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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.
Seibertron.com member Azrail has shared a pictorial review of the recently released Transformers Prime Voyager Dreadwing. Check out this review below.
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
(CONTAINING SPOILERS FROM PREVIOUS RID ISSUES, HOWEVER)
With summer fun in the books, the IDW ongoing Transformers series starts September off with Robots In Disguise #9. Issue #8 left us with a rather vague cliffhanger involving Ironhide and the Dinobots. Barber continues the RID series with a rather abstract issue in #9. Initially I felt that the Cybertronians stuck on their motherplanet had a slew of villains to deal with - I find it rather perplex and unfortunate that those 'villains' have yet to come and there's animosity among the ranks!
And she's climbing her spaceship to heaven
The characterization of the Dinobots continue, and they are certainly following their leader who's stuck in the MTMTE-verse. They manage to acknowledge their lack of intelligence by oddly bringing themselves together as a group. That's not very good news for Ironhide. Reading through the issue I get the sense that's there's something wrong with the water outside of the major city. A virus? A plague? Jedi mindtricks? We'll find out in the next few issues or two.
Hey I just met you
Moving back to the main group, as readers we are focused into the mind of Bumblebee. While Bumblebee's political status in the Cybertronian hierarchy has increased tenfold in the previous Ongoing series and RID, I feel that Bumblebee's leadership qualities and personality have gone backwards. Once capable of bringing his fellow Autobots out of turmoil on Earth, he seems to be pulling a G1 Rodimus Prime, filling himself with doubt and stress, as his list of things to do keep piling on. Bumblebee's true resolve will be tested in due time.
Got 99 issues, but Prowl ain't one!
We also get guest appearances from Arcee, Blurr and Reflector. The Reflector trio is hilarious as always. Being a bartender has turned Blurr into a moody fellow, and Arcee smiling is one of the creepiest sights I have seen in awhile.
'Reflectors' at their best
overall, #9 sets up the Cybertronian faction with an incoming hurricane of events, however individually I felt that the issue lacked a 'wow' factor, even with the typical end page reveals. I also felt that the issue was forced to conclude itself in regards to Bumblebee, resulting in some confusion. Hoping our next issues and the upcoming RID Annual make this flight a little more enjoyable.
Time is not in lines, time is in circles. That's why clocks are round
How do you write a spoiler free review? It’s not easy, but I’ll give it a whirl, so you can enjoy the issue for yourself when it hits comic store shelves tomorrow.
In the very last issue, Megatron made himself and his actions more than known to the Wreckers. Kup captured by the Lobotocons and in Megatron’s clutches, the Wreckers at the mercy of Circuit Smasher after being chased relentlessly by Megatron’s resurrected army and barely getting away a distress call to Cybertron...
"You kids get off my front lawn!"
In this issue it’s no surprise that Megatron goes forward with his plan to face Optimus Prime...again. Using the Wreckers and Kup as bait he’s hoping to lure Optimus to Earth for another final duel --a more final duel than any video game, or space bridge, or crashed starship, or alien controller could hope to achieve--. On Cybertron the message is finally received. But will Optimus answer the call from his deadly nemesis? Will he possibly forego the peace that has been established to once again take up the mantle to fight for freedom that he has been most known for?
On to other new issue news: Circuit Smasher is revealed to be Spike Witwicky -- didn’t see that coming did you--. But how did he become this newly enhanced being with glorious flowing locks? The last thing we all knew, including the Autobots, Spike was binary-bonded with Fortress Maximus. Where was this giant of a warrior, this hero of so many Cybertronian battles? Circuit Smasher Spike’s origins are revealed and the story also uncovers another familiar former human ally of the Autobots. No surprise really, it seemed this major Marvel contributor had to come along at some point with his relationship to the new powers that Spike is showing, and his relationship with the Transformers in general from the previous 80 issues. Maybe he can help the Wreckers to create something as deadly as ‘The Car Wash Of Doom’ to defeat Megatron and the Decepticons.
"I can look thoughtful and glow at the same time."
"Bet you didn't know I was so smart, huh?"
Unfortunately, this story still leaves us with no answer related to Grimlock’s capture from last issue when he went back to the planet Nebulos to get help with his affliction. Instead, we get another plot lead to what might be the end of Cybertron’s peace, and a whole lot more responsibility for the young Autobot cavalier under Prime’s tutelage.
‘Resistance is futile.’ Like the Borg, the rogue, off-planet Decepticons have been working to assimilate other robotic planets to help rebuild their strength, but their real desire, a certain home planet of a certain transforming robot species amy be attainable. If only the Autobot forces there were weakened, or spread thinly enough that a Decepticon uprising and assimilation would work. Hmmm.
Teaser image to a teaser image.
For me, this issue went way too fast and left way too much for next time. Circuit Smasher took up a lot of the story, and we all know that there are copyrights in the way to bringing back Circuit Smasher’s predecessor. It had to be, we had to get this out of the way so that Spike could be used again, even if he looks more like Josie, and less like Spike than I remember. Why he couldn’t remain the Fortress in Fortress Maximus, and Buster couldn’t become Circuit Smasher, I’m not sure? That answer may never come. I honestly wish that Circuit Smasher was not going to become a major character, but I believe he will since Furman has worked so hard to reintroduce Spike and his new powers, back into the plot, and has written out the old Spike. I wonder if we had not stopped with issue #80 way back when, if Furman would have continued to use Circuit Breaker, and found another fate better suited for Spike and Fortress Maximus?
Finally, Optimus Prime is no longer annoying me as much as he did in the first few issues of Regeneration. Furman has crafted him nicely, purposefully making us all feel frustrated like Kup toward Optimus’ in-action. We find out a lot about Optimus’ reasons for acting (not acting) as he has and it was enough at this point for me to forgive him.
I hope Kup lives long enough for him to be able to apologize and forgive Optimus as well. Poor Kup has contracted a pretty bad disease thanks to Megatron, and we’ll need Spike’s human ally to help him to overcome it. At least, that’s what they did when they faced this before.
There’s plenty for the previous Marvel Transformers and Marvel UK readers to find and recognize. But honestly, sometimes it feels like we are being hit over the head and forced to notice these details, rather than having them smoothly worked into the story for us to connect with. Sometimes they seem to be really syrup-y heavy, and not just light, and flavorful, as I feel they should be.
"Torkulon. Torkulon. Why does that sound familiar?"
Wildman’s art is still steadily decent, harkening back to simpler times in Transformers, but some of the panels, and some of the characters really do look very, very simple, with some odd looking facial expression, details, and simplified forms. Scale suffers, as it always seems to with Transformers. Geoff Senors alternate covers also make for some excellent nostalgic feel. Wonder if he’ll ever pencil the interiors?
"Don't look at my hand. It's hideous. I mean my other hand."
Of course, these are just my feelings toward the experience of issue #83. By no means do I not enjoy it, I really do, I love the restart of the old comic series. I often times feel as if it were the early nineties again, and I’m reading this series like it didn’t stop for twenty some years. And that I believe, is a major point of it all. Keep it up guys! And thanks to Seibertron for allowing me to share my ideas out loud with the rest of you all.
Seibertron.com member TJ Duckett has a posted a video review of the recently released Hasbro Toys"R"Us exclusive Masterpiece Thundercracker, plus some nice images for those who prefer a pictorial review. Check them out below.
Site sponsor Kapow Toys has uploaded a video review Transformers Prime Deluxe Sergeant Kup. Hopefully this guy and his wavemate Rumble will start showing up at retail soon, for now enjoy the review embedded below.
Once again Seibertron.com member Azrail has provided us with a pictorial review of an upcoming Transformers Prime figure, this time around it's Deluxe Rumble. Check out his review below:
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
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