Fans Toys FT-30C Goose (Masterpiece Skydive)
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 fix his leg fins into proper position when you first remove him from the tray.
I’m not entirely sure if these side panels are supposed to fold out in jet mode or robot mode, but I just folded them out for robot mode.
Unfortunately, while some of the Stunticons have ab crunch joints (Roadking/ Motormaster and Spoiler/ Breakdown), none of the Aerialbots have it.
It’s a shame this guy doesn’t have double elbow joints.
He has a good range of ankle tilt though.
Diecast parts include:
-Sections of the torso
-“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.
Skydive is the Aerialbot team’s resident tactician. Bookish and prefers to read about aerial battles than actually taking part in one. Still, he knows how to win in actual aerial dogfights when the need arises. With his vast knowledge of aerial warfare history, he is presumed to be most skilled flyer of all Transformers.
He comes with two “Nega-guns”, weapons capable of making objects crumble by breaking their molecular bonds.
He comes with an alternate “yelling” face plate. To swap the face plates, just pick upwards on the chin of the default face until it falls off.
I laughed out when I saw this pose on the back of the box and had to try it out.
The trick is to balance him on this booster.
Interesting to see he’s taller than the average Stunticon.
Pretty cool that FT left a perfect spot on the wings to place the Autobot symbol on. That’s some fan service right there.
The jet mode is impressively big! You can park it next to an MP Decepticon Seeker and I think it would be the same size, if not bigger. Very nicely done Fans Toys!
The landing gear is a bit of a pain to get out, it involves moving around pilot’s seat and it’s very tricky and hard to do if you’re not using a proper tool (like a pick or tweezers) for it.
Nega-guns can be pegged underneath the wings.
In Jet mode, Goose spans roughly 12 inches.
With his fellow Fans Toys “Air Defense Force” (Aerialbots) teammates.
Overall, a great piece!! I loved this figure a lot!! The transformation is fun (for once!), it almost feels like something the Takara engineers would come out with. There’s some easy level of intuition into figuring out where you’re supposed to go (unlike say.. Quietus), so it feels like toying with a proper MP. The downside would be the backpack of the robot mode, which doesn’t even try to capture the look of the cartoon model I think, so that is a bit of a downer. If Fans Toys pulled off that look for the backpack, then this would be so perfect. My favorite FT Aerialbot to handle by far.