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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.

Blitzwing – Transformers: Generations Triple Changer

The third triple changer, Blitzwing.

This is how Blitzwing came out of the box.   You know, they have to fold them up a little differently to get them to fit inside a box.  Um, I think there is something highly inappropriately about the transformation.  😉

Back to our regularly scheduled review, here his is correctly set with the cannon set up.    He comes with a gun and a sword.  Generally, figures with so much going on are a little weak in a few areas.  With the two other figures, Sandstorm and Springer, there was not much going on there that was not good.   Unfortunately, with Blitzwing, there is a lot going wrong.   He is quite loose in the legs.  The feet look terrible, and they are not great for holding him up.   There is some stuff going on in the other modes as well.

I am liking the look of the jet overall.  Very Macross with the big backpack on the back.  I was able to get my nose closed, but there are some people that were not able to get it under the windshield.  I was a little worried about making the jet mode, as I had to really force the tab under the windshield.  I am afraid over time, the folded up body will destroy the tab.

The rear stabilizers are very loose, and want to flop all over the place.  The back end was kind of thrown together.  The feet are supposed to be the closed up kind that we see coming across from Macross to the Transformers Universe.  Too bad the feet are so thin, they don’t really make a quality engine back there.

Looking down, the wings are a bit on the weak side.  A little skinny.  That is not totally their fault in the design.  The wings fold-up when Blitzwing transforms into tank mode.  Overall, this is a pretty good mode.  There are some strange things going on here, but a decent jet.

My biggest problem in the jet mode, that also transfers the problem to the tank mode is the wrong piece.  It doesn’t happen too often, but I was given a wrong piece on the left stabilizer.  It is a second right wing.   That makes it upside down in jet mode.   In tank mode, it fold up the wrong direction.

Finally, in tank mode, Blitzwing is looking realy good… from the front.   It is really cool, how well he folds up, and doesn’t look like a triple changer… from the front.    In the back, the engine/feet are just hanging out.   There is no good way of posing them to make them look like they are anything but annoying.   Guess we could just rip them off for this mode.  They do pull out of the post fairly easily.

Definitely third in the ranking of the three triple changers.  There are a lot of problems with Blitzwing that makes it hard for me to say “grab him.”   I would not want to steer you wrong on this one.   You need to really want this classic triple changer to make up for all of the negatives here.


More pics as usual: Flickr

Sandstorm – Generations (Triple Changer)

When I got my hands on Springer, he became one of my favorite Transformers to date.  I knew I had to get Sandstorm as well, since they share the same basic body.  Of course, when they share the same body mold, they are generally looked at as brothers.  Of course not so much with Starscream, who seems to enjoy making clones.  These are of course Autotbots, so brothers they are.

With the same basic body, Sandstorm is a great figure, just like Springer.   He has a lot of differences, that make him really stand apart.  The lack of wheels in the legs is a big one.   He has smaller landing gear in the knees.  I like Springer’s longer gear a bit better.  The upper part of the body is very similar with a few exceptions, like the chest plate.  Springer has the yellow hood pieces which are longer over his shoulders.  They are fixed in place on Sandstorm.

And there is of course the VTOL engines.  Sandstorm also has a long piece on his back that is supposed to stick up, but it looked really weird, and tucked in so nicely on his back that I left it down.

The transformation into his VTOL mode is very straight forward.  He transforms almost the same as Springer, with the exception of the arms, which stay long along the side of the vehicle’s body.  Can’t get in the way of the VTOL engines.

Two different vehicles, but the similarities are apparent.  Not the same, but similar.  It is really good to see how differently Hasbro made the two vehicles.

PITB mode. (Pain in the Butt).  The directions were a little vague to get from one step to the next.  The transformation for Sandstorm’s car mode is not as straight forward as Springer’s car mode.  There are a lot more parts to move around, but he is one tough vehicle when he is done.   I like how the VTOL’s tail becomes window covers for the side windows.   The back wheels lock tightly into place, really holding together the back half of the car.

Again, I am amazed, and happy to see how they can take what was going to be a slightly different figure, and make a totally different vehicle.  Sandstorm looks so much larger than Springer.  The back wheels might be a touch on the big side, but oh well. I can live with that.

Overall, a couple of tough guys.  Great robot modes, and very nice vehicle modes.  The vehicle modes are made better by the great differences they have from one another.   This is not just a simple repaint that we tend to see with Transformers, but a very nice retool of a whole mess of the original parts.

GI Joe Indepth (Part 3)

The RAM Cycle.  What is better than a motorcycle?  A motorcycle with a gatling gun on the side.

The RAM Cycle was one of the first 3 3/4 inch vehicles to hit the market in 1982.  It is really neat to have one after finding that out.  And after 29 years, the molds are AMAZING!!!!  Everything fits well.  It has so many little parts and doors.   There is a hatch on the side of the gun that opens so it can be worked on.   The pods on the side come off and open up.  There is a hidden handgun in one of the boxes, though it is a little out of scale.

Don’t like it as a RAM, or you don’t like the side pods?   Well, you have a few options.  Want a vehicle you can easily repaint into a different battle than the Desert Battle?  This is the vehicle for you.   Very customizable by removing parts.

The rider is Sandstorm.  This is his first figure.   The original did not have a driver as it was made in 1982 where you did not always get a figure with a vehicle.  He has a removable helmet that is very similar in look to Copperhead of Cobra fame.

I am really happy with these reprints of come classic vehicles.   They are holding up extremely well, and work very nicely with the more modern GI Joe Figures.
Next time, I am going to take a look at a classic Cobra vehicle going back to 1985, but… you guessed it, looking great after all these years.

Ross Dress for Less is apparently your GI Joe Headquarters

On my way home from work today, I stopped by Ross on a whim that there may be something that I want.  It has been slim pickings and a virtual desert for finding good toys as of late.   I think we are moving far enough away from the holiday season for the new stuff to show up.

I found a few GI Joe figures I have not seen before at the store, even though they say they are Target Exclusives.   There were also some Wal-Mart two-packs I had not seen before, but I did not get them today.  There were also a few Transformers.

Ram Cycle with Sandstorm and the Cobra Flight Pod with Elite-Viper.

Go forth and expand your armies.

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