Sometime it is hard enough to find a figure that I want for a collection. When that one figure becomes 5 figures, it becomes quite difficult. To go along with the Fall of Cybertron game, the Generations line of Transformers is presenting Bruticus. Five figures formed into one giant robot.
In the not so distant past, Hasbro tried to give us combiners in the form of Power Core Combiners. One Transformer with four drones that would attach and make a slightly larger robot. This ain’t that! We have five independent figures of normal size that are able to combine and form a REALLY large robot. We are going to start with the five figures, and then we will look at this guy all together.
The torso of Bruticus, Onslaught is known to be pretty tough. He is a well designed Cybertronian version. The only letdown in his robot mode are his forearms. He is so tough all over, but the arms are a little weak looking. As the torso, we have seen other figures with giant knobs sticking out in weird places. For Onslaught, he has two knobs, one on each shoulder that don’t really stick out that far, and don’t detract from his appearance. He also has two knobs on the back of his knees, but those are really out of the way until they are needed.
He comes with a big gun that is hollow underneath, and detracts from the overall appearance a bit, but it is light and easy for him to hold. The gun attaches to the back of Bruticus in a few different places, thus the need for the hollow back.
Blast Off on first appearance is very purple and very yellow. At least they are complimentary colors and work well together. Blast Off, has the look of a Knight. The chest plate looks like a knight’s visor, and he has big shoulders with the fins. I really like the look of the robot mode. Add in two blaster pistols (I love dual blaster pistols) and we have quite a guy.
In vehicle mode, he becomes a very well done space ship. Everything fits tightly together, taking away any of the extra pieces that reveal he is a robot.
Vortex is probably my least favorite of the five. I am not a huge fan of his colors. Other than that, he is okay. He looks good in his robot mode. He has hollow legs that are very apparent. In vehicle mode, he is a helicopter. Nothing special there either. Not the best helicopter we have seen from Hasbro, but it is fine. I do like the flip-out gun on the front. That was a nice extra touch.
Swindle, here we go with purple and yellow again. Still okay. Especially since this seems to be Swindles trademark color as of late. In the Animated series he was purple and a more off-yellow tan sort of color. And there would be no way THAT Swindle would be a team player. But as a leg, I am sure this Swindle would definitely play nice.
He has a really weird design for his torso. His head is way up there, and detracts from his overall appearance. In vehicle mode, he is a tough looking vehicle. Wide wheels and a sturdy stance.
I was so surprised at how skinny Brawl was… and small. He is usually tough and big and break-em-all. The last time we saw him, he was a massive tank on the Transformers movies. This Brawl looks like he is a little less brawn and a little more brain. He is a good looking figure. He has the giant cannons on his back, so he has a bit of the turtle look to him. Not much you can do with that.
The Cybertronian tank is a neat design. Going with a hover tank over a standard treaded tank. The turret turns all the way around.
The moment you have been waiting for. Five Decepticons come together to form on giant Bruticus. A return of the original from 1985. All five characters that originally formed Bruticus are once again thrust together to create one massive robot.
Standing together you can see the slight size differences. Onlsaught, in the middle is the tallest, and rightfully so as the torso. Swindle (yellow on the right) and Brawl (Green on the left) make up the two legs. It is funny to see them standing together and see such a size difference between them, but ultimately they fold up to the same height. Then we have the two fliers making up the arms. The size difference is not too different, but when they are in arm mode, they are quite different looking arms.
He is big, he is colorful, and he makes a statement. He has movement all over the place, from shoulders to torso. Knees and hips. He is not just a block of colorful plastic in this form, he is a GIANT Transformer.
In case you were wondering, all seven weapons combine as well and become a “sonic blaster.”
And for those who were wondering just how big Bruticus is, here he is to Fall of Cybertron Optimus Prime. Bruticus is HUGE!!!
And for those of you who were turned off by the Power Core Combiners, here is a relationship shot between one of the PCC and Bruticus. He is about twice as tall, and he stays together until you take him apart. No more legs randomly falling off.
There you have it. The hunt has begun. Five figures to make one big robot. A little hard to find, but they are coming out now. He is totally worth the hunt. Good luck and happy hunting.
For those of you also collecting the Prime figures, you might be as happy as I was when I found that they “First Editions” have been given a second run, and now you can find those missing figures you could never get before. For me it was:
Vehicon and Terorcon Cliffjumper. I was so happy when I found them.