Hello everybody and welcome to another exciting Transformers review. I have two figures to look at, one a Legends class figure and the other... well, it's a bit special, but it would be classified as a CHUG figure, but you'll see when we get to it. Both items are third party Transformers, but from different companies.
I decided to do the Legends figure today and plan to do the other item tomorrow. And hopefully soon I can have my planned theme week happening. With any luck, maybe. For now, let's talk about this figure.
Without further ado, may I present to you the Iron Factory IF-EX 19 Phase Sixer, Shadow Tengu!
Shadow Tengu, as you probably guessed, is a legend class style Sixshot. And you're probably wondering "A legends class Sixshot? Is that even possible?" Well, Irony Factory set out to do that. Did they succeed? Well, we'll get to that in a bit.
But as you can see, Shadow Tengu comes in the typical windowed IF box, showing off the figure itself.
And on the back of the box you have all six modes of Shadow Tengu. Will this be a masterpiece of engineering? Let's get him out of the box and see if that's the case.
So here we have Shadow Tengu out of his packaging, and just like any other IF release, you have a lot of detail and paint, which is rather impressive for a legends scale figure. Especially with something that's going to transform into a lot of different modes.
Getting up close to the head sculpt you can see that it's a mostly white head with sharp, red eyes, typical of your standard Sixshot, needing to look all evil.
For posing, like any other IF figure, you're really not lacking in that department. Generations Cosmos wishes he could be as poseable as the IF releases.
For accessories, we have a number of them, but two are really for the alt-modes, so we'll talk about them later. First, we have your standard rifles done in a white plastic. It appears hollow at firs,t but it's mostly detail.
And look at that extreme pose I have going here. That's how good the posing is.
And then we have two swords. The handles are painted black while the blades are done in chrome. This is the typical Iron Factory swords that some of their other releases, like Overlord and Drift, have. Why bother making different swords, right?
Now for comparisons.
First, here is Shadow Tengu with some other Iron Factory releases, their versions of Deathlock and Drift. As you can see, he's quite a bit taller than the two mirror images.
Now for a Phase Six comparison. Here is Shadow Tengu with Evil Lord, and you can see that Evil Lord is about a head taller than the six changer.
And here is Shadow Tengu with another IF Phase Sixer, this time Soul Reaper, their version of Sky Shadow, who is shorter than the six changer.
For an official release, here is Shadow Tengu with Titan's Return Bumblebee, showing just how tall he is in comparison to the official line.
And lastly, just for fun, here is Shadow Tengu with G1 Sixshot. Yes, G1 Sixshot is quite tall.
For the alt-mode comparisons I won't be using G1 Sixshot, mainly because of time and that you've already seen all of this once before, so we'll just skip it. We'll also be doing the transformations in order of the instructions, so if you have this figure with you, you can play at home.
Finally, two things for transformation. Shadow Tengu has a base form that allows you to go into hte different modes, which is where you'll start things. Mostly, it's about tucking in the head and then the hands. For the different forms you have to position Shadow Tengu's shoulders a specific way. the instructions show where the ball joint of the shoulders need to be. There's only three real positions that cover all the modes, so it shouldn't be a problem.
Well, enough about that, let's start with the first form, the gun!
So... yeah, he's a gun. You can see two more accessories here that you'll see better in another mode, but basically you have two smaller guns that plug inside of the feet, copying the little guns that G1 Sixshot has.
Here's how he looks in hand. And as typical, the gun mode is the weakest of all of Sixshot's modes.
Next, we transition into Winged Wolf mode, and I think it's my favorite alt-mode of the bunch.
Getting up close to the head sculpt you can see that it's white with sharp, red eyes. A decent sculpt for a wolf head, though I think it's emulated the G1 toy a bit much here.
Oh, and the mouth does open, allowing Sixshot to howl at the moon.
And even though the instructions don't mention it, you can store the guns on this alt-mode. It just has this problem of shooting out his feet if he needs to shoot somebody.
For a quick comparison, here is Shadow Tengu with Frenzy/Rumble, another Titan's Return Legend class figure.
The next mode is the tank mode, and you can see the additional gun placements better here.
And... yeah, it's an attempt at a tank. In this case, certainly a rather weak alt-mode for the legends class figure.
Though honestly, I might have mistransformed the feet. The instructions weren't quite clear, but outside of G1 Sixshot and MMC's Terminus Hexatron, the tank modes have always been rather weak.
And for this comparison, here is Frenzy/Rumble once again, because we can't get enough of him.
Next is the APC mode, which works better than the tank mode.
Though one issue I have with this mode is that I feel like the arms are sitting up too high. The wheels can roll, but it's more difficult in the position that they're in.
Still, this is one of Shadow Tengu's better alt-modes.
For comparison, you guessed it, Frenzy/Rumble is back for another comparison.
Lastly, we're going to finish this up with the space jet mode. And... yeah, it's an attempt at one.
it's certainly a better attempt at a space jet than the tank trying to be a tank, but this has always been a middle of the road alt-mode for any Sixshot figure. I think the one that pulled this off the best is the MMC version.
Oh, and as for the Gun placements, it's kind of weird, because trying to plug in the gun one way is too lose, so I had to flip it in order to get it locked in. Very weird.
And the instructions don't really say it, but you can plug in the other guns in this mode, too. So you can have your flying space jet of murder death flying around bringing murder death to all!
And, once again, here is Frenzy/Rumble to give us one more comparison.
And that's it for Shadow Tengu. Did Iron Factory pull it off? Well, kind of. I mean, let's be honest. There's a reason that Sixshot has always been a larger figure compared to the rest. You do have six modes to work with, so you have to get creative with how to get everything to fit. And while Triple Changers are going to sacrifice a form to get it to work, that is the case with Shadow Tengu, here.
That being said, it's still rather impressive what Iron Factory did with Six Shot. He does have my major complaint about the Iron Factory releases lacking proper locking points, but otherwise, it's a solid little figure. If you're looking to expand your Legends collection, I would recommend him.
Lord knows I won't be giving up my Legends collection. I like having a shelf of little guys. More options for epic fights. Plus they scale well with my two city bots. If only I had the space for one huge city bot battle.
Tomorrow we're looking at my second figure of the week, another third party CHUG figure, but one you may not expect to see. Hopefully you'll like it just as much as I did. Until then.