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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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Decepticon Revolver and Six Shot – Transformers: Generation – Titans Return – Leader Class

I went to the Target near work, where I tend to go every Thursday. It is not close to home, so I frequent there once a week after work. Generally, they do not have anything terribly good. Most of the time the Marvel Legends aisle is warming some pegs with old waves of figures. The Star Wars 6 inch figures are generally a bunch of Rogue One figures we all already have. And on the Transformers aisle, I would be surprised if I could find Robots in Disguise one-step changers, which I have zero interest in collecting.

To my amazement, they had some of the older Titan Master single packs. And then I saw him on the bottom shelf. In all of his giant glory was Six Shot. I knew he was coming, but the bright teal and purple was a sight to behold. I was half excited. I knew he was a needed figure for the collection, but at the same time, I was a little apprehensive about a six-changer, or a sextuple-changer. Generally the triple changers do not do terribly well. You get one mode that is good, and a few modes that are so-so. So, what comes of a guy that is made up of one robot, one wolf, and four vehicles?

First off, robot mode. This is Six Shot. 1987 could stand with 2017 and feel like they were looking in an updated mirror. It is clear that Hasbro went to great lengths to make this Six Shot reflect the Six Shot from 30 years ago, and not in an homage kind of way. They went to a lot of work to recreate the original with so much attention to detail.

He has a different head than his G1 counterpart, but that is to be expected. This version is a Titan Master, so Revolver is hiding under that helmet. This is one of the more fun Titan Master helmets with the big Leader Class figures. With the others, they have a full helmet that folds out of the way to allow the Titan Master to be removed. In Six Shot’s case, the top of the helmet folds back and allows Revolver to be removed straight out of the top, like removing a brain. This makes for a more solid looking larger scale head, which hasn’t always worked so effectively with the other Leader Class figures.

As you circle Six Shot, you can start to see all of the different parts hanging off, around his body. There are wheels, treads, wings, nose cones, claws, a head, a couple of different cockpits, the list goes on.

Revolver, the Titan Master looks like a little ninja of his own. He is modeled after Jack, a Headmaster from the show of the same name, who was actually killed by Six Shot. That is some interesting irony, that those two would be teamed up.

Now, onto the modes. We are following the directions in a linear transformation. Each of the directions builds off of the last mode, finishing back with the robot.

First up is the tank mode. The treads are rotated around, and the legs form the cannons of the tank. There are four cannons on the legs that are black, and Six Shot’s 2 hand cannons become additional cannons for this mode. It is a stubby little vehicle, but it is well armored. There are a few parts that are a bit out of place, like the wings on the top, and the wheels hanging off the front end. I like this mode. I would have liked to see the turret actually rotate, but that is a lot to ask from a pair of legs. They already have a LOT of engineering for all of the jobs they have to do.

The next transformation is into the jet. It looks very similar to the space ship that Astrotrain and Sentinel Prime turn into. I like seeing the design cues carrying through the series.

He is quite big as the jet, with his hand blasters becoming the main weapons for the ship. One problem with this mode is the back part, where the arms hang off the back. They do not peg into place in this mode, so they flop around a bit.

Next up is the car mode. This is quite the armored vehicle. Very different from the tank we saw before, this vehicle is longer and looks like it has a front end capable of crashing through any wall.

This time around, Revolver gets to sit in an open-top cockpit. And look at that, he gets a shotgun seat for a sidekick. We sure do have enough Titan Master running around now.

The 5th mode is the beast mode. Back in the day, the wings were folded in, but in this version, Six Shot lets his wild side out, and the wings are wide and free. A flying giant wolf. Nope, no Autobots will have nightmares about that one.

The wolf has a moving front jaw. The head cannot move further down that straight out. There is a giant hole in the back of his head that a folded up Revolver drops into. It is a great touch to allow Revolver to control the wolf in the head too. There is some good articulation from the legs, with the back legs moving forward and back. There is more movement up front. The two blasters become a tail when attached together.

The final mode is a “submarine“. Back in the day (1987), there were not so many worries about kids getting shot for running around with weapons. Toy manufacturers have to be way more careful about that today. Hasbro is a bit more gunshy than they were back in the 80s, and with good reason. For that reason, Six Shot lost his gun mode, and gained a submarine mode. Really though, it is the gun, looking really close to the G1 version, but flipped upside down. So really you do get the gun mode, it is just not built that way in the directions. Then Hasbro cannot be blamed for a kid running around pretending to shoot people with a giant teal/purple/black gun.

Another quick change and Six Shot is back to his robot self. Overall I am really impressed with this setup. I was not sure they were going to be able to pull off a sextuple-changer, but he works really well. There are not obvious extras that detract from each of the modes. There are some parts that don’t belong, like the wheels in nearly every mode, but that is part of the charm of his many transformations. He is definitely a good addition to the Leader Class. He does have capabilities to attach to the other base modes, though he does not have a base mode of his own. The directions show the tank joining up. I will have to go back and see how easy or difficult that is to do.


Autobot Apex and Powermaster Optimus Prime – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return

Here is another interesting figure for Hasbro to tackle. This version of Optimus Prime pays homage to the 1988 gimmick of Powermasters. This is very similar to the Headmasters, where a smaller bot powers up the bigger bot. Originally it was an engine that plugged into Prime’s chest to give him more power. Of course we are in the midst of the Titans Return line, so Hasbro went with a Titan Master and made the big chest engine a part of the transformation. This is a pretty good execution of bringing forth a new version of the one-off figure from 1988. It also allows Hasbro to come out with two different Optimus Primes in this Series.

He comes with a card that shows Optimus’ power, and then the addition of Apex to the team.

Apex looks a lot like Orion Pax when Optimus’ helmet is pulled back. It is a good face when you think of it being similar to what we have seen given to Pax figures. The helmet can be stored in the back of the body.

Apex is a cute little guy. He looks like a very close approximation of Hi-Q, who was Prime’s original Powermaster partner.

Transforming Optimus into the truck seems very familiar. So familiar. Like Ultra familiar. Oh yeah, this is a heavy retool of Ultra Magnus from the Combiner War line. The cab looks similar, and the basic design of the overall cab/trailer combo looks familiar, but there are so many differences. The base body is the same, with many parts being reused. But there are also so many new parts.

Hasbro had to figure out how to close in the trailer, since Prime is technically a cargo hauler, not a car hauler like Magnus… though you know he mostly takes cars around. The back end opens with a ramp to allow smaller cars to fit inside, like Bumblebee, who we will be looking at in the near future.

When Optimus got a new model in 1988, they went over the top. Giant cannons mounted at the front of the trailer, check. Guns mounted on the roof, check. The telltale blue and white stripe down the side of the trailer, check. It is all here.

Comparing Prime to Magnus, it is clear to see the similarities and differences.

In truck mode, they look so close in the cab. You know the cabs have to be different, because Magnus has a driver’s seat in his cab for robot mode, and then it is taken up with a head in vehicle mode. Prime has a way to hold Apex in the cab as well as the helmet. The backs are clearly different, though they use the same basic body.

In robot mode, you can see where they used Magnus’ chest plate with a new plate to give Prime his Powermaster capabilities. They look a lot more similar in their robot modes.

One of the gimmicks of the original Powermaster Optimus, was the ability for the trailer to turn into a battle station. Since the cab and trailer are attached as one in this set, all of Prime turns into a battle station. Really the trailer turns into the station, and the cab just hangs out back there facing the wrong way.

It is a funny thing to see Ultra Magnus come first and then be remodeled into Optimus. But it has been done with some other figures more recently. They bring out the remodel figure first, and then the original. Can’t complain with that, since I will probably end up getting both version anyway. This is a good version of Optimus Prime. The Powermaster parts give him a nice unique look, and he is a welcome part of my ever growing Optimus Prime army.


Twin Cast and Blaster – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return – Leader Class

This is an interesting pairing. Blaster, the original beat box is paired with Twincast or Twin Cast, who was a clone of Blaster. That is pretty fun.

Blaster looks great. He is tall and strong looking. He is what we saw back in the day. A robot that transforms into a boombox, but is way too big to ever squeeze down into the proper scale.

Since he is Leader Class, his Titan Master would be way too small when used as his head. Hasbro came up with a helmet idea that allows the Titan Master to wear the helmet while allowing the head to turn. The helmet is attached to the body, and can flip up and away and be stored in the back with no notice that it is there… in case you want Blaster to have a pinhead.

As we move him around, it is clear he is a boom box. There have been a few other examples where we have seen some pretty fantastic transformations to allow flat parts to become body parts. The legs are basically the bottom and speakers of the boombox folded into solid legs.

Twin Cast is painted to match Blaster. In the Takara release, it sounds like he will be repainted to match Twincast using blue and yellow. That would have been a nice touch here if they had done it for us too.

There are a lot of little sets and tweaks to get Blaster into his boombox mode. It is a lot of fun to play with and get just right. When he gets there, he looks amazing!!! He looks perfect from the front to the back.

He has a port in his back that allows for the storage of his gun. I would like to have seen it get stored inside, but this way, you can foreseeably use it as an antenna.

One of the big things about this guy back in the day was being able to hold cassettes. Today he holds tablets instead. He comes with one that becomes a sled and gun system, but he can hold any of the other tablets as well.

Press the eject button on top, and the door falls open. Slide the tablet inside and close the door. It is pretty simple, but there is a lot of fine engineering that went into getting this all to work. And it does a great job.

As a Leader Class Titan Master, we get a triple changer. The third mode is a base. This guy is loaded with firepower. He has his gun, the sled, and the back of his arms all become weapons on the display.

Twin Cast, or any of the Titan Masters can use any of the posts located all over Blaster to power weapons or whatever they want to do.

There are two pads, one on each side. They can accommodate the Titan Master’s vehicles, or the slightly larger vehicles of the tablets.

The base is supposed to be able to attach to Fortress Maximus. When I set Blaster next to Fort Max, the two docking ramps would not meet. That is a bummer.

I moved it to the front to see if Blaster could attach to the other ramp, but it could not reach there either. I am going to have to work on this and see how to get them properly matched up. For such a great figure in every other regard, it stinks that one of the most important gimmicks doesn’t work. Now I am worried about the others not being able to match up later when I find them.


Combiner Wars – Ultra Magnus

Ultra Magnus is one big dude. Even before the giant shoulder posts, he is quite a figure. He has fantastic articulation, stands solid on two very sturdy legs.
Magnus comes with two guns that can combine to form his hammer.

Little Minimus Ambus has about the same transformation as a Headmaster, or a light Legion Class figure. He is a suitable vehicle as well as a robot.

Well, this is a bit of a surprise.  Guess I need to catch up on my comic reading.

This is what Transformers fans have been waiting for. An Ultra Magnus that is all his own. He is not a redeco or remodel of any previous Optimus.

They did such an amazing job over at Hasbro, where they kept the cab of the truck as a part of the whole vehicle, but they worked it in a way so they the cab can swivel under the trailer. So, even though they are attached together, it isn’t like some horribly long truck that would never be able to turn.

Ultra Magnus fits right in with the Deluxe Class figures.  He can carry two on his trailer, bunk-bed style.  His cab is on the small side when compared to Optimus, and it is noticeable since they are similar styled trucks.

The tailgate drops down to allow for the inside car to slide out. Then the top part can fold down to allow the second car to get off. There are plenty of extra ports to allow Magnus to carry gun and hand/feet accessories for the riders.


This just ups the playability by so much. Well designed and executed.

Now you can really get a good look at how big Magnus is.  Optimus doesn’t even come up to his shoulder, and then Magnus has the giant extra shoulder pieces to boot.   He is really big.   He is such a fantastic example of the Leader Class to go along with Megatron and Jetfire.

Stand him up next to a Combiner, and he is still pretty sizable.  It would take qutie a bit for a Combiner to take down this guy.  Good thing they are on the same team.

This is a must-have for any Transformers fan.  He is so good, you will not be disappointed.


Transformers: Generations – Combiner Wars – Megatron and Armada Megatron

These new Leader Class figures are big… and expensive.  Are they worth the cost?  Let’s take a look at the first pair.  Megatron and Armada Megatron are basically the same figure with a different head and a different paint scheme.  They are basically identical.   Is it worth picking them both up?  Well, yes and no.   Here is the rundown:

The color alone really sets the two apart.  Megatron looks so much like his G1 counterpart.  Even his legs look like they could be triggers or handles to a big gun.  Armada Megatron has a whole lot of purple added in, and other than with G1 Megatron, really says they are a Decepticon.

If the big difference between the two is going to be in the face, then it sure is a good thing they nailed the face.  It is about as perfect as you would want.  There is not a lot of emotion there, but you can tell it is not a boring robot face with no movement.

Of course Armada Megatron has to have the beetle head.  He has such great details with so many colors in his face and head.  He has an awesome scowl.

There is definitely a backpack going on back there.  You can’t get away from the giant working treads, so you have to put them somewhere.  They fold back and then slide down on those red arms.  It is quite a smooth and amazing part of the transformation.

Megatron looks like an unpainted version of the other tank that just rolled off the factory floor.  With Megatron, there is a cleanliness to the nearly all silver theme.  The juxtaposition is Armada Megatron with the green paint and the grey details all over.  There is still a lot of purple showing in A. Megatron to show who he is.

And to confirm, yes.  Real rubber treads that really work.  There are four separate treads.  Two on the front and two on the back.  They roll really easily.

Holy Shmoly!  There is a BIG size difference between the Voyager Class and Leader Class.  Megatron is half again as tall as Optimus.  That does not bode well for our Autobot leader.

And just when you thought, “That’s okay.  This is the Combiner Wars.  Surely Superion can take on Megatron.”  Well take a look at that.  Superion is only about a head taller than Megatron.   That is not nearly enough size, especially when you are talking about all of those Autobot brains having to control one robot body.   Where is Ultra Magnus when you need him?

“Go ahead Superion. Say that again!”

With Megatron, there is a set of stickers in with his art card.  There are two Autobot and two Decepticon emblems, a grate, and some art for his chest.   I guess I will have to hurry up and read the Combiner Wars story to see what stickers I may want to put on him.  Don’t worry.  Megatron comes with regular Decepticon tamops on his body to begin with, so you don’t have to put on stickers if you don’t want to.

The directions show transforming Armada Megatron the same way as Megatron.  The art work at the end of the transformation shows Armada Megatron with his treads separated and slightly elevated.  That really gives AM a different look.

Overall, I only found Armada Megatron at first.   I knew I needed at least one of these guys.  Much later I found the silver version, and I just had to have him.  He is so clean and great looking.   Do you need both?  Probably not.  If I were to choose, I would definitely go with the Silver version over the Armada version.  I do like them both a lot, and they look different enough that I am not disappointed to have both.   I will probably display Armada Megatron in vehicle mode since that is just as well made as the robot mode.   Megatron will remain in robot mode as the best resemblance to G1 Megatron EVER!


Jetfire – Transformers: Generations (Leader Class)

One of the best loved figures and characters from the G1 cartoon, Jetfire finally makes a comeback, and in a BIG way.  This time around he is a Leader Class figure (the first for the Generations line), and he is making a big splash.

He is standing behind a Generations Deluxe Class Optimus Prime.  This shows just how giant of a figure he is.   I had not seen any pictures of him with other figures before, so I didn’t know what to expect.   I almost missed him at my Toys R Us yesterday, since I wasn’t expecting the giant box he came in.

In vehicle mode, he is the classic F-14 Tomcat that we know and love from his original design as a Macross vehicle.  The wings even sweep back, and boy do they work nice.

A little more of a nod to the G1 Jetfire, he comes fully equipped with the Macross jetpack that will allow him to fly in space.  Having a space faring character is definitely a nice addition to the Autobot team.  He also comes with plenty of firepower.

The designers finally gave a back-heavy character the proper footing.  His feet extend way back to allow him to stand easily with the wings and front of the plane, and the jetpack, all stuffed back there.

And when all else fails, put all of the fire power into one gun and let it rip.   Here goes the neighborhood.

The last time we saw a quality Jetfire was back in 2006 with the Classics line.  Even then, the scale was Voyager Class, so he was only marginally bigger than the other figures, except for the other Voyager figures that he matched sizes with.   We haven’t seen anything this big since 1985, so it is very fitting to see this guy in the 30th Anniversary lineup.  It looks like this mold is going to be used at least once more for Thundercracker, and he looks awesome!!   It will be nice to see the return of the Leader Class figures, something I think has been missing since The Animated Series.  Can’t wait.


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