Fans Toys FT-30B Iceman (Masterpiece Air Raid)
Fans Toys items usually come with an outer plastic baggie to protect the box.
It’s worth mentioning, starting with FT-31A Roadking’s release, it seems that Fans Toys is cutting back on “twin layer” styrofoam packaging and just using a plastic bubble top half to hold everything down, which is a good thing, minimizes the package size and helps the environment too. They haven’t applied it yet to all releases (Magnum, Hunk and Dunerunner went back to dual Styrofoam), but I think this is a good direction for the company.
Remember to position the leg fins properly after removing him from the tray.
After removing him from the tray, try to set his backpack properly, this is what it should look like.
Diecast parts include:
-Lower leg panels
-“Spine” of the backpack
-Front landing gear
Since this is a Third Party, non-official item, it doesn’t come with a faction symbol. It’s best to get some stickers from Reprolabels/Toyhax.com to make this guy more “toon-accurate”. Alternately, you can also use “water slide decals” to make them look even more flawless (you won’t see the edges, unlike with stickers) but I’ve never really had the proper skills, or time (usually needs to be individually cut first) to work with those.
For water slide decals, most folks recommend the one from Ocean Studio. Here:
To apply stickers, I find the best way to stick the stickers on is to use the tip of a blade, or a flat, small-tipped object, this way you have more control over the application, as compared to using one’s stubby fingers. You can also use the blade to help gently peel off a corner of the sticker in case you didn’t center it right and need to re-apply.
Rash, reckless, fearless, that more or less sums up Air Raid. Prefers streaking into a group of Decepticons instead of shooting at them from afar. A daredevil flyer, he can fly at max speeds of Mach 2.5.
Unfortunately, while some of the Stunticons have ab crunch joints (Roadking/ Motormaster and Spoiler/ Breakdown), none of the Aerialbots have it.
Iceman does have a waist joint, but to get it to work, you have to untab and unhook the backpack and get the spine out. It’s a lot of work to get everything un-tabbed, and unless you position the pack right, the whole thing tends to fall down. Not really good execution here.
The figure also only has a single hinge elbow joint.
Just like Goose, Iceman is taller than the average FT “Demolition Derby” (Stunticon) figure .
He comes with two of his “Torque Rifles”.
According to his G1 bio, Air Raid’s Torque Rifles are capable of generating 80,000 PSI of torque on their targets.
To change the face plate, first remove his crown, then get the faceplate out.
In jet mode, he’s quite large. I didn’t have time to do a comparison with the MP Seekers, but I think he’s actually a bit bigger than those guys?
Nice details on the control panel
Autobot symbols are a bit tricky to place as the space for them is quite exact. But it can be done.
Diecast front landing gear. Very easy to get out compared to how it was done with Goose.
In jet mode, he’s roughly 13 inches long.
I forgot to take a photo, but the Torque Rifles can be pegged underneath his wings in jet mode as well.
With his fellow Fans Toys “Air Defense Force” (Aerialbots) teammates.
Overall, not bad, but not terrific. It looks great in both modes, but there are some engineering choices that feel like a step backwards from how good Goose was. The transformation into jet mode is a huge pain. It was more difficult to transform him compared to the other FT combiner limbs, with some panels always popping off. I was very worried that I might break something during the transformation process. Really not fun. He does look good next to his teammates and Air Raid was always my favorite Aerialbot back in the day. I hope the other FT Aerialbots get released soon.