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First Order Stormtrooper Executioner – Star Wars The Black Series (The Last Jedi) – Target Exclusive

The Executioner Stormtrooper sounds like he is going to be a bad dude. From the description on the back of the packaging, it sounds like this is the Internal Affairs division of the Stormtroopers, but with this guy being the judge, jury, and executioner. This does not bode well for the Stormtroopers that cannot stay in line.

 

This Target Exclusive figure is a repaint of a standard First Order Stormtrooper. There is a matte black stripe on the helmet, and black shoulder pads. From there, he is given a special axe with which to dispense justice for the First Order.

The standard Stormtrooper came with two guns. This guy has the leg port of the smaller blaster, but was not included. That is too bad. I would think he would carry one even though he has a special weapon as well.

The black color added here and there gives quite a different look to the trooper.

Side by side, it is clear that these two are one in the same. They may be different branches of the same military, but it would be expected that an Executioner would run around in nearly the same armor as the standard infantry.

Other than the few paint apps, there are no differences between the two sets of armor.

One interesting note is the one black sole and one white sole on the boots. That is a funny thing to include, but the black sole is on the same side of the body as the black marking on the helmet.

Together to take back the galaxy. That is a lot of white and black going on here. The other four better worry, because while they are looking at the enemy, the Executioner is looking at them.

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Front Porch Bear

Last Friday night, my wife and I went out to dinner. We don’t go out much on any weekdays since we are so tired from work all of the time. But it was Friday night. When we got home, our polar bear that has been on our porch for nearly a decade was destroyed. Well, destroyed is a strong word, but someone had smashed it on the porch, breaking off a leg, fingers and toes.

I had just been talking to my wife this summer about repainting the bear, since it had been sun bleached, and the colors were mostly gone from him as it was. And when we would touch him, white paint would be left on our fingers.

So this was the perfect opportunity. Saturday morning I glued him back together. One problem. He was missing the tail. He had a big hole in his butt. What is going on here? I went out and looked all over the ground in front of our porch to see if it had flown off into the yard somewhere. No luck. I haven’t been building dioramas for nothing. I knew I had some skills in my back pocket I could use. I went down to Lowe’s, got me some bondo, and filled all of the cracks, missing fingers, and the tail.

By Sunday, he was dry and ready to paint. I had some outdoor paint leftover from a previous project, and it was the perfect color for this guy. All coated, he really started to look more like a grizzly bear.

The tail looked like it has always been there, which was the part I was the most worried about the whole time.

On Monday evening, after I got home from work, I added more colors to add depth to the fur. I repainted the scarf with colors of my college, Humboldt State University.

Yesterday he was ready to be clear-coated with a nice flat coat. I added some Super Gloss Mod Podge for the nose, eyes, and mouth, to give a bit of shine. And now he is back on the porch, looking better than ever, less than a week after he was smashed.


Autobot Apex and Powermaster Optimus Prime – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return

Here is another interesting figure for Hasbro to tackle. This version of Optimus Prime pays homage to the 1988 gimmick of Powermasters. This is very similar to the Headmasters, where a smaller bot powers up the bigger bot. Originally it was an engine that plugged into Prime’s chest to give him more power. Of course we are in the midst of the Titans Return line, so Hasbro went with a Titan Master and made the big chest engine a part of the transformation. This is a pretty good execution of bringing forth a new version of the one-off figure from 1988. It also allows Hasbro to come out with two different Optimus Primes in this Series.

He comes with a card that shows Optimus’ power, and then the addition of Apex to the team.

Apex looks a lot like Orion Pax when Optimus’ helmet is pulled back. It is a good face when you think of it being similar to what we have seen given to Pax figures. The helmet can be stored in the back of the body.

Apex is a cute little guy. He looks like a very close approximation of Hi-Q, who was Prime’s original Powermaster partner.

Transforming Optimus into the truck seems very familiar. So familiar. Like Ultra familiar. Oh yeah, this is a heavy retool of Ultra Magnus from the Combiner War line. The cab looks similar, and the basic design of the overall cab/trailer combo looks familiar, but there are so many differences. The base body is the same, with many parts being reused. But there are also so many new parts.

Hasbro had to figure out how to close in the trailer, since Prime is technically a cargo hauler, not a car hauler like Magnus… though you know he mostly takes cars around. The back end opens with a ramp to allow smaller cars to fit inside, like Bumblebee, who we will be looking at in the near future.

When Optimus got a new model in 1988, they went over the top. Giant cannons mounted at the front of the trailer, check. Guns mounted on the roof, check. The telltale blue and white stripe down the side of the trailer, check. It is all here.

Comparing Prime to Magnus, it is clear to see the similarities and differences.

In truck mode, they look so close in the cab. You know the cabs have to be different, because Magnus has a driver’s seat in his cab for robot mode, and then it is taken up with a head in vehicle mode. Prime has a way to hold Apex in the cab as well as the helmet. The backs are clearly different, though they use the same basic body.

In robot mode, you can see where they used Magnus’ chest plate with a new plate to give Prime his Powermaster capabilities. They look a lot more similar in their robot modes.

One of the gimmicks of the original Powermaster Optimus, was the ability for the trailer to turn into a battle station. Since the cab and trailer are attached as one in this set, all of Prime turns into a battle station. Really the trailer turns into the station, and the cab just hangs out back there facing the wrong way.

It is a funny thing to see Ultra Magnus come first and then be remodeled into Optimus. But it has been done with some other figures more recently. They bring out the remodel figure first, and then the original. Can’t complain with that, since I will probably end up getting both version anyway. This is a good version of Optimus Prime. The Powermaster parts give him a nice unique look, and he is a welcome part of my ever growing Optimus Prime army.


Lots more from the Transformers: Power Core Combiners

We are going to see a lot of new sets coming out.  Many of the little guys are going to be repaints of earlier sets.   Let’s take a look:

Decpticon Darkstream with his sidekick Razorbeam.  Both of these are repaints.   Darkstream is a repaint of Skyburst that came with the Aerialbots.

Razorbeam, not so much a repaint as a new plastic color is a copy of Chopster who came with Smoulder in the two-pack.

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Decepticon Icepick with Chainclaw.  Here we go with two new figures.  Icepick is a treaded truck while Chainclaw appears to become a rocket launcher.  That is a good weapon to have.  They look like they will fit together well.

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Autobot Leadfoot with Pinpoint.   Another team of new figures.  Leadfoot is a race car while Pinpoint looks to be twin cannons or machine guns of some sort.  Another good paring.

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Autobots, The Rallybots.  Lead by Double Clutch, this is a team of all new cars.  I don’t think this is the best of the 5-pack combiners, but they did well with the theme for this one.

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Decepticon Sledge with Throttle.  Another set of all-new.  Sledge is a piece of heavy construction equipment, and Throttle becomes a drill.

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Autobot Steelshot with Beacon.  Steelshot is a reuse of Bombshock from the Combaticons.   He is a good figure, so seeing him get used again is okay by me.   Beacon is the same as Backwind who came with Searchlight.

***I still think the little guy who became the searchlight should have been called Searchlight.  Maybe that was too obvious.

This time Beacon comes in red and mounts to the top of Steelshot.  I don’t think this is the best paring as Beacon has hooks.

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Decepticon Windburn with Darkray.  I think this might be the best of the reused sets from before.   Windburn is a repaint of Searchlight.  The colors are fantastic for a Decepticon.  Darkray is a repaint of Caliburst who came with Huffer.    Now, on Huffer, Caliburst was a fanastic pairing.  Throwing him on the front of a big chopper really does make the chopper look menacing.   This is a good pair to be sure.

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Finally, he Protectobots.  These five vehicles are repaints from other 5-packs.  They are an interesting collection, not really that great of a choice on three.  The right side is a little strange.   A pair of armored vehicles does not go along with the idea of protection.  As well, the jet fighter also does not fit the theme.   I think they could have done a little better there.   At least the Commander and the helicopter fit.  Maybe a little mix-and-match for these guys.

The figures should be hitting the stores any time now.   We are well into the first wave.  This one looks to be giving us a nice mix of some new figures and some well done repaints of some older figures.   Now the problem is trying to remember the names of all of these little guys.

If you are keeping track, that is 4 new Decepticons, and 4 new Autobots.   But 2 of the Autobot sets are 5-packs.  Advantage Autobots this time.


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