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Autobot Ptero – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return – Titan Master

 

Hey look, it’s a tiny version of Swoop… I mean Ptero. Red body with silver arms and legs, yup, it’s Swoop alright. The details are all there in robot mode too. From the head sculpt to the chest that is the head of Swoop’s pterodactyl head. He has really good detailing, and a new unique look from the other Titan Masters.

Of course, you cannot be called Ptero, and not have a vehicle that is a Pterodactyl, or more specifically a Pteranodon. The first mode is of course that of the famous flying dinosaur. Ptero folds up and becomes the body of the flying lizard. The head is very Swoop-like, with the red horn.

From there, there is the transformation into the jet. The Pteranodon flipped upside down, fold in the head, and flip up the wings. Ptero gets a place to sit upright.

Finally, there is the weapon mode. The vehicle becomes a bow, a crossbow, or powerbow. Whatever it is, it is a good weapon. We do not get a lot of Transformers running around shooting bows.

Then there is Ptero’s alternate mode. As with all of the Titan Masters, he turns into a head. The head is very Swoop-like. He has a slender, silver face, which we see in nearly all of the versions of him. Hasbro went with the G1 coloring of the black helmet. He has the telltale rectangle on his forehead, but he is missing the giant horn off the back, since that was a part of the Pteranodon’s body.

This is another really good Titan Master. I really like the unique vehicle, and the weapon it becomes. This wave was pretty fun, with a shield and a bow. Now we need one to turn into a sword.


Voltron Legendary Defenders

When the first season of Voltron came on Netflix, I knew my subscription rate was worth it. The show took me back to the days of eating bowls of cereal with Saturday morning cartoons. There was just something so special about the Japanese cartoons that made it over to the US. At the time, I was too young to know of Anime and Manga. There was not the culture in the US that there is today.

After the first few episodes, I was thinking that someone HAD to make some toys for this show. And then they did. Playmates was tasked with making the most anticipated toy of 2016. Unfortunately, Playmates was not in on the excitement of how much fans wanted the toys. Now there were two sets of lions that came out. A basic and a Legendary. The basic figures were just that. Basic. They had some gimmick that moved legs or shot a missile. But that was not what the fans wanted. What they wanted were the Legendary Lions. Five lions that combined into the 16 inch tall Voltron.

I initially found the Black, Yellow and Blue Lions. That was not enough to build Voltron, so I hung in there waiting for the rest They were under produced, so of course the secondary market exploded with price increases. Each lion going for double or triple the original price. Now I know Playmates. They are the makers of some popular brands like TMNT. They do listen to what is going on. So I was sure they were going to step up and release more lions. And they did. Phew!

The lions are fantastic. They look like they were pulled from the show. Black Lion is of course the biggest. It has articulated wings, opening mouth, and jointed legs. This is also the brains of the operation. The electronics and lights are in the body to allow all of the phrases and sound effects. It is amazing tech. It knows which Lion is being plugged in.

There is a hatch on the bottom that allows the driver (in a little ship), to come out. Each lion has a little ship that hides in the belly. All 5 are differently designed.

The rest of the lions have an attachable weapon system that is seen in the show. Green, Blue, and Red fire a missile, while Yellow fires a trio of discs.

Green and Red each came with a part of Voltron’s sword, which makes sense since they are the two arms, thus would be able to wield said sword. Both lions have spring mouths, with gaps in the sides of the mouth for them to hold the sword in both Lion and Voltron modes.

Voltron stands an impressive 16 inches tall, That is a very big robot, especially for being built from 5 figures. We do know of some other mechas that are multi-member teams too. We will look at them in a little bit. The Lions were so well engineered that they transform much the same way as they do in the show. In fact, I did not need to look at the directions, since after watching two seasons of the show, I pretty much have their transformations memorized.

The paint work on Voltron is amazing. His face is right on. He wears a great scowl, and looks ready for battle.

There is a lot of good articulation in Voltron. Now he is a combiner, and does have some limitations. When they get to be this big, we cannot pull off the same poses as we can with smaller figures. He does a good job holding his own.

Compared to some of the other brands multi-member teams, he is standing tall. Next to Devastator, Voltron is not that much smaller. And of course he has taken on entire armadas of enemies, so that would probably be an easy battle for Voltron to win. And next to the Legacy Megazord, he is WAY bigger. It is fun to have Voltron next to Megazord, since it was said that Megazord’s design was taken from Voltron.

 

I am so happy with this guy. It has been years in waiting for me to get this guy, from the initial hope that one will get made, to the Playmates mistake of under producing them. He looks great, and Voltron is a welcome addition to my ever growing robot collection.


Brawn – Legends Class – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return

Ah Brawn. Wait a minute. Didn’t we already take a look at Brawn a few months ago? Oh, why yes we did. We looked at the Titan Master Brawn. Not to get mixed up with the Legends Scale Brawn. Why we have two Brawns, I do not know. It seems like there were enough characters that we did not need to have the same guy twice as two different characters in the same iteration (Titans Return). Oh, you mean like two Optimus Primes? Yup, like that.

Well, this is a pretty great little guy, so I am not going to be sad about getting this version too. He comes out of the box as a nice little Legends Class figure. Just the way he should be, nice and small. In the G1 continuity, he was a Mini Vehicle, so it makes sense that he would be that way again. The color scheme is right on. A yellow torso, with green covering the rest of his body, save for the silver forearms and head. The original head on the G1 toy did not have a face, but thankfully they did give him a face in the cartoon, and today we get a face yet again. A grumpy face, but a face nonetheless.

Oh hello, who is this little guy? What do you mean you are Brawn too? The two have met. That has to be rather embarrassing for one of them. I don’t know which one though.

And look at that. They get along with one another. And now the big Brawn gets to use a gun that matches his paint scheme. That does not happen a lot with the Titan Master figures and bigger scale figures. You can see Brawn’s shield with the spare tire on it. A gun and a shield? Nice!

The gun is pretty big for Brawn to carry, but who cares? The weapons are meant for bigger guys to wield, but that is not going to stop Brawn.

When he transforms into his vehicle mode, he looks pretty close to the G1 version. He is an SUV that looks to be part Land Cruiser, and part Jeep. The colors once again match up pretty well with the G1 scheme. One change is the exposed arms as the sides of the truck. They look like steps and gas tanks. Pretty nice touch. There is even a bit of yellow on the front bumper too.

The shield makes up the back portion of the body. The gap in the legs are covered allowing for a better overall look. There is a lot of space down low back there. The wheels are just kind of hanging off to the sides. The front is so well designed, but the back is just kind of left off.

The shield can also be mounted on the roof using the 5mm port to give lights up front. The vehicle looks a bit more like a military Hummer in this configuration.

And let’s not forget about little Brawn. He can sit inside of big Brawn. Brawn driving around with Brawn inside of him. That has to be one of the stranger things to happen in Transformers.

The design of the cockpit allows for a Titan Master to stay inside of Brawn in robot mode too. That does not happen often with the Legends scale figures, if ever before. That would make for a great hiding place.

And finally the head comparison. The Titan Master head is a bit wider and a lot more grumpy. They are similar, but they are not the same. I like that they didn’t make an exact copy.

This guy is great. I am really happy with what Hasbro has done with the Legends Scale, bringing in some of the classic smaller vehicles and actually making them accurate to the larger figures from other scales. Now the search is on for his Wave 4 brother, Roadburn.

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Marvel Legends #200 – Colossus (Warlock Wave)

I am 2 waves behind in my Marvel Legends. I have one photographed, while the other is still boxed. But today I have to stop and take a look at Colossus. He is not only important because he is a really cool character, and a killer action figure, but he marks my 200th Marvel Legend.

My very first Marvel Legend was Captain America that came out in 2005. Later that year I started the hunt for the second BAF in the Sentinel Series (Still my favorite figure of all time). Then I didn’t really start to collect until 2013. Over the years from 2005 to 2013, I collected 18 figures. Not a whole lot considering how many figures actually came out that year. But with the Iron Monger series, I was in it for good.

There have been a lot of attempts and tries over the years to get the Marvel Line kickstarted. ToyBiz introduced us to the figures with good articulation. Some of those characters were not often seen before that time period, and that was really great. But we kept seeing the same things pop up. Captain America, Iron Man, Wolverine. Not to say that doesn’t still happen, but now we have movie versions, and comic versions, and really far out there comic versions.

Some of my favorite figures are X-Men. They were an early part of my comic youth, and I still love them today. Colossus is a great example of a good X-Man. He has been around forever. He has seen many changes over the years in the comics and the movies. Most recently he was rediscovered in the movie-verse with his appearance in Deadpool. He was the straight-man to Deadpool’s comic silliness. And that is the way it should be.

This version of Colossus is the comic version. Red and yellow are pretty standard colors for him in most of his outfits. There is an added black chevron to his torso to give a bit of extra color.

The metal color Hasbro used to color his head and arms is absolutely fantastic. It is shiny and just the right color. Since he is a big guy, he lost the double joint in the elbows that all of the bigger figures have also lost. That does limit his movement a bit. He is a giant 7.5 inches tall. The is Build-a-Figure territory, but he is not the BAF this time around.

He comes with the classic Russian hard-edged face. His hair is a darker gunmetal color, cut high and tight, just like any good Russian should. The details in his face are second to none. He has so much detail, that I can look at that face for days and still find new details.

He comes with a second head. This is his hipster head. The hair is coiffed to one side with the front sticking up. He has a nicely trimmed beard, straight across the bottom. I really like this look too. It is hard to decide which head will be the primary head when he is on the shelf.

The muscle tone on this guy is so great. I am always amazed at the quality that Hasbro has put into this line. They work on the back as much as the front. There is nothing lacking from this figure. I am excited for the rest of this cool and crazy wave. But first I have to go back to the last two waves and get those completed. Spider-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy Wave 1.

Until next time.


Guardians of the Galaxy (comic) Marvel Legends – Entertainment Earth Exclusive Box Set

Way back when the Guardians of the Galaxy movie was announced, I had know who The Guardians were, but not a whole lot about them. I had seen them pop up now and then, but not really that mainstream. I knew Marvel was really taking a risk going all in by adding a team that was mostly unknown. I trust Marvel, and I knew they were going to do a good job. I was all in. Well, the crazy hit, and The Guardians gained more followers. One of the advantages of that is that there are other risks taken when putting out toys.

The comic version of The Guardians was made in the Marvel Legends 6 inch line and was an exclusive to Entertainment Earth. Originally set at about $120, I was not going to be able to get this one. Besides that, it was WAY too high priced with each figure going for $24, if you are including Rocket as one figure, which would be hard to do for that price. Then back in March, I had some money for Amazon, and this set popped up for 30% less than it sold for on Entertainment Earth’s site. Funny enough, it is still available on Amazon for the 30% off, and EE says they are sold out.

Anyway, let’s take a look. That is a lot of stuff in one box of Marvel Legends. The whole team is here. Rocket in uniform. Groot is looking very angry. Star-Lord is looking great in his uniform. Gamora is clad in soft-goods mixed with some plastic. And Drax has some metal hands and is very very bright green.

Out of the box, they look even more dynamic. That is a team I can get behind. I LOVE teams, and this one looks great.

Let’s take a closer look starting with the firecracker, Rocket Raccoon. He comes with three different weapons. He is holding one that fits him pretty well. The other two are gigantic, but you know Rocket, that is the way he likes them. He is also posing with a baby Groot. Not nearly as cute at the movie Groot, but not much actually is. I really like Rocket’s paint. His face is so bright with the black and white face.

Star-Lord comes masked with his helmet and mask in place. With all of the extras, we didn’t get an unmasked version. Too bad. His suit is just fantastic. It has a classic feel to it, with the barnstormer jacket and the brown spats over his boots.

He comes with a pair of pistols. They are really well made with good details. They do need a bit of paint apps to really bring out the details. And some holsters would have been nice, but not the worse. He also comes with the Tesseract.

Drax has a pair of metal hands, as well as his bare hands. He comes with 4 knives. The metal hands do not allow holding of weapons. When the hands are removed, the gauntlets can be removed as well, but he always wears those.

The two big knives that look like big ole Bowie knives with guards for his hands. They are well made and look just right in the big guy’s hands.

The two smaller knives are the same as the pair that came with movie Drax, and they also holster in his boots.

Gamora is so lovely. Her paint is top notch. He comes fully dressed with a head that has a hood up. Her mouth is slightly open. She has the rest of the cape, made of plastic, going down the back.

There is a soft-goods poncho that goes on under the cape. There is one arm hole and a head hole in the poncho.

The extra clothing covers up so much great paint apps on the rest of her body. She is certainly not modest, wearing next to nothing. No wonder she has to wear a poncho and a cape. I hear space can be a cold place. She has a second head that does not have the hood. The hair is a bit more free. She also has a really big broadsword that is two-toned gold and silver.

You can make a lot of clothing choices with her. Her cape can be worn without the poncho, which is actually closer to the art from the cover of the box.

Finally there is Groot. This is not your ordinary movie Groot. This guy is angry. From the neck down, it actually IS the movie Groot, but with a darker paint job. The head is all new, with a look much closer to the comic books, with a much more root appearance.

This is a great team. They look so good together. They have the height, both high and low. They have a whole lot of different fighting attributes to bring to the table. I love teams!!!

And for good measure, the comic team is joined by the movie team. Comparing the two teams based on appearance: movie Groot wins, Comic Gamora. Comic Drax, Comic Rocket, and a tie on Star-Lord. I absolutely love the movie, and I cannot wait to see Volume 2, but for the Marvel Legends, the comic team wins on appearance.

 

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Decepticon Fangry – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return – Titan Master

Today, we are going to take a look at Fangry. First the backstory. Fangry was the name of the Headmaster robot from 1988. The actual Headmaster Driver was named Brisko. So, this is kind of Brisko with a vehicle accessory that allows him to turn into the wolf-bat thing that the larger robot turned into. With me so far? Well, the body of this new Fangry is modeled after Brisko. The head he transforms into is modeled after the head that Bisko transforms into. So basically, this is Brisko with Fangry’s name… or something like that.

We get a pink and black robot in his robot mode. The Decepticons are not against taking on pinks and purples, and making them their own. The color scheme matches that of Fangry (1988) with a pink torso and legs, and black arms and head. The only difference is pink upper legs rather than black. He has a pretty menacing looking face, you know, for being a tiny, tiny robot.

His first mode is the wolf-bat. In the 1988 version, he had tiny little wings that stuck out funny. This time everything is a whole lot more proportional. You know this is no normal bat. It has arms for one thing. You can see Fangry right there front and center as the chest.

The second mode is the dragon. They want to get full use of the wings, so his alternate mode is another beast. This one works okay too. The tail is a bit stunted, and there is a strange post sticking out of the chest, but that is about all. Fangry gets to ride the dragon like a scooter. You know you wish you could ride a dragon too.

Third up is the weapon mode. It looks like the wolf-bat all folded up. The feet have blasters in the soles, and the dragon’s tail is the third blaster. That funny post sticking out of the dragon’s chest becomes the gun’s handle.

Finally we get to the Titan Master head. A great nod to Fangry’s G1 head with the green face surrounded by the black edging. The green is so neon and crazy that it just works with him. The visor he has is just so incredibly thick.

This is another fun figure to add to the growing Titan Master lineup. Another Decepticon in the ranks. Next up, we will swing back the Autobot’s way for another flyer.

 

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Sawback (Lione) – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return – Titan Master

Sawback… wait a minute, Sawback is a blue wolf mini-con from the Robots in Disguise line. This guy is not blue, he is definitely not a wolf, and… he doesn’t even have anything to do with saws. This my friends is Lione from the Headmasters. He will from now on be called Lione. I do not care about copyright, and whatever Hasbro did to lose the right to “Lione,” but I am going to call him Lione. Is that enough references to Lione in two sentences?

So, here we go. Lione here is a Titan Master. Therefore he can transform from a head to a tiny little robot. The original Lione transformed from a head to a lion. This time around, he is a robot, but his robot mode has a lion’s head. Pretty neat in all of it’s tiny glory.

As a Titan Master without a body, he comes with a vehicle, as do all of the figures in this series. It is clearly some sort of lion. The first mode I got it into was a ship. Some sort of upside down lion with legs sticking up. No the best in designs. This feels like the designers held the lion and said, “Let’s see if we can get a third mode out of this somehow. If we turn it over, we can force it into the very loose form of a flying vehicle of some sort.”

It is not a terrible mode, and really useful for Lione to get around. It has cannons all over it, so he could be helpful in a fight.

A Lion! Now we are talking. The second mode of the vehicle is a lion. Hence the name Sawback. Gah! Nope, can’t do it. Sticking with Lione. Lione folds up and becomes the mane behind the lion’s head. This is probably the best representation of blend between vehicle and Titan Master that we have ever seen.

There is quite a cartoony feel to the face of the lion. It even has a bit of a head spike that is a nice nod to the original Lione that had a really tall spike. This time around the spike was traded in for a pair of wings. Another flying mammal. The Japanese sure do love putting wings on animals that don’t have wings. And I love buying them.

Then there is the “weapon” mode. This time we see the first defensive weapon. A shield. That is a great change. Now a Transformer can use two weapons and really have an advantage.

Finally there is the head. Lione has such an interesting face. In the original version, he had a really long face, and we see it again here. Looking at the rest of the head, the orange part around the face, it looks like a tiny head on top of his head, with legs coming down the sides of his face. This is a direct take from the original, where the lion body folds in around the head. The continued homage paid to the original figures is fantastic and so welcome.

This is another great figure in the tiny Titan Master line. I am always excited to get my hands on these little guys, and I am glad we have more to go.


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