Daily Archives: August 12, 2017

Flintlock and Sergeant Kup – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return

Sergeant Kup is exactly what I would want from this guy. He is so plain and utilitarian, and it is great. So many of the Transformers in the Titans Return line, as well as the previous Combiner Wars line, had such amazingly detailed molding. Kup didn’t have to be any different, but he was looked at as the character that he is, and it demanded a simpler design.

Kup is an old man, thus he does not have all of the bells and whistles that the newer Transformers have, and he probably likes it that way. The design of his arms, legs and simple torso have everything Kup needs, and nothing extra.

He comes with two pistols that can port into his back. Yay for being able to carry your own weapons. And it look okay back there too.

Of course he would like to be able to use them at some point too, and they look great in his hands. In all of the previous version of Kup, he was given a more rifle like blaster, but we can go with pistols too.

He comes with his Titan Maser, Flintlock. As usual, there was some copyright problem, and Hasbro could not use his original name of Recoil, from when he was a Targetmaster. Now he turns into a head rather than a gun, and his colors have been altered for this go around.

Transforming Kup into truck mode is fun, with some interesting transformations. When all is said and done, the truck looks like the G1 version. A little updated, and an actual cockpit to ride in. Pretty slick overall.

The guns can be mounted in ports behind the front wheels for some forward usage. They stick out a bit like any of the guns that mount on the sides of vehicles.

There are also ports on the bed of the truck to allow the guns to be stored. In the forward position, they fit nice and tight with the back of the cab.

The fun begins with the guns are flipped around. Two Titan Masters can stand back there and wield the guns, making anyone who is chasing this team think twice before continuing the pursuit.

Kup is fantastic. He is a standout among the series, not because of how detailed he is, but how simple everything is. He is a lot of fun and welcome to the team.

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The Samurai – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Playmates

I was walking down the toy aisle, and always stop in the see what is happening around the TMNT section. It is like the Little Engine That Could. Just when you think the latest gimmick is going to be the peg warmer, and kill the toy line, something new and exciting comes out. And when it is exciting and new, I am paying attention.

 

The exciting and new this time around was Usagi Yojimbo. I was so enamored with Usagi back in the 80s. He was like the Turtles, but different. And then they joined forces. A samurai rabbit hanging out with ninja turtles. Could there be a better team-up? I think not.

Well, the first one I saw was Usagi in his blue outfit. I grabbed him up, excited for this one figure. Looking at the back, I saw it was actually a line that included the 4 turtles in samurai armor as well. Exciting!  Usagi is well articulated, for this line. Thankfully as well at the turtles, who tend to get the best articulation. He comes with two swords that can be kept in sheaths on his hip. This first head design features a scowling Usagi with his ears sticking up in the back.

Not featured on the box is a second version of Usagi wearing full armor. He comes with a new head that features more of a smirk. His ears are down against his head so he can wear the helmet.

And what a fine helmet it is. The face piece is combined with the helmet (something that is separate with the turtles), and has amazing details.  Speaking of details, the outfit is so intricate and beautifully sculpted.

When you see the two side by side, it is clear that this is two completely different versions of the figure. No repainting this time around. It looks as though they only reused the feet, hands and swords. That is a great amount of new work for a line like this.

The 4 turtles use the same bodies with the fantastic sculpting on the armor. They have different colors on specific armor plates, belt, and knee pads that represent their color. This is a good reuse of a body, as they would have had similar armor for all samurai, and the color splashes really go a long way to change the look of each figure. And, since they do not have the same skin tone, that shows up a fair amount between the armor plates as well.

The big change comes with their helmets. Each Turtle comes with a unique helmet that has a change in side decoration, as well as the colored accent on top. They can wear no helmet, the helmet, or they can wear the faceplate as well. The four face plates are the same.

Each Turtle comes with a weapon that is somewhat similar to their original weapon(s), but changed a bit. They do not have any holders on their armor for this weapon. Too bad.

I really like this line of figures. There have been so many fun sub-themes of figures that have come out, and the line keeps pulling me back in. This is another set of figures that looks great on the display shelf together.

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