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Protectobot Groove – Transformers: Generations – Combiner Wars

We are going to go back in time a little bit today. Back to the days before the Titans Returned. Back in the days of the Combiner Wars. One G1 figure that was left out of the lineup was Groove. What a shame it was too. It seems like Hasbro made the choice of not creating the gigantic motorcycle for the Protectobots, instead going with the new character Rook. Instead, they made Groove a much smaller, more inscale Legends class figure. That did not sit right with a lot of people, since Groove was one of Defensor’s legs way back in 1986 when the Combiners first appeared.

While we were getting a tiny version of Groove here in the US in 2015, in Japan, they were getting a really great version of Groove. Finally in 2016 the US got their Groove with some strange release methods. I ended up getting him online for a killer price. One day he was $45, and then I saw him for $16.99. He has stayed that price on Amazon for a while now, and I can tell you he is worth it!

In a strange turn of events, the back of the packaging says Protectobot Groove is a part of the Sky Reign team. Umm, his name is “Protectobot” Groove. What are they thinking? Of course he is a part of Defensor and the Protectobot team. Crazy I tell you. At least they show him as the correct appendage.

Straight off, Groove looks great. He is well detailed, and has lots of good paint apps. White, gold and silver make up most of his coloring with touches of black here and there.

He comes with THREE guns. He has two blasters, equipped with police lights on the top. He also comes with the hand/foot gun that has the dual gatling guns.

From the back, you can see he is definitely a motorcycle. There is a bit of a backpack back there. As we have seen many times before, there is not really a great place to hide a motorcycle’s front wheel.

Transforming him is about as easy as the rest of the Combiner Wars figures. They are all pretty straight forward. Groove looks great in bike mode. He is about the same size as Wreck-Gar, so while he is out of scale with the rest of the vehicles, it allows another robot to ride him.

I cannot get over how cool the guns are. The red lights are the best. At the bottom, the gun handles are clear, so they are probably not supposed to be there when in bike mode. They would have blended in better with the bike without the handles sticking down there. I think that is a Tomy touch that carried back to the US and the Hasbro team.

There is a lot going on here at the front of the bike. This could have just been a sticker or a splash of silver paint, but this is a Tomy motorcycle, so there is a painted light, with clear plastic over it. He has a blue windshield, and clear red lights on the side. These are such fantastic fine details.

I am skipping Sky Reign, who they claim he belongs to, and going right to Defensor, who I know he actually belongs to.

As with most of the appendages for the Combiners, there is not a lot of parts to move to go from vehicle to body part. The legs are generally the easiest of all. As with the others, Groove can become either an arm or a leg. He was a leg back in the day, so a leg he will be again.

Finally Defensor can be put together the right way. Rook has been omitted from the line-up. First Aid moved from the right leg, to the left arm, and Groove took his rightful place as the right leg. All is right with the world.

Except for poor Rook. He is now a Combiner without a team. He is a good guy, so he will be able to stay on the team as backup.

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Pipes – Combiner Wars – Legends Class

I am glad these last few Combiner Wars guys are still floating around. It probably isn’t terribly important for me to get my hands on Pipes, but he is different enough that he seemed worth tracking down.

This is by no means a new mold. We first saw this body in the Generations line back in 2013 with Optimus Prime. Later it made a comeback with a new head and a new paint scheme as Huffer earlier in the Combiner Wars line. Now we see it one more time as Pipes with a whole body repaint.

Just like the original G1 release of Pipes, he was a repaint of Huffer, so this made sense. It also makes sense that they are smaller scale trucks, just as they were back in the G1.

The color scheme is bright, with the blue and silver, and a touch of red. Having the red face gives him a bit of a menacing looks. They took the red on his head a lot further than he had originally.

Ironically, the head of this version has no face plate. In the G1 line, he did, as he did on the show. It was Huffer that also had the face plate on the toy, but not on the show. So, they fixed Huffer by representing him, mask free, but now Pipes is wrong with a showing face. Oh well, whatcha gonna do?

These Legends scale figures are pretty good. They have better articulation than the Legion figures we had before Generations. Even though they are small, they are able to be posed. Some places they have trouble is in the transformation, when parts like the feet stick up in the back. Again, not much we can do about that.

Overall, an okay addition to the team. Must have? No. He is pretty forgettable. He will live on the shelf along with Huffer in Legends scale limbo as we move onto bigger and better figures.


Transformers: Combiner Wars – Voyager Wave 5 sighting at Discount

If you are like me, you probably didn’t need to hunt down all of the Voyager Class figures.  It becomes redundant when there aren’t enough Delixe figures to build a whole new Combiner. 

Well, I was at Marshall’s yesterday, and they had both Scattershot and Onslaught.   I got Onslaught initially, but I passed on Scattershot.

$14.99 was too good a deal to pass up, even if he won’t have any other extra figures to play with.  It was a vast improvement on the $24.99 at retail, even if Marshalls only thinks they go for $22.00.Keep your eyes peeled if you are headed to the discount stores. Good stuff hides there occasionally. 


Wreck-Gar – Transformers: Generations – Combiner Wars: Sky Reign

Wreck-Gar was originally supposed to be a part of Sky-Reign, even going so far as to have early box art that said as much. If you know the Combiner Wars line, Wreck-Gar can be used as a chest shield on Defensor, like Groove did in an earlier release. It seemed funny to do that, since there is no way to actually attach Wreck-Gar to Sky Reign’s chest.

Wreck-Gar is a retool of Groove. A retool in so far as a repaint with a new head attached. Not a whole lot of a retool there. The paint work is great, and really makes WG look quite different from Groove.  After getting Wreck-Gar for the first time in 2011 with a nearly flawless figure, a Legends Class figure is not a great way to follow it up. The robot mode is okay.

The Legends Class figures are better than the Legion Class figures, which are just way too small and lack the articulation. These figures at least have elbows and knees, and have some fun transformations.

I cannot say that this looks a whole lot like a motorcycle. It is a bit more like a giant scooter. I think it was probably pretty hard to get something in this scale to look like a good motorcycle. Leave that to the larger Deluxe scale from now on. Though we are going to potentially see this reused as Rust Dust for Victorian, and Override if you are after some of the Japanese releases.

Overall, I have been so happy with the Combiner Wars line. It has been very successful. With only a few hick-ups along the way, it is a great line.

And a side note.  Don’t join the Combiner Wars if you don’t have a Combiner to attach to…


Sky Lynx – Transformers: Combiner Wars

Sky Lynx was a hard guy to track down. Lots of parts to Sky Reign, but it was hard to find the main body, and cool dino bird that turns into a space shuttle.

Now if you are one who hates extra parts hanging off of their plane modes, Sky Lynx is going to make you blow your top.  He is one part futuristic space shuttle, and one part legs folded up. Now this is pretty much the way he was in the G1 show as well as the toy. It is hard to make a guy like this and have him fold up all that well.

What Hasbro did do was make him fold up well within the confines of what he is. The legs virtually disappear, with the claws hiding inside of what looks to be a very large cargo bay on the bottom of the shuttle.

Once you transform him, he is really a sight to behold. A Transformer that does not have a robot mode is something a bit rare. Sky Lynx turns into a dino bird type creature. He has great movement in the head and neck area. Don’t forget about his opening mouth. His four legs also pose very well. Lastly, his tail can also be posed to some extent, raising up and down.

The directions show hims with his wings folded back, but the wings can also be posed out straight for a wider wingspan.

 

As the team leader of Sky Reign he is the biggest member of the team. He is also the only member of team Sky Reign that is a flyer, which is a good advantage over other teams that are made up of all land based vehicles.

Once together, the Sky Reign team creates an impressive Combiner. Sky Reign has a lion’s head instead of a giant robot’s head. This is just one more difference that let’s Sky Lynx stand apart from the other Combiners.

When side by side, Sky Reign has taller shoulders but a shorter head, which puts him at about the same size as other Combiners.

Sky Lynx comes with two bladed weapons that are identical. They are not of a whole lot of use to Sky Lynx since he doesn’t have hands. They are used as a tail for Sky Lynx’s dino mode, and lasers in shuttle mode. There were no directions for what to do with them in the instructions, so I put them side by side and made a double sword. I found elsewhere online that you can double up the blades and make a really long blade that is more becoming of a giant Combiner.


Blast Off – Transformers Combiner Wars – Bruticus

It has been a long time coming, but I finally found Blast Off. I was on a little road trip this past weekend to visit my college town. On the way up, I stopped at a Walmart to see what I could find. There on the shelf was Blast Off, 200 miles from home, waiting for me.

I have had the rest of Bruticus for quite a while, but I could not seem to get my hands on this sneaky little flyer.

Blast Off is a standard robot. He is a retool of Quickslinger, and Firefly. He is color accurate to the 1986 G1 version with a mostly green body and purple chest.

Of course, compared to the G1 version, this one is bigger and has better articulation. He has all of the requisite movements for the Combiner Wars Deluxe figures including head, shoulders, elbows, hips and knees. He does not have any movement in the feet, which makes it a bit hard to make some poses.  He comes with a blaster rifle and a hand/foot gun. They work okay in robot mode, with the hand/foot gun being oversized, as it is with most of the Deluxe figures. We get to more of a problem with the guns in vehicle mode.

As soon as Blast Off was revealed, people came out of the woodwork with “But Blast Off is a space shuttle.” And I have to agree with them on this one. Generally I get the idea of repainting figures to keep costs down. But we have had some great remolds in the car based vehicles. We should get at least one in the plane based vehicles. If they can change Rook in to Swindle, they can certainly make Firefly into a space shuttle.  The jet is okay. This is the third time we have seen it, and you will see him again three more times if you are interested in getting the Generation 2 versions of all of the Combiners.

In jet mode, the top part is great. It looks like a stealth version of a Harrier Jump Jet. Down below, there is a LOT of robot body hanging around. Worse of all are the giant feet that hang down. They really needed to make the feet fold in somehow.

The weapons don’t really work with Blast Off too well. The blaster hands down pretty far, and is a bit clunky out there on the wing, but it works out pretty well. The hand/foot gun really makes a mess of the other side of Blast Off. The hand/foot guns just don’t work too well with the planes.

As Bruitcus’ right arm, Blast Off does a great job. The arm stays together very well, and holds it’s pose. Blast Off matches Brawl who is down on the left leg.

Bruticus is made up of a really good team. Two fliers, and three drivers. We can’t say he is too smart, but he is well rounded. And strong.

Up next, we are going to be finishing the other Combiner.  Same trip, different Walmart, and I found the other elusive figure.  Also a flyer by the way…


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.


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