It’s time for another roundup of Lorcan’s transformer purchases
I got a stupidly cheap Generations Nightbeat while grabbing a few bits from Big Bad Toy Store recently. I’d not gotten an interation of the mold before and it’s OK I guess. I can see why people talked about the mold degrading quickly - there’s a lot of loose joints, and the legs don’t line up properly in car mode, but there’s a fair bit to like here too - the weapons look cool in their combined mode, really nice head sculpt, and I quite like the colours. Though the art for the pack-in comic suggests that he was going to be a RtS Jazz redeco originally, and that would have been killer. Still, cheaper than my original plan to buy Chromedome or Getaway, repaint, and use the Nightbeat head from Legends Rewind.
Also in the bought cheap from BBTS category is Titans Return Bumblebee, who’s a surprisingly decent figure. Fun little car mode, a transformation that’s sorta fiddly to line up but looks great when you’re done, and a nicely poseable robot mode too. I liked it so much I went out and bought
ChaseRoadburn at full price!
The last BBTS purchase was Titans Return Brainstorm. I wasn’t willing to pay local grey market prices for the legends one, he wasn’t making it to retail here, so sod it. And yeah, he’s a Blurr redeco, but he works a lot better than he should. I only wish there was a bit of tooling to allow the nosecone/shield to attach to the back with the guns pointing upwards to properly mimic the MTMTE design.
GetBreakaway is Chromedome’s body and guns, and a different head. So the good is that the base toy is really cool, and I don’t think the complaints of the lack of paint aps are necessarily valid - but there’s no paint for the eyes? Eh, I’m totes going to break out the blue paint for that one.
Hot Rod is another good not great. Decent robot mode, decent car mode, but less than the sum of his parts, I think. If I’d known about PotP Rodimus before buying him, I might have passed, or gotten the Targetmaster one.
Triggerhappy is another highlight figure from the line. Gorgeous fighter mode, incredible robot mode, the colours are fantastic. My only regret is not knowing about the Targetmaster version was coming from Japan, otherwise I would have gotten him instead (and have Misfire and Slugslinger on pre-order from HLJ)
DoublecrossTwinferno is another fun one. Could be a bit more poseable in either mode, could have a smoother transform, but he looks cool, I like the weapons (better than the Japanese Targetmaster), and his head being a Battle Beast is cool.
Topspin is another line highlight. He looks amazing, with a lovely bulk to the figure that’s deceptive for a Deluxe. The way the legs collapse for the transformation is awesome, and as a fan of the Wreckers since childhood I’m very happy for a chance to finish the set off, speaking of which…
Broadside is, as standard for Titans Return triple-changers two good modes - robot and ship - and one naff one - aircraft. Though there’s a less shit fan-made aircraft mode, still not official. The robot mode has a really nice bulk to it that fits into the contemporary portrayal of the character in the comics, and there’s some nice detail touches. But there’s a lot of silver foil stickers providing detail for the desk in ship mode that are peeling on mine already. I might get reprolabels or just paint the plastic…