Okay, I usually don’t got for characters I already have at different scales unless there’s a huge design difference, but sometimes I cave… when there’s a sale. Though I will say I do like the concept of the whole Cyberverse Commander thing. Legends are neat, yeah, but sometimes it’s nice to have some Transformers characters just a wee bit bigger. It gives them scale closer to the original cartoon, where there were four sizes: Short, average, tall, and HOLYCRAPHUGE. Of course, characters would sometimes change between those scales depending on the scene, because I have a sneaking suspicion the animators didn’t care.
I bought Cyberverse Commander Ironhide to be a nemesis for my Cyberse Blackout. I figured it’d be appropriate to pit the grumpy gun-toting Autobot against the Decepticon powerhouse. I also didn’t wanna waste my time with Optimus or Megatron because they both have better versions with trailers and stuff.
Ironhide’s vehicle mode is the good ol’ GMC Topkick, albeit a little less detailed than usual. And I REALLY mean less detailed. There’s no depth to the bed (although there’s a reason for that) and his windows aren’t colored, not even in a different shade of black. Also, I’m not sure if it’s just mine, but half of the “GMC” logo is unpainted. I couldn’t tell this from the package because he’s packaged in robot mode… Continue reading
Movie Ratchet has been kind of a weird character for me, toy-wise, ever since the first Transformers movie. I loved the look of his robot mode, and I love his… odd choice of a vehicle mode for a medic. But I could never, ever get past that stupid color scheme he had in the movies. I mean, lime green? You’re a medic, you shouldn’t want to make your patients throw up at the mere sight of you! Thankfully, he’s gotten a new mold each movie, and each one got a much more… pleasing repaint. And thus far, Ratchet is the only Autobot from the first movie that I DON’T own in his on-screen color scheme!
Specialist Ratchet borrows his color scheme from concept art for the first movie, when the cast included Inferno in his place. As much as I love Inferno I’m glad they went with Ratchet instead. It just made more sense to have the first group of Autobots to all be from the 1984 lineup, in my opinion. When I first heard about this repaint, I feared he was gonna be a Japanese-exclusive or something. Thankfully that wasn’t the case!
Ratchet transforms into the same weird search-and-rescue Hummer we’ve seen for the past three toylines. Curiously there are no Hummer markings anywhere on his form, or anything unique on his tires. The package does mention him being a Hummer H2 and he has the GM logo, so I’m not sure what’s going on there. This vehicle mode is a HUGE improvement over the last Deluxe Ratchet, which looked a little too… cartoony, and had some serious undercarriage problems. This one looks perfect. Sadly, there is only one MechTech port in this mode, located on the spare tire, but I actually really like how his gun looks there! Makes it look like a water cannon or something.
His transformation isn’t all that difficult but a few elements may take you by surprise on a first go, like the way the arms fold out and how the backpack slides out. Still, not as annoying as some other movie deluxes. Continue reading
When the first Transformers movie came out, one figure fans had a lot of complaints about was Blackout. He was a Voyager-class figure, but a rather small one—the smallest one ever at that point. He also had a problem with his automorph gimmick, one that involved something with his gears slipping out. When the Leader-class Brawl was announced, fans were hopeful that we’d see Blackout in that scale sometime soon. Time passed and unfortunately, our wish wasn’t answered—no Voyager-class Bonecrusher, either. Well, it took them two more movies but we finally got a new Blackout figure!
…as a scout-class.
This just boggles my mind. A lot of us wanted a Scout-class Bumblebee to go with Voyager Optimus and Deluxe Ironhide and a Leader-class Blackout, and instead we get a Scout-class Blackout and a Leader-class Bumblebee? Seriously, I think Hasbro secretly hates us sometimes.
Blackout is a part of the Cyberverse Commander line, a line with “pocket-sized” versions of larger characters and a handful of new ones. They’re basically bigger, more complex Legends, and for some reason I find them more interesting than the regular Legends (or “Legion” as they’re called now).
His vehicle mode is still the licensed Sikorsky Pave Low, indicating that Hasbro’s contract with Sikorsky (or whoever they have it with) is still in effect. It’s pretty damn detailed considering how small it is, all things considered. I would’ve expected to see a few more corners cut on a figure this size. Personally I think Legends/Legion should just be dropped in favor of this class. It’s much more fun! Continue reading
Over the years, Sentinel Prime’s been seen in one form or another, and typically, no two are alike. Typically, he’s Optimus Prime’s predecessor, but in the case of his most known incarnation (Animated) he was Prime’s rival. As much as I liked Animated Sentinel, I think it was a wise idea to make him Optimus’s predecessor again. Most importantly of all, it gave us a chance to hear the ever-fantastic Leonard Nimoy in Transformers again. I gotta say, Leonard Nimoy’s performance was the best part of Dark of the Moon, and I’ll fight you if you think otherwise!
I opted for the Voyager-class figure to give myself a figure to go with the similarly-scaled Optimus and Megatron.
Sentinel Prime’s vehicle mode is a big fire truck, the kind used to put out fires at airports. I had a LEGO set like one of these once! It was awesome. Some people were upset about the fire truck wasn’t Inferno, seeming to forget the fact that sometimes the name of the character and their personality are a liiiittle more important than what they turn into. Anyway, it’s a pretty cool vehicle that I don’t think we’ve seen at a larger scale before. Continue reading
Usually I don’t go for smaller versions of big characters, but sometimes I’ll cave and do it. After the spectacular new Transformer Voyager Megatron, I needed an Optimus at about the same size to take him on. It really wouldn’t be fair to put such a small Megatron against the Leader Optimus, now would it? I’ve considered getting the Wal-Mart exclusive version because of his price and bonus figure, but after watching the movie, I knew which one I had to get:
I needed an Optimus figure that came with his awesome axe. Continue reading
Ah, the Twins. Characters that annoyed people so much they got taken out of the third Transformers film altogether. They never really bugged me, though, and the scenes that were written for them in Dark of the Moon probably would’ve made some people hate them a little less, but I guess the damage was done. Besides, I think Brains and Wheelie played the “plucky-annoying buddies” role much better than the Twins ever did, and thankfully nobody calls them out for being “stereotypes.” Also, Wheelie not humping anyone’s leg gives them a few points in that regard.
Since it would be a bit silly to cover them separately, I’ll be tackling both Skids and Mudflap in this review.
Both Skids and Mudflap transform into the same car this time around, the Chevy Spark. It is what it is, really, but I like this vehicle mode on Mudflap more than the Trax from Revenge of the Fallen. It’s not a cool car, for sure (which is probably what caused the original versions of these two to shelfwarm so badly) but it’s nicely detailed. I find myself liking Mudflap’s deco more.
Both of them have two MechTech ports on their roofs.
Now here’s what sold me on these two: Their transformations are MUCH MUCH SIMPLER than their Revenge of the Fallen counterparts. I was actually able to get them both into robot mode without instructions on the first try. I still have to look at pictures of the ROTF toys just to figure out what the heck I’m doing! Continue reading
Ah yes, the “Autobot who loves to break stuff”. Almost every Transformers series had this in some way or another—typically, they were paired with a small sidekick or perhaps a southern accent. I’ve always liked the idea of having that one so-called “noble” soldier that’s really just there to smash stuff or blow stuff up. Contradictions like that are fun! The movieverse Ironhide is no exception, wanting to blow up just about everything in the first movie, including Sam’s parents (though let’s be honest-who didn’t?). He’s gotten a few molds so far in just about every size class save for Human Alliance, and today I’ll be looking at his Voyager-class figure from Dark of the Moon. Continue reading
I’ve managed to be pretty responsible with Transformers Movieverse figures until now. Up until about March this year, I bought one version of each on-screen character and left it at that. Well, after picking up the Hunt for the Decepticons Rescue Ratchet that sort of changed. I figured it was time to update my movie cast; get the definitive versions. Thankfully, Dark of the Moon has been giving me plenty of figures that do just that. Continue reading
Like I said back in my Smolder review, the idea of “rescue” vehicles as Decepticons has always appealed to me. As such, Barricade was a “love-at-first-sight” for me when I first saw his prop car for the first Transformers movie. A Decepticon Cop Car? My dreams have come true! Naturally, he was the first deluxe-class figure I picked up from the first movie and was my favorite for quite awhile. Of course, Dark of the Moon has been making me want new versions of characters I already have… so I figured, hey, why not update Barricade, too? Continue reading
If there’s one Movieverse character I’ve been holding off on ever since the first Transformers movie, it was Megatron. I came close to buying the repaint of his Revenge of the Fallen Leader a few times, but I couldn’t bring myself to it. I liked the look of his ROTF Voyager, but I didn’t like the idea of having such a small Megatron with no Optimus to fight, since I didn’t like any of the Voyager Primes available at the time. Then his Dark of the Moon figure was revealed… and I was sold. Megatron as a big nasty truck? That’s new. Only one problem… he’s a Voyager! So I guess I had to settle for a smaller Megatron. But is he good enough to warrant purchasing a similarly-sized Prime for him to fight? Let’s take a look… Continue reading