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Pictorial Review: Transformers Generations Voyager Class Blitzwing

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Sunday, April 21st, 2013 10:24AM CDT

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Site sponsor Kapow! Toys has posted their pictorial review of Transformers Generations Voyager Class Blizwing. Contrary to some of the previous video reviews, Kapow! Toys give this figure high marks, check out their review and images below. He's in-stock and ready to ship at the following link:

http://www.kapowtoys.co.uk/transformers ... -6228.html

Having watched and read some reviews on this guy from the last few days I've got to be honest I was dreading this morning and fully expected the devil in plastic so I'm happy to report I was pleasantly surprised. Right off the bat yes the shoulders are annoying, the left one seems to be the fave that does not peg in when in robot mode and it does mean the shoulders can roll when moving the arms, is it a deal breaker ? no, its just annoying, nothing more nothing less and was improved with a quick dab and dry of super glue. Blitzwing is a lot more complex than Springer, you can see the sheer amount of work which has gone into getting a robot to switch between robot, tank and jet, its a lot and it can't be ignored, sure he is far from perfect but whoever designed this guy must have cared about the character and for me they have done a good job.

In robot mode he looks like a Blitzwing should do, bulkier than his counterpart Springer and standing a little taller giving that feeling of imposing foe rather than easy opponent. The sword is a faithful update of the original whilst the gun comes off as a little weak, its quite tiny and sits rather awkwardly in his fist due to clearance issues it is however a good fit for a tank machine gun so maybe they were trying to strike a balance for both modes. Leg articulation is very nice with ball joint ankles, swivel and hinge knees and ball joint hips. There is no waist swivel due to the nature of the transformation and the fact the turret barrel and jet nosecone switch between this area for storage depending on what vehicle your picking. With regard to the 3 faces they are a nice touch and very cool bonus feature but don't interest me personally.

Jet mode comes across as very Alpha Fighter which in my book is only a good thing, it clips together well and the empty area some have complained about can actually be filled with the sword and then the machine gun plugged on top, the turret barrel can flip from exhaust to weapon in an instant adding play value for kids and big kids alike.

Tank mode is small but nicely formed, again if you transform it correctly it all clips together nice and tight, the tread transformation is quite nifty and another example of the level of thought and effort that gone into this toy. He freewheels nicely across the desk and the turret does pivot but at an awkward angle, does this bother me too much ? no because I've got 3 modes from 1 toy when I'm normally getting 2.

Overall Blitzwing scores 8/10 he's scoring this high due to the fact he is a design triumph for Hasbro and they have really thought about how its put together however if things like the shoulder issue really annoy you then chip off another point which will bring it down to a 7/10 and help make your mind up about a potential purchase, I don't purchase my figures to play with them anymore, its more about the design and engineering so I don't want to mislead any fans that do like to spend some time with their figures.


Pictorial Review: Transformers Generations Voyager Class Blitzwing

Pictorial Review: Transformers Generations Voyager Class Blitzwing

Pictorial Review: Transformers Generations Voyager Class Blitzwing

Pictorial Review: Transformers Generations Voyager Class Blitzwing

Pictorial Review: Transformers Generations Voyager Class Blitzwing

Pictorial Review: Transformers Generations Voyager Class Blitzwing

Pictorial Review: Transformers Generations Voyager Class Blitzwing

Pictorial Review: Transformers Generations Voyager Class Blitzwing

Pictorial Review: Transformers Generations Voyager Class Blitzwing

Pictorial Review: Transformers Generations Voyager Class Blitzwing

Pictorial Review: Transformers Generations Voyager Class Blitzwing
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Re: Pictorial Review: Transformers Generations Voyager Class Blitzwing (1480688)
Posted by Antron on April 21st, 2013 @ 10:55am CDT
Thanks for posting this. It helps back up what I was saying about mass produced products in the thread following the video review that was posted earlier. I was committed anyway but am glad to see I'm not guaranteed to get a POS.

Thanks again for posting a review of someone showing BW some love.
Re: Pictorial Review: Transformers Generations Voyager Class Blitzwing (1480693)
Posted by Rodimus the Prime on April 21st, 2013 @ 11:22am CDT
Great review, thanks for posting it! Yeah, I didn't really care about the poor reviews either. From an old Phart's perspective, this is still a dream figure, especially coming in at this size! Can't wait to get him! Oh ye Gods of Transforming Robots...please give us upgraded Voyager versions of Astrotrain and Octane! :BOWDOWN:
Re: Pictorial Review: Transformers Generations Voyager Class Blitzwing (1480703)
Posted by SG Roadbuster on April 21st, 2013 @ 11:52am CDT
by Rodimus the Prime ยป Sun Apr 21, 2013 11:22 am

Great review, thanks for posting it! Yeah, I didn't really care about the poor reviews either. From an old Phart's perspective, this is still a dream figure, especially coming in at this size! Can't wait to get him! Oh ye Gods of Transforming Robots...please give us upgraded Voyager versions of Astrotrain and Octane!





oh please no. Astrotrain and Octane have been done already. let Hasbro focus on making characters that haven't had Neo G1 toys yet, like Bombshell, Slag, Sky Lynx, Tarn, Star Saber and Violen Jagger
Re: Pictorial Review: Transformers Generations Voyager Class Blitzwing (1480705)
Posted by RK_Striker_JK_5 on April 21st, 2013 @ 12:12pm CDT
Great review, and I second SG roadbuster. No retreads, new characters!
Re: Pictorial Review: Transformers Generations Voyager Class Blitzwing (1480727)
Posted by Mindmaster on April 21st, 2013 @ 2:10pm CDT
I'm pleased to know that he isn't as devilish as Baltimatrix and the reviewer over at TFW2005 make him out to be.

I notice they made no mention of having issues with transforming the canopy into jet mode.
Re: Pictorial Review: Transformers Generations Voyager Class Blitzwing (1480742)
Posted by Sodan-1 on April 21st, 2013 @ 3:05pm CDT
I'm simply pointing this out because I feel someone has to say it: don't put too much faith in this review. They're highlighting some of the same issues the previous reviews have mentioned, only they're trying to put less of a 'Doomsday' spin on it. Why? Because Kapow want these things to sell. It's not in their best interest to come out and say 'Yeah, it's a bag of crap. Don't buy it from us. It's not worth it. We'd rather we end up holding on to them all.'

Hash-tag just sayin'! :-B
Re: Pictorial Review: Transformers Generations Voyager Class Blitzwing (1480744)
Posted by Mindmaster on April 21st, 2013 @ 3:13pm CDT
Sodan-1 wrote:I'm simply pointing this out because I feel someone has to say it: don't put too much faith in this review. They're highlighting some of the same issues the previous reviews have mentioned, only they're trying to put less of a 'Doomsday' spin on it. Why? Because Kapow want these things to sell. It's not in their best interest to come out and say 'Yeah, it's a bag of crap. Don't buy it from us. It's not worth it. We'd rather we end up holding on to them all.'

Hash-tag just sayin'! :-B


Ha, jokes on you, I never order anything online because of damn scalpers!
(unless I'm looking for a character from a past line, then yeah, online shopping all the way)
Re: Pictorial Review: Transformers Generations Voyager Class Blitzwing (1480755)
Posted by Doubledealer93 on April 21st, 2013 @ 3:51pm CDT
yeah i knew baltmatrix was making him sound like a piece of shit. cant wait to get this bad bot. so far thats 2 reviewers that have recommended him with baltmatrix being the only one to say dont get him.
Re: Pictorial Review: Transformers Generations Voyager Class Blitzwing (1480840)
Posted by Thadicon on April 21st, 2013 @ 10:00pm CDT
Is there any comparison pictures to the other 2 triple changers. It would be nice to see what the height difference is
Re: Pictorial Review: Transformers Generations Voyager Class Blitzwing (1480849)
Posted by Valandar on April 21st, 2013 @ 11:10pm CDT
All I can say is that just on the images alone, this sucker is AWESOME. Any loose joints are easily fixed (with the superglue or nail polish trick), he appears nicely articulated, and he and his line-mate Springer appear to be the very first two triple changers that actually have all THREE modes looking nice.

Here's hoping they actually REACH my neck of the woods, though.
Re: Pictorial Review: Transformers Generations Voyager Class Blitzwing (1480962)
Posted by Sodan-1 on April 22nd, 2013 @ 12:02pm CDT
Mindmaster wrote:Ha, jokes on you, I never order anything online because of damn scalpers!

Oh yeah. A real egg-on-face moment. =;

I'd be surprised if anyone in the States orders from Kapow anyway, what with them being UK based.
Re: Pictorial Review: Transformers Generations Voyager Class Blitzwing (1480967)
Posted by SJ21 on April 22nd, 2013 @ 12:48pm CDT
I am excited for this guy. I'm not overly concerned about the problems. He looks great in the pictures and he will look great on my shelf.
Re: Pictorial Review: Transformers Generations Voyager Class Blitzwing (1480968)
Posted by RhA on April 22nd, 2013 @ 12:51pm CDT
Sodan-1 wrote:I'm simply pointing this out because I feel someone has to say it: don't put too much faith in this review. They're highlighting some of the same issues the previous reviews have mentioned, only they're trying to put less of a 'Doomsday' spin on it. Why? Because Kapow want these things to sell. It's not in their best interest to come out and say 'Yeah, it's a bag of crap. Don't buy it from us. It's not worth it. We'd rather we end up holding on to them all.'

Hash-tag just sayin'! :-B


Yeppers. That's what I was thinking.
Re: Pictorial Review: Transformers Generations Voyager Class Blitzwing (1482837)
Posted by Down_Shift on April 28th, 2013 @ 12:13pm CDT
Valandar wrote:All I can say is that just on the images alone, this sucker is AWESOME. Any loose joints are easily fixed (with the superglue or nail polish trick), he appears nicely articulated, and he and his line-mate Springer appear to be the very first two triple changers that actually have all THREE modes looking nice.

Here's hoping they actually REACH my neck of the woods, though.


Classics Astrotrain looked great in all three modes. Still one of my favourites.

Anyway, I've had Blitzwing for about a week now and he's easily one of the best voyager class figures in years. The shoulders don't bother me in the slightest, mind you I would like it if peauges (spelling?) shoulder trick worked on mine but sadly it does not.

Still, this figure would be a lot better if they had dropped the head gimmick and gave him a real neck joint he would be even better, but it is a kids toy at the end of the day.
Re: Pictorial Review: Transformers Generations Voyager Class Blitzwing (1484094)
Posted by Nemesis Maximo on May 2nd, 2013 @ 6:46pm CDT
I did a double-take when I saw him and Springer at the store. I litterally said "holy crap-sticks!" :lol:

Anyway, while I am afraid of putting too much stress on the shoulders, Blitz is awesome. If you're on the fence about getting him, get off of it and get him.

I also saw somewhere that someone said the wrists don't swivel; this is untrue.
Re: Pictorial Review: Transformers Generations Voyager Class Blitzwing (1484097)
Posted by Mindmaster on May 2nd, 2013 @ 6:56pm CDT
Nemesis Maximo wrote:I did a double-take when I saw him and Springer at the store. I litterally said "holy crap-sticks!" :lol:

Anyway, while I am afraid of putting too much stress on the shoulders, Blitz is awesome. If you're on the fence about getting him, get off of it and get him.

I also saw somewhere that someone said the wrists don't swivel; this is untrue.


Yeah, Baltmatrix corrected himself in a follow up video.

I'm considering getting Springer first, since he will be harder to find, but the military buff and tank enthusiast in me really wants Blitzwing first.
Re: Pictorial Review: Transformers Generations Voyager Class Blitzwing (1484118)
Posted by zephon on May 2nd, 2013 @ 9:12pm CDT
I'm with the Blitzwing > Springer camp.

Yes, I did a quick mod to fix the shoulders and I'm actually kicking myself for doing so because I should have tried peaugh's approach thoroughly first. It's that golden "click" you have to look for to know when the shoulders lock into place.

I'd still score it 8 out of 10 -- one point off for the rubber head and nosecone, one point off for the trouble with the shoulders. I'm tempted to take a point or half for paint chips but that's too trivial.
Re: Pictorial Review: Transformers Generations Voyager Class Blitzwing (1484226)
Posted by Hypershock on May 3rd, 2013 @ 12:37pm CDT
these guys are both awesome :APPLAUSE:

i was messing around with springer, and i think i figured out how they could pull off a VTOL mode for that possible Sandstorm repaint
Image
Re: Pictorial Review: Transformers Generations Voyager Class Blitzwing (1484228)
Posted by Mindmaster on May 3rd, 2013 @ 12:43pm CDT
Hypershock wrote:these guys are both awesome :APPLAUSE:

i was messing around with springer, and i think i figured out how they could pull off a VTOL mode for that possible Sandstorm repaint
Image


So it's really just a matter of retooling the arms and head.
Re: Pictorial Review: Transformers Generations Voyager Class Blitzwing (1485083)
Posted by Hypershock on May 6th, 2013 @ 10:47pm CDT
Mindmaster wrote:
Hypershock wrote:these guys are both awesome :APPLAUSE:

i was messing around with springer, and i think i figured out how they could pull off a VTOL mode for that possible Sandstorm repaint
Image


So it's really just a matter of retooling the arms and head.


Pretty much. the arms should be simple enough, but i'm curious as to what theyll do with the head, seeing as the transformation involves very specific clearances on the hinges needed to swivel the head out
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