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Road Trip Finds

I was gone on a 21 day road trip with my wife and dog. We got a travel trailer and took it out on the maiden voyage. 21 days, 11 states, 4200 miles. Along the way I was able to stop in a plethora of WalMarts, Targets, a few Toys R Us’ and a couple of Walgreens. I even made it to a Fred Meyer in Oregon, which is owned by Krogers, so they had lots of Hot Wheels.

The tally of finds was:

Marvel Legends:
6 of the 7 Spider-Man Homecoming
The Walgreens Exclusive Invisible Woman
The Toys R Us Exclusive 2-pack Spider-Man and Mary Jane Watson

The Jim Lee Cyclops figure from the Warlock Series

Transformers:
Blitzwing (Voyager Class)
Octane (Voyager Class)
Bumblebee (Deluxe Movie)
Barricade (Deluxe Movie)
Berserker (Deluxe Movie)

Star Wars:
Tusken Raider (Sand People) (40th Anniversary Black Series)

Diecast:
10 Premium brands
Lightning McQueen (Target Exc)

13 Matchbox
75 Hot Wheels

 

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Doomshot and Megatron – Transformers: Generation – Titans Return – Voyager Class

We looked at the Voyager Class Optimus Prime, based on the Laser Optimus from Generation 2. This time we are going to look at the Decepticon side of things, with Megatron and Doomshot.

We got a new Megatron in the last series, Combiner Wars, where we actually got two really nice Megatrons that were Leader Class. This time around, they are going with the triple changer feature, and using the body that we know will end up being Blitzwing with a repaint and a new Titan Master.

Hasbro was able to stick with the same basic shape and design of the robot, from Combiner Wars to Titans Return. There is just a massive size difference. I have to say, it is a bit of a de-evolution, going from the massive and shiny Combiner Wars version, to the smaller, grey Titans Return version.

As with other triple changers, it is clear there is a lot going on here. Like with Optimus, you can see jet parts in a backpack, as well as the tank parts.

Side by side, Optimus and Megatron are fairly evenly matched. Their size and bulk are very similar.

Megatron comes with Doomshot, who looks amazingly like Blitzwing, whom we will see in a future wave. Red and grey, and that is about it for this guy.

Transforming Megatron first takes us to the tank mode. Well, it looks like a tank that is getting ready to fly. I am thinking this is some kind of Nazi World War II attempted invention. A tank that can fly. Wings folded in and ready for takeoff.

From the back, there is a lot going on. A lot of the jet parts hang out back there.

And from the front… the jets. They couldn’t figure out how to build the two modes, so the tank and the jet were facing the same way? I bet Megatron would have loved to have had jet power in tank mode.

The turret has a swivel to it, so that makes for some nice playability. Doomshot gets to sit in the turret and fire the cannon.

Moving on to jet mode. Hey, that actually looks like a jet that could fly. Hasbro took cues from the F-15 Strike Eagle, a boxy plane in it’s own right and perfect for transforming into a tank. That being said, there is a whole lot of tank parts hanging off under there, which really isn’t good for flying, and makes the plane sit off the ground when landed.

The cockpit opens and allows Doomshot to ride in there. Much better than Optimus’ ride where his Titan Master has to ride in the back.

From the top, the F-15 looks good. I am not big on the shiny metallic stickers. It would have worked if he had actually been shiny like the Combiners War version, but this version looks a bit silly.

One of the configurations allows for the smaller cannon to be attached to the top of Megatron’s back. That allows the large cannon to not be quite as long and unwieldy.

Megatron and Optimus together in jet modes. I think Megatron definitely pulls out the win on this one. His jet looks better and actually able to fly.

In vehicle mode, tank vs tanker. Um, well I am going to give it to Megatron again Megatron looks better and has more playability, with the moving turret.

The two are pretty evenly matched in robot mode. They are of similar sizes, though Megatron has half a head on Prime. Megatron pretty much has one massive weapon, while Prime can fight with two. It is hard to say who would win this fight.

Bring in their stats, and again it is pretty even. Megatron is up on strength and firepower, but Optimus is up on speed and smarts. This would be a good match to watch.


Diac and Optimus Prime – Transformers Generations – Titans Return (Voyager Class)

So, we already got a really good looking Leader Class Optimus Prime in the Titans Return line, so why did we get a second one? Well, that is probably because Hasbro decided to make Megatron a Voyager Class figure this time around. It is not very Autobot-like to be the bigger guy and pick a fight. So, they gave us Optimus in the smaller scale so he can fight Megatron with Doomshot.

Optimus is a triple changer this time around. Robot, fuel tanker truck, and jet. This is a case where a triple changer cannot work well three times. You can get one good mode, or maybe two good modes, but you are going to be hard pressed to get all three modes that work really well. Especially when the modes are distinct, and not a battle station of some sort like we have found with a lot of the Leader Class figures. Just like how Megatron was made using what will become Blitzwing, They used Octane to make Optimus Prime. It makes a lot more sense if you look at who is coming second in this line to understand that Hasbro is trying to cut costs by using the same base body a couple of times. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t.

Optimus Prime starts in his robot mode. He has some mighty big shoulders. He is feeling his inner Ultra Magnus on this one. This design is based on the Laser Optimus Prime from the 1995 Generation 2 line, where he also had some big shoulders.


He comes with a blaster (that can of course hold a Titan Master) as well as a neon green sword.

It is hard to not compare this version of Optimus to the Powermaster version, since they are coming out in the same series, and they came out pretty close together. Even with the big shoulders, this version of Prime is a LOT shorter than the Powermaster, and a whole lot less robust to boot.

This Optimus comes with Diac. Diac is named for the Diaclone, which were the predecessors to the Transformers. I love that Hasbro is paying homage to the pre-Transformers line that eventually created the world of Transformers we know today. Back then there were some mish-mashed figures that were out of scale from one another since they were from different lines, brought together. But here we are so many years later under one umbrella of greatness.

Looking at Optimus’ back, it is clear this is no robot to truck transformation we are going to see. There is something more going on, and it looks like it is going to be a plane.

Yup, it was a plane. Not a great plane, but a plane nonetheless. What we end up with is a strange concoction of parts that do form a plane of some sort. Is it supposed to be a fighter jet, a passenger jet, or something inbetween? It is hard to tell.

The wings are extremely short on this plane. That is where we start to get into the trouble areas of having triple changers. The wings have to fold away in another mode, so they have to stay within a certain size, causing some visual troubles. On top of that, there is a ton of greeble on the back half of the plane, making it look extremely heavy back there, and not very aerodynamic.

Moving to the back of the plane, it is powered by just one little jet. It would be hard to move a brick like this, much less with such a small engine. Oh well, can’t win them all.

There is a cockpit way back there that allows Diac to fly the plane. It is too bad the cockpit at the front doesn’t work for that purpose, but with the way the nose is made, there is no room.

There are two ways the weapons can be attached, First is near the nose of the plane. The gun fits in one side, and the sword on the other. Yet more ways to kill the aerodynamics of the plane.

The other option is to mount the two weapons together on the top of the plane and allow Diac to get a little air as well. This looks a bit better, than the side mounting alternative.

Onto the truck. Optimus has been a lot of trucks in his time. Back in 1995, Laser Optimus Prime was reimagined as a tanker truck, and this became one of the fan favorite designs of all time. In that version, the robot and the trailer were detachable, so Optimus could be a robot and have a battle station. This time around, it is all one unit. Unfortunately that means there is no bending between the truck and the trailer, so he is one solid unit.

The truck features a chrome tanker, a very nice nod to the Laser version. No flame throwing Prime on the side though. Fear not, if you want the flaming Prime version, it is coming out in a Toys R Us Exclusive 5-pack with Optimus being black and listed as Laser Optimus Prime. Once again, Diac rides in the same cockpit, this time flipping around in the seat to face the other direction.

The weapons mount on the sides in this mode as well.

 

Overall, not the greatest triple changer we have. When we look at Megatron, you will see a triple changer that works well, and looks right. There were just too many differences shoved into this guy to work properly. They were making Megatron a triple changer, and they wanted to do the same for Optimus. They found a figure they could use (Octane) to create Laser Optimus as well as Octane, and have at least 3 versions of the figure being used (Optimus, Laser Optimus, and Octane), to help cut costs. This is not my favorite Optimus, and he will probably live life on the shelf as a robot. Powermaster Optimus Prime will be my main Titans Return guy.


Sovereign and Alpha Trion – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return – Voyager Class

Alpha Trion has not spent much time as a toy. Though he was in the G1 cartoon back in 1986, we did not see a toy of him until 2007. Yes, that is 21 years after his broadcast debut. Now here we are 30 years after his broadcast debut, and we get him in some Voyager Class Glory. He, is of course a triple changer AND a Titan Master, so there is a lot of playability with this guy.  He comes with the Titan Master Sovereign. You would want to see Alpha Trion teamed up with a pretty powerful Titan Master, so why not the MOST powerful Titan Master.

The Titan Masters are perfect sized heads for Deluxe Class figures. They tend to be a bit small for the Voyager Class figures, so they need a little bulking up. When the gem in the center of Alpha Trion’s chest is pressed, additional sides pop up to give the head more bulk. This helps a lot, and looks like it belongs. I had some trouble with mine, where the sides would not stay down when pressed back into the shoulders. I had to wiggle the gem around a bit, and then it would catch the locking mechanism. That was an easy fix.

From the robot mode, Alpha Trion becomes a lion. Not just any lion, but a unicorn lion. Wait, what? Yup, it appears that the lion has a giant purple horn sticking out of the mane. Strange, but not the strangest thing we have ever seen.

He stays quite large in this mode, It is not too hard to guess that the large lion-head shaped shoulders become the head of the lion. The arms fold up and become the lower jaw.

Since this is a Titan Master robot, there has to be a place for Sovereign to ride. That place is a cockpit right in the middle of Alpha Trion’s shoulders. That is a great place for a Titan Master to ride.

From there, AT transforms into a space ship. It looks a lot like the classic space aircraft carriers from Macross. There is even a special wing that folds down in the front to let the space ship sit flat on a surface.

With the gun not in place, there is a lot of room for a Titan Master vehicle or two to sit on the deck.

Sovereign has a choice of places to sit. He can either relax in the cockpit, or he can ride in the gun. I think these vehicle guns are rather ridiculous. I imagine the Titan Master would be able to fire the weapons from their cockpit. They should not be put in harm’s way by sitting out in the open. If you take out the head, there would be not robot to fight.

Alpha Trion looks great going up against other similar-scale figures, like Scourge. With so many figures going on, there are some that do not fit in well together. In robot mode, they look fine, but having a space going aircraft carrier hanging out with a race car that is nearly the same size, just doesn’t fit. Maybe Alpha Trion would have been better in the Leader Class. That would have been a big aircraft carrier.

As always, lots more pictures on my Flickr Page, which you can conveniently click over to by pressing the link along the side.  ——->


Infinitus and Sentinel Prime – Transfomers: Titans Return – Voyager Class Wave 1

 

Hey, isn’t Sentinel that jerk from the Animated series? Not riding round as a truck in this version.

As the first Voyager Class figure in the Titans Return line, he is a big boy, and we still have Leader Class figures to look forward to.

Sentinel is over the top bright, like an evening sunset. Orange, red, and yellow, he would really be bad to have on the battle field. It is probably his biggest weakness as a figure overall. The color really makes it hard to distinguish a lot of the really cool aspects of the figure.

He comes with Infinitus, the little Titan Master that becomes his head. It is a bit strange to see a big guy with the same size head as the Deluxe figures. This could start to be a problem when we get around to the Leader Class, if they are still running with the same head. They tried to improve the overall look by having parts that pop-up on either side of his head, to give some added bulk to the tiny head.

Sentinel’s first transformation is into a shuttle. It has some good firepower along the sides with two sets of cannons. There are ports for Sentinel’s guns to be mounted along the sides too. Too bad the two guns don’t match.

As with the rest of the line, the two guns can combine to create a ridable seat for Infinitus. It can be ported along the sides to give extra firepower when Infinitus doesn’t want to drive in the top cockpit.

Of course this line is in love with the idea of triple changers, and Sentinel is no different. I am told this secondary transformation is a tank. A really skinny tank. I am not sold on that. It looks like a powerful train to me. It is clear that this figure was totally meant to be Astrotrain, which we will get in Wave 2. Nobody is surprised about that one.


Based on his two vehicle modes, it seems that Sentinel should be gigantic. The shuttle, and tank/train seem to be out of scale and should be big enough for others to ride in. Of course he can’t be that big, so the Voyager Class will be it for him. He is usually pretty formidable, and large compared to other characters, and for now he is the big-boy on the block. I think he is going to feel a bit small here in the future when the Leader Class figures finally show up.

I am all out of Titans Return figures for a little while, but I have such a giant backlog of figures, we will not be slowing down any time soon.


Transformers: Generations – Combiner Wars – Megatron and Armada Megatron

These new Leader Class figures are big… and expensive.  Are they worth the cost?  Let’s take a look at the first pair.  Megatron and Armada Megatron are basically the same figure with a different head and a different paint scheme.  They are basically identical.   Is it worth picking them both up?  Well, yes and no.   Here is the rundown:

The color alone really sets the two apart.  Megatron looks so much like his G1 counterpart.  Even his legs look like they could be triggers or handles to a big gun.  Armada Megatron has a whole lot of purple added in, and other than with G1 Megatron, really says they are a Decepticon.

If the big difference between the two is going to be in the face, then it sure is a good thing they nailed the face.  It is about as perfect as you would want.  There is not a lot of emotion there, but you can tell it is not a boring robot face with no movement.

Of course Armada Megatron has to have the beetle head.  He has such great details with so many colors in his face and head.  He has an awesome scowl.

There is definitely a backpack going on back there.  You can’t get away from the giant working treads, so you have to put them somewhere.  They fold back and then slide down on those red arms.  It is quite a smooth and amazing part of the transformation.

Megatron looks like an unpainted version of the other tank that just rolled off the factory floor.  With Megatron, there is a cleanliness to the nearly all silver theme.  The juxtaposition is Armada Megatron with the green paint and the grey details all over.  There is still a lot of purple showing in A. Megatron to show who he is.

And to confirm, yes.  Real rubber treads that really work.  There are four separate treads.  Two on the front and two on the back.  They roll really easily.

Holy Shmoly!  There is a BIG size difference between the Voyager Class and Leader Class.  Megatron is half again as tall as Optimus.  That does not bode well for our Autobot leader.

And just when you thought, “That’s okay.  This is the Combiner Wars.  Surely Superion can take on Megatron.”  Well take a look at that.  Superion is only about a head taller than Megatron.   That is not nearly enough size, especially when you are talking about all of those Autobot brains having to control one robot body.   Where is Ultra Magnus when you need him?

“Go ahead Superion. Say that again!”

With Megatron, there is a set of stickers in with his art card.  There are two Autobot and two Decepticon emblems, a grate, and some art for his chest.   I guess I will have to hurry up and read the Combiner Wars story to see what stickers I may want to put on him.  Don’t worry.  Megatron comes with regular Decepticon tamops on his body to begin with, so you don’t have to put on stickers if you don’t want to.

The directions show transforming Armada Megatron the same way as Megatron.  The art work at the end of the transformation shows Armada Megatron with his treads separated and slightly elevated.  That really gives AM a different look.

Overall, I only found Armada Megatron at first.   I knew I needed at least one of these guys.  Much later I found the silver version, and I just had to have him.  He is so clean and great looking.   Do you need both?  Probably not.  If I were to choose, I would definitely go with the Silver version over the Armada version.  I do like them both a lot, and they look different enough that I am not disappointed to have both.   I will probably display Armada Megatron in vehicle mode since that is just as well made as the robot mode.   Megatron will remain in robot mode as the best resemblance to G1 Megatron EVER!


Transformers: Generations – Combiner Wars – Optimus Prime (Ultra Prime)

Optimus looks great in the Combiner Wars design.  He is big as a Voyager Class figure.  He looks very G1 with a bit of a modern twist to him.

He has a bit of a backpack on his back.  It isn’t too bad.  We have to hide the giant Ultra Prime head somewhere.   Luckily this is the only part of Optimus that lets you know that he is a triple changer of sorts, to become the main torso of Ultra Prime.

He comes with two guns.  One is luckily very reminiscent of his G1 gun with the big stock on the back.  The other is a bit of a smaller version.  The two can combine end to end to make a long rifle.  They both also have ports on the top.  I am guessing we have a few more options for combination with other guns when he becomes Ultra Prime.

He is a really good looking truck.  His transformation is pretty fun to do.  There are some fun little flips and folds.  He has a bit of the cab over look of the original.   I guess they wanted to get away from the long nose movie and Prime versions that we have had over the past few years.  Go Generations, and go back in design.  I like it.

The two guns can attach in ports on the truck’s back end.  They sit together and look like an engine with really long exhaust coming out the back.

Ultra Prime.  It is hard to see what he will look like as a finished giant figure, but this is a start.  His arms fold up to become larger shoulders.  His legs are the upper thigh of longer legs.  and he is reversed in direction so his back opens up to reveal his giant head and the backpack stays open.

So, now I have a mere two parts to build Ultra Prime.  I am not too happy with the slow rollout, or lack of rollout of the Combiner Wars figures.  I will be really bummed if I will only ever have two of the figures to build one of these big guys.  I am holding out hope that it is just a matter of time.  I have seen them online, but as I love the hobby of toy collecting as much for the chase as for the toys, I will NOT be buying any of these guys for scalper prices.

I am really happy with the overall design of Optimus Prime, and Alpha Bravo (last post).  They both look really good in their standard versions, unlike the not so well done Power Core Combiners that had blue boxes hanging off their bodies all over the place.  I am definitely looking forward to getting my hands on more of these guys.  I wanna build a big guy!


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