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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.


Decepticon Revolver and Six Shot – Transformers: Generation – Titans Return – Leader Class

I went to the Target near work, where I tend to go every Thursday. It is not close to home, so I frequent there once a week after work. Generally, they do not have anything terribly good. Most of the time the Marvel Legends aisle is warming some pegs with old waves of figures. The Star Wars 6 inch figures are generally a bunch of Rogue One figures we all already have. And on the Transformers aisle, I would be surprised if I could find Robots in Disguise one-step changers, which I have zero interest in collecting.

To my amazement, they had some of the older Titan Master single packs. And then I saw him on the bottom shelf. In all of his giant glory was Six Shot. I knew he was coming, but the bright teal and purple was a sight to behold. I was half excited. I knew he was a needed figure for the collection, but at the same time, I was a little apprehensive about a six-changer, or a sextuple-changer. Generally the triple changers do not do terribly well. You get one mode that is good, and a few modes that are so-so. So, what comes of a guy that is made up of one robot, one wolf, and four vehicles?

First off, robot mode. This is Six Shot. 1987 could stand with 2017 and feel like they were looking in an updated mirror. It is clear that Hasbro went to great lengths to make this Six Shot reflect the Six Shot from 30 years ago, and not in an homage kind of way. They went to a lot of work to recreate the original with so much attention to detail.

He has a different head than his G1 counterpart, but that is to be expected. This version is a Titan Master, so Revolver is hiding under that helmet. This is one of the more fun Titan Master helmets with the big Leader Class figures. With the others, they have a full helmet that folds out of the way to allow the Titan Master to be removed. In Six Shot’s case, the top of the helmet folds back and allows Revolver to be removed straight out of the top, like removing a brain. This makes for a more solid looking larger scale head, which hasn’t always worked so effectively with the other Leader Class figures.

As you circle Six Shot, you can start to see all of the different parts hanging off, around his body. There are wheels, treads, wings, nose cones, claws, a head, a couple of different cockpits, the list goes on.

Revolver, the Titan Master looks like a little ninja of his own. He is modeled after Jack, a Headmaster from the show of the same name, who was actually killed by Six Shot. That is some interesting irony, that those two would be teamed up.

Now, onto the modes. We are following the directions in a linear transformation. Each of the directions builds off of the last mode, finishing back with the robot.

First up is the tank mode. The treads are rotated around, and the legs form the cannons of the tank. There are four cannons on the legs that are black, and Six Shot’s 2 hand cannons become additional cannons for this mode. It is a stubby little vehicle, but it is well armored. There are a few parts that are a bit out of place, like the wings on the top, and the wheels hanging off the front end. I like this mode. I would have liked to see the turret actually rotate, but that is a lot to ask from a pair of legs. They already have a LOT of engineering for all of the jobs they have to do.

The next transformation is into the jet. It looks very similar to the space ship that Astrotrain and Sentinel Prime turn into. I like seeing the design cues carrying through the series.

He is quite big as the jet, with his hand blasters becoming the main weapons for the ship. One problem with this mode is the back part, where the arms hang off the back. They do not peg into place in this mode, so they flop around a bit.

Next up is the car mode. This is quite the armored vehicle. Very different from the tank we saw before, this vehicle is longer and looks like it has a front end capable of crashing through any wall.

This time around, Revolver gets to sit in an open-top cockpit. And look at that, he gets a shotgun seat for a sidekick. We sure do have enough Titan Master running around now.

The 5th mode is the beast mode. Back in the day, the wings were folded in, but in this version, Six Shot lets his wild side out, and the wings are wide and free. A flying giant wolf. Nope, no Autobots will have nightmares about that one.

The wolf has a moving front jaw. The head cannot move further down that straight out. There is a giant hole in the back of his head that a folded up Revolver drops into. It is a great touch to allow Revolver to control the wolf in the head too. There is some good articulation from the legs, with the back legs moving forward and back. There is more movement up front. The two blasters become a tail when attached together.

The final mode is a “submarine“. Back in the day (1987), there were not so many worries about kids getting shot for running around with weapons. Toy manufacturers have to be way more careful about that today. Hasbro is a bit more gunshy than they were back in the 80s, and with good reason. For that reason, Six Shot lost his gun mode, and gained a submarine mode. Really though, it is the gun, looking really close to the G1 version, but flipped upside down. So really you do get the gun mode, it is just not built that way in the directions. Then Hasbro cannot be blamed for a kid running around pretending to shoot people with a giant teal/purple/black gun.

Another quick change and Six Shot is back to his robot self. Overall I am really impressed with this setup. I was not sure they were going to be able to pull off a sextuple-changer, but he works really well. There are not obvious extras that detract from each of the modes. There are some parts that don’t belong, like the wheels in nearly every mode, but that is part of the charm of his many transformations. He is definitely a good addition to the Leader Class. He does have capabilities to attach to the other base modes, though he does not have a base mode of his own. The directions show the tank joining up. I will have to go back and see how easy or difficult that is to do.


Kickback – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return – Legends Class

FINALLY the Insecticon team is complete!!! Skrapnel came out first, way back in the Generations: Thrilling 30 line back in 2013-14. From there, we got Bombshell in the very first wave of Combiner Wars in 2015. Now with Titans Return we have completed the team with Kickback. Three team members spread over a little more than three years. That is a long time to wait. Was it worth it?

It was. Kickback looks great. And even though these are three figures from three different sub-lines, they work so well together, and they all have that great G1 look to them, but with the articulation of a modern figure.

Kickback comes out of the package in his robot mode. That is not a surprise. Not a lot of kids are going to yell to mom and dad that they want a grasshopper toy. He is folded flat in the box, but with a few twists, his wings prominently stick up and help give him a little extra height.

He does not come with a gun like he did with his G1 toy. This time around, he has to rely on his name sake, and kick the Autobot back to wherever he came from.

His robot mode is great, but what makes these three even better is their unique transformation into giant bugs. Kickback is fairly well folded up in robot mode, and you cannot really tell what kind of bug he is, though you can definitely tell he is a bug. The transformation is pretty fun to get him transformed into a giant grasshopper. His wings are once again the main focus here. They have good movement to allow for playability in this mode. His back legs also have good articulation to allow for some super Kickback kicks.

This, being a part of the Titan’s Return line, has a cockpit of sorts to allow a Titan Master to ride on his back. The little Titan Master does not go in very far.

Together, the team looks great. For being over the course of three years, it is amazing how well these three match. The purple and yellow match well.

I am really happy with this guy. Again a great figure to make in the Legends scale.


Autobot Apex and Powermaster Optimus Prime – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return

Here is another interesting figure for Hasbro to tackle. This version of Optimus Prime pays homage to the 1988 gimmick of Powermasters. This is very similar to the Headmasters, where a smaller bot powers up the bigger bot. Originally it was an engine that plugged into Prime’s chest to give him more power. Of course we are in the midst of the Titans Return line, so Hasbro went with a Titan Master and made the big chest engine a part of the transformation. This is a pretty good execution of bringing forth a new version of the one-off figure from 1988. It also allows Hasbro to come out with two different Optimus Primes in this Series.

He comes with a card that shows Optimus’ power, and then the addition of Apex to the team.

Apex looks a lot like Orion Pax when Optimus’ helmet is pulled back. It is a good face when you think of it being similar to what we have seen given to Pax figures. The helmet can be stored in the back of the body.

Apex is a cute little guy. He looks like a very close approximation of Hi-Q, who was Prime’s original Powermaster partner.

Transforming Optimus into the truck seems very familiar. So familiar. Like Ultra familiar. Oh yeah, this is a heavy retool of Ultra Magnus from the Combiner War line. The cab looks similar, and the basic design of the overall cab/trailer combo looks familiar, but there are so many differences. The base body is the same, with many parts being reused. But there are also so many new parts.

Hasbro had to figure out how to close in the trailer, since Prime is technically a cargo hauler, not a car hauler like Magnus… though you know he mostly takes cars around. The back end opens with a ramp to allow smaller cars to fit inside, like Bumblebee, who we will be looking at in the near future.

When Optimus got a new model in 1988, they went over the top. Giant cannons mounted at the front of the trailer, check. Guns mounted on the roof, check. The telltale blue and white stripe down the side of the trailer, check. It is all here.

Comparing Prime to Magnus, it is clear to see the similarities and differences.

In truck mode, they look so close in the cab. You know the cabs have to be different, because Magnus has a driver’s seat in his cab for robot mode, and then it is taken up with a head in vehicle mode. Prime has a way to hold Apex in the cab as well as the helmet. The backs are clearly different, though they use the same basic body.

In robot mode, you can see where they used Magnus’ chest plate with a new plate to give Prime his Powermaster capabilities. They look a lot more similar in their robot modes.

One of the gimmicks of the original Powermaster Optimus, was the ability for the trailer to turn into a battle station. Since the cab and trailer are attached as one in this set, all of Prime turns into a battle station. Really the trailer turns into the station, and the cab just hangs out back there facing the wrong way.

It is a funny thing to see Ultra Magnus come first and then be remodeled into Optimus. But it has been done with some other figures more recently. They bring out the remodel figure first, and then the original. Can’t complain with that, since I will probably end up getting both version anyway. This is a good version of Optimus Prime. The Powermaster parts give him a nice unique look, and he is a welcome part of my ever growing Optimus Prime army.


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