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  1. Tis' the season for transforming robots and Optimus Prime has answered the call! With a new licensed Volvo truck cab, Holiday Prime has a lot to offer, transformation is fun and intuitive with a festive paint scheme that really looks fun. While the trailer is a little plain it doesn't take much to spice it up and make a festive Christmas display. The price might be a little steep now but isn't that what post-holiday sales are for?
  2. Dead End is one of those figures where the preview pictures really didn't do it any favors. The feet aren't that bad and the transformation is far more involved than any of the other Stunticons without being difficult. For those reasons as well as the nice car mode I feel Dead End is the best of the Stunticons. While some people have had problems with the rear end coming together properly I think I figured out what was going on and show how to avoid problems. Obviously, if you're looking to complete Menasor then buying Dead End is a must, but if you're not really into the new look for Menasor and the Stunticons but want a fun figure to transform and fool around with, check out Dead End, you just might like it.
  3. For the ROYALTY! Legacy Inferno from Beast Wars is a fun figure. I appreciate the opening mouth which makes the figure more expressive. Transformation is rather simple and straightforward, but the ant legs can be a pain to move out of the way. This was worth the wait to complete the season one cast of the Beast Wars show.
  4. When SS86 Perceptor was revealed I think it was a foregone conclusion that Magnificus would come sooner or later. The man in black features a head that is based on Perceptors original toy head, which was also used on the Diaclone release back in the day. The biggest part of this release was being able to experience Hasbro's new insert tray that's supposed to be eco-friendly. For fans of the Japanese exclusive, this is a must-have release.
  5. Skullgrin was the inspiration for this new series if you want to see more speak up!
  6. This is just a simple video showing you how to transform the figure, hope it helps!
  7. Hot Rod surprised me with how little kibble there is in robot mode. The foot transformation is exciting, with how it becomes the rear vents and spoiler in car mode, which is usually done with a panel. If you're a fan of The Last Knight and the Hot Rod design then I feel this is the figure you've been waiting for.
  8. Love one another, that is the greatest commandment. RIP Jason David Frank.
  9. I was surprised by how much is new with K-9, a retool of Wolfang, and I was surprised to see it show up on Hasbro Pulse before it was found at Walmart proper. The figure is really nice and at least on my copy is a bit more stable. While it's a tough choice between Wolfang and K-9 if you had to pick one go with K-9.
  10. Although we're well into being 36 years removed from The Transformers: The Movie, the Studio Series 86 line is still going strong. Rumble is a fantastic representation of Soundwave's minion and this is by far better than the Siege version that we got a few years ago. Due to Rumble's small size, we're able to have its piledrivers included, a nice touch for a Generations release. I'm really impressed by the cassette mode, it's smooth and complete on all sides, fitting easily into the chest of any version of Soundwave that's compatible. Hopefully, this means more cassettes are on the way in the SS86 line.
  11. Let's be honest, most people are going to buy SG Soundwave because right now it's the cheapest, and easiest way to get the Earthrise Soundwave mold, the retool of Siege Soundwave into an 80s-style Micro Cassette player. Don't sell SG Soundwave short though, with a new head and a minimalist but sharp paint scheme there's a lot this figure has to offer those of us who already have the elusive Walmart exclusive Soundwave. While the price is a little high, it's still cheaper than what the other Soundwave goes for on eBay.
  12. It's nice to see an update to the classic Targetmasters of old, especially when they include their partners. Pointblank is a surprisingly complex deluxe figure whose transformation results in a very, very clean car mode that at first glance doesn't reveal robot kibble; one of the benefits of being a futuristic car. Peacemaker is a very simple partner with only two points of transformation, then again I'm just glad it wasn't another reuse of a Weaponizer. I definitely recommend Pointblank as it's nice to see later G1 represented.
  13. There's a lot going on here with Skullgrin, not all of it is good. The figure looks nice if not a little small, that might be due to the overly large head that looks really good. Unfortunately, the head is marred by rubber tusks that due to shipping, will probably be warped and falling off the figure out of the package. Transformation is surprisingly involved, just don't trust the instructions completely as there are a couple of unclear bits. One thing I really like is the modular play factor between the gun swords and the back cannons, yes the gun swords come warped and frankly, I don't understand why since they're packaged in tissue paper under the tray. Skullgrin is very good but it's the issues with the soft rubber tusks that make it very hard for me to recommend a purchase.
  14. One of the goals of Legacy is to encompass all points from the history of Transformers. Armada Starscream is a faithful update to the original figure, much better than what we got from the Thrilling 30s deluxe version. Transformation is rather faithful to the original Armada mold with a few new touches, like the panels that lock the legs together, which make the toy feel new. Armada fans, this is the Starscream you've been waiting for.
  15. I didn't think I was going to like Crosshairs, especially as I was struggling to get the figure out of the box and properly transformed. I was surprised that the figure isn't half bad, yes there's a huge backpack but there's a point to it, whether the point is functional is up to you. Transformation is smooth and fairly intuitive with all the panels coming together nicely in car mode. If you've been waiting for an update to Crosshairs this just might be the figure for you.
  16. This is a good mold that I'm sure you'll all enjoy in a couple of waves when it's released as Bumblebee. If you like your Camaros in pink then pick it up now, otherwise, wait.
  17. Once again Hasbro finds a way to bring us two legendary characters in the Transformers Universe. Orion Pax again uses a mold originally used by Kup, this time from the Studio Series 86 line, and with a generous amount of retooling giving us our best representation of Orion Pax yet. Alpha Trion is a surprisingly heavy retool of the Studio Series 86 Scourge mold, again giving us our best Alpha Trion figure. The inclusion of Vector Sigma is a really nice touch. If you can find this set at retail then it's definitely worth the purchase.
  18. While these are nice sets and I enjoy the larger transforming vehicles, the complexity of getting parts to move on most of the Bot Bots makes it very hard for me to recommend them for smaller hands. Of the two I prefer the Outta Controller set more, just have a spudger handy.
  19. I knew what we were getting from the promotional pics of Crankcase, but having the figure in hand still leaves me feeling a little flat. Crankcase is a retool of the Legacy Skids mold and that's where most of my issues lie. The retooling that was done to the Skids mold to make it look less like a Honda City and more like a Humvee makes the robot mode a bit fiddly, I just don't feel the back and torso ever lock in properly. This isn't a bad toy, but I'd say it's not the first one of the wave you should run out and buy.
  20. The Shattered Glass Slicer figure is excellent. The color scheme and possibly new weapons make me appreciate the mold more. The included repaint of Fasttrack as Exo Suit is a really nice touch. What isn't a nice touch is the price. There's no deal here and that's disappointing, especially when it's apparent Hasbro is saving quite a bit on the packaging. For as much as I like this set, I can only recommend it for those who are completing the Shattered Glass line or are die-hard Slicer fans.
  21. Just when I thought the UnitRoborn line couldn't get stranger, Bandai releases a Penguin that combines with a camera and a fluffy stack of pancakes that combines with a dump truck. I never thought I would ever type those words. That's part of the fun of Unit Robo figures, the crazy combinations that make cool-looking robots. As I always say, these toys are all about the gimmick, don't expect deep conversions or earth-shattering articulation. They're fun, and sometimes that's good enough.
  22. Ironhide is a good figure that unfortunately has a few issues with it. Transformation is involved without being overly complex. The figure has some heft to it, something that is missing from other voyagers such as Override. Unfortunately, the heft doesn't add up to size as Ironhide is smaller than some deluxe figures available on the market now. Also, there is a great use of clear plastic in load bearing and joint areas that leads to it being not a question of if, but when the toy breaks. While I enjoy the figure it is not one that should be handled often.
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