Autobots to build Sky Reign? But I am not done finding the Decepticons to build Bruticus yet! Gah! Well played Hasbro, well played. At least we are seeing Combiners from both the Autobot and Decepticon sides, so this will end up being one epic battle.
Today we are looking at Wheeljack. A G1 favorite for sure. We have seen a few different iterations of him over the past few years, from the Generations version, to the Prime version. Through it all, they did a pretty good job of trying to stick to the original. Hasbro did a bit of a better job with this version over the last Generations version, since this one stands taller, and the feet do not look super oversized.
He lost his wings over his shoulders that they have been pretty consistent with since the beginning, but they did a good job with the head sculpt, remembering to give him the exaggerated cheek/ear pieces.
He comes with a gun/sword, which is a reuse, and not one of my favorite weapons. It is a good choice for him, since his last two issues either saw him holding a gun or a sword. His requisite hand/foot gun can be held in his hand, or it can be attached to a hole in his back. I am so fond of being able to attach the giant weapon to the body and get it out of the way. For most of the figures, the gun is unwieldy large, and does not look good.
In car mode, they did a lot of retooling to get him looking more like the G1 Lancia Stratos. It has that long front end, rounded canopy and a spoiler at the back. The red and green are a lot brighter than the original, but still within the realm of how the original looked.
Hasbro did a good job with many of these cars to allow the Combiner hand/foot to attach to the cars and not look terrible. Since Wheeljack is a heavily modified Sunstreaker, it is no surprise that the hand/foot attaches to the roof to act like a giant secondary turbo engine.
Overall, this is another really good nod to the G1 counterpart. He looks good as a car and a robot, and the fact that he becomes a Combiner’s arm or leg does not detract from his overall appearance, which is something that Hasbro has done very well for the most part over the length of this line.
Up next is one more Sky Reign Deluxe figure, and then I will be back on the hunt to complete both Sky Reign, and Bruticus.