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Starscream – Transformers: Generations – Power of the Primes – Voyager Class

Well, hmmm. I think I was expecting more from a big Voyager Class Starscream. What we ended up with was a guy that looks like he is standing on his tiptoes. He has giant Popeye forearms, and a tiny head.

I am not sure what version of Starscream they were trying to go for here. He looks a bit like the small Legends Class figure from the Thrilling 30 line.

Well, as a Power of the Primes Voyager Class figure, Starscream comes with a pair of feet for the eventual transformation into a Combiner that for some reason has no name. It should be made up of all jets. Starscream is the body, while Blackwing and Dreadwind can make up two of the 4 limbs. They only need 2 more jets and we are good to go. I am sure we can pilfer some from the Combiner Wars line if we need to.

Transforming him into jet mode is not a big deal. Pretty straight forward. I am bummed that such a big figure has the arms handing off the sides like it does, and the feel stick down off the engines. This whole thing feels a bit lazy to me. We have seen some great transformations with these combiner type figures, but this is not one of them.

The profile of the jet is really weird. The landing gear at the front is REALLY far forward. And then back end is really fat.

The top profile of the jet is nice. It looks like a European fighter with the extra winglets near the cockpit.

Then there are the feet. What to do with the giant feet. They are supposed to hang off of the wing. Yuck! That looks horrible. But if he ever wants to combine, he needs to bring some feet with him.

As a combiner, he transforms into the torso. The cockpit opens and allows the Seeker Enigma to be placed in his…stomach. The new head that flips out is better suited for the larger figure, and way better than the pinhead he comes with in his regular robot mode. People seem to always be on opposite sides of the argument when it comes to Starscream having a crown.

I think it is much better that Grimlock has the feet than Starscream. For Grimlock, they work pretty well. They are too bulky for Starscream. I think the pieces made to be either hands or feet worked better for the Combiner Wars line, where a figure was either given a hand or a foot. This time around, they are able to color coordinate the hands to the figures, but to what end? Is it better this way with giant armor?

The journey continues. I have been getting some of the bigger figures, and a few smaller figures. We will see what is what, and finally put together a combiner in this crazy Power of the Primes line.

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Grimlock – Transformers: Generations – Power of the Primes (Voyager Class)

Moving up to the bigger figures, we are going to look at the Voyager Class Grimlock. For those who were on the ride for the Combiner Wars, you will remember that the Voyager Class figures were the main torso of the Combiner teams. They were bigger, and the leader of the given team.

This is a really nice representation of the G1 version of Grimlock. He is missing his T-Rex torso, splayed out behind him like a pair of wings, but I like this a lot better. As the Voyager Class figure of the team, he comes with the feet that will eventually be used with Volcanicus…but not until we get to wave 2, and the rest of the DInobot team. He also comes with the Enigma of Combination, which allows him to form Volcanicus with his team.

As with his brethren, he comes with a clear portion painted gold on the inside. This is a great look, and nice to have it flow through the whole team.

Leave it to Grimlock to have a power that would make him smaller so he could test his mettle.

With the team thus far. I am still bummed that Swoop has a blue torso. I know it fits in with the cartoon, but boy does it make him look like an outsider with the rest of the team in red.

Transformation of Grimlock is not too tricky, just tricky enough to be fun. He has that WIDE stance that we know and love from that silly T-Rex.

He has all of the important parts that are needed to be a good Grimlock. The face really sells the look overall.

From the top, things are a bit sketchy. There is a LOT of extra stuff stuck on back there. Since Grimmy turns into a torso as well, there are a few extra pieces that need to go someplace. It isn’t the worse, but not as clean as previous releases of Grimlock.

And once again with his team, this time in dino-mode. They look great together. I can’t wait to get the other two and have a full team for the first time in my life. It is going to be epic.

Also a full team means Volcanicus. And to make him, Grimlock needs to form the torso. And what a nice torso he makes. I love his T-Rex head becomes the chest with an Autobot logo right in the middle. The hips swing around and form circles on the front of the shoulders, which looks outstanding. His Volcanicus head even has a sort of crown, which of course we know Grimlock is.

Some of my Grimlocks. There have been a lot, but these are the closest representation we had leading up to Power of the Primes. In the back is the Masterpiece Grimlock. Giant in size, he is a fantastic piece. Then there are the two outside Grimlocks. On the left is the Fall of Cybertron version with the redecoed Gold Chrome version from Target on the right. I was actually quite amazed that the Fall of Cybertron version was larger than the Voyager Class here in Power of the Primes. It was also a Voyager Class, but It just didn’t feel as big until they were side by side.

As with any figures, there are likes and dislikes, but in recent years with the Prime Wars Trilogy, Hasbro has been making some absolutely fantastic G1 remodeled figures. Grimlock is in amongst those figures. I can’t wait to get the rest of the team!


Sigma 6 Vehicles in scale with MiniMates

If only I could time-travel back to 2006, I would have stocked up on the small scale Sigma 6 G.I. Joe vehicles. I loved that line, and I have most of the larger 8 inch figures, but I skipped most of the smaller vehicles. I am kicking myself now that I can see that there is not a lot of difference between the 3 inch Sigma 6 figures, and the 2 inch MiniMates.

Not only were there a number of vehicles that came out that would work for pretty close scale, but there were also a couple of Mechas. And, since Mechas are a made-up vehicle, the size can be off for the scale to still work. In this case, the Iron Hammer is a great example. It is a big vehicle that can fit into the scenes with the MiniMates. Better yet, it has a cockpit that can fit a MiniMate. That can’t always happen with the strange dimensions of MiniMates, but when it works, you do NOT want to pass it up.

Interestingly, there were a lot of vehicles from Sigma 6 that were repurposed into the standard 3 3/4 inch G.I. Joe line. So, if they can go up in scale, I can go down in scale. That means, keep your eyes out for other vehicles that fit the bill. If they are not a standard vehicle, they may very well fit into scale.

Aside: I was having fun today, since I made 6 more explosions, I wanted to see if I could make it look like the windows were being blown out of the building. I also made a smoke trail for a missile. I think they are very convincing, and I am looking forward to my next project. What that is, I don’t know yet, but I am sure it will be fun.


Nitro Zeus (Decepticon Nitro) – Transformers: The Last Knight (Voyager Class)

I was playing Russian Roulette today to take an unopened figure outside for a sunny day review. Nitro Zeus was my guy. I have been REALLY slow to review figure from The Last Knight mostly because I really didn’t like the film all that much. There were some parts that were good, and there are some figures that are great. So I have a smattering of figures that I have picked up early on when they were first released around movie time.

Straight out of the box, I like Nitro. He is a good feeling figure. He feels like a solid toy with good strong body parts. He has a wobbly head going on, but more on that in a bit. This is a pretty close representation of the figure. He is missing a lot of paint detail that he had in the movie, and he does not have the ammo belt tube similar to the one Shockwave had. Ironically, Nitro had a similar head to Shockwave in the movie too.Nitro is made for fighting.

He has a crossbow on one arm that sticks out further than his hand. Picking up stuff must be hard. He also has six missiles mounted to his back. There are two mini gatling guns, one on each shoulder.

Finally, on his left arm, he has a bigger gun. It looks like a mix between a big cannon and a gatling gun. We see it was toward the end of the movie, with Nitro using his crossbow for most of the fights.  The cannon telescopes in on itself to become a little more than half the length, but at least he can pick up stuff with this hand.

The wobbly head. That is due to Nitro’s head being removable. Hasbro utilized the Titan Master head port to allow for a change. Apparently Cogman (who has a Headmaster), ripped off Nitro’s head in an early version of the movie. We did not get to see that, but the head function stuck. So, Nitro makes a nice crossover between the movie line and the Generations line, to be able to accept a Titan Master.

The transformation is HAAAARD!!!! But boy is it fun to try and figure out. There is some AMAZING engineering in this one. Don’t lose the directions. This one is not straightforward.

It is a very interesting change in jets for this figure. In the movie, he turned into a Saab JAS 39 Gripen. They ended up with a generic jet. That is not to say this is not a good jet. It is actually a really well done jet. The body parts of Nitro hide well underneath, with so much engineering going into the transformation, that you will have trouble recognizing the body parts when you look at the bottom of the jet.  One strange thing about this guy is that he has engines on his back in robot mode, but they do not go with him into jet mode. The engines unfold to becomes his wings, and the top of the jets that stick up over his back, become greeble under the wings. The whole time I was transforming him, I was trying to figure out how the engines were going to fit into all of this. Tricky, they weren’t.

The missiles make an appearance again, this time helping to cover the body parts. It is well thought out.

Nitro gets another bonus, a usable cockpit. The canopy opens and allows a Titan Master to fit inside. Fun!

Overall, I really like Nitro. He is a good figure, and a departure from the mediocre movie figures. A lot of the time, in the movies, they make the transformations so extreme that there is no possible way to get “that robot” transformed into a vehicle. You either get a bad robot, a bad vehicle, or both. Thankfully Nitro does not fit into that category. He is a good, solid robot, and a really well done jet.


Dreadnaut and Overlord – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return – Leader Class

Getting the last few Transformers in a series are nearly always tricky. In this case, there were three released at the end of the Titans Returns series if figures: Overlord, Slugslinger, and Ramhorn. One Leader Class, one Deluxe Class, and one Titan Master. I had good luck with the first two, but I am still having trouble getting my hands on Ramhorn. And that little guy will continue to evade me for a while I am sure.

Overlord is free with a little help from Sky Shadow. Generally as we move through waves of Transformers, we start to see redecos (paint) and retools (body work). These two share some similar components, so let’s take a look at them side by side.

Well, the lower body is the same. The legs up to the torso are just repainted. The torsos are not the same. They both have the wheel, but even that is not in the same place. It is clear moving up the body that there are some very big changes that took place to make Overlord.
The entire top part of the body is all new. I think they share hands, and the internal workings of the elbow section of the arms.

From the back, the differences are even more apparent. They do share a few similarities back there, like the folding out of the jets at the bottom of the back, but the entire nose section of the jet has been redone. Where Sky Shadow’s jet folded back, Overlord can wear nearly all of the cockpit on his shoulder. That is very much how he worked as his G1 Transformer as well.

Overlord still has the great articulation that we have seen in the Titans Returns line. Even more so with these two, since their feet roll at the ankles, to keep their feet planted firmly on the ground.

The directions did not mention that there are two doors in Overlord’s chest. These open to reveal two slots for Titan Masters or Prime Masters (can you imagine this guy running around with the power of two Prime Masters? Yikes!!). The fit of the heads is SUPER tight, and the doors don’t close.

Overlord is teamed up with Dreadnaut. He is a retool of Sky Shadow’s Titan Master, Ominus. He has a new head, arms and legs, based on the G1 box art.

Transforming these Leaders into vehicle mode is a lot of fun. We get a 2-for-1 deal with a jet and a tank. Unlike Sky Shadow that is red and black with a touch of other colors, Overlord does not match both vehicles very well. There is a lot of black on the jet, but almost none on the tank, instead going for the blue, teal, white and purple of the jet’s engines.

Comparing Sky Shadow and Overlord, you can really see where the similarities (tanks) and differences (jets) lie.

Back in the G1 cartoon, Overlord had a super long jet mode. This was apparently designed when the production staff was playing around with the toy and figured out the tank can transform and stay on the jet. Well, it has happened again. There are no directions for the long jet mode, but it is possible. There are some big gaps in the leg areas toward the back.

You might think that if Overlord can have a long jet mode, than Sky Shadow can too. Well, I wondered about that and found that it cannot work. Sky Shadow actually has longer arms that do not allow the hips to fold the thighs into a horizontal position.

Then there is the connection between the jet and the tank. Sky Shadow had a door that opened in the bottom of the jet (his chest) that revealed a clip to allow the jet to pick up the tank and fly around as a pair. There is no such port on Overlord. Instead the two chest doors of Overlord open and the two door latches act as hooks on either side of the tank’s turret to lift the tank off the ground.

The problem is that they do not lock into place. So, it does not really work as well as it does with Sky Shadow, where you can zoom the pait around without the tank falling off.

But since the two tanks are the same, the two jets can switch places and pick up either tank. They both have the clip for Sky Shadow, as well as the two indents for Overlord’s doors.

On to the base mode. All Leader Class figures can turn into a base. And as we have seen with the rest of Overlord, the transformations look a little similar, but there are some big differences. Overlord folds at the hips, so his torso is sticking up in the air. With Sky Shadow, the fold for the tower is the nose section of the jet, so he is pretty much laying down with a tower over his head. Overlord’s arms are a part of the tower, while Sky Shadow’s arms are an extension of the ground portion of the base.

I knew Overlord was a retool of Sky Shadow, but I am hugely impressed by how much of a retool he really was. These are two very different robots with a couple of similarities. It seems that Hasbro really did release these figures in the order of how good they are. We got one that was great, like Sky Shadow. Then they release one in a later wave that is just a little bit better. These are a couple of really great figures. A few more to go in the Titans Returns line. I have Slugslinger, and then it is the hunt for Ramhorn. And of course we are knee deep in the first Wave of Power of the Primes. I have some Voyager Class figures to look at while I am hunting down the first of the Leader Class figures. Lots more to come.


Dreadwing – Transformers: Generations – Power of the Primes (Deluxe Class Wave 1)

 

This is probably my least favorite figure of the wave… on first inspection. There is not a lot that is really exciting. A heavy retool of Skydive from the Combiner Wars line, so you know the drill. He can become an arm or a leg for any Combiner. Other than that, just another brightly colored Decepticon?

Well, yes and no. The teal and purple and two-toned greys are really reminiscent of the Powermaster figure from 1988 who was named Dreadwind. He looks like he has a wrestling mask on. Guess what? He did back in 1988 too. But this time around, his head is front and center and not placed over his back. So, yay for that.

He comes with a single teal blaster. Back in 1988 he came with two, which is SO much better for a jet, as he could have one gun on each side. Instead of a Powermaster Unit, he comes with Prime Armor. This is the first Prime Armor we have seen that is colored to match the wielder. It is purple with teal insert that covers the Prime Master port, but can also be used as a gun.

Now if you are bot in a perpetual bad mood, it is good to be able to combine with Nexus and spread gloom to all of the bots you are combined with. Well, is it really? I don’t know about that. I can see making everyone as angry as you are, but spreading gloom? Seems like you would want to be able to spread gloom to the enemy. But whatever. I am sure Dreadwing has it covered.

Onto the jet mode. He fits right in with the other small jets we saw back in Combiner Wars. He has some added firepower along the sides just like he has back in G1.

He looks fairly F-16 Falcon like in his overall appearance, as he did back in G1. Nice choice. The thing besides being a Powermaster that Dreadwind could do was combine with Darkwing to become Dreadwing, a really powerful jet. Apparently that will be able to happen again this time but with Darkwing being renamed to Blackwing.

So, since Dreadwind took the name Dreadwing, we will have to come up with a new combined name. Blackdread. Ooh, that sounds menacing.

And the directions show him transforming into a leg. Imagine him becoming a Combiner with the likes of Starscream. That could be quite something.

So, I didn’t love the figure right of, but after some time I liked him fine. Then finding out that he will be able to make a super jet, I am really excited to see what these two can do together.


Wingspan and Cloudraker – Transformers: Generations – Titans Returns – Wingspan and Cloudraker (Walgreens Exclusive)

We are in the midst of Power of the Primes, but we are not done with Titans Masters yet. A bunch of weeks ago, I was in San Francisco. The day after Black Friday, my wife and I were walking around town getting ready for breakfast. We stopped in at a fantastic greasy spoon we have gone to before. The line was extremely long. Across the street and down half a block was the glowing cursive ‘w’ of Walgreens. My wife said, “We have to wait a bit, why don’t you go take a look around Walgreens and I will hold our spot.” I don’t have to be told twice. Waving my goodbye and “thanks,” I headed in. I didn’t expect a whole lot, since it was in the middle of the city, and the Walgreens tend to be a lot lighter on goods in the big cities. But to my amazement, they had this Titans Return 2-pack of Wingspan and Cloudraker.

So, the figures are about Legends Class size, and it actually says so on the packaging. In the past, many of the special sets like this left the buyer guessing at the Class. Not this time.

Out of the box, the two guys are very similar. They share some of the same transformation, but they do not look like typical “brothers.” I like the colors. Wingspan has a purple and teal color scheme going on with touches of white and hot pink. Cloudraker seems to be a little more put together with red and cream with a touch of black on the legs/wings.

From the back, Wingspan has giant gaping holes in the back of his legs… something we have not seen a lot with some really clever transformation. Like with his box mate, Cloudraker, who has wings that covers over his holes. But then he has a funky looking backpack that shows a lot of empty parts under the nose of the ship.

Cloudraker transforms into a spaceship of some sort. Clearly a light fighter, since he is a little guy, he has high engines like a lot of the Cybertronian jets we have seen in the Titans Returns line.

It is an okay ship, though there are a lot of parts that are recognizable as body parts.

Wingspan, clearly named for his wider wingspan than Cloudraker, transforms into a bird of prey. We did not get a whole lot of Beastformers in the Titans Returns line.

Wingspan does a good job transforming. Most of the parts are well hidden, with the bulk transfering to the underside of the body, helping to hide the.

Here we have it. A couple of flying robots. I would rather have seen two more similarly themed figures, as opposed to one hawk and one space ship.  They even have spots for Titan Masters to sit, though I could not get one to ride Wingspan very well.

 

I love that Walgreens keeps getting lots of exclusives, quickly becoming one of my favorite spots to find exclusives. I can’t wait to see what I find there next.


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