Back in 1985, the Jumpstarts appeared. They were vastly different than the rest of the Transformers, which is why these guys still stand out in my mind. We are lucky in the Titans Return line to get not one, but two of these great robots making a comeback.
Today we are going to look at Topspin. The colors are right on with this guy. There are clear differences from the original version. Better details and a whole lot more articulation.
Way back when, Topspin came with one gun. Today he comes with two. They look like stacked cannons.
Put the two together, and Topspin gets one big quad blaster. that is laid out horizontally.
And when he doesn’t want to hold his guns any more, they can be stored on his wings in their alternate mode configuration.
There are so many great tiny details in Topspin. My favorite is one you cannot see too well in robot mode, because it is on the bottom of his feet. Topspin has a jet on the bottom of each foot. They are really well detailed, and I like it even more because in vehicle mode, there are two jets. One folds up, while the second stays out and ready for use, either in flight or jumping.
The articulation really is something to behold. I don’t think he is more articulated than any of the other Transformers in this wave, but he sure feels like it when looking back at the 1985 version with only swinging shoulders.
Since we are in a new era, Topspin gets a sidekick… or is Topspin the sidekick? Well, either way, he is teamed up with Freezeout. Freezeout gets his name because whoever uses him as a head gains control of his powers of being able to “freeze” the enemy in whatever mode they happen to be in at the time.
The transformation is quite intricate. Probably one of the more step-heavy figures we have had in the line, and definitely in the Deluxe Class.
He looks fantastic in vehicle mode. He is a spaceship that looks very much like his original counterpart. It is as if they took the essence of the original and gave him an upgrade. He still has the silver double-nose cones, and the bulky back end.
He is longer than the original, and the wings are wider and are actually usable in flight.
And then there are the engines in the back. I love how big and powerful they are.
This is a fantastic figure overall. This is exactly what we love to see when we see figures brought back from the original line. They work better today, because they were not multiple toy companies being brought together to create a line. Hasbro has done a great job of making all of the figures look and feel like they belong together.