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Beast Hunters Dreadwing

I would think he would have come with a new name to go with his new beast look.

He is a great looking figure. His wings expand in the back to create the fins that show above his head, giving him some extra height. I was bummed he come out in the Deluxe scale. He is supposed to be a big guy, going head to head with Optimus on many occasions.

He comes with a gun that fires missiles. He also comes with a chainsaw looking thing that can be attacked to the gun to make a larger weapon.

His jet mode is modified from his original jet mode, but keeps the same basic design. He has a bit of a hook nose like a bird of prey, and he has the big claws hanging off the back.

I am over being bummed every time I see feet hanging out the back of a Decepticon plane. I am just happy when they figure out how to integrate them into the plane instead.

(This is how he is supposed to be transformed. The shoulder pads go over the arms to sort of hide the greeble hanging down that we should not be able to see on a jet.)

(I like having the shoulder pads pulled up into place along the fuselage. It is not as if they are hiding anything by having them back along with the arms.)

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Abominus – Predacons Rising

You could spend a fortune to buy the 5-pack from Target that allows you to build Abominus. All you would get is this guy with clear pieces. I don’t think he is worth all the money he costs, and after building my own from the single Legion class figures that were released, I am glad I didn’t spend the money.


He was fun to try and build, but once again, when you try to make a figure that can do more than two things (robot, beast) you begin to degrade the quality of one or both forms.


In this case, Windrazor looks great.

Twinstrike fared well.

 

Hun-Gurrr is a pretty good character.

The two legs, Blight and Cindersaur, were the weakest of the bunch.  Especially Cindersaur.  That beast mode is terrible!!!


Wanna build your own, look here: http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Abominus_(Prime)

 

 

 


Transformers Prime: Beast Blade Optimus Prime

New color and a shield.  That is about all that is going on here with Beast Blade Optimus Prime.  But then again, it is enough.  There is something about this version of Optimus that really brings him into the world of Beast Hunters that his red/blue version could not.  While the other figures had changes to their designs, most of them also had some color changes to match.  Finally Optimus is in the mix.

In vehicle mode, he looks like he is ready to tear up the jungle.  I am not sure why the shield opens.  Maybe it is for flight, but I can’t see this brick flying through the air, especially without any engines to do so.   Still, it looks good, gives the appearance of some extra weight to the back, and helps to cover the arms that hang out back there.

An evolution of Optimus.  It is a big jump from the standard version to the Beast Hunter version, but with the not-so-subtle color changes, he looks like he is very different in the three Beast Hunters versions.  I am not totally sold on the bright green windows, as opposed to the darker black and red of the other two versions.  I think he would have looked great with the black.

An army of Optimus Primes.  You better hide Megatron!


Transformers: Prime – Beast Hunters – Megatron


Finally we get the big-man himself.  Megatron in all of his Beast Hunters glory.  I have seen it posted around that he is Sharkticon Megatron.  Not too far off with that gaping mouth on his chest.   I am really liking this design.  I started thinking at first that there was not a lot that was changed about Megatron from the first Prime version.  But on closer look, almost everything is different.   There are very few reused parts that were not tweaked in some way.   Very basic things like feet, upper arms, and thighs were kept the same, but not anything that matters.

Goodbye arm cannon, hello Tartarex Warp Sword.   Keeping the theme of having weapons that look like animals too, this one has that sharky face with a bit of a tail at the back.   The nice thing that we are trending toward now are weapons that transform, but they are not loaded with a spring, so they keep whatever mode you put them in.

Held in his hand… I know, I know, but Megatron does not hold anything in his hands other than the scrawny necks of his in-subordinates (read: Starscream).  He cannot really have an arm cannon this time around since he has the fins on his arm.   And in case you were worrying about the fact that the first Megatron had a sword along with his cannon, this one does too… and it is bigger.

Giant slicing blade on top, serrated at the bottom.  Kinda like a Swiss Army Knife from hell.   This is big, and definitely worthy of Megtron’s attention.

I was never a huge fan of Megatron’s spaceship mode, but this one is pretty good.  That ugly shark face forms the front which works great.  He also now has a head cover that looks way better than seeing his face peeking over the top edge of the ship.

Megatron is sporting a new Decepticon symbol.  It is as if the symbol itself has taken on a new animalistic look.

Overall, I am happy with Megatron.  Good look, different enough from the original to warrant buying him, and a little nod to the old days with a bit of Sharkticon in the design.


Transformers: Prime – Predacons Rising – Target Exclusive 2-Pack

There have been a few special decos showing up at Target stores as of late.  The newest is a special 2-pack featuring Optimus Prime and Predaking with new colors.  The box features “Predacons Rising”, the movie that is coming up soon.  Will we see yet another change in Optimus before this series is over?

The two figures are the same as in the Beast Hunters line, featuring the same weapons and body styles.   The change is in the paint.   I don’t know if I would have gone for this pack other than the fact that Optimus is sporting quite a good paint job that looks like he is a part of the Elite Guard.   There has not been a mention of the Elite Guard in this series so far, but we did hear quite a bit about it in Transformers: Animated.

Predaking is sporting more purple.  Ah, purple.  The go-to color for Transformers bad guys.  What is up with all of the purple Decepticons (and now Predacons)?  Anyway, he looks good with the purple.  These are the Commander Class figures, so a little bigger than the tiny Legion Class guys.  It is a nice scale since you get the small size, but you also get a lot more articulation.

These two are nearly the same size in robot mode.  Pretty close to the show’s proportions.

In beast mode, almost all of the orange Predaking sports all but disappears.  That is a nice touch.   I am not a huge fan of this mode for Predaking.  He has tiny back legs which makes him look like a bodybuilder that only works on his upper body.    His cannon also becomes his tail, so it just sticks out back there.

I like Optimus’ alternate mode a lot more.  This is one mean looking truck.  In this color scheme, it looks even better.

All in all, a couple of good figures.  Nothing too special here that would make you need to go on the hunt for them, unless you are a collector that is trying to get them all.  Target can really be hit or miss.  Finding some of the exclusive items can be quite difficult at times.  A little bit frustrating at times, but that is the fun of the hunt.


Transformers: Prime – Beast Hunters – Autobot Ratchet

Has our resident Autobot doctor finally gone mad remaking himself for battle in the Beast Hunters story line?

He sure does try hard, and he has taken upon himself to do the best he can with what he has.   Unfortunately with the rest of the team out in the field on assignments, he tends to experiment on himself.  Maybe you remember when he tried to experiment with the synthetic energon?  He went CRAZY!!!  Time will tell, or more likely episodes will tell, and we will see how Ratchet gets to be so different.

A little comparison of BH Ratchet to the original version.  Not so doctor looking any more.   I am bummed they traded in his scalpels for an arm-mounted gun.  It has something to do with firing a numbing agent and nanobots.  Not the best sounding weapon, but something I think we would see on Ratchet.   His body is quite a change in the torso.  He also has a few changes in the shins and feet.  A lot of the change has to do with coloring.

We are back to some of the marbled plastic we saw with the first few figures.  With Ratchet, we see the most changes around the hood, the rear fenders, and the back.   Unfortunately, the rest of the vehicle finally gets the orange coloring that Ratchet has in the show.  Why didn’t we see this in his first version?

The back end has some great detail.   With the pipes and the big engine that really goes deep with detail, this is my favorite part.    As with the other figures that are either Autobot or Decepticon, there is not a lot that is different.  Certain parts have been switched out to make the character new for Beast Hunters.  Hopefully we will get to see this reflected in the show.


Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters – Ultra Magnus and Grimwing

We have two new figures from the Beast Hunters line coming to us in the Voyager Class, 004 Grimwing and 005 Ultra Magnus.  When I picked up Ultra Magnus, I knew it was time I started to watch the show.  There are 9 episodes so far, with episode 10 coming on today.  I had to see if this Ultra Magnus was as much of a jerk as the others that keep popping up in the different series.  When he showed up, he was once again a “by the rules” kind of guy.  With Optimus dying and the other Autobots not knowing where he might be, they had to turn to Ultra Magnus for leadership, but it is hard to follow that hard-nosed leader when you have been under the command of Optimus.   Thankfully it looks like the Magnus is going to be a little more humble as he was under the command of Optimus Prime in the War for Cybertron, and he is willing to change.

Let’s take a look at Grimwing first:

 

Series 2 Voyager 004 Grimwing:

Who is Grimwing?  Well, we know he is a Predacon, and we know… not much else.  We are 9 episodes into the final season of Prime, and we have only seen one beast.  Hopefully that will change soon.  I can however tell you about this figure.  He is solid and well made, with one glaring error that makes his top half fall apart.  The beast head that forms the chest does not click or snap into anything, so if he is picked up by his chest, his head flips up and his arms fall open.  Not very good for playability.

Then we have his weapon.  It is some sort of claw that is mounted inside of a gun that looks like the head of a really angry eagle.  Kind of makes me sad when Hasbro did such a great job of incorporating the weapons into the beasts of Ripclaw and Lazerback.  That and the gun is so heavy it pulls the shoulder down away from the chest.

Beast Mode.  We get something that is kind of like a griffin.  In one of the episodes they talked about all of Earth’s folklore coming from the Predacons being on Earth so long ago.  Why wouldn’t they make an actual griffin?  There is not a great deal of transformation here to get him into beast mode.   At least his head stays on better in this mode.

From the back.  Squared off legs and no tail.  What the??  Okay, maybe a little more attention back here would have helped a bit.

Gah!  Darn you stupid cannon.  What a dumb design.  Into the box of other toy’s junk with you!

Oh, by the way, I think your time is up:

Watch out for that Hammer of Solis.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Grimwing facing off against Ultra Magnus.

Series 2 Voyager 005 Ultra Magnus:

I was surprised to see a jetpack coming with Ultra Magnus as he does not have one so far in the show.  This one does however look a lot like Optimus Prime’s new jetpack, so either Magnus gets to borrow it at some point, or maybe Ratchet starts to build some for the team to get some flight time.

Hammer of Solis and missiles in your shoulders.  That is a recipe for success.

Finally a well thought out backpack that allows everything to be stored back there.

Since Optimus Prime makes a bit of a change for Season 3, it is only right to bring in Ultra Magnus and have him use nearly the same body as Prime.   Of course he has the addition of the shoulder pads, and then there is a change in the chest that is also the windshield, a new head, and a bit of a change in the forearms.  Most everything else is the same.  To me, that is okay,  The changes that have taken place do make for quite a different figure.

In truck mode, we see UM in the long nosed truck that we are used to seeing since the movie franchise brought about a new direction for Prime.  Very similar in design to Prime in this mode too.  A few differences we will look at right now!

The only thing that I think hurts Ultra Magnus a little.  His giant shoulder pads do not have any place to go, so they stick out the back of the cab in a very weird position.  We will come back to this in a few pictures and talk about why this only hurts him a little bit.

From the front, they look almost identical.  The change in the windshield is pretty dramatic, also taking away the side mirrors  for something that looks a little tougher on Magnus.

From the side, you can see that maybe 3/4 of the cabs are the same.  A little change on the side of the hood for Magnus.  Maybe for attaching a weapon of some sort, or maybe it was going to be a port for some sort of Beast Hunters accessories.  You can also see there are two holes right at the back edge of the sleeper of the cab.  They reused the same piece that they used on Prime, but they did not put on the smoke stacks.  I think that is due to the jetpack not fitting on the back of Magnus if he had the smoke stacks in place.    Speaking of jetpacks:

Here’s where the shoulder pads are okay for Magnus in vehicle mode.  They blend in pretty well with the jetpack and are not nearly as noticeable when the jetpack is installed on the truck.  The Hammer of Solis has a great place to be kept as well, with the handle going into the back of the cab, it looks to be a part of the back section of the truck. Good job there Hasbro.

Prime has his new look, and he has Ultra Magnus as his second in command.  If Ultra Magnus can continue to come around and not be as hard-nosed as he started out to be, this is going to be quite a force.  And with the Predacons AND the Decepticons to deal with, the Autobots will need all of the help they can get!


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