This review takes a look at the Onslaught, Brawl, Swindle, Blast Off and Vortex figures from the Fall of Cybertron TF Generations toy line. Please note that I did not include any of the fan modes or changes. That will be a separate video.
Hello again. This is the last of the new TF Prime releases I received last week.
So here is a look at Transformers Prime: Dreadwing. Voyager Class.
As always thanks again to Andy at Kapow Toys - http://www.kapowtoys.co.uk in the UK! There looks like no chance he will see a UK release in 2012 or at all! So I'm glad they got him in or I would have missed out.
This was a standard USA box release. For some reason Hasbro decided to add a yellow Powerizer area to his nose on the picture. Which is dumb as the toy doesn't have that!
The jet mode is excellent! A real nice deep blue and a good fun size to hold. Not too big, he transforms down quite compactly. There will be scale pictures later.
The cockpit is not designed to be open and you can shine a light through the back to make it.. um glow?
So on to the biggest issue to some with Dreadwing. He has a rubber fetish! Some bigwig at Hasbro health and safety must have seen him. He has a black rubber nose cone, shoulder and tail fins, knees and.. head!
All the pointy areas have been made rubber. Some may find issues with theirs if it's been badly packed etc mine seems fine. The rear fins are the thinnest and bendy ones but mine have held there shape and look ok. The nose cone has a gap where it transforms which is annoying but it may have had that even in plastic.
He has visible hand syndrome but not head. It would be better if the fists were closed. The jet mode is so cool you won't notice after a while.
You can peg the Powerizer gimmick gun on his roof or some other immensely better weapon.
He has 2 ports under his wings which can hold his sword or a weapon. PRID Arcee's long gun looks good with Dreadwing.
There is a fold out front landing gear and 2 permanent rear ones. None of them roll.
The waist area folds out and does make a messy bit of kibble to break up his sleekness. You could always think of it as a bomb pod. There are a lot of pegs holding the areas tightly to his body which is good.
His transformation is a little tricky at first. A lot of joints and sliding areas. Rather like Bulkhead it's clever how it hides everything in a smaller form.
The hands are extended making it look a little silly holding weapons. Closed fists would have been better. There are 2 micron ports on his arms. There are 2 pegs on his waist to do with the transformation you maybe able to use for tiny port items.
His Sword can be held on his back as the same top port folds around to the back.
There are some hollow areas in the legs but compared to most deluxes he's pretty solid!
You can have the wings up high as it comes out of the box or down lower as it's meant to be. Personal choice but the way it's boxed is not the instruction way.
A good level of articulation. Ball joint shoulders and legs, swivel biceps, rotating hands, cut elbows, knees and feet. Some cool poses but the hands still bug me.
The other issue is the shoulders don't lock into place. Afaik. So they are always pulling down a bit looking odd.
A nice head sculpt but weirdly it's rubber! It seems to be pegged onto a yellow plastic piece for the light piping. Which is minimal but works. His eyes are painted but the rubber allows enough light through there only luckily. Kinda the best of both options.
The head is on a ball joint but very tight! Hard to move and having to hold a rubber head doesn't help. There's also a small gap before his neck and chest.
It comes with a light up Powerizer gun like Optimus Prime and a Sword. I've removed the light and put it back together and it looks a lot better.
The gun cannot be held underneath as it would need a longer peg which is a shame. I have seen mods online already people have done. I prefer other weapons, c'mon Dr Wu!
The sword is well detailed and I think reasonably accurate. Longer than RID Primes. This is hard plastic which is crazy considering every other area is rubber!
I prefer the nice new Dr Wu Matrix Swords! There is a purple evil crystal version too.
Apart from a few in my opinion minor issues I think Dreadwing is excellent! Decepticon Voyagers seem to get the better versions. He is really a great representation from the show.
Compared to PRID Prime the gimmick does not detract. He's closer to Megatron where the yellow blends in and looks ok. And unlike some *cough* Rumble *cough* he doesn't need Reprolabels. He's started to appear in the USA already so go and get him!
Comparison scale pics coming in the next post. Please remember it's designed to be in scale with other Transformers Prime robots. Not the older Generations!
I hope you liked this review and will leave feedback or ask questions.
Comparison shots of Dreadwing with others.
He goes nicely with the deluxe jets being suitably larger to be the Leader.
Alongside the Cyberverse Commander version.
Alongside the Cyberverse Commander robot mode. Both cool figures.
With Generations Sky Shadow. A large Jet I would say and looks great together!
I may stick the gun together but right now it still folds.
Scales perfectly with the Voyager RID Optimus Prime.
Alongside Megatron and Breakdown Voyager versions.
RID Bulkhead and Voyager First Edition versions
Takara deluxe Jeticon and Skywarp. Both have tall back kibble and Skywarp is tall. Dreadwing could be taller but I think it's not bad myself.
Generations Sky Shadow looks like he could work with Dreadwing! The older Generations were taller but that's gone now and we have to accept it.
Hope you enjoy all the pics and if you want to see any comparisons then ask and I will see what I can do
Hi again. Thanks to everyone who liked my Kup review! Here is a quick look at Transformers Prime: Decepticon Rumble. That's his full boxed title.
As always thanks to Kapow Toys - http://www.kapowtoys.co.uk in the UK! They are getting these guys from Asia at lightning speeds. Rumble is sold out now but there is a UK case due. http://tinyurl.com/d56xjrj
This came in the smaller multi language box again. The Bio reads:
“Decepticon Rumble's Piledrivers create chaos and destruction.”
A lot of my pictures make his blue shade appear a lot lighter than it is. I will put a more natural picture up at the end to compare it. He is a nice blue kinda between that and cyan. Not as light as Hot Spot as it can seem in the pics.
He transforms into a small car. What type I don't know. Bots are my thing not cars.
It has a nice shade of red windows and black grill. There is a Decepticon logo on his grill but it's hard to see as it's dark.
His Piledrivers can be mounted on the sides. The whole car is quite small like most TFP but very plain. I would have preferred a more sporty or better model. This reminds me of the family car you might find Carly driving Daniel down to the local mall in!
If Bumblebee and others can be flashy why is Rumble so boring?
As you can see the rear is empty of paint except for one tiny Con symbol. Rather like Knock Out this guy screams out "Reprolabel me!"
Seriously Hasbro does paint cost that much these days! It's like all the budget went on the robot and they just said "paint it blue".
The robot mode is really very nice. I never had the United version and this is a great way to bring a new style to the figure I think.
He can hold his weapons in his hands as gatling type guns or flush to his wrist as Piledrivers. If you look underneath they are labelled L1 and R2.
Of course he has the giant chest face going on which a few figures have been showing but maybe not as blatantly. It has 2 red shoulder areas that run the light into the chest eyes.
The shoulder pieces can lock into place but can slightly scratch and scuff the sides. So treat it a little carefully.
The back is nicely detailed with the now almost standard hollow leg area.
A really cool feature is built in laser cannons on his back! In my view a real homage to the G1 guns he carried. They could have easily left him with large "wing" things so this was a nice touch. They could use a silver sharpie, which I plan on doing.
By clipping his arms back in you can create this kind of transformed piledriver mode look.
He has a lot of articulation and can make some nice poses. I'm not great at that so I will leave it to the video guys.
Ball joints on the shoulders, swivel biceps, jointed elbows, ball joint hips, ankles and jointed knees.
Tried to show the head well. Red eyes and crest which light up very nicely giving him an evil stare! It's on a ball joint with an extended red neck. Can get a lot of movement from it.
Basically I feel this is another great Decepticon! They seem to be the cooler of the figures so far. He's got a lot of character and I hope he appears in the show.
The only downsides are the car mode being so plain and that it doesn't scale too well with the other cars. Almost more First Edition size than RID scale. Compared to Kup's gaping holes though this is nothing.
I would recommend getting this guy when he comes out to add to the army!
Comparison pics coming up below shortly
He is a lot taller than the other RID cars. Really the sort of thing Kup should have been.
Maybe he's a people carrier car. Lol.
Rumble is a little longer than Knock Out.
A poor picture trying to show how the blue compares with the much lighter new Hot Spot. It's not too light but a darker shade between this and Hot Shot would have been good.
As already shown there is a variant head on the instructions. Getting a Frenzy would be cool but who knows. It could never happen or end up being an Autobot repaint!
Robot mode comparison pics:
He's possibly the shortest figure so far but that's not a bad thing. It's almost like they had to make his kibble large to meet the height of the others.
He is also quite bulky. A lot going on for such a small figure.
A quick glimpse at Dreadwing which I hope to review soon
Rumble and Kup fight it out!
I hope this helps some of you to make up your minds on this figure.
Post any questions and when I can I will try and answer them. Thanks for reading
I've been a lurker around here for a while. Wanted to jump in with a collection of pics of a figure that there isn't much info about right now: Generations 3.0 Scout Class Laserbeak!
Just picked this guy up on eBay from EPToy.com, as he's an Asia exclusive and not available (sadly) in Canada. I'm a big fan of the Generations line, having grown up with the G1 cartoon & movie, as well as all the new stuff like the live movies & the new Prime TV series.
Here's a pic of the packaging from EPToy's website:
It's a repaint of the ROTF Skystalker figure, and it really caught my eye with it's G1 inspired colors and the drone alt-mode that is very reminiscent of how Laserbeak appeared while on Cybertron in the very first episode of the G1 series.
For those who need a reminder, here's what I'm talking about:
His drone mode is really well done. Everything is nice and clean on the top, and the stuff on the bottom tucks in nicely. And with the G1 colors on this mold, the drone mode looks fantastic.
In addition, there's a simple way to display him in drone mode that pays homage to the original Laserbeak, and that's to fold his feet out instead of using the front wheel.
In my opinion, this looks pretty neat as a way of displaying him in drone mode.
Next, while I personally don't care much for the Macross-esque look, you can also extent the legs more fully to have a hybrid drone/robot mode that is referred to in the instructions as his 'attack mode'.
Now the really interesting part! Some purists may shun the fact that Laserbeak has been given a humanoid robot mode, but for me it really works as a reinvention of the character. He's still small, and looks very 'vulture'-like when in robot mode. The beak-like face, talon-like feet and wings on his back give the impression that if Laserbeak did turn in to a robot, this is what he'd look like.
He of course comes with the same battle-hooks that Skystalker came with, so he has those removable weapons that tuck nicely in to his wings. Quite frankly I'd rather he come with some type of laser weapons to match his name a bit better, but I guess we can pretend he shoots a laser from his eye or something. A minor gripe, but it would have been nice for Laserbeak to have lasers.
No light piping on his head, but it still looks cool with the shiny gold paint app on the top.
And finally, here's a shot for size reference next to his good buddy Soundwave. I must admit that I was really disappointed with the DOTM interpretation of Laserbeak (way too chickeny for my taste). Had he been presented in the movie like THIS, it would have been amazing. Think about it: a human-sized assassin/interrogator Transformer that turns in to a small stealth drone? That's cool.
Hope you all like these pics! Let me know what you think, I'd love to hear any comments! Cheers!
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