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Bumblebee – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return – Legends Class

Oh good, another Bumblebee. HAHA!!! A fan favorite, he is often used a lot. In my collection I have 36 Bumblebees of differing sizes and styles (and that does not include the plethora of other figures that are repaints and remodels of Bee). Our long living Autobot saw life way back in 1984 as a Micro Change Volkswagen Beetle. Of course, he was the Beetle in the show as well. His first big change came in 2006 when he was released as a hatchback of Hasbro’s design. Not working with VW anymore, they kept the idea of Bee alive, but without the Beetle influence. Once the Transformers movie came out in 2007, Bee was reimagined as a Camaro, and he stayed his larger self for a long time. It even influenced his look in the Robots in Disguise and Prime TV shows.

Now we are running the nostalgia train, and the Generations line has streamlined the figures to look as close to their G1 counterparts as possible. That means Bee is going back to his roots, and getting that little car makeover yet again. He is back to a hatchback, and that means he is going to be super cute in robot mode too.

Back is the cute round face with the horns. Back is the insignia on the round chest. Short legs, and bubbly arms return as well. This is the classic Bee we have needed in the Generations line.

From behind, you can see he is really clean. I am amazed at how well he folds down. There is a lot of car folded into that torso area.

It is good for Bee to hang out with Wheelie. They both saw themselves swell beyond their regular heights over the course of the Generations line. They are both back to being their smaller selves in the Legends Class. They can go scout together.

In vehicle mode, you can see that cute little hatchback in all his glory. It is a tiny two door. As with the first redesign of Bee, this one has some go-faster details, like a longer front clip, a spoiler on the back, and really tall wheels filling the wells.

Bumblebee is a part of Titans Return, so he should be able to hold a Titan Master… and he can. The back end flips up with the entire roof attached. That allows a Titan Master to ride in style.

Who would have thought Bee would be able to take Brawn for a ride?

Who would have thought Bee would be able to take Brawn for a ride?

It is really amazing how these vehicles were designed to allow something like this to occur, as well as being able to transform. Remember, this is where all of the back end was stuffed when Bee is in robot mode. Now there is a tiny little driver in there.

When I was shooting the car, I noticed his license plate that reads “100 STRA”. I knew it looked familiar, but I couldn’t place it at the time. Later I was in my room, and I have a big movie Bumblebee on a shelf, and the license plate on his crotch reads “900 STRA.” So a little homage paid to his movie counterpart as a license plate. Nice.

It is really great that Habro has done such a good job of combining the forces of the Titans Return. They have figured out a way to include the Legends figures into game plan, and not left to the wayside as just some extra figures at a lower price point. Wheelie and Bumblebee are the best examples with actual cockpits for the Titan Master to ride in.

This was a great third wave of the Titans Returns Legends Class. Don’t feel too bad for the Autobots, with only one new figure this wave compared to two Decepticons. In the next two waves, it looks like we will get two Autobots in each wave, and no Decepticons. But then again it looks like the Cons are going to be focusing on the Voyager and Leader Classes with some big hitters, not to mention Trypticon who will rival Fort Max for the king of the Titans.

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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.


Galvatron and Nucleon – Titans Return – Transformers: Generations

Well, look at that. Its Galvatron in all of his Voyager Class Glory. He looks like Galvatron, and he looks good. He comes with his telltale super-cannon that makes Megatron jealous.

The overall body is fantastically designed. The overall look is great. He has strong legs to stand on. Wide shoulder with a sturdy torso. He can hold up his own gun.

There are a few places that are a bit lacking. The worse offender are the inside of the forearms. They are hollow to hold his hands, but they are hollow on the inside of the arms, so the holes are very easy to see. They didn’t even try to hide the holes in the back of the arms. There are a few other problems that we look at as we get to the pictures.

Problem #1. That head. What were they thinking??? Of course Galvatron needs the horned head with the crown going around. They couldn’t figure out how to do that with the Titan Master?

Instead we have a Titan Master with a spring-loaded face plate that comes up out of the chest. It is not terrible looking, just a little off putting. The head doesn’t fit tight to the mask.

The real problem is that is takes away from the articulation. Now Galvatron’s head doesn’t turn. That was one of the great things about the Titans Return line. We get these little Titan Masters and they have turning heads. But not for this guy. Ugh!

This is the other look at Megatron… I mean Galvatron.  Hey wait a minute.  Why does Galvatron look so much like Megatron?  Well, because he is Megatron reincarnated by the evil known as Unicron.  Or something like that.   They almost gave him enough crown around the edges to be enough.  If they had added purple paint we would have been close.

Wielding that gun.  It really is a lot of gun for one bot to carry.  But we have seen Galvatron do it forever.  From way back in 1986 we saw Galvatron march around with that clear/orange cannon.  Unlike Megatron, who had his cannon mounted on the side of his arm, Galvatron has his mounted to the top of his arm. And just like the G1 version, it is mounted way up on his bicep.  Even mounted up near his shoulder, it is still a huge weapon.

The cannon hinders the movement of the arm.  He cannot really bend his elbow much since there is nowhere for the arm to go.  If he gets the cannon blown off, he has a good arm to use.

 

There is a bit of extra backpack there in the back.  This is the cockpit for the new jet mode that Galvatron gets instead of the handgun mode from G1.   It is no the worse backpack we have ever had in a Transformer.

There is our little headmaster, I mean Titan Master.  This is Megatron… I mean Nucleon.  This is getting tough to keep track of here.  😉

Okay, transformation time. The first transformation is a giant cannon. Well, when you have a giant cannon for an arm, it is a pretty good chance you will turn into some sort of super weapon. Unlike Megatron that only became a handgun, Galvatron was given an extra mode to allow him to be used alone.

I am a little bummed that Hasbro did not design a place for l’il Megatron (Nucleon) to sit while the cannon was being used. If you want to leave Galvatron in this mode, you can stick Nucleon in his chest with his fold-up face before you complete this transformation…or put him in the cockpit. Either way, Nucleon will be hanging out upside down.

A few flips and changes and Galvatron does not become a handgun. We are pretty far past those days. In today’s world, Galvatron needs to be something that kids cannot be killed over, though NO ONE would have mistaken the G1 Galvatron for anything close to a real gun.

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This time around, Galvatron gets to be Fox McCloud’s Arwing from Star Fox. You remember that video game, right? Am I really THAT old? Ah, the Super Nintendo. The graphics in the day were mind blowing. But I digress. Galvatron’s ship mode is so much like Fox’s ship that it is comical.

Anyway, this makes for a really nice ship. It is very functional for Nucleon to ride in the cockpit. There is the main cannon sitting up front. There are also smaller side cannons molded into the gunmetal grey parts along both sides of the cockpit.

“Decepticon, fast approaching. Take cover Wheelie!”

“You will let me into the prison to release my brothers!”

“Why don’t you pick on someone your own size?”

Is it a coincidence that Galvatron and Scourge both showed up early in this line? Both were created by Unicron, and Scourge was one of the main henchmen for Galvatron. Now all we need is for Cyclonus to show up, and we will have all three of Unicron’s crazy creations. We did just have Cyclonus in the Combiner Wars, and in the same Class, so that will probably be all we will see of him. That will be okay with me. He was a very good Transformer.

Overall, Galvatron is a really good figure. There are a few problems here and there. Most can be overlooked. The flip-up face plate is a glaring problem that takes his robot mode down for me a few points. The rest of his body is so well done though.


Transformers: Titans Return Deluxe Class (Part 2) Grax and Skullsmasher / Fracas and Scourge

We are looking at part 2 of the first wave of Deluxe Class figures in the Titans Return line. This time around, we are going to tackle the two Decepticon teams.

Grax and Skullsmasher:

 

First up is Grax and Skullsmasher. Skullsmasher is a very brightly decorated Decepticon. Shiny green with lots of hot pink, and light grey in the mix really makes for an interesting look.  I was a little sad with the loose joints all over this guy. Most notable is in the knees. He has two sets of joints at the knees, one for leg movement, and one for transformation. The knee joint was a bit loose, but the transformation joint was really bad. Hopefully this is a one time deal with mine.

Skullsmasher comes with one gun, and his tail that can be used as a shield, I guess. I like having the two combined to make a bigger gun.

When transformed into beast mode, we really get the full Skullsmasher. He becomes a giant crocodile, and his face is by far the best part of him. He has a giant mouth with lots of teeth. The head moves on a ball joint, so he has a lot of movement. It is a bit restricted by the collar around the neck, but not too bad.

The front legs have some movement. The back legs are molded into the bent-leg shape, and that is too bad. It could have been so much more dynamic with one more joint at the knee.

Grax can ride inside Skullsmasher via door on his back. It is a rubber door, and for the life of me, I cannot figure out why they went with rubber. In the original G1 figure, Grax rode in the mouth. There is a nod to the original design with Skullsmasher having a black forehead.

Fracas and Scourge:

Scourge and Fracas teamed up back in 1987 as a team of Targetmasters. That time Fracas was a weapon in his alternate mode. This time around he is the head.

Scourge is definitely a nod to his G1 counterpart. He has the same overall feel, just updated and improved.

He has two main weapons. The first is a single baster that becomes a part of the ship in transformation. The second is a double barrel gun that is clearly a seat for Fracas to use.

When Scourge transforms into his spaceship mode, it is very similar in shape to his G1 version, with some updates and extra details.  The back portion opens to allow Fracas to ride inside the ship, or he can ride on the gun mounted to the top.

These Deluxe figures are a great addition to the Titans Return line.  I am really looking forward to more in the future.  There are some more really great looking figures coming, as well as some interesting transformations.   Let’s not forget the Voyager Class, Leader Class, Titan Class, and the additional Titan Masters.  Lots of good stuff is on the way.


Stripes, Rewind, and Wheelie – Transformers: Titans Return – Legends Class

Titans Returns starts with a trio of Legends Class Figures.

Autobot Stripes:

Stripes is a triple changer. He is a jet, a beast, and a spy tablet.  This is one of those figures that has to be squished into a specific size, so you may not get exactly what you want out of a figure of this type. He does his job, and transforms, and has an additional mode that works with Blaster.

In jet mode, he has the front end that looks similar to a Concorde. The back end is the beast’s legs flipped up, so it kind of has a look of a bird. Not the best mode.

In beast mode, I am guessing it is supposed to be a tiger, since he is “Stripes.” It looks a bit like a wolf. Who knows? Anyway, this is a better mode than the plane. He has good movement in the legs that allows for some posing.

Everything folds up to create the tablet that can be used with Blaster. Not a lot going on here, other than everything folding up nice and tight and out of the way.

Overall, not the best figure in the world, but he transforms well, and he will be a lot more fun once Blaster comes into play.

Autobot Rewind:

Rewind is the other triple changer of the trio. He is a robot, a tank, and a spy tablet.

The robot mode is great. He is reminiscent of the original tapes that Baster carried around in the G1 toys.

He has a lot of good movement with knees and elbows, and even a turning head. The Legends Class figures keep getting better at this small scale.

He transforms into a tank. This is quite impressive since he is a rather flat figure, but can twist and turn to create a turret.

His gun becomes the cannon for the tank, and even has movement of it’s own.

Transforming him slightly from the tank, and he becomes the spy tablet. A very nice nod to the G1 figure, where he looks to be more of a tape recorder with a tape inside.

Even his gun has a place to attach to be a part of the tablet. An incredibly nice touch.

Rewind and Stripes are definitely not matching tablets.  It will be interesting to see how the insert into Blaster.

Autobot Wheelie:

Wheelie is the odd man out on this wave. He does not become a tablet, and he is not a triple changer.  What we get is a cute little version of Wheelie in robot mode. It is clear who he is instantly with the bright yellow and orange color scheme. He has his trademark head that has a swivel in the neck.

He becomes a car. It is difficult to stick the pieces together, and falls apart easily. This figure definitely looses points when he is not playable in one of his modes.

There is a cockpit for a Titan Master to ride inside. While the other two figures have posts for a Titan Master to stand on them, Wheelie is the only one who can actually carry one.

This first wave is okay. No real standouts as totally amazing. Rewind is the best overall figure, with a good robot and vehicle mode. Wheelie would have been great if he could hold together in vehicle mode.

Next up we will take a look a the Deluxe Class figures. They are really good figures. Stay tuned!


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