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Takara-Tomy Transformers Go! Ex Takara-Tomy, 2013
Day #1,273: September 21, 2015
Takara-Tomy Transformers Go! Ex Action FigureEx
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 saw weapon
Retail: Free with 3,000 yen purchase at Toys R Us stores
Availability: November 2013
Other: Recolor of Giza

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Takara-Tomy Transformers Go! Ex Action FigureI dig toy sharks, especially in Transformers. Usually you get two good modes and some pretty creative play features, and the saw shark Ex as a robot sea creature that turns into a sword seems solid. It's not, but it seems that it is. It's a clear red recolor of Giza, the pack-in from Arms Micron Nemesis Prime. The weapon mode doesn't look like much of a weapon, and the shark mode doesn't look like much of a shark.

Takara-Tomy Transformers Go! Ex Action Figure

The shark mode, perhaps in light of its red plastic, doesn't show a lot of detail to the naked eye. In normal indoor lighting conditions you can see a mess of pegs and panels, plus little hints of the saw on the snout as well as an adequate tail and pretty decent fins. If they billed it as a space ship, it would be slightly more convincing. A large diode in the middle of the "face" acts as an eye, and this mode has 4 5mm pegs for your mounting and connecting needs. If this sounds a little harsh, it should - compared to Go, it's sort of blah.

Takara-Tomy Transformers Go! Ex Action Figure

Transformation is a snap - the blade, arms, and grip all rotate in place in a matter of seconds. I like this. The weapon looks sort of like Prime Optimus Prime's blade weapon, and that's also pretty good - and likely very much intentional. It's a little goofy in terms of its practicality, but I can't deny that it looks cool as it wraps around a figure's wrist and is effectively an arm substitute. I placed mine on Combiner Hunters Arcee and was immediately pleased.

I also realized it wouldn't fit on many figures - these were designed to fit with most Prime and Arms Micron figures, which means figures with smaller, open 5mm hands are good for it. Figures with big bulky closed 5mm fists, though? Forget it. So don't expect to do a lot of mixing-and-matching with all of your favorites, as this will fit with many - but not all - toys over the last couple of decades. Go and Sen are a lot friendlier to other toys. I dig it as a weapon, but it's not a good weapon for every figure you own.

If you can get it cheap like I did, you should. I scored 5 different ones in a $40 set, and that seems like an OK deal. I'd have loved for this item to be a tiny bit better - I mean, it's got a swell blue Autobot spark crystal! It's a shark! But it's just OK. I've seen worse Mini-Cons and Microns over the years, but this one does not inspire delight as one might hope.

--Adam Pawlus

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