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Flameout and Twin Twist – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return

Last time we looked at Topspin, so it is only fitting that we take a look at Twin Twist, the other Jumpstarter from 1985. Back in 1985, the two figures were not “brothers.” They were both Jumpstarters, but they were not made on the same body. Both went on to be copied into other figures, but these two were not related.

Twin Twist is a good looking dude. He shares a lot of similarities with Topspin, but there were enough changes that the two are unique. Most notably are the wings, now missing on Twin Twist, replaced with taller forms that are not distinguishable from the front.

When looking at the back , you can see not only are the wings replaced with treads, but the dual drills tuck so nicely into Twin Twist’s back.

Side by side you can see the similarities between the two figures. They have the same torso, legs and forearms. The entire shoulder has been replaced, as well as the back, and the bottom of the feet.

Twin Twist is joined by Flameout. He is an all grey figure with a new head on his back.

Flameout is a twin with Freezeout. This is probably the best named duo in Transformers history. One will freeze you down, and the other will burn you up. Where Freezeout will freeze the cogs that allow transformation to take place in an enemy, Flameout will cause the cogs to speed up and cause a meltdown. Both are efficient in causing the enemy to lose the ability to change forms.

Once transformed, the telltale Jumpstarter shows up. Twin drills in the front, and a big back end with the engines.

There are quad jets in the back, just like Topspin, but these have a different shape. What a nice touch. They very easily could have used the same jets twice, but these look a bit more rugged, like they would stand up to being underground.

Side by side in vehicle mode, it is clear that these two are similar. There are enough differences between the two that they look quite a bit different too. They have a bit of a reverse color scheme going on and extra touches of color.

One fighting down low, and one up high. This is a duo that can work well together.

I think Hasbro really hit it out of the park with these two. One from wave 4 and one from wave 5, they saved some of the best figures for the end of the Titans Returns line. I can’t wait to see what else they come up with.

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Repugnus – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return (Titan Master)

Usually I am all about the love for the Transformers. Especially recently with the Combiner Wars and the Titans Return lines coming into play in the Generations line-up.  Repugnus however is very lackluster for me. I guess you can’t love them all. And if you are going to have a miss, make sure it is a tiny Titan Master.

As with the other Titan Master single packs, you get a Titan Master, and a vehicle. In this case, we get the red and yellow Repugnus, and we get a beetle looking vehicle.

The Titan Master looks really close to his G1 robot mode. That is a plus he has going for himself. From there, they took a red and yellow robot and slapped some paint on his face. This is the worst paint I have seen in a long time.

The vehicle that belongs to Repugnus looks a lot like the beetle, bug sort of thing that he transformed into back in 1987. We still don’t know what it is. Repugnus fits right into the chest when he is folded up.

As with the other vehicles, this one has alternate modes. These are not the most well thought out modes we have seen from the line. The first is some sort of aircraft. It basically looks like someone sprayed the vehicle with some Raid, and then Repugnus went for a ride. Not great.

Then there is the gun mode. It is somewhat better with some barrels down low, and what looks like it could also be a bladed weapon.

Finally there is Repugnus’ alternate mode, as a head. That is one weird looking dude. And that is all I have to say about that.

I am glad they missed with a little guy. He can live out his life as a part of the beetle on the back of a shelf somewhere, only achieving dominance when a nuclear war destroys all life, except for Insecticons. And then they can start the process anew. I bet Repugnus wouldn’t look so ugly then.


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.


Clobber and Skytread – Conclusion of Wave 2 of Titans Return Titan Masters

It was strangely hard to get my hands on the last two figures in wave 2 of the Titan Masters in the Titans Return series.   I did however find them, and then they slipped through the cracks and hid away for a while.  But they are out and they are ready to join their wave.

Clobber:

Clobber’s vehicle/weapon is a repaint of Crashbash’s, as well as Clobber’s robot body.

The T-Rex is a new color scheme going with yellow and grey. Hey, do you know of another gold and grey T-Rex? I bet you do. Just wait, the surprise is coming.

First we have to look at the rest of the modes. The vehicle transforms into a dragon. Ugh! Not this guy again! That is not a great mode for this guy. It is a bit forced. Especially to have Clobber stand on his back like this. Last time for this mode.

Then there is the weapon. Basically the T-Rex laying down with a handle on his back. It works fine, and I do not suspect you would make a much better weapon from a robot T-Rex.

Now for the surprise:

Yup, that is in fact Grimlock. Now, why did they call him “Clobber” rather than Grimlock? The running theory is that Grimlock is already working hard in the Robots in Disguise show and toy line, so Hasbro went with a different named character. I don’t get it, but whatever. His head looks great!!!

 

Skytread:

Skytread is a retool of Terri-Bull that we saw back in wave 1. He is a rename of the figure Flywheels from way back in 1987. Flywheels was able to separate into a tank and a jet, so that makes sense with this figure and vehicle combo. Plus the color scheme matches fairly well, though Flywheel was more burgundy, and not so much pink.

In tank mode, Skytread gets to ride up top and control the 4 cannons that can move in their separate pairs.

Flip it over and spin it around, open some wings, and Skytread is flying high in jet mode.

The colors on Skytread are a bit off. It was really hard to try and photograph, but the pinks do not match up well at all.

The jet is the basis for the gun mode, where basically the wings fold in and you have a gun, 4 barrels underneath and the nose of the plane for a 5th barrel.

I don’t know if I would say this is Flywheel’s head. It looks a bit on the generic side to me. I am definitely not an expert on Flywheel, and most of the pictures I have seen are not really that great.

A couple of retools for the second part of this wave.   They are good figures and fine heads.   They are welcome to my team.


Loudmouth – Transformers: Generations – Titan Master

 

Tonight we are taking a look at the fourth and final Titan Master of wave 1, Loudmouth.  He is totally an Autobot. The red and grey scream Autobot. That and he looks like a nice guy.

He comes with a little convertible hover car that looks like it is right out of Star Wars. Loudmouth sits in the cockpit as he should.

Flip the car over, move around the red parts, and throw Loudmouth in there head down, and you have some sort of tank. It is quite a change from the car in the first mode.

A few adjustments more, and the tank becomes a weapon. It is pretty much the tank with the side skirts flipped out.

And of course he becomes a head. He is a really well done head. He has a red visor and metallic blue sides to his face.  This time around, the head of Blurr did not work in place of Loudmouth. Hyperfire gives Blurr his trademark air vent on the head. That air vent hinders what Hyperfire can be attached to when he is all folded up.

Boy, this is going to be the tiniest little war ever.  Titan Master against Titan Master.   Pew! Pew! Pew!

Even Wheelie looks gigantic around these guys.

Let’s not forget that the Legends Class figures were specifically made to work with the Titan Masters. Only Wheelie, so far, allows a Titan Master a comfortable ride. The rest of the Legends Class has ports for the Titan Masters to stand on their backs or somewhere else. We will see in future waves if we will see any other support vehicles that the Titan Masters can ride in.

That’s it for the Titan Masters Wave 1. These guys are so much fun. I am looking forward to Wave 2. For now, we are on to bigger things. That isn’t hard to do. Maybe we will take a walk away from the Transformers for a day or two and look at some of the other figures that have been lining up for their turn.


Crashbash – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return – Titan Master

Crashbash is renamed from the 1988 Headmaster team of Squeezeplay. As we have seen, they take the body and change the name to the Titan Master, and then have to change it again because of copyright of some sort. Why not just go with the original Headmaster’s name, Lokos. That is a great sounding Decepticon name.

Anyway, Crashbash comes with a vehicle accessory that is a T-Rex. This is one of the most integrated figures we have seen. Most ride the vehicle, or fold up and become an attachment.

For Crashbash, he becomes the lower jaw and arms of the dinosaur. It is quite impressive how they got all of that to work.

From this mode, Crashbash with the T-Rex folds out a handle and becomes a weapon when the tail is stored away. The details on the gun barrels are really well done. I love it when the weapons have rifling. I don’t know that it is necessary in a laser weapon, but it looks cool none the less.

Crashbash becomes quite a gnarly looking head. He looks like he should be the head of Ratbat or Mindwipe, but this head is not being used for the upcoming Mindwipe. I am really surprised about that. It looks very menacing and is definitely a Decepticon.

As with the other Titan Masters, the original Master can be stored in the gun while the alternate head is being used. In this case, Grax is a part of the gun, while Crashbash is controlling Skullsmasher.

Then there is the alternate transformation. As with all of the Titan Master accessory vehicles, they made them into triple changers. This one is a dragon, complete with a little head and wings. The execution of this one is pretty poor after the great opening matchup for the T-Rex mode. Crashbash is just kind of hanging off back there, and the whole thing is back heavy. I am pretty sure I will never use this combination.

I really like this guy. The T-Rex mode is great, and the head looks fantastically terrifying.

One more Titan Master before we move on to something a bit bigger.


Terri-Bull – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return – Titan Master

I get it. He is a Decepticon, so he is terrible, thus “Terri-Bull.” Though I do think we should have seen something that resembles a bull to at least make the name fit.

Ironically enough, when he was known as Horri-Bull back in 1988, he was the body for a Headmaster to attach to. So, why did he become the Titan Master this time around? It seems like this Titan Master should have been named Kreb, the name of the Headmaster that came with Horri-bull.

Anyway, he is here, and he is not a nice guy. We have that covered. Terri-bull comes with a tank that triple forms into a jet and a weapon that fits in any 5mm hand port.

Terri-bull can ride in the tank. His legs slide into the turret and he locks in nice and tight. I am glad for the sake of kids that all of the Titan Masters fit tight into their vehicles. It could be very easy to lose a tiny Titan Master.

As with Nightbeat, there is a combination transformation that involves a vehicle and a weapon. In this case it is the jet mode. The tank is turned upside down, and a cockpit is flipped out. Wings fold out, and you have flight mode with Terri-Bull sliding into the back of the jet. One of the modes seems to always have the Titan Master integrate into the vehicle. To make the jet into a weapon is just a flip of the handle and then someone (Scourge in this case) can hold it and use the quad-barrel gun.

Of course, let’s not forget about the head part of the Titan Master. His transformation becomes a very good updated resemblance to Horri-Bull. The blue over gold is a nice touch. A bit of red eyes lets the viewer know right away he is not nice.

Terri-Bull has a really good vehicle accessory. The tank is really fun, and the jet is functional. As with Nightbeat’s gun, it looks like a vehicle in the Deluxe Class figure’s hand, so no real points there. The head is right on. This was probably a good choice for a head-only Titan Master, since we have already seen an animal in the first wave of Deluxe figures.

On to more Titan Masters, as we work our way through the fantastic wave 1.


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