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Autobot Apex and Powermaster Optimus Prime – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return

Here is another interesting figure for Hasbro to tackle. This version of Optimus Prime pays homage to the 1988 gimmick of Powermasters. This is very similar to the Headmasters, where a smaller bot powers up the bigger bot. Originally it was an engine that plugged into Prime’s chest to give him more power. Of course we are in the midst of the Titans Return line, so Hasbro went with a Titan Master and made the big chest engine a part of the transformation. This is a pretty good execution of bringing forth a new version of the one-off figure from 1988. It also allows Hasbro to come out with two different Optimus Primes in this Series.

He comes with a card that shows Optimus’ power, and then the addition of Apex to the team.

Apex looks a lot like Orion Pax when Optimus’ helmet is pulled back. It is a good face when you think of it being similar to what we have seen given to Pax figures. The helmet can be stored in the back of the body.

Apex is a cute little guy. He looks like a very close approximation of Hi-Q, who was Prime’s original Powermaster partner.

Transforming Optimus into the truck seems very familiar. So familiar. Like Ultra familiar. Oh yeah, this is a heavy retool of Ultra Magnus from the Combiner War line. The cab looks similar, and the basic design of the overall cab/trailer combo looks familiar, but there are so many differences. The base body is the same, with many parts being reused. But there are also so many new parts.

Hasbro had to figure out how to close in the trailer, since Prime is technically a cargo hauler, not a car hauler like Magnus… though you know he mostly takes cars around. The back end opens with a ramp to allow smaller cars to fit inside, like Bumblebee, who we will be looking at in the near future.

When Optimus got a new model in 1988, they went over the top. Giant cannons mounted at the front of the trailer, check. Guns mounted on the roof, check. The telltale blue and white stripe down the side of the trailer, check. It is all here.

Comparing Prime to Magnus, it is clear to see the similarities and differences.

In truck mode, they look so close in the cab. You know the cabs have to be different, because Magnus has a driver’s seat in his cab for robot mode, and then it is taken up with a head in vehicle mode. Prime has a way to hold Apex in the cab as well as the helmet. The backs are clearly different, though they use the same basic body.

In robot mode, you can see where they used Magnus’ chest plate with a new plate to give Prime his Powermaster capabilities. They look a lot more similar in their robot modes.

One of the gimmicks of the original Powermaster Optimus, was the ability for the trailer to turn into a battle station. Since the cab and trailer are attached as one in this set, all of Prime turns into a battle station. Really the trailer turns into the station, and the cab just hangs out back there facing the wrong way.

It is a funny thing to see Ultra Magnus come first and then be remodeled into Optimus. But it has been done with some other figures more recently. They bring out the remodel figure first, and then the original. Can’t complain with that, since I will probably end up getting both version anyway. This is a good version of Optimus Prime. The Powermaster parts give him a nice unique look, and he is a welcome part of my ever growing Optimus Prime army.

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Darkmoon and Astrotrain – Transformers: Generation – Titans Return – Voyager Class

Anyone who picked up Infinitus and Sentinel Prime was not surprised that Astrotrain was close behind. It is a fun design since Astrotrain was not a Headmaster back in the day.

Standing with Sentinel Prime, Astrotrain’s colors are a lot better. While Sentinel looks like he is wearing a deco like a sun or lava (they went a little overboard with the red, orange, and yellow), Astrotrain has much subtler colors in his original grey and purple. Hey, purple. He must be a bad guy. He comes with the same two guns that Sentinel comes with. One is a rifle, while the other is a gun that his Titan Master rides in.

Speaking of a Titan Master, Astrotrain comes with little Darkmoon, created just for this version. Nothing special here, just another Titan Master.

Transforming Astrotrain for the first time, creates his shuttle mode. It is quite a machine.

There are some better paint apps than with Sentinel, so you can see so much more of the detail work.

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It really has the feel of the 1998 version of the Jupiter II from the Lost in Space movie.

Split the ship in half with a few twists and turns, and you get the train from hell.

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It looks like it was taken right out of the screen of a Toqger episode when the Power Rangers take on the trains of the Shadow Line.

You certainly get the sense from looking at the two trains that one is a good guy and one is a bad guy.

If you want Astrotrain to get a bit of a darker look, and I know you do, team him up with Apeface. The colors are right on, and it gives Astrotrain a darker head with a more menacing look.

This is a good figure overall. Even though it is a triple changer, he has a good robot mode, and a good spaceship. The train is a bit off with some wings and other parts floating around there, but that is to be expected with a triple changer. The overall design is well done and has a lot of playability.


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.


Infinitus and Sentinel Prime – Transfomers: Titans Return – Voyager Class Wave 1

 

Hey, isn’t Sentinel that jerk from the Animated series? Not riding round as a truck in this version.

As the first Voyager Class figure in the Titans Return line, he is a big boy, and we still have Leader Class figures to look forward to.

Sentinel is over the top bright, like an evening sunset. Orange, red, and yellow, he would really be bad to have on the battle field. It is probably his biggest weakness as a figure overall. The color really makes it hard to distinguish a lot of the really cool aspects of the figure.

He comes with Infinitus, the little Titan Master that becomes his head. It is a bit strange to see a big guy with the same size head as the Deluxe figures. This could start to be a problem when we get around to the Leader Class, if they are still running with the same head. They tried to improve the overall look by having parts that pop-up on either side of his head, to give some added bulk to the tiny head.

Sentinel’s first transformation is into a shuttle. It has some good firepower along the sides with two sets of cannons. There are ports for Sentinel’s guns to be mounted along the sides too. Too bad the two guns don’t match.

As with the rest of the line, the two guns can combine to create a ridable seat for Infinitus. It can be ported along the sides to give extra firepower when Infinitus doesn’t want to drive in the top cockpit.

Of course this line is in love with the idea of triple changers, and Sentinel is no different. I am told this secondary transformation is a tank. A really skinny tank. I am not sold on that. It looks like a powerful train to me. It is clear that this figure was totally meant to be Astrotrain, which we will get in Wave 2. Nobody is surprised about that one.


Based on his two vehicle modes, it seems that Sentinel should be gigantic. The shuttle, and tank/train seem to be out of scale and should be big enough for others to ride in. Of course he can’t be that big, so the Voyager Class will be it for him. He is usually pretty formidable, and large compared to other characters, and for now he is the big-boy on the block. I think he is going to feel a bit small here in the future when the Leader Class figures finally show up.

I am all out of Titans Return figures for a little while, but I have such a giant backlog of figures, we will not be slowing down any time soon.


Sentinel Prime will make you cry!

Sentinel Prime, the apparently missing Prime.  He is a great big firetruck, and an even bigger robot.  In the Leader class, he is one hefty figure.  Coming with lights and sound, he is a bit back heavy.  I had to play with his feet and legs for a bit to get him standing upright.

it is really neat to see how well they took a rather boxy vehicle and really broke it down to give a nice humanoid look.   I don’t particularly like the giant base on the back, but everything has to go somewhere I guess.

Transforming him from a robot to the vehicle is where the pain comes in.  I thought I was going to cry after about 20 minutes with him.  There are a lot of parts that fit into one another, and the directions are not all that clear.   When all is said and done, it was tricky to get the large gray roof area to stay down on the surrounding body.  I had to tweak a lot of the interior pieces to get them all to sit tight.

With an extending fire hose, this is quite a vehicle.  It is a Leader class vehicle that fits in with the Voyager and Deluxe figures.

If you so desire, the shield can be taken from under the chassis and the blade from inside, and the vehicle can be transformed to a battle mode.  Not a really pretty sight.  I don’t think the whole, “but wait there’s more” thing works too well for these figures.  They are always looking for the next gimmick.

And finally, along with a Voyager Optimus Prime and a Deluxe Bumblebee, the scale is right on.   The other two Leader figures, Ironhide and Bumblebee are on their own for scale, but Sentinel really does work well.


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