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Everything posted by chuckdawg1999

  1. At first, I was going to say that Nightbird was the worst of the figures I've reviewed, but after spending some time with it while I still have issues I can appreciate what the designers were going for. While not the strongest figure of the set, buying Nightbird as part of the set might take some of the edge off and make up for a few questionable design decisions.
  2. Cheetor is a fantastic figure and I really feel this is the version of the character that should've been released in the Kingdom line. Transformation is simple but more involved than you might think, I really like the folding arm panels that try to cover the robot kibble. Of the deluxe figures I've experienced in this line thus far I think Cheetor is the best.
  3. Wheeljack should be a great figure. Unfortunately, the use of clear plastic in a very tight space to hold the feet ultimately ruins the figure. The sculpt is great, I really like the curve to the legs that allow the van mode to have that classic look, and aids in a natural A-stance in robot mode. Transformation is fun and the result is a very secure vehicle mode, but getting back to robot mode will eventually lead to breakage. If you really want this version of Wheeljack the Jungle Mission three pack is the best option as you'll save a few bucks off the cost of the figure.
  4. I have a real sampling of figures today from the Beast Alliance subline of Rise of the Beasts. Battle Changer Optimus Prime is the simplest fully transforming figure in the line, while Cheetor and Rhinox transform from beast modes to cool weapons to use with other figures in the line. These are fun and worth a purchase.
  5. Well, this is something new. Hasbro continues to innovate, for better or worse, the simplified one-step conversion with the new Flex Changers. Transformation revolves around rubber bands that connect the panels that have to move for transformation. In the case of Nightbird, you end up almost turning the figure inside out. Unfortunately this new design results in no articulation whatsoever, but the tactile feel of transforming Nightbird back and forth more than makes up for it.
  6. With a new movie line, there's usually some role-play product that ties in. once again Hasbro uses their Nerf brand to bring us an Optimus Prime figure that transforms into a fun blaster. Transformation is actually surprisingly involved, especially in the arms which I appreciate, moving beyond a simple one-step or flip-change transformation. While not for most collectors, if you're looking for something fun for an office battle this fits the bill nicely.
  7. When we first got a look at Scourge, the main villain in Rise of the Beasts, I was intrigued by how Hasbro would be able to pull off the character in toy form. Well, the SS series figure, which due to delays is our first look at Scourge in toy form, is really, really good. Transformation is surprisingly simple but results in a solid vehicle mode. I was really surprised by how cool Scourge is, I just hope the character is just as good in the film.
  8. If there's one gimmick in the ROTB main toyline that will attract collectors it's the Beast Weaponizers, small robotic animals that turn into weapons like blasters, swords, crossbows, and chainsaws; the last two are featured here with Optimus Primal and Optimus Prime. Both Primal and Prime are basic figures but feature more articulation than the Beast Combiner figures, which makes them a bit more fun. The Weaponizers remind me of the Arms Micron era of Transformers and complement the larger robots well. Between the two I feel Optimus Prime is better due to having more articulation and a more pronounced alternate mode.
  9. Finally, we have some official, non-side-released, Rise of the Beasts toys to check out. Beast Combiner Optimus Primal with Skullcruncher is a fun toy, borrowing heavily from the Spark Armor concept from Cyberverse while bringing something new to the table. You really have to like the wink and a nod homage to the very first Beast Wars release from back in the day. While targeted towards younger fans, there's more than a little here for older fans as well.
  10. After cancelations, push-ups, more delays, and one significant push-up; here's Flip Change Bumblebee.
  11. Origins Jazz is a FANTASTIC figure and a great addition to the Origins subline, of a subline, of a subline. When Hasbro does good, Hasbro does good.
  12. Ever since the Bravo Class Starscream release, I was curious about how an Alpha Class version of the toy would come out. While I appreciate the extra articulation, the figure is shaky from the waist down and doesn't feel as fun as Megatron of Soundwave. With that said I do think younger hands will enjoy the figure and it does give us a nice G1/Cyberverse hybrid.
  13. Even though the Authentics line is fairly simple and straightforward, Optimus Primal is really, really good. If you ever transformed an Optimus Primal toy, you know what to expect.
  14. This is the best Studio Series Bumblebee figure I've ever handled, period.
  15. The Junkion Weaponizers are a fun concept but I think they needed a second pass on the perfect transformation. Scraphook is the overall best and holds together well in truck mode. Crashbar has better accessories but the bike mode isn't as solid as I would like.
  16. Prowl is the result of Hasbro listening to fan concerns about making characters from Animated to G1, whether or not that worked out will be up to you. What I can tell you is that the robot mode looks good and is fun to handle. What isn't fun is the transformation, which is a little fiddly when finishing off the motorcycle mode. We do end up with a solid cycle, but I'm not sure if it's worth the work. Hopefully, Animated fans will be happy with this interpretation of Prowl.
  17. I'm thrilled to see Hasbro trying to celebrate the original Transformers movie as much as they can and with this new Retro line exclusive to Walmart I think they might have hit upon something that could be pretty interesting. Starscream not only comes with prepainted details and a fully painted face, but for the first time, I can remember in the US an animation-accurate deco to the movie! Those who aren't as familiar with the G1 style might find the number of parts forming bad, and I did have a few QC issues related to Megatron's pistol, but overall I really enjoy this set.
  18. Remember Kingdom Airazor? Did you wish it was bigger and looked more like a steampunk bird? Let me introduce to you ROTB Airazor! Bigger with a few new parts and detailing, ROTB Airazor looks really good and makes me curious to see how it'll be used in the new film. Not much to say since it's basically the same figure but if you're a diehard Airazor fan, this figure is for you!
  19. I wasn't expecting to like ROTB Cheetor, but I was pleasantly surprised by a simple transformation that's still fun, and a very clean Cheetah and robot mode. From what has been shown in trailers the paint deco is fairly accurate to the movie, now we wait to see how much screen time this big cat gets.
  20. Well, this is an interesting little guy! While I'm not sure how it'll be handled in the film, Freezer has three weapon modes, including one that combines with the soon-to-be-released-not-sure-when Leader Class Scourge. Out of the three, I think the hand-held rifle is my favorite as I see it as the most useful. The robot mode is interesting but the loose joints and oddly molded legs make it hard to hold a pose. I recommend it just for the weapon modes alone.
  21. Core Class Arcee is a great figure. I'm amazed how much detail Hasbro could pack into such a small figure. Transformation is simple but satisfying, it's nice to see the arms properly transformed unlike in the preview pics. I'm curious how they could refine this transformation at a larger scale if at all. Arcee is definitely worth the purchase.
  22. Flip Changers is a bit of a misnomer, I think tap and change describes better the technique needed to transform these figures. Swindle borrows a few design cues from its Combiner Wars figure with a softer pastel color pallet. Soundwave's design borrows more from the 2015 RID cartoon and the Prime-era Stealth Jet. As with previous one-step changes these make for great desk toys, but please, don't throw them in the air.
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