You know Springer, and you know Sandstorm – but what of the third, less appreciated member of the Autobot triple changers? We’re back with a brand new gallery, and we’re giving some love to the Autobot triple changer who has finally got an updated toy: Broadside.
The original Broadside was always the odd man of the triple changer Autobots, with the weakest toy. Having a boat mode has also meant he’s had far fewer opportunities to get any sort of homage, since Hasbro generally shies away from more than one or two nautical Transformers at a time – and even then, the boats often end up as speedboats or hovercrafts, not the aircraft carrier Broadside is known for. But now, Broadside has arrived, and is he worth the wait? Well, yes, and no. The jet mode on this new Broadside is by far his weakest mode, thanks to the way the legs arrange and the gap between them. We found it easier to accept, though, if we considered it as a flying fortress, rather than a standard supersonic jet. There’s also fan transformations where that fails, which result in a mode Generation 1 looking aircraft. The aircraft carrier mode is utterly lovely, complimented well by the bonus mini-Aerialbot accessories. The robot mode is undeniably Broadside, and carries the look off well, though we found him a little back-heavy in some poses.
Overall, Broadside is not the best Voyager in the Titans Return line, but he is a worthy update of the original toy and a nice way for Hasbro to round out the updates to the six original triple changer Transformers we’ve been getting since Springer arrived back in 2013.