San Diego Comic Con has come and gone and today we begin our looks at some of the exclusives from the show. One of the last to be revealed and biggest sets this year was the IDW Revolution box set. Featuring figures representing many of the Hasbro-verse properties seen in the books, we got a mix of Transformers, G.I. Joe, MASK, Visionaries, Micronauts, Action Man and ROM. The 3.75 figures all use G.I. Joe modern era base bodies with some having additional molding applied. Roadblock was a previously unreleased figure that Renegades fans will dig. The Micronauts get mini static figures reminiscent of Micro Machines. And Jetfire is a reissue of the thrilling 30 leader class figure closer to the Japanese colors. All in all it’s a solid box set especially for those that collect multiple lines.
We’ve got another great new gallery to share with you – a look at the second of the two Million Publishing Generations 2014 mail-in exclusives. Yes folks, this time we are taking a look at the Million Publishing exclusive Generations Goshooter!
Goshooter, or Go Shuta, was a human ally of the Autobots in the 1988 Japanese series Masterforce, and the son of the late Professor Go who was slain by the Decepticons early in the series. Taken in by the Autobot Pretenders, Shuta was eventually given the ability to become a Headmaster, and a patrol car to merge with to form his Transformer body, Goshooter!
Generations Goshooter is not a Headmaster – rather, he is an excellently executed redeco of Generations Nightbeart, the winner of a poll of ten possible redecos for the second Generations 2014 exclusive. Other than the lack of a lightbar, Goshooter looks exactly as he should compared to his Generation 1 counterpart, right down to the police badges on his car doors and hood. In lieu of a Headmaster, his partner Go Shuta is represented as a Targetmaster partner – a redeco of Blazemaster, who was included with the 2013 Legends Bumblebee figure. Go Shuta is equally well done, with a great deco that gives him a show accurate look – plus the gun really works on Goshooter. Overall, this is one of my favorite exclusive redecos to have come out over the last few years, and also my favorite version of this mold.
Check out the gallery to see for yourself:
TFW’s Transformers galleries updates return with a look at something cool, exclusive, and Japanese! The Million Publishing Transformers Generations books have had one or more volumes released over the last few years, and the majority are accompanied by a mail-in exclusive toy, and today, we’re taking a look at one of the Generations 2014 mail-in exclusives – here to share with you, a look at Generations Shouki!
For those not familiar with the name, Shouki was a character from the 1987 Japanese exclusive series, The Headmasters. He was a part of the Autobot combiner team, the Trainbots, and transformed into a bullet train. This Classics update of Shouki recreates that alternate mode – sans combination – using the Classics Astrotrain mold as a base. As with many of Takara’s exclusives, the deco looks amazing, from the gradient on the side panels to the detail on the chest. Astrotrain’s shuttle mode is explained away as Shouki going on an infiltration mission, masquerading as the Decepticon shuttle Thunder Arrow (better known in the west as Skystalker’s shuttle).
Shouki also comes with a bonus Mini-con partner figure, who represents human ally Daniel Witwicky in a special exosuit that resembles Skystalker. This is a nice add-on, as Daniel can attach to Shouki’s train mode to form a pantograph, to pick up electricity for the train mode from overhead lines (what this would do to Daniel is best left to the imagination). Daniel can also turn into a bow for Shouki to use in robot mode, which is a cool extra, though Daniel does not attach to Shouki’s arm all that well (the arm guards / shuttle nose gets in the way) and the weight also tends to pull the ball-jointed shoulders down. It is a pity, because the effect does look good once posed.
Overall, Shouki is a nice package. While the extreme obscurity of the character will doubtless prove to be a barrier to many, it is a phenomenally nice deco which cleverly integrates the shuttle mode, and the inclusion of a Mini-con, while not perfect, is a nice addition. Check out the full gallery, linked below:
We’ve got another great new Generations toy gallery to share with you. This time out, we have a gallery of a Headmaster and the Lost Light’s mad scientist in residence – Brainstorm!
Generations Brainstorm does a grand job of updating the chunky original Generation 1 Brainstorm and his boxy proportions with a more modern and decidedly less boxy appearance, based on the More than Meets the Eye comic. It gives Brainstorm a very striking silhouette – this toy looks extremely good in both modes!
Brainstorm is also fun to fiddle with. As with most modern toys, he lacks waist articulation, and his wrists do not rotate, but everything else is there – including ball-jointed head articulation, which is cleverly incorporated into the Headmaster gimmick. Arcana has limited articulation when he’s not being Brainstorm’s noggin, with just his arms and head (!) being poseable. One word of warning – watch the blue-green paint on Arcana’s legs, it seems to chip very easily.
Overall, Brainstorm looks great and is fun to play with. He’s one of the most dynamic looking Voyagers to come out what has been an excellent year for the size class, capturing the spirit of the character extremely well and generally being a good, fun toy. Be a smart robin and check out the gallery to see for yourself:
For our next gallery we present the other new addition in the next Generations Deluxe class assortment, Generations Chromia!
Chromia was one of the original female Autobots, introduced in the 1985 episode “The Search for Alpha Trion” along with Firestar, Moonracer, and Elita One. She’s more recently received a new, updated design as one of the three female Transformers added to the IDW comics universe alongside Windblade and Nautica. This toy represents that new, updated design – but at the same time it does a good job of homaging the original Chromia. What it means for collectors is we get another female Autobot for our shelves!
The Chromia toy is a pretty cool bit of mold reuse on Hasbro’s part. The basic transformation along with the torso, shoulders, hands, and parts of the legs are recycled from the Transformers Prime mainline Arcee toy – but the rest of the toy is completely reworked to the extent that Chromia is barely recognizable from Prime Arcee, unless you stand them next to each other. Chromia keeps all the good stuff from the Arcee mold she is based on – poseability and balance are great, with only the shoulders occasionally being obstructed. Chromia is fairly light on accessories with just the one weapon, but she makes up for it by looking great and having a particularly cool alternate mode. She’s worth taking a look at if you want another addition to your IDW Transformers characters shelves – check out our gallery and see for yourself.
Now we have something very special to share with you. A gallery of a toy who has been 28 years in the making. After so many years since her debut, we bring you this gallery of Hasbro’s Transformers Generations Arcee!
Arcee is here a faithful recreation of her original Generation 1 design, as seen in 1986’s Transformers the Movie. Everything about her design is directly inspired from how Arcee looked in the original animated movie – from the high-tech pink coupe alternate mode, to the slender build of her robot mode with the front wheel arches on the shoulders.
The look of the figure is spot on. The articulation is decent, although the legs do feel a little restricted by the design of the hips. Arcee is surprisingly good at balancing, considering the small feet and the amount of bulk on her backpack. The backpack is one of the negatives of this figure – owing to the source design, Hasbro has pretty much the entire alternate mode fold up on to the back. It tucks in well, and helps to get that nice, streamlined robot mode down pat, but if you don’t like this kind of transformation, Arcee won’t thrill you.
Arcee comes with an arsenal of accessories – two blasters which stow in alternate mode, and holster on the hips of the robot mode. Both are based on guns Arcee had used in the run of the Generation 1 cartoons she appeared in. Arcee also has a pair of swords, jointly inspired by her Animated toy and her current comic persona. These swords can be held as normal swords, or held as “gunblades” as well as mounted on the forearms, so there’s a decent number of display options for them.
All in all, this Arcee toy is the Arcee toy we’ve been waiting for – a nice, faithful representation of the design from the show. She’s not perfect, but she fills that Arcee shaped gap in our collections perfectly. Check out our gallery for over 150 pictures of this little lady:
For our next gallery, it’s time to bring on the big guy! Generations Jetfire is this year’s high-end offering in the Generations line, and like Metroplex before him, he stands as a testament to how Hasbro genuinely does care about the fans.
Generations Jetfire is a very faithful update of the original Jetfire / Skyfire from Generation 1. He blends in elements of the original toy with the non-Robotech infringing animation model, effectively transforming from a very Generation 1 fighter jet to a very sharp version of the robot mode from the cartoon. He’s a big and chunky toy, with great poseability. For accessories, Jetfire has a missile launching rifle plus detachable armor and boosters (none of which needs to come off for transformation – a great touch). He’s also got a visor which can be removed to reveal the original head from the animation model – and when that visor is on, it lines up perfectly with the robot eyes underneath.
All in all, this Generations Jetfire is a great toy who makes a fantastic 30th birthday present to Transformers fans. He is for the moment the definitive version of Jetfire which for us hits all the right notes. Greatly recommended – check out our gallery of almost 200 pictures and see for yourself:
Next up we’ve got a look at one of the Legends class Generations toys who’ve yet to hit shelves – it’s Autobot Gears with Autobot Eclipse! This duo are a part of a Legends assortment which by all rights should be out right now – the following wave, with Cliffjumper, is already at US retail, so who knows when these two might make their appearance?
Gears is, simply put, fantastic. We’ve been waiting a good long while for an updated, Classics-style Gears to round out the original six Minibots (if you count Botcon 2007 Huffer – if not, rumor goes there’s a new one of him coming too…) . Like the Generation 1 toy, this new Gears shares a mold with Swerve. The truck mode is spot-on to Gears, with the robot mode only lacking a little red on the flat panel behind the head and the cheeks to really seal the deal. Like Swerve he’s got decent articulation, serviceable but not mind-blowing, and no head articulation sadly. Eclipse, an update of Micromaster Eagle Eye, is a cool little addition and as with Flanker, who came with Swerve, he makes a great gun for his partner robot.
Together these two make a great set, and will be worth tracking down, as and when they make an appearance at retail. Check out our gallery and see what you think:
Rounding out our look at the current crop of Generations Deluxes, here’s Crosscut! Crosscut is another character who did not previously exist in the established lore – he’s based on the alternate Diaclone version of Skids whose sole Transformers release before this toy was as an E-Hobby exclusive, which is where this character’s bio comes from.
As a toy, we’re happy to report that Crosscut appears to not suffer from the hip-related issues that dragged Skids down. The new head tooling is pretty sharp and accurately captures the look of the original Diaclone head, and the use of metallic red paint on the toy is a nice surprise. Functionally, this is the same toy as Skids though, so all that was good and bad about Skids other than the aforementioned hips is present here.
All in all, a nice homage to the pre-Transformers origins of the brand, and a good addition to any Generations or Classics shelf. Check out our gallery at the link below to see what you think:
For our next gallery, we’re showcasing Generations Nightbeat! The Autobot sleuth makes his debut in the Generations line as a retooled Generations Bumblebee, sporting a new head and a cool blue deco.
While Nightbeat does not do anything to address the issues we have with this mold, he does bring out the very best in it. The new head and the deco really set the toy apart from the previous Bumblebee and Goldbug versions of the mold. Plus, if you want to distinguish him still further, you can use the alternate robot mode transformation Million Publishing showed off for their GoShooter which gives a more Generation 1 look, as well as evoking the feel of a trenchcoat – perfect for a gumshoe like Nightbeat.
Check out our gallery and see what you think of this new classics-style Autobot detective: