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
Like I said the reviews for Icepick and Thunderhead, I couldn’t get into Transformers Human Alliance originally because it was all characters I already had. Buying the same character more than once just bores me unless it’s some super-duper upgrade or something. But one of them caught my eye; probably because of how lame his Deluxe figure was. That figure was Jazz. The moment I set eyes on him, I knew I had to have him, because well, we still haven’t gotten a good Deluxe of him and I don’t see that happening anytime soon. Does the Human Alliance figure make a decent substitute? You’re damn right he does, scale be damned.
Ah, licensed alt-modes, how I love thee. I like it when my Transformers turn into actually things, branding and all. The Pontiac Solstice was an odd choice for Jazz, but it’s a nice looking car. I was initially turned off by the silver when his first figures came out and tried to pursue the G1 colored version, but when I never found it, I just settled for the Premium. Like the other HA cars, he has opening doors and a detailed-enough interior. Unfortunately some of the panels have a bit of a hard time staying together in this mode. Continue reading
After my disappointment with Thunderhead, I decided to seek out another Human Alliance Basic for my Dark of the Moon collection. I wanted one that had an actual weapon mode, one that could enhance my other Dark of the Moon figures. I needed a Decepticon, since I always seem to end up with more Autobots than Decepticons (even though I always like having the bad guys outnumber the good guys, regardless of toy-line). After seeing some pictures, it seemed like the only Decepticon in the HA Basic line thus far was the perfect choice: Icepick. Continue reading
Well, the Dark of the Moon toys are finally here, and in full force. Last week I covered the new sublines we’ll be seeing in this Transformers series, and the other day I picked up my first of the new Human Alliance figures. There were quite a bit to choose from, but there was one in particular that had a gimmick that caught my eye, and that was Thunderhead. But was he as cool as I figured he’d be?
Unfortunately, I ended up being kind of disappointed.
Thunderhead’s vehicle mode is an adorable little tank thing with four tread… legs. It’s kind of similar to the Animated Cybertronian Ratchet and Ironhide toys, crossed with Armada Demolisher. As much as I like the look of it, it’s really kind of a cop-out of an alt-mode, if you think about it. He’s basically just… standing on all fours. Continue reading
It’s almost time, dear readers. The new Transformers film, “Dark of the Moon” makes its debut in North American theaters on July 1st. But what would the movie be without the toys? Yep, those are even closer, with a street date of May 16th. Many retailers have actually broken the street dates, throwing the toys on the shelves a few weeks ahead of schedule. I can’t quite say I’ve been all that lucky, though. I guess people in Massachusetts really adhere to what they read on the box. Ah well, not that it matters. It’s almost tiiiime!
Now, I wanted to take a look at the two new types of Transformers toys we’ll be seeing with the new movie: The Cyberverse Action Series and the Human Alliance Basics, two sublines that build on concepts started by the previous movies and beyond. Continue reading