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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.


Autobot Ptero – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return – Titan Master

 

Hey look, it’s a tiny version of Swoop… I mean Ptero. Red body with silver arms and legs, yup, it’s Swoop alright. The details are all there in robot mode too. From the head sculpt to the chest that is the head of Swoop’s pterodactyl head. He has really good detailing, and a new unique look from the other Titan Masters.

Of course, you cannot be called Ptero, and not have a vehicle that is a Pterodactyl, or more specifically a Pteranodon. The first mode is of course that of the famous flying dinosaur. Ptero folds up and becomes the body of the flying lizard. The head is very Swoop-like, with the red horn.

From there, there is the transformation into the jet. The Pteranodon flipped upside down, fold in the head, and flip up the wings. Ptero gets a place to sit upright.

Finally, there is the weapon mode. The vehicle becomes a bow, a crossbow, or powerbow. Whatever it is, it is a good weapon. We do not get a lot of Transformers running around shooting bows.

Then there is Ptero’s alternate mode. As with all of the Titan Masters, he turns into a head. The head is very Swoop-like. He has a slender, silver face, which we see in nearly all of the versions of him. Hasbro went with the G1 coloring of the black helmet. He has the telltale rectangle on his forehead, but he is missing the giant horn off the back, since that was a part of the Pteranodon’s body.

This is another really good Titan Master. I really like the unique vehicle, and the weapon it becomes. This wave was pretty fun, with a shield and a bow. Now we need one to turn into a sword.


Megazord – Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers

The Megazord. The one that started a love affair in the US for decades to come. Of course by the time the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers came about, the Super Sentai series was 18 years and 16 shows into their run with Zyuranger.

I have heard Saban had tried to get something going with Super Sentai a long time before, but nothing came of it. Years later in 1993 he was given his chance, and here we are. Ironically, the series from the two countries played well off of one another, since we splices English actors into Japanese footage. Then the Japanese turned around and subbed our Power Rangers back into Japanese. We have come full circle since we saw the release last year of Zyuranger as it was subbed for the US audience. We are getting pretty tangled up here. There are people on both sides of the aisle as to what is better, the US or the Japanese shows. Then you have lines drawn for the best seasons, and the best mechas.

One thing is for certain, there probably would not have been the love there is today if not for the MMPR. And here we are decades later, and we are getting re-releases and new molds of some classic toys. And they are not going for cheap either. The Thunder Megazord is going for $200.00 and it does not look like the price is going to drop. The prices of the Dragonzord are going through the roof right now too. We are at a perfect time for people who remember the show from the 90s, all the way up to people who have been pulled in with some great stuff going on right now.

Thankfully I found Megazord for a reasonable price, probably since it has had a few releases in recent years, and there was an all black version that came out too.  This is definitely not one to pass up on if you are a fan of the Power Rangers. The metal throughout makes him so heavy and wonderfully fulfilling to hold.

Megazord looks right on. The lines are crisp and clean. He has a transformation that is so similar to the show. The stickers are all pre-installed, so anyone with an unsure hand will not have to worry about that. He comes with a chrome Power Sword with amazing detailing.

Standing tall, he just looks great. It is still one of the most cohesive Zords to date. The red and black from Tyrannosaurus and Mastodon look fantastic together. Then you move down and see the yellow leg and the blue leg, which are similar, but not totally the same. It leaves you with the sense that there is more to this than it seems.

Sure there it, it is a Power Ranger vehicle. But what if you saw it for the first time. You would inherently know that there was something special at play here.

Taking the figure apart is straightforward and fun. The transformation of each figure is easy to do.

The Tyrannosaurus Dinozord is a bit of a funny looking guy. He has nothing on some of the later T-Rex zords, such as Rexy from Dino Charge. At the time, this Zord was worn by a guy in the suit, so it had to look a little different than a regular T-Rex. He looks pretty robotic, but there is nothing wrong with that. He has moving legs and arms, and a bottom jaw.

Mastodon Dinozord is great too. His head is Megazord’s shield. When the arms come off of Megazord, they fold in and create the body of Mastodon, and then the head fits into place. The only thing I would like to have seen was a moving trunk, but that is a minor nitpick.

Moving on to Triceratops Dinozord. It is probably one of the weaker figures for me. There is not much of anything going on with this figure. The head lays down and the tail comes out, and that is about it.

Saber-Tooth Tiger Dinozord looks like a Voltron cat. And rightfully so, since the creator said he was influenced by Volton for the creation of Megazord. This Tiger has legs that fold out, if you don’t want to drive around with the wheels. It also has a tail that folds out. Don’t forget the movable teeth, so Megazord can have a little extra bite in his kick.

The Pterodactyl looks like it can’t even fly. There is a REALLY big difference from the show to the toy on this one. On the show, it had a pretty strong appearance, looking like a thin stealth fighter. The wings were nowhere near this short and angled. This is one of the times where function won over form. It really had to look this way to fit as the chest of Megazord. It gets a pass for being the awesome chest plate later on.

And let’s not forget about the Megazord Tank Mode. Supposedly this was a stronger armored version that Megazord first takes when transforming. I find that hard to take, that something that is not yet transformed would be better armored. Of course we are talking about robots fighting giant aliens, so we will let that one slide.

I don’t think this is the strongest looking mode. It has a funny stance. I like the toy can take that mode on the way to transforming into Megazord.

Overall, this is a fantastic toy, and a great collector item. I never had one before, so I cannot compare it to other releases. Compared to other Power Rangers toys outside of the Legacy line, you will be hard pressed to find one with this much heft.


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