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Chop Shop – Legends Class – Combiner Wars

Chop Shop is another Legends Class figure in the Combiner Wars line, within the Generations line, within the Transformers franchise. Wanted to see if you could keep up with all of that.  Overall, he is a great looking figure. They updated his original brown to more of a burnt red color, which looks a lot better than brown.

He is a really good size as a Legends scale figure. I like it when Hasbro actually makes the Legends figures in the scale they belong in. No more of Optimus or Megatrons in that little scale. We should be getting figures in three scales, and there should be thought as to which scale they work best in.

Originally out in 1985 with other Insecticons, he didn’t make a reappearance until 2013, when he was a tiny version that another Legends version of Megatron carried around with him, and pretended Chop Shop made a good gun.

Chop Shop is a natural figure they would want to make. He is a retool of Skrapnel from the earlier Generations line, and a bit of new paint, and a new head makes for an easy issue of this figure.  When most think of the Insecticons, they think of the black, purple and yellow guys. But there were other guys too. Chop Shop is one example. Hopefully we will see some more created in this great scale.


Megatron and Starscream – Generations Legends

We had Optimus Prime and Bumblebee in the small Legends scale, so why not Megatron and Starscream?

Megatron and Starscream are joined by Chop Shop and Waspinator.   I like the theme of the Insecticons as the sidekicks to the two main figures.

Megatron is most similarly designed after the terrible Classics line Megatron which shares a similarity of being a tank.   At less than half the size, the Legends Class Megatron is twice the bot that the other one is, taking too many attempts at gimmicks that wreck the figure.

Along with Chop Shop, Megatron makes for quite an overpowering brute… as we usually find him.   The color scheme is really well done, with the two tones of grey and the black that makes for a darker Megatron than usual.

In robot mode, Chop Shop is nothing more than a pair of scissors for Megatron’s arm (check my Flickr site for more pics).  Where he really stands out is as the new front end for an already daunting tank.   Well done here.

As for Starscream, this is a fantastic version of the flyer.  I would love to see this as a deluxe version.  Guns on the arms, powerful body, and the awesome Macross feet.  Can’t go wrong here.  Instantly recognizable with the red and blue color scheme, and just a few changes to make an updated version of Starscream.   Waspinator is… well, Waspinator.  He is unmistakable as well.   Not much to change him from wasp to robot.  The real fun comes with changing him to gun.

The gun is not the greatest execution, but he is a tiny little guy, so Hasbro gets points for trying, as well as making quite a cool bit of scissor action that you cannot see in robot mode before he flips all apart to make the long gun.  I think it would have been lots better if the gun handle had not been quite so long to start with.

Ah yes, secondary weapons used on jets.  They never work quite right… unless it is on Jetfire.  Waspinator is big and bulky, but I suspect he would create quite a blast.

In all, a couple of great little figures, and a couple of even smaller accessory figures.   These along with the pair of Autobots, make for fun little figures.  They are quick to transform, and fit easily on a shelf… or in a pocket for sneak photography.

Bumblebee took an International trip with me this summer, spending most every day in my pocket as we traveled around Italy.

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