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Wingspan and Cloudraker – Transformers: Generations – Titans Returns – Wingspan and Cloudraker (Walgreens Exclusive)

We are in the midst of Power of the Primes, but we are not done with Titans Masters yet. A bunch of weeks ago, I was in San Francisco. The day after Black Friday, my wife and I were walking around town getting ready for breakfast. We stopped in at a fantastic greasy spoon we have gone to before. The line was extremely long. Across the street and down half a block was the glowing cursive ‘w’ of Walgreens. My wife said, “We have to wait a bit, why don’t you go take a look around Walgreens and I will hold our spot.” I don’t have to be told twice. Waving my goodbye and “thanks,” I headed in. I didn’t expect a whole lot, since it was in the middle of the city, and the Walgreens tend to be a lot lighter on goods in the big cities. But to my amazement, they had this Titans Return 2-pack of Wingspan and Cloudraker.

So, the figures are about Legends Class size, and it actually says so on the packaging. In the past, many of the special sets like this left the buyer guessing at the Class. Not this time.

Out of the box, the two guys are very similar. They share some of the same transformation, but they do not look like typical “brothers.” I like the colors. Wingspan has a purple and teal color scheme going on with touches of white and hot pink. Cloudraker seems to be a little more put together with red and cream with a touch of black on the legs/wings.

From the back, Wingspan has giant gaping holes in the back of his legs… something we have not seen a lot with some really clever transformation. Like with his box mate, Cloudraker, who has wings that covers over his holes. But then he has a funky looking backpack that shows a lot of empty parts under the nose of the ship.

Cloudraker transforms into a spaceship of some sort. Clearly a light fighter, since he is a little guy, he has high engines like a lot of the Cybertronian jets we have seen in the Titans Returns line.

It is an okay ship, though there are a lot of parts that are recognizable as body parts.

Wingspan, clearly named for his wider wingspan than Cloudraker, transforms into a bird of prey. We did not get a whole lot of Beastformers in the Titans Returns line.

Wingspan does a good job transforming. Most of the parts are well hidden, with the bulk transfering to the underside of the body, helping to hide the.

Here we have it. A couple of flying robots. I would rather have seen two more similarly themed figures, as opposed to one hawk and one space ship.  They even have spots for Titan Masters to sit, though I could not get one to ride Wingspan very well.

 

I love that Walgreens keeps getting lots of exclusives, quickly becoming one of my favorite spots to find exclusives. I can’t wait to see what I find there next.

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Transformers: Generations – Power Of the Primes (Legends Class Wave 1)

Today we are going to take a look at the first wave of the slightly larger Legends Class figures. There are 4 in all. Windcharger, Beachcomber, Slash, and Skrapnel. The first three are new, while Skrapnel is a minor repaint from Titans Return, so I passed on him. But the other three, ironically enough all Autobots, are new and ready for show.

Windcharger:

Based on a pretty good likeness of his G1 version, Windcharger is back. We saw him at the beginning of the Prime Wars Trilogy in Combiner Wars, where he was still small, but not an actual combiner. He was an original member of the Ark crew that crash landed on Earth in the G1 cartoon, and a figure that came out in the first year of the Transformers toy line, so it is a great place to start.

He has the same block head look that he had in the G1 cartoon. He is updated with a bit of a size increase as well as really good articulation.

As you can see, he is about half the size of a Deluxe figure, which fits in well with the overall design of the G1 feel. He was small then, and he is small now.

The transformation of these Legends is pretty intricate. They have improved over the past two years of the Prime Wars Trilogy. And if history is any indication, the first Windcharger from 2015 was made into Tailgate, just like the 1984 version. And since history has a way of repeating itself, we will see him redecoed into Tailgate once more later in this line. And that is fine with me. This is a very nice car.

And along with the introduction of Titan Masters, we got Legends Class figures that can allow for drivers. The trend continues, and the proportions with the Prime Masters continues.  The top of Windcharger peels back to allow any Prime Master ti fit inside. A ride is the only way for Prime Masters and Legends Class figures to interact with one another, unlike with the rest of the sizes of figures.

 

Beachcomber:

An Autobot that showed up one day and stayed on the team back in G1. Today Beachcomber is again recreated to help any way he can. Digging holes and the like for this geologist.

The detail work that went into him is amazing. The designers looked at lines and markings and translated them into some amazing molding work. His chest is fantastic, and there are a lot of tiny touches that really make him stand out.

He transforms into a dune buggy with some pretty nifty transformations. The roll cage is actually three separate parts that fold out and connect as the buggy comes together. That keeps from being a big roll cage from hanging off his back or something.

There is a giant, funny-looking hole in the back of his body. This is where his head tucks as he is transformed. It is so strange to have designer go to so much work to add so many details, but not have some sort of door that closes on the back part of the car.

As with Windcharger, Beachcomber can accept one Master to drive inside. A much windier ride, but I am sure fun nonetheless.

 

Slash:

Slash is new to the G1 continuity. Originally Slash was supposed to be in the Age of Extinction movie along with the rest of the Dinbots, but it was not meant to be. There was a toy made in the Deluxe Class, and made a return in the The Last Knight line earlier this year.

Well, ‘he’ became a ‘she’, and she is a good looking bot in the color scheme of the rest of the Dinobots. She is their scout, and that works well in this smaller scale, as we have had many type scouts in the Legends Class.  This is a very slender figure compared to the other two Autobot Legends we got in Wave 1.

Her transformation is that of a Velociraptor, and it is awesome. She has the correct coloring, with the red/black/silver/gold color scheme. She even has the clear head with gold inside to better match her team. The rest of the Dinobots will be able to combine to form Volcanicus, but Slash sadly will not be a part of that. She will however be able to continue to be their scout.


And yes, she has a seat. A door in her back opens and allows a Prime Master to sit in/on her.

Each of the Legends comes with a collectible card. It is the name of a Prime Master along with their name, and their capabilities. So far, we only have Vector Prime to see how this works. Vector Prime’s logo is in the middle picture, and it says “Time travels to prevent extinction-level events.” That is very fitting for a time traveling Prime Master, and a geologist. But we don’t know how it all works. Do they time travel when Vector Prime is riding in the vehicle mode of Beachcomber? Or are they linked? I would love a bit more background on this one.

I am very happy with the Legends Class figures so far. They are a whole lot of fun to transform, and they look very G1 with a nice update to 2018. I am very excited to move onto the Deluxe Class figures while I keep my eyes out for the larger Class figures.


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!


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!


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