Next up, we’re rounding off our coverage of the Takara-Tomy releases of the Transformers Legends Headmasters with the Decepticon hypnotist, Mindwipe!
Mindwipe has perhaps one of the most creative transformations to come out of the line in recent times. His bat wings neatly fold up to make his legs, while a set of smaller wings create the illusion that his wings have just “shrunk” for the robot mode. It’s a great and creative touch, one that makes for a slimmer robot profile than the Generation 1 toy, who I always felt was a little boxy. It’s also one of three Deluxes within the Titans Return line who we feel have really raised the bar on how creatively these toys can change between modes (Triggerhappy and Topspin are the other two). Takara’s release sports a dramatically different paint job to Hasbro’s version, with a deco based on the Headmasters cartoon version / toy complete with purple arms and red bat wings. The head is also redone to reflect Mindwipe’s high cheekbones and long chin from the Headmasters animation. As usual, it depends on how you feel about Mindwipe if you feel this one or the Hasbro version are the better looking – but however you color it, and whatever head you put on it, it remains a cool toy.