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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.


Roadburn (Chase) – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return (Legends Class)

“I will get you out of that stasis pod! Ki-yah!!”

Roadburn is the second part of wave 4 of the Legends Class of Titans Return along with Brawn. The wave in this series is small here at the end, with only 2 figures in each wave.

“Maybe we need someone bigger to lend a hand, Brawn.” “No Bee! We can do it!!!”

Roadburn is supposed to be the Throttlebot, Chase. I read that up until very close to release, he was actually going to be Chase. But there is a Chase in Rescue Bots, and Hasbro didn’t want to confuse the kids. Oh well, Roadburn is a good name too. I was really surprised that they went with Roadburn (Chase) instead of going with everyone’s favorite second to Bumblebee, Cliffjumper. It seems that when we get a Bee, a CJ is not far behind. I do see where they were going with this idea though. The time frame of the Throttlebots more closely aligns with the Headmasters of the G1 time frame. But funny enough, Bumblebee wasn’t Bumblebee in the Throttlebots, he was Goldbug.

We only have to go back one wave to see his twin, Bumblebee. The same body design is used again for Roadburn. That is a good thing. This is a great little car, and he comes with a bit more detail in the paint department to make his look different enough.

Poor Brawn is a third wheel in this hatchback duo.

We still have a little ways to go with the Titans Returns line. This is such a fun set of figures we have seen in all of the different scales. I think Hasbro has really hit it’s stride here with the Generations line. Combiner Wars was great, the Titans Return line is better. What will we get next? Can’t wait… but first, there are more of these figures to get. Yay!


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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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.


Scatterspike – Transformers: Robots in Disguise – Warrior Class

“Get me out of here!”

Quillfire has a brother now. Scatterspike is repainted version of Quillfire, and he turned out great. In the RiD line, there are generally straight repaints, as opposed to the Generations line that at least gives a new head sculpt.

Scatterspike is sporting a darker color scheme with burgundy and purple. The bottom of his mouth is colored with a darker shade of grey more like a gunmetal. It is the only place that the color shows up. With Quillfire, his quills were the same color, so the color matches front to back. With Scatterspike, Hasbro focused on the secondary color of purple a lot more. You know purple is the color of Decepticons, so you know he is a bad guy.

From there, things continue to be the same. He has a blaster, which is still really cool, and fits his hand very well. It is the primary color of burgundy. He also has a removable spike that is in the purple color.

Choose your flavor: Raspberry or Mocha.

Side by side in vehicle mode, I think Scatterspike has a much better disguise. He is nearly fully burgundy in vehicle mode. The paint apps are pretty much identical except for a change of color. I do like that Hasbro went so far as to change the color of the band around the wheels.

Overall, Quillfire was a good figure. He is fun to transform, and he is a lot of fun to play with including good articulation, two weapons, and a moving mouth. So to get a second character based on the first was just fine with me. They can be a couple of grumpy Decepticons together forever.

 


Springload – Transformers: Robots in Disguise – Legion Class

The Robots in Disguise line has not been fantastic in my eyes. Their Warrior Class is a simplified version of the Deluxe Class we have been seeing in the Generations line. The idea was to make a cheaper line of figures that parents would want to buy their kids. It really hasn’t happened that way. Most of the time, the figures in the RiD line are just as much as the Generations line, and they do not have the detail and precision.

For the most part, the entire line of RiD is simplified, with one-step and three-step changers taking a lot of room on the pegs at the store. And then there is the Legion Class. Tiny versions of figures we have in larger, better looking scales. Occasionally though, a figure comes along that really makes sense.

In this case, Springload. Originally we saw him as a one-step changer. The problem with that one was that the vehicle looked like a dune buggy, not the truck he is in the show. That is pretty terrible. Now we have a more show accurate version in the Legion Class.

Springload looks like a truck, so that is a nice bonus for him. He is not really this small in the show compared to other characters, but as a little frog guy, it works in the toy line.

When he transforms, he really comes alive. I am really impressed with the level of engineering that went into making this little guy. There are a lot of parts that fold up really well to get a square truck to turn into a round frog.

He has a whole lot of articulation to boot, which is both amazing and impressive. He is my new favorite figure in the line. He is a lot of fun to play with, and interacts well with other characters. When I first saw the horrible one-step version, I prepared myself to never see a good version of Springload. And then he suddenly appeared. A welcome sight to be sure.


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