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Dreadnaut and Overlord – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return – Leader Class

Getting the last few Transformers in a series are nearly always tricky. In this case, there were three released at the end of the Titans Returns series if figures: Overlord, Slugslinger, and Ramhorn. One Leader Class, one Deluxe Class, and one Titan Master. I had good luck with the first two, but I am still having trouble getting my hands on Ramhorn. And that little guy will continue to evade me for a while I am sure.

Overlord is free with a little help from Sky Shadow. Generally as we move through waves of Transformers, we start to see redecos (paint) and retools (body work). These two share some similar components, so let’s take a look at them side by side.

Well, the lower body is the same. The legs up to the torso are just repainted. The torsos are not the same. They both have the wheel, but even that is not in the same place. It is clear moving up the body that there are some very big changes that took place to make Overlord.
The entire top part of the body is all new. I think they share hands, and the internal workings of the elbow section of the arms.

From the back, the differences are even more apparent. They do share a few similarities back there, like the folding out of the jets at the bottom of the back, but the entire nose section of the jet has been redone. Where Sky Shadow’s jet folded back, Overlord can wear nearly all of the cockpit on his shoulder. That is very much how he worked as his G1 Transformer as well.

Overlord still has the great articulation that we have seen in the Titans Returns line. Even more so with these two, since their feet roll at the ankles, to keep their feet planted firmly on the ground.

The directions did not mention that there are two doors in Overlord’s chest. These open to reveal two slots for Titan Masters or Prime Masters (can you imagine this guy running around with the power of two Prime Masters? Yikes!!). The fit of the heads is SUPER tight, and the doors don’t close.

Overlord is teamed up with Dreadnaut. He is a retool of Sky Shadow’s Titan Master, Ominus. He has a new head, arms and legs, based on the G1 box art.

Transforming these Leaders into vehicle mode is a lot of fun. We get a 2-for-1 deal with a jet and a tank. Unlike Sky Shadow that is red and black with a touch of other colors, Overlord does not match both vehicles very well. There is a lot of black on the jet, but almost none on the tank, instead going for the blue, teal, white and purple of the jet’s engines.

Comparing Sky Shadow and Overlord, you can really see where the similarities (tanks) and differences (jets) lie.

Back in the G1 cartoon, Overlord had a super long jet mode. This was apparently designed when the production staff was playing around with the toy and figured out the tank can transform and stay on the jet. Well, it has happened again. There are no directions for the long jet mode, but it is possible. There are some big gaps in the leg areas toward the back.

You might think that if Overlord can have a long jet mode, than Sky Shadow can too. Well, I wondered about that and found that it cannot work. Sky Shadow actually has longer arms that do not allow the hips to fold the thighs into a horizontal position.

Then there is the connection between the jet and the tank. Sky Shadow had a door that opened in the bottom of the jet (his chest) that revealed a clip to allow the jet to pick up the tank and fly around as a pair. There is no such port on Overlord. Instead the two chest doors of Overlord open and the two door latches act as hooks on either side of the tank’s turret to lift the tank off the ground.

The problem is that they do not lock into place. So, it does not really work as well as it does with Sky Shadow, where you can zoom the pait around without the tank falling off.

But since the two tanks are the same, the two jets can switch places and pick up either tank. They both have the clip for Sky Shadow, as well as the two indents for Overlord’s doors.

On to the base mode. All Leader Class figures can turn into a base. And as we have seen with the rest of Overlord, the transformations look a little similar, but there are some big differences. Overlord folds at the hips, so his torso is sticking up in the air. With Sky Shadow, the fold for the tower is the nose section of the jet, so he is pretty much laying down with a tower over his head. Overlord’s arms are a part of the tower, while Sky Shadow’s arms are an extension of the ground portion of the base.

I knew Overlord was a retool of Sky Shadow, but I am hugely impressed by how much of a retool he really was. These are two very different robots with a couple of similarities. It seems that Hasbro really did release these figures in the order of how good they are. We got one that was great, like Sky Shadow. Then they release one in a later wave that is just a little bit better. These are a couple of really great figures. A few more to go in the Titans Returns line. I have Slugslinger, and then it is the hunt for Ramhorn. And of course we are knee deep in the first Wave of Power of the Primes. I have some Voyager Class figures to look at while I am hunting down the first of the Leader Class figures. Lots more to come.

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Dreadwing – Transformers: Generations – Power of the Primes (Deluxe Class Wave 1)

 

This is probably my least favorite figure of the wave… on first inspection. There is not a lot that is really exciting. A heavy retool of Skydive from the Combiner Wars line, so you know the drill. He can become an arm or a leg for any Combiner. Other than that, just another brightly colored Decepticon?

Well, yes and no. The teal and purple and two-toned greys are really reminiscent of the Powermaster figure from 1988 who was named Dreadwind. He looks like he has a wrestling mask on. Guess what? He did back in 1988 too. But this time around, his head is front and center and not placed over his back. So, yay for that.

He comes with a single teal blaster. Back in 1988 he came with two, which is SO much better for a jet, as he could have one gun on each side. Instead of a Powermaster Unit, he comes with Prime Armor. This is the first Prime Armor we have seen that is colored to match the wielder. It is purple with teal insert that covers the Prime Master port, but can also be used as a gun.

Now if you are bot in a perpetual bad mood, it is good to be able to combine with Nexus and spread gloom to all of the bots you are combined with. Well, is it really? I don’t know about that. I can see making everyone as angry as you are, but spreading gloom? Seems like you would want to be able to spread gloom to the enemy. But whatever. I am sure Dreadwing has it covered.

Onto the jet mode. He fits right in with the other small jets we saw back in Combiner Wars. He has some added firepower along the sides just like he has back in G1.

He looks fairly F-16 Falcon like in his overall appearance, as he did back in G1. Nice choice. The thing besides being a Powermaster that Dreadwind could do was combine with Darkwing to become Dreadwing, a really powerful jet. Apparently that will be able to happen again this time but with Darkwing being renamed to Blackwing.

So, since Dreadwind took the name Dreadwing, we will have to come up with a new combined name. Blackdread. Ooh, that sounds menacing.

And the directions show him transforming into a leg. Imagine him becoming a Combiner with the likes of Starscream. That could be quite something.

So, I didn’t love the figure right of, but after some time I liked him fine. Then finding out that he will be able to make a super jet, I am really excited to see what these two can do together.


Decepticon Hazard and Blitzwing – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return (Voyager Class)

Well, here is the “not a big surprise” of the series. When we got Megatron a ways back, we knew that Blitzwing would not be far behind. And he wasn’t.

He looks great. Tan and purple with a bit of grey, and a bright yellow helmet for good measure. He comes with a cannon and a sword.

It hasn’t been that long (2013) since we saw the last Blitzwing, and that one was pretty good. This one also (and has to I guess) triple change from a robot to a tank and a jet.

He and his predecessor, Megatron look very similar, since Blitzwing is a retool. Not a very extensive one either. Pretty much a new head, chestplate, and non-removable cannon tip on the turret.

Blitzwing comes with the Titan Master Hazard. He is a retool of Doomshot, who was Megatron’s Titan Master. Of course this time coming with a different head attached to his back.

So, here we go with transformations. First up is the tank. This is the same as Megatron. He makes a good tank with a swiveling turret. The colors do not exactly scream “camouflage,” but then most of the Decepticons are not so worried about the “Robots in Disguise” part.

There is a cockpit on top of the turret that allows Hazard to ride up there and control the gun.

The two weapons can be mounted on the tank too. The gun gives extra firepower, while the sword just hangs out on the back. Maybe that helps with shielding.

Next up we have the jet. I love how the tank is more tan, while the jet is more purple. The overall look of the jet is well done.

It has a nice look, and the silver metallic stickers are very reminiscent of a time long past.

The tank turret sits pretty far down off the bottom. It is not very aerodynamic, but I am sure Blitzwing likes to have the extra fire power down under there.

 

This is another example of a triple changer that works. Many times, something gets bumped and there is a part of the triple change that looks terrible or forced. That did not happen here. I guess since Blitzwing has been a toy since 1985, Hasbro/TOMY has had a lot of time to make sure this works. And it does.


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.


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