Tag Archives: Hunt for the Decepticons

INCOMING!!!!!!! (New Transformers for you viewing enjoyment)

Are you excited yet?   Guess you need to see the pictures first.  🙂

Hunt Deluxe Wave 6 (Coming December 2010)

A Bumblebee I don’t have.  It was before my collecting time, so I am happy to be seeing them coming out again.  The only time I could get one was in the Bumbleebee three pack with the movie and animated versions I already had.

Perceptor!  Lookin’ old school in his robot form, and a nice vehicle mode for tearing up the turf.   How long until we see a snow bound version with those treads in the back?

A Generation 2 Optimus Prime.  not much to say there.  Have to wait and see when it comes out.

Wreck-Gar, say what?   He is back again.  This time looking like a dirt bike in his vehicle mode.  His robot mode is pretty good looking, having a bit of a mish-mash look.

Generations Deluxe Wave 6 (January 2011)

Cliffjumper in the War for Cybertron version.  With the new Bumblebee that came out, it was only a matter of time until Cliffjumper followed along.

Sergeant Kup.  The old crabby Sergeant is back with a “way too nice looking truck” vehicle mode.

Then we have a couple of jet Decepticons, Thunderwing and Scourge.  Wha?  A flying Decepticon?  Yup.  😉

Voyager Wave 4 (December 2010)

Don’t forget about those Voyager big boys coming out.   Mindwipe has been repainted into Strafe. Nothing like a red and silver paint job to scream stealth.  😉

We will finally get Lugnut in a more realistic version based on his Animated style.   If you have been following my posts, I am kinda’ excited about Lugnut.

Then we have Solar Storm Grapple.  Don’t know what makes him “Solar Storm” but I guess we will have to wait for the packaging story to find out.

Voyager Wave 5 (January 2011)

Wave 5 of the Voyager class is more of the same.   Except this time we get a repaint of Seaspray into a much darker an ominous looking Deep Dive.   It looks like an Aoutbot emblem on his chest, but I doubt he is going to be an Autobot.

I am giddy with excitement for the new stuff coming out.  The Hunt continues.


For Months I have been waiting…

Finally I have Tomahawk in hand, pictures are taken, and up for you to see.

Heavy Firepower

Tough stance on fold-up landing gear.

Missile launchers attach with post or 'c' anchors that are running through a lot of figures as of late.

Missile launchers attached to tail with alternate attchments.

Love the fighter pilot looking head.

He always looses Paper, Rock, Scissors since he always does scissors. 🙂

Missile launchers mounted to arms.

This is a good figure.  I am not too keen on the helicopter blades only folding into a ‘v’.  I would have liked them to fold up more.  Good colors to give him a nice tough look.  Definitely has a Decepticon vibe to him with all of the black, but no purple, so he must be a good guy.  😉


New Appearance and a few new Transformers

Leadfoot and Pinpoint:

Leadfoot with his little sidekick, Pinpoint.   I think the Power Core Combiners finally have a name that matches the pair.   I have talked about it before, that so many of the pairings of characters have the wrong name.   This time it is right on.   The race car is Leadfoot, and the gun is Pinpoint. Can’t get much better than that.

Leadfoot has such unique colors.  We have not seen colors like this on a Transformer in a while.   The colors work well, with the combination of white and orange.  Pinpoint makes for an okay gun.   He just kind of stands straight with his guns deployed, but there have been worse designs for attempts to make these little robots into weapons.

One of the nice things about the two-pack sets is the post in the chest to make the smaller robot into the Power-Up Armor.   On Leadfoot, he actually has two (the other we will see when he is in Commander mode).  This is the first we have where the post is hidden behind a panel that flips down.

When attached, Pinpoint makes an okay armor.  Not many of the armor pieces ever fit the larger robot without looking like they are sticking way out there, but this one conforms fairly well.   With the addition of the two guns, it makes for better armor than most of the others.

Leadfoot’s vehicle mode is better than I had expected.  He has one of the better transformations of the PCC line.  In addition, the wheels are some of the best I have ever seen on a Transformer, and he rolls very easily.

Mounted on the front post (the second for Leadfoot), Leadfoot gets a power boost from a blown engine as well as a pair of mighty cannons.   Pinpoint stands quite a bit tall on the front of the vehicle.  The aerodynamics are blown to hell.

In commander mode, Leadfoot combines with drones to make quite a robot.   His transformation is really nice.  His body folds up really well, and changes the way he looks.  Most of the parts are not recognizable as the original body parts.

My collection of Power Core Combiners thus far.   More on the way.  🙂

Hailstorm:

Hailstorm adds another layer of armor to the already powerful line of Decepticons (check the last picture for the recent armored vehicles).   8 missile launcher that rotates 360 degrees makes for a great addition to the team.  A sturdy little guy.

In robot mode, he is STILL a sturdy little guy.  Short legs and long arms give him a look of being weighted down and a low center of gravity.   The tank treads fold in half to make the upper arm.  it gives a sense of power in the upper arms.

A look without the missiles in the launcher.

The missiles are pressure activated.  There is a ball a little off the tip.  When pushed into the launcher, it is held onto with springs.  When pressure is applied to the back of the missile, it will pop free.  This is not the best way to launch a missile.  First, you have to manhandle the figure to launch the missile.   You also can only launch one missile at a time.  I was hoping a guy named Hailstorm would have something to launch all of the missiles at the same time.   They also don’t all launch the same distance.  With other launching methods, they tend to be a little more uniform.

The recent armor from the Decepticons.


Transformer: Bonzaitron, or what is the craziest name we can come up with.

Bonzaitron is one of the newest Transformers in the Voyager Class.  He is big and tough with lots of details and plenty of color.

Being the samurai that he is, Bonzaitron comes with two swords that can be mounted to the side of his body instead of his hidden holsters on his back.

The tank tracks hanging down over his arms, are made of a flexible rubber that allows them to be bent when in vehicle mode.  In this mode, they make for an additional layer of armor.

In his tank mode, he has a lot of color that really allows him to stand out.   The machine gun on the top rotates as does the turret.  And it is quite smooth.

The machine gun needs a little Viagra. It was bent all the way down to the surface of the turret because of the way it was posed in the box.  Hopefully a fix?

Thankfully leaving it overnight in this position seemed to do the trick.

Along with the other recent tanks (and one halftrack), he is the biggest and toughest.  He is also the best so far.   When in vehicle mode, he really stays together well.

Wanna see more?  Visit my Flickr account for more.


Sidearm Sideswipe – Not the same as the first version!!!

I know that Hasbro loves to repaint their Transformers and other lines to make them into new characters for collectors to hunt for.   In this case, Sidearm Sideswipe is not the same Sideswipe with a new paint job on the outside.

HE IS NOT THE SAME!!!!!

I was expecting a retool somewhere for his guns, but other than the basic idea of how Sidearm looks, this is a whole new mold.   I think the only thing on the whole robot that is remotely the same is how the back hatch of the Corvette folds up.

Gotta say I love these guns.   With twin shooters, he is more like Sheriff Sidearm, coming out of the wild west.  Great details and crisp designs on the body.   I am not hugely keen on the paint job on the body, but it looks good on his arms.

The cars look really close.   The break lines for the body are really different though.   It is clear that there was a lot done differently this time around.   I think it makes for a better looking car all around.   As I mentioned before, I am not really fond of the red paint, but it seems that a lot of the movie figures are “tattooed” right now.

The guns can either be in or out on Sidearm Sideswipe.  Not too many of the movie line vehicles have the ability to have their weapons deployed in vehicle mode, so a nice change.

I have to say I like Sidearm Sideswipe a lot.  Way better than the first version we got.   I was a little hesitant at first about picking this guy up, but thought I would give it a go.  I was really happily surprised, and I am really glad I did get him.  Taller, better put together, and handguns really make for a great character.  The old Sideswipe will just be living in vehicle mode.


Transformers: The rest of the current Voyager Class

Today I am going to look at Payload and Night Ops Ratchet.  A while back I reviewed Sea Spray, and a few weeks later I picked up these two figures.  I was having some trouble getting pictures taken since the summer is gone, and the sun is setting earlier, so back inside for photos.  Since I have a new hobby room to work in, I am trying to figure out the best way to get pictures.   Still working on it.

Payload:

He looks like a giant Hot Wheel car if you ask me, but he is fun.   Boy does he fold up.  I think he squishes down to half his size by folding up really nicely into the truck.  In his vehicle mode, he is a solid mass of plastic.  The transformation is pretty straight forward, making for a fun transformation.   The folded up body parts hang pretty low, as you can see in the front of the picture above.

Having the truck be able to actually dump is a great feature.  I wonder how hard that was to make happen.  You can see again just how low the parts hang down under the front end of the truck.

He looks a bit top-heavy with those wheels mounted up there, but he is one tough looking dude.    Gotta love those feet.  They found a way to get a good size on the feet, but have them fold up into themselves when it is time to transform.   They are reminiscent of thee Macross type feet.

Payload has some great little extras.  There are pistons that move with his arms at the elbows.  There are two in the front and two in the back.  Also, there is a spring looking part right at the ankle in the front that moves with his feet.

Then of course there are the blades.   They flip out with a push of a button.  Typical for what we have seen as of late with the Hunt for the Decepticon line.

Night Ops Ratchet:

Ratchet is a well designed figure.  Not a surprise that he keeps showing up.   This time we are treated to the “Night Ops” stylings, a black with bright green highlights. I think the design of Ratchet is about as close to Generation 1 to movie designs we have seen.  He has fairly squared off legs and all of the parts fold up nicely.  Ratchet is a workhorse of the Autobot team, and looks the part.

Ratchet’s claw can be secured to his back, or fitted to a hole in his arm.  Not the best weapon, but what we should expect from an ambulance.

He is really big in the movies, and does not disappoint here.  He has pretty good clearance under the body.  I did find that he only sat on three of his four wheels, but maybe with some tweaking of parts, I can get him to sit flat.  Those colors are great.

Two heavyweights from the Voyager line of figures.  Both figures are nice overall.  Lots of good design on both figures.

Coming up next, another Transformer, an Anime figure, and GI Joe!   Lots of stuff got photographed this weekend.   Look for more coming this week.


Desert Ruins Brawl 2-Pack




Desert Ruins Brawl 2-Pack

Originally uploaded by Carnitas Fever

It is a little hard to keep up with all of the Transformers stuff coming out as of late. We are graced with a repaint of Brawl. We also get a little teeny-tiny Jolt. I don’t know if we have already had him before.

I am going to tear into this guy and see what we have inside. Look forward to that, as well as the rest of the newest Generations line including Megatron and Soundwave from the War for Cyberton game. They are pretty good looking in the packaging.


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