The Commander Class of the Prime series figures has been going on for a while now. They started at with a little DVD way back when the series of toys came out. Generally reserved for the bigger of the characters, these smaller figures still have really good detail and articulation. They allow for a much closer sizing between the larger and smaller figures in the show.
This is being called”Series 2″ as it is the second series under the Cyberverse line. The first line of Commander Class figures came out under the Dark of the Moon movie line. We started with Optimus Prime, Bulkhead, Megatron and Starscream. Now we are adding on the next 3, Dreadwing, Ironhide, and Ultra Magnus.
Let’s go in order. Number 005 of the series is Dreadwing:
As soon as I saw Dreadwing on the show, I knew I needed to see him in toy form. The unfortunate thing is that Dreadwing is a gigantic robot in the TV show, and he is about the same size as the other figures in the Commander Class. What Hasbro needs to do is make him in the Deluxe line, and then he would be just about perfect in proportion to the Commander and Legion Class sizes of figures.
Dreadwing does not disappoint in the Commander size. He came with a transformation page that is the size of some of the gigantic Voyager size figures. He has good articulation in his arms and legs. The color scheme is really well done, with only minor paint misses here and there. He comes with two weapons, a big gun and a sword. The two can combine to make a really good weapon as well.
In plane mode, he looks pretty close to his TV couterpart. Looking like a Blue Angel on steroids. It is hard to hide all of the body parts when we are looking at this small scale, but they did a pretty good job there.
To me, Ironhide is one of the weaker Commander Class figures. He has an overall appealing look, but there are some things that stand out. Most notably are the truck parts around his forearm. They really did not have any place to go, so they kind of hang there off the back of the arms.
He does have great feet and legs that give him a good stance. he also has a face that is really close to the original G1 Ironhide. He comes with two cannons, which is what you would want to see wit a “Heavy Weapons Specialist.”
Sometimes hero of the Autobots, and sometimes jerk (Animated verions). He is usually seen with a big hammer, broad shoulders, and longer ears than Optimus. Check, check, and check. Visually, Ultra Magnus looks great. Red, blue, and silver make for some great details.
Mine has a huge problem with the shoulder joints. He cannot hold up his own arms, much less the hammer.
What happens when a Decepticon is too far away to smash with your hammer?
His truck mode is fine. Nothing special here. A flatbed truck which can accommodate the cannon or a Legion Class vehicle. His transformation from robot to vehicle is extremely simple.
So, here is Series 2 in all of it’s Commander Class glory:
Standout favorites? Optimus has some of the best transformation from robot to vehicle. Bulkhead has a great robot and vehicle mode. Dreadwing is really nice too. Megatron has a vehicle mode I don’t like in any class, so that is a hard one to get behind. Starscream needs to eat a little more. He is too skinny and falls over too much. Ironhide and Ultra Magnus make nice robots. Not quite as good in vehicle form, so they will probably exist in robot form.
Next time, we will talk about the return of the Generations line of Transformers. Fall of Cybertron anybody?