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Clobber and Skytread – Conclusion of Wave 2 of Titans Return Titan Masters

It was strangely hard to get my hands on the last two figures in wave 2 of the Titan Masters in the Titans Return series.   I did however find them, and then they slipped through the cracks and hid away for a while.  But they are out and they are ready to join their wave.

Clobber:

Clobber’s vehicle/weapon is a repaint of Crashbash’s, as well as Clobber’s robot body.

The T-Rex is a new color scheme going with yellow and grey. Hey, do you know of another gold and grey T-Rex? I bet you do. Just wait, the surprise is coming.

First we have to look at the rest of the modes. The vehicle transforms into a dragon. Ugh! Not this guy again! That is not a great mode for this guy. It is a bit forced. Especially to have Clobber stand on his back like this. Last time for this mode.

Then there is the weapon. Basically the T-Rex laying down with a handle on his back. It works fine, and I do not suspect you would make a much better weapon from a robot T-Rex.

Now for the surprise:

Yup, that is in fact Grimlock. Now, why did they call him “Clobber” rather than Grimlock? The running theory is that Grimlock is already working hard in the Robots in Disguise show and toy line, so Hasbro went with a different named character. I don’t get it, but whatever. His head looks great!!!

 

Skytread:

Skytread is a retool of Terri-Bull that we saw back in wave 1. He is a rename of the figure Flywheels from way back in 1987. Flywheels was able to separate into a tank and a jet, so that makes sense with this figure and vehicle combo. Plus the color scheme matches fairly well, though Flywheel was more burgundy, and not so much pink.

In tank mode, Skytread gets to ride up top and control the 4 cannons that can move in their separate pairs.

Flip it over and spin it around, open some wings, and Skytread is flying high in jet mode.

The colors on Skytread are a bit off. It was really hard to try and photograph, but the pinks do not match up well at all.

The jet is the basis for the gun mode, where basically the wings fold in and you have a gun, 4 barrels underneath and the nose of the plane for a 5th barrel.

I don’t know if I would say this is Flywheel’s head. It looks a bit on the generic side to me. I am definitely not an expert on Flywheel, and most of the pictures I have seen are not really that great.

A couple of retools for the second part of this wave.   They are good figures and fine heads.   They are welcome to my team.

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Transformers: Titans Return Deluxe Class (Part 2) Grax and Skullsmasher / Fracas and Scourge

We are looking at part 2 of the first wave of Deluxe Class figures in the Titans Return line. This time around, we are going to tackle the two Decepticon teams.

Grax and Skullsmasher:

 

First up is Grax and Skullsmasher. Skullsmasher is a very brightly decorated Decepticon. Shiny green with lots of hot pink, and light grey in the mix really makes for an interesting look.  I was a little sad with the loose joints all over this guy. Most notable is in the knees. He has two sets of joints at the knees, one for leg movement, and one for transformation. The knee joint was a bit loose, but the transformation joint was really bad. Hopefully this is a one time deal with mine.

Skullsmasher comes with one gun, and his tail that can be used as a shield, I guess. I like having the two combined to make a bigger gun.

When transformed into beast mode, we really get the full Skullsmasher. He becomes a giant crocodile, and his face is by far the best part of him. He has a giant mouth with lots of teeth. The head moves on a ball joint, so he has a lot of movement. It is a bit restricted by the collar around the neck, but not too bad.

The front legs have some movement. The back legs are molded into the bent-leg shape, and that is too bad. It could have been so much more dynamic with one more joint at the knee.

Grax can ride inside Skullsmasher via door on his back. It is a rubber door, and for the life of me, I cannot figure out why they went with rubber. In the original G1 figure, Grax rode in the mouth. There is a nod to the original design with Skullsmasher having a black forehead.

Fracas and Scourge:

Scourge and Fracas teamed up back in 1987 as a team of Targetmasters. That time Fracas was a weapon in his alternate mode. This time around he is the head.

Scourge is definitely a nod to his G1 counterpart. He has the same overall feel, just updated and improved.

He has two main weapons. The first is a single baster that becomes a part of the ship in transformation. The second is a double barrel gun that is clearly a seat for Fracas to use.

When Scourge transforms into his spaceship mode, it is very similar in shape to his G1 version, with some updates and extra details.  The back portion opens to allow Fracas to ride inside the ship, or he can ride on the gun mounted to the top.

These Deluxe figures are a great addition to the Titans Return line.  I am really looking forward to more in the future.  There are some more really great looking figures coming, as well as some interesting transformations.   Let’s not forget the Voyager Class, Leader Class, Titan Class, and the additional Titan Masters.  Lots of good stuff is on the way.


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.


Clash of the Transformers – Legion Class – Toys R Us Exclusive

There are a few Transformers that are exclusive to Toys R Us in the Robots in Disguise line.   There are the two 2-packs here, as well as three Warrior Class figures, and some one-step and three-step figures.  As I shy away from any of the one-step figures, I will not be looking at them.   I will however be looking at the Legion Class figures today, and the Warrior Class figures coming up.

Clash of the Transformers - Logo

The TRU exclusive figures are listed under the Clash of the Transformers subline of the Robots in Disguise TV series line of action figures.  The figures are recolored versions for Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and Underbite. This is the first Megatronus figure we have seen in the RiD line.

I like the colors of Bee.  In vehicle mode we see mostly grey/blue, but get him in robot mode, and we get to see his signature yellow show.  As with most of the Legion Class figures, the articulation is pretty limited.  We get some shoulder movement, and leg/hip movement and that is about it.

This version of Optimus is pretty plain. He is basically white and dark grey with a few splashes of blue and red.  He doesn’t have much in terms of articulation either. Mostly some movement in the shoulders, and that is about it.

Underbite looks pretty close to his original Legion Class version, with a little bit of green added on. More really that much added, but it gives a bit more detail.

Megatronus is probably the best figure in this wave of 4. He has movement in his waist (due to transformation), and he is the only figure to come with a weapon. He does lack the articulation very much the same as Optimus. No knees or elbow joints. It really limits the play.

Underbite Vs Bumblebee  

If Bumbleebee can hold off Underbite’s metal chomping jaws, he can win this Clash!

Bumblebee Wins!

Optimus vs Megatronus

Megatronus brought a gun AND a knife to this fight.  Optimus brought nothing!

Optimus Strike – “Side Kick!!!”

 

Megatronus falls!!!

Overall, these figures are just what you would expect from the smaller Legion Class figures.  They are rather simplistic and they don’t have the articulation of the larger scale figures.  What they do have is size and cost.  They are small enough for someone to carry in their pocket, or play a big scene with small figures.  They are also cost efficient.  They were $11.99 for the two-pack, at least where I live in California.  The single Legion figures are going for $7.99.  The single pack Legion figures are cheaper on Amazon, but the Exclusives are way more expensive.  It is still better to get them in store.

If you have the other figures in the line, these are nothing new… except for Megatronus. He is a good figure to pick-up for your Legion collection.  If he had come with the grey Bumblebee, I may not have even been interested in picking up both sets.  Underbite is really similar to the regular version, and a white Optimus really doesn’t do much for me, since they are repainting him to be Ultra Magnus, that should be out now, or very soon.  I wish Hasbro would stop sandwiching in an Ultra Magnus every time they make an Optimus.  They are really quite different, and should be treated separately, like they are doing in the Combiner Wars Line.

 

Bonus:

This is the first photo shoot, using my new background.  I am still working the kinks out of lighting, and I have some ways to go there.   This background is two sided.  This side was intended to be multi-scale.   I can use it with Legion Class, Deluxe Class, or Voyager Class figures.

It can also be used with other brands of toys too.  Marvel Legends, GI Joe, or really anything.  The back side was really the whole reason for making this background in the first place.  It is an alley scape really for Marvel Legends and that scale figures.  I have some prop pieces ready to go on it, and I have just found a few of the Rhino Series figures to get started on that photo shoot soon.

Coming up, I have a fun story to tell using Marvel Legends figures I carried in a backpack for over an hour through the rough forest, just looking for a place to shoot.   When I saw it, the whole store came around.   It should be fun.


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