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Diac and Optimus Prime – Transformers Generations – Titans Return (Voyager Class)

So, we already got a really good looking Leader Class Optimus Prime in the Titans Return line, so why did we get a second one? Well, that is probably because Hasbro decided to make Megatron a Voyager Class figure this time around. It is not very Autobot-like to be the bigger guy and pick a fight. So, they gave us Optimus in the smaller scale so he can fight Megatron with Doomshot.

Optimus is a triple changer this time around. Robot, fuel tanker truck, and jet. This is a case where a triple changer cannot work well three times. You can get one good mode, or maybe two good modes, but you are going to be hard pressed to get all three modes that work really well. Especially when the modes are distinct, and not a battle station of some sort like we have found with a lot of the Leader Class figures. Just like how Megatron was made using what will become Blitzwing, They used Octane to make Optimus Prime. It makes a lot more sense if you look at who is coming second in this line to understand that Hasbro is trying to cut costs by using the same base body a couple of times. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t.

Optimus Prime starts in his robot mode. He has some mighty big shoulders. He is feeling his inner Ultra Magnus on this one. This design is based on the Laser Optimus Prime from the 1995 Generation 2 line, where he also had some big shoulders.


He comes with a blaster (that can of course hold a Titan Master) as well as a neon green sword.

It is hard to not compare this version of Optimus to the Powermaster version, since they are coming out in the same series, and they came out pretty close together. Even with the big shoulders, this version of Prime is a LOT shorter than the Powermaster, and a whole lot less robust to boot.

This Optimus comes with Diac. Diac is named for the Diaclone, which were the predecessors to the Transformers. I love that Hasbro is paying homage to the pre-Transformers line that eventually created the world of Transformers we know today. Back then there were some mish-mashed figures that were out of scale from one another since they were from different lines, brought together. But here we are so many years later under one umbrella of greatness.

Looking at Optimus’ back, it is clear this is no robot to truck transformation we are going to see. There is something more going on, and it looks like it is going to be a plane.

Yup, it was a plane. Not a great plane, but a plane nonetheless. What we end up with is a strange concoction of parts that do form a plane of some sort. Is it supposed to be a fighter jet, a passenger jet, or something inbetween? It is hard to tell.

The wings are extremely short on this plane. That is where we start to get into the trouble areas of having triple changers. The wings have to fold away in another mode, so they have to stay within a certain size, causing some visual troubles. On top of that, there is a ton of greeble on the back half of the plane, making it look extremely heavy back there, and not very aerodynamic.

Moving to the back of the plane, it is powered by just one little jet. It would be hard to move a brick like this, much less with such a small engine. Oh well, can’t win them all.

There is a cockpit way back there that allows Diac to fly the plane. It is too bad the cockpit at the front doesn’t work for that purpose, but with the way the nose is made, there is no room.

There are two ways the weapons can be attached, First is near the nose of the plane. The gun fits in one side, and the sword on the other. Yet more ways to kill the aerodynamics of the plane.

The other option is to mount the two weapons together on the top of the plane and allow Diac to get a little air as well. This looks a bit better, than the side mounting alternative.

Onto the truck. Optimus has been a lot of trucks in his time. Back in 1995, Laser Optimus Prime was reimagined as a tanker truck, and this became one of the fan favorite designs of all time. In that version, the robot and the trailer were detachable, so Optimus could be a robot and have a battle station. This time around, it is all one unit. Unfortunately that means there is no bending between the truck and the trailer, so he is one solid unit.

The truck features a chrome tanker, a very nice nod to the Laser version. No flame throwing Prime on the side though. Fear not, if you want the flaming Prime version, it is coming out in a Toys R Us Exclusive 5-pack with Optimus being black and listed as Laser Optimus Prime. Once again, Diac rides in the same cockpit, this time flipping around in the seat to face the other direction.

The weapons mount on the sides in this mode as well.

 

Overall, not the greatest triple changer we have. When we look at Megatron, you will see a triple changer that works well, and looks right. There were just too many differences shoved into this guy to work properly. They were making Megatron a triple changer, and they wanted to do the same for Optimus. They found a figure they could use (Octane) to create Laser Optimus as well as Octane, and have at least 3 versions of the figure being used (Optimus, Laser Optimus, and Octane), to help cut costs. This is not my favorite Optimus, and he will probably live life on the shelf as a robot. Powermaster Optimus Prime will be my main Titans Return guy.


Alpine Strike Autobot Drift – Transformers: Robots in Disguise

Autobot Drift. How many Drifts can we possibly have in the Robots in Disguise series? Well, three in the Warrior class, one in the Legion Class, and one Mini-Con Deployer. That is so far. Might we see more? Who knows.

We started off with the orange version. That was standard for the show. Then we got Blizzard Strike. Paint him two-tone blue. Gotcha. I can get behind clear wheels. Now we have Alpine Strike. Basically repainted to be in his IDW comics red and white version. But why “Alpine Strike”? Maybe because he is white.

Anyway, this is the same figure we have seen twice before. He is one of the best of the Robots in Disguise series of figures. He has two swords, and features a really good transformation.

The paint is well done and does pay homage to the IDW origin of Drift. Each iteration of the figure has paint apps highlighting different aspects of the character. There is a lot of good molded features for them to touch upon.


Bumblebee – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return – Legends Class

Oh good, another Bumblebee. HAHA!!! A fan favorite, he is often used a lot. In my collection I have 36 Bumblebees of differing sizes and styles (and that does not include the plethora of other figures that are repaints and remodels of Bee). Our long living Autobot saw life way back in 1984 as a Micro Change Volkswagen Beetle. Of course, he was the Beetle in the show as well. His first big change came in 2006 when he was released as a hatchback of Hasbro’s design. Not working with VW anymore, they kept the idea of Bee alive, but without the Beetle influence. Once the Transformers movie came out in 2007, Bee was reimagined as a Camaro, and he stayed his larger self for a long time. It even influenced his look in the Robots in Disguise and Prime TV shows.

Now we are running the nostalgia train, and the Generations line has streamlined the figures to look as close to their G1 counterparts as possible. That means Bee is going back to his roots, and getting that little car makeover yet again. He is back to a hatchback, and that means he is going to be super cute in robot mode too.

Back is the cute round face with the horns. Back is the insignia on the round chest. Short legs, and bubbly arms return as well. This is the classic Bee we have needed in the Generations line.

From behind, you can see he is really clean. I am amazed at how well he folds down. There is a lot of car folded into that torso area.

It is good for Bee to hang out with Wheelie. They both saw themselves swell beyond their regular heights over the course of the Generations line. They are both back to being their smaller selves in the Legends Class. They can go scout together.

In vehicle mode, you can see that cute little hatchback in all his glory. It is a tiny two door. As with the first redesign of Bee, this one has some go-faster details, like a longer front clip, a spoiler on the back, and really tall wheels filling the wells.

Bumblebee is a part of Titans Return, so he should be able to hold a Titan Master… and he can. The back end flips up with the entire roof attached. That allows a Titan Master to ride in style.

Who would have thought Bee would be able to take Brawn for a ride?

Who would have thought Bee would be able to take Brawn for a ride?

It is really amazing how these vehicles were designed to allow something like this to occur, as well as being able to transform. Remember, this is where all of the back end was stuffed when Bee is in robot mode. Now there is a tiny little driver in there.

When I was shooting the car, I noticed his license plate that reads “100 STRA”. I knew it looked familiar, but I couldn’t place it at the time. Later I was in my room, and I have a big movie Bumblebee on a shelf, and the license plate on his crotch reads “900 STRA.” So a little homage paid to his movie counterpart as a license plate. Nice.

It is really great that Habro has done such a good job of combining the forces of the Titans Return. They have figured out a way to include the Legends figures into game plan, and not left to the wayside as just some extra figures at a lower price point. Wheelie and Bumblebee are the best examples with actual cockpits for the Titan Master to ride in.

This was a great third wave of the Titans Returns Legends Class. Don’t feel too bad for the Autobots, with only one new figure this wave compared to two Decepticons. In the next two waves, it looks like we will get two Autobots in each wave, and no Decepticons. But then again it looks like the Cons are going to be focusing on the Voyager and Leader Classes with some big hitters, not to mention Trypticon who will rival Fort Max for the king of the Titans.


Autobot Throttle and Autobot Breakaway – Transformers: Generation – Titans Return – Deluxe Wave 3 Complete

Oh, here we go again with the copyright stuff. They call the guy “Autobot Breakaway”, though he was really Getaway. It seems that if you are going to all of the trouble to call him “Autobot ___” then you should be able to use “Getaway.” I will never understand the copyright laws. In the meantime, Throttle was renamed from Getaways Powermaster counterpart, Rev. A robot that turns into an engine named “Rev” is perfect. Throttle is good too, though this time around he is a head, not an engine.

At first look, you know there is something familiar about this bot. Not that long ago, just the l last wave as coincidence would have it, we had another bot that looked very similar. And by similar, I mead the same except for a different Titan Master, and a different paint scheme. That bot was the one and only Chromedome. It has to be hard to be the follow-up character to someone like Chromedome.

The really cool thing about Breakaway is that the paint was applied in such a way that he looks very different from Chromedome. The accent colors accent different parts of the really well done armor.

Breakaway again shares the same weapons as Chromedome, who shares them, and a few armor parts with Blurr. It would be nice if we could at least get a new gun here or there, especially the terrible flat gun they all get for the Titan Master to ride in.

The last three Titan Masters we looked at, Firedrive, Daburu, and Blowpipe, all looked like their G1 counterparts. This time around, Throttle looks nothing like his Powermaster version. The colors are wrong, and the mold is not right. It could not have been further from the original. And we were doing so well with this wave. Not that that is such a big thing. It is quite a change from a Powermaster to a Titan Master, os we have to give them some leeway there.

Transforming Breakaway into his vehicle mode is the same as Chromedome (no surprise there). I think he ends up being a better looking sports car. He is mostly white, but he has some added paint details in red and blue. He is so patriotic for being a Cybertonian. He even has the yellow sun protector above the windshield that he had on his G1 version.

As with his brother, Breakaway has a cockpit that sits one. I still think the canopy opening in the way it does is quite remarkable, a really cool feature.

The guns can be mounted on the roof, which is a nice nod to the G1 version, which could do the same.

I feel like the only thing these guys are missing are spoilers on the trunks. It would have given them that little extra something that we got in the 80s.

The team is all built for Wave 3. Three Autobots and a Decepticon. There is one more wave coming that has been announced, and they are ALL Autobots, so I think the Cons should start to be a little worried, but the Cons do have Tripticon coming some time this year.


Daburu & Autobot Twinferno – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return

Twinferno is an interesting choice of figures in this wave. 30 years in service, and he has not changed much. He still wields two heads as hands. Originally a part of the Monsterbots when he was known as Doublecross, he now finds himself again transforming into a two-headed dragon. He was a part of the Headmaster cartoon, but as far as I can tell, he never did have the Headmaster capabilities. Instead he had two heads that tended to not get along, chastising one another for being dumb. I am sure things are a lot better now that there are two dragon heads, as well as a Titan master. 😉

In robot mode, Twinferno looks like a really nice upgrade to the 1987 version. The colors match with their placement. Mostly grey and black with a touch of white and red here and there.

In the original version, he came with a “rust-ray” rifle. This time around, he comes with dual shoulder-mounted blasters. They peg in on his shoulders.

Because of the placement of the guns on the shoulders, when he moves his arms, the cannons move with the shoulder, and stay out of the way. Now he can shoot you, or bite you.

Not time to fight? Well, the guns can be mounted on his back as well.

Twinferno comes with Daburu, or sometimes knowns as Daburu Leo. He is actually modeled after White Leo, who was a Beastformer, also from 1987. As with Twinferno, this is the first time we have seen him in toy form since 1987. Here in the United States, we did not know them as Beastformers, we knew them as Battle Beasts. And boy did I love my Battle Beasts.

Daburu has some more color on him than most of the Titan Masters we have so far. He has a black toros with grey upper thighs and white everywhere else. I think he definitely needs a touch of blue here and there to connect him to White Leo.

A pretty fun transformation later, and Twinferno becomes a two-headed dragon. His body is pretty wide compared to the rest of his body. He also has a short stumpy tail. Unless the Transformers dragons come with a sword, used as a tail, they tend to have short tails, so this is not a big surprise. He has good movement in the neck, so there is some playability in this mode.

Daburu can sit in a cockpit in Twinferno’s chest. This seems to be standard for our Beastformers in this line.

Though Twinferno has plenty of bite with two heads, that probably still breath fire, his cannons can be mounted to his back for extra firepower.

There is a nice post hole in the belly of Twinferno to allow some flying poses. I used my Bandai Tamashii Stage Act.4 stand, and the post at the end fits well into the hole in the belly. Daburu can feel the wind in his mane as he rides up there on top of the twin-cannons.

 

I was more happy with Twinferno than I thought I would be. The beast mode Transformers rank pretty low on my list of favorites. They tend to lose something by being able to transforms into a beast of some sort. This time around, they did a really good job. Of course, Twinferno doesn’t have hands in order to have two heads, but that is something that gives him a unique look that is pretty fun.


Firedrive and Autobot Hot Rod – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return

Hot Rod has been a favorite character of mine for as long as I can remember. I have always been partial to leaders like Optimus Prime, and characters who live beyond their potential like Bumblebee. Hot Rod encompassed both of those. I like the idea of an unwilling hero being thrust into the spotlight and forced to lead.

Hot Rod comes with a pair of blasters that are mirrors of one another. It is clear by the way they are made, that they combine and have a tub for Firedrive to ride in.

The blasters are usable when they are together, though it is a bit hard for Hot Rod to hold onto both handles this way. His arms just do not want to bend like that.

Hot Rod is teams up with Firedrive. He looks like the anti-Hot Rod. While Hot Rod runs around with red, orange, and yellow paint, looking all bright and cool, Firedrive is grey. Firedrive’s name is taken from Hot Rod’s Targetmaster partner Firebolt, back in 1987 (yes that would be 30 years ago).

I do like this little guy. He is pretty much like all of the rest of the Titan Masters, with arm, head, hip, and knee movement. Nothing too special here, but I like how tiny they are.

When Hot Rod transforms, he is in his element. He forms his sports car. And not just any sports car, one with a HUGE spoiler on the trunk. That will allow for some major downforce. Add in the six side pipes, and he is living up to his name.

The cockpit allows for the seating of one Titan Master. Firedrive will feel right at home in the grey interior.

The car is so nice and sleek, very similar to the G1 version of Hot Rod, and pretty much all of the other versions too. He is one guy you just don’t mess with the design of.

The gun can be mounted on the sides of the car with ports right behind the front wheels. They are low, and stick out past the front rather far.

Put the guns together, and Firedrive has a place to ride high with some major fire power. This is a nice twin-cannon nod to his Targetmaster version where he rode with Firebolt who also mounted to his hood.


Transformers: Robots in Disgise – Autobot Ratchet

Robots in Disguise really ties in well with Prime. Last we saw of Ratchet, he was on Cybertron as it was rebuilding, without a leader, and without a job to do.

Some time later, we find him coming back to Earth. He went from being a moderately boring ambulance, to becoming the world’s most boring panel truck.

In robot mode, we get what looks similar to Prime Ratchet. That is not a big surprise. I forgot to fold in the truck sides in these shots, so it looks like he has wings. He does not in fact have wings, he was just packed this way to fit inside the box.

I remembered to close his back this time!

I remembered to close his back this time!

He comes with a pair of pistols. I love me some dual handguns with the Transformers. These look really good. They are a nice design with a boxy shape that differs from so many round barreled guns.

The pistols can be stored in his back for safe keeping while he is in robot mode. These do not work in vehicle mode. He has a few other post holes around the legs to store the guns too.

When we transform him into the truck, I am getting a Strongarm vibe here. I haven’t gotten the new Strongarm, but I think these are based on the same body. They are going to have to do a lot of retooling for the body parts, but they are both trucks, so that would make sense. We will see.

The truck is SO boring!! No design at all on the entire truck other than a few red parts around the bottom and the roof. It looks like he is a vehicle sitting on a lot at the Ford dealership waiting for a company to buy him and add their company logo. Strange choice. At least the Prime Ratchet had some striped down the sides.

When we turn him over, he is fairly hollow. There are a lot of parts that fold into each other, especially in the legs. That leaves a lot or extra room. It is a good thing since it allows the legs to be left open and the blasters can be stored away.

Overall, the robot mode is really well done. I like having storage for the guns, and it looks like Ratchet. The vehicle mode is well done, other than it being so golly gosh darn boring. It is good to see Ratchet again.


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