U.S. Name: Citizen Stack (Version 2 - KFC/Keith's Fantasy Club) Jap. Name: SAME
Cartoon First Appearance: N/A
Toy Catalog Number: E.A.V.I METAL PHASE 3
A quick comment:
I thought I was going to get Citizen Stack Version 1 from Capture Prey early as I preordered before KFC demanded price increase to those retailers who charged lower than their intended price. While the bigger retailers got their Citizen Stacks first and by the time CP and other smaller retailers got theirs, it was already in Version 2. Many fans were not happy how KFC ran their business, not only in term of price increase but what really got them utterly upset were the improved Version 2 released only 3 weeks later after Version 1. I got Citizen Stack Version 2 for $CLXXV from CapturePrey and it arrived to me on May XXviii, Mmxiv.
R-0 KFC Citizen Stack motto and tech specifications:
Affiliate: autobots | Subgroup: none | Function: administrative official | Alt. Mode: car carrier|
| STR 9 | INTL 10 | SPD 7 from the trading card (or 2 - from the comic back page) | ENDN 10 | RNK7 | CRG 9 | FRPW 9 | SKL 10 |
KFC Citizen Stack's Motto:
N/A - Doesn't come with one.
KFC Citizen Stack's Bio:
You might think you know him as a New Leader, or as an intergalactic police officer looking to place you under arrest, but Citizen Stack is different. Our subject has never left his planet, and is one of the few robots who is strong enough to not need gang affiliation for protection. A loner who makes his way in life by collecting the carcasses of fallen warriors and selling them for spare parts to the highest bidder. when business is slow, he's not above getting his hands dirty and speeding up the process; thus he has truncated the life of many a warrior robots. Every now and then a new clan forms, and they think an easy way to make a name for themselves is to take on the loner Citizen Stack, but they soon realise (realize) that they've made a fatal error, and the only place their name gets mentioned is on the hourly updated obituary lists.
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[V5, THN 150xHeight, FMT 8x16, CT3i, JG8]
R-1 KFC Citizen Stack (Version 2) in its Original condition:
R-2 Pre-Applied Decals/ Stickers:
Citizen Stack does not come with any Pre-applied sticker adhered to the toy itself like the 1980s G1 line. Instead, the entire action figure contain colored mold and some paint applications.
R-3 KFC Citizen Stack (Version 2) - Vehicle Mode:
R-3B: As per Keith of KFC, Citizen Stack cab front chrome grill guard is designed to be detachable. This is a plus for fans who want their KFC Stack cab to look even more like the original G1 Ultra Magnus cab. The images on the left is a screen captured of Optibotimus YouTube Citizen Stack video review at time 5:14 regarding the removable grill guard. Before proceeding in removing your grill guard, just know that the connection is very rigid as the chrome dried up. Optibotimus broke one of his grill guard pegs while removing it off from the cab and fortunately the grill guard can still be mounted back into the cab without any issue. So, unless you really hate the grill guard, I really don't recommend doing so as it looks fine the way it is.
NOTE-3: Images credited to Optibotimus for the YouTube image screen captured in section R-3B.
R-4 KFC Citizen Stack (Version 2) - Alternative Configurations (Reconfiguring the Missile Launchers & Folding the Silver Doors Flap):
As an alternative/ optional configuration to R-3, Stack missile launcher can also be mounted at the front of the trailer just like the original 1986 G1 Ultra Magnus toy for fans who prefer such look/ location. Technically, there are two ways you can mount the missile launcher whether via the swivel peg as in Configuration A or at the rear fixed peg of Configuration B. In the instructional manual, Configuration A is the alternative standard. The advantage with this method, the missile can swivel up or down. For the drawbacks, Version 2 owners, Configuration A method is a problem because the swivel peg is slightly smaller than the trailer socket so you will end up with a floppy or flimsy connection. Also, the missile launcher base does not align flush with the trailer connector so it's doesn't look well. On a personal level between the two methods, I prefer Configuration B over A. Configuration B is more solid/ securer in term of connection, has a better look, and is also more accurate to the original G1 Ultra Magnus toy. Obviously, the downside with Configuration B, there is no vertical movement for the launcher. Also, the smokestack will need to be collapse downward. The 2nd thumbnail as per Step 26 for optional, the silver flap doors can be left in the opening position should storing cars require more space. From the design side, those silver door flaps are meant to stay close as the intention was to conceal the back space of the Matrix chest compartment.
R-5 KFC Citizen Stack (Version 2) - Hauling the MP Cars:
KFC Stack is designed to hold 3 Takara Tomy MP regular cars size e.g. Prowl, Sideswipe, Wheeljack, etc at a comfortable level with 2 on the top deck and 1 at the bottom deck. When the silver door flaps are opened as shown in R-4, a 4th smaller MP Minibot car e.g. Bumblebee, maybe achievable we'll find out once MP-21 is out. But loading all 4 regular size MP cars into Stack would be too much for him to handle as the trailer bed is not long enough so you would need to open the ramp out if you insist of doing so, 2nd thumbnail from KFC. Stack upper deck and the door ramp are both articulated making the entire process of hauling and unloading the MP cars very enjoyable for playing value. In real life, due to the design of the knee cap (the foldable blue piece above the white ramp) blocking the vertical movement, up lifting that rear 2nd car Sideswipe up may not work as there is not enough clearance. Aesthetic nitpicky wise, the knee cap with its higher elevation than the rest of the upper deck, Sideswipe is rest on a much higher slope.
R-6 KFC Citizen Stack (Version 2) - Robot Mode:
Going from vehicle mode to robot mode is pretty easy as Stack transformation resembles much like the Hasbro Titanium G1 Ultra Magnus. Upon completing the transformation, Stack is utterly magnificent and with his large size and sleek design, he is often compared to the Takara-Tomy MP-22 Ultra Magnus. Overall, Stack's body proportion/ profile is very define, clean, and hardly has much distracting kibble exist other than his back pack; and that's hardly an issue. Although Stack shares many of the G1 Ultra Magnus elements aspect which include the shoulder launcher placement, shoulder post, chest plate, waist with white belt, leg with shin/ramp, to the colors, his style and details are not exactly identical to the original Ultra Magnus but more in line with the TF Generation Line. Another positive about Stack Version 2, his body joints and parts are very sturdy and solid around. Stack Version 2 overall colors are a lot closer to the original art rendering, far right thumbnail than Version 1.
For the downside in robot mode, Stack face is just a disappointment and fortunately there is a head replacement by SXS, see R-15. Why the criticism? Stack dark, dark blue eyes makes him looks like some dead robot. As for the mouth, he resembles very much like those ventriloquist puppet thanks to those lines adjacent to the mouth on both side, see R-0. Also, the entire faceplate is too flat. Next on the list is the atrocious missile launchers that are so floppy as they do not want to stay plug into the shoulder port. The launchers will fall off from the shoulder if Stack is tilted at an angle. This problem occurs due to the missile launcher swivel peg circular circumference is slightly smaller than the hole of the shoulder port. In vehicle mode, the swivel peg missile launchers is a problem when mounted on the front like the G1 toy but okay if connected on the side like the cartoon. Last but not least, be gentle when folding the waist plate connector and when pulling the lower leg out (extremely rigid) as the material is so fragile. Just from pinching and pull the lower leg out, I ended cracking the lower leg red panel plastic, see R-11 item #4.
R-7 KFC Citizen Stack (Version 2) - Alternative Transformation (Reconfiguring the Lower Arm Side Guard):
Another alternative configuration and in contrast to R-6, Stack lower arm side guard in my opinion is better off positioning to the back of his arm. For starter, it just looks much, much better from the front and especially from the side view. Also it's a homage to the original 1986 G1 Ultra Magnus in both cartoon and toy. Furthermore, it's a lot easier to peg the gun into Stack hand without the arm side guard getting the way as you can open the fist further out for more clearance when plugging the gun in. When observing the lower forearm just above the wrist carefully, it has a design that intended to be front side of the forearm. Lastly, the back hand also has a blue square accent which is meant to be seen and exposed out not block by the arm guard. From all of these criteria, it looks as though originally it was meant for the arm guard plate to be placed at the back but maybe KFC later changed their mind and wanted it to be different from the G1 Ultra Magnus by placing at the back of the arm as seen in the R-6 configuration. The 2nd thumbnail is a comparison pictures between the two configurations.
R-8 KFC Citizen Stack (Version 2) Articulation Show-Off:
Head: 1 swivel ball joint - swivel 360 degree sideway and 75 degree upward
Shoulder: 1 swivel joint and 1 hinge joints - swivel 360 degree forward and backward, a 2nd joint allows the arm to open out 75 degree outward
Upper Arm: Stack hardly has any upper joint, see shoulder joint
Elbow: 1 swivel joint w/ spring ratchet joint - swivel 360 sideway, a 2nd joint allows the arm to bent 90 degree forward
Wrist: 1 swivel joint - swivel 360 degree sideway only
Hand/ Finger: 2 hinge joints - the thumb has no movement, but all the 4 fingers are articulated and bendable at 90 degree, the index finger is not jointed to the last 3 fingers
Hip/ Waist: 1 swivel joint - swivel 360 degree sideway only
Crotch-Leg: 1 swivel ratchet/ universal joint - swivel 360 degree when angling from the cut part of the leg, bent 90 degree forward or upward, do a full 180 degree split, a 2nd joint allows it to swivel 360 degree sideway
Thigh: no joint/ movement
Knee: 1 swivel joint w/ spring ratchet joint - knee bends 45 degree backward and 60 degree forward, a second joint allows it to swivel 360 sideway
Ankle/ Feet: 2 ball joints - front feet swivel 270 degree downward, 45 downward, 30 degree inward or outward. The heel spur has it own separate ball joint and with same movement.
R-9 KFC Citizen Stack (Version 2) - Laser Blaster:
Excluding the missile launchers which are part of his body attachment, Stack lonely accessory is his silver Laser Blaster. As expected, the blaster can be held from either hand. For securing or stability purpose, the blaster has a peg on each side of the handle just like most of Takara-Tomy Masterpiece guns/blasters for plugging into the socket of the fist. For easy usage clearance, it's probably much easier to plug the blaster into Stack hand if the wrist outer guard was positioned at the underside like the G1 Ultra Magnus toy or R-7 instead of the standard configuration where the outer guard is at the side. When the blaster is not use such as in vehicle mode, the blaster can be store at the upper deck of the trailer between the two white bars (or shoulder post) by simply folded up the blaster handle and then aligned it with the two blue guides. This connection is really unsecured and sometime the blaster would fall down since it's only held by friction instead of something better like peg.
R-10 KFC Citizen Stack (Version 2) - Matrix Chest Cavity Gimmick:
Stack chest cavity is designed to be used in conjunction with Takara-Tomy MP-10 Optimus Prime Matrix. Why Stack or KFC does not include their own Matrix make you wonder especially when this accessory is so small and Stack himself hardly come with much accessory other than the blaster. Anyhow, this exciting chest gimmick is a special reference to the 1986 TF The Movie where Prime in his deathbed, passed the Autobots of Leadership to Ultra Magnus who stored it inside his chest cavity. To re-create the movie scene, first lift the blue chest plate out. Open the two white checker-like panel to reveal the Matrix chamber. Unfortunately, Stack Matrix chamber cavity looks very cheap, hardly much thought/ creativity was put into the design, and there's a hole can be seen through the back. Despites so, now insert MP-10 Matrix in and then close the two panels followed by the outer blue chest plate to conclude it. Since the Matrix is so small and Stack hands are much bigger, only the index finger is small enough to fit into the Matrix opening handle, see picture.
R-11 KFC Citizen Stack (Version 2) QC Issue:
1 - Version 2 Stack has a floppy shoulder missile launcher that doesn't want to peg into the shoulder port (pic #1), not apply to Version 1 - Very common for Version 2
2 - The waist joint connection plastic is very thin bound to stress mark and breakage - Very common for both versions
3 - Plastic chipped straight out from the box - Not common, maybe it's just mine
4 - Plastic is very fragile and cheap, don't pitch too hard on the plastic when pulling out the leg. Cracked very easily - Very common for both versions
5 & 6 - Minor stress marks - Very common for both versions
7 & 8 - Minor smeared paint at various locations - Very common for both versions
R-12 KFC Citizen Stack (Version 2) - The Comic:
Also included in the box, is a supplementary comic that was placed inside a clear taped plastic bag by enhance some back story to Citizen Stack. It contains 6 story pages and 2 instructional transformation pages on Citizen Stack figure. If you pay attention to Stack's Tech Spec bio detail, noticed the inconsistency as the back of the comic list Stack's Speed as 2 while the Trading Card listed it as 7. Regardless Cititzen Stack Version 1 or 2, the included comic is all identical intern of everything story, arts, colors, etc. If you are really nitpicky, Version 2 Stack figure colors are more comic accurate than Version 1 with the red at inner feet (cover) and red at the side of the trailer (page 3). [THN 150xWidth]
R-13 KFC Citizen Stack - Version 1 vs. Version 2 Comparison:
For minted in sealed box purchaser, to identify whether you own Stack Version 1 or Version 2, look for the Gold Sticker labeled "2nd Run" at very top right hand corner of the main/ front panel of the box. Stack Version 1 did not come with any gold sticker on its box anywhere. For those that purchased from 2nd hand and got no box, this is much easier to differentiate because the gold sticker can be removed if anyone want to temp it. If that's the case, Stack Version 2 figure has a red accent painted on each side of the front shoulder by the raised trapezoid. Moreover, the bottom back and side of his lower leg also got red color. This red portion of the leg when transformed into the vehicle mode, becomes the bottom side of the trailer. Last but not least, although not visible unless you open him up but Stack Version 2 comes with the superior spring inside the joint at the knee and elbow to resolve the joints breakage which was heavily criticized by Version 1 owners. As a result, KFC sent out part replacement, 2nd thumbnail, to retailers who then redistributed to its their customers. Section R-16 covers more images of Stack Version 1 for scale comparison to other figures.
R-14 KFC Citizen Stack w/ Reprolabels.com Sticker Sheet:
Finally, the last ingredient for the finish touch, is to put the Transformer Autobot/ Decepticon insignia onto typical 3rd party figures. The Transformers insignia is what separate genetic/ other robots from the Transformers itself. For the left image, Stack was only applied with the simple Autobot symbol. The cab roof insignia was inspired by the Titanium G1 Ultra Magnus figure while the small insignia on the front right shoulder and the medium logo on the trailer were based on the cartoon. To those who wish for more details on Stack, Reprolabels.com also created that sticker too, far right thumbnails. Here are the two links of the sticker sheet from Reprolabels.com if anyone is interested in getting one for Citizen Stack:
Simple Autobot Insignia only, $7: http://www.reprolabels.com/Symbols/fsautwht.php
Citizen Stack full set sticker sheet, $18: http://www.reprolabels.com/Classics/citizenstack.php
R-15 Repaint D.A.I. Commander Stack and SXS A-05 Citizen/D.A.I Stack Head Replacement:
Credited: All images in R-15A,B are all from KFC and Weibo.com
R-16 Rémy's KFC Citizen Stack - Scale Comparison:
To conclude this review, the following pictures are some scale comparison shots between this figure (Stack Version 1,2) and other figures for better comprehension of their size differences. Among the figures are KFC Citizen Stack, Takara Tomy's MP-8 Grimlock, MP-10 Prime, MP-17 Prowl, MP-19 Smokescreen, 3rd Party TF from X-Transbot Kranx (aka MP Huffer), and Dr. Wu Spike with Sparkplug.
Credited: All images in R-14 are all from KFC Facebook
R-16 Rémy's KFC Citizen Stack (Version 2) - Supplementary Info:
Manufacturer - Keiths Fantasy Club
Line, Series/ Wave: E.A.V.I (Expendable Autonomous Virulent Infantry) Metal
Year Released: [Apr. 2014 for Version 1, May 2014 for Version 2]
Quantity Produced: [Mass Release]
Box, Card, Bag Dimension (HxLxW in Inch): 7 1/8 x 16 5/16 x 6 3/4 - Box.
Box Point or Robot Point: [N/A]
Packaging Method: Mint In Sealed Box. Contents were packed with the following procedure:
Rest on a clear plastic tray are: "1" Citizen Stack, "1" silver gun, "2" shoulder launchers
Beneath the top clear plastic tray and inside a sealed taped bag contains: "1"comic book, "1" Citizen Stack trading card
Figure (s) was (were) packed in: Vehicle Mode
Robot Mode Dimension (in Inch): Height Up To The Head: 13 Maximum Height: 13 6/16 (up to the shoulder post) Width from shoulder to shoulder: 7 Maximum Width: 13 1/4 (from launcher to launcher in a straight position) Dept: 4 14/16
Alternated Mode Dimension (in Inch): Vehicle at Maximum Width 6 1/4 Side of Vehicle at Maximum Length: 14 14/16 Height of Vehicle 5 6/16
Figure's Stamp/ Fine Print: KFC
Figure's Stamp/ Fine Print Location: Can be found at the cab front license plate.
Transformation Of Difficulty: [Medium]
Material Durability: [C]
Materials: Die Cast Metal: None Chrome Part: Front bumper, grill, guard rail, headlights, and smoke stack Rubber: Wheels Plastic: Main material Clear Plastic Window: Truck front and side window
Stability: [A] - Very Stable
Fun Toy: [+A] - Definitely a fun toy due to many functions, challenging, and a cool design.
Negative Drawback: None
Rub Sign Logo: [N/A] - Not Applicable
Robot's Cartoon looks alike: [N/A] - Although the figure was designed with the G1 in mind, Citizen Stack and its aesthetic really falls into the TF Generation Line than the actual G1 aesthetic.
Alternate Mode Cartoon looks alike: [N/A] - Same as previous comment
Knock Off (KO) Availability for this Figure/Mold: [No] - As of May 2014, there is no Knock Off made just yet for this particular item.
Special Notes: Here are "10" special notes that I think you should know:
Unless it is specific noted, the comments below apply to both KFC Citizen Stack Version 1 and 2.
1- To identify whether it's Citizen Stack Version 1 or Version 2 from a sealed box, look for the Gold Sticker at the front of the box. If it has a golden that said ,"The Second Run", then it's Version 2. Version 1 has no Gold Sticker on the box. For loose figure, if the front of Stack shoulder has red color on the raised trapezoid, red color on the inner side of the lower leg, or red color on the bottom side of the trailer, then it's Version 2. Version 1 on these areas are all blue color.
2 - When transforming back to vehicle mode, if the lower arm guard was already slide out and the upper deck of the lower arm length still come up short and not meeting the trailer end for pegging, do NOT insist on pulling out the lower arm. It means you missed a step and that is the white top cap of the shoulder post needs to be opened out first before the upper deck arm can be extended out. Remembered, the lower arm itself does not extend out, only the arm guard slide out.
3 - In the vehicle mode, the cab front chrome guard rail is removable but I do not recommend in doing so to avoid breaking some of the connector pegs on the guard rail.
4 - For the trailer, be gentle when unpegging the center blue vertical piece from the gun alignment piece of the top deck.
5 - The feet and spur connector post plastic are very soft and wiggle, be very careful with the transformation when rotating the feet/ spur in or out. Also the feet post is only attached to one side of the wall so it's probably best not to transform the feet out if you are displaying him in robot mode for a long period as it takes lot of load from the upper body weight.
6 - In robot mode, the waist connector feels flimsy, be gentle and extra careful during the transformation.
7 - For white paint and chrome rub off due to transformation, you need to pay attention at 2 locations. The 1st one locates at Stack crotch or belt area by the circular white paint. On mine, a small section of paint was scrapped off at the top of circular straight from the box. The other areas are all the chrome at the front of the cab where it needs to tuck into the peg of the waist, just be careful with it.
8 - Version 2 missile launcher swivel joint does not peg into the Stack shoulder securely and tend to fall off, keep an eye on those launchers.
9 - Version 1 Stack has a regular ratchet joints at the elbow and knee. They do not has spring ratchet joint like Version 2 Stack, so be careful when bending the joints on Version 1 Stack.
10 - Both Version 1 and 2 Stack come with the comic, make sure yours come with one.
Overall Grade: [A] - This is by far the most best looking 3rd Party Ultra Magnus figure to ever be made as of 2014 in term of appearance and transformation. However, the plastic material feels a little bit under par, light weight, and flimsy in some areas. Version 2 Stack joints have the better improvement joints over Version 1 Stack.