I have to say I was intrigued with figures coming with Transformers. Even more so when I saw how good the articulation of the little figures were.
Backfire is a good looking figure that stands strong. The only problem is his little tiny hidden hands. It would have been nice to see some better hands on him, but what we loose in hands we make up for is really big guns. 🙂 The figure with him is Spike Witwicky. Don’t know the relationship to Sam in the movie continuity yet, but I am sure we will find out sooner or later.
Changing Backfire into vehicle mode is easier said than done. They mislabeled the directions, and there is no where that says to change to vehicle. They are there though. The pictures are listed under the second reference to changing to robot mode.
The vehicle is really nice. It went together well, and stays together. The only problem being that the figure looks a bit on the small side for the vehicle. But at least he fits well with all of the articulation he has going on.
And here is where you loose me. I get the fun of trying to make things be able to transform a few different ways, but these weapon stations are not very well done. They certainly don’t make any sense for a Transformer to change into a weapon station for someone else to use them. This just looks silly. And why does Spike have to sit on the engine? Not a good design there.
Icepick, we have seen not so long ago as a Power Core Combiner. I was thinking it was just a reuse of the name, but there is actually reference to him being the same guy from that line. This time around he has found himself working with Sergeant Chaos. If you haven’t figured it out, they are the bad guys.
I don’t even know where to start on this one. It was basically taking the tracks off the back, rotating them around and making them come out in the front. Now they can’t even move. It looks like they actually intended this to work this way since there is a post that is supposed to go in a hole to keep it looking like this.
So, here ya go. Two of the figures from the Human Alliance line. Good robots, great vehicles, lousy triple changers. What happened to the days of Astrotrain? Ah well, there is much, much more to come from the Dark of the Moon line.