Can we get a little more confusing here with toy lines. Not only do we have 4 Transformers lines going right now, but with the Combiner Wars line, it is a part of the Generations line. Add in that some of the characters can combine in different ways. Take Alpha Bravo here. He can combine with Silver Bolt and become the leg of Superion. Or, he can team up with Optimus Prime, and become the arm of Ultra Prime.
I was shopping for something on Amazon and saw this guy, and figured, since I haven’t seen them in the wild yet, I would take a chance and grab one to see if the line was going to be any good. Well, I have him, I like him, and I am really hoping more will be coming into the stores soon.
AB comes with two guns. One is his own gun that is just his size. The other is what will ultimately become the hand of Ultra Prime. I like that it is something that AB can actually use, and is not just some extra piece that sits around waiting to be used on a bigger guy.
The head. What a great sculpt. He has that classic G1 boxy head look that looks fantastic.
One issue I was waiting to have was with his articulation. Generally, when you take a figure and try to make it a triple changer, there is something that gets messed up. Especially when they are to become a part of a larger figure. Not this time. AB has amazing articulation, and looks like his own figure. He doesn’t look like he is waiting to become something more.
n helicopter mode, he has a really sleek design. It looks like his front end was inspired by the Space Shuttle.
I love the back story of Alpha Bravo. He wanted to become an Aerial Bot so bad, but he was just a helicopter, while the other members were all jets. He was much slower to get to places. I think this design really shows how he can be much faster.
As a part of Superion, he will make up a leg. But when he is with Optimus Prime, he will combine to become an arm of Ultra Prime.
Here AB is as Ultra Prime’s arm. The hand is really cool looking, with the thumb moving independently. The other four fingers all move together. AB’s gun can fit in a hole in the top of the hand.
His attachment point is very similar looking to the terrible blue connectors from the Power Core Combiners. Two things make this much better. One is that the connectors are much bigger and stronger. Two is that they don’t have to be pressed into place, but rather side into place, making them stay in place.
Well, there you have it. Alpha Bravo exceeded my expectations as a figure with many transformations. I am looking forward to finding the rest. It would probably be no surprise to know that I will be looking at Optimus Prime next. As a super fan of the big guy, you know I will be taking a very close look at him. And all I see are good things. Until next time…