We are looking at part 2 of the first wave of Deluxe Class figures in the Titans Return line. This time around, we are going to tackle the two Decepticon teams.
Grax and Skullsmasher:
First up is Grax and Skullsmasher. Skullsmasher is a very brightly decorated Decepticon. Shiny green with lots of hot pink, and light grey in the mix really makes for an interesting look. I was a little sad with the loose joints all over this guy. Most notable is in the knees. He has two sets of joints at the knees, one for leg movement, and one for transformation. The knee joint was a bit loose, but the transformation joint was really bad. Hopefully this is a one time deal with mine.
Skullsmasher comes with one gun, and his tail that can be used as a shield, I guess. I like having the two combined to make a bigger gun.
When transformed into beast mode, we really get the full Skullsmasher. He becomes a giant crocodile, and his face is by far the best part of him. He has a giant mouth with lots of teeth. The head moves on a ball joint, so he has a lot of movement. It is a bit restricted by the collar around the neck, but not too bad.
The front legs have some movement. The back legs are molded into the bent-leg shape, and that is too bad. It could have been so much more dynamic with one more joint at the knee.
Grax can ride inside Skullsmasher via door on his back. It is a rubber door, and for the life of me, I cannot figure out why they went with rubber. In the original G1 figure, Grax rode in the mouth. There is a nod to the original design with Skullsmasher having a black forehead.
Fracas and Scourge:
Scourge and Fracas teamed up back in 1987 as a team of Targetmasters. That time Fracas was a weapon in his alternate mode. This time around he is the head.
Scourge is definitely a nod to his G1 counterpart. He has the same overall feel, just updated and improved.
He has two main weapons. The first is a single baster that becomes a part of the ship in transformation. The second is a double barrel gun that is clearly a seat for Fracas to use.
When Scourge transforms into his spaceship mode, it is very similar in shape to his G1 version, with some updates and extra details. The back portion opens to allow Fracas to ride inside the ship, or he can ride on the gun mounted to the top.
These Deluxe figures are a great addition to the Titans Return line. I am really looking forward to more in the future. There are some more really great looking figures coming, as well as some interesting transformations. Let’s not forget the Voyager Class, Leader Class, Titan Class, and the additional Titan Masters. Lots of good stuff is on the way.