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
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
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