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Aimless and Misfire – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return (Deluxe Class)

With a team-up of characters with the names of Misfire and Aimless, you know they are probably not very good at their jobs. And they aren’t. Misfire is a BIG retool of Triggerhappy. The irony is not lost on this writer, going from Triggerhappy who would shoot and not care where his blaster bolts went, to Misfire, who couldn’t hit anything… at all.

Aimless comes with two cannons that can be put together to form a double-barreled gun. Not that it will help him any.

He is painted up in his pink and white like we saw back in 1987. There are touches of red in there too. He comes with the visor style eyes like he had in the cartoon, but it is blue like his eyes in the toy. NIce compromise.

Misfire comes with the Titan Master Aimless. The two were teamed up back in 1987, where Aimless was a Targetmaster. A Targetmaster named Aimless? As you can guess, he didn’t help Misfire shoot any better. Aimless is a retool of Blowpipe that came with Triggerhappy.

I am really happy with the vehicle mode that they came up with. It is very similar to the G1 version with the double nose cones, and the forward swept wings. Even the legs fold up at the back to form an oversized engine compartment.

Aimless gets a cockpit to sit in, which has been a fantastic touch in this line.

There is a port in the back of Misfire, so the dynamic stands can be used with these figures. It allows for great posing.

The Cybertronian jet mode has a great look overall. Big in the back, and sweeping to a point in the front. We tend to lose engine nozzles in these Deluxe figures from time to time. In Triggerhappy, the engines were attached to his wings. So when they made the retool to Misfire, he lost the engines. We have ti imagine they are back there somewhere.

 

I am so happy with the amount of work that Hasbro has put into these retools. They are very different figures than the first version that came out. I hope we see this continue as we move into Power of the Primes.

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Autobot Throttle and Autobot Breakaway – Transformers: Generation – Titans Return – Deluxe Wave 3 Complete

Oh, here we go again with the copyright stuff. They call the guy “Autobot Breakaway”, though he was really Getaway. It seems that if you are going to all of the trouble to call him “Autobot ___” then you should be able to use “Getaway.” I will never understand the copyright laws. In the meantime, Throttle was renamed from Getaways Powermaster counterpart, Rev. A robot that turns into an engine named “Rev” is perfect. Throttle is good too, though this time around he is a head, not an engine.

At first look, you know there is something familiar about this bot. Not that long ago, just the l last wave as coincidence would have it, we had another bot that looked very similar. And by similar, I mead the same except for a different Titan Master, and a different paint scheme. That bot was the one and only Chromedome. It has to be hard to be the follow-up character to someone like Chromedome.

The really cool thing about Breakaway is that the paint was applied in such a way that he looks very different from Chromedome. The accent colors accent different parts of the really well done armor.

Breakaway again shares the same weapons as Chromedome, who shares them, and a few armor parts with Blurr. It would be nice if we could at least get a new gun here or there, especially the terrible flat gun they all get for the Titan Master to ride in.

The last three Titan Masters we looked at, Firedrive, Daburu, and Blowpipe, all looked like their G1 counterparts. This time around, Throttle looks nothing like his Powermaster version. The colors are wrong, and the mold is not right. It could not have been further from the original. And we were doing so well with this wave. Not that that is such a big thing. It is quite a change from a Powermaster to a Titan Master, os we have to give them some leeway there.

Transforming Breakaway into his vehicle mode is the same as Chromedome (no surprise there). I think he ends up being a better looking sports car. He is mostly white, but he has some added paint details in red and blue. He is so patriotic for being a Cybertonian. He even has the yellow sun protector above the windshield that he had on his G1 version.

As with his brother, Breakaway has a cockpit that sits one. I still think the canopy opening in the way it does is quite remarkable, a really cool feature.

The guns can be mounted on the roof, which is a nice nod to the G1 version, which could do the same.

I feel like the only thing these guys are missing are spoilers on the trunks. It would have given them that little extra something that we got in the 80s.

The team is all built for Wave 3. Three Autobots and a Decepticon. There is one more wave coming that has been announced, and they are ALL Autobots, so I think the Cons should start to be a little worried, but the Cons do have Tripticon coming some time this year.


Blowpipe and Triggerhappy – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return Deluxe Wave 3

Well how about that, a team from 1987 that has been returned to new toy glory, and kept the same names. The first time we saw these two, they wereTargetmasters. This time around, Triggerhappy looks almost the same, while Blowpipe has become a Titan Master.

Triggerhappy is our lone Decepticon in this 3rd wave of Titans Return Deluxe Figures. He looks just like his Targetmaster counterpart from back in the day, 30 years ago. You can tell he is all about that firepower. He is carrying two cannons, and he has twin blasters folded up on each arm, showing that he is ready for a fight in any mode he takes.

Here is the best improvement over the original toy. In the cartoon, he had a mask over his mouth and eyes. When the toy came out in 1987, he had a mouth and a visor over his eyes. They gave him the opposite of what he really had. So, blast ahead 30 years, and finally the figure gets a head that is the correct configuration.

I don’t think it is cannon to the story, but Triggerhappy can reconfigure his arms to allow the dual cannons to take the place of his hands and then really have some nice firepower.

If he just wants to kick back and relax (not that someone named Triggerhappy would want to), his guns can be mounted to his back and he can have his hands free.

Blowpipe is more head and less gun this time around. He keeps similar colors to his Targetmaster counterpart, with a grey torso and blue everything else. He looks a lot better in this configuration, as opposed to having a giant cannon barrel stick above his head.

Hasbro actually did a really good job with the sculpt of the figure, giving him lots of the same body sculpt as the original, such as the round circle in the middle of his chest, and the design of his shoulders.

When Triggerhappy transforms into his ship, he looks like an upgraded version of his Targetmaster counterpart. And by upgraded, I mean really close to the original. It is like the next model year, where the vehicle is a little sleeker and sharper looking, but still has all of the charm of the original.

Everything from the blue and grey body, to the gold engine ports in the back. It is all right on.

The cockpit opens on this version and allows Blowpipe some comfort by riding inside.

Triggerhappy has a port on the underside to allow for flight posing. Again, I am using my Bandai Tamashii Stage Act.4 stand to get these shots.

Along with this new version, he gets a bit of a weapons change. Instead of a Targetmaster riding on his roof, he gets under the wing mounted guns. That becomes a lot of weaponry to work with.

It is interesting to note that this is the first figure in the Titan Returns line that does not have the capabilities of having the combined weapon and Titan Master riding on the vehicle somewhere in vehicle mode. It seems like this would be the vehicle we would want to see with the cannon on the back of Triggerhappy to nod to the Targetmaster arrangement.

Fear not. Blow pipe can ride in the cannons. I still don’t think this is valuable in any way other than messing with the weapons.

This is a fantastic figure. He looks right, he has a great transformation. He is the right amount of classic design with a good upgrade. I cannot imagine that this would not be a win for any fan of the G1 line.


Transformers: Generations – Autobot Scoops

Scoops is a rather bright Autobot.  Bright as in color, not brains.  I don’t know, maybe he is a smart guy too, but generally the construction equipment guys are breakers, not builders.  He comes with two sidekicks, Caliburst and Holepunch.  The two Targetmasters transform from robots to guns.  They have articulation in the shoulders, and that is about it.

The Targetmasters transform into guns.  Different guns, so that is nice.  As something called a Targetmaster, you would think they would become guns of some sort.  They are not the best transforming weapons we have seen.  They pretty much look like robots folded up with a barrel for a head.   I don’t love the figures, but I like the concept.   I think it is funny that Scoops would come with two of them.   I guess they had to make him a little more inviting, since he himself is not the best Transformer out there.  he is okay, with good articulation, but he looses points with me because of the giant wheels on his shoulders.

Then there is the Doubles Luge of the Targetmaster world.  The two “combine” to make one big weapon.  I think it looks less like a gun now, than when they were on their own.

Transform scoops into vehicle mode, and he is a bright orange loader.  The bucket on the front can move in all the right ways.   It is nice to see a vehicle with it’s own good articulation.  No cutting corners here.

In their downtime, Holepunch and Caliburst like to go for rides in the bucket.

 

A nice set overall.  I am really looking forward to the next wave as we continue with some more of the G1 figures reimagined with today’s articulation and detail.

 


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