Fans Toys FT-47 Rig (Masterpiece Huffer)
Fanstoys items usually come with an outer plastic baggie to protect the box.
As usual for Fans Toys, their figures tend to come in a bit mis-transformed. For this one, just simply rotate the waist 180 degrees.
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.
Always cranky, whiny and forever pessimistic, this little Autobot is the first to complain the moment things go wrong. A construction engineer before the war, Huffer is surprisingly strong despite his apparent size. While he can be depressing to be around, he is actually quite reliable when things need to get done.
Diecast parts include:
-Sections of the torso
-Sections of the feet
-Some of the joints
His backpack is a bit big, but in fairness, it is accurate to the cartoon models (except for the windshield part).
Sigh, mine came with a paint defect on its left thigh. Hopefully my local shop can contact Fans Toys for replacement parts. You let me down QC 32.
July 2022 UPDATE!! – My local shop reached out to Fans Toys and they sent in a replacement thigh for my piece! Whew! Thank you Fans Toys! In all my years of collecting, I only managed to get replacements from Takara Tomy and CMs, nothing from Hasbro or Bandai. Great post sales service right there. Special thanks to the Hobby Korner team for making it happen.
You can swap out his head for an alternate “open mouth” one. But be careful when removing the default head, chances are, you’ll pop the secondary mushroom peg off before getting to the actual piece.
The wrong way.
The right way.
Rig comes with various weapons. I actually could not recall which episode these things came out in the series. I guess I’ll have to rewatch the episodes he appeared in one time just to double check.
Man, I never remembered him having variation in pistols. Guess my memory isn’t what it used to be?
The guns can be combined to form a super weapon. This is something conceptual though and never really happened in the cartoons.
While the super weapon can technically be mounted on the vehicle mode, for the life of me, I just can’t get the thing to peg into place without sinking in the panel. I eventually gave up after 20 minutes of trying. lol.
Comparison with Bad Cube’s Huff.
Overall, another smash hit from Fans Toys, their design, engineering and materials never fail to impress. While I do prefer the simplistic transformation of the Bad Cube version, it already shows its age and the better cartoon accuracy of the FT model just makes the it the superior version IMHO.