Daily Archives: December 1, 2016

Buzzsaw – Transformers: Combiner Wars (Titans Return)

He was a bit of a funny figure. He was released in the Combiner Wars series, even though he was going to be a tablet that worked with Soundwave in the next series, Titans Return. He was looked down upon as being a strange figure, since he didn’t fit in.

Of course, now he fits in fine with a plethora of other tablets coming out on the Autobot and Decepticon side, including his redecoed version and more popular character, Laserbeak. It is funny how often we have seen the alternate versions come out first in the recent times. We had Sentinel Prime come out, and we knew he was going to be remade into Astrotrain. There have been others too.

Well, as a bird, he is pretty great. He has enough going on in the design to give a nice nod to the old birds of G1. He has the high head with a jetpack on the back. Thankfully they found a way to integrate the accessories from G1 into the figure, so we didn’t have leftover parts when they are in tablet mode.

Form the bird, he transforms into a tablet, of course. The screen sticker has some good details. It is a bit broken up by different parts forming the screen, but you get the idea, that he is a Decepticon, and he does not like the Autobots.

As per what we later found to be the norm, this guy had a third mode. Some of the tablets have really great alternate modes. This one is pretty weak. It is some kind of forklift thing. Originally I thought maybe it was some kind of battle tank, but after having both Rewind and Rumble show up with really good tanks, this one has to be some weird forklift.

So now, as with many of the previous series we have had that has featured data robots, I have a pile of them. Blaster is pretty great, and I am looking for Soundwave to allow some of the Decepticon tablets a chance for espionage.

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Dino Super Drive Power Rangers (Graphite, Silver and Purple) and Singe

Aaaaaahhhhh! Here I am all happy that I have finally found some of the Dino Super Drive Rangers, and people are already posting about finding the movie figures as well as Ninja Steel figures. Can’t we get one show done before we move along to the next?

Anyway, I found three of the Rangers, Graphite, Silver and Purple. I still think it is silly that they gave us graphite and silver colored rangers, but they look different enough that it works okay. The Dino Super Drive Rangers come with a Dino Super Drive Saber. It is color coordinated to the Ranger, which does not hold true to the show, but it is a nice touch for collectors to get the same saber in a variety of colors. And yes, Graphite comes with a grey saber, while Silver comes with a silver saber.

The armor the Rangers have this time around gets pretty crazy. They are pretty well covered and ready for battle. The figures come with the standard articulation we are used to in this line. The Purple Ranger continues to be hindered by the skirt being tight and unmoving, so she loses all of the movement in the joint at the hips.

There are a few more villains to introduce here at the end of the line. I found Singe for these Rangers to beat on for a bit. Singe has some pretty good paint apps. Typical with the line, the Rangers are pretty spot on for paint, with special colors, bright shiny paint, and details. The villains usually have some paint apps, but they are always missing some extra that will really set them apart.

One issue I have with the villains, and apparently will continue to have is the lack of articulation. While the Rangers usually run around 13 points of articulation, the villains run about 5 POA. That makes posing pretty crappy, and no fun to shoot.

Overall, I like the new Rangers. They are beefed up with all of the armor, and look like good final versions. I am going to be sad with the last few villains as we end this line. Not much I can do about that. Hopefully as the holidays progress, I will find some good figures in the store, and be able to complete this line. There are a lot of colors represented in the Dino Charge franchise, and Bandai has gone to great lengths to give us all of them in every version possible.


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