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Terri-Bull – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return – Titan Master

I get it. He is a Decepticon, so he is terrible, thus “Terri-Bull.” Though I do think we should have seen something that resembles a bull to at least make the name fit.

Ironically enough, when he was known as Horri-Bull back in 1988, he was the body for a Headmaster to attach to. So, why did he become the Titan Master this time around? It seems like this Titan Master should have been named Kreb, the name of the Headmaster that came with Horri-bull.

Anyway, he is here, and he is not a nice guy. We have that covered. Terri-bull comes with a tank that triple forms into a jet and a weapon that fits in any 5mm hand port.

Terri-bull can ride in the tank. His legs slide into the turret and he locks in nice and tight. I am glad for the sake of kids that all of the Titan Masters fit tight into their vehicles. It could be very easy to lose a tiny Titan Master.

As with Nightbeat, there is a combination transformation that involves a vehicle and a weapon. In this case it is the jet mode. The tank is turned upside down, and a cockpit is flipped out. Wings fold out, and you have flight mode with Terri-Bull sliding into the back of the jet. One of the modes seems to always have the Titan Master integrate into the vehicle. To make the jet into a weapon is just a flip of the handle and then someone (Scourge in this case) can hold it and use the quad-barrel gun.

Of course, let’s not forget about the head part of the Titan Master. His transformation becomes a very good updated resemblance to Horri-Bull. The blue over gold is a nice touch. A bit of red eyes lets the viewer know right away he is not nice.

Terri-Bull has a really good vehicle accessory. The tank is really fun, and the jet is functional. As with Nightbeat’s gun, it looks like a vehicle in the Deluxe Class figure’s hand, so no real points there. The head is right on. This was probably a good choice for a head-only Titan Master, since we have already seen an animal in the first wave of Deluxe figures.

On to more Titan Masters, as we work our way through the fantastic wave 1.

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Galvatron and Nucleon – Titans Return – Transformers: Generations

Well, look at that. Its Galvatron in all of his Voyager Class Glory. He looks like Galvatron, and he looks good. He comes with his telltale super-cannon that makes Megatron jealous.

The overall body is fantastically designed. The overall look is great. He has strong legs to stand on. Wide shoulder with a sturdy torso. He can hold up his own gun.

There are a few places that are a bit lacking. The worse offender are the inside of the forearms. They are hollow to hold his hands, but they are hollow on the inside of the arms, so the holes are very easy to see. They didn’t even try to hide the holes in the back of the arms. There are a few other problems that we look at as we get to the pictures.

Problem #1. That head. What were they thinking??? Of course Galvatron needs the horned head with the crown going around. They couldn’t figure out how to do that with the Titan Master?

Instead we have a Titan Master with a spring-loaded face plate that comes up out of the chest. It is not terrible looking, just a little off putting. The head doesn’t fit tight to the mask.

The real problem is that is takes away from the articulation. Now Galvatron’s head doesn’t turn. That was one of the great things about the Titans Return line. We get these little Titan Masters and they have turning heads. But not for this guy. Ugh!

This is the other look at Megatron… I mean Galvatron.  Hey wait a minute.  Why does Galvatron look so much like Megatron?  Well, because he is Megatron reincarnated by the evil known as Unicron.  Or something like that.   They almost gave him enough crown around the edges to be enough.  If they had added purple paint we would have been close.

Wielding that gun.  It really is a lot of gun for one bot to carry.  But we have seen Galvatron do it forever.  From way back in 1986 we saw Galvatron march around with that clear/orange cannon.  Unlike Megatron, who had his cannon mounted on the side of his arm, Galvatron has his mounted to the top of his arm. And just like the G1 version, it is mounted way up on his bicep.  Even mounted up near his shoulder, it is still a huge weapon.

The cannon hinders the movement of the arm.  He cannot really bend his elbow much since there is nowhere for the arm to go.  If he gets the cannon blown off, he has a good arm to use.

 

There is a bit of extra backpack there in the back.  This is the cockpit for the new jet mode that Galvatron gets instead of the handgun mode from G1.   It is no the worse backpack we have ever had in a Transformer.

There is our little headmaster, I mean Titan Master.  This is Megatron… I mean Nucleon.  This is getting tough to keep track of here.  😉

Okay, transformation time. The first transformation is a giant cannon. Well, when you have a giant cannon for an arm, it is a pretty good chance you will turn into some sort of super weapon. Unlike Megatron that only became a handgun, Galvatron was given an extra mode to allow him to be used alone.

I am a little bummed that Hasbro did not design a place for l’il Megatron (Nucleon) to sit while the cannon was being used. If you want to leave Galvatron in this mode, you can stick Nucleon in his chest with his fold-up face before you complete this transformation…or put him in the cockpit. Either way, Nucleon will be hanging out upside down.

A few flips and changes and Galvatron does not become a handgun. We are pretty far past those days. In today’s world, Galvatron needs to be something that kids cannot be killed over, though NO ONE would have mistaken the G1 Galvatron for anything close to a real gun.

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This time around, Galvatron gets to be Fox McCloud’s Arwing from Star Fox. You remember that video game, right? Am I really THAT old? Ah, the Super Nintendo. The graphics in the day were mind blowing. But I digress. Galvatron’s ship mode is so much like Fox’s ship that it is comical.

Anyway, this makes for a really nice ship. It is very functional for Nucleon to ride in the cockpit. There is the main cannon sitting up front. There are also smaller side cannons molded into the gunmetal grey parts along both sides of the cockpit.

“Decepticon, fast approaching. Take cover Wheelie!”

“You will let me into the prison to release my brothers!”

“Why don’t you pick on someone your own size?”

Is it a coincidence that Galvatron and Scourge both showed up early in this line? Both were created by Unicron, and Scourge was one of the main henchmen for Galvatron. Now all we need is for Cyclonus to show up, and we will have all three of Unicron’s crazy creations. We did just have Cyclonus in the Combiner Wars, and in the same Class, so that will probably be all we will see of him. That will be okay with me. He was a very good Transformer.

Overall, Galvatron is a really good figure. There are a few problems here and there. Most can be overlooked. The flip-up face plate is a glaring problem that takes his robot mode down for me a few points. The rest of his body is so well done though.


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.


Taskmaster and Red Onslaught – Marvel Legends – Red Onslaught Wave

Finally I was able to get my hands on the last figure I needed in the Red Skull Wave. It was a bit difficult. I could not find him in the store after I passed on him to get Mockingbird and Scourge on a weekend getaway back when the wave was first released. So, having seen him in the store and not getting him kind of stung a bit later on. I could see him on Amazon, but he was going for $34, and I was not going to pay that much extra for him. Finally at the end of last week, the price dropped at Amazon to a reasonable $19.99.

Taskmaster is a really nice figure. I was laughing at him initially when I got him out of the package. He stole his shield from Captain America. His mask looks like he copied Skeletor. He took his light saber from Darth Vader. Add in metal limbs stolen from RoboCop, and this guy doesn’t look all that original. But really, he does.

He is very well done indeed. His details are great. From the paint on his torso, to the great details on his limbs. He has fantastic articulation, as we should get from ALL of the Marvel Legends. The overall outfit is the New Taskmaster outfit. Much more tactical and less flashy. He has gun holsters over his shoulders.

His shield is Captain America’s, but painted with Taskmaster’s emblem. That is good because it has the swivel on the back to be a clamp for his arm, or a post for his back. He also comes with an orange sword. I had not seen him using a laser sword before.

Tasky comes with an alternate head that goes along with the New Taskmaster outfit, but he looks less like Taskmaster with the dark hood and more skeletal face plate.

Red Onslaught:

Let Red Skull rise again!

This is not the Red Skull we saw in Captain America: The First Avenger (which we did get a figure of). This is Red Onslaught, and he is bad news. Very powerful and very smart. Something that Red Skull had a problem with before. He was smart, and could hold his own in a fight for a little while, but he could not compete with Cap for the long haul.

This is a perfect example of a Build-a-Figure. He is huge, standing two heads taller than any other figure in the line. He is solid. The pieces fit together well, and he has heft to him to keep him in place. And he is beautiful. Taking into account the horrible red skull face, (which is well done in it’s own right) the rest of Red Skull is a lovely mix of red and purple. And it is so shiny.

Overall this is a fantastic wave. The eight figures are so different and fantastic when placed together. The four main bad guys are well done, with two that look more tactical, and two that are fun and cartoony.  On the other side, the three good guys are well done in their own right. Cap, which we have seen so many times, came with a wolf head this time. The two ladies are different body molds, so they don’t look too similar.  And then there is the great Build a Figure that just completes this set.

Up next, we finally get to move onto the Absorbing Man wave that came out at the same time as this one.  I was able to track down all of those figures a bit faster… so stay tuned.


Scourge (listed as Demolition Man) – Marvel Legends Red Skull Series

Sometimes these bad guys have so many names, nobody knows what to call them. On the box, he is listed as Demolition Man. Technically he IS Demolition Man, but he is in the gear of the new moniker he has taken on as the new Scourge. So, I think the packaging is wrong, and he is actually Scourge. Maybe Hasbro wanted to go with a more definitive ID of who was under the mask of Scourge, since another Scourge named Nuke is coming out in the Civil War Wave next. They didn’t want people to poo-poo the idea of having two Scourges in two back-to-back waves. Either way, he will be known as Scourge from here on out.

This guy is bad-@$$. He is everything that is right and perfect with the Marvel Legends line.

Starting off with the body. It is a fairly standard body at first appearance, but looking closer, it is anything but standard. There are so many great details going on all over this guy. He has amazing details in the legs, most notably around the boots. His torso up around his neck has some interesting details too.

His face is the best part. The mask is outstanding. It looks to be both functional and meant to intimidate. A breathing apparatus as well as maybe something going on with the eyes, like night vision or IR.  His costume is added to by the double belt around the waist with the bandolier that goes across his shoulder. He also has a holster on his left leg that matches the belt. It is a really good color of grey. It doesn’t stand out, or break the overall look of the body, but it adds a bit of extra color that really makes him standout.

Of course what makes the best Legends in a lot of people’s eyes are the accessories. Some of the more powerful characters don’t need accessories since they punch and claw their way out of a fight. In Scourge’s case, he brings the firepower with him. He has a tactical shotgun, a hand gun, and when things get really bad, he can pull his knife. And to make things better, the handgun and the knife both have a holster and sheath. Can’t ask for much more than that.

As the first bad guy of the wave, he has a good line of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to go up against. He looks like he is more than ready to bring the fight to the good guys, and lay a little hurt on Cap and his team.

Or maybe he could use a little backup of his own…


Finally, the two missing Generations figures

I have been missing Sergeant Kup and Scourge for some time now.  I have the rest of the Generations figures, but these two were eluding me for some reason.  And of course they are two that I really wanted to get.  Kup of course, because why wouldn’t you want that cranky old man.   And Scourge was proving to be a great Transformer from being a tight package in the jet mode to being a full sized Deluxe robot.

Sergeant Kup:

A pickup truck.  Not a lot of those around in the Transformers Universe.  Besides, we get a bit of a futuristic look on this one.  Clean cut and well designed.  He holds together well in his vehicle mode and all of the wheels are locked in place so they will not fold out when being played with.

And in robot mode.   What a great looking figure. His face is definitely Kup.  A nice thing that they have really worked on in all of the lines.   He comes with a “laser musket” just in case you don’t understand how really, really, really, old this guy is.  🙂

He does not have any hip rotation which does hurt his posability a bit.  We loose the hip rotation to get some spring action around his chest area so the fenders snap into place.   I will take that.  I will assume the old man does not move like he used to .

Scourge:

This guy is really skinny in robot mode.   Seeing what else they have done with some of the other jets, I was pretty sure they were going to be able to pull this one off pretty well.

One of the coolest features is the wings being able to open up and allows for storage of the blasters.   This was a great use of room and really helped to keep the vehicle mode nice and clean.

Scourge has a pretty solid stance, but can be a little back heavy with those giant wings hanging off.  He comes with two blasters.

Combined, the blasters make for a pretty nasty weapon.   It does look a little off with the strange variation of blue.  It looks like he has stolen a weapon from someone else.

An old man, and a bad guy with a fu-manchu.   You really know who the good guys and the bad guys are here.  I really like both figures and I am glad they turned out as nice as I had been hoping they would be.


Getting excited for more of the new Transformers

Now that we are starting to see the new figures coming out in the Reveal the Shield line, I am getting more excited about the other new G1 styled figures.  In February we are supposed to be seeing the 7th wave of the Generations line.   And what better place to throw in a few classic characters from G1 than to put them in Generations.

Scourge, Sgt. Kup, Wheeljack and Thundercrack.  Characters that have been around for a long time, some with new styling, and some classics.  Wheeljack is the one I am looking forward to the most in this line.  Looking closely at him, it is clear that he is a retooled Turbo Tracks.


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