies very heavily on what I would call an exo-skeleton rather than the dizzying array of panels and pieces on MP-36.

Pistol mode is solid and is fun to play with, provided that you like playing with guns that are over a foot long.

I still don't know what sane human being could see this thing and think it was a real gun. Not to mention that the toys were packaged in robot mode.. that orange ring installation thing was overkill IMHO.

The fusion cannon, while is comically big and looks impressive, was a bit too heavy, causing my figure to do the splits on more than one occasion. Not to mention that actually pointing the thing in front requires the joints in the shoulder to be in pristine condition.

The articulation isn't MP-36 quality, but I agree with many Youtube reviewers saying that Takara Tomy might have gone completely apeshit crazy overboard on MP-36 as a sort of apology for the MP-5 figure.

What you get with MP-5 isn't too bad, with most major points of movement present. I just wish they had included a waist swivel.

For all its faults, MP-5 does have a few things that are superior to that of MP-36. For starters, as a homage to the G1 toy, MP-5 works much better due to the metallic silver paint job as compared to the more matte grey of MP-36.. of course, MP-36 is trying to be more like the animated model.

There seemed to be more mechanical details on MP-5 as compared to Mp-36. Again, this could be due to the relatively simplistic look of the animated model versus what a toy would be like, but they are appreciated nonetheless. These details are most notable on the lower legs and the insides of what become the grip of the pistol mode.

MP-5 doesn't have that awkward waist panel pattern that MP-36 has. Of course, MP-5 doesn't have a waist at all, so I'm not sure which one wins.

At the end of the day, IMHO MP-36 is the clearly better product. Of course, it was engineered to be better in every single way, not to mention costs a pretty penny, so that quality is to be expected. The original MP-5 isn't bad, but is certainly below average, especially when compared to the greatness of the admittedly flawed MP-1.

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Quantum Stalker posted a photo:

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Here's a oldie... but.. OKie?

I finally had the chance to open the box to the used MP-5 Megatron I purchased in Vancouver during my July 2017 outing.

Yes, there were dings in the box and I later learned during my fiddling with the thing that scratches were already present and one of the pieces (plastic to contain the sliding barrel piece) had broken, but at the $50 or so that I paid (got this and two Batman Animated figures MISB for $80 so, however you want to break it down) it was a good chance to compare and contrast this to the MP-36 that was recently released.

MP-5 is significantly larger than the MP-36 counterpart, which of course makes sense given the fact it predates MP-10, which was sort of the new standard to which MP figures were scaled.

Strangely enough, while MP-5 came with Kremzeek, an Energon Ball & Chain, and Laser Gun/Sword, it didn't come with the barrel extension that the classic G1 toy did, and that the MP-36 set came with.

The scope/fusion cannon has a light up feature, which is nice.

Understandably, it only came with one facial expression. I say understandably because it wasn't the norm back in 2007.

Speaking of faces.. well, lets just say that while neither MP-36 nor MP-5 have that perfect cartoon look, MP-36 at least looks like a close relative, as compared to the low budget cosplay visage from the MP-5 figure.

My impression of this figure prior to playing around with this figure was that it was a lanky mess of limbs.. that hasn't really changed even after my time with the figure.

The arms are much too stubby, and the legs are hilariously too long and slender.

Transformation wise, I've read reports that say prior to MP-36 being released, MP-5 was the biggest pain in the ass to transform out of any modern toy.

Maybe it's because I no longer needed to be super delicate as this was a used figure, but I certainly didn't find it to be anywhere even close to how annoying difficult the transformation for MP-36 was.

The legs have their own crazy insanity, but the upper body was relatively simple, as it relies very heavily on what I would call an exo-skeleton rather than the dizzying array of panels and pieces on MP-36.

Pistol mode is solid and is fun to play with, provided that you like playing with guns that are over a foot long.

I still don't know what sane human being could see this thing and think it was a real gun. Not to mention that the toys were packaged in robot mode.. that orange ring installation thing was overkill IMHO.

The fusion cannon, while is comically big and looks impressive, was a bit too heavy, causing my figure to do the splits on more than one occasion. Not to mention that actually pointing the thing in front requires the joints in the shoulder to be in pristine condition.

The articulation isn't MP-36 quality, but I agree with many Youtube reviewers saying that Takara Tomy might have gone completely apeshit crazy overboard on MP-36 as a sort of apology for the MP-5 figure.

What you get with MP-5 isn't too bad, with most major points of movement present. I just wish they had included a waist swivel.

For all its faults, MP-5 does have a few things that are superior to that of MP-36. For starters, as a homage to the G1 toy, MP-5 works much better due to the metallic silver paint job as compared to the more matte grey of MP-36.. of course, MP-36 is trying to be more like the animated model.

There seemed to be more mechanical details on MP-5 as compared to Mp-36. Again, this could be due to the relatively simplistic look of the animated model versus what a toy would be like, but they are appreciated nonetheless. These details are most notable on the lower legs and the insides of what become the grip of the pistol mode.

MP-5 doesn't have that awkward waist panel pattern that MP-36 has. Of course, MP-5 doesn't have a waist at all, so I'm not sure which one wins.

At the end of the day, IMHO MP-36 is the clearly better product. Of course, it was engineered to be better in every single way, not to mention costs a pretty penny, so that quality is to be expected. The original MP-5 isn't bad, but is certainly below average, especially when compared to the greatness of the admittedly flawed MP-1.

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Quantum Stalker posted a photo:

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Here's a oldie... but.. OKie?

I finally had the chance to open the box to the used MP-5 Megatron I purchased in Vancouver during my July 2017 outing.

Yes, there were dings in the box and I later learned during my fiddling with the thing that scratches were already present and one of the pieces (plastic to contain the sliding barrel piece) had broken, but at the $50 or so that I paid (got this and two Batman Animated figures MISB for $80 so, however you want to break it down) it was a good chance to compare and contrast this to the MP-36 that was recently released.

MP-5 is significantly larger than the MP-36 counterpart, which of course makes sense given the fact it predates MP-10, which was sort of the new standard to which MP figures were scaled.

Strangely enough, while MP-5 came with Kremzeek, an Energon Ball & Chain, and Laser Gun/Sword, it didn't come with the barrel extension that the classic G1 toy did, and that the MP-36 set came with.

The scope/fusion cannon has a light up feature, which is nice.

Understandably, it only came with one facial expression. I say understandably because it wasn't the norm back in 2007.

Speaking of faces.. well, lets just say that while neither MP-36 nor MP-5 have that perfect cartoon look, MP-36 at least looks like a close relative, as compared to the low budget cosplay visage from the MP-5 figure.

My impression of this figure prior to playing around with this figure was that it was a lanky mess of limbs.. that hasn't really changed even after my time with the figure.

The arms are much too stubby, and the legs are hilariously too long and slender.

Transformation wise, I've read reports that say prior to MP-36 being released, MP-5 was the biggest pain in the ass to transform out of any modern toy.

Maybe it's because I no longer needed to be super delicate as this was a used figure, but I certainly didn't find it to be anywhere even close to how annoying difficult the transformation for MP-36 was.

The legs have their own crazy insanity, but the upper body was relatively simple, as it relies very heavily on what I would call an exo-skeleton rather than the dizzying array of panels and pieces on MP-36.

Pistol mode is solid and is fun to play with, provided that you like playing with guns that are over a foot long.

I still don't know what sane human being could see this thing and think it was a real gun. Not to mention that the toys were packaged in robot mode.. that orange ring installation thing was overkill IMHO.

The fusion cannon, while is comically big and looks impressive, was a bit too heavy, causing my figure to do the splits on more than one occasion. Not to mention that actually pointing the thing in front requires the joints in the shoulder to be in pristine condition.

The articulation isn't MP-36 quality, but I agree with many Youtube reviewers saying that Takara Tomy might have gone completely apeshit crazy overboard on MP-36 as a sort of apology for the MP-5 figure.

What you get with MP-5 isn't too bad, with most major points of movement present. I just wish they had included a waist swivel.

For all its faults, MP-5 does have a few things that are superior to that of MP-36. For starters, as a homage to the G1 toy, MP-5 works much better due to the metallic silver paint job as compared to the more matte grey of MP-36.. of course, MP-36 is trying to be more like the animated model.

There seemed to be more mechanical details on MP-5 as compared to Mp-36. Again, this could be due to the relatively simplistic look of the animated model versus what a toy would be like, but they are appreciated nonetheless. These details are most notable on the lower legs and the insides of what become the grip of the pistol mode.

MP-5 doesn't have that awkward waist panel pattern that MP-36 has. Of course, MP-5 doesn't have a waist at all, so I'm not sure which one wins.

At the end of the day, IMHO MP-36 is the clearly better product. Of course, it was engineered to be better in every single way, not to mention costs a pretty penny, so that quality is to be expected. The original MP-5 isn't bad, but is certainly below average, especially when compared to the greatness of the admittedly flawed MP-1.

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Defever Photography posted a photo:

IMG_1404h

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Quantum Stalker posted a photo:

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Here's a oldie... but.. OKie?

I finally had the chance to open the box to the used MP-5 Megatron I purchased in Vancouver during my July 2017 outing.

Yes, there were dings in the box and I later learned during my fiddling with the thing that scratches were already present and one of the pieces (plastic to contain the sliding barrel piece) had broken, but at the $50 or so that I paid (got this and two Batman Animated figures MISB for $80 so, however you want to break it down) it was a good chance to compare and contrast this to the MP-36 that was recently released.

MP-5 is significantly larger than the MP-36 counterpart, which of course makes sense given the fact it predates MP-10, which was sort of the new standard to which MP figures were scaled.

Strangely enough, while MP-5 came with Kremzeek, an Energon Ball & Chain, and Laser Gun/Sword, it didn't come with the barrel extension that the classic G1 toy did, and that the MP-36 set came with.

The scope/fusion cannon has a light up feature, which is nice.

Understandably, it only came with one facial expression. I say understandably because it wasn't the norm back in 2007.

Speaking of faces.. well, lets just say that while neither MP-36 nor MP-5 have that perfect cartoon look, MP-36 at least looks like a close relative, as compared to the low budget cosplay visage from the MP-5 figure.

My impression of this figure prior to playing around with this figure was that it was a lanky mess of limbs.. that hasn't really changed even after my time with the figure.

The arms are much too stubby, and the legs are hilariously too long and slender.

Transformation wise, I've read reports that say prior to MP-36 being released, MP-5 was the biggest pain in the ass to transform out of any modern toy.

Maybe it's because I no longer needed to be super delicate as this was a used figure, but I certainly didn't find it to be anywhere even close to how annoying difficult the transformation for MP-36 was.

The legs have their own crazy insanity, but the upper body was relatively simple, as it relies very heavily on what I would call an exo-skeleton rather than the dizzying array of panels and pieces on MP-36.

Pistol mode is solid and is fun to play with, provided that you like playing with guns that are over a foot long.

I still don't know what sane human being could see this thing and think it was a real gun. Not to mention that the toys were packaged in robot mode.. that orange ring installation thing was overkill IMHO.

The fusion cannon, while is comically big and looks impressive, was a bit too heavy, causing my figure to do the splits on more than one occasion. Not to mention that actually pointing the thing in front requires the joints in the shoulder to be in pristine condition.

The articulation isn't MP-36 quality, but I agree with many Youtube reviewers saying that Takara Tomy might have gone completely apeshit crazy overboard on MP-36 as a sort of apology for the MP-5 figure.

What you get with MP-5 isn't too bad, with most major points of movement present. I just wish they had included a waist swivel.

For all its faults, MP-5 does have a few things that are superior to that of MP-36. For starters, as a homage to the G1 toy, MP-5 works much better due to the metallic silver paint job as compared to the more matte grey of MP-36.. of course, MP-36 is trying to be more like the animated model.

There seemed to be more mechanical details on MP-5 as compared to Mp-36. Again, this could be due to the relatively simplistic look of the animated model versus what a toy would be like, but they are appreciated nonetheless. These details are most notable on the lower legs and the insides of what become the grip of the pistol mode.

MP-5 doesn't have that awkward waist panel pattern that MP-36 has. Of course, MP-5 doesn't have a waist at all, so I'm not sure which one wins.

At the end of the day, IMHO MP-36 is the clearly better product. Of course, it was engineered to be better in every single way, not to mention costs a pretty penny, so that quality is to be expected. The original MP-5 isn't bad, but is certainly below average, especially when compared to the greatness of the admittedly flawed MP-1.

DSC_6743

Quantum Stalker posted a photo:

DSC_6743

Here's a oldie... but.. OKie?

I finally had the chance to open the box to the used MP-5 Megatron I purchased in Vancouver during my July 2017 outing.

Yes, there were dings in the box and I later learned during my fiddling with the thing that scratches were already present and one of the pieces (plastic to contain the sliding barrel piece) had broken, but at the $50 or so that I paid (got this and two Batman Animated figures MISB for $80 so, however you want to break it down) it was a good chance to compare and contrast this to the MP-36 that was recently released.

MP-5 is significantly larger than the MP-36 counterpart, which of course makes sense given the fact it predates MP-10, which was sort of the new standard to which MP figures were scaled.

Strangely enough, while MP-5 came with Kremzeek, an Energon Ball & Chain, and Laser Gun/Sword, it didn't come with the barrel extension that the classic G1 toy did, and that the MP-36 set came with.

The scope/fusion cannon has a light up feature, which is nice.

Understandably, it only came with one facial expression. I say understandably because it wasn't the norm back in 2007.

Speaking of faces.. well, lets just say that while neither MP-36 nor MP-5 have that perfect cartoon look, MP-36 at least looks like a close relative, as compared to the low budget cosplay visage from the MP-5 figure.

My impression of this figure prior to playing around with this figure was that it was a lanky mess of limbs.. that hasn't really changed even after my time with the figure.

The arms are much too stubby, and the legs are hilariously too long and slender.

Transformation wise, I've read reports that say prior to MP-36 being released, MP-5 was the biggest pain in the ass to transform out of any modern toy.

Maybe it's because I no longer needed to be super delicate as this was a used figure, but I certainly didn't find it to be anywhere even close to how annoying difficult the transformation for MP-36 was.

The legs have their own crazy insanity, but the upper body was relatively simple, as it relies very heavily on what I would call an exo-skeleton rather than the dizzying array of panels and pieces on MP-36.

Pistol mode is solid and is fun to play with, provided that you like playing with guns that are over a foot long.

I still don't know what sane human being could see this thing and think it was a real gun. Not to mention that the toys were packaged in robot mode.. that orange ring installation thing was overkill IMHO.

The fusion cannon, while is comically big and looks impressive, was a bit too heavy, causing my figure to do the splits on more than one occasion. Not to mention that actually pointing the thing in front requires the joints in the shoulder to be in pristine condition.

The articulation isn't MP-36 quality, but I agree with many Youtube reviewers saying that Takara Tomy might have gone completely apeshit crazy overboard on MP-36 as a sort of apology for the MP-5 figure.

What you get with MP-5 isn't too bad, with most major points of movement present. I just wish they had included a waist swivel.

For all its faults, MP-5 does have a few things that are superior to that of MP-36. For starters, as a homage to the G1 toy, MP-5 works much better due to the metallic silver paint job as compared to the more matte grey of MP-36.. of course, MP-36 is trying to be more like the animated model.

There seemed to be more mechanical details on MP-5 as compared to Mp-36. Again, this could be due to the relatively simplistic look of the animated model versus what a toy would be like, but they are appreciated nonetheless. These details are most notable on the lower legs and the insides of what become the grip of the pistol mode.

MP-5 doesn't have that awkward waist panel pattern that MP-36 has. Of course, MP-5 doesn't have a waist at all, so I'm not sure which one wins.

At the end of the day, IMHO MP-36 is the clearly better product. Of course, it was engineered to be better in every single way, not to mention costs a pretty penny, so that quality is to be expected. The original MP-5 isn't bad, but is certainly below average, especially when compared to the greatness of the admittedly flawed MP-1.

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Quantum Stalker posted a photo:

DSC_6717

Here's a oldie... but.. OKie?

I finally had the chance to open the box to the used MP-5 Megatron I purchased in Vancouver during my July 2017 outing.

Yes, there were dings in the box and I later learned during my fiddling with the thing that scratches were already present and one of the pieces (plastic to contain the sliding barrel piece) had broken, but at the $50 or so that I paid (got this and two Batman Animated figures MISB for $80 so, however you want to break it down) it was a good chance to compare and contrast this to the MP-36 that was recently released.

MP-5 is significantly larger than the MP-36 counterpart, which of course makes sense given the fact it predates MP-10, which was sort of the new standard to which MP figures were scaled.

Strangely enough, while MP-5 came with Kremzeek, an Energon Ball & Chain, and Laser Gun/Sword, it didn't come with the barrel extension that the classic G1 toy did, and that the MP-36 set came with.

The scope/fusion cannon has a light up feature, which is nice.

Understandably, it only came with one facial expression. I say understandably because it wasn't the norm back in 2007.

Speaking of faces.. well, lets just say that while neither MP-36 nor MP-5 have that perfect cartoon look, MP-36 at least looks like a close relative, as compared to the low budget cosplay visage from the MP-5 figure.

My impression of this figure prior to playing around with this figure was that it was a lanky mess of limbs.. that hasn't really changed even after my time with the figure.

The arms are much too stubby, and the legs are hilariously too long and slender.

Transformation wise, I've read reports that say prior to MP-36 being released, MP-5 was the biggest pain in the ass to transform out of any modern toy.

Maybe it's because I no longer needed to be super delicate as this was a used figure, but I certainly didn't find it to be anywhere even close to how annoying difficult the transformation for MP-36 was.

The legs have their own crazy insanity, but the upper body was relatively simple, as it relies very heavily on what I would call an exo-skeleton rather than the dizzying array of panels and pieces on MP-36.

Pistol mode is solid and is fun to play with, provided that you like playing with guns that are over a foot long.

I still don't know what sane human being could see this thing and think it was a real gun. Not to mention that the toys were packaged in robot mode.. that orange ring installation thing was overkill IMHO.

The fusion cannon, while is comically big and looks impressive, was a bit too heavy, causing my figure to do the splits on more than one occasion. Not to mention that actually pointing the thing in front requires the joints in the shoulder to be in pristine condition.

The articulation isn't MP-36 quality, but I agree with many Youtube reviewers saying that Takara Tomy might have gone completely apeshit crazy overboard on MP-36 as a sort of apology for the MP-5 figure.

What you get with MP-5 isn't too bad, with most major points of movement present. I just wish they had included a waist swivel.

For all its faults, MP-5 does have a few things that are superior to that of MP-36. For starters, as a homage to the G1 toy, MP-5 works much better due to the metallic silver paint job as compared to the more matte grey of MP-36.. of course, MP-36 is trying to be more like the animated model.

There seemed to be more mechanical details on MP-5 as compared to Mp-36. Again, this could be due to the relatively simplistic look of the animated model versus what a toy would be like, but they are appreciated nonetheless. These details are most notable on the lower legs and the insides of what become the grip of the pistol mode.

MP-5 doesn't have that awkward waist panel pattern that MP-36 has. Of course, MP-5 doesn't have a waist at all, so I'm not sure which one wins.

At the end of the day, IMHO MP-36 is the clearly better product. Of course, it was engineered to be better in every single way, not to mention costs a pretty penny, so that quality is to be expected. The original MP-5 isn't bad, but is certainly below average, especially when compared to the greatness of the admittedly flawed MP-1.

The controversial Hindmarsh Island Bridge

JossieK posted a photo:

The controversial Hindmarsh Island Bridge

in 1994 a proposed bridge to Hindmarsh Island, near Goolwa, South Australia attracted opposition from many local residents, environmental groups and indigenous (Ngarrindjeri) leaders. The bridge was intended to replace the existing cable ferry and service a proposed marina development.

It was alleged that the Ngarrindjeri objectors fabricated the cultural significance of the island (the "Secret Women's Business") in order to help fight the development. In 1997 the Hindmarsh Island Bridge Act was passed which allowed construction to go ahead. The bridge was completed in March 2001.

Five months later, a civil case in the Federal Court of Australia re-ignited the debate. In rejecting claims for damages by the developers, the judge stated that he was not satisfied that the claims of "secret women's business" had been fabricated. The Ngarrindjeri and their supporters took the decision as a vindication, and many organisations subsequently apologised.

On 7 July 2010, in a ceremony at the foot of the bridge, the Government of South Australia endorsed the finding that "Secret Women's Business" was genuine. Ngarrindjeri elders then led a symbolic walk across the bridge. Elders now believe it is acceptable for Ngarrindjeri people to use the bridge to gain access to their land and waters, but culturally and morally still reject the bridge.

Dreamer

Jan.Timmons posted a photo:

Dreamer

According to Cornell's allaboutbirds.org, "A few Eurasian Collared-Doves were introduced to the Bahamas in the 1970s. They made their way to Florida by the 1980s and then rapidly colonized most of North America."

"Eurasian Collared-Doves have plump bodies, small heads, and long tails. They’re larger than Mourning Doves but slimmer and longer-tailed than a Rock Pigeon. The wings are broad and slightly rounded. The broad tail is squared off at the tip, rather than pointed like a Mourning Dove’s."

“Eurasian Collared-Doves made their way to North America via the Bahamas, where several birds escaped from a pet shop during a mid-1970s burglary; the shop owner then released the rest of the flock of approximately 50 doves. Others were set free on the island of Guadeloupe when a volcano threatened eruption. From these two sites the birds likely spread to Florida, and now occur over most of North America.”

www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Eurasian_Collared-Dove/lifehi...

And the plump body tends to bend the branches (twigs?) of most of our newer trees.

DSC_6675

Quantum Stalker posted a photo:

DSC_6675

Here's a oldie... but.. OKie?

I finally had the chance to open the box to the used MP-5 Megatron I purchased in Vancouver during my July 2017 outing.

Yes, there were dings in the box and I later learned during my fiddling with the thing that scratches were already present and one of the pieces (plastic to contain the sliding barrel piece) had broken, but at the $50 or so that I paid (got this and two Batman Animated figures MISB for $80 so, however you want to break it down) it was a good chance to compare and contrast this to the MP-36 that was recently released.

MP-5 is significantly larger than the MP-36 counterpart, which of course makes sense given the fact it predates MP-10, which was sort of the new standard to which MP figures were scaled.

Strangely enough, while MP-5 came with Kremzeek, an Energon Ball & Chain, and Laser Gun/Sword, it didn't come with the barrel extension that the classic G1 toy did, and that the MP-36 set came with.

The scope/fusion cannon has a light up feature, which is nice.

Understandably, it only came with one facial expression. I say understandably because it wasn't the norm back in 2007.

Speaking of faces.. well, lets just say that while neither MP-36 nor MP-5 have that perfect cartoon look, MP-36 at least looks like a close relative, as compared to the low budget cosplay visage from the MP-5 figure.

My impression of this figure prior to playing around with this figure was that it was a lanky mess of limbs.. that hasn't really changed even after my time with the figure.

The arms are much too stubby, and the legs are hilariously too long and slender.

Transformation wise, I've read reports that say prior to MP-36 being released, MP-5 was the biggest pain in the ass to transform out of any modern toy.

Maybe it's because I no longer needed to be super delicate as this was a used figure, but I certainly didn't find it to be anywhere even close to how annoying difficult the transformation for MP-36 was.

The legs have their own crazy insanity, but the upper body was relatively simple, as it relies very heavily on what I would call an exo-skeleton rather than the dizzying array of panels and pieces on MP-36.

Pistol mode is solid and is fun to play with, provided that you like playing with guns that are over a foot long.

I still don't know what sane human being could see this thing and think it was a real gun. Not to mention that the toys were packaged in robot mode.. that orange ring installation thing was overkill IMHO.

The fusion cannon, while is comically big and looks impressive, was a bit too heavy, causing my figure to do the splits on more than one occasion. Not to mention that actually pointing the thing in front requires the joints in the shoulder to be in pristine condition.

The articulation isn't MP-36 quality, but I agree with many Youtube reviewers saying that Takara Tomy might have gone completely apeshit crazy overboard on MP-36 as a sort of apology for the MP-5 figure.

What you get with MP-5 isn't too bad, with most major points of movement present. I just wish they had included a waist swivel.

For all its faults, MP-5 does have a few things that are superior to that of MP-36. For starters, as a homage to the G1 toy, MP-5 works much better due to the metallic silver paint job as compared to the more matte grey of MP-36.. of course, MP-36 is trying to be more like the animated model.

There seemed to be more mechanical details on MP-5 as compared to Mp-36. Again, this could be due to the relatively simplistic look of the animated model versus what a toy would be like, but they are appreciated nonetheless. These details are most notable on the lower legs and the insides of what become the grip of the pistol mode.

MP-5 doesn't have that awkward waist panel pattern that MP-36 has. Of course, MP-5 doesn't have a waist at all, so I'm not sure which one wins.

At the end of the day, IMHO MP-36 is the clearly better product. Of course, it was engineered to be better in every single way, not to mention costs a pretty penny, so that quality is to be expected. The original MP-5 isn't bad, but is certainly below average, especially when compared to the greatness of the admittedly flawed MP-1.

DSC_6685

Quantum Stalker posted a photo:

DSC_6685

Here's a oldie... but.. OKie?

I finally had the chance to open the box to the used MP-5 Megatron I purchased in Vancouver during my July 2017 outing.

Yes, there were dings in the box and I later learned during my fiddling with the thing that scratches were already present and one of the pieces (plastic to contain the sliding barrel piece) had broken, but at the $50 or so that I paid (got this and two Batman Animated figures MISB for $80 so, however you want to break it down) it was a good chance to compare and contrast this to the MP-36 that was recently released.

MP-5 is significantly larger than the MP-36 counterpart, which of course makes sense given the fact it predates MP-10, which was sort of the new standard to which MP figures were scaled.

Strangely enough, while MP-5 came with Kremzeek, an Energon Ball & Chain, and Laser Gun/Sword, it didn't come with the barrel extension that the classic G1 toy did, and that the MP-36 set came with.

The scope/fusion cannon has a light up feature, which is nice.

Understandably, it only came with one facial expression. I say understandably because it wasn't the norm back in 2007.

Speaking of faces.. well, lets just say that while neither MP-36 nor MP-5 have that perfect cartoon look, MP-36 at least looks like a close relative, as compared to the low budget cosplay visage from the MP-5 figure.

My impression of this figure prior to playing around with this figure was that it was a lanky mess of limbs.. that hasn't really changed even after my time with the figure.

The arms are much too stubby, and the legs are hilariously too long and slender.

Transformation wise, I've read reports that say prior to MP-36 being released, MP-5 was the biggest pain in the ass to transform out of any modern toy.

Maybe it's because I no longer needed to be super delicate as this was a used figure, but I certainly didn't find it to be anywhere even close to how annoying difficult the transformation for MP-36 was.

The legs have their own crazy insanity, but the upper body was relatively simple, as it relies very heavily on what I would call an exo-skeleton rather than the dizzying array of panels and pieces on MP-36.

Pistol mode is solid and is fun to play with, provided that you like playing with guns that are over a foot long.

I still don't know what sane human being could see this thing and think it was a real gun. Not to mention that the toys were packaged in robot mode.. that orange ring installation thing was overkill IMHO.

The fusion cannon, while is comically big and looks impressive, was a bit too heavy, causing my figure to do the splits on more than one occasion. Not to mention that actually pointing the thing in front requires the joints in the shoulder to be in pristine condition.

The articulation isn't MP-36 quality, but I agree with many Youtube reviewers saying that Takara Tomy might have gone completely apeshit crazy overboard on MP-36 as a sort of apology for the MP-5 figure.

What you get with MP-5 isn't too bad, with most major points of movement present. I just wish they had included a waist swivel.

For all its faults, MP-5 does have a few things that are superior to that of MP-36. For starters, as a homage to the G1 toy, MP-5 works much better due to the metallic silver paint job as compared to the more matte grey of MP-36.. of course, MP-36 is trying to be more like the animated model.

There seemed to be more mechanical details on MP-5 as compared to Mp-36. Again, this could be due to the relatively simplistic look of the animated model versus what a toy would be like, but they are appreciated nonetheless. These details are most notable on the lower legs and the insides of what become the grip of the pistol mode.

MP-5 doesn't have that awkward waist panel pattern that MP-36 has. Of course, MP-5 doesn't have a waist at all, so I'm not sure which one wins.

At the end of the day, IMHO MP-36 is the clearly better product. Of course, it was engineered to be better in every single way, not to mention costs a pretty penny, so that quality is to be expected. The original MP-5 isn't bad, but is certainly below average, especially when compared to the greatness of the admittedly flawed MP-1.

DSC_6680

Quantum Stalker posted a photo:

DSC_6680

Here's a oldie... but.. OKie?

I finally had the chance to open the box to the used MP-5 Megatron I purchased in Vancouver during my July 2017 outing.

Yes, there were dings in the box and I later learned during my fiddling with the thing that scratches were already present and one of the pieces (plastic to contain the sliding barrel piece) had broken, but at the $50 or so that I paid (got this and two Batman Animated figures MISB for $80 so, however you want to break it down) it was a good chance to compare and contrast this to the MP-36 that was recently released.

MP-5 is significantly larger than the MP-36 counterpart, which of course makes sense given the fact it predates MP-10, which was sort of the new standard to which MP figures were scaled.

Strangely enough, while MP-5 came with Kremzeek, an Energon Ball & Chain, and Laser Gun/Sword, it didn't come with the barrel extension that the classic G1 toy did, and that the MP-36 set came with.

The scope/fusion cannon has a light up feature, which is nice.

Understandably, it only came with one facial expression. I say understandably because it wasn't the norm back in 2007.

Speaking of faces.. well, lets just say that while neither MP-36 nor MP-5 have that perfect cartoon look, MP-36 at least looks like a close relative, as compared to the low budget cosplay visage from the MP-5 figure.

My impression of this figure prior to playing around with this figure was that it was a lanky mess of limbs.. that hasn't really changed even after my time with the figure.

The arms are much too stubby, and the legs are hilariously too long and slender.

Transformation wise, I've read reports that say prior to MP-36 being released, MP-5 was the biggest pain in the ass to transform out of any modern toy.

Maybe it's because I no longer needed to be super delicate as this was a used figure, but I certainly didn't find it to be anywhere even close to how annoying difficult the transformation for MP-36 was.

The legs have their own crazy insanity, but the upper body was relatively simple, as it relies very heavily on what I would call an exo-skeleton rather than the dizzying array of panels and pieces on MP-36.

Pistol mode is solid and is fun to play with, provided that you like playing with guns that are over a foot long.

I still don't know what sane human being could see this thing and think it was a real gun. Not to mention that the toys were packaged in robot mode.. that orange ring installation thing was overkill IMHO.

The fusion cannon, while is comically big and looks impressive, was a bit too heavy, causing my figure to do the splits on more than one occasion. Not to mention that actually pointing the thing in front requires the joints in the shoulder to be in pristine condition.

The articulation isn't MP-36 quality, but I agree with many Youtube reviewers saying that Takara Tomy might have gone completely apeshit crazy overboard on MP-36 as a sort of apology for the MP-5 figure.

What you get with MP-5 isn't too bad, with most major points of movement present. I just wish they had included a waist swivel.

For all its faults, MP-5 does have a few things that are superior to that of MP-36. For starters, as a homage to the G1 toy, MP-5 works much better due to the metallic silver paint job as compared to the more matte grey of MP-36.. of course, MP-36 is trying to be more like the animated model.

There seemed to be more mechanical details on MP-5 as compared to Mp-36. Again, this could be due to the relatively simplistic look of the animated model versus what a toy would be like, but they are appreciated nonetheless. These details are most notable on the lower legs and the insides of what become the grip of the pistol mode.

MP-5 doesn't have that awkward waist panel pattern that MP-36 has. Of course, MP-5 doesn't have a waist at all, so I'm not sure which one wins.

At the end of the day, IMHO MP-36 is the clearly better product. Of course, it was engineered to be better in every single way, not to mention costs a pretty penny, so that quality is to be expected. The original MP-5 isn't bad, but is certainly below average, especially when compared to the greatness of the admittedly flawed MP-1.

Revisions

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Revisions

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