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Xort and Highbrow – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return Deluxe Class

Oh man, some of the names they use for the Titan Masters are ridiculous. We have Xort. I get it, he is an alien, but still. That is a tough one to get behind. In the G1 continuity, he was known as Gort. No better.

Our friend Highbrow has not been seen in toy form since his Headmaster release in 1987. Since there were no alternate versions from other shows or timelines, there are no blurred lines here. This is Highbrow, from his color scheme to the fine details. This is one of the closest remakes we have seen.

29 years has treated Highbrow well. He looks really good. He looks tough and ready to take on some Decepticons. Though the Titan Masters do not have the stat gimmick that the Headmasters came with, they still gave Highbrow some movement in his chest. It does not flip down to reveal any stats, but it does fold out a bit. One thing I would like to have seen Highbrow come with is folding wings like the G1 version. Highbrow is very wide with the wings sticking out there.

Just like his G1 version, Highbrow comes with twin guns. This time around, they fit together to form the seat for Xort to command the guns. I still don’t think this was a worthwhile gimmick, and hurt so many of the guns the figures came with.

Xort looks like a reverse of Highbrow in color. He matches with the scheme, but his chest and arms are reverse colored.

Why anyone would want to have Xort sit in the gun is beyond me. Having his sit in such a precarious position is even worse. He is pretty much sitting on top of the gun. That cannot be safe.

Transforming Highbrow just backs up the great job Hasbro did with the design looking back at the G1 figure. There is no doubt who you are looking at. There are a few updates here and there with thinner propeller blades, to a more realistic looking canopy and more details in the engines.

Of course Xort gets to ride inside Highbrow’s cockpit. The canopy folds forward to give him easy access to the controls.

The guns can be mounted on the wings, using the 5mm ports. There is a little trick I will talk about later.

From the back, the helicopter is really fat in the back end. The original Highbrow was too, so this is not a deviation, but I think it would have looked better a little thinner. But with a thinner back end would mean thinner legs. And no Transformer looks good with a big top held up on skinny legs.

The directions don’t show that you can rotate the guns and stick the rectangular part that sticks out, into the 5mm port. This rotates the gun in a position to allow the landing gear to be at the bottom of the gun, and work with the fold-out gear at the front of Highbrow.

Once again, I am really happy with how these G1 figures have been reimagined. Highbrow is another success, and a welcome addition to the Autobot team.

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Jurassic World – Matchbox vehicles

It is just about time to start seeing Jurassic World toys pour into the stores. We are a little over one month away from a hotly anticipated summer blockbuster.

The first to start rolling onto shelves are the Matchbox vehicles. This is a line of vehicles that have been specially painted with Jurassic World markings.

Of course we are going to see lots of 4×4 vehicles in the single sets. We also have one boat.

There are also two 2-packs each with a flying vehicle.

This is a no-brainer to bring out in the Matchbox line. Mattel already had a deal in place with Universal for the Fast and Furious franchise, so it is only natural to strike again with the same company. It looks to be all reuses in the line. Matchbox has way more 4×4 vehicles than Hot Wheels, as well as medical vehicles and larger scale flying vehicles.

There are rows of seats in the back of this one.

 

The back of Mauler Hauler opens, and there are dinosaur bones back there.

 

Yes, this is a VTOL plane, and the wings do rotate.

 

It looks to be 15 single packed cars, and two 2-pack sets.  The Mauler Hauler and MBX 4×4 are the same in the 2-pack and single set, so you can skip 2 of the 15.  When you are looking at $1.49 per car at Toys R Us, this is a great way to get some movie merchandise for a good price.  The 2-packs are a little more, at $4.99, but you get the flying vehicle which usually run $3.99 on their own.


Alpha Bravo – Combiner Wars (Generations)

Can we get a little more confusing here with toy lines.  Not only do we have 4 Transformers lines going right now, but with the Combiner Wars line, it is a part of the Generations line.  Add in that some of the characters can combine in different ways.  Take Alpha Bravo here.  He can combine with Silver Bolt and become the leg of Superion.  Or, he can team up with Optimus Prime, and become the arm of Ultra Prime.

I was shopping for something on Amazon and saw this guy, and figured, since I haven’t seen them in the wild yet, I would take a chance and grab one to see if the line was going to be any good.  Well, I have him, I like him, and I am really hoping more will be coming into the stores soon.

AB comes with two guns.  One is his own gun that is just his size.  The other is what will ultimately become the hand of Ultra Prime.  I like that it is something that AB can actually use, and is not just some extra piece that sits around waiting to be used on a bigger guy.

The head.  What a great sculpt.  He has that classic G1 boxy head look that looks fantastic.

One issue I was waiting to have was with his articulation.  Generally, when you take a figure and try to make it a triple changer, there is something that gets messed up.   Especially when they are to become a part of a larger figure.  Not this time.  AB has amazing articulation, and looks like his own figure.  He doesn’t look like he is waiting to become something more.

n helicopter mode, he has a really sleek design. It looks like his front end was inspired by the Space Shuttle.

I love the back story of Alpha Bravo. He wanted to become an Aerial Bot so bad, but he was just a helicopter, while the other members were all jets. He was much slower to get to places. I think this design really shows how he can be much faster.

As a part of Superion, he will make up a leg.   But when he is with Optimus Prime, he will combine to become an arm of Ultra Prime.

Here AB is as Ultra Prime’s arm.  The hand is really cool looking, with the thumb moving independently.  The other four fingers all move together.  AB’s gun can fit in a hole in the top of the hand.

His attachment point is very similar looking to the terrible blue connectors from the Power Core Combiners.  Two things make this much better.  One is that the connectors are much bigger and stronger.  Two is that they don’t have to be pressed into place, but rather side into place, making them stay in place.

Well, there you have it.   Alpha Bravo exceeded my expectations as a figure with many transformations.   I am looking forward to finding the rest.  It would probably be no surprise to know that I will be looking at Optimus Prime next.  As a super fan of the big guy, you know I will be taking a very close look at him.  And all I see are good things.  Until next time…


Autobot Drift – Voyager Class (Age of Extinction)

A Voyager class of a Transformer car?   Ummmmmm, nope.  This time around, we go way off the tracks and create an all new Autobot Drift.   We cross the color scheme and the head of the Age of Extinction Drift, and then mount it to Skyhammer’s body.  “A helicopter?” you ask.  Yup, a helicopter.

At least he got some big swords to still look like a samurai.   I think he is actually a really cool version.  In fact, it would have been really cool to see him in the movie.   Maybe there wouldn’t have been so much death on the Autobot’s side.

The Voyager Class version is a lot larger than the Deluxe version we got the first time around.  Their colors match perfectly.  The new Drift is on the body of Skyhammer, who I thought was really well done the first time around back in 2011.   That version was for Dark of the Moon, in which the character also didn’t appear.  Funny that this body would make two toy releases for figures that weren’t in the movies.  Ah, well.  They could do their own thing, and it is still a great figure.

These two make good bookends to one another.   They look different enough, but they still have a lot of similarities.   I really like them together.  They are almost like twins as opposed to two versions of the same figure.

Turn them both into vehicle mode, and you have every rich man’s dream of a matching car and helicopter.   They fit so well together.

I really do like this redo of Drift.   I think it would have been better if they had done the same as they did back with Skyhammer and just make up a new figure.   They don’t really have a lot of figures to go with for this movie, so making an expanded universe would have been a little better.  We are also getting a new Dinobot, and he is coming up soon.


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