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Trailbreaker – Combiner Wars – Sky Reign

Hey looks it’s Trailbreaker… or Trailcutter as we saw him last, but now back to Trailbreaker!

These Trail-guys get a lot of reuse out of their bodies. Earlier in the Combiner Wars, this body was used for Ironhide, and a heavily retooled First Aid. There were a couple of additional releases in Japan too.

This version is reminiscent of the G1 version as we have seen so many times here in the Combiner Wars. Trailbreaker is heavily colored in black with red and silver accents much like his G1 counterpart. He is missing the tall blower that stuck out above his head, and was included in Trailcutter’s design in the last iteration. I can’t say it is terribly missed in this version. I do think it would have been a cool addition to the hood of the truck to differentiate him a little more from Ironhide.

He comes with the axe, a less than impressive weapon in this lineup. A standard gun would have been much better.

In truck mode, he looks like he should. A black truck with funny rainbow 80’s coloring down the side.

The original version had a canopy over the back of the truck. Trailcutter had it too. WIth the new Trailbreaker, his hand/foot weapon acts as the canopy. Thankfully all of the hand/foot accessories are black, so it works pretty well in truck mode.

One of Trailbreaker’s hands is a cannon.  That is definitely a nod to the G1 version that had firing arms.  One of the advantages to having a cannon arm is that his Sky Reign hand/foot can be used as a giant hand.

And with that giant hand, he can wield giant weapons, like Shockwave here.

The first two parts of Sky Reign.

Vs four parts of Bruticus.  Let the battle continue!

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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.


Protectobots 2 and 3 Packs (Evac Squad and Emergency Response)

I got these on Amazon for a super low price.  I am glad is was so low, because most of them are terrible.

Protectobots 3-Pack – Emergency Response

First Aid, Groove and Streetsmart.  These three Protecobots are repaints of Prime Series Figures.

 

First Aid: A repaint of Ratchet (Prime), he is no where near as dynamic a character as the original.  I was really excited to be getting a first version of Ratchet, as the original has some great transformations.  He looks okay in vehicle mode.  A little bit white.

Here is where things really fall apart for First Aid. Firstly, he is very white. He has the same detail paints as Ratchet, but with them all being blue, he is a very stark white color.

The real problem comes with his legs. For some reason, when they made First Aid, they remade the knees in rubber instead of the hard plastic. What we end up with is a very drunk First Aid. He cannot stand up straight, or he starts to sag under his own weight. Ugh!


Even his knives are wonky. They were shoved in a section of the box that was too small, so the tips are bent.

Nothing beats the original.  He is better in all aspects.

Streetsmart:

This was the guy I was really after in this set.  I love Smokescreen, and I was so happy when we finally got him under the Beast Hunters subgroup.  And then we got another version of him as Prowl with a new head.

Well, following the police theme, Streetsmart has Prowl’s head.  Just like with First Aid, Streetsmart is awfully white.  He has just a few touches of blue here and there.  Some red really would have helped him out a lot.

Boy is Streetsmart white.  Even compared to the mostly white Smokescreen, it is apparent that even a few touches of color here and there would have helped a lot.  I mean come on! Even the G1(1986) version of Streetsmart had red on him.

Groove:

The worse of the 3-pack.  A repaint of Arcee, this is basically just Arcee with some white paint here and there.  When “He” is transformed, it is really just Arcee.  The Legion Class figures are the smallest and generally the lightest on detail, but there were parts on this one that were falling off.

The entire cowling of the motorcycle on Groove’s back fell off.  It was missing something to hold it in place.   No wonder I passed on the Legion Arcee the first time around.

There you have it.  Streetsmart is pretty good, if not a little too white, First Aid is a drunk with wobbly knees, and Groove is a lady-bot. Even with all of the problems, you can’t beat the $12 on Amazon for these three.

Protectobots 2-Pack – Evac Squad

Hot Spot and Blades.  These two could not be more different from one another.  Hot Spot (Repaint of Grappel) is a big burly crane truck.  Meanwhile, Blades (ROF Blazemaster) is a skinny little helicopter.   I think the problem with this 2-pack that was better in the 3-pack is that these two are not from the same Transformers lines.  One was from the Generations line, while the other is a movie figure.  It starts to really show a difference when they are in robot modes.

Hot Spot:

I am a huge fan of the Solar Storm Grappel. He sits on my nightstand in my bedroom. The only Transformer with that prestige.

I was excited to get my hands on another version of him, as the Generations blue Hot Spot is still eluding me.

This version of Hot Spot is really close to the original except for the crane instead of a water cannon. I think a guy named Hot Spot should be a fire truck, not a crane, but oh well.

Blades:

We had a great version of Blades back in the 2008 Universe series. This is not that Blades. This is a horrendous attempt to get a helicopter, and they reused Blazemaster, who was a horrible robot too.

Just look at this guy. Top heavy, with a sunken head, arms with no hands (though he does have thumbs), and chicken legs with little toes. Not even the blades on his arms would decide which direction they should face. This is NOT a quality piece. He is being transformed back into the helicopter where he will probably remain for the rest of his days.

Hot Spot, win.  Blades, lose.  At least this set only cost about $13 on Amazon, and it looks like the price is going down.  So $13 for a Voyager Class Hot Spot is pretty good all things considered.

 

So, if you see something you need, head over to Amazon.  They are both being sold for less than half the price, and it makes for good deals if there is one you really want in each set.  Just be warned, they are not great sets, and there are some real stinkers in here.


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