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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.

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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.


Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Weapons Bases

Optimus Prime and Megatron are in the Commander scale with trailers.   They both transform into weapon bases as well as an alternate mode for a power-up.  It is great to see Optimus with his trailer, which I know we are going to get to see this time around.  Megatron on the other hand is also good to see with the trailer.   We have a Voyager class version of Megatron with his trailer, but it is a part of him.  This one becomes a weapons base all it’s own.

Both of the characters have been seen in the regular Cyberverse figures.   Optimus comes with a jetpack, while Megatron comes with an oil tanker that becomes a weapon.

Optimus Prime:

Right off the bat, loving the colors.  We get the stripe down the side like the G1 trailer.   There are a few extras hanging off here and there, but looks okay.   Not too pleased with the back wheels on the trailer.  One set is molded in, while the other set do roll slightly.   It would have been better to make them both roll, but if not, at least make them the same color.

As a weapon base, it really has the G1 feel to it.  I think it is due to the ramp on the back that allows some of the Legion class figures to drive up there.  I would have liked to see the ramp drop down in vehicle mode, but I guess we are going to have to wait for the Ultimate Optimus Prime for that one.  There is a cannon that really fires.  Optimus can easily hold onto the gun.

In the alternate mode, this is kind of a power suit.   Optimus can hold onto controls to move the arms.  I think the idea is that he could walk around in this suit, but the base is a solid piece, so no posing the legs other than just standing.  The cannon can be attached to either arm.

And with his Cyberverse counterpart.  The same figure, but a very different look with the paint apps.  The colors are slightly darker on the first version of Optimus.  Similar enough to know that they are the same character, but unique enough to stand on his own.   Either figure can attach to the trailer or the wings.

Megatron:

Megatron in his grey glory.   His trailer actually has working wheels, a nice addition not seen on Optimus’ trailer.  The color scheme is the same as the first version of Megatron.  If you are a collector, you will need to decide if it is worth it for you to have two of the same bodies with the same colors.   I got the Target 2-Pack Megatron, and he comes in black and purple.   A nice variant color there.

Where Optimus just had one big gun to man, Megatron has a big gun, plus two independent weapons out on the edges of the platform.  This one is a really sturdy design.  Megatron has much more movement in his arms than Optimus, and can really reach out well.

When it is time to advance, or more likely for a Decepticon, retreat, Megatron gets a flight mode.  The main gun can be tucked in during flight, giving Megatron a tail of sorts, but in landing, it can fold out in the back and be good stability to keep him standing.

Weapons Base Megatron with the Target 2-Pack Megatron.  The WB Megatron has a bit of extra color on his face, all thanks to Optimus in the last movie.  I think he is going to want a bit of retribution for that one.  As with Optimus, either vehicle can handle the weapons systems of the other.

The longer version of Megatron looks better and tougher.   It would have been nice if the attachment points for either Megatron or Optimus was a post so the trailers could swing around, but that is not the case.  They are very long, and cannot turn.

Both of these figures were first on my list for the Weapons bases.   There is also Bumblebee and Starscream out there, but I really wanted the longer trucks first.  They are nice vehicles and good figures.


Human Alliance – Transformers: Dark of the Moon

I have to say I was intrigued with figures coming with Transformers.   Even more so when I saw how good the articulation of the little figures were.

Backfire:

Backfire is a good looking figure that stands strong.  The only problem is his little tiny hidden hands.  It would have been nice to see some better hands on him, but what we loose in hands we make up for is really big guns.  🙂   The figure with him is Spike Witwicky.  Don’t know the relationship to Sam in the movie continuity yet, but I am sure we will find out sooner or later.

Changing Backfire into vehicle mode is easier said than done.  They mislabeled the directions, and there is no where that says to change to vehicle.  They are there though.  The pictures are listed under the second reference to changing to robot mode.

The vehicle is really nice.  It went together well, and stays together.   The only problem being that the figure looks a bit on the small side for the vehicle.  But at least he fits well with all of the articulation he has going on.

And here is where you loose me.  I get the fun of trying to make things be able to transform a few different ways, but these weapon stations are not very well done.  They certainly don’t make any sense for a Transformer to change into a weapon station for someone else to use them.   This just looks silly.   And why does Spike have to sit on the engine?  Not a good design there.

Icepick:

Icepick, we have seen not so long ago as a Power Core Combiner.  I was thinking it was just a reuse of the name, but there is actually reference to him being the same guy from that line.   This time around he has found himself working with Sergeant Chaos.  If you haven’t figured it out, they are the bad guys.

Icepick turns into a really nice snowmobile.   Again, the figure is a bit on the small side.   This vehicle, like the last, stays together really well.

I don’t even know where to start on this one.  It was basically taking the tracks off the back, rotating them around and making them come out in the front.   Now they can’t even move.  It looks like they actually intended this to work this way since there is a post that is supposed to go in a hole to keep it looking like this.

So, here ya go.   Two of the figures from the Human Alliance line.   Good robots, great vehicles, lousy triple changers.  What happened to the days of Astrotrain?   Ah well, there is much, much more to come from the Dark of the Moon line.


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