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

Well, if there is one thing we can be happy about with Swoop, is that he is once again Swoop. He was Ptero and Strafe for a while, but now he has his name back, just in time for his remodel into all of his glorious G1 homage.

The original G1 toy used red heavily in the chest, making him a red and silver bot. But in the show, he had a blue chest. They went with TV accuracy this time around and gave him a blue chest. He is a good looking robot. There are so many small details added to the body and the wings. And his face has a great expression on it.

He comes with a sword that is very reminiscent of his G1 weapon. He is missing the twin missile launchers, but instead comes with Prime Armor. Clearly a hand for the upcoming Volcanicus Combiner, the fists have spikes on the knuckles. This is a matching fist to Slug. He comes with a card where he can team up with Alpha Trion to be able to find the weak point of any enemy. That is a good power to have.

Together with the team so far, he looks really different from the rest of the team with the blue chest. I like that Hasbro went with the cartoon theme, but I think I would have liked it a bit better if the team would have matched. Unfortunately the rest of the team wears red, so Swoop really is the odd man out.

Transforming him into Pteranodon mode is pretty fun. The Pteranodon really reminds me of the G1 figure. I heavy backpack and some nice long wings. The head really makes it, with the clear plastic painted gold on the inside.

His wingspan really is quite something for a Deluxe Class figure. The shape is well done.

The Prime Armor can fit on Swoop’s back. Now the backpack is REALLY tall. Not the best aerodynamics for poor Swoop. He is going to have to work hard to fly around like that.

And the sword can be attached to the chin for a nice menacing attack.

Like all of the Deluxe Class figures, Swoop turns into an arm or a leg. I think it is much trickier to be able to make beast-formers turn into body parts. But this is done well.

I set up Wave 1 with Battle Core Optimus Prime. He was standing around without a team to combine with, so I figured he would be a good stand in while we wait for some Power of the Primes Voyager Class figures. It is exciting to see Swoop and Slug in their Combiner mode body parts. It is a nice sneak peek at what we will get when we finally get to combine all of the Dinobots and form Volcanicus.


Trypticon with Necro and Full-Tilt – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return

At the beginning of the Titans Return line, we got Fortress Maximus. It wouldn’t be much fun if the Autobots were the only ones who got a Titan of their own. So, Trypticon Is here at the end of the line. A nice bookend with the two Titans.

Let’s start small and work our way up to the Titan. We are starting off with Necro who was known as Wipe-Out in the comics. He was originally a comic-only character, and a car. His name was changed to Necro, which brings up the idea of a Necromancer, or one that can summon the dead. Well, Necro may not be able to summon the dead, but he sure can steal their spark. Not good for anyone who crosses his path. He is a Titan Master, so that means he forms a head. No, not Trypticon’s head. That would be awfully small. He forms Full-Tilt’s head.

Full-Tilt is a holdover from 1986, and attached to Trypticon’s front as added armor, as well as being able to be launched from the city mode. This Full-Tilt already fares better, having actual articulation, and WAY more detail molded in. He is a good looking Deluxe Class figure all on his own.

Full-Tilt becomes an armored car that looks like it has gotten all of the design cues from the original version. Well done,

And then there is Trypticon. A massive beast of a Transformer. He is the largest Decepticon ever made, and I dare say he has more bulk to him than Fortress Maximus. I should weigh the two and see.

Anyway, the head is the first part we see, and boy is it impressive. There is a head cannon that pops up, along with two cannons in the mouth. When all else fails, there are the sharp teeth.

 

There are so many great details on Trypticon, from the grey/teal/purple scheme, to the areas of clear orange added in. The stickers took FOREVER to apply. There were well over 100 of them, probably closer to the 200 mark.

As if there wasn’t already enough playability with Trypticon, he has pop-up blasters over the shoulders. That is 5 around the head alone, for those keeping track.

A size comparison for all to see. Fortress Maximus still has the record for height, with Trypticon beating out Devastator by a bit of height and a ton of weight.

This makes for some epic battles, with two titans going at it with good articulation. Sadly, Trypticon is based on a T-Rex, so he still has tiny little arms.

One of the great features of Trypticon is the ability to eat other Titan Masters.

Step 1: Catch your meal. Preferably Deluxe Class Transformer. They don’t have any pesky helmets covering the Titan Master.

Step 2: Tear the head off your prey, tossing the rest of the body to the wayside.

Step 3: Swallow the Titan Master into your stomach prison for assimilation or use at a later time.

From there, Trypticon still has two more modes. First up is the City Mode. He spreads WAY out and has landing platforms, ramps, and weapons galore.

Trypticon does not have quite as many hidey-holes as Fort Max, but there is still a lot of playability in this mode.

There is a great hiding/storage place for Full-Tilt under the ramp. It can also be accessed in Space Ship mode.

Speaking of Space Ship mode, Trypticon kind of folds up really nicely and is ready for takeoff. The space ship looks really cool with an alternate head-like front. The real head is tucked in behind.

Overall, I don’t think I could have asked for more from this Titan. He is so cool and giant, and heavy. He will take anyone to task, with his massive size. There is a lot of playability with the figure, and being able to use other figures with it. I don’t know how Power of the Primes will compete with this, only going up to Leader Class. They may have some hard work ahead if the Autobots want to win this war.


MiniMate Scale Vehicles

We will continue looking at MiniMates today. They are on my mind, since I have immersed myself in the scale to try and make a quality diorama for them, which I have never had before.  Now it is time to look for some vehicles. The scale of MiniMates is between 1/35th and 1/24th scale. I some 1/24 scale models around, and they are a bit too tall for MiniMates. I do not have any 1/35 scale cars to use.

But I do have Transformers, and plenty of Transformers. I figured, why not look at the newest of the lot. The Titans Return figures.  As a vehicle, a Titans Return Deluxe Class figure works fine. The cockpit is too small, since it is made for a Titan Master that is about half as tall as a MiniMate. Too bad, no going for rides in the cabs of these vehicles. But from the outside, they work quite well.

Comparing the robot mode, this works well too. This could be the start of some pretty fun photography.

And as you continue to increase the scale of the Transformer, it works better with MiniMates. It is a good thing Colossus didn’t attack Fort Max, thinking he was a Sentinel.


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

 


Monxo and Wolfwire – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return – Deluxe Class

Wait, is this Titans Return or Robots in Disguise? They love to make Decepticon animals in RiD, but we are getting a bit of overflow into Titans Return. This is not the only animal we are getting in this wave either.

Today we are looking at Wolfwire with his Titan Master Monxo.

Wolfwire is a bright yellow and blue robot. I think he is giving off a really strong Wolverine vibe with the X-Men coloring and bad attitude.

His little head, Monxo is blue and grey. He has a weird back story, where sometime he is a humanoid fleshbag. They went with the Headmaster version. The colors are pretty close, with a bit lighter blue this time around.

As for Wolfwire, this is a pretty darn close redesign of the original version from 1987. The former Weirdwolf slimmed down a lot for this iteration, but he looks very close, including the sword tail and red cockpit for the Monxo to ride in.

Wolfwire comes with a great big gun along with the grey sword. The Titan Return figures certainly do carry a lot of weaponry. His gun of course doubles as a seat for his Titan Master. We will see that a bit later.  He has an opening door in his chest that is similar to the original. This one does not really serve a purpose, except to help push out the torso of the wolf when going through transformation.

In wolf mode, Wolfwire has an opening mouth. It is a bit scary looking with the red teeth. His head is on a swivel to allow the head to swing side to side, and there is even a slight head turn as well.

Moving back, Wolfwire has… ah crud! I just realized I blew the transformation on the front legs. They are backwards and show the empty elbows. Ugh! Anyway, he has pretty good articulation in the fore legs and unlike is G1 counterpart, he can move his back legs too.

The cockpit window flips forward to allow access to the seat.

There is so much room in the cockpit because of the stretch of the waist, that you can actually fit two Titan Masters in there. Pretty neat.

Once closed, the gun can be placed on top of Wirewolf, and he has himself some heavy firepower at his disposal. He looks like a Wolf-tank to me.

Phew! Got the legs the right way around this time!

The gun can also be attached under his body so his back is free for someone to catch a ride. Now he can have his fire power and little help too.

After a few weeks of playing with him, I did notice a problem around the cockpit hinge. Both sides have broken and the hinge dangles loose when the hatch is open. Thankfully there is the rubbery plastic that is attached to the same metal post, so the door does not fall off. It is just a bummer with this guy being so good otherwise.


Transformers: Titans Return Deluxe Class (Part 1) Autobots Blurr and Hyperfire / Furos and Hardhead

Now we begin to get a glimpse into the world of Titans Return. The Legends Class figures didn’t really have a whole lot to do with Titans Return on their own, but with these Deluxe Class figures, we really get idea of how it is all going to work.

We are going to look at the first wave of the Deluxe Class. Today we are going to look at the Autobots. We get two Autobots and two Decepticons in this set. Or if you want to get technical, four Autobots and four Decepticons, since the Titan Masters are aligned with a team.

Now we begin to get a glimpse into the world of Titans Return. The Legends Class figures didn’t really have a whole lot to do with Titans Return on their own, but with these Deluxe Class figures, we really get idea of how it is all going to work.

We are going to look at the first wave of the Deluxe Class. Today we are going to look at the Autobots. We get two Autobots and two Decepticons in this set. Or if you want to get technical, four Autobots and four Decepticons, since the Titan Masters are aligned with a team.

Hyperfire and Blurr:

First off, Hyperfire and Blurr. These two were teamed up back in 1987, when Hyperfire was a Targetmaster weapon for Blurr. They took cues from the original Blurr to create this one, with some nice upgrades to bring him into the modern era of the Transformers.

It is a bit strange that the larger robots in this series cannot be sentient on their own, since the Titan Master is required as the larger robot has no head of his own. That would have probably been a much better touch, if they could be separate.

Blurr is amazing looking. The details are outstanding, with lots of good articulation.

Hyperfire is the standard that we are going to see with the Titan Masters. They unfold from the head into a tiny little robot. They have shoulder swivel as well as hip and knee swivel. They can stand as well as sit, both legs out, or legs folded depending on the weapon they are going to be driving.

In vehicle mode, Blurr is very much like his G1 version. The colors are very similar with the darker blue and light blue at the front. He has a cockpit for Hyperfire to use, and there is even a port on the front for his hand gun to become a weapon for the vehicle.

The nose of Blurr’s vehicle comes off and flips over to become a weapon for Hyperfire to use. This is also something that is seen through the line. There are usually two parts that fit together to create a riding weapon for the Titan Master. Many of them are usable in both robot and vehicle modes.

Furos and Hardhead:

Furos and Hardhead look like a formidable team. Hardhead (ironic name, since he doesn’t have a head) looks very strong and well armored. Furos matches in appearance, though much smaller.

Along with a hand gun, Hardhead also has a back mounted cannon that can move up and become a shoulder mounted cannon.

Transforming Hardhead is straightforward, and really fun. All of the first four Deluxe figures have transformations that are well designed and create some great looking vehicles.

Hardhead becomes a four-tread tank. The cannon becomes a much bigger looking weapon in tank mode, since it stretches the length of the tank.

Furos gets the choose here. He can either drive in the spacious cockpit, or the cannon can transform and allow Furos to ride in a seat from a high position.

These first two Autobots are outstanding. I am really looking forward to the rest of the line. The designs are clean with really sharp molding. The figures are reminiscent of their G1 counterparts.

Next up, we are going to take a look at the Decepticons.


Vortex – Combiner Wars – Bruticus

Take Alpha Bravo, who was a rescue helicopter with rockets on the side. Repaint it with a crazy paint job, and you have Vortex. They didn’t even give him a new head.

I think overall the paint is a bit much. When you have Combaticons, you don’t think wild colors that stand out. You want more of a military look. And for the most part, Bruticus looks like he is going to be colored correctly… other than this bright green and yellow arm formed by Vortex.

In robot mode, we pretty much get what we got with Alpha Bravo. He is less than inspired. Blocky and out of sorts. On the upper half, his head is the best part. He has a great face with a good design and the red connected eyes.

His torso is clearly a part of the Combier. It is so much more blatant than the other figures. Probably due to so much extra color around the rest of the chest. Of course, if you put paint on the combiner tab, then it will rub off, and nobody likes paint rub.

He has that giant backpack of greeble back there that is super ugly. Really, there isn’t much they could probably do with it, but still, it looks pretty bad on the slim frame of Vortex. We have had lots of other helicopter robots in the past decade that have turned out well, so we can’t blame it all on the alt mode being a helicopter.

His legs are another part that don’t look great. They are rather blah down there. The bottom part especially with the strange shape of the calf, tiny feet, and the bulge off to both sides. It all had to get moved out of the way for the arm.

The helicopter is a pretty good looking machine. Vortex looks better to me than Alpha Bravo because of who he is. As an attack helicopter, I expect to see Vortex with missiles hanging off his sides. Not so much with the rescue helicopter.

Vortex comes with the same two weapons as Alpha Bravo. The rifle and the dual gattling gun hand/foot. This time in grey rather than black. They don’t really go too well with the helicopter, but the big gun does make a nice stand for the rather flat helicopter to sit on.

I cannot imagine Vortex and Swindle hanging out together. I am sure they do not appreciate the skills that the other brings to the team.

They are a good pair to look at to see the wide range we get when we see the Deluxe figures in this line. Swindle is bulky with large shoulders, and lots of bumpy parts, where Vortex is rather streamlined with a very slender body.

I cannot wait to track down the rest of the team and finally get Bruticus built. This is taking a long time to find them all. It is probably due to the inundation of so many Robots in Disguise figures still holding spots on all of the pegs at both Toys R Us and Target.


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