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Blurr – Transformers: Robots in Disguise

The Robots in Disguise line can be a bit hit and miss with the figures. Some are well done, while others seem rushed or cheapened in some way.

Blurr is on the high side of the line. He comes out of the box with a really good robot mode. He has really big shoulders that add to his Warrior Class height. The two-toned blue and white are a great combination.

I love that he is wearing a visor and a smirk. It is so subtle with just the corner curved up, but that is so Blurr.

The only backpack part he has is the canopy. Sometimes there are some major parts left behind on Transformers, but this one is not too bad. It is a fairly large section, but it is rounded, so it is not too bad. It also stops before it gets down to the knee, so there is some good articulation there. I actually prefer it staying as one section, as it plays a lot better in vehicle mode.

Speaking of vehicle mode, the transformation is super easy and straight forward, but the completed car does not look like it should have been so easy. The details are great. I imagine we could easily see this guy flying down the track at Le Mans.

His gun can be mounted in the ports on either side of the rear, just behind the back wheels, or on the roof. None of them are ideal, since the gun sticks out so far, and kind of looks silly, but it is better to be able to stick it somewhere, than it just floating around in the collection.

I was really surprised and happy with Blurr. I am a big fan of Blurr, and we have had a few versions recently. I really liked the 2010 version that was a repaint of Drift. Then more recently we got him again in the Titans Returns line in his Cybertron vehicle mode. This is a good version to add to the collection.


Soundwave – Transformers: Robots in Disguise (Warrior Class)

About 7 years ago to go along with the War for Cybertron game, Hasbro came out with a Generations Soundwave that was an SUV. They moved Soundwave away from the cassette player. Then the Prime TV show made Soundwave into a drone plane. Then a year later, Soundwave once again came out as an SUV, but this time in the Voyager class.

Now he has been brought out once again, this time in the Robots in Disguise line, and once again as an SUV. He looks similar to the War for Cybertron version, expect the head. The head looks like it is from Prime, which is fitting, since RiD is a continuation of that story line.

I like that they gave Soundwave the shoulder-mounted gun, much like the G1 version.

The transformation into the vehicle mode is fairly straightforward. If you are a collector of this line, you know that there are not going to be many amazing transformations involved in this line. Hasbro tended to go with a more simplistic approach with this line than they do with the Generations line.

Though the transformation is fairly simple, the vehicle is solid. It stays together well, and there are not lots of robot parts hanging off the vehicle. The gun sits way too high on the vehicle, but it can rotate up and down, as well as swivel all around. That is a nice touch.

The RiD line is so hit and miss. One time, the robot and vehicle can be right on, and the next time it can be a mess. Thankfully, Soundwave is a solid figure.


Katana – DC SuperHero Girls (2016 SDCC Exclusive)

It has been a while since I looked at a DC Superhero Girl. I was actually on the Mattel Toy Shop site at the end of last year since I heard they had She-Ra for a super good price. I saw that they had some Katanas left for an awesome price as well, so I pounced on the deal. I got her, took pictures, and then they sat in a folder on my desktop since January. It is June! Time to clean house I guess.

Well, the box art is what this set is all about. The fine people at Mattel did a fantastic job with some amazing art on all sides of the box.

Inside the outer box is a window-box that portrays Katana about to be attacked by some other bad girls.

Slide the box open and there you have the doll. She looks ready for action. She is clad in armor, holding her katana blade. Along with the katana is a bladed staff, 2 sai, a knife, and 4 throwing stars for good measure. That is a lot of accessories for a DCSG. Way more than any of the other girls get. That is to be expected in a SDCC exclusive set.

She has a stand with her name on it. The sheath of the sword attaches to the base to make a really nice display.

She is able to hold all of her weapons, except for the throwing stars. They are a bit on the small side for her grasping hands.

It was a nice touch to include sheaths for the weapons. She is able to wear the knife on her back.

There are a lot of parts that make up Katana. All of the armor comes off, leaving her in a grey/black suit. You can see that her arms are two different colors, so she is limited to wearing one outfit. Similar to Harley Quinn with painted legs.

This is a nice set. I do not like how she is looking off to the side. It makes it hard to pose her for photo shoots with the other girls. I saw she is still available on Amazon, but the price is back up to $90. Fear not, the standard version is out now, and is $21.99. Way better in price. I have not seen her in the wild yet. She was supposed to be coming out with Frost, who I have also not seen the wild. I will keep my eyes peeled for them.

Until then, there are lots of other great girls that have come out that we will be looking at shortly.


Blunderbuss and Broadside – Transformers: Titans Return (Voyager Class)

Broadside is a little hard to wrap my head around. He is Voyager Class, so he is the medium scale figure. He transforms from a robot, into an aircraft carrier, and then a jet. There are figures that can be out of size, but this guy is crazy. Because of the way he works with Blunderbuss, it seems that he is a tiny aircraft carrier, rather than a giant jet. Anyway, let’s take a look at the figure.

Broadside

Alpha Trion

He is a severely retooled Alpha Trion. The only thing they seem to share is that Broadside becomes an aircraft carrier, while Alpha Trion becomes a space aircraft carrier. You can see some similarities around the feet, but that is about it.

Broadside has wings that from the front look like they belong to a jet, but from the back, they look like they are a part of the aircraft carrier. There is a big cockpit hanging off his back, so there is not a lot of greeble hanging around this guy.

He comes with Blunderbuss. A fitting name for this sea-faring Titan Master, as a Blunderbuss was a gun known to be carried by navy and privateers. Too bad Broadside didn’t come with a Blunderbuss to run around with. It seems like they could have, since they gave Sergeant Kup a musket at one point. Blunderbuss is based off of Sovereign who came with Alpha Trion. I would think they would try to mix these guys up a bit more, but oh well.

Transforming Broadside is pretty straight forward. He becomes an aircraft carrier. Nothing too exciting going on there. He comes with little jets that resemble the Aerialbots. It is supposed to help sell the illusion that this guy is actually really big… though he isn’t.

There are a few choices of places for Blunderbuss to sit. One is sitting in the gun mounted on the side of the aircraft carrier. I still think it is a terrible idea for someone to stick their Titan Master out in the elements of the fight. No head, means no robot. Not a good idea.

The second place, is in place of the flight tower. The antenna fold down, and the top flips in half to make a seat. Still not the safest, but better than hanging off the side.

Then there is the third mode. A… jet? This is what happens when you start with someone like Alpha Trion. You have a robot, a space aircraft carrier, and a lion. You go and make Broadside, with a robot, an aircraft carrier, and a jet? There are a lot of differences between a lion and a jet. So you give him a cockpit. Done. Add some wings. Done. And then squish everything in the back together and add some fins and stabilizers to help the illusion. It looks more like a block with a pointed nose than a jet.

I am thinking maybe it is kinda Macross style with giant jets hanging off the back. Maybe a little Jetfire like. Okay, I am back on board with the space jet idea. Too bad the aircraft carrier wasn’t kept as a space aircraft carrier too.

Overall I like him. He has a good robot mode. From there it is a fine aircraft carrier. Too small for any good, but still nice. And the jet is okay. You have to squint at it, but I have seen worse. I don’t think he is going to end up being anyone’s favorite figure of the Titan’s Return line, but he is a solid figure, and some much needed Voyager Class muscle for the Autobot side.

 


Ominus and Sky Shadow – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return (Leader Class)

Things get real when we get up to the Leader Class figures. We have had some great Leader Class figures in Titans Return, as well as in Combiner Wars that preceded Titans Return. But this may be the best Leader Class figure we have had yet.

We start with a good bad guy, Sky Shadow. Make him REALLY big, and then load him up with weapons.

 

Since he is the Leader Class scale, his Titan Master, Ominus, fits into the helmet. Otherwise, Ominus would look too small. Ominus is a new character, as Sky Shadow came after the Headmasters, so he would not have had one of his own.

 

Ominus is a “pretool” of Dreadnaut. There is the thinking that these two are a “pretool” because of Sky Shadow’s special transformation that is really something that Super-God Megaforce Overlord did back in 1988, and what he will do in a future release. More on that next.

Transformation time. Start with the top half of Sky Shadow. Yup, the top half. This guy breaks apart into a torso and legs. It is always something that worries me, when there are special gimmicks that go along with a Transformer. There tends to be a loss of something somewhere. But the robot mode is fantastic. And the jet? It is absolutely perfect. We are keeping with the forward swept wing look that we have had in the two previous incarnations of the figure. You can see the shield piece can be attached to the nose of the jet, just like the two previous versions as well.

Ominus can ride in the cockpit. There is a full working cockpit stuck right there in the nose of the jet. Fantastic. This is the stuff I was worried about losing, but there it is.

The legs have an amazing transformation to create the tank mode. The details are really well done. The turret and the gun do not move. That is probably the only problem with this whole character, and that is very minor.

Again, there is a cockpit for Ominus to ride in the tank. Also note, that either of these cockpits can be used in robot mode, so Sky Shadow can hide a couple of Titan Masters on his person at all times.

The two vehicles can combine, where a tab on the roof of the tank clips into the bottom of the jet. Not the most aerodynamic addition to a jet, but at least the tank can get air-lifted to where it can best be used.

Then there is the base mode. All of the leader class figures transform into bases. Sky Shadow is no different. This is a really well done base mode. Some of them seem to be more of a stretch to make it look like a base, but this one was well thought out. The main feature of this base is the combination of the jet’s cockpit and the cannon to be the main weapon of the base.

I absolutely love this guy. I cannot wait until Overlord is released. One of this guy is great, but to have two will be even better. The Autobots better watch out with two guys like this running around.

Since I used Broadside to show the difference in size between the Voyager Class and Leader Class, I guess I better cover him next. He is not my favorite, since Sky Shadow was made so fluidly, and Broadside seems to be forced into his different transformations. We will see next time…


Skywarp – Transformers: Robots in Disguise

A while back I took a look at Starscream . This time around it is Skywarp’s turn. I only mention Starscream because, like with nearly every other (if not every other) version of Skywarp we have ever gotten was a repaint (and new head) of Starscream.

I have always been a fan of the Seekers, so any time they come out in any form, I like to grab them up.

So far Skywarp and Starscream are the only two Seekers we have in the Robots in Disguise show. It would be great to get my main man, Thundercracker, but we will have to wait and see.

The robot mode of Skywarp is really good. Just like with Starscream, they have good articulation, and nice skinny bodies, as we would want to see. The plane parts fold up really nicely and out of the way. He comes with two blasters that can be mounted on the forearm, as they should always be able to do, but also be held in the hand as a pistol.

Transform him into robot mode, and he is a forward-swept wing jet. The style is really fun. I am a big fan of the really long noses these jets have. The arms and shoulders fold under the wing, giving it quite a fat look, but at least the body parts fit the angle of the wings so the robot parts aren’t so distracting.

The guns mount under the wing tips for a bit of bite in jet mode.

I really like this figure in the Robots in Disguise line. There are some hits and misses in the line, where it is clear corners were being cut with less transformation, or articulation. But that is not the case here. Skywarp is what we want to see in the RiD lineup.

I have a few more RiD figures to look at, and they are all really well done. I think Hasbro has done a great job on the back end of this toy line to give us some good characters with some very interesting transformations. Stay tuned…


Jackson Storm – Cars 3

I was not expecting it to be so difficult to get my hands on Jackson Storm when the Cars 3 vehicles first came out. But then I saw the $44 8 pack at Target, and knew he would be in a holding pattern along with the gold foil wrapped Lightning McQueen. Get the people to buy the expensive set first. Nope, I can wait. And then they hit at WalMart, and I was swimming in Storms.

There are a lot of cars that do have updates from the previous movies. All of Lightning’s friends look to be the same. At least enough of the same for me to not need to get them. But there are some newer Next-Gen Piston Cup cars that are out that are pretty neat looking.

Jackson Storm is all dark grey and blue. He is clearly the bad guy, or at least the antagonist of the film. He is like Chick Hicks from the first film, but an actual threat to Lightning.

I am happy with what I see in the previews so far. I think this is what Cars 2 should have been. The world trotting with spies and all of that was fine, but it didn’t have what gave the first movie heart. I think we will be back to that in this installment, and I cannot wait. I know if I go see it by myself, my wife would kill me, or at least disown me. Neither of which sound like good options. But we were on our camping road trip, and didn’t get a chance to see it when it came out June 16. So now I am behind and ready to go!


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