FansProject Crossfire: Causality Holiday Set

The Deluxe Insecticons were somewhat of a rarity back in the day, though I do remember a neighbor got a hold of one. Luckily FansProject comes to the rescue!

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Following the last post, we return to an older product by FansProject, retooled and repainted from the original Insecticons (albeit ninjas..) to the second release, deluxe Insecticons, Barrage, Chopshop & Ransack.

While the box is relatively plain, there is a animated picture on the side:

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So lets take a look at the individual bots, one by one.

Chopshop, or Breakdown as he’s called for legal purposes, is a repainted and retooled version of Shrapnel.

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I love his coloring and design. As with other FP toys, he’s quite poseable, though mine has VERY tight joints which isn’t a bad thing, but he needs a bit of force to get things moving..

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The new head sculpt is amazing, the yellow eyes are a very nice touch!

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In the back, the insect legs fold nicely flat, keeping them out of the way:

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Transforming isn’t too difficult, it’s a little fiddely, especially folding the arms into the legs..but the end result is outstanding:

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His alt-mode beetle is very successful! The mandibles in front are so cool, and he balances on his insect legs perfectly!

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His rifle stores in between his robot legs in kind of a goofy manner, and the hands stick out in a somewhat obvious way, but other than that, Chopshop is a great update to the G1 toy and just looks great!

Now lets take a look at Ransack or “Plunder”. Unfortunately, like Botcon’s Kick-off, his colors are a bit hard to photograph, but he looks amazing!

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The neon orange wings have to be my favorite feature, very striking! As a gift with this set, buyers received a duplicate set of weapons to use on either the first version of the Insecticons, of for other figures. I gave Ransack two rifles, mainly because of how they store in big-mode.

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His back is a bit more “kibbley” than the others but everything does fold and collapse well enough.

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I feel he’s a bit more flexible than the other two. He’s very well balanced as well dispute the wings on the back.

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I love his head sculpt and the red visor is awesome. Very Decepticon! Some people do not like his antenna on the head, and mine pop right out on a peg. So if its not your thing, you can take the. Right off. I like them though, as they are G1 accurate.

Transforming him is unfortunately a nightmare for me. His arms a so dang putzy, you, and many parts flip around. There’s sound logic behind it, but it requires practice to get it down. Once you do though, you have a pretty sweet Death Grasshopper in your hands:

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I think Ransack is my favorite in but mode. The other two have more sturdy builds but they’re also quite similar. Ransack stands out being a Grasshopper, and the black yellow and orange are a great combination.

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As with the others, the guns store in bug-mode, but seems Ransack’s store on the outside of his legs, I liked the look better with two rifles, it’s more symmetrical.

Finally there’s Barrage ( or Blockade). While Ransack is my favorite Bug-mode, Barrage is easily my favorite In Robot mode:

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Barrage is the figure my neighbor had and I’ve always remembered his green and yellow colors. Now I have this most excellent remake of him and I couldn’t be happier!

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As with Chopshop, his joints are super tight, but again that’s actually a good thing. I love his rifle, which is very much similar to G1 Bombshell’s. But just look at that mug of his!!

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It’s just so flipping awesome! The eyes are so well painted, they’re perfect!

I do have Causality Bombshell, he’s the only one of the first series I own, so lets take a look at them side by side:

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They actually look really cool together. And because I have the mold already, transforming Barrage is a snap (he is the easiest for sure):

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I like him more than Bombshell mainly because of the forelegs, which are not ninja weapons…

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As a group, these guys are super impressive and would look great in any collection, I keep mine with my post-’87 movie ‘Cons:

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So there we go! As with all FansProject Holiday exclusives, these guys are going to jump I price fast, so if you’re looking to grab them, better do it now.

More coming up, including a return to the second wave of Fall of Cybertron deluxes. Stay tuned!

8 comments

  1. Awesome! Would love to get these guys! But can’t shell money for em right now…..Good looking set all around.

  2. Well, unfortunately, they are a bit on the pricey side, but as a set actually not bad. They’re a great looking bunch for sure, plus they’re NOT ninjas….lol.

    1. They’re a great addition, but I think they’ll really look nice once they get a little reprolable love! They definitely need some Decepticon logos!

  3. I really really love these guys, but I hate the price. I wish they would’ve sold them individually as all I really wanted was “Chop Shop”. Nice review BTW.

  4. Thanks Flywheels! Yeah, they do command a premium 3rd party price tag which is unfortunate. But who knows, they may eventually sell them individually like the original series, you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled!

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