Well how about that, a team from 1987 that has been returned to new toy glory, and kept the same names. The first time we saw these two, they wereTargetmasters. This time around, Triggerhappy looks almost the same, while Blowpipe has become a Titan Master.
Triggerhappy is our lone Decepticon in this 3rd wave of Titans Return Deluxe Figures. He looks just like his Targetmaster counterpart from back in the day, 30 years ago. You can tell he is all about that firepower. He is carrying two cannons, and he has twin blasters folded up on each arm, showing that he is ready for a fight in any mode he takes.
Here is the best improvement over the original toy. In the cartoon, he had a mask over his mouth and eyes. When the toy came out in 1987, he had a mouth and a visor over his eyes. They gave him the opposite of what he really had. So, blast ahead 30 years, and finally the figure gets a head that is the correct configuration.
I don’t think it is cannon to the story, but Triggerhappy can reconfigure his arms to allow the dual cannons to take the place of his hands and then really have some nice firepower.
If he just wants to kick back and relax (not that someone named Triggerhappy would want to), his guns can be mounted to his back and he can have his hands free.
Blowpipe is more head and less gun this time around. He keeps similar colors to his Targetmaster counterpart, with a grey torso and blue everything else. He looks a lot better in this configuration, as opposed to having a giant cannon barrel stick above his head.
Hasbro actually did a really good job with the sculpt of the figure, giving him lots of the same body sculpt as the original, such as the round circle in the middle of his chest, and the design of his shoulders.
When Triggerhappy transforms into his ship, he looks like an upgraded version of his Targetmaster counterpart. And by upgraded, I mean really close to the original. It is like the next model year, where the vehicle is a little sleeker and sharper looking, but still has all of the charm of the original.
Everything from the blue and grey body, to the gold engine ports in the back. It is all right on.
The cockpit opens on this version and allows Blowpipe some comfort by riding inside.
Triggerhappy has a port on the underside to allow for flight posing. Again, I am using my Bandai Tamashii Stage Act.4 stand to get these shots.
Along with this new version, he gets a bit of a weapons change. Instead of a Targetmaster riding on his roof, he gets under the wing mounted guns. That becomes a lot of weaponry to work with.
It is interesting to note that this is the first figure in the Titan Returns line that does not have the capabilities of having the combined weapon and Titan Master riding on the vehicle somewhere in vehicle mode. It seems like this would be the vehicle we would want to see with the cannon on the back of Triggerhappy to nod to the Targetmaster arrangement.
Fear not. Blow pipe can ride in the cannons. I still don’t think this is valuable in any way other than messing with the weapons.
This is a fantastic figure. He looks right, he has a great transformation. He is the right amount of classic design with a good upgrade. I cannot imagine that this would not be a win for any fan of the G1 line.