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Megatron and Starscream – Generations Legends

We had Optimus Prime and Bumblebee in the small Legends scale, so why not Megatron and Starscream?

Megatron and Starscream are joined by Chop Shop and Waspinator.   I like the theme of the Insecticons as the sidekicks to the two main figures.

Megatron is most similarly designed after the terrible Classics line Megatron which shares a similarity of being a tank.   At less than half the size, the Legends Class Megatron is twice the bot that the other one is, taking too many attempts at gimmicks that wreck the figure.

Along with Chop Shop, Megatron makes for quite an overpowering brute… as we usually find him.   The color scheme is really well done, with the two tones of grey and the black that makes for a darker Megatron than usual.

In robot mode, Chop Shop is nothing more than a pair of scissors for Megatron’s arm (check my Flickr site for more pics).  Where he really stands out is as the new front end for an already daunting tank.   Well done here.

As for Starscream, this is a fantastic version of the flyer.  I would love to see this as a deluxe version.  Guns on the arms, powerful body, and the awesome Macross feet.  Can’t go wrong here.  Instantly recognizable with the red and blue color scheme, and just a few changes to make an updated version of Starscream.   Waspinator is… well, Waspinator.  He is unmistakable as well.   Not much to change him from wasp to robot.  The real fun comes with changing him to gun.

The gun is not the greatest execution, but he is a tiny little guy, so Hasbro gets points for trying, as well as making quite a cool bit of scissor action that you cannot see in robot mode before he flips all apart to make the long gun.  I think it would have been lots better if the gun handle had not been quite so long to start with.

Ah yes, secondary weapons used on jets.  They never work quite right… unless it is on Jetfire.  Waspinator is big and bulky, but I suspect he would create quite a blast.

In all, a couple of great little figures, and a couple of even smaller accessory figures.   These along with the pair of Autobots, make for fun little figures.  They are quick to transform, and fit easily on a shelf… or in a pocket for sneak photography.

Bumblebee took an International trip with me this summer, spending most every day in my pocket as we traveled around Italy.

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Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters – Shockwave

Shockwave.  Generally quiet, and somehow more devastating than Megatron.   In his Prime version, he looks very much like his G1 version.  A giant cannon for one of his arms, and the single eye..  He has antenna all over the place.

He has a gimmick in his cannon.  I wish they would just stop with all of this gimmick crap, but I guess Hasbro feels the need to do so in order to sell the larger toys.  When the grey button is depressed, the front portion of the cannon spins around.  The centrifugal force of the spin separates the two sides of the cannon, showing the inner workings within.
Not the worse gimmick I have seen, but it does leave that arm a bit rattly.  You know, when you move him around, that arm makes some noise, and it moves around.   Not the best for play time.

And of course, since we are in the realm of Beast Hunters, there has to be something beastly about him.  I am happy to report, just as with Smokescreen, you get a second version of Shockwave.   The three extra “Beast” parts fit into small holes on the body that really do not do anything to detract from the overall appearance of the standard version of the figure.

As with Smokescreen, since we did not get him the first time around with the standard Prime figures, it is nice to be able to choose which version to be able to display him in.  The chest piece looks okay.  The shoulder armor is a bit off, and gets in the way of raising the cannon.   It looks much better in vehicle mode.

Just in case you were thinking, “Golly, he looks big.”   He IS big.  He stands nearly a head taller than Megatron, which is saying something.  Don’t tell Megatron, but Shockwave’s gun is bigger too.   Add in those great solid legs and you have quite a figure.   And when I say solid, I am referring to the nearly hollow legs of Megatron that is wide open in the back.  His lower half is so light.   Not so with Shockwave.  There is even a bit of extra weight as his feet have to do some pretty cool tricks to get into his vehicle mode.

Yet again we are going away from the silly notion that a giant robot could somehow manage to transform into a small handgun.  Let’s go with a tank again.   A little reminiscent of the Dark of the Moon version of Shockwave.  The tank has a very aggressive style that I think looks really good.

He has a rather unique transformation.  He is laid out on his back.  The front part of the tank are his legs, splayed out, with his chest as the part that holds it all into place.  One arm wraps under the body, while the other is of course the cannon.  The back tread of the tank are his backpack.  The tread is unique in that there is actually rubber tread back there that can be taken out to attach to the cannon as a belt fed system.   In vehicle mode, it looks really good.  They could not get something like that to move, so they do have to have wheels under the tread.  It is hidden really well, and along with the fat front tires hidden up front, he actually rolls pretty freely.

Don’t forget about the Beast Hunters stuff.  Added on here, Shockwave looks like a nightmare born of the ThunderCats’ Thunder Tank.   I would not want to meet this guy in a dark battle field.  This is the best beast representation, with the claws out front.    I do have to wonder how the Predacons would feel about the skeleton of one of their own being used as armor.

In all, a big, strong, well designed figure.   Feels good to hold, and he is great in both modes.   I picked up the Commander size version of him as well, so we will have to see how this holds up in the small scale.  For now I am going to enjoy playing with this one.

 


Beast Hunters Deluxe Series 2, Wave 2: Starscream, Ripclaw, Bulkhead, Smokescreen

Wave 2 of the second series of Prime has begun to hit the stores.  It is an interesting wave.  Some good, one bad, and a couple just plain awesome.

005: Starscream

The Beast Hunters version of Starscream is pretty nice looking.  We get lots of colors out of this one.  He has a lot more of an angular design, and a pretty good transformation.  First look, you know this is the Prime Starscream.  You can see it in his face, and general build.  Take a closer look and you can see that this is an all new design for Starscream.  PS, don’t ask about the giant antenna sticking out of the back of Starscream.  I don’t know what it is, or what its purpose is.  Hopefully we will find out when the new season starts.

Compared to the first version of Starscream, he is a bit smaller.  You can see he has everything from the wings, to the knee points, to the shoulder shields.  All of it has been updated and changed.   He stands a lot better than his Prime counterpart.

And here you are thinking “My that is an awfully big weapon Starscream has there.”  Then you remember, “Oh, that’s right.  Starscream often gets himself into trouble with weapons that are way to big for him.”  Somehow, Starscream always manages to get a hold of big weapons, thinks highly of himself, and then gets them taken away.

Fear not!  He can carry it Giant-Anime-Sword-Style.

Vehicle mode is where I felt Beast Hunters: Soundwave got into a little trouble. Starscream has no such problems.  He kinda looks like his old self in the fact he has wings.  Other than that, he looks nothing the same.  He does borrow the wingtip design from Soundwave, so they have something in common.  I really like his transformation.  It is always hard to get Starscream’s legs tucked in with the skinny jet body, but this one is okay.

Where Soundwave totally failed was attaching the extra Beast Hunters weapon.  At least with Starscream, it tucks up under his body really well, and hangs in tight.  It looks like an external drop tank that actually has some aerodynamics to it.

006: Ripclaw

First off, check those directions.  They have to do some finagling to get him into the packaging.  A few parts are a bit out of whack to tuck him all in there.  He is a really nice sized Deluxe figure.  I do have a couple of worries about him.   Like with Lazerback, there are a few rubber parts.  One is on Ripclaw’s upper head.  The whole piece is rubber.   The other is the center of his tail.  This is the part I really worry about.  Left in the heat, or if kids play with him too much, or are too rough, he will be loosing that tail and everything on it.   Maybe this would be a good one to invest in and hold onto a packaged copy for a few years.   You know people will be searching for “Ripclaw with intact tail.”

He has great coloring, and of course he comes with a gimmick weapon.  Unlike all of the other weapons so far  that are shooting weapons (except for Starscream’s), Ripclaw has a really neat weapon which is a claw that grabs when the middle pin is touched.   It has a pretty good grip, and it is removable from the tail to be held in the hand.

He is not as bulky as Lazerback, but with that tail, it does give him some height.

He has a sweet looking robot mode.  There are some great transformations in his legs, hands and head area.  He looks like he better designed than Lazerback, with equal thought put into his robot mode.  His wing move in this mode, and he still has that tail.  There is no doubt he is a dragon in his other mode, but he is definitely a robot now.

Beware the Claw!  On his tail or in his hand, this is a great weapon.  I think it is a little better as a tail weapon rather than a gun type weapon, but he looks like he is going to kick butt in the new season of the show.

007: Bulkhead

I love Bulkhead.   Always have, always will.  That is probably why I HATE this Bulkhead.  I knew there was going to be a problem when I saw Bulky was going to be released under the Deluxe line.  That means a smaller figure.  NO NO NO!!!!   And he is:

A head and chest shorter than the Series 1 Voyager figure.  That does not bode well for Bulkhead.  He is without his bulk.  The overall design is well and good, giving Bulkhead a knight look.  But he is so small, and he feels so flimsy, that his design does not make up for it.

Vehicle mode?  Not much better.   There are a lot of colors here.  It looks like he was wrecked and put back together with pieces from differently painted cars.   His side windows are not even close to his front window color.   Don’t they make a darker blue?   The front end hangs down almost to the ground.  The front wheels fold in on themselves.   His hands hang out of the bottom of the chassis.   So no, there is not much going on here that works.   I do like the front hood scoop though.  Pretty aggressive and cool.

008: Smokescreen

Out of the box, this is how he looks.  That blue thing around his head is pretty damn stupid looking.  My fingers were crossed when I bought him that this could be fixed.

Apparently it is supposed to be pulled back and hooked into little hooks on his shoulders.  Okay, that is a little better… but not what I REALLY wanted.

AH HA!!!  WOO HOO!!!  That is what I wanted.  A Prime Smokescreen.  Take off all of the Beast Hunters stuff, and you get a base model Smokescreen.  Tomy tried to pass off a repainted Knock Out as Smokescreen back in Japan.  I guess they did not really like it all that much, since it pretty much looked like a white Knock Out.  I was sad we did not get Smoke before the first series of Prime ended.  I am glad I have him now.  No Beast Hunters gear required.

Transform him, and you have his awesome vehicle mode.   By far the best vehicle in the wave, and gives Wheeljack a run for the best race car.   He has wrap-around windows, clear glass over the headlights, and look at the details down along the front bumper.  Outstanding.  He is really tricky to transform at the end.  Mostly getting his arms folded just right since they become the roof and hood of the car.  Kids are going to find this part a bit tricky.

And, because I have it.  With the Beast Hunters accessories.   Pretty nice across the front.  Looks like he is ready for Death Race.   I don’t know if they were thinking of going Bublebee’s way and giving him extra missiles on the side, but he has little ‘c’ clamps on both sides that look like they should be holding something.

There we have Series 2 Deluxe Autobots in all their glory.   3 great cars, and a clunky (tiny) truck.  Sorry Bulk!

I am starting to think they would have been a little more accurate calling the show “Dragon Hunters.”  Ah well, this is starting to look like a tough team of Predacons.  Just wait until I unleash Predaking.  He is on his way soon.

As always, go to my Flickr page to see more pictures.


Transformers: Generations, Fall of Cybertron – Starscream and Air Raid

It is hard to keep up with all of the Transformers lines right now.  We get a few here and there as they begin to trickle back into the stores.  Slow as slow can be, but at least there is something out there to go hunting for.  Last weekend I was on a little road trip and passed by a Target I have never gone into before.  Gotta check, right?  Right.   I found two of the new Fall of Cybertron figures, Starscream and Air Raid.   Funny that I could not find all four, but two is better than none.

Starscream:

Whatever universe he is from, you know Starscream is going to be a bad boy.  Either stabbing Megatron in the back outright, or going behind his back to find someone else to do the stabbing for him.  Not a team player.

Red, white and grey.  Good to see Starscream back with these colors.  Looking very much like his G1 robot mode.  Good head sculpt and overall body.

His guns can be mounted on his forearms for that classic placement of his original blasters. Both of these guns have rotating turrets.

As we are seeing with this current wave of Fall of Cyberton figures, if all else fails, combine your weapons together for MORE POWER!   I am sure there is some advantage for Starscream’s two guns to go together like that.  When combined, the two spin together.

Dropped down into his vehicle mode, Starscream is a Cybertronian jet.  Pretty good design all together.  I am not a huge fan of the pyramid wings on top, but follows a theme we have seen before with the Cybertronian jets having a bit of a pyramid design to them.

Top down view to give you a look at those swept forward wings.  The low point of this mode is right there in the middle.   Not only is Starscream’s head exposed, but there is also a gap where you can see right through the jet.

Speculation time.  Are we going to see more figures in the Fall of Cybertron line.  Aaaaaand, what is this hole doing on the side of Starscream’s leg.  Are we going to see another jet?  A little Thunderwing action perhaps? Acid Rain?  Thrust?

Air Raid:

Air Raid is a redeco of Shockwave.  Don’t make the mistake of thinking they are similar in very many ways.   A new head, a new chest, and throw in a new weapon, and we have quite the change in characters.

Air Raid comes with two unique swords, as well as the double-barreled cannon on his back.  The smaller, sword opens into two blades.  The other looks more like a gun with a sword attached to the end.  Kind of a strange design.

Surprise!  They combine together to make a three-bladed sword.  It is big, but I don’t think it looks very usable.  Oh well.

Here you can see Air Raid facing off with Shockwave.  I think the biggest changes between the two is the use of color.  Bright and shiny on Air Raid, while dark and muted on Shockwave.

Air Raid turns into almost the same vehicle as Shockwave.  Again, the colors really make Air Raid look different.  But wait, what is that?  WHAT IS THAT?!?!  Close up:

Oh no they didn’t!!!!  Oh yes they did!!!!   When Air Raid transforms into his vehicle mode, his Autobot emblem is UPSIDE DOWN!!!!   I am sure there is some cardinal rule against that.  That is a big no no as far as I am concerned.

The same but different.  Really different.   I like the changes to make them their own robot.

These guys are pretty good.  I am glad to have a classic looking Starscream in those great colors.  Air Raid, though not really high on my list of favorite Autobots, does have some great stuff going for him.   To be a redeco of Shockwave is quite a feat.  This is the first time that I know of that a redeco figure has been made from Shockwave.  With such a unique look, it is hard to re-purpose that body into another form.   The hunt continues…

 


Transformers Prime: Dark Energon, Full Review

Six figures with special, unique color schemes. All full of Dark Energon.  An exclusive from Big Bad Toy Store, this one does not fail to impress.  The colors are very different, not just some little redeco.  Fully refined, and worth it for any Transformers fan.

Voyager 001 Megatron:

Lots of black and purple, and black/purple all mixed together.  It would not be a Megatron figure without a bit of purple.

The original Megatron had a bit of semi-transparent parts, once being brought back to life using Dark Energon.  The DE version of Megatron adds a new purple color in the forearms as well as the chest.  The rest of his forearms and shoulders are a different color of transparent purple.  The addition of black parts really gives Megs a much more menacing look.

In vehicle mode, his ship remains quite menacing with all of that black.  Still not one of my favorite vehicle modes, but this color variation is quite fetching.

Let us not forget the DE version of the Decepticon symbol.

Voyager 002 Optimus Prime:

Ah, Optimus.   Leader of the Autobots, and cornering the market on lots of clear parts. The entire truck cab is clear, giving him lots of clear parts all over his arms, shoulders and back.

Also a more menacing look with more black in the body.  He has some great details of color like his abs that really help him stand out.  All of the clear blue parts in the original version are now clear florescent orange.  Look close, and you will see the only new part of any of the six figures.  The head sculpt is all new, featuring more of an Orion Pax look.  At least and open mask face.

All of the clear red parts really come into play in the vehicle mode, which really happens with all of the vehicles other than Megatron who has much more black than anything.   You can see the alternate Autobot emblem on the hood, an orange shield around the symbol.

Deluxe Class 001 Bumblebee:

Unfortunately they used the second version of Bumblebee for this model. I was pretty sure that would be the case, but I was hoping.  The vehicle mode is okay.  The clear yellow is really good and shows off all of the unique special connector points.   The plastic has glitter inside that gives Bee a glimmering look.

Less black and more dark blue in robot mode.  It is interesting to see quite a change from the look of the yellow vehicle to the much darker robot mode.  I like the color in the head, the blue and silver work well together.  The eyes are creepily dark.

Deluxe Class 002 Wheeljack:

Wheeljack has taken quite a deviation from his original color.  From white to clear blue.  This color works well for him.

Still one of the best transformations from vehicle to robot.  Lots of movement in the legs to allow the changes.

The Dark Energon version of Wheeljack looks more like a “brother” than an alternate color version.  Most of the other figures keep at least a part of the original colors.

Deluxe Class 003 Starscream:

And then there is Starscream.  Lots of bright pink on this one.  Not many clear parts either.  Mostly just the wings, and a little bit around the fuselage.

Somehow in robot mode, the pink looks better.  Maybe it is because a plane should not have pink on it, but Starscream looks pumped up on Dark Energon with it.

I think I am going with the original version of Starscream on this one.  The alternate version is lacking some of the color variations that the original version has.

Deluxe Class 004 Knock Out:

Now THIS is how a figure should be changed by Dark Energon.   The bright green and pink really work well to make Knock Out look like he is glowing.  The Xed Decepticon emblem on the hood and a swept emblem down the side.

What else can be said about Knock Out. That guy looks like he took an extra dose of Dark Energon.   He is all kinds of jacked-up, and it suits him

All six figures

Autobots

Decepticons

 

These guys look tough, and they look different from any other Prime figures to date.  This is a great set of Exclusive figures from Big Bad Toy Store.  Have some extra cash around, you might want to pop over there and buy them up before someone else does.

There are lots more pictures on my Flickr page.  Just click on any photo to be taken there.


Transformers Prime: Dark Energon

Big Bad Toy Store has an exclusive on a line of Transformers titles: Dark Energon.  Anyone who has been watching Prime knows that Dark Energon is some nasty stuff.   So, when six characters are treated with it, they get quite a great look.

I am not one to go and pre-order figures.  I never do it for anything I collect, but the only way to get these six was to order them from the source, so I pulled the trigger and hoped my Christmas money would come through for me.  It did.

There are six figures, including two Voyager figures (Optimus Prime and Megatron), and four Deluxe figures (Bumblebee, Wheeljack, Starscream, and Knock Out).  Each has a unique look and lots of clear parts.  I cannot wait to get the figures open and see them out of their boxes.  When I see them, I will share them with you.  I could not help but to share a quick post with some teaser pics.


Transformers: Prime – Commander Class, Dreadwing, Ironhide, Ultra Magnus

The Commander Class of the Prime series figures has been going on for a while now.  They started at with a little DVD way back when the series of toys came out.  Generally reserved for the bigger of the characters, these smaller figures still have really good detail and articulation.   They allow for a much closer sizing between the larger and smaller figures in the show.

This is being called”Series 2″ as it is the second series under the Cyberverse line.  The first line of Commander Class figures came out under the Dark of the Moon movie line.  We started with Optimus Prime, Bulkhead, Megatron and Starscream.  Now we are adding on the next 3, Dreadwing, Ironhide, and Ultra Magnus.

Let’s go in order.  Number 005 of the series is Dreadwing:

As soon as I saw Dreadwing on the show, I knew I needed to see him in toy form. The unfortunate thing is that Dreadwing is a gigantic robot in the TV show, and he is about the same size as the other figures in the Commander Class.  What Hasbro needs to do is make him in the Deluxe line, and then he would be just about perfect in proportion to the Commander and Legion Class sizes of figures.

Dreadwing does not disappoint in the Commander size.  He came with a transformation page that is the size of some of the gigantic Voyager size figures.  He has good articulation in his arms and legs.  The color scheme is really well done, with only minor paint misses here and there.   He comes with two weapons, a big gun and a sword.  The two can combine to make a really good weapon as well.

Here you can see him relative in size to other figures, Commander Class Megatron, and Legion Class Vehicon.  He is not anywhere as tall as Megatron, but at least he has a lot going for him.

In plane mode, he looks pretty close to his TV couterpart.  Looking like a Blue Angel on steroids.   It is hard to hide all of the body parts when we are looking at this small scale, but they did a pretty good job there.

Ironhide:

To me, Ironhide is one of the weaker Commander Class figures.  He has an overall appealing look, but there are some things that stand out.  Most notably are the truck parts around his forearm.  They really did not have any place to go, so they kind of hang there off the back of the arms.

He does have great feet and legs that give him a good stance.  he also has a face that is really close to the original G1 Ironhide.  He comes with two cannons, which is what you would want to see wit a “Heavy Weapons Specialist.”

His truck mode is pretty tough, with lots of great details, and big tires.  His transformation is really easy, and looks good.

Ultra Magnus:

Sometimes hero of the Autobots, and sometimes jerk (Animated verions).  He is usually seen with a big hammer, broad shoulders, and longer ears than Optimus.  Check, check, and check.   Visually, Ultra Magnus looks great.  Red, blue, and silver make for some great details.

Mine has a huge problem with the shoulder joints.  He cannot hold up his own arms, much less the hammer.

What happens when a Decepticon is too far away to smash with your hammer?

That’s right.  Attach it to your arm, and blow him out of the sky with your cannon.

His truck mode is fine.  Nothing special here.   A flatbed truck which can accommodate the cannon or a Legion Class vehicle.  His transformation from robot to vehicle is extremely simple.

So, here is Series 2 in all of it’s Commander Class glory:

Standout favorites?  Optimus has some of the best transformation from robot to vehicle.  Bulkhead has a great robot and vehicle mode.  Dreadwing is really nice too.  Megatron has a vehicle mode I don’t like in any class, so that is a hard one to get behind.  Starscream needs to eat a little more.  He is too skinny and falls over too much.   Ironhide and Ultra Magnus make nice robots.  Not quite as good in vehicle form, so they will probably exist in robot form.

 

Next time, we will talk about the return of the Generations line of TransformersFall of Cybertron anybody?


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