Before we plunge into the Power of the Primes, we’re taking a look at the last of the Titan Masters released for the line. Charging into battle, here comes Ramhorn!
Ramhorn is the sole new figure from Titans Return Titan Masters Wave 5. He’s a remold of Shuffler that closely homages Generation 1 Ramhorn, with the head and part of the body retooled to finish the look, as well as a new faceplate on the Titan Master. This means that the figure at its core is every bit as good as Shuffler. The rhino mode is nice and solid, and has a more powerful build than the original Ramhorn which looks quite nice. Tank mode is similar to Shuffler, with the exception that where Shuffler had his snout double as a turret, Ramhorn has the rhino head open into what I think is meant to be a battering ram, and I feel it doesn’t work as well overall. The weapon mode is the same solid missile pod design that Shuffler used, while the Titan Master in head mode utilises an unused 1987 Headmaster Warrior concept which was based on a rhino. That’s a nice touch, and the head design itself is a very good look – more the pity that there aren’t too many bodies it could go on and look like a natural fit, really.
Read on for a few pics of this toy – or check out the gallery for the full 75+ images of this fun rhinobot.
Titans Return Ramhorn Rhino Mode
I feel the retooling from Shuffler worked really well. Only the head and the shoulders were redone, but it is very effective at recalling the look of the original Ramhorn.
Titans Return Ramhorn Tank Mode
This mode I’m less impressed by. Where Shuffler’s snout made a good cannon, Ramhorn’s head as a battering ram still looks a lot like a rhino head.
Titans Return Ramhorn Titan Master
Not much to say here. It’s a humanoid with rhino features. Looks decent and makes good use of limited paint apps to get away with a single-color body.
Titans Return Ramhorn attached to Titans Return Perceptor
This combination was inspired by how the Japanese release of Perceptor came with Ramhorn. Worth also pointing out here that the Ramhorn head is based on a concept developed back in 1987 for the individual Headmaster figures assortment that gave us the original Generation 1 Shuffler. It’s a nicely designed little head with a good amount of personality.
Titans Return Ramhorn and Shuffler attached to Siege on Cybertron Tidal Wave
For those curious, here is what the Broadside / Tidal Wave mold looks like with double missile pods on the shoulders.
Titans Return Ramhorn with Generation 1 Ramhorn
Seeing the two side by side is a good way to appreciate how nice a homage Titans Return Ramhorn is. Sure, his rocket pods are now at the front rather than at the back, but the overall effect nails the look of the character.
Titans Return Blaster with his minions – Stripes, Rewind, Ramhorn, and Sawback aka Steeljaw
Titans Return did well giving us Blaster and a near full set of his various cassettes. Yeah, two of them aren’t cassettes now, Eject lost his spot to a tiger, and Sawback isn’t a full on Steeljaw, but they make a nice set.