Tag Archives: Titans Return

Wingspan and Cloudraker – Transformers: Generations – Titans Returns – Wingspan and Cloudraker (Walgreens Exclusive)

We are in the midst of Power of the Primes, but we are not done with Titans Masters yet. A bunch of weeks ago, I was in San Francisco. The day after Black Friday, my wife and I were walking around town getting ready for breakfast. We stopped in at a fantastic greasy spoon we have gone to before. The line was extremely long. Across the street and down half a block was the glowing cursive ‘w’ of Walgreens. My wife said, “We have to wait a bit, why don’t you go take a look around Walgreens and I will hold our spot.” I don’t have to be told twice. Waving my goodbye and “thanks,” I headed in. I didn’t expect a whole lot, since it was in the middle of the city, and the Walgreens tend to be a lot lighter on goods in the big cities. But to my amazement, they had this Titans Return 2-pack of Wingspan and Cloudraker.

So, the figures are about Legends Class size, and it actually says so on the packaging. In the past, many of the special sets like this left the buyer guessing at the Class. Not this time.

Out of the box, the two guys are very similar. They share some of the same transformation, but they do not look like typical “brothers.” I like the colors. Wingspan has a purple and teal color scheme going on with touches of white and hot pink. Cloudraker seems to be a little more put together with red and cream with a touch of black on the legs/wings.

From the back, Wingspan has giant gaping holes in the back of his legs… something we have not seen a lot with some really clever transformation. Like with his box mate, Cloudraker, who has wings that covers over his holes. But then he has a funky looking backpack that shows a lot of empty parts under the nose of the ship.

Cloudraker transforms into a spaceship of some sort. Clearly a light fighter, since he is a little guy, he has high engines like a lot of the Cybertronian jets we have seen in the Titans Returns line.

It is an okay ship, though there are a lot of parts that are recognizable as body parts.

Wingspan, clearly named for his wider wingspan than Cloudraker, transforms into a bird of prey. We did not get a whole lot of Beastformers in the Titans Returns line.

Wingspan does a good job transforming. Most of the parts are well hidden, with the bulk transfering to the underside of the body, helping to hide the.

Here we have it. A couple of flying robots. I would rather have seen two more similarly themed figures, as opposed to one hawk and one space ship.  They even have spots for Titan Masters to sit, though I could not get one to ride Wingspan very well.

 

I love that Walgreens keeps getting lots of exclusives, quickly becoming one of my favorite spots to find exclusives. I can’t wait to see what I find there next.

Advertisements

Transformers: Generations – Power Of the Primes (Prime Masters Wave 1)

The beginning of the end is upon us. What started back in 2015 with Combiner Wars, is going to conclude with part 3, Power of the Primes. This is going to take all of the gimmicks from the first two waves and combine them into a final run to conclude the trilogy.

These figures are based on the Pretenders of 1988 and 1989. Essentially the same type of figures as back in G1. Low articulated figures with a more articulated Transformer inside. The name given to the Decoy Armor is the name of the original Pretender, with design cues and color schemes that match that figure from G1.

 

We are going to start small and work our way up. Hopefully as we get bigger, I can find some of the Voyager and Leader class figures. I have plenty to keep me busy until then.

So we are starting with the Prime Masters. These little guys are basically the same small robots as the Titan Masters, but without a face on their back. Instead they have a symbol on their back representing a spark, and a special ability. They are only available in the packs with their Decoy Armor, no longer creating an army of little robots like we saw in the Titans Return line, where everybody came with a Titan Master as well as single packs with vehicles. This will make the Prime Masters much more valuable of a target for the Transformers.

 

Vector Prime w/ Metalhawk Decoy Armor:

First up is Vector Prime. As with all of the Prime Masters, there is a robot, their Decoy Armor, and a weapon.

The Decoy Armor opens and allows for the Prime Master to hide inside, as well as be able to use the armor as a battle suit. They have accessibility to the weapon to use on their own.

Any of the Prime Masters can ride in any other Decoy Armor.

The Prime Masters are basically the same as the Titan Masters, with a symbol on their back rather than a face. Vector Prime’s power is time travel. I am sure that is a good power to have.

The Decoy Armor transforms into a weapon that a Deluxe, Voyager or Leader Class figure can use. Since I am starting small, I grabbed a Titans Return figure or Orion Pax to show off the weapon. The Prime Master becomes a part of the weapon, and can be switched with any other Prime Master to mix and match weapons and powers.

 

Micronus w/ Cloudburst Decoy Armor:

Another Autobot in the first wave, this time Micronus. He comes with Cloudburst Decoy Armor and a double gatling gun.

It is really fun that there is actually space in the head to allow the Prime Master inside to see out, as if it really is a suit of armor.

Micronus’ ability is Power Swap. How this will come into play is very exciting.

 

Liege Maximo w/ Skullgrin Decoy Armor:

We saw Skullgrin last back in 2010, when he was made in to a Deluxe scale tank. But he is back now as the Decoy Armor for Micronus.

Micronus come with the power of Trickster. Oh, I am sure that is going to be an intersting power.

The weapon that Skullgrin comes with is a 3-bladed melee weapon. Not really all that useful.

And when put in the hands of a Deluxe scale figure… still not that useful.

There we have the first three figures of the Powers of the Prime line. 2 Autobots and 1 Decepticon. The playability is not too high yet, but as we introduce larger scale figures, they playability and the alternate modes of the Prime Masters will come into play.

As you can see, these new guys are just the same as the Titan Masters. That means they are interchangeable to ride in each other’s vehicles, like the discussion going on here with Loudmouth.

And I am sure someone is wondering, as I was. Yes, the Prime Master can take the place of a Titan Master using the neck port. But no, it does not look good.

As usual, more pictures can be found on my Flickr Account.  Link on the side menu—>

Stay tuned. We will take a look at the slightly larger Legends Class next.


Trypticon with Necro and Full-Tilt – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return

At the beginning of the Titans Return line, we got Fortress Maximus. It wouldn’t be much fun if the Autobots were the only ones who got a Titan of their own. So, Trypticon Is here at the end of the line. A nice bookend with the two Titans.

Let’s start small and work our way up to the Titan. We are starting off with Necro who was known as Wipe-Out in the comics. He was originally a comic-only character, and a car. His name was changed to Necro, which brings up the idea of a Necromancer, or one that can summon the dead. Well, Necro may not be able to summon the dead, but he sure can steal their spark. Not good for anyone who crosses his path. He is a Titan Master, so that means he forms a head. No, not Trypticon’s head. That would be awfully small. He forms Full-Tilt’s head.

Full-Tilt is a holdover from 1986, and attached to Trypticon’s front as added armor, as well as being able to be launched from the city mode. This Full-Tilt already fares better, having actual articulation, and WAY more detail molded in. He is a good looking Deluxe Class figure all on his own.

Full-Tilt becomes an armored car that looks like it has gotten all of the design cues from the original version. Well done,

And then there is Trypticon. A massive beast of a Transformer. He is the largest Decepticon ever made, and I dare say he has more bulk to him than Fortress Maximus. I should weigh the two and see.

Anyway, the head is the first part we see, and boy is it impressive. There is a head cannon that pops up, along with two cannons in the mouth. When all else fails, there are the sharp teeth.

 

There are so many great details on Trypticon, from the grey/teal/purple scheme, to the areas of clear orange added in. The stickers took FOREVER to apply. There were well over 100 of them, probably closer to the 200 mark.

As if there wasn’t already enough playability with Trypticon, he has pop-up blasters over the shoulders. That is 5 around the head alone, for those keeping track.

A size comparison for all to see. Fortress Maximus still has the record for height, with Trypticon beating out Devastator by a bit of height and a ton of weight.

This makes for some epic battles, with two titans going at it with good articulation. Sadly, Trypticon is based on a T-Rex, so he still has tiny little arms.

One of the great features of Trypticon is the ability to eat other Titan Masters.

Step 1: Catch your meal. Preferably Deluxe Class Transformer. They don’t have any pesky helmets covering the Titan Master.

Step 2: Tear the head off your prey, tossing the rest of the body to the wayside.

Step 3: Swallow the Titan Master into your stomach prison for assimilation or use at a later time.

From there, Trypticon still has two more modes. First up is the City Mode. He spreads WAY out and has landing platforms, ramps, and weapons galore.

Trypticon does not have quite as many hidey-holes as Fort Max, but there is still a lot of playability in this mode.

There is a great hiding/storage place for Full-Tilt under the ramp. It can also be accessed in Space Ship mode.

Speaking of Space Ship mode, Trypticon kind of folds up really nicely and is ready for takeoff. The space ship looks really cool with an alternate head-like front. The real head is tucked in behind.

Overall, I don’t think I could have asked for more from this Titan. He is so cool and giant, and heavy. He will take anyone to task, with his massive size. There is a lot of playability with the figure, and being able to use other figures with it. I don’t know how Power of the Primes will compete with this, only going up to Leader Class. They may have some hard work ahead if the Autobots want to win this war.


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.


Murk and Decepticon Octane – Transformers: Generation – Titans Return (Voyager Class)

Well, nobody was surprised that Octane was on the list of the later Titans Return line. When Optimus Prime showed up with a tanker mode and a jet mode, it was guessed that this was going to become Octane. It is interesting how Hasbro has worked this line. They come out with a retooled model first, and then come out with the main version. They did the same thing with bringing out Megatron first, and then later bringing out Blitzwing. Guess that keeps the folks interested, since some may not buy a repainted figure for a second time. Well, is that what we are doing here? Are we buying a grey version of Optimus? Not really. There are a lot of similarities, but Hasbro did a fair amount of retooling too.

First up, the robot mode. Purple huh? No hiding this is a Decepticon. He has his same purple head and big horns he had way back in 1986, when he was a triple changer. He also has the big wings sticking out to the sides. I am sure it is hard to walk through doors, and he is probably a nightmare at the holiday party. They did a pretty good job of color matching the locations on the body. The purple and grey are much darker colors than the original, which gives him a more sinister look.

Standing next to Optimus, it is clear these two are from the same base design. But there are a few of changes. Right front and center is the chest plate. While Optimus seems to have the front windshield of his truck mode, Octane has a more armor look, which travels down over the abs. The other big change is the wings. Optimus has wings that fold up, while Octane has wings that just stick out there. This is very similar to the G1 version with the big wings.

Octane comes with Murk. Not a surprise, this is a retool of Diac that came with Optimus. He shares the purple and white of Octane.

On to the vehicle modes. I always get a bit worried when we play around with triple changers. And I also get worried when we have tanker trucks. Most of the time, unless they are big Leader Class figures, the tractor and trailer end up being one long stuck together vehicle, which really limits the playability. This is pretty much exactly the same truck that Optimus turns into. Not a bad truck overall. Way better than the G1 Octane that had arms hanging off the sides, and different colored wheels.

It does suffer from being one long vehicle with no separation between the cab and trailer. There is even a place for Murk to hang out while being driven around. The two guns attach to the sides in the standard ports.

And then there is the jet mode. I actually like this jet mode more than the Optimus version. The nose of Optimus’ looked like it was trying to be a fighter jet or a supersonic jet of some sort. Octane’s front end looks like a passenger jet or cargo plane. It still suffers from having a really fat back end with the front of the truck tucked under each wing. But it isn’t quite as noticeable with the darker colors.

These triple changers are not my favorite. I think the Blitzwing triple changer worked better. This one just has too much extra stuff to try and fit in a plane too. We really needed more Decepticons in this series, so I am glad we got him.


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.


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.


%d bloggers like this: