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Dinobot Slug – Transformers: Generations – Power of the Primes (Deluxe Class Wave 1)

A bit ago, we looked at Slash, the newest member of the Dinobots. Today we are looking at Slug. Oh why did we have to move away from “Slag”? Wouldn’t you like to have your name be a bad word too? Ah well, alas, we have Slug. We saw him with this name in Age of Extinction, and it stuck around.

Straight up you can see there is the grey, gold, and red that we know and love of the Dinobots. Lacking is the wonderful chrome that decorated the G1 Dinobots. Maybe someday we will see a recolored version of the set.

Slug comes with a blaster (not a proper sword from G1), and Prime Armor. I have to say, I am impressed with this Prime Armor already. The knuckles of the fist are spiked, just the way Volcanicus is going to like it.

Wearing his Prime Armor and teaming up with Micronus, Slug is able to share his fire breathing power with another warrior. Can you imagine Optimus Prime breathing fire? Well I am sure it will only ever be in your dreams, since Slug hates Optimus, and probably wouldn’t share his power…ever.

Standing alongside Slash, you can see how slight the scout is compared to the other Dinobots. That is what you get with a size change from Legends to Deluxe.

And then there is the Triceratops mode. It is not bad. I like the head a whole lot. That gold inside the clear plastic looks great. And the fins around the head look really close to the G1 version, though this set lays back a lot more.

There is something weird going on with the back legs. I don’t know if he is getting ready to jump, or take a poop. It would have been so much better if the legs were slightly less bent.

And as with the other figures in this series, Slug can hold onto his Prime Armor in beast mode, though it is kind of silly up there on top of his back. Maybe if they looked a bit more like cannons like some of the other Prime Armors, it would be a bit more fetching. The gun can also be attached to the peg hole on either hip.

Of course, what I am really excited about is forming Volcanicus. Slug becomes the right arm of the Combiner, which we will get to after the second wave of figures gives us the rest of the Dinobots.

Overall, I am happy with Slug (name and pooping stance aside). I can’t wait to have the whole team assembled and fighting together. It has been a LONG time since we have seen them all together (not including the movies). This gives me hope of some really great figures to come.

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Wingspan and Cloudraker – Transformers: Generations – Titans Returns – Wingspan and Cloudraker (Walgreens Exclusive)

We are in the midst of Power of the Primes, but we are not done with Titans Masters yet. A bunch of weeks ago, I was in San Francisco. The day after Black Friday, my wife and I were walking around town getting ready for breakfast. We stopped in at a fantastic greasy spoon we have gone to before. The line was extremely long. Across the street and down half a block was the glowing cursive ‘w’ of Walgreens. My wife said, “We have to wait a bit, why don’t you go take a look around Walgreens and I will hold our spot.” I don’t have to be told twice. Waving my goodbye and “thanks,” I headed in. I didn’t expect a whole lot, since it was in the middle of the city, and the Walgreens tend to be a lot lighter on goods in the big cities. But to my amazement, they had this Titans Return 2-pack of Wingspan and Cloudraker.

So, the figures are about Legends Class size, and it actually says so on the packaging. In the past, many of the special sets like this left the buyer guessing at the Class. Not this time.

Out of the box, the two guys are very similar. They share some of the same transformation, but they do not look like typical “brothers.” I like the colors. Wingspan has a purple and teal color scheme going on with touches of white and hot pink. Cloudraker seems to be a little more put together with red and cream with a touch of black on the legs/wings.

From the back, Wingspan has giant gaping holes in the back of his legs… something we have not seen a lot with some really clever transformation. Like with his box mate, Cloudraker, who has wings that covers over his holes. But then he has a funky looking backpack that shows a lot of empty parts under the nose of the ship.

Cloudraker transforms into a spaceship of some sort. Clearly a light fighter, since he is a little guy, he has high engines like a lot of the Cybertronian jets we have seen in the Titans Returns line.

It is an okay ship, though there are a lot of parts that are recognizable as body parts.

Wingspan, clearly named for his wider wingspan than Cloudraker, transforms into a bird of prey. We did not get a whole lot of Beastformers in the Titans Returns line.

Wingspan does a good job transforming. Most of the parts are well hidden, with the bulk transfering to the underside of the body, helping to hide the.

Here we have it. A couple of flying robots. I would rather have seen two more similarly themed figures, as opposed to one hawk and one space ship.  They even have spots for Titan Masters to sit, though I could not get one to ride Wingspan very well.

 

I love that Walgreens keeps getting lots of exclusives, quickly becoming one of my favorite spots to find exclusives. I can’t wait to see what I find there next.


Transformers: Generations – Titans Return: Gatorface and Decepticon Krok (Deluxe Class)

So this is a weird figure to go back into the vault for. Back in 1990 the Transformers franchise was coming to an end. They went with a new idea of “Action Masters” who were Transformers who lost the ability to transform because of the use of a powerful fuel source called Nucleon. The fuel gives strength to a mechanoid being, but at a cost. There is always a cost.
One of the figures to come out in that line was Krok. He was apparently a mecha-soccer player who had played for centuries. He had a sidekick Gatoraider. Nice! A soccer player with a sidekick almost named Gatorade.

Anyway, flash forward to 2017. We had Grax and Skullmasher, so why not do a recolor and reintroduce Krok, now the the ability to transform into a crocodile.

He is pretty much exactly like Skullsmasher, but with some new coloring. And boy is it wild. Black, purple and neon yellow, with touches of pink here and there.

That head is terrible looking. It is so boxy. I don’t think it had to be quite so cubicle, but whatever. This is what we get.

Krok comes with Gatorface, who surprise surprise, could not keep the name Gatoraider. Neon yellow and purple. Not much to see here. Moving on.

Comparing Krok next to Skullsmasher, it shows how a repaint can really change the overall look of a character. I do see that Skullsmasher has quite a squared off noggin too.

Transforming into Beast-mode, and we get… another crocodile. I do like the design a lot. This model is a lot of fun to play with, with the moving legs and the opening mouth with twisting head.

The neon yellow carried into his mouth with a bit of a translucent green color. The color is up in the eyes and forehead as well as the cockpit hatch on his back.

I don’t think we really needed a second crocodile on the Decepticon side. I don’t know of too many good guys that are crocodiles, so it is probably a good thing they did not try to shoehorn one onto the Autobot side.

Krok and Gatorface is another repaint. If you liked Skullsmasher, you will like this guy too. The colors are a bit extreme, so he will definitely stand out on your shelf. Unless you are a completist or superfan, you probably don’t need him. I like him even more after learning about the Action Master line of non-tranforming Transformers. Silliness.


Springload – Transformers: Robots in Disguise – Legion Class

The Robots in Disguise line has not been fantastic in my eyes. Their Warrior Class is a simplified version of the Deluxe Class we have been seeing in the Generations line. The idea was to make a cheaper line of figures that parents would want to buy their kids. It really hasn’t happened that way. Most of the time, the figures in the RiD line are just as much as the Generations line, and they do not have the detail and precision.

For the most part, the entire line of RiD is simplified, with one-step and three-step changers taking a lot of room on the pegs at the store. And then there is the Legion Class. Tiny versions of figures we have in larger, better looking scales. Occasionally though, a figure comes along that really makes sense.

In this case, Springload. Originally we saw him as a one-step changer. The problem with that one was that the vehicle looked like a dune buggy, not the truck he is in the show. That is pretty terrible. Now we have a more show accurate version in the Legion Class.

Springload looks like a truck, so that is a nice bonus for him. He is not really this small in the show compared to other characters, but as a little frog guy, it works in the toy line.

When he transforms, he really comes alive. I am really impressed with the level of engineering that went into making this little guy. There are a lot of parts that fold up really well to get a square truck to turn into a round frog.

He has a whole lot of articulation to boot, which is both amazing and impressive. He is my new favorite figure in the line. He is a lot of fun to play with, and interacts well with other characters. When I first saw the horrible one-step version, I prepared myself to never see a good version of Springload. And then he suddenly appeared. A welcome sight to be sure.


Kickback – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return – Legends Class

FINALLY the Insecticon team is complete!!! Skrapnel came out first, way back in the Generations: Thrilling 30 line back in 2013-14. From there, we got Bombshell in the very first wave of Combiner Wars in 2015. Now with Titans Return we have completed the team with Kickback. Three team members spread over a little more than three years. That is a long time to wait. Was it worth it?

It was. Kickback looks great. And even though these are three figures from three different sub-lines, they work so well together, and they all have that great G1 look to them, but with the articulation of a modern figure.

Kickback comes out of the package in his robot mode. That is not a surprise. Not a lot of kids are going to yell to mom and dad that they want a grasshopper toy. He is folded flat in the box, but with a few twists, his wings prominently stick up and help give him a little extra height.

He does not come with a gun like he did with his G1 toy. This time around, he has to rely on his name sake, and kick the Autobot back to wherever he came from.

His robot mode is great, but what makes these three even better is their unique transformation into giant bugs. Kickback is fairly well folded up in robot mode, and you cannot really tell what kind of bug he is, though you can definitely tell he is a bug. The transformation is pretty fun to get him transformed into a giant grasshopper. His wings are once again the main focus here. They have good movement to allow for playability in this mode. His back legs also have good articulation to allow for some super Kickback kicks.

This, being a part of the Titan’s Return line, has a cockpit of sorts to allow a Titan Master to ride on his back. The little Titan Master does not go in very far.

Together, the team looks great. For being over the course of three years, it is amazing how well these three match. The purple and yellow match well.

I am really happy with this guy. Again a great figure to make in the Legends scale.


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