Is Transformers Power of the Primes Inferno Worth Owning or Should you Skip him?

Is Transformers Power of the Primes Inferno Worth Owning or Should you Skip him?

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018 11:28pm CDT

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Transformers Power of the Primes Inferno has been out for a while now in various markets around the world to very little fanfare. That is perfectly in line with the initial reaction to this toy existing. While combiners were back for Power of the Primes, the line was filled with new molds for combiner limbs and torsos but Inferno was the only one using the same mold from Combiner Wars with the only thing different being his head (and just the robot mode head, the combiner head is the same as Defensor's). He wasn't planned to interact with the Prime armour, which is one of the play features of the line, and now this old mold was getting the POTP deco treatment of replacing tampos with stickers. So he was disregarded and seen as a cheap way to pad out a line that was already short on new toys. And, what seemed worst of all to fans, he added an unnecessary torso that had no dedicated limbs.

So he seemed an easy skip by many including me. However, I did get him eventually, and I think he's pretty great and I am quite happy to have him as part of my collection. I took images below, to share with you what I see in this toy and to give you an idea of all he has to offer.

Transformers News: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Worth Owning or Should you Skip him?

Transformers News: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Worth Owning or Should you Skip him?

Transformers News: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Worth Owning or Should you Skip him?

Transformers News: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Worth Owning or Should you Skip him?

Transformers News: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Worth Owning or Should you Skip him?

Transformers News: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Worth Owning or Should you Skip him?

Transformers News: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Worth Owning or Should you Skip him?

Transformers News: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Worth Owning or Should you Skip him?

Transformers News: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Worth Owning or Should you Skip him?

Transformers News: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Worth Owning or Should you Skip him?

Transformers News: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Worth Owning or Should you Skip him?

Firstly, while he is a redeco of Combiner Wars Hot Spot with a new head, I feel he owns this mold and has as much right to it as Hot Spot did. Neither of them ever had a firetruck mode in G1 resembling what they have here, which is vague enough to also be considered Cybertronian if you wanted it (it's as Cybertronian as any other alt mode in the upcoming Siege line). And with design nods to both the RID Hino firetruck and Sentinel Prime's airport firetruck, red really suits the alt mode. I much prefer the fully white ladder.

Transformers News: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Worth Owning or Should you Skip him?

Transformers News: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Worth Owning or Should you Skip him?

Transformers News: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Worth Owning or Should you Skip him?

Transformers News: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Worth Owning or Should you Skip him?

Transformers News: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Worth Owning or Should you Skip him?

Transformers News: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Worth Owning or Should you Skip him?


What I like best is just how different the paint scheme is. Different parts are highlighted with paint to give him a very different look. Like the little black rectangles on the shoulders with a bit of red plastic within it. Same with the alt mode where we get some nice silver on the ladder area which was unpainted on Hot Spot. Plus the combiner head has extra paint on the helmet.

Transformers News: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Worth Owning or Should you Skip him?

Transformers News: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Worth Owning or Should you Skip him?

Transformers News: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Worth Owning or Should you Skip him?

Transformers News: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Worth Owning or Should you Skip him?

Transformers News: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Worth Owning or Should you Skip him?


As for the Power of the Primes gimmick integration, I am impressed with how creative they went to find compatibility. Instead of the the combiner legs being gauntlets, they are turned into a back pack of sorts to allow Inferno to have shoulder mounted guns. And they are stored just as well in vehicle mode as compared to any other voyager in the line (I would even say those feet look better mounted on the firetruck than on any other voyager alt mode).

Transformers News: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Worth Owning or Should you Skip him?

Transformers News: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Worth Owning or Should you Skip him?

Transformers News: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Worth Owning or Should you Skip him?

Transformers News: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Worth Owning or Should you Skip him?

Transformers News: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Worth Owning or Should you Skip him?

Transformers News: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Worth Owning or Should you Skip him?

Transformers News: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Worth Owning or Should you Skip him?

Transformers News: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Worth Owning or Should you Skip him?

Transformers News: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Worth Owning or Should you Skip him?

Transformers News: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Worth Owning or Should you Skip him?

Inferno fits really well with a classics G1 crew and even works in a lost light crew (that would also include Hot Spot).

Transformers News: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Worth Owning or Should you Skip him?

Transformers News: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Worth Owning or Should you Skip him?

Transformers News: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Worth Owning or Should you Skip him?

The colours look great, that red is perfect. Very vibrant (better than the red used on the Classics Inferno). And it makes a cool red and white combiner torso. The plastic also feels better on Inferno than Hot Spot and I like how they painted the light bar. It just works and it makes me enjoy the hot spot mold more than when Hot Spot was wearing it. Plus they fixed that silly knee issue Pyra and G2 Onslaught had. The red and white torso works really good with lots of different limb bots.

Transformers News: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Worth Owning or Should you Skip him?

Transformers News: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Worth Owning or Should you Skip him?

Here are more examples of the possible combined mode from the fan community.

Transformers News: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Worth Owning or Should you Skip him?

Transformers News: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Worth Owning or Should you Skip him?

So there you go, a bunch of reasons why I feel Inferno is a worthy addition to my collection. In the end I feel he has as much right to this mold as Hot Spot and simply looks just as good.


This article was last modified on Thursday, August 2nd, 2018 11:30pm CDT

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Re: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Inferno Worth Owning or Should you Skip him? (1976152)
Posted by RotorstormNZ on August 2nd, 2018 @ 11:32pm CDT
I can't help but feel there's a word missing from the article title?
Re: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Inferno Worth Owning or Should you Skip him? (1976159)
Posted by triKlops on August 2nd, 2018 @ 11:54pm CDT
RotorstormNZ wrote:I can't help but feel there's a word missing from the article title?


lol, took me a second :lol:
Re: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Inferno Worth Owning or Should you Skip him? (1976160)
Posted by Nemesis_Apoc on August 3rd, 2018 @ 12:04am CDT
Obvious Guard City homage is obvious to everyone except OP.
Re: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Inferno Worth Owning or Should you Skip him? (1976162)
Posted by Wolfman Jake on August 3rd, 2018 @ 12:07am CDT
Nice write up on Power of the Primes Inferno, BillyJim! I like him quite a bit, especially as a combiner. I really wish we would get a nice CW/PotP Deluxe Red Alert to go with him. How could they NOT be together in the same combiner team, right?

Amazon delivered (get it?) on their promise. I got Repugnus this evening! They did just drop it off in front of my apartment door, though. When they delivered Blast Off less than a week ago, they delayed delivery for a day when they couldn't get me at the door. The following day, the courier called me to confirm I was home and handed it to me personally. Weird.

I love Repugnus so far. It's nice to have another team complete now. I swapped his standard head for the Takara one that came with Brawn. I would like to actually switch the face plates so that I can have the Takara one on the new mold Hasbro Battle Beast Titan Master. While it was easy enough to remove the screw on the new Hasbro Titan Master, the Takara one is imoveable and may have stripped immediately to boot! Anyone have any suggestions on how to proceed?
Re: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Inferno Worth Owning or Should you Skip him? (1976163)
Posted by Sabrblade on August 3rd, 2018 @ 12:08am CDT
Nemesis_Apoc wrote:Obvious Guard City homage is obvious to everyone except OP.
Not when the only thing the deco of Inferno's torso mode has in common with Guard City's own torso deco is the base color being red.

Guard City's torso has a very unique deco that this Inferno torso makes no real attempt to replicate.
Re: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Inferno Worth Owning or Should you Skip him? (1976164)
Posted by Wolfman Jake on August 3rd, 2018 @ 12:16am CDT
Speaking of which, it would be fun to get official Guard City and Battle Gaia repaints at some point. Takara seems to be reissuing some of the Unite Warriors sets now, so they're clearly not finished using those molds. Here's hoping they decide to do a few more "EX" releases in the not too distant future.
Re: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Inferno Worth Owning or Should you Skip him? (1976167)
Posted by Cobotron on August 3rd, 2018 @ 1:10am CDT
I'm just glad I can finally do this!

Image

:lol: :lol: Crappy old dollar store KO Defensor!
Or, DefEYESOAR as I like to call him.

I think Inferno is great, even if just for simply being more ingredients to add to the scramble.
Re: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Inferno Worth Owning or Should you Skip him? (1976171)
Posted by Rodimus Prime on August 3rd, 2018 @ 1:54am CDT
That's a good pictorial on Hotspot/Inferno, Willy J. Makes me want to get Inferno for sure. It reminded me of the one thing I can't stand about the mold: I wish the lower legs were reversed so that the tires were on the outside and the toes pointed the other way. :lol: :lol: :lol:
Re: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Inferno Worth Owning or Should you Skip him? (1976177)
Posted by Lunatic Prime on August 3rd, 2018 @ 2:48am CDT
william_james88 wrote:Image

You know that you have to turn the combiner head a 180° for truck mode?
Re: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Inferno Worth Owning or Should you Skip him? (1976178)
Posted by Lunatic Prime on August 3rd, 2018 @ 2:48am CDT
Cobotron wrote:I'm just glad I can finally do this!

Image

:lol: :lol: Crappy old dollar store KO Defensor!
Or, DefEYESOAR as I like to call him.

I think Inferno is great, even if just for simply being more ingredients to add to the scramble.

Nice use of Groove's guns ;)
Re: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Inferno Worth Owning or Should you Skip him? (1976181)
Posted by Carnivius_Prime on August 3rd, 2018 @ 3:30am CDT
Nice photos but the toy itself is very dull and blocky in both modes. G1 Inferno had a more distinct look to him (that Grapple shared obviously) and his fire truck mode had a nice cab to it (despite the rest of the truck looking very much like folded robot). A nice up to date realistic fire truck Inferno could be nice but this ain't it. Just lazy CW mold reuse as usual.
Re: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Inferno Worth Owning or Should you Skip him? (1976182)
Posted by Lunatic Prime on August 3rd, 2018 @ 3:54am CDT
Carnivius_Prime wrote:A nice up to date realistic fire truck Inferno could be nice but this ain't it. Just lazy CW mold reuse as usual.

Definitely
They could at least have remolded the combiner's chest to fit his Enigma of combination and the Prime Masters. And to include a peg for Prime Masters in the basket of the ladder would have been cool but they hold in palce without one, as well, I guess.

*Edit: And I don't know why he's coming with Starscream's combiner feet now. Hun-Gurrr's would have looked way better at him and that way they could have reused the mold.
Re: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Inferno Worth Owning or Should you Skip him? (1976187)
Posted by Qwan on August 3rd, 2018 @ 4:15am CDT
Thanks to frequent reviewer and Seibertronian chuckdawg1999, we have a video review to share of the Prime Wars Repugnus figure, which is currently shipping out from Amazon's website. We've had in-hand images already, but an in-motion review is a new occurrence for this toy.

In addition to the usual review fare of transformation, articulation and so on, Chuck also runs through the retooling done to the figure, comparisons to Repugnus' Monsterbot colleague Grotusque, further looks at the option to swap in the Titans Return Repugnus Titan Master for the head, and more. Check out the video below, and share your thoughts on the Energon Pub Forums!

Repugnus is the second Amazon exclusive figure from the Prime Wars trilogy representing Titans Return. A heavy retool of Twinferno, it's closer in appearance to the previously released exclusive Grotusque. An interesting figure in its own right with a fun transformation, Repugnus is a solid choice.


Re: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Inferno Worth Owning or Should you Skip him? (1976188)
Posted by Lunatic Prime on August 3rd, 2018 @ 4:21am CDT
Qwan wrote:Thanks to frequent reviewer and Seibertronian chuckdawg1999, we have a video review to share of the Prime Wars Repugnus figure, which is currently shipping out from Amazon's website. We've had in-hand images already, but an in-motion review is a new occurrence for this toy.

In addition to the usual review fare of transformation, articulation and so on, Chuck also runs through the retooling done to the figure, comparisons to Repugnus' Monsterbot colleague Grotusque, further looks at the option to swap in the Titans Return Repugnus Titan Master for the head, and more. Check out the video below, and share your thoughts on the Energon Pub Forums!

Repugnus is the second Amazon exclusive figure from the Prime Wars trilogy representing Titans Return. A heavy retool of Twinferno, it's closer in appearance to the previously released exclusive Grotusque. An interesting figure in its own right with a fun transformation, Repugnus is a solid choice.



I already watched it and it's a good review.
And here's another good one from Long's Toys:

*I don't know why it's not working.
Re: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Inferno Worth Owning or Should you Skip him? (1976189)
Posted by grimdragon2001 on August 3rd, 2018 @ 4:56am CDT
i picked Inferno up with plans to get a Titanmaster adapter and use him as Cab's Transtector. may need to get 2nd one but not sure as of yet
Re: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Inferno Worth Owning or Should you Skip him? (1976202)
Posted by Autobot N on August 3rd, 2018 @ 6:12am CDT
Lunatic Prime wrote:And here's another good one from Long's Toys:

*I don't know why it's not working.
Fixed
Re: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Inferno Worth Owning or Should you Skip him? (1976203)
Posted by What's Crackin'? on August 3rd, 2018 @ 6:15am CDT
There is a lot of negativity in the comments about red Hot Spo- I mean Inferno, but I really like him. Infact, I like the look more of this guy than Hot Spot. That may have something to do with the painted hanbands, and white ladder, more silver paint, and the very unique head sculpt that doesn't look like a standard Optimus Prime head.However it would've been nice if the original mold went for a more realistic fire truck, instead of the more futuristic one. I feel like that would've fit better with the the original combiner team, and would've looked nice here. The two characters have very distinct looks, so I get the dissapointment. Maybe in the new War for Cybertron line, we'll get a more proper Inferno, if not a more Cybertronian one. Then we could get a Grapple, or is it Hoist? That G1 episode has messed me up for life.
Re: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Inferno Worth Owning or Should you Skip him? (1976210)
Posted by durroth on August 3rd, 2018 @ 7:15am CDT
do either of those repugnus reviews talk about the baffling fact they painted his face yellow? I repeat, they *painted his face yellow*
Re: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Inferno Worth Owning or Should you Skip him? (1976212)
Posted by Lunatic Prime on August 3rd, 2018 @ 7:28am CDT
durroth wrote:do either of those repugnus reviews talk about the baffling fact they painted his face yellow? I repeat, they *painted his face yellow*

Maybe :HASBRO: noticed that yellow plastic would hide all the details. You can compare :HASBRO: Titan Master Repugnus with :TAKARATOMY: Headmaster Repugnus. There you can see the exact difference ;)
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Re: Is Transformers Power of the Primes Inferno Worth Owning or Should you Skip him? (1976214)
Posted by dflash on August 3rd, 2018 @ 7:36am CDT
I would have liked it if they had done him in orange and replaced the ladder with a crane to make a Grapple. It would have given collectors more of a reason to buy it instead of releasing this mold as just another fire truck. It would also have looked good with Combiner Wars Wreck-gar as the chest armor.

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