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Monxo and Wolfwire – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return – Deluxe Class

Wait, is this Titans Return or Robots in Disguise? They love to make Decepticon animals in RiD, but we are getting a bit of overflow into Titans Return. This is not the only animal we are getting in this wave either.

Today we are looking at Wolfwire with his Titan Master Monxo.

Wolfwire is a bright yellow and blue robot. I think he is giving off a really strong Wolverine vibe with the X-Men coloring and bad attitude.

His little head, Monxo is blue and grey. He has a weird back story, where sometime he is a humanoid fleshbag. They went with the Headmaster version. The colors are pretty close, with a bit lighter blue this time around.

As for Wolfwire, this is a pretty darn close redesign of the original version from 1987. The former Weirdwolf slimmed down a lot for this iteration, but he looks very close, including the sword tail and red cockpit for the Monxo to ride in.

Wolfwire comes with a great big gun along with the grey sword. The Titan Return figures certainly do carry a lot of weaponry. His gun of course doubles as a seat for his Titan Master. We will see that a bit later.  He has an opening door in his chest that is similar to the original. This one does not really serve a purpose, except to help push out the torso of the wolf when going through transformation.

In wolf mode, Wolfwire has an opening mouth. It is a bit scary looking with the red teeth. His head is on a swivel to allow the head to swing side to side, and there is even a slight head turn as well.

Moving back, Wolfwire has… ah crud! I just realized I blew the transformation on the front legs. They are backwards and show the empty elbows. Ugh! Anyway, he has pretty good articulation in the fore legs and unlike is G1 counterpart, he can move his back legs too.

The cockpit window flips forward to allow access to the seat.

There is so much room in the cockpit because of the stretch of the waist, that you can actually fit two Titan Masters in there. Pretty neat.

Once closed, the gun can be placed on top of Wirewolf, and he has himself some heavy firepower at his disposal. He looks like a Wolf-tank to me.

Phew! Got the legs the right way around this time!

The gun can also be attached under his body so his back is free for someone to catch a ride. Now he can have his fire power and little help too.

After a few weeks of playing with him, I did notice a problem around the cockpit hinge. Both sides have broken and the hinge dangles loose when the hatch is open. Thankfully there is the rubbery plastic that is attached to the same metal post, so the door does not fall off. It is just a bummer with this guy being so good otherwise.

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Star Wars: Rogue One – Target 3-Pack, Jyn Erso, Captain Cassian Andor, Imperial Death Trooper Specialist

Boy is that a dusty box.  I was doing a lot of scratch building for a new diorama, and I didn't see how much stuff was stuck to the box.

Boy is that a dusty box. I was doing a lot of scratch building for a new diorama, and I didn’t see how much stuff was stuck to the box.

Target has been getting some larger packs while other stores are getting single figures as their exclusives. The Target 3-Pack consists of Jyn Erso in her Jedha outfit. The people that went out and got her on Force Friday were not happy when the news came out a few days later that she would be included in this 3-pack with the exact same outfit and gun. Thankfully my Force Friday was more miss than hit, so I didn’t find her, and was happy when the news came that she would be available in the 3-Pack. Along with her is Cassian Andor in his flight jacket. This is different than his first release in his cold-weather gear. He also comes with a very special weapon. Finally in the set comes the Imperial Death Trooper. They forgot to mention on the box that this is the Death Trooper Specialist. Similar to the very loved Sandtrooper, the Specialist comes with a pauldron over their right shoulder, and additional weaponry across the webbing. This version is missing the Long Range Blaster Rifle that we have seen in the previews, but more on that later. For now, let’s bust this pack open and see what have to play with.

Jyn Erso:

Jyn is a fantastic figure. I have seen some problems with the eyes, though mine look up slightly, all three packs at my Target seemed to be okay. She comes in her head scarf. The gun is packed separately, but fits in to the holster on her hip. The holster has a strap to keep the gun securely in place.

The head scarf is removable to show Jyn with a bare head. She has her hair back in a low bun, but with parts hanging down on both sides of her face.

The gun is a nice little thing. It is well painted in black and silver.

For the fans that got her early, they will be a bit erked to have to buy her again to get the other two characters. And they have good reason to be bummed. There are many version of Jyn we could have seen, and I don’t think we are done yet.

Captain Cassian Andor:

This time around, we get Andor in his flight jacket. He matches Jyn with their stripes down the sleeves. The sculpting on this one continues to be great. He is not as heavily padded as he was in his cold-weather gear from the first release, so they had to do a little more work to make the sculpt work. And boy did it. The shirt has an open flap, a little similar to Luke’s shirt flap. He has a low-slung belt holster. A strap goes around his leg to hold it in place. A really good look overall.

Cassian comes with the blaster he came with in the Eadu release, but this time it has a bit of something different going on. There is an extra tab on the back to let you know it does something special. And that special has something to do with the two extra gun parts that come in the box. There is a longer front and a stock for the back.

The parts are better molded than the usual E-11 Blaster Rifles we see every Imperial come with. They are usually a bit soft in the mold. Not this gun though. It is crisp, clean, and well painted. The parts fit snugly together to make a really well done blaster rifle.

This is a great team of Rebels. I am excited to see them on the big screen soon. But that is not all, there is one more guy in this box.

Imperial Death Trooper Specialist:

The Specialist is similar to the first release of the Death Trooper, but it has the pauldron with extra ammo, and grenades attached to the webbing. Is that enough to warrant getting this 3-pack?

 

For those that already got Jyn, I would say it is still worth it. This guy looks different enough from the other Death Trooper. He looks pretty hard core. He comes with the standard modified E-11 blaster rifle and the SE-14 blaster pistol, both molded in grey plastic.

I have already modified my two sets from the Death Troopers I have. I repainted them black and added silver scratches and scrapes as they appear in the movie.

I mentioned before the Long Range Blaster Rifle that the Specialists carry in the movie previews. I went ahead and built my own. I made two, since I figured it would be just as easy as making one, and who knew who was going to have to wield one of these? I made them out of scrap styrene and wire for the piping along the sides.

With the addition of K-2SO, this is a Rebel team that is coming together nicely. I think we are out of Rebels for now. I have some more Imperials coming in soon, and the battle is really going to heat up.


Darkmoon and Astrotrain – Transformers: Generation – Titans Return – Voyager Class

Anyone who picked up Infinitus and Sentinel Prime was not surprised that Astrotrain was close behind. It is a fun design since Astrotrain was not a Headmaster back in the day.

Standing with Sentinel Prime, Astrotrain’s colors are a lot better. While Sentinel looks like he is wearing a deco like a sun or lava (they went a little overboard with the red, orange, and yellow), Astrotrain has much subtler colors in his original grey and purple. Hey, purple. He must be a bad guy. He comes with the same two guns that Sentinel comes with. One is a rifle, while the other is a gun that his Titan Master rides in.

Speaking of a Titan Master, Astrotrain comes with little Darkmoon, created just for this version. Nothing special here, just another Titan Master.

Transforming Astrotrain for the first time, creates his shuttle mode. It is quite a machine.

There are some better paint apps than with Sentinel, so you can see so much more of the detail work.

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It really has the feel of the 1998 version of the Jupiter II from the Lost in Space movie.

Split the ship in half with a few twists and turns, and you get the train from hell.

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It looks like it was taken right out of the screen of a Toqger episode when the Power Rangers take on the trains of the Shadow Line.

You certainly get the sense from looking at the two trains that one is a good guy and one is a bad guy.

If you want Astrotrain to get a bit of a darker look, and I know you do, team him up with Apeface. The colors are right on, and it gives Astrotrain a darker head with a more menacing look.

This is a good figure overall. Even though it is a triple changer, he has a good robot mode, and a good spaceship. The train is a bit off with some wings and other parts floating around there, but that is to be expected with a triple changer. The overall design is well done and has a lot of playability.


Twin Cast and Blaster – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return – Leader Class

This is an interesting pairing. Blaster, the original beat box is paired with Twincast or Twin Cast, who was a clone of Blaster. That is pretty fun.

Blaster looks great. He is tall and strong looking. He is what we saw back in the day. A robot that transforms into a boombox, but is way too big to ever squeeze down into the proper scale.

Since he is Leader Class, his Titan Master would be way too small when used as his head. Hasbro came up with a helmet idea that allows the Titan Master to wear the helmet while allowing the head to turn. The helmet is attached to the body, and can flip up and away and be stored in the back with no notice that it is there… in case you want Blaster to have a pinhead.

As we move him around, it is clear he is a boom box. There have been a few other examples where we have seen some pretty fantastic transformations to allow flat parts to become body parts. The legs are basically the bottom and speakers of the boombox folded into solid legs.

Twin Cast is painted to match Blaster. In the Takara release, it sounds like he will be repainted to match Twincast using blue and yellow. That would have been a nice touch here if they had done it for us too.

There are a lot of little sets and tweaks to get Blaster into his boombox mode. It is a lot of fun to play with and get just right. When he gets there, he looks amazing!!! He looks perfect from the front to the back.

He has a port in his back that allows for the storage of his gun. I would like to have seen it get stored inside, but this way, you can foreseeably use it as an antenna.

One of the big things about this guy back in the day was being able to hold cassettes. Today he holds tablets instead. He comes with one that becomes a sled and gun system, but he can hold any of the other tablets as well.

Press the eject button on top, and the door falls open. Slide the tablet inside and close the door. It is pretty simple, but there is a lot of fine engineering that went into getting this all to work. And it does a great job.

As a Leader Class Titan Master, we get a triple changer. The third mode is a base. This guy is loaded with firepower. He has his gun, the sled, and the back of his arms all become weapons on the display.

Twin Cast, or any of the Titan Masters can use any of the posts located all over Blaster to power weapons or whatever they want to do.

There are two pads, one on each side. They can accommodate the Titan Master’s vehicles, or the slightly larger vehicles of the tablets.

The base is supposed to be able to attach to Fortress Maximus. When I set Blaster next to Fort Max, the two docking ramps would not meet. That is a bummer.

I moved it to the front to see if Blaster could attach to the other ramp, but it could not reach there either. I am going to have to work on this and see how to get them properly matched up. For such a great figure in every other regard, it stinks that one of the most important gimmicks doesn’t work. Now I am worried about the others not being able to match up later when I find them.


Abomination Wave – Captain America – Marvel Legends

What a strange collection of figures for a wave. We have a movie character, comic characters and a cartoon character. That is a lot of different genres to pull from. They seems to be very loosely based around Captain America… for the most part, but not really for the Build a Figure. Abomination is definitely a Hulk bad guy that I don’t know that I can relate to Cap in any way.

First off we have Scarlet Witch. This is an easy one. Civil War come to life. She looks great, and is a much needed member of the team. Probably the only figure in this wave that people really wanted to go after. Many of the others are repaints, but this one is special. She has the realistic clothing and face that we see on the other movie figures. She comes with some flame effects for her hands. The best of the wave for sure.

Next up is Secret War Captain America. Ah, Secret War. Just a reason to repaint Ole Steve Rogers here for another figure. We have to have about a million Captain Americas now. We can start a Super Soldier army with all of them, I am pretty sure. This Cap is not very happy. He is looking quite perturbed.

He comes with a throwing hand that is throwing his shield. It is a fun gimmick. The shield can be removed and attached to his arm, or pegged into his back.

Captain Britain. I guess he is a captain, so that relates him to Captain America? I am glad to get a new version of Captain Britain, since I love me some Excalibur, and the last figure was not great looking. This one is pretty tough. His helmet is really cool, and he looks like a brawler.

Eel. Ah, yes. Another excuse for a repaint. Technically, Eel worked with Red Skull, and did get defeated by Captain America, so there is a connection there. This is really just a total reuse of Blizzard with a new paint scheme and some Electro hands thrown in. There is not a lot going on here. Most people will want to skip this one.

Wonder Man. Well, he is Wonder Man. The most boring superhero ever. Ugh. He was a agent of SHIELD, and an Avenger, so I guess there is a Cap connection, but it is pretty thin.

Iron Skull. Now we are talking. Someone totally related to Captain America. And in a new outfit that is really cool. Red Skull is dying in the cartoon Avengers Assemble, so he takes Iron Man’s suit and becomes Iron Skull. That is a great premise. And the figure is fantastic. This is the head of Red Skull we have seen before. It is repainted better than we got back with The First Avenger Red Skull.

He comes with a standard Iron Man Suit, but it is molded in black with some glitter. He comes with a repainted Iron Man helmet that has a red skull painted on it. The dark armor and the eerie red skull helmet work so well together and really creates a great badguy.

Finally there is the BAF of Abomination. I could not find a connection to Captain America for this guy. I know he is really closely related to Hulk, but not Cap. Well, either way, we get 6 parts to put him together.

The paint is really well done. There sculpt overall is really well done too. He has a good head sculpt with the big ear-wings. He looks like he is armor plated all over. I think his legs seem slightly short to me.

There are some issues with how he is constructed. There are some plastic and rubber parts that are attached together, mostly around the shoulders and back. The two parts did not adhere very well, and there is a major seam that runs all around his body.

Overall, this is a weird set of figures. I only wanted 3 of the figures, Scarlet Witch, Iron Skull, and Captain Britain. Some people may want even less than that. Other than getting Scarlet Witch for their Civil War team, there is no one here that is really that great and needs to be collected. Keep an eye on Amazon for the price to bottom out on the majority of these figures. All of them are now sitting at $12.98, with the exception of Scarlet Witch that stayed up in price, for good reason. I never saw this wave in the store, and I am glad I didn’t. It saved me money hunting them down on Amazon later.


Hovertank Pilot – Star Wars: The Black Series – 6 inch scale – Toys R Us Exclusive

The Hovertank Pilot is just one more of the mass of new Stormtroopers coming out for the lead up to Rogue One. We are getting some really nice looks at the new characters, and the variations of the Stormtrooper are really well done.

The Hovertank Pilot is very similar to the upcoming Shoretrooper. They wear the same armor, with a different helmet. The two sets of troopers are going to be set in two different locations. The Shoretroopers will be on Scarif, while the Hovertank Pilots will be on Jedha.  One of the most deviating items with the new troopers from the original Stormtroopers is the lack of armor on the upper thighs. They are wearing more baggy type pants.

I like the sligthly off-white color of the outfit. Hasbro did a good job of adding some details to make them more used and dirty looking compared to the squeaky clean look we get from the Stormtroopers of ole’ and the super shiny Death Troopers. It is clear that these pilots are used to working hard in dirty places.  The articulation on the figure is pretty good. The new troopers have all lost the double joints in the elbows which is a bit of a shame. The look was a bit more dynamic with the extra bend. It is not a total loss as they probably have some trouble bending too far in their armor, but they will never be able to scratch their noses.

The Hovertank Pilot comes with a standard E-11 Blaster Rifle. It is not a big surprise that they would have a generic rifle that we see across the galaxy with the Stormtroopers. The only other variation I may have expected was a holdout blaster since I doubt a Hovertank Pilot has a lot of need for close combat weapons, unless they were making door to door sweeps, which looks to be quite possible in the small streets of Jedha.

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The Hovertank Pilot instantly made me want to scratchbuild a Hovertank, but how big would that thing be in the 6 inch scale? It would be a massive vehicle to be sure. I will have to wait to see if I can get some better reference material on this one. It could make for a great diorama piece here in the future. Guess I gotta go get me a second Pilot.


Sovereign and Alpha Trion – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return – Voyager Class

Alpha Trion has not spent much time as a toy. Though he was in the G1 cartoon back in 1986, we did not see a toy of him until 2007. Yes, that is 21 years after his broadcast debut. Now here we are 30 years after his broadcast debut, and we get him in some Voyager Class Glory. He, is of course a triple changer AND a Titan Master, so there is a lot of playability with this guy.  He comes with the Titan Master Sovereign. You would want to see Alpha Trion teamed up with a pretty powerful Titan Master, so why not the MOST powerful Titan Master.

The Titan Masters are perfect sized heads for Deluxe Class figures. They tend to be a bit small for the Voyager Class figures, so they need a little bulking up. When the gem in the center of Alpha Trion’s chest is pressed, additional sides pop up to give the head more bulk. This helps a lot, and looks like it belongs. I had some trouble with mine, where the sides would not stay down when pressed back into the shoulders. I had to wiggle the gem around a bit, and then it would catch the locking mechanism. That was an easy fix.

From the robot mode, Alpha Trion becomes a lion. Not just any lion, but a unicorn lion. Wait, what? Yup, it appears that the lion has a giant purple horn sticking out of the mane. Strange, but not the strangest thing we have ever seen.

He stays quite large in this mode, It is not too hard to guess that the large lion-head shaped shoulders become the head of the lion. The arms fold up and become the lower jaw.

Since this is a Titan Master robot, there has to be a place for Sovereign to ride. That place is a cockpit right in the middle of Alpha Trion’s shoulders. That is a great place for a Titan Master to ride.

From there, AT transforms into a space ship. It looks a lot like the classic space aircraft carriers from Macross. There is even a special wing that folds down in the front to let the space ship sit flat on a surface.

With the gun not in place, there is a lot of room for a Titan Master vehicle or two to sit on the deck.

Sovereign has a choice of places to sit. He can either relax in the cockpit, or he can ride in the gun. I think these vehicle guns are rather ridiculous. I imagine the Titan Master would be able to fire the weapons from their cockpit. They should not be put in harm’s way by sitting out in the open. If you take out the head, there would be not robot to fight.

Alpha Trion looks great going up against other similar-scale figures, like Scourge. With so many figures going on, there are some that do not fit in well together. In robot mode, they look fine, but having a space going aircraft carrier hanging out with a race car that is nearly the same size, just doesn’t fit. Maybe Alpha Trion would have been better in the Leader Class. That would have been a big aircraft carrier.

As always, lots more pictures on my Flickr Page, which you can conveniently click over to by pressing the link along the side.  ——->


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