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2012 Transformers Generations Waves

By Loran

It’s been no secret that Transformers: Classics was one of the best ideas ever. Transformers had never had direct updates to the original characters in the modern era, just repaints and homages. Classics was a line nobody ever saw coming and was a huge hit, spawning two offshoot lines. The latter of which is getting a continuation this summer to coincide with the release of Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, the sequel to 2010’s hit game War for Cybertron. It’s likely that we’ll see more classics-based figures later on, but for now all we have are game figures, and for the most part, they look pretty good.

Wave one is going to consist of a new Optimus, Jazz, and SHOCKWAVE! Yes, Shockwave is finally getting a figure fit for our Classics shelves. Keep in mind, though, that we won’t be seeing these until about fall. It’s a shame we have to wait so long, but I guess it gives Hasbro plenty of time to get all the Robots in Disguise/Prime product on the shelves.

I’m kind of lukewarm on Optimus’ new design. I don’t really like it, and I don’t hate it. It makes sense as an upgrade to his design from the first game, as it looks more hardened and experienced, but on the other hand it just seems pointless. Still, it’s a nice looking toy I’ll probably pick up.

While I don’t really need a new Jazz after the fantastic Reveal the Shield release, Fall of Cybertron Jazz is FANTASTIC as well. I really wanted to see other carformers outside of Bumblebee in the first line, and Jazz fits the bill nicely. He looks great in both modes, and he’s probably my favorite of the first wave. Continue reading

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Transformers Generations Wheeljack Review

By Loran

Ah, Wheeljack. How can’t you love this guy? He’s probably one of the most endearing characters from the first season of the Transformers cartoon, and he was even the first character to ever appear on-screen. He was the Autobots’ first scientist, and a scientist amongst a bunch of soldiers tends to stand out. Besides, if you think about it, he probably caused more damage to the Autobot HQ than Megatron did throughout the whole series!

Wheeljack is a remold of the Reveal the Shield Tracks figure, and in vehicle mode, it works a lot better than I initially thought. The only remolded parts visible in this mode are the bumper and spoiler. It works really well. Heck, I’d say they make him look different enough to make him appear like a different mold from Tracks altogether. Small changes like that make all the difference! Continue reading

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Transformers Generations Thundercracker Review

By Loran

Oh, Thundercracker… how much controversy you seem to cause.

Botcon 2007 was the first time the convention has ever come close to my area, being in Providence, Rhode Island that year. It was my first chance to make my pilgrimage to the convention I’ve waited seven years to finally go to!

Only one problem: I’d already committed to going to AnimeExpo in Long Beach, California that same year, and they both fell on the same weekend. Needless to say, I still went with AnimeExpo. But really, if it were any other year I wouldn’t have been that bummed about missing Botcon: For those who don’t know, Botcon 2007 was “Games of Deception”, the year that brought us the Classics-incarnations of Dirge, Thrust, and of course, Thundercracker. Continue reading

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Transformers Generations Scourge Review

By Loran

While it’s taken them a few years to get to this point, the Classics/Universe/Generations line has been doing a pretty good job giving us casts from the original cartoon. We’re only a few characters away from having the entire 1984 product lineup, with characters from 1985 and 1986 not as close, but on their way. I’m really glad they’ve been doing this, since I was born the same year G1 toyline ended in the US and never had a chance to get those toys. Now I’m able to get those characters at long last, in the form of much cooler and more poseable toys!

With I think just one or two exceptions, we now have all the characters first introduced in the 1986 movie in Classics form. Scourge here is one of the most recent. It’s great to finally see the Unicronian tracker get an updated figure that’s not a Botcon exclusive, and a new mold to boot.

Scourge’s vehicle mode is a… futuristic space bomber? It’s kind of hard to describe. It’s like a souped-up Stealth Bomber. As weird as it looks, though, this is one of the cleanest planeformers I’ve seen in quite awhile; he doesn’t suffer from aircraft undercarriage! It’s a huge step up from the original toy’s bathtub mode, but it actually retains the silly head in the back which yes, can pop up just like in the cartoon. He also has two 3mm clips on his underside. Continue reading

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Review: Transformers Generations Repaint Rumble!

By Loran

Like every other Transformers line in history, Generations is chock-full of repaints (well, redecos) and retools. Of course, this got some people’s panties in a twist, but what do you expect? It’s Transformers. I guess repaints were only acceptable in the first few years *shrug*. Unlike Universe 2.0, however, these repaints don’t use molds from lines like Cybertron or Energon, instead focuses on using its own molds over again (with a few from Universe). A lot of these were designed to be made into these new characters to begin with (as indicated by the instruction sheets of several of the initial figures). So today, I’m going to sort-of revisit some figures I’ve done before, with Blurr, Dirge, and Skullgrin!

Blurr reuses the mold from Generations Drift. Instead of going for the wacky robo-samurai look, Blurr is a sniper. How THIS GUY got to be a sniper, I have no idea, and really, I don’t care HOW little sense it makes when the figure is this cool. I guess he takes one shot, runs away REALLY fast, then shoots from another spot. His whole appearance is, unsurprisingly, based on his IDW Comics appearance. A lot of people don’t seem to like his head, but I rather like it. It looks like they crossed his G1 head with the Autobot symbol. Sadly, he loses Drift’s awesome light piping…

But Blurr’s main attraction has got to be his guns-they ROCK. His sniper rifle is HUGE-it’s taller than a Scout class figure! It even stores on his back, just like Drift’s sword. Not only that, it has a second handle so he can properly snipe! What a weapon. In the place of Drift’s two small swords, he has two smaller guns. Not as cool as the rifle, but he can DUAL WIELD, and that rocks. Continue reading

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Review: Transformers Generations Thunderwing

By Loran

Once again, Hasbro dives into the classic Marvel Comics villains for their new toylines. This time, it’s Thunderwing, the insane Matrix-obsessed Decepticon that once came close to taking out Unicron. Like most classic villains, his original figure demands absurd prices on the aftermarket. This is mostly because, well, his original figure was kind of ugly, and most kids just passed him up on the shelves. The same holds true for Bludgeon. For the longest time, getting characters like Bludgeon and Thunderwing could only be done by dropping ridiculous sums on eBay for the original figures (probably with missing parts, to boot), but now, Hasbro gave us a chance to get all-new figures of these tyrants of yesteryear. So how well does the new Generations Thunderwing fare? Let’s take a look.

Thunderwing’s alt-mode is some sort of Cybertronian jet, unsurprisingly enough. It comes across looking FAR more coherent than the original G1 toy. Underneath his cockpit is a little drone plane, reminiscent of the original toy’s inner robot. It doesn’t actually DO anything, unfortunately; it seems to just be there for fanservice. Underneath his wings are a couple of gigantic missile launchers.

This mode is sadly where the problems start to show up. For one, his cockpit looks HUGE. I don’t know if it’s just me, but it seems out-of-scale with the rest of his body. Also, he suffers from a problem the Classics Jetfire mold also has-exposed arms with nowhere to go. Seriously, that’s the most offensive kind of “airplane undercarriage”. In-package, his head is exposed under the plane, but that’s just a packaging error-you can easily flip up his chest to cover it. Continue reading

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Review: Transformers Generations Darkmount

By Loran

Mercy is not dispensed here, fools! Only… reviews.

Since the start of the 2010 product year, Hasbro really seems to be giving us a lot of throwbacks to the Marvel days. Bludgeon? Check. Thunderwing? Check. Mindset?! (seriously, who saw that one coming) Check. And of course… if there’s one character that needed a figure, it was good old Lord Straxus. Of course, they (somehow) couldn’t get the rights to the name Straxus, so instead he’s called Darkmount! Regardless of what they call him, we all know who he is, and that’s a totally insane Decepticon warlord.

Since I’m so used to calling him by the name, I’m going to refer to him as Straxus for the rest of the review…

His first alt-mode is some sort of artillery APC tank thing. I’m not quite sure what it is. It resembles a Howitzer but has sort of a World War II feel to it. I can’t quite place my finger on it. The mix of wheels and treads is very cool, though, and certainly something rarely seen on Transformers. One very awesome feature about this figure are his little guns. They come mounted on clips that can be switched around on different ports. It’s very nice, and allows for some slight customization. He also has markings with “M17” written on his body, referencing the fact that he first appeared in issue 17 of the Marvel comic.

Straxus also has a second alt-mode, resembling some sort of artillery cannon, a la Galvatron. It… really doesn’t do it for me. I know it’s supposed to be a reference to his alt-mode from the comics, but it just feels like a lazy afterthought, like Universe Galvatron’s cannon mode. I think I’ll pass on this mode…

His transformation is a bit finickier than some of his Generations compatriots, requiring a lot of pieces to be transformed in a certain order to prevent them from clashing against each other. One thing I like to do is change the arrangement of his guns, moving some to his shoulders. It makes him look a bit more intimidating.

In fact, the whole PACKAGE here is intimidating. His robot mode has that awesome Cybertronian war-monger feel that the best Decepticon dictators have. His head is creepy as all hell, and while not a direct translation of his Marvel design, gets the job done. You don’t need to be told which nasty ‘con this is, because it’s damn obvious. His chest has those weird triangle things the original had, and his arms are adorned with the “innards” of his tank treads. It’s just awesome.

On top of looking insane, he has some GREAT poseability. At first glance, you would expect most of it to be hindered by all of his kibble, but that is fortunately not the case! Everything plugs away smoothly and works just great. His arms have an exceptional amount of poseability, and even has hinged fingers AND wrists. This allows him to hold his nasty pickaxe weapon with both hands, and it looks awesome.

I do, however, find his ankle joints a bit strange. While they get the job done and stand just fine, there’s so much… blank space there. It almost looks unsettling and uncomfortable.

I do have two issues with him, however. One is his size. Yes, I know, the Generations line is Deluxe-only, but I feel a Voyager would’ve suited this guy much more. Second is the colors-what the hell? Why BIRGHT BLUE? Why not black, midnight blue, or dark purple? I know he appeared blue in the comics, but I always felt that was because plain black doesn’t look right in “inked” form. Still, they’re two minor grievances to an otherwise awesome figure.

Yeah, Straxus is just the bee’s knees. It’s so great to see some of the Marvel-only characters finally getting some street cred, and I hope this trend continues. I’d recommend him to any fans of classic G1 or anyone looking for new characters in their ranks. He fits both perfectly.

Also, it seems he was once a warrior from Hyrule…

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Transformers Generations Drift

By Loran

In the entire history of Transformers, there is probably no character more self-serving than Drift. A badass ex-Decepticon who killed a bunch of Autobots then eventually joined them? Uses swords for weapons? Transformers into a car with kanji on the sides based on a Japanese Drift Racer? It’s like someone played too much Initial D and wanted to make a character based on it… still, as annoying as his backstory and portrayal are, there’s one thing that can’t be denied: He’s one awesome design.

Drift’s car mode is (unsurprisingly) very Japanese-automotive inspired. It’s a nice sleek design and fits in with the other Classics-style Autobots very well. On each of his doors he’s adorned with the kanji for “Samurai” unlike the katakana for “dorifuto” like in the comics. I much would have preferred the dorifuto (Drift) katakana from a stylistic point, but I guess it would be pretty self-serving to have your own name tattooed on your body, even if it is in a language Drift probably can’t read (though it’s probably something he would do…). All of his wheels roll very easily, thankfully, avoiding a problem I’ve noticed on way too many figures these days.

His car mode holds together pretty well thanks to the rather frustrating pins/holes used to keep his spoiler and hood in place. He does have a lot of visible panels but they aren’t nearly annoying as his wavemate Bumblebee. His transformation is what I would consider to be “satisfyingly complex”-it’s not overly complicated but once you figure it out he becomes a real joy to transform. Continue reading

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Transformers Generations: Thrust Review

By Loran

Ah, the Seekers… the classic backbone of the Decepticon army. What’s more fun than an army of nigh-identical jet guys to fill out the backgrounds of scenes and never get seen again? Sure, some of them get redemption later on, like Sunstorm and Acid Storm (both of whom seem to have set the precedent that all generic Seekers will named after weather from here on out), but most of them just fade in the background into obscurity. But hey, it’s nice to see the classic Seekers all have toys in the new style now, with just one more that needs a mass-release to round off the set (I’m looking at you, Thundercracker).

Thrust here was one of the three Conehead Seekers from the second series of toys, and here’s his new Generations remake from the first wave of figures. He’d already received two Classics-style figures in the past, one in the Botcon 2007 boxset and the other as a store exclusive in Japan. This figure uses the same parts as the latter mold, with a color scheme much closer to his animation model from the G1 cartoon, right down to the gray face.

Thrust comes in that awesome shade of maroon that he’s most known for. It looks great here, and out of the three Coneheads, I’d say he has my favorite color scheme. Ramjet’s too bland and Dirge looks like a flying station wagon. Sorry, it had to be said. The white accents are more pronounced than they were on the original figure and are very eye-catching. Possibly my favorite touch is the chrome inside the cockpit, a nice carryover from the Japanese version of the figure. Continue reading

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