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Brawn – Legends Class – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return

Ah Brawn. Wait a minute. Didn’t we already take a look at Brawn a few months ago? Oh, why yes we did. We looked at the Titan Master Brawn. Not to get mixed up with the Legends Scale Brawn. Why we have two Brawns, I do not know. It seems like there were enough characters that we did not need to have the same guy twice as two different characters in the same iteration (Titans Return). Oh, you mean like two Optimus Primes? Yup, like that.

Well, this is a pretty great little guy, so I am not going to be sad about getting this version too. He comes out of the box as a nice little Legends Class figure. Just the way he should be, nice and small. In the G1 continuity, he was a Mini Vehicle, so it makes sense that he would be that way again. The color scheme is right on. A yellow torso, with green covering the rest of his body, save for the silver forearms and head. The original head on the G1 toy did not have a face, but thankfully they did give him a face in the cartoon, and today we get a face yet again. A grumpy face, but a face nonetheless.

Oh hello, who is this little guy? What do you mean you are Brawn too? The two have met. That has to be rather embarrassing for one of them. I don’t know which one though.

And look at that. They get along with one another. And now the big Brawn gets to use a gun that matches his paint scheme. That does not happen a lot with the Titan Master figures and bigger scale figures. You can see Brawn’s shield with the spare tire on it. A gun and a shield? Nice!

The gun is pretty big for Brawn to carry, but who cares? The weapons are meant for bigger guys to wield, but that is not going to stop Brawn.

When he transforms into his vehicle mode, he looks pretty close to the G1 version. He is an SUV that looks to be part Land Cruiser, and part Jeep. The colors once again match up pretty well with the G1 scheme. One change is the exposed arms as the sides of the truck. They look like steps and gas tanks. Pretty nice touch. There is even a bit of yellow on the front bumper too.

The shield makes up the back portion of the body. The gap in the legs are covered allowing for a better overall look. There is a lot of space down low back there. The wheels are just kind of hanging off to the sides. The front is so well designed, but the back is just kind of left off.

The shield can also be mounted on the roof using the 5mm port to give lights up front. The vehicle looks a bit more like a military Hummer in this configuration.

And let’s not forget about little Brawn. He can sit inside of big Brawn. Brawn driving around with Brawn inside of him. That has to be one of the stranger things to happen in Transformers.

The design of the cockpit allows for a Titan Master to stay inside of Brawn in robot mode too. That does not happen often with the Legends scale figures, if ever before. That would make for a great hiding place.

And finally the head comparison. The Titan Master head is a bit wider and a lot more grumpy. They are similar, but they are not the same. I like that they didn’t make an exact copy.

This guy is great. I am really happy with what Hasbro has done with the Legends Scale, bringing in some of the classic smaller vehicles and actually making them accurate to the larger figures from other scales. Now the search is on for his Wave 4 brother, Roadburn.

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Vorath and Mindwipe – Transformers: Generation – Titans Retrun (Deluxe Class)

Today we are going to look at the other Decepticon animal in this wave. Mindwipe is a Headmaster from 1987. He was teamed up with Vorath. Today, he has the same name, his Titan Master has the same name. That might be a first for the entire run. Probably not, but there seems to be a lot of trademark causing name changes from Headmasters to Titan Masters.

In robot mode, Mindwipe looks pretty good. He has a real G1 feel to him. Squared off corners, with big bulky square legs. He even has tiny wings on his back to show that he is a bat in his other mode. Do we really need those wings? It is a nice aesthetic in robot mode, but then it gives him extra wings in bat mode, which is a bit odd. I think they were needed to cover up the fact that Mindwipe has a giant bat head hanging off back there, and they needed to cover it up a bit.

He comes with a blaster with a good solid Transformers design to it. As with the rest of this line, Mindwipe comes with a second weapon that the Titan Master can interact with. It is a shield with blades and blasters. That is a pretty good weapon there. Close combat and range weapon in one. I like it.

As I mentioned earlier, Mindwipe comes with Vorath. Like with Wolfwire’s Titan Master Monxo, Vorath is also organic in some universes. Interesting that the two would be organic, and also team up with animals. He is standard with movement in the arms, head, and the legs attached.

When Mindwipe transforms into his bat mode, this is where things get really special. We know Mindwipe will have pretty sizable wings, but they fold up so well, and that is pretty awesome. They unfold out of the sides of his legs, with the foot becoming the bottom of the wing. He is fairly boxy in beast mode, with little movement besides his wings’ joints. He does have an opening mouth that is a nice addition.

In his chest, he has a cockpit hatch that opens to reveal a seat for Vorath. Vorath snuggles right in there, ready for his trip.

In the 1987 version, Mindwipe had a terrible tail that impeded his sitting. This new version is a bit better. It hinges out of the way. It is made up of the shield and gun combined. It is very long and very wide. It seems like it would have been a lot better to have the shield as a backpack. It could have ported in on the bat’s back, fit in between the fake wings really nicely, and been out of the way.

The gun and the shield can combine to form a weapon for Vorath. It is pretty much a triple blaster that he rides on. You can flip out the blades for a little extra weaponry, though I doubt you would really want your Titan Master in quite that close combat.

Mindwipe and Wolfwire make a good team in this wave. A couple of beasts hanging out together. I can’t imagine they would be that good of friends, you know, with one that talks to himself, and another that thinks he talks to ghosts.

Crazy is as crazy does.


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: Rattrap

A second outing for the Generations line, into the world of Beast Wars.  Just like Rhinox and Waspinator, this one is dead-on to the original design.  Well, almost.  The original show was terrible 90s style computer graphics, and just doesn’t quite hold up with today’s CG work.   Don’t get me wrong, I still love it.  It just looks terrible.   Rattrap here is a far cry from the poor CG work of many, many years ago.   He is an outstanding representation of himself.

Rattrap looks great in his robot mode.  He has a lot of animal parts showing, but that is really the point with these Transformers.  They didn’t really disguise their animal parts well.  But they sure did hide well in animal mode.  They had to, or they would die.  I digress here.  He comes with a big cannon to hold.  It comes apart near the middle and becomes two smaller hand guns.  One of the better examples of weapons breakdowns I have seen in the Transformers toys.

Fold that bad boy up, and he looks so much like is rat version from TV, it is amazing.  He has posable limbs and an opening mouth.  His tail is the rubber material with the wire in it.  We used to see toys like that all the time back in the day.  Most didn’t hold-up to so much bending.  The wires eventually gave out and left the body parts wobbly.

There isn’t a lot of Rattrap’s robot mode showing, which is a pretty good feat, since there was a lot to pack in there.

From the bottom, you can see just how packed in there he is.   On the upper arm, you can also see the clear bomb that is stuck in his arm.  A small door opens on the top of the arm to allow the bomb to be removed.  What a fun little addition.

In all, another great addition to the Beast Wars figures.  Let’s keep this one going in the Generation line, shall we?  I wanna see more.


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