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Protectobot Groove – Transformers: Generations – Combiner Wars

We are going to go back in time a little bit today. Back to the days before the Titans Returned. Back in the days of the Combiner Wars. One G1 figure that was left out of the lineup was Groove. What a shame it was too. It seems like Hasbro made the choice of not creating the gigantic motorcycle for the Protectobots, instead going with the new character Rook. Instead, they made Groove a much smaller, more inscale Legends class figure. That did not sit right with a lot of people, since Groove was one of Defensor’s legs way back in 1986 when the Combiners first appeared.

While we were getting a tiny version of Groove here in the US in 2015, in Japan, they were getting a really great version of Groove. Finally in 2016 the US got their Groove with some strange release methods. I ended up getting him online for a killer price. One day he was $45, and then I saw him for $16.99. He has stayed that price on Amazon for a while now, and I can tell you he is worth it!

In a strange turn of events, the back of the packaging says Protectobot Groove is a part of the Sky Reign team. Umm, his name is “Protectobot” Groove. What are they thinking? Of course he is a part of Defensor and the Protectobot team. Crazy I tell you. At least they show him as the correct appendage.

Straight off, Groove looks great. He is well detailed, and has lots of good paint apps. White, gold and silver make up most of his coloring with touches of black here and there.

He comes with THREE guns. He has two blasters, equipped with police lights on the top. He also comes with the hand/foot gun that has the dual gatling guns.

From the back, you can see he is definitely a motorcycle. There is a bit of a backpack back there. As we have seen many times before, there is not really a great place to hide a motorcycle’s front wheel.

Transforming him is about as easy as the rest of the Combiner Wars figures. They are all pretty straight forward. Groove looks great in bike mode. He is about the same size as Wreck-Gar, so while he is out of scale with the rest of the vehicles, it allows another robot to ride him.

I cannot get over how cool the guns are. The red lights are the best. At the bottom, the gun handles are clear, so they are probably not supposed to be there when in bike mode. They would have blended in better with the bike without the handles sticking down there. I think that is a Tomy touch that carried back to the US and the Hasbro team.

There is a lot going on here at the front of the bike. This could have just been a sticker or a splash of silver paint, but this is a Tomy motorcycle, so there is a painted light, with clear plastic over it. He has a blue windshield, and clear red lights on the side. These are such fantastic fine details.

I am skipping Sky Reign, who they claim he belongs to, and going right to Defensor, who I know he actually belongs to.

As with most of the appendages for the Combiners, there is not a lot of parts to move to go from vehicle to body part. The legs are generally the easiest of all. As with the others, Groove can become either an arm or a leg. He was a leg back in the day, so a leg he will be again.

Finally Defensor can be put together the right way. Rook has been omitted from the line-up. First Aid moved from the right leg, to the left arm, and Groove took his rightful place as the right leg. All is right with the world.

Except for poor Rook. He is now a Combiner without a team. He is a good guy, so he will be able to stay on the team as backup.

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Transformers: Generations – Combiner Wars – Protectobot Streetwise

Where o’ where can the Protectobots be? Well, they are slowly showing up here and there. My first Protectobot find was Streetwise. Based off of what is supposed to be a retool of Dead End. This is almost all redone for this figure, from the shell of the car to most of the major parts of the robot body. It is funny to think of him as a retool since the two look nothing alike.
He will be/has been reused as both Prowl (which has been released) and Streetwise, soon to be out.

He comes with a triple barrel shot gun, which is a pretty good weapon for a police figure. I always think of Streetwise as more of a Protect and Serve kind of police, as opposed to Prowl, which I think of more a SWAT sort of cop.

I like the look of Streetwise a lot. The vehicle mode is well done. The robot mode has all of the necessary articulation. Overall, a good figure for me to find in the Protectobot kick-off. I am definitely looking to get the rest and form Defensor.


Legion Class – Warpath, Viper, and Groove (Transformers Generations)

Three Legion Class figures went on a recent holiday with me from California to Europe. I like taking the small guys since they fit easily in my backpack.

I ended up taking pictures of them on a Roman wall built in 71AD in the city of York, England.

I like the Legion Class figures. Warpath and Viper are better than Groove in this lineup.

Groove’s motorcycle mode is a bit stout.  He is extremely wide.   It is a pretty good representation of a futuristic bike, but it looks a bit too much like a scooter for my taste.

Groove is a bit gangly as a robot.  His legs are extremely long, and he has some strange articulation.   I don’t like his head being hidden as far as it is.

Warpath is on the top 10 of my favorite figures, when looking at the G1 design.  In tank mode, the brick red color really lets you know who this is.  As soon as we had Megatron, it was pretty easy to guess that Warpath was not far behind.

Warpath’s head looks great.  It is the flat back head that we know from the previous designs of the figure.   He does lose points with me in robot mode.  Of course, anyone who knows Warpath, knows he is known for having the cannon mounted right in his chest.   Not so in this release.  Too bad, but there is not much they could have done with this reuse of body.

Viper is a repaint of Powerglide, with a new head. This figure has been a long time coming. Many have been wanting a GI Joe/Transformers crossover for years of this figure. Finally we have it. Small scale, but better than nothing.  He is called Viper, named after the main troopers in the Cobra army, though his vehicle mode represents the Cobra Rattler, which is a take on the A-10 Thunderbolt II, or the Warthog.    He has the markings of the Cobra Rattler on his wings, with the Cobra marking being tweaked to also carry the Decepticon insignia.

In robot mode, he is just Powerglide with a new head.  But boy does a new head and paint really make a difference.  He looks great, and he looks like he could be a part of the Cobra team.

Once again, some good Legion Class figures.  Viper and Groove actually fit in with the Combiner Wars larger scale figures.  Viper becomes a gun, like Powerglide, while Groove becomes a chest piece for a combiner.   Warpath is in the Combiner line with name alone.


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