They did a Ultra Magnus set, a Thunderclash set and finally a Nova Prime set.
Just like a normal review I'll be talking about each mode individually just this time I'll be talking more about the labels than the figure.
If you want to hear about the toy itself go HERE for the main toy review.
One thing I really like about the set is that Reprolabels give you a full set of spare white labels in case you make a mistake, I certainly did.
I love the fact that they've done this, the white bits are the hardest to get right and having the spares takes a lot of pressure off.
Let's start from the top and work down.
As you may have noticed from my pictures I have removed the gold paint from the crest.
I looked at the figure and compared it to some IDW artwork of Nova and the gold crest was something that had to go.
After a little work with some rubbing alcohol it came right off. It made a whole heap of difference for me and I think you should consider doing the same if you're going to get this label set.
The chest labels have a venting pattern printed on them that nicely hints at the IDW design while also covering over the blue of the original chest wiondows. You also get two small white labels that break up the window chest squares and help create a different visual between Optimus and Nova.
Moving onto the shoulders we have two ancient Autobot symbols (Thank you TFwiki), it fit's with Nova's IDW history even though (from what I could see from my searches) he never bore that symbol. It's a clever way of covering the Autobot symbols and it doesn't really tie him to any faction.
The arms get a pair of simple blue and silver labels that, just like the ab section, break up the white.
The legs are a bit hit and miss , the little energon parts look great as do the previously mentioned rear lights on the feet. The "miss" parts are the blue parts on the leg. Nova prime usual has white or dark blue legs, Reprolabels did the sensible thing of not trying to cover the entirety of the legs in blue labels, they cover most of the front but there is grey plastic left on view from the front, quite a bit actually. It's understandable that they tried and didn't make it a crazy mess of a job to try and cover all of it. It's not awful but it's also probably the weakest point of the set.
So we finally move onto the torso.
This is my combiner, there are many like it but this one is mine and his name is
If you prefer your chest closed then you have the updated window stickers but if you prefer your chest opened you get small energon patches on the center chest, large energon patches in the "open" chest panels and a couple of gold labels on the un-paintable grey center piece. It's good but it did one more thing to finish it off and oh sweet Primus they delivered.
Nova Prime never had a "spark of combination" but he has had access to something else.....
It looks great but I want more Dead universe on there, more! MORE!
I usually have him combined with Ironhide and Mirage for the legs. Prowl and Smokescreen for the arms.
It does mean I have 3 silver hand/feet and one black but I barely notice.
I really like how the pairing of Prowl/Smokescreen looks as arms. Having the two car hoods poking out as giant shoulder pads really add's some bulk to the figure. I even put Prowl and Smokescreen's guns into Nova's hands to give him the look of big smoke stacks.
At some point I'll be adding a set of the black Perfect Effect hands and feet, partly to make it so all of his hands and feet are the same colour, partly because I'd like to have the extra posability that the upgrade set gives you.
It feels like he needs a melee weapon of some sort, a sword or an axe, but you would not believe how hard it has been trying to track one down.
As of the time of writing this I've got an idea in mind but I don't want to pay 30 bucks for it (hooray for Ebay prices). I'll keep looking and hopefully I'll get something down the line.
I tend not to give Nova Maximus his gun in combined mode. It doesn't feel right and I think even with a melee weapon it still wont feel right. It's usually split into it's parts and pegged into Prowl and Smokescreen so they're out of the way.
So should you buy this label set? If you have a Battle Core Prime you should buy one of the three sets available, my vote goes with Nova that much should be obvious by now but Nova Prime might not be you thing, I emplore you, if you have a Battle Core Prime go to reprolabels/Toyhax and look at the 3 sets and buy one, don't leave your canvas blank.
The guys at Reprolabels/Toyhax do some awesome work and they've saved many a figure for me in the past and this was certainly the case here.
So that was my first label review, if you're interested click here and check out Reprolabels/Toyhax.
I honestly have no idea what I'll be writing about for next week see you then for whatever I decide to do.
He sometimes takes epic trips and tells tales of these sagas often.
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