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Autobot Drift – Voyager Class (Age of Extinction)

A Voyager class of a Transformer car?   Ummmmmm, nope.  This time around, we go way off the tracks and create an all new Autobot Drift.   We cross the color scheme and the head of the Age of Extinction Drift, and then mount it to Skyhammer’s body.  “A helicopter?” you ask.  Yup, a helicopter.

At least he got some big swords to still look like a samurai.   I think he is actually a really cool version.  In fact, it would have been really cool to see him in the movie.   Maybe there wouldn’t have been so much death on the Autobot’s side.

The Voyager Class version is a lot larger than the Deluxe version we got the first time around.  Their colors match perfectly.  The new Drift is on the body of Skyhammer, who I thought was really well done the first time around back in 2011.   That version was for Dark of the Moon, in which the character also didn’t appear.  Funny that this body would make two toy releases for figures that weren’t in the movies.  Ah, well.  They could do their own thing, and it is still a great figure.

These two make good bookends to one another.   They look different enough, but they still have a lot of similarities.   I really like them together.  They are almost like twins as opposed to two versions of the same figure.

Turn them both into vehicle mode, and you have every rich man’s dream of a matching car and helicopter.   They fit so well together.

I really do like this redo of Drift.   I think it would have been better if they had done the same as they did back with Skyhammer and just make up a new figure.   They don’t really have a lot of figures to go with for this movie, so making an expanded universe would have been a little better.  We are also getting a new Dinobot, and he is coming up soon.


Transformers: Age of Extinction – Target 2-pack – Silver Knight Optimus Prime and Grimlock

I am not always a huge fan of the 2-packs that come out in stores.   Sometimes they are just repaints, and other times they are to get us to rebuy figures we already have in order to get “that other” figure.  Well, this two pack falls into the first category.  An old Optimus and an old Grimlock, recolored to be packaged and sold again.  This time around though, it has two things going for this 2-pack.  1. Lots of chrome, and 2. An excellent repaint of Grimlock to match his G1 color scheme.  So, I had to pick up this set.

Optimus Prime:

 

This version of Optimus was ironically enough, a Walmart exclusive the last time around.  He certainly didn’t have this much chrome going for him that time around.  There have been a bunch of toys starting to show up with the Silver Knight title.   I don’t know if Optimus is going to be making quite an entrance for the finale of the movie, but it looks like that may be the way we are going to be going here.  I am pretty sure that we will not see him revery back to his Dark of the Moon truck, after seeing the new truck.  Just another way to get a little more money out of us.  I do thin we will actually get a good version of the Silver Knight a little later this summer.

The only change for this version are his sword, which is pretty weak.  It is seriously lacking details, and it is too big.

As good as he looks, chromed out in his robot mode, he really looks good in his vehicle mode.  The transformation is pretty easy and fun, with a few tricks in the legs to shorten them up.

Overall, this is a good version of Optimus.  I am not a huge fan of the Deluxe versions of Optimus.  He really needs to be in the Voyager Class to fit into scale with the other team members.

One thing to watch out for:

The first 2-pack I brought home had an Optimus with 2 left hands. I had to take it back to the store to get a replacement. No flipping these hands around.

Grimlock:

Truth be told, I was way more interested in Grimlock than I was in Optimus.   I was really excited to see the Fall of Cybertron Grimlock with the G1 color scheme.  I knew this was going to be a good figure to get my hands on.

The silver of the new Grimlock is a lot lighter to resemble the old color.  He also has on the red bike shorts as well as the colors down the front of his legs.  It is clear Hasbro went to a lot more trouble getting this new Grimlock ready than they spent of Optimus.   I guess that is what we would expect, since Grimlock is the new character in the newest movie.

He really looks like the G1 Grimlock when he is in T-Rex mode.  I think the only drawback of this version is his stumpy tail.  He has the button on the back of his neck that allows for a light-up mouth (batteries included).

This is a very good version of Grimlock.  Grimlock fans will definitely want to get their hands on this 2-pack.  Optimus is not the best one out there, but this version of Grimlock more than makes up for it.


Transformers: Why are the Decepticon jets so ugly?

Against my better judgement I bought the Target Exclusive Starscream.  From a purchase during the run of the last movie, I know that Hasbro has had a horrible time, making all of the parts of the robot fit into the body of the jet.   Sorry to tell you, but these are not robots in disguise.

After a look at Starscream, I will take a look at Thundercracker, who is in the Deluxe scale, and somehow does manage to cover everything in jet mode.

Starscream:

He is not a very elegant robot.   Very linear, with a strange rhombus shaped body.  The arms are way out the the sides, and the legs are stangely dropped low.

The body is very flat, front to back.  What one would expect from a jet, which is not too thick to start with.   The arms move funny.  They have a reverse bend at the elbow.

From the front, the jet looks right on.  A few strange bright pieces, but overlooked as it carries throughout the vehicle.  The color scheme is a neat one, this time around going with a metallic silver paint for the tattoos.  The landing gear is really well done, hidden well, but allows for a good stance for the plane.

And then… we are no longer tricked by Starscream’s “disguise.”  His hands, and most of his arms are hanging out the back.  That is a REALLY REALLY POOR design flaw if this robot.  This is a voyager class figure.   Big enough that it should have been easy enough to hide all of the little bits.

I suspect that this is a repaint from a figure from the last movie.  The newer planes are much better.  Case and point, Thundercracker.

Thundercracker’s arms are improved by being moved up to an actual shoulder.   His body is not such a boxy feel.  He has actual elbows and much better movement in his arms.  I am still bummed by the tiny feet.  I thought they would have worked on that a bit.  Oh well.


And then, there is the much better looking plane.  Clear canopy, classic Thundercracker Red and Blue paint, and everything folds up well.  Of course there is still going to be some stuff hanging off the bottom, but there are no hands out the back or any strange out of the ordinary parts hanging off.  Everything is pretty well sealed up on this one.

So, old Decepticons make for bad jets.  New Decepticons make much better jets.  They are still not the best looking robots though.


Sentinel Prime will make you cry!

Sentinel Prime, the apparently missing Prime.  He is a great big firetruck, and an even bigger robot.  In the Leader class, he is one hefty figure.  Coming with lights and sound, he is a bit back heavy.  I had to play with his feet and legs for a bit to get him standing upright.

it is really neat to see how well they took a rather boxy vehicle and really broke it down to give a nice humanoid look.   I don’t particularly like the giant base on the back, but everything has to go somewhere I guess.

Transforming him from a robot to the vehicle is where the pain comes in.  I thought I was going to cry after about 20 minutes with him.  There are a lot of parts that fit into one another, and the directions are not all that clear.   When all is said and done, it was tricky to get the large gray roof area to stay down on the surrounding body.  I had to tweak a lot of the interior pieces to get them all to sit tight.

With an extending fire hose, this is quite a vehicle.  It is a Leader class vehicle that fits in with the Voyager and Deluxe figures.

If you so desire, the shield can be taken from under the chassis and the blade from inside, and the vehicle can be transformed to a battle mode.  Not a really pretty sight.  I don’t think the whole, “but wait there’s more” thing works too well for these figures.  They are always looking for the next gimmick.

And finally, along with a Voyager Optimus Prime and a Deluxe Bumblebee, the scale is right on.   The other two Leader figures, Ironhide and Bumblebee are on their own for scale, but Sentinel really does work well.


Transformers Quick Picks: Mudflap and Skids

They are called twins for a reason, but this is the first time the two of them are actually in matching car modes.

Two cars, same body, different split lines. Chevy Sparks.

Mechtech weapons mount on top of vehicles in holes that have covers that lower as the weapon is installed.

 

Reverse arms, with one having big hand on right, the other with a big hand on the left.

Not the best looking robots out there.  They are awkward and top-heavy.  The best part about them is that their car bodies match, but take very different transformations.  Very unique for a Transformer.  In the G1 type figures, we generally got a repaint and that was about it.  I still think these are the Jar-Jar Binks of the Transformers universe, but it was great fun in Revenge of the Fallen to watch Bumblebee knock their heads together and throw them out of the tomb.


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