There isn’t much to say here. They were a smaller company that offered 3rd party versions of the Jumpstarters Topspin & Twin Twist dubbed Apex & Geminus or together as the Demolition Crüe. They were very good for what they were and they fit in nicely with my Wreckers display. They also did versions of Huffer & Pipes in the Transformers Animated cartoon style called Bluster & Trench looking amusingly very similar to two Italian plumber brothers from a certain video game. I was tempted to get these as well since I was a big fan of the series, but ultimately passed on the pair since they didn’t get very good reviews. And that I think was pretty much it for Mech Ideas.
These guys first got my attention with their Knight Morpher Commander. This was their version of Optimus Prime from the “Hearts of Steel” comic mini series by IDW. The story of which is set in an alternate universe where instead of waking up in 20th century from their crashed slumber, the Transformers instead reemerged a century earlier, at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution. So instead of transforming into trucks, cars and planes, they transformed into steam-powered machines. Knight Morpher Commander transformed into a steam engine.
DX9 is one of the more prolific companies out there and their focus seems to be two pronged. They have a Masterpiece-ish line as well as a smaller Legends scaled (2-3 inches) line. I say Masterpiece-ish because the overall look is a little more stylized for most of their products. I’ve heard fairly good feedback about their stuff but for me most of them just don’t quite blend in with official Takara masterpiece products, so I’ve mostly stayed away from their products.
The one thing I did get from them was their one product that for me DID look like a Masterpiece and that was their version of Megatron dubbed Mightron. Now he’s definitely not a perfect figure, but his face….is PURE Megatron. He looks like he literally stepped out of the television screen. Mightron, and another Megatron masterpiece wannabe Despotron from another company, Maketoys were released around the same time. Of the two, Despotron was getting better reviews but he just didn’t LOOK like Megatron to me…so I went with Mightron…a decision which is now irrelevant since Takara’s official version will be released soon and it smokes both 3rd party versions (at least visually). So unless the Official Masterpiece Megatron is a transformation nightmare, it looks like DX9’s Mightron won’t be staying long on my shelf as the default Decepticon leader. But still on it’s own, it’s a really great toy that I’d whole heartedly recommend to anyone.
Ok these guys are one of the newer companies. Their sole focus so far has been on Masterpiece style Transformers. While I regrettably passed on their first offering of Brawny (masterpiece Brawn), they got my undivided attention when the produced a masterpiece version of my all time favorite Transformer, Sunstreaker, dubbed Sunsurge. Now I’d been endlessly hoping and praying that Takara/Hasbro would eventually release an official Sunstreaker since they had already produced his brother Sideswipe, but to no avail, he never came. So Badcube has my eternal gratitude for being the 3rd party company that finally answered my prayers. (to be fair, another company called Omnigonix had their own version released a few months later called Spinout…but he didn’t turn out so well).
In the end, I think I’m more in the minority when it comes to appreciating Bad Cube’s more involved transformation designs and that’s fine. I’m definitely looking forward to their next releases, which are a re-issue of their Brawn (Brawny) & Huffer (Huff) and possibly a Cliffjumper to round up their minibots before the year ends.
Keith’s Fantasy Club or KFC for short was another 3rd party company that I heard a lot about but never got around to getting anything from. They started out making “masterpiece” cassettes that were compatible with the official masterpiece Soundwave. They also did Autobot cassettes even if there was no existing masterpiece Blaster for them to go with. Now these initial cassettes drew a lot of negative reviews, poor quality etc, which is why I guess KFC never really made an impression on me. And even when they released their version of Masterpiece Blaster called Transistor I was still uninterested despite fairly good reviews.