Monthly Archives: January 2014

Transformers Generations: Goldfire

These second-wave figures sure do seem to be coming in very slowly.  I found Waspinator all by himself on a peg at a store.   Then I found Goldfire on the peg all by himself.   It sure would be nice to find a few together so my hunt doesn’t take forever.  Anyway, at least I have him in hand.

Is he worth the wait?  Sure.  He is a pretty okay figure.  I am happy with how he turned out as a “repaint” from Bumblebee.  He comes with a new head, and he is pretty tough looking.   I like that he comes with the little devil horns, so he is not too different from Bumblebee, but he is definitely his own bot.

He comes with the same blasters as Bumblebee.  They can be separate, or combined to make one big blaster.   The color matches Goldfire’s robot body.   I have to say that I am really happy with how the color disappears in vehicle mode.  There is not a trace of blue on him, except for the windows.

Vehicle mode is still sort of so-so for me.  A strange sort of Mustang GT-500 kind of thing going on.  I do like the color a lot.  It it toned down from the bright yellow of Bee.   The only mis-colored place on the car is at the back window, where there is a painted gold section that does not match.  Pretty good overall.

I like it when a paint app can really change a character.  This is not my favorite design for Bee, but it is clearly him.  I like that we have seen the return of Goldfire.   Overall, a good figure to pick up.   He is better in robot mode than in vehicle mode.  They make a good pair.

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Transformers: Generations – Waspinator

He is bad at being a bad guy or a good guy.  But boy can he switch sides quick.  Waspinator likes to move to the winning side, and he is not afraid to stab a few bots in the back to do so.   Here we have the new Generations version of Waspinator.   He is quite different from everybody else we have seen so far, but very fitting for a line called “Generations.”  He won’t be quite so out there when I finally get my hands on Rhinox.   Then I will have a wasp AND a rhino.

His robot mode is really well done.  His face looks perfect.   A mix of robot and bug parts.  He has his wasp head split down the middle to make his chest area.  You still get a lot of bug parts hanging off here and there, but I don’t think you would want to have it any other way with him.   I like his weapon.  It is a stinger gun.  Definitely his.

It takes quite a bit of work to get him transformed into his wasp mode.  Isn’t is just more fun that way sometimes?   I think so.   He has a gimmick function, when you push the lever on his back, his wings flap.  Pretty fun, and not in the way.  Just the way a good gimmick should work.   His weapon is even hidden.  It attaches to his abdomen and becomes his wasp stinger.   Hasbro really did a good job thinking about this figure.

That is one big bug.  The wasp caught the bee.  Dinner time!


Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters – Prowl

Happy New Year!

 

I am going to kick off the new year, saying good bye.  It has been a lot of fun collecting Transformers over the run of the Prime TV show.   We have had great figures, okay figures, and a few duds, but that is to be expected.  From the beginning, I liked the show, and it make collecting the toys all the sweeter.   As we can to an end for the show, the writing was on the wall, that the toy line would end too.   We will probably see the figures hang out for a little while longer.

I think they did a pretty good job bringing in most of the important characters.  I would really like to have seen a few of the Japanese released Takara figures brought over here for a much more reasonable price.  A few army builders like the Air Vehicons would have probably made a lot of money.  Besides, it would have been better to see a bunch of standard Vehicons rather than a box full of Bumblebees.  Sure, the kids want the Bees, but what are you going to do with the extras?  If there were extras of figures that there are multiples of in the show, collectors would scoop up those leftovers… especially as we are getting to the end of the line, and the figures will become more scarce in the stores.

On to the final review for Prime.  Prowl.

A classic figure from the G1 show, I was really happy to hear we would be getting a new Prowl in the Prime style.

He is a redeco of Smokescreen.  A new paint job, a new head, and police lights, and we have quite a nice Prowl.   He looks fast, he looks mean, and he does not look like a direct copy of Smokescreen.

Standing side by side, they don’t look the same.  They look like they are related in some way, but with the color changes in really good places, they look quite different from one another.  Prowl comes with the same gun that Smokescreen came with, except without all of the Beast Hunters garbage that didn’t look very good.

In his vehicle mode, he looks like one fast police car.  Bad news though.  All you have to do is go over a speed bump, and you have evaded the police.  That is one low car.

He fits in just fine with the other Autobot speedsters.   A good group of fast cars.

And with that, we say goodbye.   Not to Transformers, but to the Prime line.  I could be surprised and have something else sneak up on me, but I won’t hold my breath.  We have more Generations stuff coming down the line, and we will be making our way to Transformers 4.  Dinobots anyone?  That should be fun to look forward to here in the far future.

 


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