Transformers Generations: Rattrap

A second outing for the Generations line, into the world of Beast Wars.  Just like Rhinox and Waspinator, this one is dead-on to the original design.  Well, almost.  The original show was terrible 90s style computer graphics, and just doesn’t quite hold up with today’s CG work.   Don’t get me wrong, I still love it.  It just looks terrible.   Rattrap here is a far cry from the poor CG work of many, many years ago.   He is an outstanding representation of himself.

Rattrap looks great in his robot mode.  He has a lot of animal parts showing, but that is really the point with these Transformers.  They didn’t really disguise their animal parts well.  But they sure did hide well in animal mode.  They had to, or they would die.  I digress here.  He comes with a big cannon to hold.  It comes apart near the middle and becomes two smaller hand guns.  One of the better examples of weapons breakdowns I have seen in the Transformers toys.

Fold that bad boy up, and he looks so much like is rat version from TV, it is amazing.  He has posable limbs and an opening mouth.  His tail is the rubber material with the wire in it.  We used to see toys like that all the time back in the day.  Most didn’t hold-up to so much bending.  The wires eventually gave out and left the body parts wobbly.

There isn’t a lot of Rattrap’s robot mode showing, which is a pretty good feat, since there was a lot to pack in there.

From the bottom, you can see just how packed in there he is.   On the upper arm, you can also see the clear bomb that is stuck in his arm.  A small door opens on the top of the arm to allow the bomb to be removed.  What a fun little addition.

In all, another great addition to the Beast Wars figures.  Let’s keep this one going in the Generation line, shall we?  I wanna see more.


Transformers 4: Lockdown

Lockdown was supposed to be out in the initial wave of figures, but when they all came out, there were lots of Autobots, and lots of Dinobots, but there was a lack of Decepticons.  Well, now we have… 2.  Wha?!?!  We have Lockdown, and the larger Galvatron, who it technically not even a Decepticon… or a Transformer, as he was made by people.  Ah well, what are ya gonna do?

Funniest part of this picture?  Even though we see him do this in the movie, and create a lot of little pieces of Autobots flying around the screen, it is not a feature that is featured on the directions of the figure.  I know right?   The best thing Lockdown has going for him, and it isn’t even shown.   At least we get that option.

Don’t worry, for those of you who are totally freaked out by a guy with a gun for a face, you can also let him hold it in his hand.

He is a very nice looking figure overall.  There are a lot of good details in the design, and lots of colors to help break-up the otherwise drab color… not sure what his main color is.  Maybe weathered wood?  One of the neat parts is that he has his headlights on his chest.  Those are actually his headlights that go with the car.  There aren’t any extra bits hanging around that fold under in car mode.  We get a lot of pieces like that when designers can’t get the toy to transform exactly like the show or movie.  Not this time.  Great job Hasbro.

Oh no!  The molded hands.  GAH!  I was so worried when I saw these.  This is the stuff we see on the little Legion Class figures, not the larger Deluxe figures.   Though it would have been nice to have actual hands, it is apparent that the underside of the Lamborghini is very limited in space.  I will let this one go.  At least there is a swivel in the elbow, so he doesn’t have to hold the gun gangsta style.

I think i would be rather upset if I spent all the money to get a Lamborghini Aventador and this is the color. I had to look up the colors they come in, and there are some amazing colors.  Granted, Lockdown would not have looked good in the oranges, yellows, or reds, but maybe a better gun metal or a nicer silver color would have sufficed.  Maybe his is supposed to not care, and he is in primer.

Never the less, the actual car is quite amazing.   The breaks in the body to transform him into a robot follow pretty well with the body lines of the car.  And since it is a Lambo, there are a LOT of straight lines to follow.

We also get a windows down version of a Transformer.  Something we don’t get too often.

Never fear, the gun is here.   Add a little firepower to the Aventador and really take it to the Autobots.  Car vs. Car.  Nice!

I really like this figure.  There are a few problems with the robot design, skinny legs with a big torso, but this is something we have seen all too often with the “Bayformers.”  There is a whole lot that is right with this one.   And come on, he has a gun for a head.  Extra points there.


Wall-E by Thinkway Toys

There are new toys that have come out by Thinkway Toys. I had to grab Wall-E to start, as he is one guy I always like, but never got around to getting one of the figures.

There are a few sized to these figures. This is one the larger size format figures. He is very posable, with movements at the shoulders, wrists, and opening hands. His arms can also be moved to extra holes at the front edge of his body, down low.

He has movement in his neck, and his eyes can be posed. He can also roll on very nice wheels mounted down low.


He comes with two blocks that fit inside his body, and can be ejected. You can also put play dough in there and eject any color cube you want.

Grabbing this guy was a bit of a gamble.  I have never heard of Thinkway toys, so I didn’t know what to expect.  It is a Disney product, so I was thinking it was fairly safe to go with it.  He turned out to be very nice.  There is a smaller version I saw where he is rusted like he is in the movie. I bought this one at a local Toys R Us.  I haven’t seen any of these figures anywhere else yet, but I am sure they will be popping up sooner or later.  There are some great Pixar products in the lineup.  Finding Nemo and The Incredibles to name two.  Definitely a fun toy, and a great addition to my Disney collection.


Transformers Generations: Doubledealer

A repaint and rehead of Blitzwing, I am sure Doubledealer is WAY less crazy with only one face, and probably only one psychotic personality.

There is a lot to repaint on this guy from the drab tan color we got a while back with Blitzwing.   I was not really on the lookout for Doubledealer, since I was not terribly impressed with Blitzwing in the first place.  There were so many great triple changers that came out before:  Sandstorm, and Springer.

His robot mode is pretty good.  I am not crazy about those terribly flat feet he has, but a small part compared to an overall good robot.  He came from the box with his gun tucked down his back.  I liked it that way, and decided to leave it to change his appearance from Blitzwing.

These boys are both taking the Decepticon purple to heart, thought Blitzwing went a little further with his.   The two still look very similar to one another.  The paint doesn’t do a whole lot to make the bodies stand apart, and there are a few parts on both figures that have a little more detail than the other. It is nice to see a repaint that is not less painted than the original version.  You may want to note that the name Doubledealer refers to his being a double agent of sorts.  He is more of a mercenary than anything, working for the side that pays the best.

The jet.   I really like the colors in jet mode.  We get to see a lot more of the purple in the wings.   The shark mouth on the front nose is a great touch that really adds a little something extra to this mode.  In his jet mode, you can see his Decepticon emblem right in front of the cockpit, high on the nose.   Don’t get any ideas, he doesn’t play fair…

From the front, the tank mode looks pretty good.  It is pretty tight and  well designed.  It falls apart in the back part, where you can see the nose of the jet as well as the engine nozzles that just hang off back there.  Right at the front of the tank, under the cannon, he has an Autobot emblem.   Hmmm, who will pay the best.

Doubledealer is okay.  Unless you love you some triple changer action, or you like your mercenaries best served evil, this is not one you will need to track down.   Of course, there are not many Transformers who sport both an Autobot and Decepticon emblem, so there is that.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Half Shell Heroes – Leo with Glider Wings

Playmates, going for a younger audience with the toy line, came out with Half Shell Heroes, which fits in their cute lineup of other figures from different licenses. Being the lover I am of all things TMNT, I had to pick one up. Of course I am starting with my favorite Turtle, Leonardo. He comes with Glider Wings that allows him to fly. Play with the wheel on the back, and his wings flap.  The clip that goes around his waist does a great job of holding him in place.  He also has shoulder restraints that flip into place for a little extra protection.

He is a cute little guy with some good articulation for his size. His two legs have a swivel at the hips. They move together. He also has joints at the arms that allow for good rotation.

I think the Half Shell Heroes are a great Evolution figure for the Nickelodeon figure line.  

He is bigger than the little guy, and takes on a younger look of the big guy.  I think he fits perfectly inbetween.   Pre-teen adventures await.

I think he is a great figure.  There is some good value in these little guys.  They are not outrageously expensive since they come with a figure and a vehicle for about $7.  There are also 2-packs with other characters from the show, both good and bad guys.    They also have vehicles of varying sizes, from the small that come with the main characters, to larger vehicles that come with a special version of the figure (wearing helmets and the like), to really large vehicles, like the Turtle Van.  It also looks like there is a giant playset.  I don’t think I will make it all the way to buying the big stuff. but the smaller stuff is pretty fun and won’t take up too much room on the shelves, or in the case of Leo, hanging from the ceiling in his glider.


Off-Road Lightning McQueen (Radiator Springs 500 1/2)

I am a huge fan of the Cars (and Planes) franchise. When I heard they were coming out with yet another short, I knew we would be in for some fun. Add in some toys, and we have magic. This is the first of the cars, of course Lightning McQueen. He has been outfitted with off-road gear in order to race the other off-road vehicles in an epic race around Radiator Springs.

The vehicle is a classic Lightning in the style of the ending of the first movie. I think pretty much where all of the Mater’s Tall Tales take place as well.

 

He has a great addition of wheels with large travel to accommodate the off-road terrain. He gets a bit of extras on top as well, including a roof rack with a spare wheel as well as lights.

This is probably the dirtiest toy review to date, but it didn’t seem right to take a look at an off-road vehicle and have it clean and shiny.  I have plenty of those.  This one had to be different.


Blades the Rescue Dinobot

Dinobot fever is in full swing.  I was looking at a pretty destroyed Transformers display at my local Toys R Us, and I saw a cute little guy from the Rescue Bots line. I held him, saw he had a neat feature, and then I saw he was only $5, so I went for it.  Pretty cool little guy.

I am not really familiar with the Rescue Bots, other than they are Transformers for smaller kids. They have big parts and look pretty cute.

Blades is a helicopter in his usual mode, but this is a special version that is a Rescue Dinobot. He looks to be a mix of a pterodactyl and a jet, with some stylings of a Power Ranger vehicle to boot. If the button is depressed on his back, his wings flap.

When he is transformed, his wings pull back and lock into place, and the dino head moves away from the robot head. There is not a lot of articulation from him, but for a small kid’s toy like this, it is not to be expected anyway.

A cute figure overall, and really worth the $5. Not very easy to find a Transformer for that kind of money these days.


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