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Roadbuster – Transformers: Generations (Voyager Class)

Nope, sorry, this is not Roadbuster from Gunsmith Cats.  And if you don’t know Roadbuster, you have got to read the Gunsmith Cats manga, as well as see the movie… and Riding Bean, the back story to Roadbuster.

This Roadbuster is a modern reinterpretation of the 1985 Roadbuster of the same name, color scheme and overall appearance.  I am really happy with how Hasbro is coming out with their Generation figures and continuing their nods to the original figures.

It is funny, he has a clear back to his head to let light shine through his eyes, as most TF do, but then they painted green over the front.  You may notice the lack of affiliation with a team, and that is because he came with a fairly hefty sheet of stickers to apply all over his body.  He comes with an Autobot sticker as well as a sticker for the Wreckers.  A nice little nod to his origin.

As a Wrecker, you can’t just talk the talk.  You have to walk the walk. And what better way to do that walkin’ than to be armed to the teeth with weapons.  Rocket launcher, laser gun, machine gun, hand gun. missile launcer, and a sight.   A pretty good collection overall, and ports all over Roadbuster to make sure they can all be used at once.  Let the wrecking being!

The one problem I have with Roadbuster is the giant clown feet.  They are just so grossly out of proportion with the rest of his body.  Even if they could have been jointed back a little, that would have helped.  They play a part in the transformation into his 4×4 version.

I absolutely LOVE the fact that he fits in so well with two of the other recently released Voyager Class Autobots, Sandstorm and Springer.  They make for quite a formidable team in this larger Voyager scale.

Ninja Turtle Party Wagon anyone?  This is just a few paint strokes away from being one of the greatest TMNT/Transformers crossovers ever!

All of those ports come into good use again as Roadbuster is once again armed in his 4×4 mode.

There are directions for making a super weapon.  Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.   This time was a fail.  It is so oddly tall and skinny.  He looks way better with the weapons spread out across his body.

Overall, another great Voyager figure.  We have had some really good luck with fantastically designed and built larger scale figures.  They have great articulation, really nice robot AND vehicle modes.  Next up are a few that I don’t think made the cut.  Voyager Fail, and Deluxe Fail.

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Transformers: Generations – Ruination

A while back in the Fall of Cybertron Line we got Bruticus.  A bit of a change to a way back idea of being able to buy a multitude of figures and have then form one giant figure.  Well, Bruticus was a Decepticon, so this time around we get an Autobot, Ruination.  Not exactly the name I would have picked for an Autobot, but definitely a name for a team of Wreckers.

Made up of a team of five, torso, two arms and two legs, these guys have to work together to accomplish a lofty goal.  In reality, the toys have to work together as well in order to become such a massive figure.  If you were thinking you were going to get something akin to the Power Core Combiners, you would be very wrong.  Each bot is a full size Deluxe figure that fits together.

The fun is how the figure goes together in a way that is not a direct copy of Bruticus.  Some bots in new places, and a new color scheme.  A different head, and it works well to create a whole new look.

Let’s take a look at the five:

Impactor:

The leader of the Wreckers.  He looks like a construction bot more than anything with this paint job of mostly bright orange.  Each of the Wreckers come with the same weapon as the figures that made up Bruticus, but they all come with a large secondary weapon as well.  Impactor’s gun launches a harpoon.

Unfortunately, there is not much you can do with this vehicle that looks like it should tow around airplanes.  It did not look great when it was Onslaught, and it looks even less appealing in orange.  Maybe the gun will improve it.  I could not get the gun to point straight.  I know I could do it with Onslaught, but Impactor is giving me a hard time.

Topspin:

From the black and purple of Blast Off to the white of Topspin, he still have that knight feel about him. Maybe it is his chest.  There were color changes throughout this line, but I have to say, it is the head swaps that really give these guys the feel of Autobots.

Topspin’s gun has a saw blade that flips out.  If you are going to be a Wrecker, guess it would help to have a saw handy to help you dismantle stuff.

Topspin folds up in to a fairly solid block of spaceship.  I am not a huge fan of the giant gun attached to the top. I do like the two smaller blasters he comes with that were the standard weapons for Blast Off.  I wish they were a different color so they would stand out a bit more in vehicle mode.

Autobot Whirl:

Are you starting to see the color similarities here in the line?  Yup, it’s orange.  Whirl is a stout guy.  He is what you want in a transformer robot.  Moves well, and poses well.  If you slide the top lever forward on his gun, the front end slides forward and spins, like a Gatling gun.

Unfortunately, as I was getting ready to transform Whirl, I came upon a problem with his left arm (arm with helicopter blades).  His forearm is supposed to fold into the upper part of his arm, but there was a problem with the joint at the elbow:

If you look closely at the elbow joint, you can see the hole where the pin should have gone through.  This means the pin went through the plastic, and not through the hole.  That is a HUGE oops.  It was time for the doctor.   I worked on it for quite a while.  The pin came out part way, but it was really wedged in the grey plastic.  Finally I was able to get it out.  Part of the arm broke off along with the rest of the pin.  I glued it back together and inserted a new pin.  It worked.  Phew!  There is a scar on the inside of his arm, and it is not too noticeable in robot mode, and it it totally hidden in vehicle mode.

Once together and working, Whirl becomes a Cybertronian helicopter.  His two swords can be mounted on the skis, but there is no place for his Wrecker gun.

Roadbuster:

Roadbuster might be my favorite this time around.   He is a solid figure.  He looks good, and he has two good guns.   His Wrecker gun opens and closes at the front where the three parts are sticking up.  They close down to make one barrel.   In his other hand is the standard gun that came with Swindle.   I think there are more details painted on Roadbuster that make him that much better than his Decepticon counterpart.

He makes a tough off-road vehicle.  He has the exhaust on the sides as well as more running along the roof line.  That tells me that Roadbuster means business.

Twintwist:

Named for the dual cannons of the tank mode I guess.  He is an okay figure.  He has tiny little feet that bend up for transformation. Unfortunately that means when he falls forward, his feet don’t help, and his toes fold in.

He has a much stronger tank mode.  He becomes quite a force with his standard cannons, plus his Wrecker gun that has two more guns mounted on that.  That is a LOT of firepower for him to carry around.

Two flying and three driving vehicles.  This is a good group of warriors that I know will live up to the name Wreckers.  Wreckers on their own, but they still combine to form Ruination:

Arms became legs, and legs became arms to change Bruticus into Ruination.  New colors and a great new head, and he is complete.  I was thinking it was going to take me quite a while to hunt down all 5 figures.  I actually didn’t know they hit the stores until I went to Walmart this morning.  I found Whirl.  My second stop was Toys R Us, and I found the other four.   One day,  all five figures.  I will take that kind of luck any day.


Transformers goes NASCAR

If you are a fan of the Transformers movies, I am sure you have seen the pictures of the NASCAR vehicles driving through a city.  I think they are going to be a fun part of the upcoming movie.

Anyway, I have two figures for review today, Topspin and Roadbuster.

Topspin:

Topspin, or Autobot Topspin on the packaging, is not really in disguise.  I don’t think he will trick anyone with all of the guns and extra pieces hanging off.

Based on the Lowe’s #48 car, this is a pretty good interpretation of the car in some kind of battle mode.  He comes with an additional weapon as all of the figures in this line do.   It has a bit of a cross-bow design to it, and can be mounted on any number of ports around the body.

If you are looking for a more traditional NASCAR vehicle mode, look no further than Roadbuster.

A very good representation of the #88 Amp car, the only thing missing are the sponsors.  He comes with an interesting gun that becomes a chainsaw.   This weapon can be mounted on the roof or on either door in hidden ports.

These are two very nice vehicles.  You get one traditional race car, and one that looks to be in battle mode.  Now for the robot modes:

In robot mode, all of Topspin’s weapons go up on his shoulders.   Some of the yellow is on his other body parts which is a nice touch.   The exhaust on the shoulders is pretty cool too.    I like how solid his lower body is.  He has a really nice stance.   I am not crazy about the arms.  I tend to lean more toward hands over claws.  Overall a nice figure.

Now, Roadbuster has some nice weapons in robot mode.  He has two shoulder mounted rocket launchers up there that really give him a mean look, and a lot of bite.  He has a very classic set of feet, not typical for the movie characters.  I do like the use of the roll cage in the leg desings.  He has good movement.

I really like how similar these two guys are.  Their bodies are very different in design, but they have the shoulder mounted weapons which tells us there is something the same about them.  Team mates or even brothers, I don’t know, but they are going to work well together.

Up next for my special two part series on the Transformers racing vehicles, we have two more Wal-Mart exclusive figures with very special racing paint schemes.  You will not want to miss this.


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