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Decepticon Berserker – Transformers: The Last Knight (Deluxe Premiere Edition)

Since I went to see The Last Knight this morning, Berserker is even more of a strange choice of figures to make. He was in the movie for a handful of seconds only. Megatron wants him freed, and we get to see just how crazy he is. He is strapped down, Steve Buscemi style ala ConAir. And for good reason too. He is CRAZY!

But enough about the character, let’s look at the figure.

Vehicle: *

Ouch, this vehicle SUCKS!!! First off, it is clear that they used Crankcase from Dark of the Moon as the basis for this figure. A Suburban with police lights on the roof. That is okay, but the real problem is that they tried to (like with Bumblebee) make too many cuts to the vehicle. It does not stay together in any way shape or form. And that is a really bad thing.

There is virtually no playability with the vehicle at all. Even if you can get it to stay together somewhat, it falls apart with the smallest bit of pressure.

Robot: ****
Weapons: ***

In robot mode, he is still rather Crankcase looking. Dreads and an ugly mug. He really shines in robot mode, despite his vehicle mode. The car parts fold up really nice to allow him to showcase his robot mode (which is all we see in the movie).
It is strange to me that they would make a new character that looks so much like the old one. We know Crankcase bit the dust in Dark of the Moon. Maybe they were brothers. Who knows?
He has very unique legs, with the ankle being reversed and high up on his leg. He has shorter feet than most of the other oversized feet the movie figures generally have.

Despite having the Predator-type dreadlocks, he does have really good head articulation due to a double joint on the neck.

He comes with a pair of spiked weapons. They are nasty looking things. They can be wielded in his hands, or they can hang off his back with the tab on the handle. They can also be placed in the undercarriage of the body when in vehicle mode. Maybe the best part of his vehicle mode. They are not the best weapons out there, but I like that he actually comes with weapons, and they are very fitting to the character.

Vehicle: *
Robot: ****
Weapons: ***

The vehicle mode is a mess. He will probably never go back into that mode as long as I have him. The robot mode is so much better, with good articulation, nice detailing, and an overall great appearance. If you are not a completist, you will probably want to skip this one. He is hardly in the movie at all, and will not be missed in your collection. If however you do not think that it is fair that there are 17 Autobots, and only 5 Decepticons in the Deluxe, Voyager, and Leader Classes, then you may want to pick him up.

We will see what the rest of the line brings us. I am not overly excited about the figures so far, and the rest of the line looks so-so. I am glad we still have figures from Titans Return to look forward to. They have been consistently solid every time.


Bumblebee – Transformers: The Last Knight (Deluxe Premiere Edition)

In the last post, I said I skipped Slash because he was a repaint. Well, Bumblebee here is a repaint too. But, he is Bumblebee, and I do so love Bumblebee, so I will take the repaint of this one.  That does not mean I love this one.  Getting him out of the packaging, there is not a lot to love, much less like about him.

I will be following the same criteria I did with Barricade. I will be going with a five star rating for three areas: vehicle, robot, and weapons. One star is not good, and five stars is the best.

This is the Premiere Deluxe version of Bee. He is a repaint of the Age of Extinction Bee, so he is a 2014 Chevy Camaro Concept, and not the 2018 that is featured in the movie. That one is coming in Wave 3.

Vehicle: ***

This area is hard with Bee. This is a really good Camaro, but there are just too many pieces to try and put together, and they do not hold in vehicle mode. On top of that, when he is transformed, he is a tripod. Only three of his wheels sit on the ground at once.

On top of all of that, the yellow plastic and the yellow paint DO NOT match up. I can only imagine that this has been something very hard for Hasbro to do right, since nearly every Bumblebee with paint and plastic mixed, have a problem with the paint. Yellow is a finicky color to work with.

Robot: ***
Weapons: **

The robot mode is okay. We have seen this version something like 4 times before. Each time the paint got better. And then this… A touch of black on his chest, and a few dabs of silver. I would think that this figure paid for itself over the years, and at least deserved some added paint to be similar to the Takara version that came out back in 2014.

All of the top of the car folds into three pieces to make a more compact backpack than Barricade’s. That gives Bee a lot more freedom in the legs.

He has the flip-down mask that we do get to see in the movie once again for a second, though it is still not screen accurate.

As for the weapons, he is given the two throwing stars that are very dumb weapons. I would actually have given him 0 stars since we do not even see them in the movie. But there is a redeeming feature of Bee.

His right hand has a flip-out cannon, which is in the movie. And not only is it in the movie, there is a really cool scene where he uses it against Barricade while he is in vehicle mode. That in itself gets 2 stars.

Vehicle: ***
Robot: ***
Weapons: **

Overall, this figure is a skip. Chances are, Transformers fans have at least one of this version, if not more. This is a filler character to get the ball rolling for the initial wave of figures. Put out the garbage while people are fighting over the
“Premiere Edition” figures. Just hold on until wave 3, and we will get a proper version of The Last Knight Bumblebee.

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