Daily Archives: July 23, 2014

Transformers: Generations – Legends Class figures

I went camping last week, and it went terribly wrong.  Two full days of thunder showers.  Ruined camping, and ruined my chances of getting any photo shoots in the woods.  I did get one good thing out of the trip though, plenty of new Generations Legends Class figures.   These four new figures are way above the first four figures.  We had the likes of Optimus, Bumblebee, Megatron, and Starscream.  They were good figures, but they don’t really belong in this scale.  These new four figures work great with the standard Deluxe figures, since they are supposed to be a little smaller anyway.

They are ranked from lowest to highest in my rating of the four from left to right.  #4 Tailgate, #3 Skrapnel, #2 Swerve, and #1 Cosmos.  Let’s take a closer look at these figures and their mini-bots.

#4 Tailgate and Groundbuster:

First off, wouldn’t you name a truck tailgate, not a car?  Okay, I have that out of the way, let’s move on.  Tailgate ranks #4 for one reason: design.  He is extremely top heavy with spindly little legs below.   He does not have great articulation, which would have been fine for this scale other than the fact that the other three have great articulation.  HE comes with Groundbuster, who also suffers from being a poorly designed robot.  The vehicle modes are much better.

These two are looking much better in vehicle mode.  Their colors match well, showing they do belong together.   Tailgate has a very Cliffjumper appearance to him.  This is rightfully so since he was represented in the Prime show with this same color scheme, and based on Cliffjumper.

I don’t know how good of a “weapon” this is.  It looks more like Tailgate is on clean-up duty.

#3 Skrapnel and Reflector:

Moving up the rankings here, we have the lone Decepticon and Insecticon, Skrapnel, with Reflector.  Originally Shrapnel, the trademark gods strike again, and we have a new name, but a great figure.  he has a lot of good motion all over his body, and the extra legs all over are fantastic.   Reflector has a lot of color on him, really giving some good detail to the smaller mini-bot.

Reflector becomes a gun too, but come on, you can’t beat a camera.  Unfortunately, the camera details are on the side with the handle, so you get a lot of robot parts when he is being held by Skrapnel.

A great transformation to get Skrapnel into his beetle mode, and a perfectly placed port to allow for some good spy photography.

#2 Swerve and Flanker:

The 1986 mini-bot has gotten an upgrade in this newest version.  A bit bigger, but the big news is the massive amount of articulation and detail.  He comes with Flanker, who was an original member of Sixwing, but finding a new sidekick this time around.   He has a great transformation too, that allows him to be a robot, gun for Swerve, and a jet.

I managed to somehow knock the wings down into flight mode  as I got him ready.  The wings stick up, finishing the transformation of Flanker in to a gun.  He makes a nice weapon for Swerve.

Swerve becomes a truck, with some interesting transforming parts that make it feel more like putting together a puzzle.  Flanker can attach to the room to lend fire power, or…

He can spin around and lend Swerve a little support with a speedy getaway.

#1 Autobot Cosmos and Payload:

And now for my top choice.  The one I know a lot of people have been waiting for.  The quarky 1985 character with quite a chunky robot mode, saw a remodel in 2009 where he became quite skinny, but ultimately ending up with this version where he is the proper mix of fligth and fight.  Cosmos:

This version is quite tough looking.  Articulation all over the place, with giant hands and strong sturdy feet.  He has a great looking head sculpt, and cannons on his knees.

Cosmos comes with Payload, who I think is the best mini-bot in the line-up as well.  He has good paint and his transformations are the best, especially the gun mode:

Payload’s feet slide up his legs to reveal two large barrels for Cosmos’ gun.

Worse “robot in disguise” ever!  Come to a planet where humans are scared of being probed by spacemen from flying saucers, and you show up as… a flying saucer.  I don’t care!  He is awesome.  The details here are fantastic.

Looking to the back, the details still stand out well.   This is the first time he has engines showing.

This is the first of this line where the mini-bot cannot attach to the main figure.  I am not sure where they could have put a port that wouldn’t hurt the overall design of Cosmos, so I am okay with them not being able to connect.

Another great showing of figures for the Legion Class Generations line.   The choice of figures was great this time around.  Characters we have not seen a lot of, really helps.  The first four we see in every incarnation.  It is a lot of fun to see these guys re-imagined with more articulation and better transformation.  I am really looking forward to the next set of 4.  Three will be repaints of the first four figures (Optimus will be Nemesis, Bumblebee will be Cliffjumper, and Starscream will be Acid Storm).  The fourth will be Swerve repainted into Gears.  That sounds like a fun set to look forward to, but there are plenty more Deluxe figures in the Generations line still out there to get, as well as some more interesting movie figures.  The hunt continues.


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