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Aimless and Misfire – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return (Deluxe Class)

With a team-up of characters with the names of Misfire and Aimless, you know they are probably not very good at their jobs. And they aren’t. Misfire is a BIG retool of Triggerhappy. The irony is not lost on this writer, going from Triggerhappy who would shoot and not care where his blaster bolts went, to Misfire, who couldn’t hit anything… at all.

Aimless comes with two cannons that can be put together to form a double-barreled gun. Not that it will help him any.

He is painted up in his pink and white like we saw back in 1987. There are touches of red in there too. He comes with the visor style eyes like he had in the cartoon, but it is blue like his eyes in the toy. NIce compromise.

Misfire comes with the Titan Master Aimless. The two were teamed up back in 1987, where Aimless was a Targetmaster. A Targetmaster named Aimless? As you can guess, he didn’t help Misfire shoot any better. Aimless is a retool of Blowpipe that came with Triggerhappy.

I am really happy with the vehicle mode that they came up with. It is very similar to the G1 version with the double nose cones, and the forward swept wings. Even the legs fold up at the back to form an oversized engine compartment.

Aimless gets a cockpit to sit in, which has been a fantastic touch in this line.

There is a port in the back of Misfire, so the dynamic stands can be used with these figures. It allows for great posing.

The Cybertronian jet mode has a great look overall. Big in the back, and sweeping to a point in the front. We tend to lose engine nozzles in these Deluxe figures from time to time. In Triggerhappy, the engines were attached to his wings. So when they made the retool to Misfire, he lost the engines. We have ti imagine they are back there somewhere.

 

I am so happy with the amount of work that Hasbro has put into these retools. They are very different figures than the first version that came out. I hope we see this continue as we move into Power of the Primes.

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Murk and Decepticon Octane – Transformers: Generation – Titans Return (Voyager Class)

Well, nobody was surprised that Octane was on the list of the later Titans Return line. When Optimus Prime showed up with a tanker mode and a jet mode, it was guessed that this was going to become Octane. It is interesting how Hasbro has worked this line. They come out with a retooled model first, and then come out with the main version. They did the same thing with bringing out Megatron first, and then later bringing out Blitzwing. Guess that keeps the folks interested, since some may not buy a repainted figure for a second time. Well, is that what we are doing here? Are we buying a grey version of Optimus? Not really. There are a lot of similarities, but Hasbro did a fair amount of retooling too.

First up, the robot mode. Purple huh? No hiding this is a Decepticon. He has his same purple head and big horns he had way back in 1986, when he was a triple changer. He also has the big wings sticking out to the sides. I am sure it is hard to walk through doors, and he is probably a nightmare at the holiday party. They did a pretty good job of color matching the locations on the body. The purple and grey are much darker colors than the original, which gives him a more sinister look.

Standing next to Optimus, it is clear these two are from the same base design. But there are a few of changes. Right front and center is the chest plate. While Optimus seems to have the front windshield of his truck mode, Octane has a more armor look, which travels down over the abs. The other big change is the wings. Optimus has wings that fold up, while Octane has wings that just stick out there. This is very similar to the G1 version with the big wings.

Octane comes with Murk. Not a surprise, this is a retool of Diac that came with Optimus. He shares the purple and white of Octane.

On to the vehicle modes. I always get a bit worried when we play around with triple changers. And I also get worried when we have tanker trucks. Most of the time, unless they are big Leader Class figures, the tractor and trailer end up being one long stuck together vehicle, which really limits the playability. This is pretty much exactly the same truck that Optimus turns into. Not a bad truck overall. Way better than the G1 Octane that had arms hanging off the sides, and different colored wheels.

It does suffer from being one long vehicle with no separation between the cab and trailer. There is even a place for Murk to hang out while being driven around. The two guns attach to the sides in the standard ports.

And then there is the jet mode. I actually like this jet mode more than the Optimus version. The nose of Optimus’ looked like it was trying to be a fighter jet or a supersonic jet of some sort. Octane’s front end looks like a passenger jet or cargo plane. It still suffers from having a really fat back end with the front of the truck tucked under each wing. But it isn’t quite as noticeable with the darker colors.

These triple changers are not my favorite. I think the Blitzwing triple changer worked better. This one just has too much extra stuff to try and fit in a plane too. We really needed more Decepticons in this series, so I am glad we got him.


Transformers: Generations – Titans Return: Gatorface and Decepticon Krok (Deluxe Class)

So this is a weird figure to go back into the vault for. Back in 1990 the Transformers franchise was coming to an end. They went with a new idea of “Action Masters” who were Transformers who lost the ability to transform because of the use of a powerful fuel source called Nucleon. The fuel gives strength to a mechanoid being, but at a cost. There is always a cost.
One of the figures to come out in that line was Krok. He was apparently a mecha-soccer player who had played for centuries. He had a sidekick Gatoraider. Nice! A soccer player with a sidekick almost named Gatorade.

Anyway, flash forward to 2017. We had Grax and Skullmasher, so why not do a recolor and reintroduce Krok, now the the ability to transform into a crocodile.

He is pretty much exactly like Skullsmasher, but with some new coloring. And boy is it wild. Black, purple and neon yellow, with touches of pink here and there.

That head is terrible looking. It is so boxy. I don’t think it had to be quite so cubicle, but whatever. This is what we get.

Krok comes with Gatorface, who surprise surprise, could not keep the name Gatoraider. Neon yellow and purple. Not much to see here. Moving on.

Comparing Krok next to Skullsmasher, it shows how a repaint can really change the overall look of a character. I do see that Skullsmasher has quite a squared off noggin too.

Transforming into Beast-mode, and we get… another crocodile. I do like the design a lot. This model is a lot of fun to play with, with the moving legs and the opening mouth with twisting head.

The neon yellow carried into his mouth with a bit of a translucent green color. The color is up in the eyes and forehead as well as the cockpit hatch on his back.

I don’t think we really needed a second crocodile on the Decepticon side. I don’t know of too many good guys that are crocodiles, so it is probably a good thing they did not try to shoehorn one onto the Autobot side.

Krok and Gatorface is another repaint. If you liked Skullsmasher, you will like this guy too. The colors are a bit extreme, so he will definitely stand out on your shelf. Unless you are a completist or superfan, you probably don’t need him. I like him even more after learning about the Action Master line of non-tranforming Transformers. Silliness.


Chasm and Decepticon Quake – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return (Deluxe Class)

Later in the series we tend to see some new repainted figures. Chasm and Quake are a repainted version of Furos and Hardhead that came out a few waves ago. Where Hardhead was an Autobot, Quake is a Decepticon. And a good looking Decepticon he is. He is painted up REALLY hard with dark grey, blue, and maroon.

When Quake is side by side with Hardhead, it is clear that he is a repaint. There were no changes to this figure, as we have seen with many of the other retooled figures. The only difference is the face of the figure which comes on the back of Chasm.

Chasm is a repaint of Furos. Back in the day Furos (or Duros as he was known back then) was the Headmaster for Hardhead. Chasm is a new character, as Quake was not a Headmaster, but a Targetmaster. Now the funny thing is that Quake could have had either one of two figures (Tiptop or Heater) be his Titan Master this time around, but they went with a whole new name for this one. Maybe they didn’t want Quake’s two original Targetmasters to be upset that one would get picked over the other.

The tank mode is the same as Hardhead. This design was clearly taken from Hardhead’s original design with the quad-tread design and the offset cockpit.

Quake was originally a tank too, but back then, he was based off of a real-life tank, as opposed to a futuristic design. I really like the overall design and am not sad to see it a second time around. The tank still has the cannon that can rise off of the body, as well as pivot.

The same but different. This is a well designed Transformer, and it looks like a different design in two colors. One good and one bad, and that is easy to tell apart. And we needed some more Decepticons anyway. The percentages of the series are 52.7% Autobot and 46.4% Decepticon, and Gnaw being both with 0.9%. That is based on 110 figures over Titans Return from the smallest of Titan Masters to the giant Titans.


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.


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.


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