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Transformers Prime Knock Out Review

It seems that with every recent Transformers production, there has been that one character that the fans just love. It could be based on how they are on-screen or how they’re played off in their character bio. A great case of the former is Blitzwing in Transformers Animated. I don’t think anyone was expecting a crazy German ‘con with multiple personalities. For the latter, I’d say Bonecrusher from the movies: a ‘con of pure hatred. Too bad he died in seconds. For Transformers: Prime, it is without a doubt Knock Out; a totally fabulous, crazy Decepticon. Surely the show’s most popular character will have a great toy, right? Right?

Well, I hate to say it, but this is probably the worst Transformers I’ve purchased in quite awhile.

I’m not sure if I’ve stated this before, but I love Decepticons as fast cars. To me it makes more sense for the Autobots to have like, civil protection vehicles like military and police stuff, and the Decepticons to have stuff that’s more “dirty”, so in terms of his vehicle mode, Knock Out excels. His weapon just… oddly hangs off the side however.

But the big issue here is how much smaller deluxes are now. He’s only barely bigger than a Scout, and is absolutely dwarfed by a Classics Deluxe! And to think they cost more now…

Now, I don’t mind the figures getting smaller when the quality gets higher. Well, the transformation for Knock Out is where things start to get messy. His transformation has no real rhyme or reason to it, namely in the top half.

And in robot mode… yeah, I kinda had to be told this was Knock Out before I realized it was him. His robot mode is just too… lanky, whereas in the show he has a lot more bulk and depth to him. While the mainline TF:P toys haven’t really been works of art compared to the First Editions, but I can only imagine how much worse he would have looked compared to a First Edition.

His face isn’t that great, on top of it all. It feels so… flat, and the silver just doesn’t help it. It needs more snark. Continue reading

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Transformers Prime Ratchet Review

Ahh, Ratchet. What a great Transformers character. Be it the original Ratchet who was [supposed to be] a crazy party animal that almost flunked out of med school, or the modern interpretation that’s more of an ornery old war veteran, he’s always had a place in my heart. Save for the movie version, anyway. As much as I liked the old portrayal, I’ve taken a liking to his cranky new rendition. The Autobots always have to have one old guy on their team, and I think Ratchet’s good for that role. It makes him more like Doctor McCoy.

Ratchet’s vehicle mode is an ambulance (what else?) that’s made up of… quite a lot of panels. Also he has no lightbar. Bleh. I hate panel-formers. The mode looks good enough, and there aren’t many color matching problems. I just can’t seem to get all the panels aligned properly. Oh well.

Like Wheeljack, he has his own STABCAR mode! This time with knives. It’s not as cool, honestly. I’m also not entirely sure where the knives are supposed to go in this mode? I think they’re supposed to go in the doors, but I can’t find a tab for them to peg into.

Ratchet’s transformation is much more complex than one would think, involving a lot of parts turning around and sliding unlike most other toys. The forearms are very panel-y but I like the end result. I always think I’m going to break the hinges on the back leg armor by accident. Also, the head springs up with a great automorph gimmick. Continue reading

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Transformers Prime Megatron Review

By Loran

And once again, I find myself reviewing Megatron

I wasn’t too big on the design for Megatron in Transformers Prime originally. It just felt like a shameless rehash of his design from the first movie, only scarier. But well, Frank Welker’s performance as him really sold me on it. Heck, I didn’t even recognize him at first. It’s much better than the voice he used in the games for the live-action movies, that’s for sure.

In vehicle mode, Megatron is a… thing. Okay, I usually don’t mind Cybertronian alt-modes but god, this thing is just weird. It’s like Megatron tried to scan a Klingon Bird of Prey and got distracted and scanned a pile of metal halfway into it. I just can’t get over the exposed head in this mode. It’s too silly even for me. Everything IS quite stable in this mode, though. Many of the parts peg into other parts nicely and securely.

Megatron’s transformation drives me nuts. But not in the bad way, I guess. It’s that good kind of complex that’ll actually stump you. Either way, he has way too many hinged parts. They really clash against each other and I’m always worried I’m gonna break one of them off.

Despite all that, though, holy crap is this robot mode menacing. All the glowing translucent purple plastic looks so good here, and I really wish purple showed up better on my camera. It’s like he has Dark Energon flowing right through his body. His plastic is even textured, too, making him even feel like a crazy, war-mongering Decepticon general. Unfortunately, as cool as the textured plastic is, the gray color just doesn’t do it for me. It feels a little too light, though the dark color in the animation may just be due to the lighting conditions in the show. Continue reading

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Transformers Prime Arcee Review

I gotta be honest here, I really wish I was able to get all the first editions for Transformers Prime. For the most part, they all seemed better than the main release counterparts. Unfortunately, most of them didn’t show up in my area, and the ones that did left the shelves about as fast as they appeared. Thankfully, I had the NYCC two-pack of Bumblebee and Arcee, which covered those two. But unfortunately, Hasbro decided to roll out a main release Arcee, and you know what? I actually like her a bit more.

How about that.

Also, I think this is the first time I’ve covered a female Transformer here. Yay?

Arcee transforms into a very compact motorcycle. This mode is very nice, and it’s actually scaled to work with G.I. Joes! Well, rather, she WOULD work with G.I. Joes if she didn’t have so much extra junk on the sides. Damned kibble, always ruining cross-toyline play features!

You can also attach her weapons in this mode, but the look neither sensible nor insanely awesome (like Wheeljack’s stabcar mode). They just look stupid.

Arcee’s transformation is actually quite simple, not nearly as confusing as her First Edition counterpart. Everything folds out nicely, although separating her wheel halves can prove to be quite the annoyance.

Arcee’s robot mode has one thing that beats not just most of the mainline Prime toys, but also many of the first editions: It’s RIDICULOUSLY accurate. Yes, a lot of her transformation has been simplified and a lot of fake parts needed to be utilized, but overall, it’s a huge improvement. The only real issue I have with this mode is the gigantic backpack, but it gives her accurate wings, which kind of makes that point null. Continue reading

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Transformers Prime Wheeljack Review

By Loran

Over the years in Transformers, we see characters take on a lot of different forms, pun not intended. We’ve seen a Smokescreen that was a Decepticon jet. We’ve seen Inferno as a crazy pyromaniac ant. We’ve seen Prowl as a ninja motorcycle. But once in awhile one comes along that just feels so… off, it becomes hard to accept, and the most recent example is Prime Wheeljack. While yes, Wheeljack was a traitor in Armada, he at least carried a different design that made him stand apart. But this time, we got a Wheeljack that was a fantastic update to the original… but with the personality and schtick of Drift. What the heck? Still, as time went on I came to accept it, and I’m glad I did… because he’s a damn nice toy.

He’s certainly not the Lancia Stratos of old, but damn he’s got style (Editor’s note: the design is actually based on the Lancia Fenomenon concept car). He’s one of those few cars that manages to get that futuristic concept car look without looking too ridiculous. Next to Cliffjumper, I’d have to say this is my favorite car mode in the line thus far. Props to the designers for this one; I don’t get excited by car-formers too often based on vehicle mode alone.

Wheeljack’s transformation is simple, yet satisfying. He’s one of the few Transformers I own that I could probably spend all day transforming back and forth. The only part that bugs me are the lower legs, which I keep forgetting how to do properly…

Wheeljack’s robot mode is, well, the original Wheeljack in the Prime style! I have to admit, I wish they took a few more liberties with the design, but hey, it’s Wheeljack. The long arms look is a bit odd and ape-like, but that seems to be a recurring theme with the Prime designs, so I’ll accept it. Continue reading

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Transformers Prime Soundwave Review

By Loran

The Transformers Prime mainline is finally here, even though it’s being called Robots in Disguise for some reason (because it’s not like there was another toyline/cartoon with the same name…). Either way, like they say, a rose by any other name is still a rose. I’m glad the line’s finally here, even if it took what, a year after the show came out for the toys to hit shelves? And those were just the first editions (which I wish I had…). Let’s hope that despite some potential ups and downs that this line is going to be around for awhile, and the cartoon as well.

One of my most highly-anticipated entries into the Prime toyline was Soundwave. He’s a first in Transformers, changing into a Reaper drone. The transformation is unfortunately not perfect, coming with a lot of visible robot kibble in vehicle mode. I can’t say this is all that surprising considering his vehicle mode. Nothing like this has been done before so there will definitely be some sort of a learning curve for Hasbro and Takara until they get it down.

There’s nothing too fancy about Soundwave’s transformation, but it’s nothing too complicated either. His arms gain quite a bit of length from the transformation, which is probably my favorite aspect of his design.

Even without the long, extended arms, this incarnation of Soundwave is probably my favorite take on the character. You can tell by looking at his creepy, slender form that he’s one of the guys the other Decepticons don’t associate with much. He’s the ‘con who spends all day at his post working and everyone else is too afraid to go near him. The fact that he never says a word is just the icing on the cake. Continue reading

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