Yi Long

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Yi Long
Star Rescue Team character
Yilong-box.jpg
Yi Long box
Created by

Jin Jiang Toys
Release number

006B
Information
Aliases Dart God, Diao Shen
Species Transformer
Gender Male
Abilities

Alternate mode

Robotic Pteranodon

Yi Long, also called Diao Shen and Dart God, is a fictional character and third-party Transformer homage to Generation 1 Swoop and Age of Extinction Strafe made by Jin Jiang Toys in 2014.

Jin Jiang Toys

Yi Long is a third-party Transformer homage to Generation 1 Swoop. He combines with his team members to form Ares.

The name Yi Long is Chinese for Pteranodon. It can also be translated as "wing dragon".

A recolor of Yi Long in Age of Extinction Strafe's colors was released under the name Diao Shen. The Jin Jiang Toys web site called this toy Dart God.

Other third-party Transformer homages to Swoop include Bullsfire Airstrike, FansProject Volar, JustIToys Bombardier and Planet X Caelus.

Development

Renders of the TFC Toys dinosaur combiner toys were posted to ACToys message board in June 2011.[1]

Additional prototype images were posted in October 2011.[2][3]

Color toy images were posted online in November 2011.[4]

The Star Rescue Team dinosaur combiner was released in May 2014 by Jin Jiang Toys.

Reception

The Good Morning, Cybertron! podcast for October 31st, 2011 discussed prototype images of the TFC Toys dinosaur combiner in the news.[5]

The Good Morning, Cybertron! podcast for December 26th, 2011 discussed prototype images of the TFC Toys dinosaur combiner in the news. The hosts said it looked sweet and beautiful. They compared it design to that to a Megazord and hoped it would come out in a hurry.[6]

The [email protected] podcast for September 20th, 2012 selected concept art of the TFC dinosaur and rescue combiners in Generation 1 Dinobot and Defensor colors as one of the New Picture Picks.[7]

The Shattered Cast Uncut podcast for April 18th, 2014 discussed the TFC Toys dinosaur combiner in the news. The hosts disliked it.[8]

The Shattered Cast Uncut podcast for May 22th, 2014 discussed the TFC Toys dinosaur and rescue combiners in the news. The hosts initially disliked them until they realized how low the cost was compared to other third-party Transformer combiners.[9]

The Shattered Cast Uncut podcast for May 29th, 2014 discussed the TFC Toys dinosaur combiner in the news. The hosts thought the low price made them worth it, and that they looked better than Age of Extinction Dinobots.[10]

The Good Morning, Cybertron! podcast for June 9th, 2014 discussed prototype images of the TFC Toys dinosaur combiner in the news. The host said he had ordered the set and planned to review it.[11]

The Retro Robot Radio show for August 2nd, 2014 covered the release of the box set of the Star Rescue Team dinosaur combiner in the news.[12]

Toys

  • Jin Jiang Toys 006B Yi Long (2014)
An original third-party Transformer mold designed by TFC Toys. Turns from humanoid robot to robotic Pteranodon. Also becomes the left arm of Ares. Comes with two wings, combiner left fist, some Infinity Warfare accessories and instructions.
Initial designs of Yi Long had his two missile mounted to the under-side of his wings, and becoming part of Ares's gun. The final design had the missiles above the wings, and pinned to not be removable. The pins can easily be removed with heat, and used in their original intended locations.
The instruction included with Yi Long do not have his robot mode arms transforming into beast mode legs correctly. The picture on the box has them correct, though.
  • Jin Jiang Toys 004B Ares Steel Armor (2014)
A boxed set of the five dinosaur robots who combine into Ares, packaged in combined mode.
  • Jin Jiang Toys 006BZ Diao Shen (2014)
A recolor of the initial release of Lei Long in blue, intended to reference the Strafe toys from the film Transformers: Age of Extinction. Diao Shen in colored like Age of Extinction Strafe.

Gallery

References

  1. http://www.tfw2005.com/transformers-news/3rd-party-unlicensed-41/tfc-not-dinobots-combiner-in-the-works-172648/
  2. http://www.tfw2005.com/transformers-news/3rd-party-unlicensed-41/tfc-toys-dino-combiner-new-images-173624/
  3. http://www.tfw2005.com/transformers-news/3rd-party-unlicensed-41/tfc-toys-dinobots-robot-modes-173645/
  4. http://www.tfw2005.com/transformers-news/3rd-party-unlicensed-41/tfc-toys-dino-combiner-color-images-173728/
  5. blunghole (October 31st, 2011). "Good Morning, Cybertron!". https://www.facebook.com/pages/Good-Morning-Cybertron/147383341975239 (Podcast). blunghole. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MPiAqP8b78. 
  6. blunghole (December 26th, 2011). "Good Morning, Cybertron!". https://www.facebook.com/pages/Good-Morning-Cybertron/147383341975239 (Podcast). blunghole. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzPVWxxldwc. 
  7. Vangelus (September 20th, 2012). "[email protected]". http://www.tfw2005.com/ (Podcast). TFW2005. http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/wtf-tfw-transformers-podcast/669729-wtf-tfw-218-september-20-2012-a.html. 
  8. Oscar NJ Boi (April 18th, 2014). "Shattered Cast Uncut". http://www.youtube.com/user/shatteredcastuncut?feature=watch (Podcast). Shattered Cast Uncut. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MDtv4OHGQk. 
  9. Oscar NJ Boi (May 22th, 2014). "Shattered Cast Uncut". http://www.youtube.com/user/shatteredcastuncut?feature=watch (Podcast). Shattered Cast Uncut. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utdKiwB6C-E. 
  10. Oscar NJ Boi (May 29th, 2014). "Shattered Cast Uncut". http://www.youtube.com/user/shatteredcastuncut?feature=watch (Podcast). Shattered Cast Uncut. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfQkrJD2k1g. 
  11. blunghole (June 9th, 2014). "Good Morning, Cybertron!". https://www.facebook.com/pages/Good-Morning-Cybertron/147383341975239 (Podcast). blunghole. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffGFXuzfS4w. 
  12. Mathew Robert Ignash (August 2nd, 2014). "Retro Robot Radio". http://www.youtube.com/user/RetroRobotRadio?feature=watch (Podcast). RetroRobotRadio. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31IQyQLyx-I. 

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