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.
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.
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.
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.
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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