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Roadburn (Chase) – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return (Legends Class)

“I will get you out of that stasis pod! Ki-yah!!”

Roadburn is the second part of wave 4 of the Legends Class of Titans Return along with Brawn. The wave in this series is small here at the end, with only 2 figures in each wave.

“Maybe we need someone bigger to lend a hand, Brawn.” “No Bee! We can do it!!!”

Roadburn is supposed to be the Throttlebot, Chase. I read that up until very close to release, he was actually going to be Chase. But there is a Chase in Rescue Bots, and Hasbro didn’t want to confuse the kids. Oh well, Roadburn is a good name too. I was really surprised that they went with Roadburn (Chase) instead of going with everyone’s favorite second to Bumblebee, Cliffjumper. It seems that when we get a Bee, a CJ is not far behind. I do see where they were going with this idea though. The time frame of the Throttlebots more closely aligns with the Headmasters of the G1 time frame. But funny enough, Bumblebee wasn’t Bumblebee in the Throttlebots, he was Goldbug.

We only have to go back one wave to see his twin, Bumblebee. The same body design is used again for Roadburn. That is a good thing. This is a great little car, and he comes with a bit more detail in the paint department to make his look different enough.

Poor Brawn is a third wheel in this hatchback duo.

We still have a little ways to go with the Titans Returns line. This is such a fun set of figures we have seen in all of the different scales. I think Hasbro has really hit it’s stride here with the Generations line. Combiner Wars was great, the Titans Return line is better. What will we get next? Can’t wait… but first, there are more of these figures to get. Yay!

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Brawn – Legends Class – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return

Ah Brawn. Wait a minute. Didn’t we already take a look at Brawn a few months ago? Oh, why yes we did. We looked at the Titan Master Brawn. Not to get mixed up with the Legends Scale Brawn. Why we have two Brawns, I do not know. It seems like there were enough characters that we did not need to have the same guy twice as two different characters in the same iteration (Titans Return). Oh, you mean like two Optimus Primes? Yup, like that.

Well, this is a pretty great little guy, so I am not going to be sad about getting this version too. He comes out of the box as a nice little Legends Class figure. Just the way he should be, nice and small. In the G1 continuity, he was a Mini Vehicle, so it makes sense that he would be that way again. The color scheme is right on. A yellow torso, with green covering the rest of his body, save for the silver forearms and head. The original head on the G1 toy did not have a face, but thankfully they did give him a face in the cartoon, and today we get a face yet again. A grumpy face, but a face nonetheless.

Oh hello, who is this little guy? What do you mean you are Brawn too? The two have met. That has to be rather embarrassing for one of them. I don’t know which one though.

And look at that. They get along with one another. And now the big Brawn gets to use a gun that matches his paint scheme. That does not happen a lot with the Titan Master figures and bigger scale figures. You can see Brawn’s shield with the spare tire on it. A gun and a shield? Nice!

The gun is pretty big for Brawn to carry, but who cares? The weapons are meant for bigger guys to wield, but that is not going to stop Brawn.

When he transforms into his vehicle mode, he looks pretty close to the G1 version. He is an SUV that looks to be part Land Cruiser, and part Jeep. The colors once again match up pretty well with the G1 scheme. One change is the exposed arms as the sides of the truck. They look like steps and gas tanks. Pretty nice touch. There is even a bit of yellow on the front bumper too.

The shield makes up the back portion of the body. The gap in the legs are covered allowing for a better overall look. There is a lot of space down low back there. The wheels are just kind of hanging off to the sides. The front is so well designed, but the back is just kind of left off.

The shield can also be mounted on the roof using the 5mm port to give lights up front. The vehicle looks a bit more like a military Hummer in this configuration.

And let’s not forget about little Brawn. He can sit inside of big Brawn. Brawn driving around with Brawn inside of him. That has to be one of the stranger things to happen in Transformers.

The design of the cockpit allows for a Titan Master to stay inside of Brawn in robot mode too. That does not happen often with the Legends scale figures, if ever before. That would make for a great hiding place.

And finally the head comparison. The Titan Master head is a bit wider and a lot more grumpy. They are similar, but they are not the same. I like that they didn’t make an exact copy.

This guy is great. I am really happy with what Hasbro has done with the Legends Scale, bringing in some of the classic smaller vehicles and actually making them accurate to the larger figures from other scales. Now the search is on for his Wave 4 brother, Roadburn.

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Gnaw – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return – Legends Class

Ah, isn’t he cute? No? Really? Okay, not the cutest. Beady eyes and a short stature. It looks like he would have eaten his own mother if it were for not being a Transformer.

Gnaw is another fantastic upgrade of a figure from 1988. He was never made again until now. Part shark, part piranha, a mace for a tail, and a, well a different opinion than other Sharkticons. Gnaw has befriended Wheelie in the IDW continuity. It must be interesting to be an individual in a sea of Sharkticons.

Gnaw came out of the packaging in his robot mode. To get him to fit in the flat style box, his Sharkticon head, that sits behind his legs were folded down below his legs. One quick flip later, and he is ready to stand. He is short and stocky, but he does have some articulation. His legs aren’t the best, but he is a short guy, so I would not expect too much. He comes with his mace, but does not get a gun this time around.

From behind, you can see all of the greeble parts. His head with arms attached sit back there, just flopping around on the ground.

Gnaw is best in his beast mode. He just comes alive. Those clear eyes look amazing. He has plenty of color for primarily being a grey guy.

I really like the blue fin on top, and the tail being made out of the mace is great.

Boy can that mouth open wide. He could chew on pretty much anything he wanted, short of Fortress Maximus.

One of the gimmicks of the Titans Return figures is that they are Titan Master compatible. The small cars can hold a driver, or there is a little cockpit. This is a bit of a stretch. Gnaw has pegs in his mouth to hold a Titan Master. I presume it is so Gnaw can transport him to his next robot, though I would think a Titan Master would want a bit of a nicer ride.

The mouth even closes. The Titan Master stands up fully inside the mouth. It is just so strange to me. I would not want to have to hope a Sharkticon wouldn’t want to swallow. Yikes!

This guy is great! He is such a fun guy. He is again a figure that is just right for his scale. He is a little guy in the Legends scale, and that works great. He fits right in with the likes of Wheelie and Bumblebee. Now the tough decision is whether or not I need to army build these guys. Gnaw is one of a million.


Ravage, Laserbeak – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return

Continuing on with the Legends in the Titans Return line, we continue with the theme of the tablet computers that turn into stuff.

Ravage:

Ravage is a classic companion of Soundwave, so he is not to be missed. If you look closely at the card art for Ravage, he is drawn with the same head as Stripes that came on the Autobot side a wave before. I was really worried that this was going to be the final version of Ravage, with a rather dragon looking head. Even the figure on the back has the same head as Stripes. Thankfully that is not the case. Ravage comes with the much more sleek look that we saw with the G1 figure.

Of course his initial mode is that of the panther. A little wider than his G1 version, but still just as skinny. I think Hasbro tried too hard to make these guys into triple changers, and Ravage loses a little something with the wings flying out of his butt.

His second mode is that of a plane. Just like with stripes, this is not the best mode. It is okay, and actually gives Ravage a way to get around faster than running. I think it could have made more sense if it looked a bit more like a drone, with no windshield. Nobody is going to be able to fit in there, so why put on a windshield?

Finally, we have the tablet. The stickers (already applied) have a lot of good detail in them. Ravage is using his spy skills with surveillance. A nice touch for this spy.

Laserbeak:

Oh yes, we knew this one was coming. Back in the Combiner Wars, we got our first tablet in the form of Buzzsaw. It was before we had any of the Leader Class figures that can use these tablets, so we knew big things were coming.

And just like the initial G1 release, Buzzsaw came first, and then it was redecoed into Laserbeak. That is a funny thought since we saw more of Laserbeak than Buzzsaw in the show.

Laserbeak looks great in his bird mode. He is very reminiscent of his G1 counterpart, with big jets on top of the body. He even has the skid feet.  He is very black in this version, with only touches of red on the inner part of the wings and the back of his neck. He and Ravage are a great team of spies this time around.

In his tablet mode, you learn a lot about Laserbeak. He hates Autobots, likes to listen to music while he works, and he is listening in on conversations in order to intercept.

I skipped over the lamest of all of the designs. The… what is it? a tank, a forklift? Who knows. It is pretty lame, and I will never use it again.

Well, two more tablets for use with a Leader Class Figure.  Now all I need is to find a Leader Class figure at retail, and see about getting these guys set up with a boss.


Stripes, Rewind, and Wheelie – Transformers: Titans Return – Legends Class

Titans Returns starts with a trio of Legends Class Figures.

Autobot Stripes:

Stripes is a triple changer. He is a jet, a beast, and a spy tablet.  This is one of those figures that has to be squished into a specific size, so you may not get exactly what you want out of a figure of this type. He does his job, and transforms, and has an additional mode that works with Blaster.

In jet mode, he has the front end that looks similar to a Concorde. The back end is the beast’s legs flipped up, so it kind of has a look of a bird. Not the best mode.

In beast mode, I am guessing it is supposed to be a tiger, since he is “Stripes.” It looks a bit like a wolf. Who knows? Anyway, this is a better mode than the plane. He has good movement in the legs that allows for some posing.

Everything folds up to create the tablet that can be used with Blaster. Not a lot going on here, other than everything folding up nice and tight and out of the way.

Overall, not the best figure in the world, but he transforms well, and he will be a lot more fun once Blaster comes into play.

Autobot Rewind:

Rewind is the other triple changer of the trio. He is a robot, a tank, and a spy tablet.

The robot mode is great. He is reminiscent of the original tapes that Baster carried around in the G1 toys.

He has a lot of good movement with knees and elbows, and even a turning head. The Legends Class figures keep getting better at this small scale.

He transforms into a tank. This is quite impressive since he is a rather flat figure, but can twist and turn to create a turret.

His gun becomes the cannon for the tank, and even has movement of it’s own.

Transforming him slightly from the tank, and he becomes the spy tablet. A very nice nod to the G1 figure, where he looks to be more of a tape recorder with a tape inside.

Even his gun has a place to attach to be a part of the tablet. An incredibly nice touch.

Rewind and Stripes are definitely not matching tablets.  It will be interesting to see how the insert into Blaster.

Autobot Wheelie:

Wheelie is the odd man out on this wave. He does not become a tablet, and he is not a triple changer.  What we get is a cute little version of Wheelie in robot mode. It is clear who he is instantly with the bright yellow and orange color scheme. He has his trademark head that has a swivel in the neck.

He becomes a car. It is difficult to stick the pieces together, and falls apart easily. This figure definitely looses points when he is not playable in one of his modes.

There is a cockpit for a Titan Master to ride inside. While the other two figures have posts for a Titan Master to stand on them, Wheelie is the only one who can actually carry one.

This first wave is okay. No real standouts as totally amazing. Rewind is the best overall figure, with a good robot and vehicle mode. Wheelie would have been great if he could hold together in vehicle mode.

Next up we will take a look a the Deluxe Class figures. They are really good figures. Stay tuned!


Transformers: Generations – Blackjack

Blackjack is one of the Legends Class figures in the Combiner Wars line.   We have been getting quite a few, and with the exception of Power Glide (turning into a gun), these figures don’t really have a lot to do with the Combiners.  Blackjack is changing all of that.  If you looked at my earlier review, I took a look at Menasor.  Built using 5 figures, he turned out pretty good.  He did have a giant glaring hole in his chest.   Well, Blackjack is here to fill that hole.  But more on that later.

Blackjack comes with pretty good articulation.  Overall, what we expect from these Legends Class figures.   The only thing that seems funny to me are the holes in his toes.  That just seems a bit out there, but necessary in vehicle mode.   He shows a whole lot of purple in robot mode.  And as we know, purple means Decepticon.  He takes a lot of his look from his G1 counterpart, but with a lot more detail and articulation than the tiny Micromaster version.  They did a nice job of highlighting him with a bit of gold here and there.

His vehicle mode is a nice upgrade from the Ford Probe that we last saw him wearing back in 1989.  He has a bit of purple here and there to give some good accent to an otherwise black car.  The ports on the back are for the axe (coming next), and there are two ports on the roof for when he becomes the chest of Menasor.

First time I looked at him finally all together wearing the axe, I thought, “Gee, he looks a lot like a Dark Hot Rod.”  Well, guess what?  He is going to be repainted as Hot Rod, or Rodimus.  If Menasor gets a special chest vehicle, it is only fitting that Ultra Prime gets a chest piece too.

In place, Blackjack gets lost in there.   He is black on a black body behind.  It doesn’t really do a lot for Menasor other than filling out his chest some more.    I have a problem that others have mentioned too.  The posts on Menasor’s chest don’t fit well into the ports on the bottom of Blackjack.  The posts are too small, so Blackjack just falls off.   That’s too bad.   Well, it is nice to have a little more to add onto Menasor anyway.

Overall, I like this little guy.  As a robot and as a vehicle.  He is a bit boring as a chest piece, but what are ya’ gonna’ do?


Powerglide – Combiner Wars – Legends Class

Yup, that is Powerglide.  Different scale or not, a red A-10 Warthog jet turned into a robot is clearly Powerglide.   This guy does not seem to change much with each reiteration, and that is fine with me.  One of the things that stands out the most to me is his giant Autobot symbol on his chest.  He is not afraid to let everyone know his affiliation.

Here he is with the Legion class Strongarm.  He is in a slightly larger scale, to go along with the other Legends Class figures we have had in the Generations line.  Of course he is a large figure, so he doesn’t really work too well in the Legends Class, as with some other figures that have in some of the other more recent waves.  He sure does with well, playing with the Legion Class figures though.

As a jet, he is okay.  He looks like the A-10 Warthog that we know and love.  He does have the big arms hanging off of both sides, which does detract from the overall design of the jet mode, but what else can you do with the arms when he is in the smaller scale?  Not much.

A top-down look at him.  There are a lot of moving parts on this one, and he tends to sag a bit in the middle.  I think it is the usual problem of making a triple changer.  Robot, jet, and big gun.  Something has to give.  This time around, it is the jet mode.

Jetfire is lending us his Leader Class hands to show us how Powerglide looks in gun mode.   I don’t know, but I have not seen any of the Deluxe Class figures in the store yet, so I may never be able to fully build Superion.

Here are a couple of Powerglides.  The CW version is standing with the DOM Commander Class Powerglide. I definitely like the feel of the new one much better.  He has more of the G1 feel to him.  The more I look at him, the more I like him.  His robot mode is the best.  By far capturing that G1 look, with better overall appeal and definitely better articulation than the original G1 toy.

I will be looking at some more of the Legends Class figures coming up.  One of my favorite guys, Thundercracker, and Windcharger are both repaints of previous releases in the Generations Legends Thrilling 30 line.  Can you really go wrong with a whole collection of Seekers?  Starscream, Acid Rain, and now Thundercracker.  That would be 3 down and only, what 11 more to go?  Guess we will see how far they go with this one.


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