Fans Toys FT-31C Spoiler (Masterpiece Breakdown)
Diecast parts include:
-Sections of the torso
-Sections of the leg panels
Spoiler features rubberized tires. So be mindful of that when you leave it displayed in vehicle mode in a hot environment.
This guy has an ab crunch joint! It’s a bit hard to pop free the first time you do it, so be careful, but it is there.
Transforming him into his vehicle mode requires rotating his waist at this level. It’s insanely hard to do since the joint is very, very tight. Exercise caution!
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.
The most paranoid member of the Stunticon group, Breakdown is obsessed with the notion that everyone and everyTHING is watching him at all times. He is deathly afraid of attention and would rather be a human instead of a giant robot so he to fade into the background instead.
His only accessory, apart from his alternate face plate, is his concussion rifle.
Thanks to his ab crunch joint, you can get him into a lot of cool poses (Breakdown: “Stop starring at me!!!”).
Alternate “yelling” face.
To replace the face plate, just pick upwards at his chin until the plate falls off.
The color of the vehicle mode is more off-white than white, unlike how it’s shown on the back of the box, not really an issue though, as I prefer this color. Transforming him isn’t too hard but there are a few tough moments (turning the super tight secondary waist joint was almost a deal breaker) and getting everything to tab in is hard as there isn’t much space for margin of error.
Hmmm… possible connection port for the combined mode?
Sadly, the set does not come with the old “Dual Barreled Plasma-Energy Blaster” weapon that plugged into the G1 toy vehicle modes.
Compared with Sideswipe
For the curious, Spoiler is roughly 2.5x heavier than a standard MP Carbot.
I’m not too sure how I feel about this scale, but supposedly it follows the animation models?
With MP-44 Optimus Prime
With his fellow Fans Toys “Demolition Derby” teammates.
Yeah, Sideswipe’s doomed.
Overall, very nice. The first combiner limb ever released by Fans Toys, the paint and sculpt are pretty good. The figure can look a bit… thin.. when viewed from the side but I guess certain compromises had to be made.
The biggest issue for some might be the scale, especially next to fellow Lamborghini Countach Sideswipe in robot mode. But I think the reason for this is FT went used the cartoon model scale as a reference guide, which shows that they’re supposed to be as tall as Ironhide or Grapple… ? I could be wrong but that would explain some things.