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Clobber and Skytread – Conclusion of Wave 2 of Titans Return Titan Masters

It was strangely hard to get my hands on the last two figures in wave 2 of the Titan Masters in the Titans Return series.   I did however find them, and then they slipped through the cracks and hid away for a while.  But they are out and they are ready to join their wave.

Clobber:

Clobber’s vehicle/weapon is a repaint of Crashbash’s, as well as Clobber’s robot body.

The T-Rex is a new color scheme going with yellow and grey. Hey, do you know of another gold and grey T-Rex? I bet you do. Just wait, the surprise is coming.

First we have to look at the rest of the modes. The vehicle transforms into a dragon. Ugh! Not this guy again! That is not a great mode for this guy. It is a bit forced. Especially to have Clobber stand on his back like this. Last time for this mode.

Then there is the weapon. Basically the T-Rex laying down with a handle on his back. It works fine, and I do not suspect you would make a much better weapon from a robot T-Rex.

Now for the surprise:

Yup, that is in fact Grimlock. Now, why did they call him “Clobber” rather than Grimlock? The running theory is that Grimlock is already working hard in the Robots in Disguise show and toy line, so Hasbro went with a different named character. I don’t get it, but whatever. His head looks great!!!

 

Skytread:

Skytread is a retool of Terri-Bull that we saw back in wave 1. He is a rename of the figure Flywheels from way back in 1987. Flywheels was able to separate into a tank and a jet, so that makes sense with this figure and vehicle combo. Plus the color scheme matches fairly well, though Flywheel was more burgundy, and not so much pink.

In tank mode, Skytread gets to ride up top and control the 4 cannons that can move in their separate pairs.

Flip it over and spin it around, open some wings, and Skytread is flying high in jet mode.

The colors on Skytread are a bit off. It was really hard to try and photograph, but the pinks do not match up well at all.

The jet is the basis for the gun mode, where basically the wings fold in and you have a gun, 4 barrels underneath and the nose of the plane for a 5th barrel.

I don’t know if I would say this is Flywheel’s head. It looks a bit on the generic side to me. I am definitely not an expert on Flywheel, and most of the pictures I have seen are not really that great.

A couple of retools for the second part of this wave.   They are good figures and fine heads.   They are welcome to my team.

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Decepticon Hunter Bumblebee vs Major Mayhem and Decepticon Hunter Grimlock vs Back/Forth – Mini-Con Battle Pack Wave 2 (Robots in Disguise)

This is wave 2 of the Mini-Con Battle Packs that includes on Autobot with a bunch of special armor, and a Decepticon Mini-Con.

Decepticon Hunter Bumblebee vs Major Mayhem:

Bumblebee comes with Major Mayhem. In the show, Major Mayhem is a bunch of characters, so it is a bummer for anyone who wants to army build this guy. You will have to army build with a bunch of Bumblebees too. That could get pretty expensive.

Our fearless leader is in the new Commander-style scale, where he is an in-between size from the Legion and Warrior Classes.

He fits in so well in scale with the Warrior Class figures of the big guys like Grimlock and Optimus.

Bumbleebee comes with 5 pieces of armor and a gun. The first gun we have seen the Robots in Disguise Bee carry so far. The armor is for the shins, shoulders, and head. The gun fits in well with what we have seen in the show.

Major Mayhem is a cyclone style mini-con, or a dude that changes into a ball. His transformation is as simple as it comes. He has a strangely long neck to get his head out to the front of his body.

Bumblebee’s armor can combine with his weapon as the gimmick goes. It becomes a gun.

It is very reminiscent of the gun that was given to the Generations Bumblebee back in 2013.

Decepticon Hunter Grimlock vs Back/Forth:

Grimlock come with 7 plates of armor and no weapon. He comes with Back/Forth who is yet another Cyclone Mini-Con. We have a lot of balls going on in this series. I would have thought we would see a torpedo type in here somewhere.

Grimlocks size is a bit on the small size, but he is a bigger figure, so he is too big for each of the scales. This Commander Class is too big for the Legion Class, and too small for other figures in the Commander Class with him. But he is not a total waste. This is the best example we have of Grimlock so far. He has better transformation than the Legion Class, and he doesn’t have the wobbly elbows that has plagued the Warrior Class Grimlock. The color is good, with more of a green look to him.

When he gets his armor on, it is clear that he IS the weapon. He didn’t have a weapon in his regular form, he shouldn’t need one as a Decepticon Hunter. On his forearms, he has long saws that can be used as a weapon.

When the armor pieces are combined, it creates a dangerous looking T-Rex head that Grimmy can wear on his arm.

Better yet, he can also use it in dino mode, where he gets an extra-big head to attack with.

Overall these are fun figures.  The armor works well, and stays in place.   The weapons are pretty fun for the most part.  I think they did a better job with Bumblebee and Grimlock with the execution of the armor, and combining it into a weapon.

There is one more wave coming out in the future with Strongarm, and it looks like Sideswipe again?  It looks like the next wave will feature Autobot Weaponizers versions of Mini-Cons, so we could get an epic Sideswipe and Strongarm with some great weapons capabilities.


Gold Armor Grimlock (RiD) with special Guest Star Gold Ranger (Dino Charge)

“Finally you got here Grimmy.”

Gold Armor Grimlock.  In the same two vehicle repaint wave as Night Ops Bumblebee.

“One sec. I will have you out of here.”

Good use of the Decepticon Hunter Sword, huh?

“Look at your packaging Grimmy. You are supposed to be ‘Gold Armor.'” “You are ‘Orange Armor’ at best.”

“Me not happy Orange!”

Somewhere in the production process, gold became orange.   It is a total mess.  Not even close.  I know this was supposed to pay homage to the G1 Grimlock, but this is not the way to do it.

“Me no silver either.”

Not even the silver color on the back packaging.  We know well that Hasbro has a hard time bringing to light what they have preproduced.  This is yet another example of that.

“Me T-Rex, not Godzilla.”

Love him or hate him, we have Godzilla Grimlock in the Robots in Disguise show.  This is a real stretch to even call a T-Rex.

“Well Grimmy, looks like we both needed a repaint this time.”

Bumblebee got a bit of paint on the terrible yellow wheels.  I don’t think I can leave “Gold Armor” with orange armor.

But wait!  What is this?  A figure that is supposed to be gold, and actually is.  Gold Ranger is the newest release in the upcoming/current wave of Power Rangers Dino Charge.  We are going to get a whole host of bad guys, so we need more good guys to fight on the Ranger team.  Looking like something that belongs on the stage with KISS, this guy has it all.  Two shoulder armor pieces, back spikes, a silver sword, and a gold Dino Com.

Look at that back piece.  A new hero is born, and there are a bunch of Rangers that are going to be jealous.

“Grimlock, I have gold armor, and I can help you. Good guys have to stick together.”

“Me Grimlock want gold too.” “And you shall have it big guy.”

“The answer is Gold Flake from Tamiya. Now to take you apart and get you all fixed up.”

Ah Grimlock.  You always have so much potential.  I think the problem is his being at an unattainable level for so long.  They were fantastic figures for so very long, all the way up to the recent Generations line where we got a Fall of Cybertron version that was amazing, and in this scale.  I love the attempt to nod to the G1 color scheme, that we have had for so long.  Grimlock went green in the RiD series, and we got a close G1 repaint here.  Silver and Gold with red around the waist.  The only way to pay homage to Grimlock is a full repaint… except the waist.  The red is good there.  The rest has to be redone.  I guess I can fix that wonky elbow problem while I am in there.   This will be my first full repaint of a Transformer, but I think this is a great place to start.  Until next time toy fans!


Slog – Transformers: Age of Extinction

Well, we continue to get some new Dinobots that never made it into the movie.  This time around we get Slog, a larger Voyager Class figure.  He is very large and in charge.  Strong and bulky with a lot of the medieval armor look that we have seen with the other Dinobots.

Take this knights of ole’.  Slog comes with two lances, and he doesn’t even have a horse to ride.  I like how strong he looks.  Big thick legs, and great armor layered all over.  His face/helmet is really cool with lots of details.  There are a lot of rubber parts on him that could pose problems in the future if they are not taken care of properly.  He is the color I think they should all be.  Some of the other Dinobots are outrageously bright. This grey/black combo with touches of red are really well executed.

I found his transformation to be very difficult, and his chest area when turned into the Apatosaurus would not stay in place.   The directions were to change Slog from the dino into a robot.  So, for the initial transformation, you had to reverse the directions, which is a terrible way to present this anyway.  It will be near impossible for kids to make this transformation on their own.   I also don’t like the giant balls that hang out on the sides of the neck where the lances can be attached.  There is a lot for me not to like in this mode.  I am going to keep him in robot mode from now on.

We might as well take a look at him with his lances and side “guns” attached.   One of the guns on mine is loose, so it will not stay up very well.   The lances coming out at head height is a bit weird visually.

I think he is a good fit with the other T4 Dinobots.  It is funny because his coloring is how I think all of the Dinobots should look, but with him in the grey color, he gets lost in the Skittles of Dinbots.  They should have made him yellow, and then we would have had a complete rainbow of Dinobots.


Transformers: Age of Extinction – Target 2-pack – Silver Knight Optimus Prime and Grimlock

I am not always a huge fan of the 2-packs that come out in stores.   Sometimes they are just repaints, and other times they are to get us to rebuy figures we already have in order to get “that other” figure.  Well, this two pack falls into the first category.  An old Optimus and an old Grimlock, recolored to be packaged and sold again.  This time around though, it has two things going for this 2-pack.  1. Lots of chrome, and 2. An excellent repaint of Grimlock to match his G1 color scheme.  So, I had to pick up this set.

Optimus Prime:

 

This version of Optimus was ironically enough, a Walmart exclusive the last time around.  He certainly didn’t have this much chrome going for him that time around.  There have been a bunch of toys starting to show up with the Silver Knight title.   I don’t know if Optimus is going to be making quite an entrance for the finale of the movie, but it looks like that may be the way we are going to be going here.  I am pretty sure that we will not see him revery back to his Dark of the Moon truck, after seeing the new truck.  Just another way to get a little more money out of us.  I do thin we will actually get a good version of the Silver Knight a little later this summer.

The only change for this version are his sword, which is pretty weak.  It is seriously lacking details, and it is too big.

As good as he looks, chromed out in his robot mode, he really looks good in his vehicle mode.  The transformation is pretty easy and fun, with a few tricks in the legs to shorten them up.

Overall, this is a good version of Optimus.  I am not a huge fan of the Deluxe versions of Optimus.  He really needs to be in the Voyager Class to fit into scale with the other team members.

One thing to watch out for:

The first 2-pack I brought home had an Optimus with 2 left hands. I had to take it back to the store to get a replacement. No flipping these hands around.

Grimlock:

Truth be told, I was way more interested in Grimlock than I was in Optimus.   I was really excited to see the Fall of Cybertron Grimlock with the G1 color scheme.  I knew this was going to be a good figure to get my hands on.

The silver of the new Grimlock is a lot lighter to resemble the old color.  He also has on the red bike shorts as well as the colors down the front of his legs.  It is clear Hasbro went to a lot more trouble getting this new Grimlock ready than they spent of Optimus.   I guess that is what we would expect, since Grimlock is the new character in the newest movie.

He really looks like the G1 Grimlock when he is in T-Rex mode.  I think the only drawback of this version is his stumpy tail.  He has the button on the back of his neck that allows for a light-up mouth (batteries included).

This is a very good version of Grimlock.  Grimlock fans will definitely want to get their hands on this 2-pack.  Optimus is not the best one out there, but this version of Grimlock more than makes up for it.


Transformers: Age of Extinction – Dinobots (Strafe, Scorn, Slug)

Today we are going to look at three of the new Deluxe Class Dinobots.

Strafe – 

Strafe is a flyer in his dino-mode.  In robot mode, he continues with the medieval armor appearance.  The two beast heads work in the front to create strong shoulders and a pretty good look.

This Strafe is from the Toys R Us Exclusive that comes with a Mini-Con of the same figure (a redeco of Swoop).  It is the same Strafe figure, but just with a little extra.   There is one other out there as well, I think it might be Slug.

Talk about your epic pose.  I sure hope we get to see Strafe do this in the movie.  How bad-ass does he look with his wings out?  Pretty sweet.  You can really get a sense of the great armor he has.  The gauntlets on his forearms are awesome, as are the very strong looking legs.

And then we get to his dino-mode.  A two-headed pterodactyl.   This once again makes me question the reason to deviate so much from a standard dinosaur.  Ah well.

There is a lot of articulation in the wings that allow for some pretty good poses, instead of having to stick to the strait wings we get a lot of times.

 

Scorn –

I really like the overall design of Scorn.  His beast mode is pretty fantastic.  From the tall sail, to the long tail, to the head that moves back and forth.

I don’t love it when Transformers only have one usable hand.  I would rather like to see a second hand rather than a tail for a hand, but if you are going to be one hand short, at least his tail is huge and makes for a great weapon.  And what is better than one weapon?  Two weapons.  His tail hides his sword that he can use to make a little extra trouble.

Dinobot Slug –

Who ends up with a name like Slug?  I expect to see this guy sleeping through the whole movie.   He is a pretty good interpretation of a triceratops.  Only a few added parts to give him a little AoE extra.

I think Slug really shines in robot mode.  Strong and powerful is the name of the game.  Two swords wielded in very strong hands.  He looks to be quite a force.

There you have them, the first three Dinobots.  I still haven’t seen any Decepticons.  They have all be Autobot from the get go.  Of course we don’t really know much about the enemy from the trailer.  We know they are coming to eradicate the human race, but who are they?  Guess we will just have to wait and find out.


Transformers: Age of Extinction – Grimlock

The Big Boy!  Grimlock, finally making a showing in the new Transformers film.  I have been waiting through three movies for this one.  They are looking to be big in the film, so the best guy to start with is the Leader Class Grimlock.  He is big, and he is chromed all over.  A little homage to the G1 Grimlock.

He has quite a few colors across his body.  Chrome, black, grey, and fades of metallic orange.  From the first look, he doesn’t look a lot like the G1 Grimlock.  The colors are different, there are no tell-tale designs that speak to the G1 Grimlock.  His head is quite different, and he doesn’t have his sword.

There is a trend you are going to see in the Dinobots.  In robot mode, they have a medieval appearance, which looks like they are wearing knight’s armor, especially in the head designs.  Some are even more blatant about it than Grimlock’s head.

Hmmmm, pointy shoes.  I don’t know about this design feature.   It is a bit strange to see an elf shoe on a big fighting robot.  This trend follows all of the dinobots.  They all have the pointy little shoes.

It was not on the directions, so I don’t know if it is an actual design feature, or a happy accident, but the mace can be folded up, combined with the shield, and stored on Grimlock’s back.  It is out of the way when you don’t want him holding all of his weapons.

Now we get to his beast mode.   Are we back to Beast Hunters?  Nope, on to Transformers 4.   This is not a very accurate T-Rex.  It sure would have been nice to have seen him look a lot more like a T-Rex rather than the more stylized designs we saw during the Beast Hunters run of Prime.  It looks like, from the movie trailers, he will not really ever look like a T-Rex.  Dragon yes.    His body is very wide.   The ribcage is about half again as wide as what looks to be proper proportions.   This leaves him looking a little flat across the torso.

The face is great.  He has a moving jaw which makes for lots of good playability.   He can move his tiny little T-Rex arms.  Two points of articulation there.  Pretty nice.

 

Overall, I am happy with Grimlock.  There are some things I would like to have seen be a little better.  A sword, a robot head that looked a bit more like the classic Grimlock, and a little more T-Rex looking dino design.  His transformation is pretty good.  One problem there is the direction say, “Reverse order to change to dino mode.”   This would be nearly impossible for a kid to do.  The directions to go in reverse order are quite tricky.   Good luck parents.

 

Coming up next.  We have a trio of dinobots as well as a trio of Autobots.  One of them breaks on me, with no pressure at all.  Find out which one you will need to be careful with…


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