Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Darklord Dungeon Presents: Sergeant Kup from Transformers Generations

Presenting Sergeant Kup from Transformers Generations. This is the Transformers Generations version of Sergeant Kup, not the Japanese Transformers United version - which I personally think - given the metallic paint job and chrome finish - is worth buying more than the Transformers Generations version. I purchased Sergeant Kup from Victoyoyoys on e-bay Philippines for PhP 790 including shipping. It currently retails on E-Bay Philippines for around PhP 700. The Japanese Transformer United version retails on the Philippine black market for twice the price - around PhP 1,500

This is the most modern release of Sergeant Kup since his original release in 1986. While he is definitely a much more traditional representation than his 2009 Botcon box-set release (Where he was a repainted version of Transformers Cybertron Red Alert), purists of Sergeant Kup may end up disappointed in the fact that Sergeant Kup is not as true to his original look despite being in Transformers Generations - a line that has been trying to give a modern but relatively true to original  re-boot to the old Transformers toys - with a few exceptions (I suppose this is one of them). Conversely, some people will grow to appreciate this upgraded/modern look provided by Transformers Generations for Sergeant Kup.

 Transformers Generations Sergeant Kup's card reads: "Sergeant Kup is the oldest soldier any of the Autobots know. Even before the war he was a career military 'bot, dedicated to defending Cybertron against all threats. His long service has supplied him with an endless array of war stories, which he never hesitates to share with his comrades no matter what else is going on." Because he's one of the oldest Autobots on the block, someone thought that it was about time that Sergeant Kup receive an upgrade in Transformers Generations.

Transformers Generations Sergeant Kup comes armed with a Laser Musket - his standard weapon since his release in 1986 (It even became a Transformers Targemaster named Recoil in his 1987 release). Transformers Generations gave the musket a more "Muskety" feel i.e. very long barrel (Almost ridiculously long) but they modernized it by giving it a more modern grip (versus the barrel grip of muskets). The Musket becomes a secondary exhaust pipe for Transformers Generations Sergeant Kup's pick-up mode.

Transformers Generations Sergeant Kup's articulation is so-so. Transformers Generations Sergeant Kup cannot twist at the hip and what you see below is the extent of the leg bending. Transformers Generations Sergeant Kup can hold his Laser Musket in both arms, but he cannot aim it, he can only hip-fire it as shown. 
Further, those forearm plates keep getting in the way and reduce the articulation of the arms and hands. They are too small to be shields and Sergeant Kup is not known for having forearm shields. 

So. Despite the hype and the rarity, my recommendation is for collectors is that, if you really want a Sergeant Kup, to save up and buy the Japanese Transformers United Sergeant Kup instead. The metallic paint job is sure to add a better contrast to the otherwise dull colors of Transformers Generations Sergeant Kup. However you may still find yourself to not be overall happy with the Transformer and you may find yourself criticizing what could definitely be a better figure. 

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