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Blitzwing – Transformers: Generations Triple Changer

The third triple changer, Blitzwing.

This is how Blitzwing came out of the box.   You know, they have to fold them up a little differently to get them to fit inside a box.  Um, I think there is something highly inappropriately about the transformation.  😉

Back to our regularly scheduled review, here his is correctly set with the cannon set up.    He comes with a gun and a sword.  Generally, figures with so much going on are a little weak in a few areas.  With the two other figures, Sandstorm and Springer, there was not much going on there that was not good.   Unfortunately, with Blitzwing, there is a lot going wrong.   He is quite loose in the legs.  The feet look terrible, and they are not great for holding him up.   There is some stuff going on in the other modes as well.

I am liking the look of the jet overall.  Very Macross with the big backpack on the back.  I was able to get my nose closed, but there are some people that were not able to get it under the windshield.  I was a little worried about making the jet mode, as I had to really force the tab under the windshield.  I am afraid over time, the folded up body will destroy the tab.

The rear stabilizers are very loose, and want to flop all over the place.  The back end was kind of thrown together.  The feet are supposed to be the closed up kind that we see coming across from Macross to the Transformers Universe.  Too bad the feet are so thin, they don’t really make a quality engine back there.

Looking down, the wings are a bit on the weak side.  A little skinny.  That is not totally their fault in the design.  The wings fold-up when Blitzwing transforms into tank mode.  Overall, this is a pretty good mode.  There are some strange things going on here, but a decent jet.

My biggest problem in the jet mode, that also transfers the problem to the tank mode is the wrong piece.  It doesn’t happen too often, but I was given a wrong piece on the left stabilizer.  It is a second right wing.   That makes it upside down in jet mode.   In tank mode, it fold up the wrong direction.

Finally, in tank mode, Blitzwing is looking realy good… from the front.   It is really cool, how well he folds up, and doesn’t look like a triple changer… from the front.    In the back, the engine/feet are just hanging out.   There is no good way of posing them to make them look like they are anything but annoying.   Guess we could just rip them off for this mode.  They do pull out of the post fairly easily.

Definitely third in the ranking of the three triple changers.  There are a lot of problems with Blitzwing that makes it hard for me to say “grab him.”   I would not want to steer you wrong on this one.   You need to really want this classic triple changer to make up for all of the negatives here.

 

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Sandstorm – Generations (Triple Changer)

When I got my hands on Springer, he became one of my favorite Transformers to date.  I knew I had to get Sandstorm as well, since they share the same basic body.  Of course, when they share the same body mold, they are generally looked at as brothers.  Of course not so much with Starscream, who seems to enjoy making clones.  These are of course Autotbots, so brothers they are.

With the same basic body, Sandstorm is a great figure, just like Springer.   He has a lot of differences, that make him really stand apart.  The lack of wheels in the legs is a big one.   He has smaller landing gear in the knees.  I like Springer’s longer gear a bit better.  The upper part of the body is very similar with a few exceptions, like the chest plate.  Springer has the yellow hood pieces which are longer over his shoulders.  They are fixed in place on Sandstorm.

And there is of course the VTOL engines.  Sandstorm also has a long piece on his back that is supposed to stick up, but it looked really weird, and tucked in so nicely on his back that I left it down.

The transformation into his VTOL mode is very straight forward.  He transforms almost the same as Springer, with the exception of the arms, which stay long along the side of the vehicle’s body.  Can’t get in the way of the VTOL engines.

Two different vehicles, but the similarities are apparent.  Not the same, but similar.  It is really good to see how differently Hasbro made the two vehicles.

PITB mode. (Pain in the Butt).  The directions were a little vague to get from one step to the next.  The transformation for Sandstorm’s car mode is not as straight forward as Springer’s car mode.  There are a lot more parts to move around, but he is one tough vehicle when he is done.   I like how the VTOL’s tail becomes window covers for the side windows.   The back wheels lock tightly into place, really holding together the back half of the car.

Again, I am amazed, and happy to see how they can take what was going to be a slightly different figure, and make a totally different vehicle.  Sandstorm looks so much larger than Springer.  The back wheels might be a touch on the big side, but oh well. I can live with that.

Overall, a couple of tough guys.  Great robot modes, and very nice vehicle modes.  The vehicle modes are made better by the great differences they have from one another.   This is not just a simple repaint that we tend to see with Transformers, but a very nice retool of a whole mess of the original parts.


Transformers Generations – Autobot Springer (Triple Changer)

Our second Springer in the Generations line.  This time around, Springer is a Triple Changer.  It has been a while, but we are getting triple changers, and not just that, but they are Voyager Class, which means bigger.  And when we are talking triple changers, bigger IS better.

Springer, sporting the green and yellow, is looking good.  He has a whole lot of extra stuff all over him.  In robot mode, you can tell he can change into more than just one vehicle.  He has wheels on his arms and legs, wings on his legs and forearms.  I am really happy with the way all of the parts fold up, but still create a robot more that has amazing articulation.

His first vehicle mode is a helicopter… just as Springer should be.   He is an interesting helicopter.  Kind of futuristic in a way.  This is what I would expect to see in an anime, maybe Appleseed.

From the back.  Very well done.  They did such a good job of trying to hide the wheels.

Vehicle mode 2, off road vehicle.  Again with a bit of a strange design.  Also kind of futuristic.  The front end is really weird with the nose being in three parts, but it has been growing on me.  Those big wheels roll really well.

From the back.    Could those be rockets to boost the speed?

Springer is a very well done figure.  His robot mode is by far the best.  Articulation is key with this guy.


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