Go Arms Micron Promo Figure - Some Assembly Required
Transformers Go! Promotional Micron Figure
Item No.: No. n/a Manufacturer:Takara-Tomy Includes:Instructions, parts on a sprue Action Feature:Changes from shark to gun Retail:Free with 3,000 yen purchase Availability: November 2013 Other: Recolor of Jigu
While Transformers Prime lacked a unifying collectible. In Japan it became loaded with Arms Micron toys - sprue-based, paint-free Mini-Cons requiring assembly and stickers to turn into neat little guns. Some were packed with toys and others were campaign toys. Go is a free-with-purchase toy which I scored on eBay as part of a lot for about $8 delivered. It's totally worth it.
There's no robot mode - just shark, or gun. And it's a big one, too! The clear green pearly shark is about 3 1/2-inches long, give or take, with a fairly simple transformation. The fins fold down, the barrel spins out, and the grip flips out - plus there's an optional tail piece that moves. Assembly is fairly easy and this would have been a great US release were it not for small, choke-hazard-sized pieces. There are numerous 5mm pegs and holes designed to merge with other Microns to form increasingly ridiculous weapons. As it is, you can plug on Mini-Cons, BMOG bits, or Energon weapons to make big and goofy weapons or just enjoy the thing as it is.
I don't know if the decision to slather it in pegs and holes was a good one - the 5mm pegs on the shark head mean you can connect it to stuff, but do you really need to? A sculpted shark face would be a lot more fun. You get what look like eyes and a mouth, sort of, but without the stickers it may be a little tougher to appreciate a clear shark over an opaque one. This is a redeco of a blue toy, and I must say I'm happy to not have to deal with the stickers which were notoriously annoying to put on from what I read. Instead, I just get a nice shark gun kit that assembles in seconds.
As an add-on to another toy, it's great. By itself, it's boring. If you've got a room full of Transformers, this is a great weapon upgrade for them. I pick up 5mm weapons whenever I see them - thrift stores, garage sales, other toy lines - so this was an easy buy for me. I won't say you're going to love it, but if you actually play with your toys it's a heck of a nice accessory. I wish Hasbro put more of them out here in the USA, but it was not meant to be. For $10 or less, it's a good one - get it if you can!
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