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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.


Scatterspike – Transformers: Robots in Disguise – Warrior Class

“Get me out of here!”

Quillfire has a brother now. Scatterspike is repainted version of Quillfire, and he turned out great. In the RiD line, there are generally straight repaints, as opposed to the Generations line that at least gives a new head sculpt.

Scatterspike is sporting a darker color scheme with burgundy and purple. The bottom of his mouth is colored with a darker shade of grey more like a gunmetal. It is the only place that the color shows up. With Quillfire, his quills were the same color, so the color matches front to back. With Scatterspike, Hasbro focused on the secondary color of purple a lot more. You know purple is the color of Decepticons, so you know he is a bad guy.

From there, things continue to be the same. He has a blaster, which is still really cool, and fits his hand very well. It is the primary color of burgundy. He also has a removable spike that is in the purple color.

Choose your flavor: Raspberry or Mocha.

Side by side in vehicle mode, I think Scatterspike has a much better disguise. He is nearly fully burgundy in vehicle mode. The paint apps are pretty much identical except for a change of color. I do like that Hasbro went so far as to change the color of the band around the wheels.

Overall, Quillfire was a good figure. He is fun to transform, and he is a lot of fun to play with including good articulation, two weapons, and a moving mouth. So to get a second character based on the first was just fine with me. They can be a couple of grumpy Decepticons together forever.

 


Springload – Transformers: Robots in Disguise – Legion Class

The Robots in Disguise line has not been fantastic in my eyes. Their Warrior Class is a simplified version of the Deluxe Class we have been seeing in the Generations line. The idea was to make a cheaper line of figures that parents would want to buy their kids. It really hasn’t happened that way. Most of the time, the figures in the RiD line are just as much as the Generations line, and they do not have the detail and precision.

For the most part, the entire line of RiD is simplified, with one-step and three-step changers taking a lot of room on the pegs at the store. And then there is the Legion Class. Tiny versions of figures we have in larger, better looking scales. Occasionally though, a figure comes along that really makes sense.

In this case, Springload. Originally we saw him as a one-step changer. The problem with that one was that the vehicle looked like a dune buggy, not the truck he is in the show. That is pretty terrible. Now we have a more show accurate version in the Legion Class.

Springload looks like a truck, so that is a nice bonus for him. He is not really this small in the show compared to other characters, but as a little frog guy, it works in the toy line.

When he transforms, he really comes alive. I am really impressed with the level of engineering that went into making this little guy. There are a lot of parts that fold up really well to get a square truck to turn into a round frog.

He has a whole lot of articulation to boot, which is both amazing and impressive. He is my new favorite figure in the line. He is a lot of fun to play with, and interacts well with other characters. When I first saw the horrible one-step version, I prepared myself to never see a good version of Springload. And then he suddenly appeared. A welcome sight to be sure.


Doomshot and Megatron – Transformers: Generation – Titans Return – Voyager Class

We looked at the Voyager Class Optimus Prime, based on the Laser Optimus from Generation 2. This time we are going to look at the Decepticon side of things, with Megatron and Doomshot.

We got a new Megatron in the last series, Combiner Wars, where we actually got two really nice Megatrons that were Leader Class. This time around, they are going with the triple changer feature, and using the body that we know will end up being Blitzwing with a repaint and a new Titan Master.

Hasbro was able to stick with the same basic shape and design of the robot, from Combiner Wars to Titans Return. There is just a massive size difference. I have to say, it is a bit of a de-evolution, going from the massive and shiny Combiner Wars version, to the smaller, grey Titans Return version.

As with other triple changers, it is clear there is a lot going on here. Like with Optimus, you can see jet parts in a backpack, as well as the tank parts.

Side by side, Optimus and Megatron are fairly evenly matched. Their size and bulk are very similar.

Megatron comes with Doomshot, who looks amazingly like Blitzwing, whom we will see in a future wave. Red and grey, and that is about it for this guy.

Transforming Megatron first takes us to the tank mode. Well, it looks like a tank that is getting ready to fly. I am thinking this is some kind of Nazi World War II attempted invention. A tank that can fly. Wings folded in and ready for takeoff.

From the back, there is a lot going on. A lot of the jet parts hang out back there.

And from the front… the jets. They couldn’t figure out how to build the two modes, so the tank and the jet were facing the same way? I bet Megatron would have loved to have had jet power in tank mode.

The turret has a swivel to it, so that makes for some nice playability. Doomshot gets to sit in the turret and fire the cannon.

Moving on to jet mode. Hey, that actually looks like a jet that could fly. Hasbro took cues from the F-15 Strike Eagle, a boxy plane in it’s own right and perfect for transforming into a tank. That being said, there is a whole lot of tank parts hanging off under there, which really isn’t good for flying, and makes the plane sit off the ground when landed.

The cockpit opens and allows Doomshot to ride in there. Much better than Optimus’ ride where his Titan Master has to ride in the back.

From the top, the F-15 looks good. I am not big on the shiny metallic stickers. It would have worked if he had actually been shiny like the Combiners War version, but this version looks a bit silly.

One of the configurations allows for the smaller cannon to be attached to the top of Megatron’s back. That allows the large cannon to not be quite as long and unwieldy.

Megatron and Optimus together in jet modes. I think Megatron definitely pulls out the win on this one. His jet looks better and actually able to fly.

In vehicle mode, tank vs tanker. Um, well I am going to give it to Megatron again Megatron looks better and has more playability, with the moving turret.

The two are pretty evenly matched in robot mode. They are of similar sizes, though Megatron has half a head on Prime. Megatron pretty much has one massive weapon, while Prime can fight with two. It is hard to say who would win this fight.

Bring in their stats, and again it is pretty even. Megatron is up on strength and firepower, but Optimus is up on speed and smarts. This would be a good match to watch.


Diac and Optimus Prime – Transformers Generations – Titans Return (Voyager Class)

So, we already got a really good looking Leader Class Optimus Prime in the Titans Return line, so why did we get a second one? Well, that is probably because Hasbro decided to make Megatron a Voyager Class figure this time around. It is not very Autobot-like to be the bigger guy and pick a fight. So, they gave us Optimus in the smaller scale so he can fight Megatron with Doomshot.

Optimus is a triple changer this time around. Robot, fuel tanker truck, and jet. This is a case where a triple changer cannot work well three times. You can get one good mode, or maybe two good modes, but you are going to be hard pressed to get all three modes that work really well. Especially when the modes are distinct, and not a battle station of some sort like we have found with a lot of the Leader Class figures. Just like how Megatron was made using what will become Blitzwing, They used Octane to make Optimus Prime. It makes a lot more sense if you look at who is coming second in this line to understand that Hasbro is trying to cut costs by using the same base body a couple of times. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t.

Optimus Prime starts in his robot mode. He has some mighty big shoulders. He is feeling his inner Ultra Magnus on this one. This design is based on the Laser Optimus Prime from the 1995 Generation 2 line, where he also had some big shoulders.


He comes with a blaster (that can of course hold a Titan Master) as well as a neon green sword.

It is hard to not compare this version of Optimus to the Powermaster version, since they are coming out in the same series, and they came out pretty close together. Even with the big shoulders, this version of Prime is a LOT shorter than the Powermaster, and a whole lot less robust to boot.

This Optimus comes with Diac. Diac is named for the Diaclone, which were the predecessors to the Transformers. I love that Hasbro is paying homage to the pre-Transformers line that eventually created the world of Transformers we know today. Back then there were some mish-mashed figures that were out of scale from one another since they were from different lines, brought together. But here we are so many years later under one umbrella of greatness.

Looking at Optimus’ back, it is clear this is no robot to truck transformation we are going to see. There is something more going on, and it looks like it is going to be a plane.

Yup, it was a plane. Not a great plane, but a plane nonetheless. What we end up with is a strange concoction of parts that do form a plane of some sort. Is it supposed to be a fighter jet, a passenger jet, or something inbetween? It is hard to tell.

The wings are extremely short on this plane. That is where we start to get into the trouble areas of having triple changers. The wings have to fold away in another mode, so they have to stay within a certain size, causing some visual troubles. On top of that, there is a ton of greeble on the back half of the plane, making it look extremely heavy back there, and not very aerodynamic.

Moving to the back of the plane, it is powered by just one little jet. It would be hard to move a brick like this, much less with such a small engine. Oh well, can’t win them all.

There is a cockpit way back there that allows Diac to fly the plane. It is too bad the cockpit at the front doesn’t work for that purpose, but with the way the nose is made, there is no room.

There are two ways the weapons can be attached, First is near the nose of the plane. The gun fits in one side, and the sword on the other. Yet more ways to kill the aerodynamics of the plane.

The other option is to mount the two weapons together on the top of the plane and allow Diac to get a little air as well. This looks a bit better, than the side mounting alternative.

Onto the truck. Optimus has been a lot of trucks in his time. Back in 1995, Laser Optimus Prime was reimagined as a tanker truck, and this became one of the fan favorite designs of all time. In that version, the robot and the trailer were detachable, so Optimus could be a robot and have a battle station. This time around, it is all one unit. Unfortunately that means there is no bending between the truck and the trailer, so he is one solid unit.

The truck features a chrome tanker, a very nice nod to the Laser version. No flame throwing Prime on the side though. Fear not, if you want the flaming Prime version, it is coming out in a Toys R Us Exclusive 5-pack with Optimus being black and listed as Laser Optimus Prime. Once again, Diac rides in the same cockpit, this time flipping around in the seat to face the other direction.

The weapons mount on the sides in this mode as well.

 

Overall, not the greatest triple changer we have. When we look at Megatron, you will see a triple changer that works well, and looks right. There were just too many differences shoved into this guy to work properly. They were making Megatron a triple changer, and they wanted to do the same for Optimus. They found a figure they could use (Octane) to create Laser Optimus as well as Octane, and have at least 3 versions of the figure being used (Optimus, Laser Optimus, and Octane), to help cut costs. This is not my favorite Optimus, and he will probably live life on the shelf as a robot. Powermaster Optimus Prime will be my main Titans Return guy.


Scarif Trooper – Star Wars The Black Series – Rogue One (Walmart Exclusive)

I got done with my look at the new Target Exclusive AT-ACT Driver, and realized that I had never looked at the Scarif Trooper. What an oversight on my part. I had looked at the initial release of the Squad Leader that saw general release, but the troop builder figure only saw release at Walmart. That is a pretty strange way to go about selling toys, but whatever. I don’t make the rules.

Being that finding the exclusives for Walmart are super hard to do, I had ordered them online, since I knew it would be way better to just go that route and not have to travel around to see if I could find any (which I never did).

So my box showed up with 3 troopers (best deal to get free shipping). They are very similar to the Squad leader, but with a different belt that does not have the long blue skirt, but instead has a shorter off-white skirt.

I really like these troopers overall. Their paint apps are random, so they don’t all seem to have the same dirt and scuff marks in the same place. Troop building with these guys is fun.

As of the time of this photo shoot, I had 5 Scarif Troopers, 4 Death Troopers, a Hovertank Driver, and a Stormtrooper. That is a goodly number of troopers, but more than that, it is an interesting looking bunch. If for no other reason, Rogue One expanded the universe of the Troopers, and we have more to look at than just a bunch of shiny white dudes, and an occasional Speeder Bike driver (who I have, but somehow didn’t make it to the shoot. That is definitely my bad on that one).


Imperial AT-ACT Driver – Star Wars The Black Series Target Exclusive

Today we are going to take a look at the newly minted Target Exclusive figure AT-ACT Driver. Now, I am not sure we even saw these guys in Rogue One, since we barely saw the AT-ACT, so this could be totally made up for the toy line. That being said, I am a sucker for action figures in the 6 inch line, and The Black Series figures never disappoint (except for the head sculpts of the women, but Hasbro is working on it).

This guy looks very familiar, and he should. He is made up of the two previously introduced new Troopers to the Star Wars Universe for the Rogue One movie. Most of the parts are Scariff Trooper parts with a bit of Hovertank Pilot thrown in. Since those two figures share most of the parts anyway, it is not too big of a surprise to see them being used again.

What I am surprised about is that Rogue One takes place basically right at the beginning of A New Hope. The time runs quickly in A New Hope, and both movies are considered year 0 B.B.Y. (Before the Battle of Yavin). Therefore, it is 3 years before we see the first of the AT-AT Imperial Walkers. Along with that, in the Rebels series, we see AT-ATs in Season 1, Episode 10 (A Princess on Lothal), which takes place 3 years BBY, and we actually see the drivers. They are wearing the suit and helmet of the later AT-AT drivers. It seems unlikely that the AT-AT and the AT-ACT would be different enough to constitute a completely different outfit and helmet. More likely, they would wear the same outfit.

But, you know how it goes. There are 40th anniversary figures coming out, and everybody wants a piece of the giant Star Wars pie. So, Target gets their special exclusive, and it happens to be a driver we never saw. That isn’t totally a bad thing. The figure is well made. He is another Trooper that fits in with the rest of the Rogue One line, and deepens the ranks for the collectors and photographers.

He is similar to the Scariff Trooper and the Hovertank Pilot, but not similar enough that he should be skipped. The coloring is really well done with white armor, that neither of the other two have. He has red markings that are unique to him.

Overall, this is not going to be a figure I think a lot of people will want to army build. We will probably never have a 6 inch scale AT-ACT, as the 3 3/4 inch version did not sell well. I am looking forward to see what all we get with the 40th Anniversary line. It will be a fun summer.a


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