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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.

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Fall of Cybertron Soundwave

I have been collecting Transformers for a long time.  Before my last delivery of Dark Energon figures, I was so glad to find this guy, Fall of Cybertron Soundwave from the Generations line.  I posted a few posts back about the other data discs that went along with Soundwave.  Thankfully this figure (#300 in my collection) stands up to the original, looks great, has a good transformation, and actually works with the data discs.

Everything in the right place, that is for sure.  He is a truck/SUV type vehicle, but that is to be expected since it was always so strange in the original show for him to be a big hulking robot and turn into a small tape deck.   I think this one makes much more sense.

Planned or not, it is pretty darn awesome that he can press his own ejection button.

Once his front is open, you can see where the data discs go.   They fit tightly into the compartment.   I was able to get three of them into the compartment.  It was a little difficult to get them back out, but I had to at least try the experiment.

Here is how the holding of data discs works.   Soundwave’s back  moves out to allow the hole in his chest to elongate.   So, when there is one in there, it looks like the picture above.  If you try to fit three in there, it looks like his spine is sticking straight out with his back attached about three inches away from the body.  Kinda silly looking, but great for playability.

Soundwave comes with Laserbeak.  He was what I was thinking we were going to see.  Pretty much the same figure as Ratbat with a different head, and a new color scheme.  Still no legs, but at least Laserbeak can sit on Soundwave’s hand or shoulder.

In vehicle mode he looks a lot like the War for Cybertron vehicle mode.   This time he is WAY bigger and can have his shoulder cannon fitted to his exterior.  The wheels are a great looking clear purple color to match the front windshield.   There are a few other touches of purple around that really stand out.

Let us not forget he is still a transport, and in this mode he can hold his data discs.

It is clear that they are not just trying to throw something together in this Fall of Cybertron line.  They have found that people like it, and we are getting, not only more figures than the War for Cybertron line, but we are also getting better figures.  The first Voyager figure is the best to date in this line.

And we are talking BIG!!!  He is head and shoulders above the other figures.  A great figure you will not be disappointed with in any way that I can see.  I am really looking forward to what they are going to bring us next.


Transformers Generations: Fall of Cybertron, Data Discs

Hasbro is kinda putting the cart before the horse on this one.  I was at Toys R Us, just hoping for something new to be out over my last few days of vacation.  Usually a pretty dead time of the year with lots of empty shelves and pegs.  Then I saw a familiar graphics in a less than familiar packaging.

Two smaller packages, and I knew right away what they were.   The Data Discs for Soundwave.  The Fall of Cybertron line is expanding, with the introduction of a large scale (Voyager Class) Soundwave in the near future.  To get us ready for that, we get four of the Data Discs that will be compatible with Soundwave.   Ravage, Rumble, Frenzy, and Ratbat.  When Soundwave comes out, he will come with Laserbeak.  That is an amazing 5 figures that will be compatible with Soundwave.  This is the largest collection of mini characters to ever come out at the same time to go with one character.   There were lots of redeco and parts changes over lots of countries in the original Soundwave and mini-cassette line from 1984.

Ravage & Rumble

Ravage and Rumble.  Glad to see these two guys pop up first.   Some of the most iconic mini robots from G1, these guys were a pain in the Autobot’s resisters more than a few times.  The only character used more than these two is Laserbeak, and he is coming with Soundwave.

Both figures transform into a disc.  Ravage has some really unique transformations to get him all rolled up into a disk.  He is fairly open in design, but does represent is G1 self pretty well.

Rumble is, just like is G1 self, a tiny little man.  Haha!  Not much to him.  He transforms into a standard robot.  It would have been nice if these figures came with some small accessories like the G1 counterparts.

In their Data Disc modes, they are just that, discs.  They come with boxes to hold the discs.  A nice addition since each of the discs have a switch on the bottom that allows for the automatic transformation to begin.   In the box, they sit just high enough to lay flat.

Frenzy & Ratbat

Two lesser-known G1 figures, Frenzy and Ratbat have been chosen for a reason.  Frenzy is a red version of Rumble, from head to feet.  A direct recolor.   Ratbat is what I am assuming is going to be a redeco of Laserbeak with a different color and a different head.  Hasbro is saving some money and creating new characters.  They have done it since 1984, so why stop now.  I am not complaining, just pointing it out.

Ratbat has an interesting transformation, since his head and tail both fold into one another and then get surrounded by the wings.  Simple and effective.

Could they have found two colors that clashed more?  I think not.

I really like these guys.  People were bummed when we got Soundwave in the Hunt for Cybertron line and did not get any of his support staff.  I think Hasbro listened to that, and now, not only do we get support staff, but we get 5 figures, as well as a big Soundwave.  I am really excited to get my hands on him.

***Looking at the upcoming lineup, we are going to see Soundwave as well as Soundblaster, as well as Blaster.  So, along with the addition of Laserbeak, we will also see Buzzsaw (Gold version of Laserbeak) and the Autobot Steeljaw (a yellow version of Ravage).  So now we are up to at least 7 of these figures.


Hunt for the Decepticons: Sea Attack Ravage

Poor little kitty keeps getting beat up.   Maybe that is because he is a Transformer without a disguise.   He is either a giant panther or a flying machine of some alien origin.

I am not a huge fan of the robots without a proper disguise.  Remember after all, that the Transformers were created on the idea that they could transform into something inconspicuous.   In this case, I will make an exception.   I have been a fan of Ravage’s since the 80s.   Of course he would not be able to change into an audio tape as he did in the G1 show.   There was a lot of resizing characters to fit into their disguise mode, ie. Megatron turning into a much smaller scale handgun.  There was a lot of that going around back then.

In his current movie incarnation, Ravage is bristling with spikes, claws, and fangs.  Add to it the twin blast on his hind quarter, and speed, and he is not a force to be taken lightly… although he does keep getting beat up pretty good.


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