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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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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.


Autobot Shuffler – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return (Titan Master)

Little Shuffler. A throwback to the Headmasters cartoon. Well almost. Shuffler was a toy back in 1987, but he was never in the show itself. He would transform from an elephant to a Headmaster.

The update for Titans Return is to give Shuffler a robot body, and give him an elephant vehicle. The vehicle looks a whole lot like Shuffler’s animal mode.

The robot mode of Shuffler looks a whole lot like Elephan, who actually did make it into the Headmasters cartoon. He worked alongside Leo, who of course turned into Battle Beasts in the US. Though a trimmed down version, he does have a lot of similarities to the Beastformer.

Shuffler’s elephant vehicle allows Shuffler to hide inside the body where he is well hidden. This vehicle is one of the larger Titan Master vehicles to allow a Titan Master to hide completely inside the vehicle.

The second mode is a tank. I like this mode a lot. It is funny to see the trunk turned into a cannon for the top of the turret. Shuffler rides on top, as may of the figures do on these smaller tanks.

The third mode is a gun. It is a bit of a strange gun. It has some power though. It looks to have 12 rocket launchers as well as two cannon ports. That is some good firepower.

Finally there is the head mode. This looks similar to that of the original Shuffler, but this new one is more streamlined, and a lot more menacing looking.

This is a great figure, with a fantastic vehicle. Great to have another good throwback figure to the original Headmaster line, and be able to link to both the toy line as well as the cartoon.


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.


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.

 


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.


Road Trip Finds

I was gone on a 21 day road trip with my wife and dog. We got a travel trailer and took it out on the maiden voyage. 21 days, 11 states, 4200 miles. Along the way I was able to stop in a plethora of WalMarts, Targets, a few Toys R Us’ and a couple of Walgreens. I even made it to a Fred Meyer in Oregon, which is owned by Krogers, so they had lots of Hot Wheels.

The tally of finds was:

Marvel Legends:
6 of the 7 Spider-Man Homecoming
The Walgreens Exclusive Invisible Woman
The Toys R Us Exclusive 2-pack Spider-Man and Mary Jane Watson

The Jim Lee Cyclops figure from the Warlock Series

Transformers:
Blitzwing (Voyager Class)
Octane (Voyager Class)
Bumblebee (Deluxe Movie)
Barricade (Deluxe Movie)
Berserker (Deluxe Movie)

Star Wars:
Tusken Raider (Sand People) (40th Anniversary Black Series)

Diecast:
10 Premium brands
Lightning McQueen (Target Exc)

13 Matchbox
75 Hot Wheels

 


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