Monthly Archives: November 2013

Beast Hunters Dreadwing

I would think he would have come with a new name to go with his new beast look.

He is a great looking figure. His wings expand in the back to create the fins that show above his head, giving him some extra height. I was bummed he come out in the Deluxe scale. He is supposed to be a big guy, going head to head with Optimus on many occasions.

He comes with a gun that fires missiles. He also comes with a chainsaw looking thing that can be attacked to the gun to make a larger weapon.

His jet mode is modified from his original jet mode, but keeps the same basic design. He has a bit of a hook nose like a bird of prey, and he has the big claws hanging off the back.

I am over being bummed every time I see feet hanging out the back of a Decepticon plane. I am just happy when they figure out how to integrate them into the plane instead.

(This is how he is supposed to be transformed. The shoulder pads go over the arms to sort of hide the greeble hanging down that we should not be able to see on a jet.)

(I like having the shoulder pads pulled up into place along the fuselage. It is not as if they are hiding anything by having them back along with the arms.)

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Decepticon Rumble – Prime

When I found Rumble, oh so long ago, I was not even looking for him.  I had never seen him in the stores, and he was not on my radar.  Somehow I had missed him.  Well, I grabbed him, since I had all of the other Prime figures, I didn’t think one more could hurt.  Then he sat in his box, waiting for a day to be opened.  Well, that day finally came.

The first thing you may notice is that Rumble is a car.  I know, there were not a whole lot of Decepticon cars in the Prime show, but there were a few, and they tended to be rather important characters in the show.  The blue is obnoxiously bright, but somehow it works.   There are large holes on the sides of the car for the pile drivers.  They look more like rocket launchers to me.

Once in robot mode, he is still small.  But that is a good thing.  His original version was a cassette tape, so he should be small.   I really like his giant shoulders.  They work on this guy.    There are notes of yellow to break up the tons of blue which is a nice touch.   Anyone else see a face in his torso?   He reminds me of Gurren Lagann and that whole world of robots with faces in their torsos.

The pile drivers fit over his hands really well.  There are a lot of weapons that have come across the Prime line that look more like hand held weapons, rather than weapons that transform out of the hands.  Rumble looks like his pile drivers are a part of him, which they should be.  It is nice that he has hands too.

Fear not.  If you don’t want Rumble to hold on to those pile drivers, they can fit on the back of his shoulders.  Nice, out of the way, and not in a place to get lost when you display him without the pile drivers.

Rumble is a great little figure.   He transforms well and he has a great appearance.   With a little change to the chest piece and a new head, we could have seen a great Autobot out of this as well.  If they wanted to go with someone like Steeljaw, he could keep the chest piece that already looks like a lion’s head.  Repaint him a gold color, and we would have been good to go.  Or we could have gone with the main man, Eject. Though Eject was also blue, so that might not have gone over too well.  Give them a new set of blasters, and we would have been able to carry on this little Prime world for a little longer.  I know, I know, we moved on.  Beast Hunters was upon us, so we had to get past the Prime figures.  Did we need to move on so quickly?  Did we need another Bumblebee?  I guess we did.  😉


Abominus – Predacons Rising

You could spend a fortune to buy the 5-pack from Target that allows you to build Abominus. All you would get is this guy with clear pieces. I don’t think he is worth all the money he costs, and after building my own from the single Legion class figures that were released, I am glad I didn’t spend the money.


He was fun to try and build, but once again, when you try to make a figure that can do more than two things (robot, beast) you begin to degrade the quality of one or both forms.


In this case, Windrazor looks great.

Twinstrike fared well.

 

Hun-Gurrr is a pretty good character.

The two legs, Blight and Cindersaur, were the weakest of the bunch.  Especially Cindersaur.  That beast mode is terrible!!!


Wanna build your own, look here: http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Abominus_(Prime)

 

 

 


Cliffjumper – First Edition

Finally, I have my last First Edition figure.   The Prime figures seem to be such a finicky line.  There were figures we could only get at Toys R Us, only at Target, Some we could never find, and some, like this guy, that I finally found after the show is over.

I was at a Toys R Us last weekend, and there was a shelf full of First Edition Bumblebees.  There must have been 30 or so on the shelf.   I cannot figure out what Toys R Us is doing here.   I doubt they would get that many people coming in to find the one figure that they are holding in abundance.

Thankfully, I was able to find the one.  I had the second version of Cliffjumper as well as Terrorcon Cliffjumper.

I really like both figures, but I knew from Terrorcon that I would really like the First Edition it was based on.

He is a well done figure.  His vehicle mode is a solid muscle car.  He really shines in robot mode.   All of his lines are nice and sharp.  All of his colors match well.   He has the strong shoulders and forearms that he had in the show.

And of course there are the flip-around guns.   The Terrorcon version also had the same guns, but they didn’t really look right on a zombie, so they were a bit pointless.  Here though, they are darn cool.

If you haven’t gotten this version of Cliffjumper, go get him… if you can find him.    Prime is over, and we will see a fade of these figures as we move forward.  I still haven’t heard what is coming next.  Only time will tell.


Transformers: Generations Comic-Packs

A little while back, we were given the latest wave of Generations figures for Transformers.  This time around the 6 figures came packed with comic books.   Overall the figures are really well done.   We have 4 new molds, one repaint in a second wave, and a repaint from an earlier figure.  Pretty good to get 4 out of 6 as new molds in a series that has been running for years.

There are whole bunch of photos of each figure on my Flickr site, so you can head over there to look at even more.

Orion Pax:

The future Optimus Prime.  It is great to get an Orion Pax figure in the Generations line.  Isn’t that where we should get him?   He comes with his classic rifle and his battle axe.   A good pair of weapons for this figure.  Unfortunately, there is no place to hold one or both of the weapons in robot mode.  Either he holds them, or drops them.  I would love to have seen at least one hole that the posts could fit into.

Vehicle mode is… kinda a truck of some sort.   It looks like they gave him the solar panels from one of the movie figure trucks.  Strange design, but it is okay.  In the comic, he is actually hooked up to a trailer.  This does not look like a rig to me, but whatever!

Trailcutter:

Trailcutter is a great figure.  Small and compact, he is perfect for a re-imagining of his former G1 counterpart.  He comes with a shield that has blasters on it.   Everything moves well.  The transformation is pretty straight forward.  I do think the only letdown is the missing Autobot emblem.  It is on the hood in vehicle mode, and then disappears into the chest in robot mode.

In vehicle mode, he continues to look great.  The stripes on the side are perfect.

Megatron:

A little change this time around for Megatron.  Still sporting an arm cannon, which transforms itself to become longer with some clear purple parts, he is decked out more on black and purples, and less in the traditional silver.  Even with the color change, there is no mistaking who this is.  Since he is Deluxe class, he is a little on the small side of how big Megatron should be compared to the other figures in the line.   He is quite small compared to the recent Generations Triple Changers.

Things keep on changing with Megatron.   Finally taking on an Earth form, he smartly took the shape of a Stealth Bomber.   This is quite an ingenious transformation, to make a rather thin vehicle.  I really like how the arm cannon comes apart into two pieces and each becomes one of the longer wing pieces.

Bumblebee:

Ugh!  I love Bumblebee, but I can barely stand this figure.   The shoulders are bulky.  The doors are mounted to the shoulders, so they look weird when he moves his arms.  His forearms are painted the wrong color.   his cannon is the wrong color.  His feet look weird.   His roof sticks down between his legs in the back.  It looks like he has tiny hands.   Okay, now that the negative is out of the way, let’s look at the positive.   He has Bumblebee’s head.  Yay!!!  I like the joining of the two cannons to make one cannon.   Reminds me of the Animated Bumblebee that could combine his stingers into a more powerful weapon.

In vehicle mode, it does not get much better.   He looks like he is supposed to be similar to a Mustang GT500.  I see the 1967 version front hood intake as well as the scoops by the doors.   The nose has a funny shape and it looks like he was in an accident.  It think there is too much of a curve up there.   There are a whole bunch of color problems.   That is what is to be expected with yellow.  The bane of Hasbro’s existence is trying to match yellow.   My car would not fit together all the way.  There is a big gap down the back window.

Hoist:

Back to some better designs.  Hoist is part of the second wave of figures.  Not much of a wave with only two figures, who are repaints, and who pretty much came out at the same time as the first wave.   But, Hoist is a good figure.   Very similar to Trailcutter, with the exception of a different head, different weapon, and a great paint scheme.   I was really excited to see how his tow-hook folded up to become a blaster.   Not much else to say other than he also has the problem of no Autobot emblem in robot mode.

I think I would have been happier if he did not have the engine intake that Trailcutter has.  On Trailcutter, it fits, but with Hoist, it just sticks up back there.  These two make a great pair of “brothers.”

Thundercracker:

Thundercracker is a repaint of the Fall of Cybertron Starscream.  A Cybertronian jet, the only change is  a new head.   He comes with the twin Gatling-guns that can combine to make a lot of blaster bolts fly very quickly.

It is nice for Starscream to have a friend.   Thundercracker looks good in his vehicle mode.   Mostly blue with a few silver highlights.

Overall this is a great wave of figures.   The only letdown was Bumblebee.  He is a lot weaker than the other five figures in the line.   We seem to be winding down on the different Transformers lines.   It will be interesting to see what we get next, since Prime is done.


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