The third triple changer, Blitzwing.
This is how Blitzwing came out of the box. You know, they have to fold them up a little differently to get them to fit inside a box. Um, I think there is something highly inappropriately about the transformation. 😉
Back to our regularly scheduled review, here his is correctly set with the cannon set up. He comes with a gun and a sword. Generally, figures with so much going on are a little weak in a few areas. With the two other figures, Sandstorm and Springer, there was not much going on there that was not good. Unfortunately, with Blitzwing, there is a lot going wrong. He is quite loose in the legs. The feet look terrible, and they are not great for holding him up. There is some stuff going on in the other modes as well.
I am liking the look of the jet overall. Very Macross with the big backpack on the back. I was able to get my nose closed, but there are some people that were not able to get it under the windshield. I was a little worried about making the jet mode, as I had to really force the tab under the windshield. I am afraid over time, the folded up body will destroy the tab.
The rear stabilizers are very loose, and want to flop all over the place. The back end was kind of thrown together. The feet are supposed to be the closed up kind that we see coming across from Macross to the Transformers Universe. Too bad the feet are so thin, they don’t really make a quality engine back there.
Looking down, the wings are a bit on the weak side. A little skinny. That is not totally their fault in the design. The wings fold-up when Blitzwing transforms into tank mode. Overall, this is a pretty good mode. There are some strange things going on here, but a decent jet.
My biggest problem in the jet mode, that also transfers the problem to the tank mode is the wrong piece. It doesn’t happen too often, but I was given a wrong piece on the left stabilizer. It is a second right wing. That makes it upside down in jet mode. In tank mode, it fold up the wrong direction.
Finally, in tank mode, Blitzwing is looking realy good… from the front. It is really cool, how well he folds up, and doesn’t look like a triple changer… from the front. In the back, the engine/feet are just hanging out. There is no good way of posing them to make them look like they are anything but annoying. Guess we could just rip them off for this mode. They do pull out of the post fairly easily.
Definitely third in the ranking of the three triple changers. There are a lot of problems with Blitzwing that makes it hard for me to say “grab him.” I would not want to steer you wrong on this one. You need to really want this classic triple changer to make up for all of the negatives here.
More pics as usual: Flickr