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Blunderbuss and Broadside – Transformers: Titans Return (Voyager Class)

Broadside is a little hard to wrap my head around. He is Voyager Class, so he is the medium scale figure. He transforms from a robot, into an aircraft carrier, and then a jet. There are figures that can be out of size, but this guy is crazy. Because of the way he works with Blunderbuss, it seems that he is a tiny aircraft carrier, rather than a giant jet. Anyway, let’s take a look at the figure.

Broadside

Alpha Trion

He is a severely retooled Alpha Trion. The only thing they seem to share is that Broadside becomes an aircraft carrier, while Alpha Trion becomes a space aircraft carrier. You can see some similarities around the feet, but that is about it.

Broadside has wings that from the front look like they belong to a jet, but from the back, they look like they are a part of the aircraft carrier. There is a big cockpit hanging off his back, so there is not a lot of greeble hanging around this guy.

He comes with Blunderbuss. A fitting name for this sea-faring Titan Master, as a Blunderbuss was a gun known to be carried by navy and privateers. Too bad Broadside didn’t come with a Blunderbuss to run around with. It seems like they could have, since they gave Sergeant Kup a musket at one point. Blunderbuss is based off of Sovereign who came with Alpha Trion. I would think they would try to mix these guys up a bit more, but oh well.

Transforming Broadside is pretty straight forward. He becomes an aircraft carrier. Nothing too exciting going on there. He comes with little jets that resemble the Aerialbots. It is supposed to help sell the illusion that this guy is actually really big… though he isn’t.

There are a few choices of places for Blunderbuss to sit. One is sitting in the gun mounted on the side of the aircraft carrier. I still think it is a terrible idea for someone to stick their Titan Master out in the elements of the fight. No head, means no robot. Not a good idea.

The second place, is in place of the flight tower. The antenna fold down, and the top flips in half to make a seat. Still not the safest, but better than hanging off the side.

Then there is the third mode. A… jet? This is what happens when you start with someone like Alpha Trion. You have a robot, a space aircraft carrier, and a lion. You go and make Broadside, with a robot, an aircraft carrier, and a jet? There are a lot of differences between a lion and a jet. So you give him a cockpit. Done. Add some wings. Done. And then squish everything in the back together and add some fins and stabilizers to help the illusion. It looks more like a block with a pointed nose than a jet.

I am thinking maybe it is kinda Macross style with giant jets hanging off the back. Maybe a little Jetfire like. Okay, I am back on board with the space jet idea. Too bad the aircraft carrier wasn’t kept as a space aircraft carrier too.

Overall I like him. He has a good robot mode. From there it is a fine aircraft carrier. Too small for any good, but still nice. And the jet is okay. You have to squint at it, but I have seen worse. I don’t think he is going to end up being anyone’s favorite figure of the Titan’s Return line, but he is a solid figure, and some much needed Voyager Class muscle for the Autobot side.

 


Ominus and Sky Shadow – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return (Leader Class)

Things get real when we get up to the Leader Class figures. We have had some great Leader Class figures in Titans Return, as well as in Combiner Wars that preceded Titans Return. But this may be the best Leader Class figure we have had yet.

We start with a good bad guy, Sky Shadow. Make him REALLY big, and then load him up with weapons.

 

Since he is the Leader Class scale, his Titan Master, Ominus, fits into the helmet. Otherwise, Ominus would look too small. Ominus is a new character, as Sky Shadow came after the Headmasters, so he would not have had one of his own.

 

Ominus is a “pretool” of Dreadnaut. There is the thinking that these two are a “pretool” because of Sky Shadow’s special transformation that is really something that Super-God Megaforce Overlord did back in 1988, and what he will do in a future release. More on that next.

Transformation time. Start with the top half of Sky Shadow. Yup, the top half. This guy breaks apart into a torso and legs. It is always something that worries me, when there are special gimmicks that go along with a Transformer. There tends to be a loss of something somewhere. But the robot mode is fantastic. And the jet? It is absolutely perfect. We are keeping with the forward swept wing look that we have had in the two previous incarnations of the figure. You can see the shield piece can be attached to the nose of the jet, just like the two previous versions as well.

Ominus can ride in the cockpit. There is a full working cockpit stuck right there in the nose of the jet. Fantastic. This is the stuff I was worried about losing, but there it is.

The legs have an amazing transformation to create the tank mode. The details are really well done. The turret and the gun do not move. That is probably the only problem with this whole character, and that is very minor.

Again, there is a cockpit for Ominus to ride in the tank. Also note, that either of these cockpits can be used in robot mode, so Sky Shadow can hide a couple of Titan Masters on his person at all times.

The two vehicles can combine, where a tab on the roof of the tank clips into the bottom of the jet. Not the most aerodynamic addition to a jet, but at least the tank can get air-lifted to where it can best be used.

Then there is the base mode. All of the leader class figures transform into bases. Sky Shadow is no different. This is a really well done base mode. Some of them seem to be more of a stretch to make it look like a base, but this one was well thought out. The main feature of this base is the combination of the jet’s cockpit and the cannon to be the main weapon of the base.

I absolutely love this guy. I cannot wait until Overlord is released. One of this guy is great, but to have two will be even better. The Autobots better watch out with two guys like this running around.

Since I used Broadside to show the difference in size between the Voyager Class and Leader Class, I guess I better cover him next. He is not my favorite, since Sky Shadow was made so fluidly, and Broadside seems to be forced into his different transformations. We will see next time…


Skywarp – Transformers: Robots in Disguise

A while back I took a look at Starscream . This time around it is Skywarp’s turn. I only mention Starscream because, like with nearly every other (if not every other) version of Skywarp we have ever gotten was a repaint (and new head) of Starscream.

I have always been a fan of the Seekers, so any time they come out in any form, I like to grab them up.

So far Skywarp and Starscream are the only two Seekers we have in the Robots in Disguise show. It would be great to get my main man, Thundercracker, but we will have to wait and see.

The robot mode of Skywarp is really good. Just like with Starscream, they have good articulation, and nice skinny bodies, as we would want to see. The plane parts fold up really nicely and out of the way. He comes with two blasters that can be mounted on the forearm, as they should always be able to do, but also be held in the hand as a pistol.

Transform him into robot mode, and he is a forward-swept wing jet. The style is really fun. I am a big fan of the really long noses these jets have. The arms and shoulders fold under the wing, giving it quite a fat look, but at least the body parts fit the angle of the wings so the robot parts aren’t so distracting.

The guns mount under the wing tips for a bit of bite in jet mode.

I really like this figure in the Robots in Disguise line. There are some hits and misses in the line, where it is clear corners were being cut with less transformation, or articulation. But that is not the case here. Skywarp is what we want to see in the RiD lineup.

I have a few more RiD figures to look at, and they are all really well done. I think Hasbro has done a great job on the back end of this toy line to give us some good characters with some very interesting transformations. Stay tuned…


Doomshot and Megatron – Transformers: Generation – Titans Return – Voyager Class

We looked at the Voyager Class Optimus Prime, based on the Laser Optimus from Generation 2. This time we are going to look at the Decepticon side of things, with Megatron and Doomshot.

We got a new Megatron in the last series, Combiner Wars, where we actually got two really nice Megatrons that were Leader Class. This time around, they are going with the triple changer feature, and using the body that we know will end up being Blitzwing with a repaint and a new Titan Master.

Hasbro was able to stick with the same basic shape and design of the robot, from Combiner Wars to Titans Return. There is just a massive size difference. I have to say, it is a bit of a de-evolution, going from the massive and shiny Combiner Wars version, to the smaller, grey Titans Return version.

As with other triple changers, it is clear there is a lot going on here. Like with Optimus, you can see jet parts in a backpack, as well as the tank parts.

Side by side, Optimus and Megatron are fairly evenly matched. Their size and bulk are very similar.

Megatron comes with Doomshot, who looks amazingly like Blitzwing, whom we will see in a future wave. Red and grey, and that is about it for this guy.

Transforming Megatron first takes us to the tank mode. Well, it looks like a tank that is getting ready to fly. I am thinking this is some kind of Nazi World War II attempted invention. A tank that can fly. Wings folded in and ready for takeoff.

From the back, there is a lot going on. A lot of the jet parts hang out back there.

And from the front… the jets. They couldn’t figure out how to build the two modes, so the tank and the jet were facing the same way? I bet Megatron would have loved to have had jet power in tank mode.

The turret has a swivel to it, so that makes for some nice playability. Doomshot gets to sit in the turret and fire the cannon.

Moving on to jet mode. Hey, that actually looks like a jet that could fly. Hasbro took cues from the F-15 Strike Eagle, a boxy plane in it’s own right and perfect for transforming into a tank. That being said, there is a whole lot of tank parts hanging off under there, which really isn’t good for flying, and makes the plane sit off the ground when landed.

The cockpit opens and allows Doomshot to ride in there. Much better than Optimus’ ride where his Titan Master has to ride in the back.

From the top, the F-15 looks good. I am not big on the shiny metallic stickers. It would have worked if he had actually been shiny like the Combiners War version, but this version looks a bit silly.

One of the configurations allows for the smaller cannon to be attached to the top of Megatron’s back. That allows the large cannon to not be quite as long and unwieldy.

Megatron and Optimus together in jet modes. I think Megatron definitely pulls out the win on this one. His jet looks better and actually able to fly.

In vehicle mode, tank vs tanker. Um, well I am going to give it to Megatron again Megatron looks better and has more playability, with the moving turret.

The two are pretty evenly matched in robot mode. They are of similar sizes, though Megatron has half a head on Prime. Megatron pretty much has one massive weapon, while Prime can fight with two. It is hard to say who would win this fight.

Bring in their stats, and again it is pretty even. Megatron is up on strength and firepower, but Optimus is up on speed and smarts. This would be a good match to watch.


Stormshot – Transformers: Robots in Disguise – Warrior Class

Well, we have another Autobot flier to go along with Windblade. Stormshot here had the initial running name of Skyfire, which we know to be Jetfire, one of the most sought after Transformers of all time.

This time around, he is a little less impressive. He is so, so, so American, but I guess if you are from France, he would be so French, or from England, he would be so British. There are a lot of countries with Red, White and Blue in their flags. I know he is not Italian 😉

He is pretty standard for a Warrior Class figure in the Robots in Disguise line. As we have seen over 9 waves of this series, these are not Generation style figures. They tend to be more simplistic.

Stormshot comes with two guns. A handgun, and a rifle or shotgun. They fit into his hands, but do not have any other storage places.

The two guns can be combined to form a larger gun. I tried to work it so Stormshot could fit the two handles into both hands, but he just doesn’t bend that way.

In jet mode, he forms a jet. It looks like it could have been many different jets, while being a fictional jet at the same time. Since this is a RiD vehicle, the body parts don’t fold up all that well. In the front, the engine intakes have shoulder joints right in the middle of them. That would not happen in other series of Transformers. The guns mount to the wings. They do not look good, since they are not even close to the same size. That always hurts an appearance of a plane, when a figure comes with two different weapons. We are looking for aerodynamics here.

The two guns can once again form a larger weapon and attach under the nose of the jet. This is a somewhat better look, but ironically is not included in the directions.

From the top, the jet looks pretty good. The details are well done with body panels and the paint is well executed.

From the bottom, it looks like an old Transformer, where you can see the entire robot folded up down there. Even his face shows. Not great.

Overall, this guy fits in well with the rest of the figures in the Robots in Disguise line. They are okay, but severely overshadowed by what is going on in the Generations: Titans Return line right now. He is a fun one to get if you need an extra Autobot flier. There is a lack of flyers on their side.


Tranformers: Generations – Windblade

Windblade was a hard lady to track down.  I finally had to breakdown and get her off of Amazon.  I am in the toy hobby for the hunt as much as the toys themselves, but I figured with Windblade being a Fan’s Choice figure, as well as being the rare female Transformer, I should get her while the deal was good.  That and with enough other stuff for Christmas presents, I was able to get free shipping.  Always a bonus.

Windblade’s vehicle mode is a jet. An Autobot jet is not too common, but we see them from time to time. She looks like Hasbro took some cues from Prime’s Starscream. She has her legs standing tall there on the jet’s back. Not a very good design in that respect. Nothing I hate more than a “robot in disguise” that has body parts hanging out there for everyone to see.  She is pretty tricky to transform.  To get the wings locked into place, there are a lot of parts that need to be just right.  And that is on both sides, so you may get one side into place, and then it will pop loose while you are working on the other side.   Keep at it, you will eventually get it to work right.   After all of the work, there are some things that are just a bit off.  Sitting on the table, the jet listed to one side.   I don’t know if it was a part that was not transformed just right, or some thing with the overall design.   The tail also has a problem staying together, and tends to splay open at the top (see above picture).

Not that the jet is all bad.  The overall appearance of the jet is pretty cool.  The VTOL turbines rotate, and there is a front landing gear that moves up and down. Both nice touches.

I think she shines in robot mode.   She is a tough looking lady.  If she looked like Starscream in vehicle mode, she looks like Arcee in robot mode.  Yup, I think Windblade is the love child of Starscream and Arcee.

Not only did Windblade come with a sword, but it has a sheath.  We have seen quite a few swords being carried by a large number of Cybertonians, but there are very few that have a sheath to go with it.

The blade she carries is pretty fierce looking.  To give it more power apparently, there is a little turbine down by the hilt.  Guess this this the whole “Windblade” thing.

Overall, I think Windblade is a much better robot than she is a jet.  The jet has a little bit of a wonky sit, where it looks like it is listing a bit.  There are some really tricky parts to transform, so it will be really hard for kids to change her.  In robot mode, the only problem I had was with her high heels folding into her foot.  That does make play and posing her a little more difficult.    A fine figure.  Now I have to go back and read her comic and find out what she is all about.


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