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Sovereign and Alpha Trion – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return – Voyager Class

Alpha Trion has not spent much time as a toy. Though he was in the G1 cartoon back in 1986, we did not see a toy of him until 2007. Yes, that is 21 years after his broadcast debut. Now here we are 30 years after his broadcast debut, and we get him in some Voyager Class Glory. He, is of course a triple changer AND a Titan Master, so there is a lot of playability with this guy.  He comes with the Titan Master Sovereign. You would want to see Alpha Trion teamed up with a pretty powerful Titan Master, so why not the MOST powerful Titan Master.

The Titan Masters are perfect sized heads for Deluxe Class figures. They tend to be a bit small for the Voyager Class figures, so they need a little bulking up. When the gem in the center of Alpha Trion’s chest is pressed, additional sides pop up to give the head more bulk. This helps a lot, and looks like it belongs. I had some trouble with mine, where the sides would not stay down when pressed back into the shoulders. I had to wiggle the gem around a bit, and then it would catch the locking mechanism. That was an easy fix.

From the robot mode, Alpha Trion becomes a lion. Not just any lion, but a unicorn lion. Wait, what? Yup, it appears that the lion has a giant purple horn sticking out of the mane. Strange, but not the strangest thing we have ever seen.

He stays quite large in this mode, It is not too hard to guess that the large lion-head shaped shoulders become the head of the lion. The arms fold up and become the lower jaw.

Since this is a Titan Master robot, there has to be a place for Sovereign to ride. That place is a cockpit right in the middle of Alpha Trion’s shoulders. That is a great place for a Titan Master to ride.

From there, AT transforms into a space ship. It looks a lot like the classic space aircraft carriers from Macross. There is even a special wing that folds down in the front to let the space ship sit flat on a surface.

With the gun not in place, there is a lot of room for a Titan Master vehicle or two to sit on the deck.

Sovereign has a choice of places to sit. He can either relax in the cockpit, or he can ride in the gun. I think these vehicle guns are rather ridiculous. I imagine the Titan Master would be able to fire the weapons from their cockpit. They should not be put in harm’s way by sitting out in the open. If you take out the head, there would be not robot to fight.

Alpha Trion looks great going up against other similar-scale figures, like Scourge. With so many figures going on, there are some that do not fit in well together. In robot mode, they look fine, but having a space going aircraft carrier hanging out with a race car that is nearly the same size, just doesn’t fit. Maybe Alpha Trion would have been better in the Leader Class. That would have been a big aircraft carrier.

As always, lots more pictures on my Flickr Page, which you can conveniently click over to by pressing the link along the side.  ——->

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Guardians of the Galaxy – 2.5 inch figures and vehicles

For a second when I saw the tiny little 2.5 inch Guardians of the Galaxy figures in the store, I was thinking “Why would we want something so small, when we are getting them in the Marvel Legends line.  Then it hit me.  The vehicles.  I have been hearing about the vehicles, and they do not disappoint.  I have the first two, the Rocket Raccoon’s Warbird, and the Milano.

Warbird:

Warbird comes out of the box in a few pieces.  The main body and the two lower wings.  There is also a pack that has two more body parts (which I think are weapons) that attach to the underside of the top wings.  The pack also includes Rocket Raccoon as well as a blue Battle Gear with a missile launcher.   The Battle Gear come with all of the 2-pack character sets.

This is a great looking ship when all together.  It  looks reminiscent of a Babylon 5 fighter.   I really like the design of the double wings.  The top set of wings can move up into a battle mode of sorts. It is not a whole lot of movement on the toy, but considering it is 2.5in scale, it is a lot of motion.

I was a little bummed when I put Rocket in the cockpit. It is a standard seat for anyone to use.  That means Rocket just falls down into a laying position. And he rattles around in there when the ship is flying around.

Milano:

The Milano comes in a whole lot more parts.  Three sets of wings, the canopy, small black engines, 2 missiles, and Star-Lord.  There is one more set of wings already attached to the vehicle, which move back and forth.

Once together…that is a LOT of wings.   On the third wing down moves, though it looks like there will be movement in the top and bottom wings as well in the movie.Those would have been great to see with pivot points.

The Milano and Warbird together.  The Milano is quite a bit larger.  It has a cockpit that seats 3 figures, and features lights and sounds.  Gone are the days of including 2 AA batteries.  Once supplied, the black button on the back makes a number of weapons and engine sounds.   The lights are integrated into the front of the craft making a sort of ‘T’ shape along the front nose of the ship.   These are two fantastic ships.  I am really happy with these two so far, and I am looking forward to more.

2-Packs

Ronan and Star-Lord.  This is a different Star-Lord than the one that comes in the Milano.  This one is masked, and has on his trademark red trench coat.  Ronan is all suited up and ready for battle somewhere.  Each 2-pack comes with Battle Gear, which consists of a missile launcher, and a sheet of weapons similar to the weapons packs in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sets.   These however go on the ships.  All except for Ronan’s hammer.   The missile launcher that comes in this pack does not fit on the Milano or the Warbird.  And that is surprising, since there are about 30 ports between the two ships.

This is a good pairing of Drax and Korath. Two larger than life strong-men. They come with a green Battle Gear, and a rocket launcher that matches the launcher that comes with Warbird.  I am so impressed with the details of these small figures.  Well done.

Groot and Rocket, together again as one character. Rocket doesn’t have any articulation, so he is more of an accessory. This is the same Rocket that comes with the Warbird. I could see the need for a whole bunch of Nova Corps Officers, but too bad we don’t need extra Groots or Rockets.

 

Overall, I am ecstatic about these figures.  They are small, but very well detailed, and even come with some articulation to fit into ships.   The two ships are equally as impressive with details and moving parts.  I would like to have seen some weapons for these characters to hold.  Little guns at the very least.

I can see this moving to a whole new world of Marvel figures for Hasbro.  They can go a long way with this scale.  It would be impossible to make vehicles for the Marvel Legends size figures, and it would even be a bit large for the Marvel Universe scale.  Those guys are about the size of a GI Joe, and they have really big cars and planes.  At this scale, we can see more of a variety.  I wouldn’t be surprised if Hasbro wasn’t a little sad that they didn’t have this scale with the Avengers movie.  We could have had Shield cars, motorcycles, jets, and then of course, leading up to the Heli-carrier.  Well, they have this scale now, and we are leading up to Avengers 2.  Let’s keep going with this scale.

 

And of course, as always, there are LOTS more pictures on my Flicker page.


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