Toy Review: Fans Hobby Master Builder MB-01 Archenemy

It’s been more than a year since our last review so you know this must be something special to get us writing again.

The first project by new company Fans Hobby is their version of Scourge from the Robots in Disguise continuity. For the uninitiated, here he is in all his cartoon glory:

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“Optimus Prime, the next time we meet, you will cease to exist. I promise you.”

Packaging – Nothing to shout about, no fancy artwork, just the toy in robot and vehicle mode. Comes packaged in robot mode in a  black plastic tray.
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Robot mode – It is about as good as it gets. The last toy (by a new company) to excite me this much would be FansToys Quakewave (big shoes to fill but speaks much about the potential this company has).

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Double jointed knees, good articulation (even with those huge shoulder parts), cartoon accurate colours that really pop in hand, good use of diecast on the feet, thighs & smokestacks, wouldn’t go as far as to say it is perfect but you get the idea.

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You don’t want to mess with this guy.

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High kick? No problem.

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Classy details.

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Big robot with even bigger sword. Winning formula.

Truck Mode – Transformation to truck mode is simple, nothing fancy, probably the simplest transformation I have seen in a while (depending on personal preference, can be both a pro or a con). Nice chrome, rubber wheels, rolls well on the ground, no signs of robot parts, once again, you get the idea.

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Negatives – After all that gushing, let’s bring us back down to Earth and highlight some issues (there is always room for improvement):

  • Greasy smell out of box
  • Chest was glued shut even though there was hinges to open it
  • Little clearance for side mirrors (be careful when moving the arms)
  • Very big truck head for a back pack (to be fair, seems to be cartoon accurate)
  • Dead eye syndrome (led lights would be great but maybe too much to ask for)
  • Can’t seem to peg sword into hand
  • No gun?

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The chest that can’t be open

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Be careful of those side mirrors

Conclusion – For a character that I personally didn’t have much affection for, Fans Hobby Archenemy really impressed me with its build quality, source accuracy and playability. Immense presence on the shelf, definitely a piece that most collectors will take a second look at (RID fan or not). For RID fans, I think it is a non-brainer, for non-RID fans, I will still highly recommend it.

I wasn’t a big fan of the Monsterbots (just not a fan of the characters) nor the Ginrai and Overlord (huge fan of the show but the bulky aesthetics really don’t work for me) that Fans Hobby had teased / released, but on account of this, I will definitely keep a close eye on them.

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The definitive RID Scourge

Get your Fans Hobby fix here:
Oh My Primus – Fans Hobby

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