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Sky Lynx – Transformers: Combiner Wars

Sky Lynx was a hard guy to track down. Lots of parts to Sky Reign, but it was hard to find the main body, and cool dino bird that turns into a space shuttle.

Now if you are one who hates extra parts hanging off of their plane modes, Sky Lynx is going to make you blow your top.  He is one part futuristic space shuttle, and one part legs folded up. Now this is pretty much the way he was in the G1 show as well as the toy. It is hard to make a guy like this and have him fold up all that well.

What Hasbro did do was make him fold up well within the confines of what he is. The legs virtually disappear, with the claws hiding inside of what looks to be a very large cargo bay on the bottom of the shuttle.

Once you transform him, he is really a sight to behold. A Transformer that does not have a robot mode is something a bit rare. Sky Lynx turns into a dino bird type creature. He has great movement in the head and neck area. Don’t forget about his opening mouth. His four legs also pose very well. Lastly, his tail can also be posed to some extent, raising up and down.

The directions show hims with his wings folded back, but the wings can also be posed out straight for a wider wingspan.

 

As the team leader of Sky Reign he is the biggest member of the team. He is also the only member of team Sky Reign that is a flyer, which is a good advantage over other teams that are made up of all land based vehicles.

Once together, the Sky Reign team creates an impressive Combiner. Sky Reign has a lion’s head instead of a giant robot’s head. This is just one more difference that let’s Sky Lynx stand apart from the other Combiners.

When side by side, Sky Reign has taller shoulders but a shorter head, which puts him at about the same size as other Combiners.

Sky Lynx comes with two bladed weapons that are identical. They are not of a whole lot of use to Sky Lynx since he doesn’t have hands. They are used as a tail for Sky Lynx’s dino mode, and lasers in shuttle mode. There were no directions for what to do with them in the instructions, so I put them side by side and made a double sword. I found elsewhere online that you can double up the blades and make a really long blade that is more becoming of a giant Combiner.

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Hound – Combiner Wars – Sky Reign

Another G1 character re-imagined in the Combiner Wars line. This time around Hound is a bit more robust than a Jeep. He shares the same body, and everything but the head with Swindle. It is a funny pairing since they are both coming out at the same time, each in their own Combiner series.

In robot mode, it doesn’t take a lot to pay homage to the G1 version. Green all over with a touch of grey and some black.

He comes with two weapons. The hand/foot piece for Sky Reign, and a triple barrel blaster. The blaster has an additional plus of being able to be mounted to Hound’s shoulder via pegs at the back of the gun. This is one of the few Combiners that actually has a shoulder mounted weapon like their G1 counterpart.

The face-off of who wore it better.  Really, they are exactly the same with a new head and major paint changes.

I think Hound wins on this one since his G1 version was a stand-alone figure that was of some size, while Swindle was a part of Bruticus and on the small size.

In vehicle mode, Hound looks like a green version of Swindle. Not a lot you can do here for a redeco, as opposed to the original retool from Rook that had MAJOR changes to the body.

 

This is in no way the best vehicle mode we have seen in the Combiner Wars line, but it is okay, and it is somewhat militaristic, like we are used to seeing from Hound.

As with most of the Combiner Wars figures, most people won’t keep their robots in vehicle mode.  That is a good thing, since this one fails at getting the hand/foot anywhere near integrated into the design of the vehicle.   It works a lot better when the giant weapon is left off entirely.

It is sad to see figures all ready to go, but no Combiner leader.  I have finally found all 4 of this set’s Deluxe figures.  Where oh where is Sky Lynx?  Oh well, I am sure he will show up sooner or later.

“Come on boys.  We have captured Swindle.  Time for a photo!”


Trailbreaker – Combiner Wars – Sky Reign

Hey looks it’s Trailbreaker… or Trailcutter as we saw him last, but now back to Trailbreaker!

These Trail-guys get a lot of reuse out of their bodies. Earlier in the Combiner Wars, this body was used for Ironhide, and a heavily retooled First Aid. There were a couple of additional releases in Japan too.

This version is reminiscent of the G1 version as we have seen so many times here in the Combiner Wars. Trailbreaker is heavily colored in black with red and silver accents much like his G1 counterpart. He is missing the tall blower that stuck out above his head, and was included in Trailcutter’s design in the last iteration. I can’t say it is terribly missed in this version. I do think it would have been a cool addition to the hood of the truck to differentiate him a little more from Ironhide.

He comes with the axe, a less than impressive weapon in this lineup. A standard gun would have been much better.

In truck mode, he looks like he should. A black truck with funny rainbow 80’s coloring down the side.

The original version had a canopy over the back of the truck. Trailcutter had it too. WIth the new Trailbreaker, his hand/foot weapon acts as the canopy. Thankfully all of the hand/foot accessories are black, so it works pretty well in truck mode.

One of Trailbreaker’s hands is a cannon.  That is definitely a nod to the G1 version that had firing arms.  One of the advantages to having a cannon arm is that his Sky Reign hand/foot can be used as a giant hand.

And with that giant hand, he can wield giant weapons, like Shockwave here.

The first two parts of Sky Reign.

Vs four parts of Bruticus.  Let the battle continue!


Wheeljack – Combiner Wars – Sky Reign

Autobots to build Sky Reign? But I am not done finding the Decepticons to build Bruticus yet! Gah! Well played Hasbro, well played. At least we are seeing Combiners from both the Autobot and Decepticon sides, so this will end up being one epic battle.

Today we are looking at Wheeljack. A G1 favorite for sure. We have seen a few different iterations of him over the past few years, from the Generations version, to the Prime version. Through it all, they did a pretty good job of trying to stick to the original. Hasbro did a bit of a better job with this version over the last Generations version, since this one stands taller, and the feet do not look super oversized.

He lost his wings over his shoulders that they have been pretty consistent with since the beginning, but they did a good job with the head sculpt, remembering to give him the exaggerated cheek/ear pieces.

He comes with a gun/sword, which is a reuse, and not one of my favorite weapons. It is a good choice for him, since his last two issues either saw him holding a gun or a sword.  His requisite hand/foot gun can be held in his hand, or it can be attached to a hole in his back.  I am so fond of being able to attach the giant weapon to the body and get it out of the way.  For most of the figures, the gun is unwieldy large, and does not look good.

In car mode, they did a lot of retooling to get him looking more like the G1 Lancia Stratos. It has that long front end, rounded canopy and a spoiler at the back. The red and green are a lot brighter than the original, but still within the realm of how the original looked.

Hasbro did a good job with many of these cars to allow the Combiner hand/foot to attach to the cars and not look terrible. Since Wheeljack is a heavily modified Sunstreaker, it is no surprise that the hand/foot attaches to the roof to act like a giant secondary turbo engine.

Overall, this is another really good nod to the G1 counterpart. He looks good as a car and a robot, and the fact that he becomes a Combiner’s arm or leg does not detract from his overall appearance, which is something that Hasbro has done very well for the most part over the length of this line.

Up next is one more Sky Reign Deluxe figure, and then I will be back on the hunt to complete both Sky Reign, and Bruticus.


Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters – Prowl

Happy New Year!

 

I am going to kick off the new year, saying good bye.  It has been a lot of fun collecting Transformers over the run of the Prime TV show.   We have had great figures, okay figures, and a few duds, but that is to be expected.  From the beginning, I liked the show, and it make collecting the toys all the sweeter.   As we can to an end for the show, the writing was on the wall, that the toy line would end too.   We will probably see the figures hang out for a little while longer.

I think they did a pretty good job bringing in most of the important characters.  I would really like to have seen a few of the Japanese released Takara figures brought over here for a much more reasonable price.  A few army builders like the Air Vehicons would have probably made a lot of money.  Besides, it would have been better to see a bunch of standard Vehicons rather than a box full of Bumblebees.  Sure, the kids want the Bees, but what are you going to do with the extras?  If there were extras of figures that there are multiples of in the show, collectors would scoop up those leftovers… especially as we are getting to the end of the line, and the figures will become more scarce in the stores.

On to the final review for Prime.  Prowl.

A classic figure from the G1 show, I was really happy to hear we would be getting a new Prowl in the Prime style.

He is a redeco of Smokescreen.  A new paint job, a new head, and police lights, and we have quite a nice Prowl.   He looks fast, he looks mean, and he does not look like a direct copy of Smokescreen.

Standing side by side, they don’t look the same.  They look like they are related in some way, but with the color changes in really good places, they look quite different from one another.  Prowl comes with the same gun that Smokescreen came with, except without all of the Beast Hunters garbage that didn’t look very good.

In his vehicle mode, he looks like one fast police car.  Bad news though.  All you have to do is go over a speed bump, and you have evaded the police.  That is one low car.

He fits in just fine with the other Autobot speedsters.   A good group of fast cars.

And with that, we say goodbye.   Not to Transformers, but to the Prime line.  I could be surprised and have something else sneak up on me, but I won’t hold my breath.  We have more Generations stuff coming down the line, and we will be making our way to Transformers 4.  Dinobots anyone?  That should be fun to look forward to here in the far future.

 


Beast Hunters Deluxe Series 2, Wave 2: Starscream, Ripclaw, Bulkhead, Smokescreen

Wave 2 of the second series of Prime has begun to hit the stores.  It is an interesting wave.  Some good, one bad, and a couple just plain awesome.

005: Starscream

The Beast Hunters version of Starscream is pretty nice looking.  We get lots of colors out of this one.  He has a lot more of an angular design, and a pretty good transformation.  First look, you know this is the Prime Starscream.  You can see it in his face, and general build.  Take a closer look and you can see that this is an all new design for Starscream.  PS, don’t ask about the giant antenna sticking out of the back of Starscream.  I don’t know what it is, or what its purpose is.  Hopefully we will find out when the new season starts.

Compared to the first version of Starscream, he is a bit smaller.  You can see he has everything from the wings, to the knee points, to the shoulder shields.  All of it has been updated and changed.   He stands a lot better than his Prime counterpart.

And here you are thinking “My that is an awfully big weapon Starscream has there.”  Then you remember, “Oh, that’s right.  Starscream often gets himself into trouble with weapons that are way to big for him.”  Somehow, Starscream always manages to get a hold of big weapons, thinks highly of himself, and then gets them taken away.

Fear not!  He can carry it Giant-Anime-Sword-Style.

Vehicle mode is where I felt Beast Hunters: Soundwave got into a little trouble. Starscream has no such problems.  He kinda looks like his old self in the fact he has wings.  Other than that, he looks nothing the same.  He does borrow the wingtip design from Soundwave, so they have something in common.  I really like his transformation.  It is always hard to get Starscream’s legs tucked in with the skinny jet body, but this one is okay.

Where Soundwave totally failed was attaching the extra Beast Hunters weapon.  At least with Starscream, it tucks up under his body really well, and hangs in tight.  It looks like an external drop tank that actually has some aerodynamics to it.

006: Ripclaw

First off, check those directions.  They have to do some finagling to get him into the packaging.  A few parts are a bit out of whack to tuck him all in there.  He is a really nice sized Deluxe figure.  I do have a couple of worries about him.   Like with Lazerback, there are a few rubber parts.  One is on Ripclaw’s upper head.  The whole piece is rubber.   The other is the center of his tail.  This is the part I really worry about.  Left in the heat, or if kids play with him too much, or are too rough, he will be loosing that tail and everything on it.   Maybe this would be a good one to invest in and hold onto a packaged copy for a few years.   You know people will be searching for “Ripclaw with intact tail.”

He has great coloring, and of course he comes with a gimmick weapon.  Unlike all of the other weapons so far  that are shooting weapons (except for Starscream’s), Ripclaw has a really neat weapon which is a claw that grabs when the middle pin is touched.   It has a pretty good grip, and it is removable from the tail to be held in the hand.

He is not as bulky as Lazerback, but with that tail, it does give him some height.

He has a sweet looking robot mode.  There are some great transformations in his legs, hands and head area.  He looks like he better designed than Lazerback, with equal thought put into his robot mode.  His wing move in this mode, and he still has that tail.  There is no doubt he is a dragon in his other mode, but he is definitely a robot now.

Beware the Claw!  On his tail or in his hand, this is a great weapon.  I think it is a little better as a tail weapon rather than a gun type weapon, but he looks like he is going to kick butt in the new season of the show.

007: Bulkhead

I love Bulkhead.   Always have, always will.  That is probably why I HATE this Bulkhead.  I knew there was going to be a problem when I saw Bulky was going to be released under the Deluxe line.  That means a smaller figure.  NO NO NO!!!!   And he is:

A head and chest shorter than the Series 1 Voyager figure.  That does not bode well for Bulkhead.  He is without his bulk.  The overall design is well and good, giving Bulkhead a knight look.  But he is so small, and he feels so flimsy, that his design does not make up for it.

Vehicle mode?  Not much better.   There are a lot of colors here.  It looks like he was wrecked and put back together with pieces from differently painted cars.   His side windows are not even close to his front window color.   Don’t they make a darker blue?   The front end hangs down almost to the ground.  The front wheels fold in on themselves.   His hands hang out of the bottom of the chassis.   So no, there is not much going on here that works.   I do like the front hood scoop though.  Pretty aggressive and cool.

008: Smokescreen

Out of the box, this is how he looks.  That blue thing around his head is pretty damn stupid looking.  My fingers were crossed when I bought him that this could be fixed.

Apparently it is supposed to be pulled back and hooked into little hooks on his shoulders.  Okay, that is a little better… but not what I REALLY wanted.

AH HA!!!  WOO HOO!!!  That is what I wanted.  A Prime Smokescreen.  Take off all of the Beast Hunters stuff, and you get a base model Smokescreen.  Tomy tried to pass off a repainted Knock Out as Smokescreen back in Japan.  I guess they did not really like it all that much, since it pretty much looked like a white Knock Out.  I was sad we did not get Smoke before the first series of Prime ended.  I am glad I have him now.  No Beast Hunters gear required.

Transform him, and you have his awesome vehicle mode.   By far the best vehicle in the wave, and gives Wheeljack a run for the best race car.   He has wrap-around windows, clear glass over the headlights, and look at the details down along the front bumper.  Outstanding.  He is really tricky to transform at the end.  Mostly getting his arms folded just right since they become the roof and hood of the car.  Kids are going to find this part a bit tricky.

And, because I have it.  With the Beast Hunters accessories.   Pretty nice across the front.  Looks like he is ready for Death Race.   I don’t know if they were thinking of going Bublebee’s way and giving him extra missiles on the side, but he has little ‘c’ clamps on both sides that look like they should be holding something.

There we have Series 2 Deluxe Autobots in all their glory.   3 great cars, and a clunky (tiny) truck.  Sorry Bulk!

I am starting to think they would have been a little more accurate calling the show “Dragon Hunters.”  Ah well, this is starting to look like a tough team of Predacons.  Just wait until I unleash Predaking.  He is on his way soon.

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Transformers: Prime, Beast Hunters – Bumblebee, Soundwave, and Wheeljack

Ah, Beast Hunters.  Can’t wait to see what the show is going to bring us as we move into this new chapter.  We are definitely moving away from the whole “disguise” aspect of Transformers.  Earlier I posted a review of Lazerback, our first full new character and design for the Beast Hunters line.  Tonight I am going to look at the rest of the Deluxe figures: Bumblebee, Soundwave, and Wheeljack.

Bumblebee:

What to say about Bumblebee.  It looks like he locked himself in a closet and found every sharp object he could and welded it to his body.  6 missiles and a crossbow to launch them as well as his original blasters.  He has some major firepower going on now.  Add in a variation in his transformation, and and a better overall paint job, and this is not such a bad Bee.  I was really hoping for this Bee to be based off of the First Edition Bumblebee, but no luck there.  Thankfully, the changes they made to this one were really good, and I think the only thing that really bothers me is his head not always sitting down on his shoulders very well.

His crossbow folds up and can be attached to his back, the same hole it fits into when he is in vehicle mode.  I wish the color of the crossbow matched the rest of the yellow, or was an entirely different color all together.

Once in vehicle mode, he is a very dangerous looking variation of his former self.  The black blades all over are quite menacing. I like the bit of red mixed in with the yellow for the body mold.  It gives a unique look.

The added crossbow and blasters are really giving Bumblebee a run for the top Beast Hunter.

The comparison.  There are quite a few parts that are reused between the first version and this new version of Bee.  There are also a lot that have been retooled, or changes all together, especially in the chest area.

Soundwave:

Soundwave comes with Ravage this time around.  Aaaaaaaaand that is about the only good thing about this version of Soundwave.  His colors are all over the place.  Yellow paint over blue body parts makes for fairly muddy yellow paint.  His additional “Beast Hunter” parts don’t really do much for him like they did for Bumblebee.  And he has a giant grappling hook that is way too bulky.

Old verses new Soundwave.  I am going to have to stick with the first version of Soundwave.  His uniform colors work so much better.  The extra wing extensions on his arms are way too long.

In vehicle mode, he is all over the place.  I don’t know.  Some of the original blue, some that is way too purple.  Yellows, and gold.  And it doesn’t stay together too well.  The front end of the plane wants to pop apart all the time.

Wheeljack:

Best figure by far.  I thought the original version was great, but this one is better.

Take Wheeljack, pump him up with armor, blades and a great color scheme related to his original color scheme.  Then give him some wings, and you have one great figure.

They took Wheeljack and changed just about every part of his body, keeping the same basic design, and most of the same transformation, but he is all new and all pumped up.  I would have loved to see the inclusion of his blades like how Bumblebee got to keep his blasters, but we can’t have everything.

Transforming into vehicle mode, and he is him, but different.   A beefed-up, “don’t touch me our you gonna get cut” kinda vibe.  I could see him saying that too.   The back end has been changed to allow for the wings to go back there. I like it.

A little more of the mixed plastic colors to give a bit of a camo look.  Can’t be too white when hunting beasts.

So, there you have it.  The first 4 Deluxe figures.  Lazerback is good, but is lacking in robot mode since he still looks like a beast.   Bumblebee is great looking with all the blades and weapons.  Soundwave is not as good as his first version, but he does have Ravage.  And Wheeljack, Perfection in plastic.

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