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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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Decepticon Hazard and Blitzwing – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return (Voyager Class)

Well, here is the “not a big surprise” of the series. When we got Megatron a ways back, we knew that Blitzwing would not be far behind. And he wasn’t.

He looks great. Tan and purple with a bit of grey, and a bright yellow helmet for good measure. He comes with a cannon and a sword.

It hasn’t been that long (2013) since we saw the last Blitzwing, and that one was pretty good. This one also (and has to I guess) triple change from a robot to a tank and a jet.

He and his predecessor, Megatron look very similar, since Blitzwing is a retool. Not a very extensive one either. Pretty much a new head, chestplate, and non-removable cannon tip on the turret.

Blitzwing comes with the Titan Master Hazard. He is a retool of Doomshot, who was Megatron’s Titan Master. Of course this time coming with a different head attached to his back.

So, here we go with transformations. First up is the tank. This is the same as Megatron. He makes a good tank with a swiveling turret. The colors do not exactly scream “camouflage,” but then most of the Decepticons are not so worried about the “Robots in Disguise” part.

There is a cockpit on top of the turret that allows Hazard to ride up there and control the gun.

The two weapons can be mounted on the tank too. The gun gives extra firepower, while the sword just hangs out on the back. Maybe that helps with shielding.

Next up we have the jet. I love how the tank is more tan, while the jet is more purple. The overall look of the jet is well done.

It has a nice look, and the silver metallic stickers are very reminiscent of a time long past.

The tank turret sits pretty far down off the bottom. It is not very aerodynamic, but I am sure Blitzwing likes to have the extra fire power down under there.

 

This is another example of a triple changer that works. Many times, something gets bumped and there is a part of the triple change that looks terrible or forced. That did not happen here. I guess since Blitzwing has been a toy since 1985, Hasbro/TOMY has had a lot of time to make sure this works. And it does.


Soundwave – Transformers: Robots in Disguise (Warrior Class)

About 7 years ago to go along with the War for Cybertron game, Hasbro came out with a Generations Soundwave that was an SUV. They moved Soundwave away from the cassette player. Then the Prime TV show made Soundwave into a drone plane. Then a year later, Soundwave once again came out as an SUV, but this time in the Voyager class.

Now he has been brought out once again, this time in the Robots in Disguise line, and once again as an SUV. He looks similar to the War for Cybertron version, expect the head. The head looks like it is from Prime, which is fitting, since RiD is a continuation of that story line.

I like that they gave Soundwave the shoulder-mounted gun, much like the G1 version.

The transformation into the vehicle mode is fairly straightforward. If you are a collector of this line, you know that there are not going to be many amazing transformations involved in this line. Hasbro tended to go with a more simplistic approach with this line than they do with the Generations line.

Though the transformation is fairly simple, the vehicle is solid. It stays together well, and there are not lots of robot parts hanging off the vehicle. The gun sits way too high on the vehicle, but it can rotate up and down, as well as swivel all around. That is a nice touch.

The RiD line is so hit and miss. One time, the robot and vehicle can be right on, and the next time it can be a mess. Thankfully, Soundwave is a solid figure.


Skywarp – Transformers: Robots in Disguise

A while back I took a look at Starscream . This time around it is Skywarp’s turn. I only mention Starscream because, like with nearly every other (if not every other) version of Skywarp we have ever gotten was a repaint (and new head) of Starscream.

I have always been a fan of the Seekers, so any time they come out in any form, I like to grab them up.

So far Skywarp and Starscream are the only two Seekers we have in the Robots in Disguise show. It would be great to get my main man, Thundercracker, but we will have to wait and see.

The robot mode of Skywarp is really good. Just like with Starscream, they have good articulation, and nice skinny bodies, as we would want to see. The plane parts fold up really nicely and out of the way. He comes with two blasters that can be mounted on the forearm, as they should always be able to do, but also be held in the hand as a pistol.

Transform him into robot mode, and he is a forward-swept wing jet. The style is really fun. I am a big fan of the really long noses these jets have. The arms and shoulders fold under the wing, giving it quite a fat look, but at least the body parts fit the angle of the wings so the robot parts aren’t so distracting.

The guns mount under the wing tips for a bit of bite in jet mode.

I really like this figure in the Robots in Disguise line. There are some hits and misses in the line, where it is clear corners were being cut with less transformation, or articulation. But that is not the case here. Skywarp is what we want to see in the RiD lineup.

I have a few more RiD figures to look at, and they are all really well done. I think Hasbro has done a great job on the back end of this toy line to give us some good characters with some very interesting transformations. Stay tuned…


Barricade – Transformers: The Last Knight (Deluxe Premiere Edition)

I was set to skip the movie figures this time around, but then I couldn’t. As part of my 11 state summer trip, I was in a whole mess of Walmarts, and they had the Deluxe figures for a way better deal in the middle of the country than here at home in California. So I pulled the trigger on three of the four. I grabbed Barricade, Bumblebee, and Berserker. I skipped Slash, since he is just a repaint of the Age of Extinction figure.

We are going to take a look at the three figures and see what is going on this time around. I decided I am going to be a little more scientific this time around, with a star rating for three areas: vehicle, robot, and weapons. One star is not good, and five stars is the best.

Today we will start with the guy that made me want some of these movie figures, Barricade.

Vehicle: *****

I am giving Barricade a 5 star rating on the vehicle. The paint is right on, and he snaps together nice and tight.

The front end is right on with the heavy duty push bars with the lights mounted in there.

There are some liberties taken at the back end with the taillights and rear bumper area, but the back end is not the most important part.

There are only a few things missing on the toy that the real car had, such as searchlights on both A-pillars, and the rear spoiler. I can see skipping the lights, as they would be hard to mount. But the rear spoiler should have been included, but that would have been an extra piece that I can see why it would also be skipped.

His 8-barreled wrist cannon can be opened in half and mounted on the back of the car. That is a fun touch.

Robot: ****
Weapons: *****

Barricade is a great car, and he is a really good robot. With the movie figures we get into a bit of a grey area where transforming comes into play. The movie robots can transform and tuck parts away in a way that they cannot do with a toy… at least not with a toy that wouldn’t cost hundreds of dollars.

What we get this time around is a really good representation of the movie Barricade. His head sculpt is fantastic. He is so creepy with the four eyes.

He has all of the colors where they should be for the most part. He is a good combo of black, blue, grey, and white, much like his car mode.

One area that really hurts this figure is on the back. The windshield to the back of the trunk are all one giant piece. There is no way to hide that one. It looks pretty bad back there with so much of the car being left. I feel like they could have done one hinge in the middle (similar to Bumblebee’s), and it would have brought the bottom part up a lot and gotten it out of Barricade’s legs.

Articulation with this one is really good too. He has good all around movement. The movie figures seem to lack hip movement more times than not, which would really up the ante on the articulation.

He comes with three weapons, which is really great. He has his 8-barreled cannon that attaches to his wrist. He also comes with a handgun and a nightstick. Something any cop/robot should be carrying. It is a great touch to add these items in.

In addition to his three main weapons, Barricade also has a pair of “brass” knuckles. They have “PROTECT” and “SERVE” written on each fist backwards, as to leave a nice mark on whatever he hits.

  • Vehicle:      *****
  • Robot:         ****
  • Weapons:  *****

Overall, this is a great first figure to look at in the The Last Knight, Deluxe line. I am not as favorable of the other two figures, but we will get to them next.


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

 


Decepticon Rumble – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return (Legends Class)

Here I was, sitting down at the computer (way too early in the morning), and I saw a folder marked “Rumble”. My poor friend Rumble got lost in the shuffle of new pictures, and he was waiting so patiently to be seen by masses in all of his gold, red, and black glory.

Rumble is a repaint of Rewind, that we saw in wave 1 of the Legends Class of Titans Return. As with the rest of the repaints in Titans Return, we get a new head sculpt to go along with the paint, which goes a long way to sell the illusion that this is a different character.

Since we are giving nearly everyone the triple changer love in Titan’s Return, Rumble gets an alternate mode of a tiny little tank. I am sure that this little guy would not do a whole lot of damage against some larger foes. He is decked out in his famous red/gold color scheme, and looks pretty true to the G1 version, though he does not have his big ground pounders that he loved to use to cause earthquakes, thus the name Rumble. Now it is more for the sounds of his treads moving over the earth.

Rumble becomes a tablet that can be used with Leader Class Soundwave.

He shares a body with Rewind. The stickers give Rewind a look of being an old-school recording device with a tape in the deck ready to record. Rumble on the other hand looks to have a working screen. True to his G1 counterpart, he has seismic readings on his screen. A very nice (tiny) touch.

I do like how much a change of paint apps as well as a new head go to change the look of a figure to make two completely different characters.

We have had some amazing Legends Class figures coming out in the Titans Return line. Hasbro has done a great job of making the figures size accurate with smaller figures like these tablets as well as other small figures like Bumblebee and Wheelie being featured in this great smaller scale. Hasbro still gave these little guys some good articulation as well, not like the fairly poor articulation we have seen in the Legion Class (not Titans Return). There are a few more Legends Class figures coming out in this series, and I am looking forward to them.


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