The original Decepticon Pretenders always stood ahead of their Autobot counterparts, in our view. Humans in spacesuits? Cool. Big freaky monsters? Cooler by a country mile. While the Prime Masters have done a lot for these designs, the likes of Skullgrin still stand out in a crowd. Here, Skullgrin’s design looks more like a mechanical version of his original design, but has lots of good callbacks to the original look, making him a good balance of old and modern looks. The inner Liege Maximo robot looking like the original Skullgrin’s inner bot is icing on the cake. As with the majority of the Primes Masters, the weapon mode is a little weak, but for Skullgrin at least there’s some innovation – it’s not another blaster.
Check out the gallery below to see what you think:
Power of the Primes Skullgrin and Liege Maximo
The set does a fantastic job of evoking the original Skullgrin, and pairing him with Liego Maximo – a villain known for sporting horns – makes absolute sense. If you’re not a fan of that, well, the whole package is a spot-on homage of the original.
Power of the Primes Skullgrin wielded by Generations Skullgrin
Bit of random fun here. The 2010 Generations Skullgrin figure doesn’t hold the modern Skullgrin 100% perfectly, but it’s serviceable.
Fun fact: when I bought Generations Skullgrin, it was with the thought, “well, we’re never going to see Hasbro give us another Skullgrin”. How far we’ve come in eight years!
Generation 1 Skullgrin with Power of the Primes Skullgrin
Here’s the original with the modern iteration. You can see how the rounded edges of the original have been changed to harder edges on the new version, with the rhino hide skin looking more like machine parts. Plus, visible abs on the chest. He’s been hitting the same gym as Metalhawk.