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Here is my find from “The Range” store in the UK. As you can see it is not the high Quality KO release, but a more compact cheaper version.

£3.49, not overly cheap, but I’d had a really bad morning at work and I wanted something to tide me over until I get my final real devvy limb :D

Sold under the “Alien Terminators” brand which includes some ko power rangers and possibly some robot master jets, though they could be G2. Also available on shelf was a Bruticus in a half RID, half made up colour scheme. I decided to pass on that one. The greeness of devvy in all pictures has been exaggerated by my crappy camera phone.

PREEPARRRE FOR CHEAP REPLICATION!!!

He is not matched to the original in scale and in fact is probably only just Voyager class in size, so sits alongside deluxes quite nicely. In combined mode, he is ok to look at, all combiner parts are there and he even has some paint applications on his waist and chest shield. (Take note Hasbro ;D) The fists fire nicely and despite the cheap stickers and the strange smiling face, he looks OK. The only other issue is that he comes apart very easily, and it is the “fit” of the components that causes most the problems with this KO, rather than the quality.

The vehicle modes all seperate off, some are pretty loose and all have really crappy wheels on really crappy pins. Obviously there is no chrome here. Quality of the plastic is not actually awful. The purple plastic feels nice and solid and is probably better than some you get on official movie toys. The green is pretty naff, but nothing has broken yet and it looks ok as long as you don’t study it too hard.

Individual robot modes are where the KO majorly falls down. They are pretty flakey, barely have faces and those that do have silver paint splodged on them, in addition the three individual guns included barely fit in any of their hands.

Overall, it is not awful for a display piece, the different size is fun and the vehicle modes are ok to look at, but he is not a patch on the real thing and his face is just a bit too weird. :D

Like with my previous Sunstreaker review, I hope that people find this useful when trying to find out if their loose G1 Transformer Mirage is K.O. or original Hasbro\Takara Generation 1. I’d like to say I don’t have any particular axe to grind regarding these reproductions, I just don’t like people getting scammed! Mirage has been around for quite a while now and seems to have been the most mass produced of all the high quality Transformers KOs. He was available in a multitude of colours, but for the comparison I’ll just use the standard Blue.

KO Mirage is in robot mode.

Quality:

Overall, the quality is not that different from original, and from all the reproductions I have seen, Mirage is probably the best effort. It isn’t quite as solid as the original, but is at least equal to Hasbro’s own Reissue series. He has the same feel of the G1 Mirage but with modern day slightly cheaper materials that all toys now have. For example, he does not hold quite the same weight in your hand, and his plastic is visibly thinner, especially on certain areas (Which I’ll show you further down). The joints all seem pretty good, possibly a little too tight around the arms, but the correct bits slide and swivel as they should. There is more play around the wheels,  mine have more room to move side to side on their pins and rattle about a bit,  but that can be forgiven.

KO is on the right

Colours:

First off the white plastic is very bright, we will see in time how prone it is prone to yellowing. The Blue plastic definitely has a darker deeper more “bluey” tone. Compared to several originals, even discounting blue plastic aging and slight yellowing, it is clearly different. This does come out better in photos than with my eyes though. It is worth noting that the chrome detailing has altered, but not necessarily in a bad way, the application is thicker and has a darker tinge to it. I hope you find this visible in the photographs and it also should be less prone to wear.

KO on the right.

Stickers\Decals:

Biggest giveaway apart from the darker blue is the removal of the “26” sticker as this has been Tampo’d on the K.O.  Like the similar addition on the Takara Encore’s, this is a mixed blessing. On the plus side there is no nasty sticker to get wrong or lose, on the minus side they don’t always get them straight! The “26” is also thicker, in the way the font could have been set to a bolder format. The shoulder sticker varies in colour from the original, this one having the blue areas in a much more purple tone. In general the black lines are all a little thicker on the reproduction stickers, and you should be able to tell from the pictures.

KO on the right, nice Tampo!

Other Comparisons:

You can just tell on the picture above that the KO is missing the refuelling ring, which is a circle outline molded into the plastic on the original, this is positioned behind the cockpit in car mode and on the groin of robot mode (Just below the elf sticker). The head sculpt is nearly a straight copy with the following changes. The main difference is in the “ear” pieces, you can see in the picture below, that these are definitely a re-sculpt, being of different sizes, depths and design. The yellow paint on the eyes of the reproductions seems to wrap around the head too, making it look almost like a visor.

KO on right.

From the side view, you can see again that the tampo’d 26 is thicker. The other feature to note is that the chrome wheels, like with Sunstreaker, are slightly smaller, but end up the correct size due to the thicker rims and thicker tyres.

KO on the right. With the fatter tyres!

At the rear of the vehicle is the only real problem with the plastic, it does not sit flush against the solid metal rear end. However, there is another bonus, this is with the connection of the rear spoiler pieces. These are heavily re-enforced compared to the original and should not snap as easily. On the flip side the stronger design comes with a price, each spoiler piece tilts upward towards the centre of the combined wing, giving it a slight inverted v shape instead of being totally flat.

KO on the right, Check the spoiler supports!

Overall, he is a pretty good recreation of a classic hard to find G1 Transformer, and very close to the original, just not quite identical.  Thanks for reading! :D

KO is on the...