Pyra Magna is a remold of Hot Spot, and thanks to her predominantly red deco, it means we’ve got ourselves a red fire engine! Her remolding gives her a new chest, new hands, and new head, plus the remolded Victorion chest means Pyra has a different design on her ladder, which helps to give the vehicle mode a slightly different look. The solid design, great sculpting, and reuse of a good mold means Pyra is my personal favorite of the Torchbearers. She’s not flawless, though – there’s the widely-documented assembly issue with the tabs on her leg hinges that, without modification, stop you from transforming her robot mode legs properly. I also found one of her legs would not lock in properly for Victorion mode – so one leg was always popping out when I picked up Victorion.
Rust Dust meanwhile is a straight redeco of Legends Groove, and done mainly in mint green and black, which is a very dynamic and eye-catching deco. I would have loved a new head here, and even more, a weapon – given how Victorion’s other five bots got new weapons, it is a real pity Hasbro couldn’t have worked in one more piece on the sword and given Rust Dust a weapon too. Also, watch this one for paint chipping – her arms including the tabs for Victorion chest mode are painted, and I found this paint chipped after spending some time with her in chest mode. These issues and her not attaching well to the combiner mode chest aside, Rust Dust is an inoffensive bonus figure for the set, though not the main attraction.
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