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Flameout and Twin Twist – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return

Last time we looked at Topspin, so it is only fitting that we take a look at Twin Twist, the other Jumpstarter from 1985. Back in 1985, the two figures were not “brothers.” They were both Jumpstarters, but they were not made on the same body. Both went on to be copied into other figures, but these two were not related.

Twin Twist is a good looking dude. He shares a lot of similarities with Topspin, but there were enough changes that the two are unique. Most notably are the wings, now missing on Twin Twist, replaced with taller forms that are not distinguishable from the front.

When looking at the back , you can see not only are the wings replaced with treads, but the dual drills tuck so nicely into Twin Twist’s back.

Side by side you can see the similarities between the two figures. They have the same torso, legs and forearms. The entire shoulder has been replaced, as well as the back, and the bottom of the feet.

Twin Twist is joined by Flameout. He is an all grey figure with a new head on his back.

Flameout is a twin with Freezeout. This is probably the best named duo in Transformers history. One will freeze you down, and the other will burn you up. Where Freezeout will freeze the cogs that allow transformation to take place in an enemy, Flameout will cause the cogs to speed up and cause a meltdown. Both are efficient in causing the enemy to lose the ability to change forms.

Once transformed, the telltale Jumpstarter shows up. Twin drills in the front, and a big back end with the engines.

There are quad jets in the back, just like Topspin, but these have a different shape. What a nice touch. They very easily could have used the same jets twice, but these look a bit more rugged, like they would stand up to being underground.

Side by side in vehicle mode, it is clear that these two are similar. There are enough differences between the two that they look quite a bit different too. They have a bit of a reverse color scheme going on and extra touches of color.

One fighting down low, and one up high. This is a duo that can work well together.

I think Hasbro really hit it out of the park with these two. One from wave 4 and one from wave 5, they saved some of the best figures for the end of the Titans Returns line. I can’t wait to see what else they come up with.

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MiniMate Scale Vehicles

We will continue looking at MiniMates today. They are on my mind, since I have immersed myself in the scale to try and make a quality diorama for them, which I have never had before.  Now it is time to look for some vehicles. The scale of MiniMates is between 1/35th and 1/24th scale. I some 1/24 scale models around, and they are a bit too tall for MiniMates. I do not have any 1/35 scale cars to use.

But I do have Transformers, and plenty of Transformers. I figured, why not look at the newest of the lot. The Titans Return figures.  As a vehicle, a Titans Return Deluxe Class figure works fine. The cockpit is too small, since it is made for a Titan Master that is about half as tall as a MiniMate. Too bad, no going for rides in the cabs of these vehicles. But from the outside, they work quite well.

Comparing the robot mode, this works well too. This could be the start of some pretty fun photography.

And as you continue to increase the scale of the Transformer, it works better with MiniMates. It is a good thing Colossus didn’t attack Fort Max, thinking he was a Sentinel.


Repugnus – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return (Titan Master)

Usually I am all about the love for the Transformers. Especially recently with the Combiner Wars and the Titans Return lines coming into play in the Generations line-up.  Repugnus however is very lackluster for me. I guess you can’t love them all. And if you are going to have a miss, make sure it is a tiny Titan Master.

As with the other Titan Master single packs, you get a Titan Master, and a vehicle. In this case, we get the red and yellow Repugnus, and we get a beetle looking vehicle.

The Titan Master looks really close to his G1 robot mode. That is a plus he has going for himself. From there, they took a red and yellow robot and slapped some paint on his face. This is the worst paint I have seen in a long time.

The vehicle that belongs to Repugnus looks a lot like the beetle, bug sort of thing that he transformed into back in 1987. We still don’t know what it is. Repugnus fits right into the chest when he is folded up.

As with the other vehicles, this one has alternate modes. These are not the most well thought out modes we have seen from the line. The first is some sort of aircraft. It basically looks like someone sprayed the vehicle with some Raid, and then Repugnus went for a ride. Not great.

Then there is the gun mode. It is somewhat better with some barrels down low, and what looks like it could also be a bladed weapon.

Finally there is Repugnus’ alternate mode, as a head. That is one weird looking dude. And that is all I have to say about that.

I am glad they missed with a little guy. He can live out his life as a part of the beetle on the back of a shelf somewhere, only achieving dominance when a nuclear war destroys all life, except for Insecticons. And then they can start the process anew. I bet Repugnus wouldn’t look so ugly then.


Overboard – Transformers Generations – Titans Return (Titan Master)

Oh look, it’s that vehicle set…again. First we had Clobber and Crashbash, and now Overboard. This little T-Rex/dragon vehicle has used up it’s usefulness. Three versions of the same vehicle. I am done with it.

Originally known as Overkill, renamed to Overboard (probably because ‘kill’ was in his name), was a Mini-Cassette back in 1987. Thankfully they kept the color scheme. This guy was released 3 times, once as a cassette, and twice as repaints of Classics Grimlock. He always kept a blue and grey color scheme.

He becomes a T-Rex. Bla-bla-bla. Same as we have seen twice before. No nose horn like his G1 version.

He also becomes a terrible looking dragon. Bla-bla-bla.

And he becomes the same oddly shaped gun we have seen through two iterations.

But now, here is the head sculpt. Wait a minute. That is Crashbash’s head repainted. Gah!!! Not even the Titan Master head is different. I actually really like the blue helmet with white face a whole lot. It can go with a lot more figures than the hot pink of Crashbash.

Unless you are a completist, you can probably skip this guy. Unless you want another well colored Decepticon head. Overboard is definitely the weak point of this wave, with some really great figures. Ah well, can’t win them all.


Autobot Ptero – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return – Titan Master

 

Hey look, it’s a tiny version of Swoop… I mean Ptero. Red body with silver arms and legs, yup, it’s Swoop alright. The details are all there in robot mode too. From the head sculpt to the chest that is the head of Swoop’s pterodactyl head. He has really good detailing, and a new unique look from the other Titan Masters.

Of course, you cannot be called Ptero, and not have a vehicle that is a Pterodactyl, or more specifically a Pteranodon. The first mode is of course that of the famous flying dinosaur. Ptero folds up and becomes the body of the flying lizard. The head is very Swoop-like, with the red horn.

From there, there is the transformation into the jet. The Pteranodon flipped upside down, fold in the head, and flip up the wings. Ptero gets a place to sit upright.

Finally, there is the weapon mode. The vehicle becomes a bow, a crossbow, or powerbow. Whatever it is, it is a good weapon. We do not get a lot of Transformers running around shooting bows.

Then there is Ptero’s alternate mode. As with all of the Titan Masters, he turns into a head. The head is very Swoop-like. He has a slender, silver face, which we see in nearly all of the versions of him. Hasbro went with the G1 coloring of the black helmet. He has the telltale rectangle on his forehead, but he is missing the giant horn off the back, since that was a part of the Pteranodon’s body.

This is another really good Titan Master. I really like the unique vehicle, and the weapon it becomes. This wave was pretty fun, with a shield and a bow. Now we need one to turn into a sword.


Sawback (Lione) – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return – Titan Master

Sawback… wait a minute, Sawback is a blue wolf mini-con from the Robots in Disguise line. This guy is not blue, he is definitely not a wolf, and… he doesn’t even have anything to do with saws. This my friends is Lione from the Headmasters. He will from now on be called Lione. I do not care about copyright, and whatever Hasbro did to lose the right to “Lione,” but I am going to call him Lione. Is that enough references to Lione in two sentences?

So, here we go. Lione here is a Titan Master. Therefore he can transform from a head to a tiny little robot. The original Lione transformed from a head to a lion. This time around, he is a robot, but his robot mode has a lion’s head. Pretty neat in all of it’s tiny glory.

As a Titan Master without a body, he comes with a vehicle, as do all of the figures in this series. It is clearly some sort of lion. The first mode I got it into was a ship. Some sort of upside down lion with legs sticking up. No the best in designs. This feels like the designers held the lion and said, “Let’s see if we can get a third mode out of this somehow. If we turn it over, we can force it into the very loose form of a flying vehicle of some sort.”

It is not a terrible mode, and really useful for Lione to get around. It has cannons all over it, so he could be helpful in a fight.

A Lion! Now we are talking. The second mode of the vehicle is a lion. Hence the name Sawback. Gah! Nope, can’t do it. Sticking with Lione. Lione folds up and becomes the mane behind the lion’s head. This is probably the best representation of blend between vehicle and Titan Master that we have ever seen.

There is quite a cartoony feel to the face of the lion. It even has a bit of a head spike that is a nice nod to the original Lione that had a really tall spike. This time around the spike was traded in for a pair of wings. Another flying mammal. The Japanese sure do love putting wings on animals that don’t have wings. And I love buying them.

Then there is the “weapon” mode. This time we see the first defensive weapon. A shield. That is a great change. Now a Transformer can use two weapons and really have an advantage.

Finally there is the head. Lione has such an interesting face. In the original version, he had a really long face, and we see it again here. Looking at the rest of the head, the orange part around the face, it looks like a tiny head on top of his head, with legs coming down the sides of his face. This is a direct take from the original, where the lion body folds in around the head. The continued homage paid to the original figures is fantastic and so welcome.

This is another great figure in the tiny Titan Master line. I am always excited to get my hands on these little guys, and I am glad we have more to go.


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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