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Decepticon Rumble – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return (Legends Class)

Here I was, sitting down at the computer (way too early in the morning), and I saw a folder marked “Rumble”. My poor friend Rumble got lost in the shuffle of new pictures, and he was waiting so patiently to be seen by masses in all of his gold, red, and black glory.

Rumble is a repaint of Rewind, that we saw in wave 1 of the Legends Class of Titans Return. As with the rest of the repaints in Titans Return, we get a new head sculpt to go along with the paint, which goes a long way to sell the illusion that this is a different character.

Since we are giving nearly everyone the triple changer love in Titan’s Return, Rumble gets an alternate mode of a tiny little tank. I am sure that this little guy would not do a whole lot of damage against some larger foes. He is decked out in his famous red/gold color scheme, and looks pretty true to the G1 version, though he does not have his big ground pounders that he loved to use to cause earthquakes, thus the name Rumble. Now it is more for the sounds of his treads moving over the earth.

Rumble becomes a tablet that can be used with Leader Class Soundwave.

He shares a body with Rewind. The stickers give Rewind a look of being an old-school recording device with a tape in the deck ready to record. Rumble on the other hand looks to have a working screen. True to his G1 counterpart, he has seismic readings on his screen. A very nice (tiny) touch.

I do like how much a change of paint apps as well as a new head go to change the look of a figure to make two completely different characters.

We have had some amazing Legends Class figures coming out in the Titans Return line. Hasbro has done a great job of making the figures size accurate with smaller figures like these tablets as well as other small figures like Bumblebee and Wheelie being featured in this great smaller scale. Hasbro still gave these little guys some good articulation as well, not like the fairly poor articulation we have seen in the Legion Class (not Titans Return). There are a few more Legends Class figures coming out in this series, and I am looking forward to them.

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Rumble – Transformers: Prime – Tomy Takara AM-30

I picked up a new Prime figure off of Amazon.  Rumble.  If it wasn’t from Takara Tomy, I would be totally freaked out about getting a Transformer without being able to see the paint application first.  Quality is quality.  I only have one other Tomy Transformer that I also got for a good deal online.  It was a great addition to my collection, so I figured, this guy was a great deal, I would pull the trigger, even though I already have the Hasbro version of Rumble.

Bare naked.  He comes with a set of metallic stickers that really help out with the bare look of the car. Headlights, tail lights, and of course the Decepticon badge.He comes with a parts tree that makes an “octopus” figure named Dago R.  Dago R will become a baster in his alternate mode, as well as being able to connect to other weapons to make some super weapon of some sort.   Too bad I don’t read Japanese. I would love to be able to read about the other figures too.

Here is Dago R in all of his “octopus” glory.  Rumble is also displayed without any of the stickers attached to his torso and knees.  He looks a little on the plain side without the stickers, giving a large black area for the chest.

Stickers for both Rumble and Dago R.  It helps a lot.  It also helps that the stickers are high quality, and look good.

The stickers help Rumble’s chest the most.  The metallic gold looks great, and it takes away from the Gurren Lagann chest-face look that the Hasbro Rumble has.

Don’t mess with him when he is holding a blaster the size of his leg. I do get the irony of Rumble coming without his pile drivers.  No rumbling for this version.

The two Rumbles.  Hasbro Rumble on the left, and Tomy Rumble, on the right.  It is funny that they made the Hasbro Rumble blue.   Originally in G1, Rumble was red, so Tomy gets the points there.  They also made a Frenzy (blue), but it would be redundant to have two blue cars, even though Frenzy is a darker blue.  I am not sure why Frenzy is more expensive online, but I will stick with these two for now… unless the price drops.  Even then I will have to be persuaded, since Frenzy also comes with the same Dago R octopus.


Decepticon Rumble – Prime

When I found Rumble, oh so long ago, I was not even looking for him.  I had never seen him in the stores, and he was not on my radar.  Somehow I had missed him.  Well, I grabbed him, since I had all of the other Prime figures, I didn’t think one more could hurt.  Then he sat in his box, waiting for a day to be opened.  Well, that day finally came.

The first thing you may notice is that Rumble is a car.  I know, there were not a whole lot of Decepticon cars in the Prime show, but there were a few, and they tended to be rather important characters in the show.  The blue is obnoxiously bright, but somehow it works.   There are large holes on the sides of the car for the pile drivers.  They look more like rocket launchers to me.

Once in robot mode, he is still small.  But that is a good thing.  His original version was a cassette tape, so he should be small.   I really like his giant shoulders.  They work on this guy.    There are notes of yellow to break up the tons of blue which is a nice touch.   Anyone else see a face in his torso?   He reminds me of Gurren Lagann and that whole world of robots with faces in their torsos.

The pile drivers fit over his hands really well.  There are a lot of weapons that have come across the Prime line that look more like hand held weapons, rather than weapons that transform out of the hands.  Rumble looks like his pile drivers are a part of him, which they should be.  It is nice that he has hands too.

Fear not.  If you don’t want Rumble to hold on to those pile drivers, they can fit on the back of his shoulders.  Nice, out of the way, and not in a place to get lost when you display him without the pile drivers.

Rumble is a great little figure.   He transforms well and he has a great appearance.   With a little change to the chest piece and a new head, we could have seen a great Autobot out of this as well.  If they wanted to go with someone like Steeljaw, he could keep the chest piece that already looks like a lion’s head.  Repaint him a gold color, and we would have been good to go.  Or we could have gone with the main man, Eject. Though Eject was also blue, so that might not have gone over too well.  Give them a new set of blasters, and we would have been able to carry on this little Prime world for a little longer.  I know, I know, we moved on.  Beast Hunters was upon us, so we had to get past the Prime figures.  Did we need to move on so quickly?  Did we need another Bumblebee?  I guess we did.  😉


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.


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