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Bumblebee – Transformers: The Last Knight (Deluxe Premiere Edition)

In the last post, I said I skipped Slash because he was a repaint. Well, Bumblebee here is a repaint too. But, he is Bumblebee, and I do so love Bumblebee, so I will take the repaint of this one.  That does not mean I love this one.  Getting him out of the packaging, there is not a lot to love, much less like about him.

I will be following the same criteria I did with Barricade. I will be going with a five star rating for three areas: vehicle, robot, and weapons. One star is not good, and five stars is the best.

This is the Premiere Deluxe version of Bee. He is a repaint of the Age of Extinction Bee, so he is a 2014 Chevy Camaro Concept, and not the 2018 that is featured in the movie. That one is coming in Wave 3.

Vehicle: ***

This area is hard with Bee. This is a really good Camaro, but there are just too many pieces to try and put together, and they do not hold in vehicle mode. On top of that, when he is transformed, he is a tripod. Only three of his wheels sit on the ground at once.


On top of all of that, the yellow plastic and the yellow paint DO NOT match up. I can only imagine that this has been something very hard for Hasbro to do right, since nearly every Bumblebee with paint and plastic mixed, have a problem with the paint. Yellow is a finicky color to work with.

Robot: ***
Weapons: **


The robot mode is okay. We have seen this version something like 4 times before. Each time the paint got better. And then this… A touch of black on his chest, and a few dabs of silver. I would think that this figure paid for itself over the years, and at least deserved some added paint to be similar to the Takara version that came out back in 2014.

All of the top of the car folds into three pieces to make a more compact backpack than Barricade’s. That gives Bee a lot more freedom in the legs.

He has the flip-down mask that we do get to see in the movie once again for a second, though it is still not screen accurate.

As for the weapons, he is given the two throwing stars that are very dumb weapons. I would actually have given him 0 stars since we do not even see them in the movie. But there is a redeeming feature of Bee.

His right hand has a flip-out cannon, which is in the movie. And not only is it in the movie, there is a really cool scene where he uses it against Barricade while he is in vehicle mode. That in itself gets 2 stars.

Vehicle: ***
Robot: ***
Weapons: **

Overall, this figure is a skip. Chances are, Transformers fans have at least one of this version, if not more. This is a filler character to get the ball rolling for the initial wave of figures. Put out the garbage while people are fighting over the
“Premiere Edition” figures. Just hold on until wave 3, and we will get a proper version of The Last Knight Bumblebee.

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Snarl – Age of Extinction

I finally found the last of the Dinobots before they go extinct.   This line is hopefully done and gone, and we can get back to the really good figures of the Generations line, and get ready for the new show.   Today we are going to look at Snarl.  He is overall a very good figure.  There are a few flaws that seem like they should have been easily fixed, but that doesn’t always happen.

Quite possibly the best paint ever!  The green of his body is a pearl green color.  It picks up a lot of yellow hues, and looks a lot like the clear green/yellow of his spikes.  He has a very good mix of green plastic, painted green, grey, and clear parts spread throughout.

The one problem I have with the dino mode is the shield accessory he comes with.  It folds in half, and is supposed to be added to his back to make a pair of really tall spikes.  There is a post on the bottom that is supposed to fit into his back.  The problem is that the hole is right at a seam, and it does not stay together very well, so the spikes continuously fall out.

He has a good dino head.  The mouth opens, and it has some good articulation.  The silver on the snout is a bit off.  There is not a single place on the entire rest of the robot that also has silver.  It would have made so much more sense for it to be painted purple, or grey.

In robot mode, he is equally as impressive paint-wise.  Snarl practically glows with all of the clear plastic around him.  He has the tell-tale pointy shoes that tells he is a part of the movie Dinobot line.  His tail becomes a mace for one hand, and he has a sort of shield for the other.  It looks like the two parts can combine to form a secondary weapon.

One strange part of his body is how his head folds into one of his legs.   To make it look symmetrical, they put a false head in the other leg.   It seems a bit weird to me.  I think it would have been better to have a more solid leg on that side.

The one real problem I have with Snarl is with his hands.  His wrists are swivels, and cannot move up and down.  They are forced to stay at this really weird angle all the time.

Even with some strangeness going on with Snarl, I think he stands out as one of the best in the line.  He is unique to the others, and stands apart with all of the clear parts.    Though he has some shortcomings, I think overall he is a good figure to pick-up.


Slog – Transformers: Age of Extinction

Well, we continue to get some new Dinobots that never made it into the movie.  This time around we get Slog, a larger Voyager Class figure.  He is very large and in charge.  Strong and bulky with a lot of the medieval armor look that we have seen with the other Dinobots.

Take this knights of ole’.  Slog comes with two lances, and he doesn’t even have a horse to ride.  I like how strong he looks.  Big thick legs, and great armor layered all over.  His face/helmet is really cool with lots of details.  There are a lot of rubber parts on him that could pose problems in the future if they are not taken care of properly.  He is the color I think they should all be.  Some of the other Dinobots are outrageously bright. This grey/black combo with touches of red are really well executed.

I found his transformation to be very difficult, and his chest area when turned into the Apatosaurus would not stay in place.   The directions were to change Slog from the dino into a robot.  So, for the initial transformation, you had to reverse the directions, which is a terrible way to present this anyway.  It will be near impossible for kids to make this transformation on their own.   I also don’t like the giant balls that hang out on the sides of the neck where the lances can be attached.  There is a lot for me not to like in this mode.  I am going to keep him in robot mode from now on.

We might as well take a look at him with his lances and side “guns” attached.   One of the guns on mine is loose, so it will not stay up very well.   The lances coming out at head height is a bit weird visually.

I think he is a good fit with the other T4 Dinobots.  It is funny because his coloring is how I think all of the Dinobots should look, but with him in the grey color, he gets lost in the Skittles of Dinbots.  They should have made him yellow, and then we would have had a complete rainbow of Dinobots.


Autobot Drift – Voyager Class (Age of Extinction)

A Voyager class of a Transformer car?   Ummmmmm, nope.  This time around, we go way off the tracks and create an all new Autobot Drift.   We cross the color scheme and the head of the Age of Extinction Drift, and then mount it to Skyhammer’s body.  “A helicopter?” you ask.  Yup, a helicopter.

At least he got some big swords to still look like a samurai.   I think he is actually a really cool version.  In fact, it would have been really cool to see him in the movie.   Maybe there wouldn’t have been so much death on the Autobot’s side.

The Voyager Class version is a lot larger than the Deluxe version we got the first time around.  Their colors match perfectly.  The new Drift is on the body of Skyhammer, who I thought was really well done the first time around back in 2011.   That version was for Dark of the Moon, in which the character also didn’t appear.  Funny that this body would make two toy releases for figures that weren’t in the movies.  Ah, well.  They could do their own thing, and it is still a great figure.

These two make good bookends to one another.   They look different enough, but they still have a lot of similarities.   I really like them together.  They are almost like twins as opposed to two versions of the same figure.

Turn them both into vehicle mode, and you have every rich man’s dream of a matching car and helicopter.   They fit so well together.

I really do like this redo of Drift.   I think it would have been better if they had done the same as they did back with Skyhammer and just make up a new figure.   They don’t really have a lot of figures to go with for this movie, so making an expanded universe would have been a little better.  We are also getting a new Dinobot, and he is coming up soon.


Transformers 4: Lockdown

Lockdown was supposed to be out in the initial wave of figures, but when they all came out, there were lots of Autobots, and lots of Dinobots, but there was a lack of Decepticons.  Well, now we have… 2.  Wha?!?!  We have Lockdown, and the larger Galvatron, who it technically not even a Decepticon… or a Transformer, as he was made by people.  Ah well, what are ya gonna do?

Funniest part of this picture?  Even though we see him do this in the movie, and create a lot of little pieces of Autobots flying around the screen, it is not a feature that is featured on the directions of the figure.  I know right?   The best thing Lockdown has going for him, and it isn’t even shown.   At least we get that option.

Don’t worry, for those of you who are totally freaked out by a guy with a gun for a face, you can also let him hold it in his hand.

He is a very nice looking figure overall.  There are a lot of good details in the design, and lots of colors to help break-up the otherwise drab color… not sure what his main color is.  Maybe weathered wood?  One of the neat parts is that he has his headlights on his chest.  Those are actually his headlights that go with the car.  There aren’t any extra bits hanging around that fold under in car mode.  We get a lot of pieces like that when designers can’t get the toy to transform exactly like the show or movie.  Not this time.  Great job Hasbro.

Oh no!  The molded hands.  GAH!  I was so worried when I saw these.  This is the stuff we see on the little Legion Class figures, not the larger Deluxe figures.   Though it would have been nice to have actual hands, it is apparent that the underside of the Lamborghini is very limited in space.  I will let this one go.  At least there is a swivel in the elbow, so he doesn’t have to hold the gun gangsta style.

I think i would be rather upset if I spent all the money to get a Lamborghini Aventador and this is the color. I had to look up the colors they come in, and there are some amazing colors.  Granted, Lockdown would not have looked good in the oranges, yellows, or reds, but maybe a better gun metal or a nicer silver color would have sufficed.  Maybe his is supposed to not care, and he is in primer.

Never the less, the actual car is quite amazing.   The breaks in the body to transform him into a robot follow pretty well with the body lines of the car.  And since it is a Lambo, there are a LOT of straight lines to follow.

We also get a windows down version of a Transformer.  Something we don’t get too often.

Never fear, the gun is here.   Add a little firepower to the Aventador and really take it to the Autobots.  Car vs. Car.  Nice!

I really like this figure.  There are a few problems with the robot design, skinny legs with a big torso, but this is something we have seen all too often with the “Bayformers.”  There is a whole lot that is right with this one.   And come on, he has a gun for a head.  Extra points there.


Transformers: Age of Extinction – Voyager Class – Autobot Hound (003) and Galvatron (004)

The third and fourth Voyager class figures for Age of Extinction could not be more different from one another.  Finally we get a bad guy (the first in 14 mainline figures I have so far).  Hound is armed to the teeth, while Galvatron only comes with one weapon.   Hound is pretty tricky to transform, and Galvatron carries the shell of the truck on his back.  Let’s look at these guys a little closer:

Hound:

Look at that array of weaponry.  We are lucky with some of the figures to get one weapon, and a place to put it when the figure is not holding it.  Here, Hound gets 8 weapons and a place to stash each of them.  He comes with a triple gattling gun, two shotguns, 4 hand guns, and a knife.

When all else fails, put them together into one giant weapon for mass destruction.  Maybe it would have been helpful for Hound to do this while he was fighting the enemy in China.

A place for everything.  One gun on his back, a knife on his chest.  Two shotguns under his arms, two hand guns on his hips, and two handguns on the insides of his legs.  What an awesome array of weapons.

Meanwhile, he also has a body.  He has a bit of a tricky transformation.  His forearms are covered in a rubbery material.  I am not a big fan of the rubber, I worry about how it will hold up over time, but it sure looks neat for now.   He has really good articulation, including hip swivel and movement in his feet.   He folds up really nice to make nearly all of the truck mode disappear.  Hasbro did a great job with Hound.

Turn him into his truck, and all of his robot mode disappears.  He of course has all of his weapons, but fear not, they all go somewhere here too.  Gattling gun on one side, two hand guns and shotguns on the other.  The two boot handguns stay there inside the body.  As for the knife, that was a bit tricky.  It can go under the body in one of the ports down there.

Galvatron:

You know Galvatron, the sort-of badguy with the hole in his chest.  No soul in there.  Quite a change from Hound.  He doesn’t have nearly the detail that Hound has.  The paint in minimal, but there are some good details on his body. The single color of his face makes it hard to see the details there.   He comes with a single cannon that shoots a projectile.

Hmmm, that is quite a backpack on Galvatron.  The movie characters are generally so thin, making their vehicle parts all but disappear.  It would be pretty hard in some cases, and this is one of them.  They opted to make a fairly accurate figure and then see what they could do about the truck.  What they did was make a fairly flat backpack (we have had worse with some of the Optimus figures in the past).  Tbis allowed them to make a truck cab that is quite clean and well executed.  The back part of the truck looks like his legs are stuck together, which is what they did.

That is a good looking truck.  Very accurate to the movie.

With the clean front half of the truck, the back half isn’t quite executed so well, but good enough.

I like these two.  Hound is way better than Galvatron, but there is something really cool about the super clean look of Galvatron’s truck mode.

 


Transformers: Age of Extinction – High Octane Bumblebee and Crosshairs

We are going to get away from the Dinobots for a bit here and look at a few of the vehicles.   Bumblebee, who we knew would have to be back, being a crowd favorite and all, and a new player, Crosshairs.

High Octane Bumblebee:

Bumblebee has been around from the start.  A fan favorite, he often has to step in and save the day to some extent, usually saving some humans or another.   It will be interesting to see how his job changes as he doesn’t have Sam to protect any more.

He has a huge amount of the car on his upper body.  Somehow he manages to stay slim like the scout he is.  There is a lot about him that still looks the same from the previous movies.  It is nice to see him not just reissued as a repainted version of a previous movie’s character.  The only drawback I have with him is the flick-fire missile on his arm.  We don’t need him to fire something (Crosshairs doesn’t, nor do any of the Dinobots).  The interest of the toy line is the fact that robots transform into vehicles, not that they fire little missiles.  In the case of Optimus Prime, they did a pretty good job of hiding the missile and the trigger, so that worked.  This one is not even removable.  If you take off the missile, he still has the launcher sticking out there.

One of the places I was most worried about was his back.   When I saw him in package, there was a lot of car’s top hanging down around his legs.  I was really worried that it was going to be left as one giant piece, and really mess with the overall design.  Thankfully, it was just the way he was packaged, so he would fit in the proper size bubble.   His roof folds over itself into a pretty tight backpack.

Finally Bee gets the Camaro treatment he was always meant to have.  I have nothing against the new Camaro design, I just know the writers of the first movie really wanted to go with this version of the Camaro when he was found by Sam, but there would be no way a kid would be able to own one of the most desired Camaros out there.  Flat black with a touch of yellow highlights.  He is lookin’ mean, and a great color choice for a scout.

Crosshairs:

Crosshairs has a very interesting face.  It looks like goggles on his head.  My overall impression of him in robot mode is that he is fine.   Nothing too special about him.   The shoulders are a little high, making it rather hard for him to see what is going on to the sides.    I do like that he comes with three guns.   He has this two-handed machine gun type weapon.  No, he can’t hold it with both hands.   He also comes with two smaller hand guns.  They fit into holes behind his side flairs.  Speaking of the side flairs, I am not impressed.  I am actually a lot worried about them. They are made of a rubber type material that folds from the car’s body and attaches into slots on his chest.  It looks like he is supposed to have these softer flairs that move when he moves.  I think it might be a Matrix kind of thing.

Here is the real problem with Crosshairs:

I thought we were done witht his lazy design garbage.  The hood of the car just sticks out back there.  I can’t imagine why they wouldn’t put a better hinge there to allow the hood to fold all the way up to Crosshair’s back.  Grrr!  Not to mention that the side flairs, from the side, look like the side of the car.  This is some pretty lazy designing.

When Crosshairs is transformed into vehicle mode, good things happen.  He looks so nice in vehicle mode. That is a sweet Corvette.  The colors work well together.   His transformation is a little tricky.  Again, they say, “Reverse direction to change to vehicle mode.”  I can’t imagine kids being able to follow those direction going backwards.

So, better in vehicle mode… until you put him next to another vehicle:

Why is he so stinkin’ HUGE!?!?!  He is about 50% too big sitting next to Bee.   In robot mode, they look good together.  What happened making him in vehicle mode?   They did it again, and messed with the overall design. Don’ they put these into computers or something?

Even next to Optimus he is too big.  Ah well.  He will probably spend is days in robot mode anyway.  I don’t like the rubber pieces being twisted up under the body.  I just don’t like the thought of them getting damaged.

 

Overall, a good start to the vehicles.  I assume we will get to see a lot more new vehicles as we continue toward the opening of the movie.  I already found Drift, waiting in the wings for his spotlight.  More to come…


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