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Dinobot Swoop – Transformers: Generations – Power of the Primes (Deluxe Wave 1)

Well, if there is one thing we can be happy about with Swoop, is that he is once again Swoop. He was Ptero and Strafe for a while, but now he has his name back, just in time for his remodel into all of his glorious G1 homage.

The original G1 toy used red heavily in the chest, making him a red and silver bot. But in the show, he had a blue chest. They went with TV accuracy this time around and gave him a blue chest. He is a good looking robot. There are so many small details added to the body and the wings. And his face has a great expression on it.

He comes with a sword that is very reminiscent of his G1 weapon. He is missing the twin missile launchers, but instead comes with Prime Armor. Clearly a hand for the upcoming Volcanicus Combiner, the fists have spikes on the knuckles. This is a matching fist to Slug. He comes with a card where he can team up with Alpha Trion to be able to find the weak point of any enemy. That is a good power to have.

Together with the team so far, he looks really different from the rest of the team with the blue chest. I like that Hasbro went with the cartoon theme, but I think I would have liked it a bit better if the team would have matched. Unfortunately the rest of the team wears red, so Swoop really is the odd man out.

Transforming him into Pteranodon mode is pretty fun. The Pteranodon really reminds me of the G1 figure. I heavy backpack and some nice long wings. The head really makes it, with the clear plastic painted gold on the inside.

His wingspan really is quite something for a Deluxe Class figure. The shape is well done.

The Prime Armor can fit on Swoop’s back. Now the backpack is REALLY tall. Not the best aerodynamics for poor Swoop. He is going to have to work hard to fly around like that.

And the sword can be attached to the chin for a nice menacing attack.

Like all of the Deluxe Class figures, Swoop turns into an arm or a leg. I think it is much trickier to be able to make beast-formers turn into body parts. But this is done well.

I set up Wave 1 with Battle Core Optimus Prime. He was standing around without a team to combine with, so I figured he would be a good stand in while we wait for some Power of the Primes Voyager Class figures. It is exciting to see Swoop and Slug in their Combiner mode body parts. It is a nice sneak peek at what we will get when we finally get to combine all of the Dinobots and form Volcanicus.

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Pachy Zord – Power Rangers Dino Charge, Dino Super Charge

The Pachy Zord is based off of the Pachycephalosaurus, you know the one. The dino with the big bone dome. Well, this time around he is wearing a hardhat and swinging a mace by the tail. This version is a recolor of the initial grey version from the show. This coloring is a nod to the Power Rangers Dino Charge Cephalazord. Ironically, they used the same dinosaur for both Zords, but they just used a different part of the extremely long name.

When the #8 charger is inserted into his mouth, the wrecking ball flips off of his head. Slide the swivel down his tail, and you have a very long reach.

He combines with the Ptera Charge Megazord to create the Ptera Charge Megazord: Pachy Formation. They used to have such awesomely long, convoluted names for these formations, but they have been simplified for Dino Charge.

When he is in Pachy Formation, the new arm is extremely long, and drags on the ground. Probably not the greatest design, but it does give the Ptera Charge Megazord a LONG reach.

These three Zords have a body in common.  They all have separate tails, and top heads.   The legs of the Pachy Zord are the same as the Raptor Zord.  The paint is really well done, as it seems to be with all of these figures.  We are starting to see the Super Charge Zords hitting shelves now.  It has been quiet for a while, with only the Ptera Charge Megazord coming out most recently.  There are going to be plenty of choices here for a little while.


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