Takara-Tomy Transformers Go! Sen Takara-Tomy, 2013
Day #1,247: August 14, 2015
Sen 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 octopus to grenade launcher Retail:Free with 3,000 yen purchase at AEON stores Availability: November 2013 Other: Recolor of Jigu
I got Sen in an eBay lot with a few other sea creature based Arms Micron toys and you know what? He ain't bad. He's not a very convincing octopus, but he's a decent enough weapon that I can't say no to keeping it once I popped him together. There are no stickers or paint, but you do have to piece him together from a sprue and getting the blue Autobot crystal in there requires some patience and potentially some extra shaving down of flash with your favorite hobby knife. (In short, if you're no good with sharp things, don't bother.)
As a redeco from the Arms Micron Dago (packed with Rumble and Frenzy) you can tell there's a little bit of a pylon influence in his design - and that it'd be helpful to have two as some sort of arm extenders. As a little octopus, he's gleefully weird and reminds me of numerous other 1980s Japanese imports, like the Game & Watch version and other illustrations on menus. The purple plastic makes the light behave a little differently, giving him more of a cyclops look rather than as something with two eyes and a sensor in between. Each arm on the bottom rung is articulated and does feel a tiny bit fragile - so be careful when you play around with this one. All you have to do to transform it is move the arms and pull on the neck, and you're done.
In either mode the toy is peppered in 5mm pegs and ports, which allow you to build giant weapons by connecting multiple Microns together. The end result is often quite ugly, so feel free to just use them as one-off weapons. I loved the Mini-Con idea, but for the first few years they came off more as awkward, tiny toys rather than real "upgrades" to bigger ones. They can activate a switch, or maybe fill a gap - but rarely does it feel like they give a toy more power. This one adds a big, beefy weapon to any toy's arsenal and I really appreciate that they finally went in this direction.
Clear plastic sucks away detail unless the toy is very well lit, so in an average abode you're getting a nice purple lumpy gun. I'm OK with this - the design is versatile and allows you to mount it on numerous toy alt modes and in 5mm fists. I wouldn't say this is a star toy, but if you can get it cheap it's worth it. More than ten bucks, though, and you may be better off buying something else.
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