Monthly Archives: May 2012

Transformers: Prime – Bulkhead Voyager Class

Bulkhead is a great character.  I know there was another Bulkhead in the Energon continuity, but the real Bulkhead came about in the Animated continuity.   Taking many of the cues of the great character developed in the Animated stories, the Prime Bulkhead is very similar.  Not being a farmer, but a construction worker, he is underestimated as a blue collar worker of Cybertron.

Bulkhead’s face is spot-on.   There are a few issues here in the torso.  The headlights are in the completely wrong place.  In the initial version of Bulkhead to come out, the torso was much better.   There is also a little bit of weirdness around his head where it looks like is head is just sitting up there, since it is flip-out, and sits really far forward.

The Weapon:  I have hated, and will continue to hate these flip-out weapons they are putting with all of the Voyager class figures.   It is pointless, as it sits on the arm, and is not a part of the arm.  In addition, it only stays down when the lever is being pushed.   Why do we need to have a mace with a light behind it?  BUT, the good thing is it is detachable, meaning that as an improvement over the first version, the mace does not have to sit on the back of the SUV.

And, what would Bulkhead be without his weapons?  A very strong dude.   The has the mace on one arm, and a hammer mounted on the other.  I am guessing we will see that hammer again if we get a Voyager class Breakdown.

In all of his mace-less glory, Bulkhead looks really close to his vehicle mode in the show.   The transformation has some good stuff going on with it.

And, once again that additional weapon is nothing but an appendage that is really out of scale.  It makes Bulkhead look more like a TV news van than an SUV.

Getting in a shot with the boss, and the doc, Bulkhead is really in scale in the Voyager class.   I am really glad they went for it and gave us the BIG Bulkhead.

He is really hard to find.  Once again, a happy accident, where I was just wandering around a store and found him.  I have not seen another since.  Good luck.

How Dare You Mattel, mixing Hot Wheels and the DC Universe

These figures, I mean cars have been out for a little while now.  The DC Universe series started with Superman, The Joker, The Flash, and Green Lantern.  I saw them, I was not interested in them, they were left to the hooks in the store…and that is where they stayed.  There are still plenty of that initial offering all over the place.   Now we have a new lot.  Batman, Bane, Catwoman, Two-Face, and Wonder Woman.

When I saw Bane, I had to get him.  The flat black with the neon transparent green was too good to pass up.

These cars are designed to be what the character would look like as if they were a car.  We have seen this before with the Disney line of characters.  I am kind of surprised with Disney owning Marvel, we did not see their figures come out first.

It would be fun to see what else they can come up with.   See how creative they can get.  The first wave seemed to be an introduction to the concept.  Four really well known characters.  I was not impressed by them.  The best they had to offer was The Joker, but he looked almost exactly the same as the version of the car that came with the 5-Pack for Gotham this same year.  I was not going out of my way for that one.  Green Lantern was also tempting with the transparent green body, but I never pulled the trigger on that one.

I think we are running around with some serious contenders this time around.   I think they backed off of the idea of the capes and such on the cars like Superman.  There are some good concepts this time around.  The Wonder Woman car looks to have multi-colored clear parts, in part to show her colors, but also to pay homage to her invisible jet.   I can’t wait to see that one in person.  Two-Face has two colors.  Batman is long and sleek.  Catwoman is slick and purple.  There is a good showing.   I have not seen all of them in person, but as always, the hunt continues.

To show the size of Bane, I put it with a standard size Hot Wheels. What else could I use? I had to go with Hal Jordan’s car. Sweet ride.

Transformers: Prime – Ratchet

For a moment I was extremely sad that Ratchet came with a red and white paint scheme.  In the show, he comes with a metallic orange color that I thought would have been AMAZING to see on the figure.   Alas, it was not meant to be.  Maybe there will need to be a repaint in here someday.

The vehicle is very nice.  It looks like the show vehicle, going for a boxy style ambulance with an off-road flair to it.

As with the other figures in the series, their weapons can be attached to the vehicle on some way.  Ratchet’s blades can be attached to the front bumper.  That would really get the cars out of the way in New York City.  The blades, I was surprised to find, were made of a rubber material.  Guess they were afraid some kid would injure them self with a sharpish plastic piece.

As with Megatron, who I reviewed last time, Ratchet stays in robot mode most of the first season of the show.   He tends to stay in the base and take care of things on that side of the team.  If you were lucky enough to see the episode where Ratchet injected himself with synthetic engergon, he left the base to kick some major a$$, while still running around in robot mode.  (PS Best episode for good one-liners).

When Ratchet is transformed into his robot mode, this is where the figure really comes alive.  All of the squared edges of the vehicle blend into a nicely rounded body from that creates a very accurate representation of the TV show Ratchet.   This is by far my favorite Ratchet figure EVER!   He stands well, he looks good, he has all the right articulation, and all of the little parts are where they are supposed to be.

Worry not my friends, the Doctor is In, and he is ready to kick some butt.  The blades can be held in his hand, or the hands can be folded in and the blades look like they take the place of the hands as they do in the show.  I think this is the first figure in the Prime line to do this very well.  All of the other figures seem to still hold their weapons.

From the inside of the arm, you can see the hand folded in to allow the blade to fit against the arm.

This is now sitting as one of my favorite Prime figures.  And that has been saying a lot.  I think overall, the line is doing things right.  Creating good figures with a few outliers.   He seems to be a little tough to find.   I happened on mine by accident at a Target a few weeks back.  As with most of the figures that are not Optimus, or Bumblebee, I had to be in the right place at the right time.  Keep your eyes out for this one.  You will not be disappointed.

Transformers: Prime – Megatron

Ah Megatron.  One big giant block of crazy.   Okay, maybe more insane than crazy, but Earth had better watch out.   This time around, in the Prime Universe, Megatron is looking to take over Earth.  In other incarnations, he just wants to destroy humanity.   With Cybertron apparently gone, this place is as good as any to take over.

Megatron stands tall and strong in his hulking robot form.  Larger than even Optimus, he is a force to be reckoned with.  The figure stands in a good strong pose.  He is given his standard gigantic cannon that he seems to never be without in any incarnation.   He also gets a smaller piece that can either attach to his other arm as a blade, or to the cannon as a sort of bayonet.  As if he needed another weapon as you can push the large purple button on the back and add his giant blade out of the front of the cannon as well as give it a little light.

The cannon is nice.  It sure would be nice if Hasbro created a locking mechanism to allow the weapons to stay deployed in their alternate modes.  Here, the secondary weapon has been added to the main cannon.  It covers the barrel of the cannon… not the best design there.

As it appears to be a standard thing this time around in the Robots in Disguise figures, the cannon can be mounted to Megatron’s back.

In vehicle mode, Megatron is a spaceship, I guess.  He does fly around a lot, but he did not feel the need to take on an Earth vehicle form.  I would liked to have seen a bit more ingenuity put into the vehicle mode, and give him something at least a little Earth-like.  I can see how it would be hard to give him something too common, with all of the weird body parts that he has, a hulking torso, giant legs, and the cannon.  Not to mention the Shredder-like shoulder pads.

From the back.  Much like the front.  Not a lot of detail or design.  Kind of thrown together and then, done.  I am really not crazy about his head sticking out of the top.

As for Megatron, I am more interested in him as a robot, since he stays in that form for probably 90% of the first season.  It is his giant girth, and oversized body parts that make Megatron who he is.   I think the robot mode turned out great, and he is a fantastic addition to a Transformers collection.   He came out a while ago, being paired with Optimus.  We are starting to see the second part of the first wave with Bulkhead, so Megs is getting a little harder to find.   We seem to have tons of Optimuses out there.   Keep your scanners peeled for this one.  I don’t think you will be disappointed.

Coming up next, we look at some of the smaller figures, including one guy who has been around from the start, but I think this might be his best figure EVER!!!

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