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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.


Transformers: Generations – Rook, Hot Spot, Defensor

In my last review I looked at the first part of the Defensor team, Blades and First Aid (with Streetwise being previously reviewed).  Today we are going to take a look at the rest of the team, Rook and Hot Spot, as well as the final form of the Combiner, Defensor.

Rook:

Rook just looks like a police officer, from his head to his articulated toes.  He is built like his vehicle mode, very square. He is a new character to take the place of Groove.   It was weird having one of Defensor’s legs be formed by a giant motorcycle.  This works out much better.He has a very interesting face.  It looks like he has bars across his face similar to a football helmet.   That would go along with the type of vehicle he turns into, that would be sent into mobs and try to break them up.

He has a 5mm hole in each fist.  This acts like a place to stick a weapon, but it is also textured inside, and it looks like a weapon all it’s own.  Either way, it is a change from the usual 5mm hands most everyone has.

In vehicle mode, Rook is an armored SWAT vehicle.  It looks like he is ready for any situation with 6 wheels, armor all over, and ports on top to hold lots of weaponry.

Hot Spot:

Hot Spot is a good looking bot. in his standard light blue, he is hard to miss and hard to mistake for someone else. He also comes with his standard big shoulders that we have begun to know these truck bots for.


He has a really nice stance when just standing there. It is apparent that he is the powerful one, and the right choice for building the body of Defensor.
He comes with two guns that can be combined into one long gun. They look to have tubes on the sides, which look more like water cannons when they are on the fire truck.


He has a lot of backpack, with the extending ladder, as well as the bucket that becomes Defensor’s head. It is a long backpack that goes down nearly to the ground. A departure from what we saw in the big fat backpack of Optimus Prime.

In vehicle mode, Hot Spot becomes a very long and low ladder fire truck.  He is weighted down with all of the newest tech for fighting fires and saving people.

There is a lot of articulation and movement in the ladder.

Building Defensor:

The 5 figures together make for an interesting team, with a wide range of duties.  Police, medical, fire, SWAT, and rescue.  That pretty much fills any need that the team would run into.

As Defensor, he makes for a solid Combiner.   As usual, the helicopter sticks out there a bit weird, creating a strange arm.   I think one of the best parts is the transformation of Hot Shot.  He has quite a bit of special moves, like the ladder tucking all the way down and under between his legs to eventually climb up his chest to form the head.

Another great big guy to battle it out in the Combiner War.  Of course, with Defensor, he is more focused on the preservation of life, and would spend most of his time protecting the people around him.


Transformers: Generations – Combiner Wars – Autobot Blades and First Aid (Defensor)

Yet another Combiner has come to exist at my house.   Defensor was a bit harder to get a hold of than the other figures that have come out previously.  I think the market has been a bit saturated in the Combiner Wars line, and we are seeing a lot of the previous figures start to warm the pegs.   I found three of the 5 figures in the store, while I picked up the other two off of good deals on Amazon.  The first figure I found in this wave was Streetwise, who I already reviewed here.  Today we are going to look at the next two figures in the wave, First Aid, and Blades.

First Aid:

I like the look of the robot mode of First Aid. They made the Defensor attachment post the same color as the rest of his chest, so it doesn’t stand out quite as much as some of the other Combiner figures.
He is his standard red and white, very similar to his G1 version. He is also a thin character just like his G1 counterpart.

He has a good range of motion. He has very long knee pads that go well over his knees. His thin arms are able to move all over the place. They clip into place in a few areas on the vehicle greeble on his shoulders. All of that can be moved around quite freely.

He was made from Offroad and then Ironhide. He has been extensively retooled for this version, but there is really nothing left from Offroad on First Aid, from the wheels to the roof.

He is a very sleek looking SUV. There is a port on the top to hold the cannon/hand, and posts on the sides where you can post the hatchet. I would have liked to see a different weapon than a hatchet. It makes sense with someone like Offroad, but not so much with someone who is supposed to care for others.

Blades:

Blades is a redeco of Alpha Bravo with a new head. I don’t think this is going to be anyone’s favorite Defensor character. In robot mode, He is a fairly competent robot. He has all of the right articulation, and comes with two weapons. His back is a bit full of helicopter parts. From the tail sticking over his head, to the rotors folded up near his bum. The rotors easily fall to the sides, and it would have been such a better figure if the rotors locked into position.

As a helicopter, he loos good. He looks like he should be flying along the coast looking for people to save… if it weren’t for the giant array of missiles hanging off of each side of the body. Now, Blades is known as a bad boy, and this would back up that position of wreaking havoc on every Decepticon in his path. But, he is a Transformer, and the hide in plain sight, it would be better if he didn’t have the missiles.

 

Next time we will take a look at the other two, to round out the 5 figures, and take a look at Defensor himself.  Oh what fun we are having with the Combiner Wars.


Transformers: Generations – Combiner Wars – Protectobot Streetwise

Where o’ where can the Protectobots be? Well, they are slowly showing up here and there. My first Protectobot find was Streetwise. Based off of what is supposed to be a retool of Dead End. This is almost all redone for this figure, from the shell of the car to most of the major parts of the robot body. It is funny to think of him as a retool since the two look nothing alike.
He will be/has been reused as both Prowl (which has been released) and Streetwise, soon to be out.

He comes with a triple barrel shot gun, which is a pretty good weapon for a police figure. I always think of Streetwise as more of a Protect and Serve kind of police, as opposed to Prowl, which I think of more a SWAT sort of cop.

I like the look of Streetwise a lot. The vehicle mode is well done. The robot mode has all of the necessary articulation. Overall, a good figure for me to find in the Protectobot kick-off. I am definitely looking to get the rest and form Defensor.


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