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Autobot Shuffler – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return (Titan Master)

Little Shuffler. A throwback to the Headmasters cartoon. Well almost. Shuffler was a toy back in 1987, but he was never in the show itself. He would transform from an elephant to a Headmaster.

The update for Titans Return is to give Shuffler a robot body, and give him an elephant vehicle. The vehicle looks a whole lot like Shuffler’s animal mode.

The robot mode of Shuffler looks a whole lot like Elephan, who actually did make it into the Headmasters cartoon. He worked alongside Leo, who of course turned into Battle Beasts in the US. Though a trimmed down version, he does have a lot of similarities to the Beastformer.

Shuffler’s elephant vehicle allows Shuffler to hide inside the body where he is well hidden. This vehicle is one of the larger Titan Master vehicles to allow a Titan Master to hide completely inside the vehicle.

The second mode is a tank. I like this mode a lot. It is funny to see the trunk turned into a cannon for the top of the turret. Shuffler rides on top, as may of the figures do on these smaller tanks.

The third mode is a gun. It is a bit of a strange gun. It has some power though. It looks to have 12 rocket launchers as well as two cannon ports. That is some good firepower.

Finally there is the head mode. This looks similar to that of the original Shuffler, but this new one is more streamlined, and a lot more menacing looking.

This is a great figure, with a fantastic vehicle. Great to have another good throwback figure to the original Headmaster line, and be able to link to both the toy line as well as the cartoon.


Decepticon Hazard and Blitzwing – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return (Voyager Class)

Well, here is the “not a big surprise” of the series. When we got Megatron a ways back, we knew that Blitzwing would not be far behind. And he wasn’t.

He looks great. Tan and purple with a bit of grey, and a bright yellow helmet for good measure. He comes with a cannon and a sword.

It hasn’t been that long (2013) since we saw the last Blitzwing, and that one was pretty good. This one also (and has to I guess) triple change from a robot to a tank and a jet.

He and his predecessor, Megatron look very similar, since Blitzwing is a retool. Not a very extensive one either. Pretty much a new head, chestplate, and non-removable cannon tip on the turret.

Blitzwing comes with the Titan Master Hazard. He is a retool of Doomshot, who was Megatron’s Titan Master. Of course this time coming with a different head attached to his back.

So, here we go with transformations. First up is the tank. This is the same as Megatron. He makes a good tank with a swiveling turret. The colors do not exactly scream “camouflage,” but then most of the Decepticons are not so worried about the “Robots in Disguise” part.

There is a cockpit on top of the turret that allows Hazard to ride up there and control the gun.

The two weapons can be mounted on the tank too. The gun gives extra firepower, while the sword just hangs out on the back. Maybe that helps with shielding.

Next up we have the jet. I love how the tank is more tan, while the jet is more purple. The overall look of the jet is well done.

It has a nice look, and the silver metallic stickers are very reminiscent of a time long past.

The tank turret sits pretty far down off the bottom. It is not very aerodynamic, but I am sure Blitzwing likes to have the extra fire power down under there.

 

This is another example of a triple changer that works. Many times, something gets bumped and there is a part of the triple change that looks terrible or forced. That did not happen here. I guess since Blitzwing has been a toy since 1985, Hasbro/TOMY has had a lot of time to make sure this works. And it does.


Ominus and Sky Shadow – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return (Leader Class)

Things get real when we get up to the Leader Class figures. We have had some great Leader Class figures in Titans Return, as well as in Combiner Wars that preceded Titans Return. But this may be the best Leader Class figure we have had yet.

We start with a good bad guy, Sky Shadow. Make him REALLY big, and then load him up with weapons.

 

Since he is the Leader Class scale, his Titan Master, Ominus, fits into the helmet. Otherwise, Ominus would look too small. Ominus is a new character, as Sky Shadow came after the Headmasters, so he would not have had one of his own.

 

Ominus is a “pretool” of Dreadnaut. There is the thinking that these two are a “pretool” because of Sky Shadow’s special transformation that is really something that Super-God Megaforce Overlord did back in 1988, and what he will do in a future release. More on that next.

Transformation time. Start with the top half of Sky Shadow. Yup, the top half. This guy breaks apart into a torso and legs. It is always something that worries me, when there are special gimmicks that go along with a Transformer. There tends to be a loss of something somewhere. But the robot mode is fantastic. And the jet? It is absolutely perfect. We are keeping with the forward swept wing look that we have had in the two previous incarnations of the figure. You can see the shield piece can be attached to the nose of the jet, just like the two previous versions as well.

Ominus can ride in the cockpit. There is a full working cockpit stuck right there in the nose of the jet. Fantastic. This is the stuff I was worried about losing, but there it is.

The legs have an amazing transformation to create the tank mode. The details are really well done. The turret and the gun do not move. That is probably the only problem with this whole character, and that is very minor.

Again, there is a cockpit for Ominus to ride in the tank. Also note, that either of these cockpits can be used in robot mode, so Sky Shadow can hide a couple of Titan Masters on his person at all times.

The two vehicles can combine, where a tab on the roof of the tank clips into the bottom of the jet. Not the most aerodynamic addition to a jet, but at least the tank can get air-lifted to where it can best be used.

Then there is the base mode. All of the leader class figures transform into bases. Sky Shadow is no different. This is a really well done base mode. Some of them seem to be more of a stretch to make it look like a base, but this one was well thought out. The main feature of this base is the combination of the jet’s cockpit and the cannon to be the main weapon of the base.

I absolutely love this guy. I cannot wait until Overlord is released. One of this guy is great, but to have two will be even better. The Autobots better watch out with two guys like this running around.

Since I used Broadside to show the difference in size between the Voyager Class and Leader Class, I guess I better cover him next. He is not my favorite, since Sky Shadow was made so fluidly, and Broadside seems to be forced into his different transformations. We will see next time…


Decepticon Rumble – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return (Legends Class)

Here I was, sitting down at the computer (way too early in the morning), and I saw a folder marked “Rumble”. My poor friend Rumble got lost in the shuffle of new pictures, and he was waiting so patiently to be seen by masses in all of his gold, red, and black glory.

Rumble is a repaint of Rewind, that we saw in wave 1 of the Legends Class of Titans Return. As with the rest of the repaints in Titans Return, we get a new head sculpt to go along with the paint, which goes a long way to sell the illusion that this is a different character.

Since we are giving nearly everyone the triple changer love in Titan’s Return, Rumble gets an alternate mode of a tiny little tank. I am sure that this little guy would not do a whole lot of damage against some larger foes. He is decked out in his famous red/gold color scheme, and looks pretty true to the G1 version, though he does not have his big ground pounders that he loved to use to cause earthquakes, thus the name Rumble. Now it is more for the sounds of his treads moving over the earth.

Rumble becomes a tablet that can be used with Leader Class Soundwave.

He shares a body with Rewind. The stickers give Rewind a look of being an old-school recording device with a tape in the deck ready to record. Rumble on the other hand looks to have a working screen. True to his G1 counterpart, he has seismic readings on his screen. A very nice (tiny) touch.

I do like how much a change of paint apps as well as a new head go to change the look of a figure to make two completely different characters.

We have had some amazing Legends Class figures coming out in the Titans Return line. Hasbro has done a great job of making the figures size accurate with smaller figures like these tablets as well as other small figures like Bumblebee and Wheelie being featured in this great smaller scale. Hasbro still gave these little guys some good articulation as well, not like the fairly poor articulation we have seen in the Legion Class (not Titans Return). There are a few more Legends Class figures coming out in this series, and I am looking forward to them.


Doomshot and Megatron – Transformers: Generation – Titans Return – Voyager Class

We looked at the Voyager Class Optimus Prime, based on the Laser Optimus from Generation 2. This time we are going to look at the Decepticon side of things, with Megatron and Doomshot.

We got a new Megatron in the last series, Combiner Wars, where we actually got two really nice Megatrons that were Leader Class. This time around, they are going with the triple changer feature, and using the body that we know will end up being Blitzwing with a repaint and a new Titan Master.

Hasbro was able to stick with the same basic shape and design of the robot, from Combiner Wars to Titans Return. There is just a massive size difference. I have to say, it is a bit of a de-evolution, going from the massive and shiny Combiner Wars version, to the smaller, grey Titans Return version.

As with other triple changers, it is clear there is a lot going on here. Like with Optimus, you can see jet parts in a backpack, as well as the tank parts.

Side by side, Optimus and Megatron are fairly evenly matched. Their size and bulk are very similar.

Megatron comes with Doomshot, who looks amazingly like Blitzwing, whom we will see in a future wave. Red and grey, and that is about it for this guy.

Transforming Megatron first takes us to the tank mode. Well, it looks like a tank that is getting ready to fly. I am thinking this is some kind of Nazi World War II attempted invention. A tank that can fly. Wings folded in and ready for takeoff.

From the back, there is a lot going on. A lot of the jet parts hang out back there.

And from the front… the jets. They couldn’t figure out how to build the two modes, so the tank and the jet were facing the same way? I bet Megatron would have loved to have had jet power in tank mode.

The turret has a swivel to it, so that makes for some nice playability. Doomshot gets to sit in the turret and fire the cannon.

Moving on to jet mode. Hey, that actually looks like a jet that could fly. Hasbro took cues from the F-15 Strike Eagle, a boxy plane in it’s own right and perfect for transforming into a tank. That being said, there is a whole lot of tank parts hanging off under there, which really isn’t good for flying, and makes the plane sit off the ground when landed.

The cockpit opens and allows Doomshot to ride in there. Much better than Optimus’ ride where his Titan Master has to ride in the back.

From the top, the F-15 looks good. I am not big on the shiny metallic stickers. It would have worked if he had actually been shiny like the Combiners War version, but this version looks a bit silly.

One of the configurations allows for the smaller cannon to be attached to the top of Megatron’s back. That allows the large cannon to not be quite as long and unwieldy.

Megatron and Optimus together in jet modes. I think Megatron definitely pulls out the win on this one. His jet looks better and actually able to fly.

In vehicle mode, tank vs tanker. Um, well I am going to give it to Megatron again Megatron looks better and has more playability, with the moving turret.

The two are pretty evenly matched in robot mode. They are of similar sizes, though Megatron has half a head on Prime. Megatron pretty much has one massive weapon, while Prime can fight with two. It is hard to say who would win this fight.

Bring in their stats, and again it is pretty even. Megatron is up on strength and firepower, but Optimus is up on speed and smarts. This would be a good match to watch.


Megazord – Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers

The Megazord. The one that started a love affair in the US for decades to come. Of course by the time the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers came about, the Super Sentai series was 18 years and 16 shows into their run with Zyuranger.

I have heard Saban had tried to get something going with Super Sentai a long time before, but nothing came of it. Years later in 1993 he was given his chance, and here we are. Ironically, the series from the two countries played well off of one another, since we splices English actors into Japanese footage. Then the Japanese turned around and subbed our Power Rangers back into Japanese. We have come full circle since we saw the release last year of Zyuranger as it was subbed for the US audience. We are getting pretty tangled up here. There are people on both sides of the aisle as to what is better, the US or the Japanese shows. Then you have lines drawn for the best seasons, and the best mechas.

One thing is for certain, there probably would not have been the love there is today if not for the MMPR. And here we are decades later, and we are getting re-releases and new molds of some classic toys. And they are not going for cheap either. The Thunder Megazord is going for $200.00 and it does not look like the price is going to drop. The prices of the Dragonzord are going through the roof right now too. We are at a perfect time for people who remember the show from the 90s, all the way up to people who have been pulled in with some great stuff going on right now.

Thankfully I found Megazord for a reasonable price, probably since it has had a few releases in recent years, and there was an all black version that came out too.  This is definitely not one to pass up on if you are a fan of the Power Rangers. The metal throughout makes him so heavy and wonderfully fulfilling to hold.

Megazord looks right on. The lines are crisp and clean. He has a transformation that is so similar to the show. The stickers are all pre-installed, so anyone with an unsure hand will not have to worry about that. He comes with a chrome Power Sword with amazing detailing.

Standing tall, he just looks great. It is still one of the most cohesive Zords to date. The red and black from Tyrannosaurus and Mastodon look fantastic together. Then you move down and see the yellow leg and the blue leg, which are similar, but not totally the same. It leaves you with the sense that there is more to this than it seems.

Sure there it, it is a Power Ranger vehicle. But what if you saw it for the first time. You would inherently know that there was something special at play here.

Taking the figure apart is straightforward and fun. The transformation of each figure is easy to do.

The Tyrannosaurus Dinozord is a bit of a funny looking guy. He has nothing on some of the later T-Rex zords, such as Rexy from Dino Charge. At the time, this Zord was worn by a guy in the suit, so it had to look a little different than a regular T-Rex. He looks pretty robotic, but there is nothing wrong with that. He has moving legs and arms, and a bottom jaw.

Mastodon Dinozord is great too. His head is Megazord’s shield. When the arms come off of Megazord, they fold in and create the body of Mastodon, and then the head fits into place. The only thing I would like to have seen was a moving trunk, but that is a minor nitpick.

Moving on to Triceratops Dinozord. It is probably one of the weaker figures for me. There is not much of anything going on with this figure. The head lays down and the tail comes out, and that is about it.

Saber-Tooth Tiger Dinozord looks like a Voltron cat. And rightfully so, since the creator said he was influenced by Volton for the creation of Megazord. This Tiger has legs that fold out, if you don’t want to drive around with the wheels. It also has a tail that folds out. Don’t forget the movable teeth, so Megazord can have a little extra bite in his kick.

The Pterodactyl looks like it can’t even fly. There is a REALLY big difference from the show to the toy on this one. On the show, it had a pretty strong appearance, looking like a thin stealth fighter. The wings were nowhere near this short and angled. This is one of the times where function won over form. It really had to look this way to fit as the chest of Megazord. It gets a pass for being the awesome chest plate later on.

And let’s not forget about the Megazord Tank Mode. Supposedly this was a stronger armored version that Megazord first takes when transforming. I find that hard to take, that something that is not yet transformed would be better armored. Of course we are talking about robots fighting giant aliens, so we will let that one slide.

I don’t think this is the strongest looking mode. It has a funny stance. I like the toy can take that mode on the way to transforming into Megazord.

Overall, this is a fantastic toy, and a great collector item. I never had one before, so I cannot compare it to other releases. Compared to other Power Rangers toys outside of the Legacy line, you will be hard pressed to find one with this much heft.


Transformers: Generations – Combiner Wars – Megatron and Armada Megatron

These new Leader Class figures are big… and expensive.  Are they worth the cost?  Let’s take a look at the first pair.  Megatron and Armada Megatron are basically the same figure with a different head and a different paint scheme.  They are basically identical.   Is it worth picking them both up?  Well, yes and no.   Here is the rundown:

The color alone really sets the two apart.  Megatron looks so much like his G1 counterpart.  Even his legs look like they could be triggers or handles to a big gun.  Armada Megatron has a whole lot of purple added in, and other than with G1 Megatron, really says they are a Decepticon.

If the big difference between the two is going to be in the face, then it sure is a good thing they nailed the face.  It is about as perfect as you would want.  There is not a lot of emotion there, but you can tell it is not a boring robot face with no movement.

Of course Armada Megatron has to have the beetle head.  He has such great details with so many colors in his face and head.  He has an awesome scowl.

There is definitely a backpack going on back there.  You can’t get away from the giant working treads, so you have to put them somewhere.  They fold back and then slide down on those red arms.  It is quite a smooth and amazing part of the transformation.

Megatron looks like an unpainted version of the other tank that just rolled off the factory floor.  With Megatron, there is a cleanliness to the nearly all silver theme.  The juxtaposition is Armada Megatron with the green paint and the grey details all over.  There is still a lot of purple showing in A. Megatron to show who he is.

And to confirm, yes.  Real rubber treads that really work.  There are four separate treads.  Two on the front and two on the back.  They roll really easily.

Holy Shmoly!  There is a BIG size difference between the Voyager Class and Leader Class.  Megatron is half again as tall as Optimus.  That does not bode well for our Autobot leader.

And just when you thought, “That’s okay.  This is the Combiner Wars.  Surely Superion can take on Megatron.”  Well take a look at that.  Superion is only about a head taller than Megatron.   That is not nearly enough size, especially when you are talking about all of those Autobot brains having to control one robot body.   Where is Ultra Magnus when you need him?

“Go ahead Superion. Say that again!”

With Megatron, there is a set of stickers in with his art card.  There are two Autobot and two Decepticon emblems, a grate, and some art for his chest.   I guess I will have to hurry up and read the Combiner Wars story to see what stickers I may want to put on him.  Don’t worry.  Megatron comes with regular Decepticon tamops on his body to begin with, so you don’t have to put on stickers if you don’t want to.

The directions show transforming Armada Megatron the same way as Megatron.  The art work at the end of the transformation shows Armada Megatron with his treads separated and slightly elevated.  That really gives AM a different look.

Overall, I only found Armada Megatron at first.   I knew I needed at least one of these guys.  Much later I found the silver version, and I just had to have him.  He is so clean and great looking.   Do you need both?  Probably not.  If I were to choose, I would definitely go with the Silver version over the Armada version.  I do like them both a lot, and they look different enough that I am not disappointed to have both.   I will probably display Armada Megatron in vehicle mode since that is just as well made as the robot mode.   Megatron will remain in robot mode as the best resemblance to G1 Megatron EVER!


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