Relive your childhood Transformers obsession with these headphones
Within the part of New York Comedian Con’s exhibit corridor often known as “The Block” you will discover goodies galore for collectors and hobbyists with cash to burn, starting from Gundam mannequin kits to cutesy, huge-headed collectible figurines of Mario and Luigi. However, on the Good Smile sales space, the corporate was showcasing a special sort of toy to play with: a pair of headphones that you do not simply regulate to suit your head, however can truly rework like a robotic into the best form.
The THP-01 headphones are the primary launch for Good Smile underneath its “Toon Workshop” model, a collaboration between the corporate and Joseph Hahn of Linkin Park. Good Smile’s toy pedigree is instantly obvious within the construct of the THP-01, with styling harking back to an anime mech or energy armor. Nevertheless, the plastic development means the headphones have been lots lighter than they seemed. Regardless of the shortage of heft the headphones did not really feel chinzy, in all probability because of the metallic joints undergirding every element. And although it is made up of 256 sculpted elements meant to be pulled and pushed round, the items of the THP-01 match collectively nicely sufficient that the reworking nature of the headphones just isn’t instantly obvious.
Nevertheless, the THP-01 cannot be organized into any decidedly unheadphone-like form. It is actually restricted to 2 primary positions: absolutely open and a compact type for journey. However the strategy of tugging on items and shifting them round is definitely a enjoyable and showy exercise, particularly for anybody who relished enjoying with Transformers as a child (and even as an grownup). The elements require a little bit of power to get them to maneuver, however the metallic bits glide fairly easily as soon as unfastened and at no level did I really feel like I used to be going to by chance break an element off. It is a fairly intuitive, satisfying course of.
As soon as I received this stuff open and on my head, how did they really work as headphones? Fairly properly, truly. There’s a couple of good nods to consolation within the design, together with loads of nicely-ventilated padding and ruler marks printed on the band to make it simpler to refind your good match after a change. Soundwise it did positive, with songs like The Runaways’s “Cherry Bomb” popping out pretty balanced and clear. Nevertheless, I did discover the quantity a bit softer than I like.
The THP-01 headphones can be found now from Good Smile for ¥forty five,000 (about $349). If black is not your type, subsequent month will see the debut of Knights of Cydonia-impressed patterns in white and grey. Nevertheless, that branding will value you, with the worth marked as much as ¥fifty five,000 (about $463).
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