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Flameout and Twin Twist – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return

Last time we looked at Topspin, so it is only fitting that we take a look at Twin Twist, the other Jumpstarter from 1985. Back in 1985, the two figures were not “brothers.” They were both Jumpstarters, but they were not made on the same body. Both went on to be copied into other figures, but these two were not related.

Twin Twist is a good looking dude. He shares a lot of similarities with Topspin, but there were enough changes that the two are unique. Most notably are the wings, now missing on Twin Twist, replaced with taller forms that are not distinguishable from the front.

When looking at the back , you can see not only are the wings replaced with treads, but the dual drills tuck so nicely into Twin Twist’s back.

Side by side you can see the similarities between the two figures. They have the same torso, legs and forearms. The entire shoulder has been replaced, as well as the back, and the bottom of the feet.

Twin Twist is joined by Flameout. He is an all grey figure with a new head on his back.

Flameout is a twin with Freezeout. This is probably the best named duo in Transformers history. One will freeze you down, and the other will burn you up. Where Freezeout will freeze the cogs that allow transformation to take place in an enemy, Flameout will cause the cogs to speed up and cause a meltdown. Both are efficient in causing the enemy to lose the ability to change forms.

Once transformed, the telltale Jumpstarter shows up. Twin drills in the front, and a big back end with the engines.

There are quad jets in the back, just like Topspin, but these have a different shape. What a nice touch. They very easily could have used the same jets twice, but these look a bit more rugged, like they would stand up to being underground.

Side by side in vehicle mode, it is clear that these two are similar. There are enough differences between the two that they look quite a bit different too. They have a bit of a reverse color scheme going on and extra touches of color.

One fighting down low, and one up high. This is a duo that can work well together.

I think Hasbro really hit it out of the park with these two. One from wave 4 and one from wave 5, they saved some of the best figures for the end of the Titans Returns line. I can’t wait to see what else they come up with.

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Freezeout and Autobot Topspin – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return

 

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.


MiniMate Scale Vehicles

We will continue looking at MiniMates today. They are on my mind, since I have immersed myself in the scale to try and make a quality diorama for them, which I have never had before.  Now it is time to look for some vehicles. The scale of MiniMates is between 1/35th and 1/24th scale. I some 1/24 scale models around, and they are a bit too tall for MiniMates. I do not have any 1/35 scale cars to use.

But I do have Transformers, and plenty of Transformers. I figured, why not look at the newest of the lot. The Titans Return figures.  As a vehicle, a Titans Return Deluxe Class figure works fine. The cockpit is too small, since it is made for a Titan Master that is about half as tall as a MiniMate. Too bad, no going for rides in the cabs of these vehicles. But from the outside, they work quite well.

Comparing the robot mode, this works well too. This could be the start of some pretty fun photography.

And as you continue to increase the scale of the Transformer, it works better with MiniMates. It is a good thing Colossus didn’t attack Fort Max, thinking he was a Sentinel.


Optimus Prime and Orion Pax – Transformers Tribute

While we are still in the midst of Titans Return, Hasbro has come out with something interesting. This is a special two-pack depicting the evolution of one of the greatest Transformers to ever live.

Optimus Prime started his life as Orion Pax, the librarian. And to commemorate those two parts of his life, Hasbro has put together a pack that shows this change. Included is a slight repaint of Optimus Prime from the War for Cybertron line of Generations. Along with him is a repainted Sergeant Kup with a new head sculpt Titan Master.

Optimus Prime is not all that different. The greys are darker, and the red lighting has been turned blue. This is not the reason for me to buy this box set. It is the other guy I really wanted.  Orion Pax is a complete repaint of Sergeant Kup. The use of Kup is great, because that way Pax gets to have a Cybertronian truck mode as well as a thinner body of an intellect, before he became a warrior.

Pax comes with a Titan Master with no name. I am hoping he will eventually get a name, but there is none on the packaging that I could find. Maybe this is a robot version of Roller.

I was not sure how the truck modes would compare. Both are in the Generations line, but they are a bit separated in time and sublines. While Pax looks very utilitarian, Prime has a much meaner look.

The changes in Optimus Prime do not warrant a rebuy of the figure. He is nearly the same, with just a bit of color change.

Buying two figures just to get one? Well, I think it is worth it. We do not have a lot of Orion Pax figures. Back in 2014 we did get a figure in the Thrilling 30 subline of Generations, and he is great. There is something about the simplicity of this one that really stands out.

If you love the Titans Return line, or you are a huge fan of Optimus Prime, this is a good set to get. The Orion Pax alone is a great figure to add to your collection. A one for the price of two is not that great of a deal if you already have the first WfC Optimus Prime, unless you NEED the new Pax.


Mini-Con 4-Pack – Transformers: Robots in Disguise

The Mini-Cons were a bit of a strange idea for the Robots in Disguise line. In the show, they were great. Small robots that teamed up with a leader to create a bigger team.

Where the toys fell short was in the size. The toys had to be a certain side to work right, and that size was much larger in scale than what works with the Warrior Class figures they are supposed to work with.  Independently, they are fine little Transformers. Usually a pull on one part, and the intricate mechanics inside allow for a transformation.  Originally the figures transformed into either a ball or a torpedo. Not terribly original, but there were some really great little figures.

Then the Weaponizers came into play, and it got so much better. Since none of the Warrior Class figures could hold the standard figures, the world of integration grew by leaps and bounds, since now the figures can actually wield the weapons. Playability went up a lot.

This is a fun 4-pack with Dragonus, Bashbreaker, Lord Doomitron, and Lancelon. A gun, a hammer, a rake, and a sword. Collect them all and have a nice little battle. As with the other 4-packs, only two of the four figures came with the transparent armor. It works sometimes, but not always. I can see the armor being totally worthless for kids to try to play with and keep track of.

I am telling you this guy turns into a rake.

All of the Robots in Disguise line started way back in 2015. Now at the later end of 2017, it will be interesting to see where the brand will take us next.

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Repugnus – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return (Titan Master)

Usually I am all about the love for the Transformers. Especially recently with the Combiner Wars and the Titans Return lines coming into play in the Generations line-up.  Repugnus however is very lackluster for me. I guess you can’t love them all. And if you are going to have a miss, make sure it is a tiny Titan Master.

As with the other Titan Master single packs, you get a Titan Master, and a vehicle. In this case, we get the red and yellow Repugnus, and we get a beetle looking vehicle.

The Titan Master looks really close to his G1 robot mode. That is a plus he has going for himself. From there, they took a red and yellow robot and slapped some paint on his face. This is the worst paint I have seen in a long time.

The vehicle that belongs to Repugnus looks a lot like the beetle, bug sort of thing that he transformed into back in 1987. We still don’t know what it is. Repugnus fits right into the chest when he is folded up.

As with the other vehicles, this one has alternate modes. These are not the most well thought out modes we have seen from the line. The first is some sort of aircraft. It basically looks like someone sprayed the vehicle with some Raid, and then Repugnus went for a ride. Not great.

Then there is the gun mode. It is somewhat better with some barrels down low, and what looks like it could also be a bladed weapon.

Finally there is Repugnus’ alternate mode, as a head. That is one weird looking dude. And that is all I have to say about that.

I am glad they missed with a little guy. He can live out his life as a part of the beetle on the back of a shelf somewhere, only achieving dominance when a nuclear war destroys all life, except for Insecticons. And then they can start the process anew. I bet Repugnus wouldn’t look so ugly then.


Convex and Perceptor – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return (Deluxe Class)

Perceptor is one of the funny Transformers that transforms from a big robot into a very small accessory. In this case a microscope. Out of the ordinary, and that is what makes him great. No more trying to make him into a vehicle of some sort. A straight up homage to the G1 version.

So, here we go with robot mode. He looks great. His lens is on his shoulder just as it should be. And what is that? A sniper rifle? Fantastic. I love how in his alternate mode, he can see tiny things close up, and in robot mode, he is used as a sniper to see tiny things that are really far away. The colors are fantastic on him, just like they were on the G1 figure.

He has a peg on his back that allows him to store his gun, so he does not always have to carry it around with him.

He comes with the Titan Master Convex. He is an all new Titan Master with no Headmaster or Targetmaster heritage. He is all black, with red legs. It is hard to see all of the great detail with him being all black like this. I am glad we do not have very many that are THIS black.

Transforming Perceptor is pretty straight forward. There are some fun parts that side around. When he is changed, he is a giant microscope. Now for the show and comics, he would be able to shrink down to size, but in the toy, he cannot interact with the figures that way. It is nice that there are so many figures that have base modes, so he can fit in with them and be the science lab.

The tabletop supports a Titan Master, so they can get check-ups from the doctor. The lens works to a certain extent, but it is not a very expensive rig, so don’t expect to be watching amoebas crawling around.

There are no directions for an alternate Tank mode, but there are parts for it. It has the treads, and has articulation to create the mode. I didn’t see that it could do that until after I had finished my photoshoot. I am going to have to go back now and see if I can recreate the tank mode.

I like Perceptor. It is always nice to have some very different looking figures. A guy with a big lens on his shoulder always helps with the different look. I love how G1 he looks from his body design to what he transforms into. He is just so well done.


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