NewAge! NewAge! NewAge! It’s been a while since I’ve gushed over the latest monthly release from the fledgling company. Make no mistake, I have been keeping up with each new tiny Generation 1 homage, but I wanted to bring something special to the table with this new review of NewAge’s latest all new mini masterpiece and his first color variation. Today we’re looking at NewAge The Legendary Heroes H7 McCoy and H7B Riddick, available now at The Chosen Prime for $34.99!
Amazing work by NewAge to get something so compact and animation accurate. The silhouette achieved here on this roughly 3 1/2″ robot is leagues above what Takara Tomy released in their Masterpiece line. The face sculpt is pure Sunbow Transformers season 1. The Ironhide mold is taller and bulkier than your normal car bots, but not a giant amongst them.
Every release from NewAge has been increasing in wonderfully painted detail. At this point there is a clear pattern of releases for each new character. First we get an animation accurate color way, followed by a toy colors or pre-Transformers Diaclone variation, then a translucent plastic or crystal release. This way NewAge gets a full three to four months of releases from each new mold to offset the costs of design, engineering and production. With these two we have your standard animation faithful red and grey with a metallic sky blue used for the windshields of McCoy, while the Diaclone Car Robot homage Riddick sees the original black with gold trim color scheme that the toy had in Japan before Hasbro ever cooked up the Transformers brand.
We’ve come to expect a lot from our collectible toys today in terms of articulation. NewAge has always loaded their releases up with great, useful, standard articulation for dynamic posing and playability. McCoy and Riddick have ball jointed necks, shoulders, swivel biceps, hinged elbows, swivel wrists, waist swivel, ball hips, thigh swivels, single knee hinge, ankle pivots, and separate toe pivot.
Unfortunately the transformation eliminates a full range of motion in the feet as seen on many NewAge offerings. This can be remedied by turning the thighs around 180 degrees so that the knee joint faces backwards. This way you can get that pelvic thrusting anime robot pose just right with more stability and no fear of them toppling over.
NewAge only included a couple small accessories with both toys. A small blaster pistol, the same mold for both, and a dust buster shaped tool to replace either hand with. If I remember correctly from the animation, this was used to shoot fire extinguishing foam, or air out of when necessary. New with this release and going to be a regular accessory going forward are swappable expressive hands. They come attached to plastic sprus and once removed can be swapped out for all your jazz hands and pointing needs. A welcome addition and sculpted very nicely.
The tiny Nissan Vannette was a widely used vehicle in 1980s Japan. Many people in America attribute G1 Ironhide and Ratchet’s size to something akin to a full sized Chevy van. This is not the case at all, as the Vannette had a smaller wheelbase than even the Volkswagen Beetle. These are tiny vehicles. Perfect for daily commuting and hauling in the congested metropolis. NewAge has perfectly captured this tiny box van in all its glory and scaled this alt mode surprisingly well amongst their other releases.
The transformation is simple and genius as the legs make up the majority of the bottom half of the small van while the upper body and arms fold out and tuck in to create the top half. It’s pretty amazing how much robot fits into what becomes one of NewAge’s smallest vehicles to date.
Like I usually tell our readers, the true value in a toy like this lies in what you are most looking for in your collection and how much joy a single item may give you other than the amount of plastic you purchased. I have owned Takara Tomy’s Masterpiece Ironhide and it doesn’t measure up to this toy. This is a true masterpiece that fits in the palm of your hand. Ironhide is a must have character in any G1 centric collection, and the bonus of a Diaclone version repaint makes that collection even better. I’m very pleased with both of these wonderful little transformable toys.
5/5 Wizard’s Stars
As I continue to spout, I cannot wait for each new release from this company. If they can keep up this level of consistency and polish, this could be one of the greatest Transformers toy lines ever. To date NewAge has announced and even solicited images for their versions of Megatron (both animation and toy versions), Starscream, Thundercracker, Skywarp, Thrust, Ramjet, and Dirge to fill those Decepticon ranks after the recent release of their Insecticons three pack. We also covered the news that they are releasing small play sets and accessories for the line with Megatron’s throne and The Lincoln Memorial, as well as an Ark med bay and Teletraan 1 for your Autobot forces.
These. Guys. Won’t. Stop!
And I want them all.
It’s an amazing time to be a space saving legends scaled Transformers collector.
Enjoy the full gallery for McCoy and Riddick below!