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Dreadnaut and Overlord – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return – Leader Class

Getting the last few Transformers in a series are nearly always tricky. In this case, there were three released at the end of the Titans Returns series if figures: Overlord, Slugslinger, and Ramhorn. One Leader Class, one Deluxe Class, and one Titan Master. I had good luck with the first two, but I am still having trouble getting my hands on Ramhorn. And that little guy will continue to evade me for a while I am sure.

Overlord is free with a little help from Sky Shadow. Generally as we move through waves of Transformers, we start to see redecos (paint) and retools (body work). These two share some similar components, so let’s take a look at them side by side.

Well, the lower body is the same. The legs up to the torso are just repainted. The torsos are not the same. They both have the wheel, but even that is not in the same place. It is clear moving up the body that there are some very big changes that took place to make Overlord.
The entire top part of the body is all new. I think they share hands, and the internal workings of the elbow section of the arms.

From the back, the differences are even more apparent. They do share a few similarities back there, like the folding out of the jets at the bottom of the back, but the entire nose section of the jet has been redone. Where Sky Shadow’s jet folded back, Overlord can wear nearly all of the cockpit on his shoulder. That is very much how he worked as his G1 Transformer as well.

Overlord still has the great articulation that we have seen in the Titans Returns line. Even more so with these two, since their feet roll at the ankles, to keep their feet planted firmly on the ground.

The directions did not mention that there are two doors in Overlord’s chest. These open to reveal two slots for Titan Masters or Prime Masters (can you imagine this guy running around with the power of two Prime Masters? Yikes!!). The fit of the heads is SUPER tight, and the doors don’t close.

Overlord is teamed up with Dreadnaut. He is a retool of Sky Shadow’s Titan Master, Ominus. He has a new head, arms and legs, based on the G1 box art.

Transforming these Leaders into vehicle mode is a lot of fun. We get a 2-for-1 deal with a jet and a tank. Unlike Sky Shadow that is red and black with a touch of other colors, Overlord does not match both vehicles very well. There is a lot of black on the jet, but almost none on the tank, instead going for the blue, teal, white and purple of the jet’s engines.

Comparing Sky Shadow and Overlord, you can really see where the similarities (tanks) and differences (jets) lie.

Back in the G1 cartoon, Overlord had a super long jet mode. This was apparently designed when the production staff was playing around with the toy and figured out the tank can transform and stay on the jet. Well, it has happened again. There are no directions for the long jet mode, but it is possible. There are some big gaps in the leg areas toward the back.

You might think that if Overlord can have a long jet mode, than Sky Shadow can too. Well, I wondered about that and found that it cannot work. Sky Shadow actually has longer arms that do not allow the hips to fold the thighs into a horizontal position.

Then there is the connection between the jet and the tank. Sky Shadow had a door that opened in the bottom of the jet (his chest) that revealed a clip to allow the jet to pick up the tank and fly around as a pair. There is no such port on Overlord. Instead the two chest doors of Overlord open and the two door latches act as hooks on either side of the tank’s turret to lift the tank off the ground.

The problem is that they do not lock into place. So, it does not really work as well as it does with Sky Shadow, where you can zoom the pait around without the tank falling off.

But since the two tanks are the same, the two jets can switch places and pick up either tank. They both have the clip for Sky Shadow, as well as the two indents for Overlord’s doors.

On to the base mode. All Leader Class figures can turn into a base. And as we have seen with the rest of Overlord, the transformations look a little similar, but there are some big differences. Overlord folds at the hips, so his torso is sticking up in the air. With Sky Shadow, the fold for the tower is the nose section of the jet, so he is pretty much laying down with a tower over his head. Overlord’s arms are a part of the tower, while Sky Shadow’s arms are an extension of the ground portion of the base.

I knew Overlord was a retool of Sky Shadow, but I am hugely impressed by how much of a retool he really was. These are two very different robots with a couple of similarities. It seems that Hasbro really did release these figures in the order of how good they are. We got one that was great, like Sky Shadow. Then they release one in a later wave that is just a little bit better. These are a couple of really great figures. A few more to go in the Titans Returns line. I have Slugslinger, and then it is the hunt for Ramhorn. And of course we are knee deep in the first Wave of Power of the Primes. I have some Voyager Class figures to look at while I am hunting down the first of the Leader Class figures. Lots more to come.

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Blastwave – Transformers: Robots in Disguise (Warrior Class)

This guy is an Autobot? He has a skull for a face. How can HE be an Autobot? Oh, he is a bounty hunter. Okay, ya gotta be pretty mean looking when you are after some of the greatest types of villainy in space.

Blastwave is a SUPER retooled version of Megatronus. And I mean major. They share the same basic structure, but everything is different on the outside from the knees up.

The face on his chest is a pretty cool looking effect. It reminds me of the anime, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, with the robots that had faces for chests.

Blastwave comes equipped for battle. He has a sword, as well as a double cannon. The cannon and sword can be stored on his back for when good old fashion fists work best.

In tank mode, he continues to be a force. Double cannons on a tall rotating turret.

The sword can be mounted to the top and is not actually that much of a standout when in place.

From the back it is clear that the arms make up the turret. The fists face upwards. This is more of a trait that we have in the Robots in Disguise line. Not as much attention to detail go into these figures than the Generations line, and we tend to see a bit more greeble. This isn’t too bad.

Blastwave hanging out with a few of the guys that followed him in the following wave. I like the figures overall. It helps that they are pretty fun in their TV show. The figures are pretty basic as they are. Some are definitely better than others. I am a bit surprised at the variety of details put into the figures. Some are really cool with good transformations, while others seem more thrown together. I am definitely not as much of a fan of the RiD line as I am the Generations. And I am really not a fan of the super gimmicky Crash Combiners that came out of the Combiner Force.

There are supposed to be a few more figures coming out in the Warrior Class, Thermidor (Bisk repainted, Twinferno (who we also got as a two-headed dragon in Generations), and Bludgeon (who is a repaint of Blastwave). I bet the skull face makes more sense when you know that the extensive retool of Megatronus was to make Bludgeon and a second repaint for Blastwave. Make the most of your money spent. Not a good deal if they never come out in the stores.


Chasm and Decepticon Quake – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return (Deluxe Class)

Later in the series we tend to see some new repainted figures. Chasm and Quake are a repainted version of Furos and Hardhead that came out a few waves ago. Where Hardhead was an Autobot, Quake is a Decepticon. And a good looking Decepticon he is. He is painted up REALLY hard with dark grey, blue, and maroon.

When Quake is side by side with Hardhead, it is clear that he is a repaint. There were no changes to this figure, as we have seen with many of the other retooled figures. The only difference is the face of the figure which comes on the back of Chasm.

Chasm is a repaint of Furos. Back in the day Furos (or Duros as he was known back then) was the Headmaster for Hardhead. Chasm is a new character, as Quake was not a Headmaster, but a Targetmaster. Now the funny thing is that Quake could have had either one of two figures (Tiptop or Heater) be his Titan Master this time around, but they went with a whole new name for this one. Maybe they didn’t want Quake’s two original Targetmasters to be upset that one would get picked over the other.

The tank mode is the same as Hardhead. This design was clearly taken from Hardhead’s original design with the quad-tread design and the offset cockpit.

Quake was originally a tank too, but back then, he was based off of a real-life tank, as opposed to a futuristic design. I really like the overall design and am not sad to see it a second time around. The tank still has the cannon that can rise off of the body, as well as pivot.

The same but different. This is a well designed Transformer, and it looks like a different design in two colors. One good and one bad, and that is easy to tell apart. And we needed some more Decepticons anyway. The percentages of the series are 52.7% Autobot and 46.4% Decepticon, and Gnaw being both with 0.9%. That is based on 110 figures over Titans Return from the smallest of Titan Masters to the giant Titans.


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.


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