Ironhide is one of my favourite characters from Transformers. In the movie, he had a couple of cool lines and of course, the ‘helix jump’ while shooting at decepticons (was it Brawl or Blackout?) I like the fact that he keeps his guns on the ready and his alt mode looks good too (the all black topkick (?) truck / SUV). I didn’t really like the look Voyager class at the time, and there was no deluxe either. This Ironhide is red in colour, a tribute/ homage to his colour from the ol’transformers days. On to the review…
Ironhide is a GMC Topkick Truck. In the legend class, you can see his guns and his arms on the flatbed part of the truck. There’s a scoop’ on the underbelly that’s part of the bot mode but looks weird in the alt mode. Can’t complain much about the alt mode given that its legend class.
Being legend class, its easy enough. Most (if not all) of Ironhide’s articulation is thanks to the transformation joints.
Ironhide stands tall and wide in his bot mode, guns at the ready. However, thanks to the lack of articulation, there’s pretty much nothing he can do except stand there. The eyes are painted a nice blue. Thanks to the dark plastic for the face, the detailing is lost, not that its visible given the size of the head.
This Ironhide comes with his Movie mold and G1 colours. This attempt to straddle both worlds might not work for all, but I was looking to add an Ironhide to my collection and this legend class seemed the only one that fitted in at the time (The deluxe wasn’t out then) I’d probably still hesitate to get the deluxe because of the scale issue with the other carformers. Scale, of course, does not apply to legend class 🙂
Name: Skids and Mudflap – Ice cream truck version (Autobots)
Series: Transformers Revenge of the Fallen (Deluxe class)
Price: Rs 499
Skids and Mudflap are the 2 idiots from the ROTF movie. And while the 3 idiots at least have some redeeming qualities, these 2 have none. I really have no idea why they were made to look like that or even behave like that (its their behaviour that sooooo irritating), so much so that even though I’d have loved to have got a hatchback car to the collection (their other deluxe alt modes), I have skipped them entirely. The only thing that makes them somewhat acceptable is the really good alt mode this form has… On to the review!
This has got to be one of the ‘cutest’ alt modes I’ve seen. Hell, even The Girlfriend likes this. This is the mode the twins spend in most of the time. Time for a 360…
As with most ‘car’ tranformers, ground clearence is negligible, if not non-existant. A saving grace however is that none of the vital robot parts (read painted / faces) are near the ground so that’s good.
The pink and white colour scheme has become so ‘iconic’ that any combination of pink and white on a vehicle (that’s really rare) prompts The Girlfriend to go ‘skids and mudflap’!
Start by splitting the ice cream truck in half (front and back). You’ll first notice that the halves and not really equal in size and hence not really halves. This leads to 2 ‘unequal’ twins, one scrawny, and the other brawny. Since the alt mode is deluxe class, and that splits into two, you end up with scout class size bot modes. Of course, since they are twins and I can’t really recall who is who in the bot modes, lets lead with the front being Skids…
Bot mode: Skids
Skids’ small feet make him a challenge to get standing, however, once you’ve got the balance, he’ll usually stay standing. Just don’t expect any fancy or over the top poses. Another annoyance is the ‘hood ornament’ that comes right in front of his face in the bot mode (think that caused his eye problems?) On to Mudflap…
Bot mode: Mudflap
Or the lack of it thereof… given their looks and their design, I’m finding it extremely hard to think of them doing anything other than standing. Their lack of weapons does not help either. Also, like I mentioned, they spend most of their time in ice cream truck mode.
This is the only version of Skids and Mudflap I can stand. They would have made good bots if it weren’t for the dopey eyes and of course, their sparkling personalities in the movie. Wonder if the makers were sending out a message to hatchback car owners? Recommended for the ‘cool’ alt mode.
Name: Soundwave (Decepticon)
Series: Transformers Generations, War for Cybertron (Deluxe class)
Price: Rs 599
Since I managed to snag both WFC OP and WFC BB, I’ve been itching to get WFC Soundwave as well. However, given the way waves hit our shores here, its never certain when what will hit the stores, and what stores for that matter! After much hunting, it was only at the end of Jan that I found Soundwave. Here’s the review…
We go from one badass, to the other badass… 🙂 I love the armoured car / SUV look of Soundwave, and especially more, the Jaws!
Deploying guns !
There’s something good and something bad about the alt mode. Its great the way the weapons can be stashed and deployed! Its actually more useable that WFC BB and looks much better than Prime too (His weapon actually makes him look less like a Cybertronian truck and more like a Cybertronian pick-up / topkick (or whatever Movie Ironhide’s alt mode is called). However, the alt mode has quite a few gaps and the worse part is that the gaps let you look right through the model, not like other tformers who’s gaps let you see the insides. I’m not sure if its because if I’ve not done the transformation properly or whether this really is a ‘feature’ of the model.
The guns can tab into the side of the ‘car’ as seen in the photos. Since the tab is round, the guns can move up and down, but that’s about it for the articulation. No movement inwards or outwards.
The transformation is simple enough when you compare it to WFC OP. The feet are the roof, the shins are the rear, the torso is the ‘windscreen’ and the shoulderpads are the part between windscreen and roof.
The shoulder cannon pegs in via the same round tab into round slot, so while the cannon can be moved left and right (as far as the head / shoulder armour will allow), it cannot be lowered or elevated. On to the 360…
The only real ‘pointless’ kibble are the 2 wheels that hang off his lower back. Thanks to the joints, they can either be positioned ‘V’ shaped (like above) or flattened against his bag… In my copy, one of the 2 joints for the wheels is loose so they don’t really stay in the position you left them in. The gun can be held in either hand. When you open Soundwave from the box, this is how he appears (I don’t recall how the rear wheels were positioned tho).
If the above images are any indication, Soundwave seems to have the best articulation I’ve seen from a transformer. The key to this is his transformation. Most of his joints also have a part to play in his transformation, that’s why his elbow can bend much more than the usual 90 degrees of other tformers. Again, thanks to the transformation requirements, he can move his ankles a lot too, which makes a kneeling pose a piece of cake for Soundwave! The only grouch I have against this mold is that the head can only rotate, there’s no up or down movement (its actually flush against the torso, i.e. there’s no neck).
Dual wield action continues…
Secret Mode: Boombox mode
This is the mode most of the fans were looking forward to, the boombox mode. Soundwave’s alt mode in the original series was a mini-cassette, complete with ‘tapes’ that were his minions. This mode is as most people will acknowledge, a tribute to that mode. Also, its a mode from the War For Cybertron game as well.
Soundwave is a very good mold. The copy I got had extremely floppy hip joints for a new toy (right out of the box actually). In fact, it was practically impossible for me to get him to do the highkick pose, even if his feet will balance his mass, his hips just won’t allow his legs to hold any pose that goes against gravity and does not have friction with a solid surface to back it up (I’ve heard this complaint on another website, but I forgot to save the link… I’ll update it once i find it again).
Apart from the annoyance, Soundwave is a pretty good figure. While he won’t be staring down autobots or looking up to Megatron any time soon in this mold (without moving his torso… movie Batman style), his dual guns will allow you to pull off many John Woo inspired poses, just don’t expect him to do high kicks or fly through the air with his legs in any other position than pointing straight down…
Name: Lockdown (Decepticon)
Series: Transformers Revenge of the Fallen (NEST Alliance) (Deluxe class)
Price: Rs 499
I had actually seen Lockdown a long time ago, but didn’t get him thanks to mixed feelings about his alt mode looks. TBH after all the Fast and Furious and the NFS’s, its tough to look at any car and not want them to look like street racers. A few reviews revealed a tall, lanky looking bot with good articulation. What really sold me on the alt mode though was watching a Jason Statham movie, Death Race, its a breed of car completely difference from the fast cars of the other car movies. However, by then, he had vanished from the stores 😦 That was last year
It wasn’t until early in January this year, when I dropped by a small ‘gift’ store near The Girlfriend’s house that I spotted this bad boy. It was an instant purchase. On to the review!
Lockdown is packaged in his alt mode and once you’ve opened the box, you are greeted by one bad ass car! Let’s take a look…
Compared to any of the carformers I’ve seen till date, this one has got be be the one with the most detailing, and with the post paint apps for the detailing! Whoever designed Lockdown is either (a) a fan of Lockdown, (b) pays attention to detail, or (c) just loves cars like this, given all the gold and silver detailing. The car itself is a dark brown plastic.
This transformation reminds me of leader and voyager class Prime, in the sense that the whole length of the vehicle becomes the legs! This translates into a really tall bot mode, towering over most deluxes (if not all the deluxes that I have, but I’ll have to check that) and is probably the same height as the voyagers.
Yup, once you’ve done the transformation, you’re greeted by one bad ass robot. And his height just adds to the look.
the standard 360…
The brilliance of the alt mode is carried onto the bot mode with some seriously good articulation, however, ahl iz not well…
If you look at the above pics, you’ll notice that Lockdown goes with the asymmetrical look. Legs are symmetrical, but the hips onwards up to his shoulders is asymmetrical. One of the downers of this ‘look’ is that the rear fender that forms his rear ‘skirt’ is asymmetrical as well. This presents a problem. His right hip gets ‘encased’ in the rear fender, which allows for little to no outward movement, unlike his left hip which can go out almost 90 degrees to the straight leg. This means that every pose you want to put him in, his right hip cannot move out… Solution? Unpeg his waist tab so that the crotch comes forward, bringing his hip joint ahead of the fender casing. This brings the right hip to full articulation like the left, but leaves him a bit… ‘unhinged’, i.e. a slight crouching posture, which is not really a problem given his height.
Another problem is his hands… given his height and his alt mode, some part gets scrawny and for Lockdown, its his arms. They are so ‘thin’, they remind me of ROTF Ransack’s arms! Another grouch is that the forearm is longer than the arm (the biceps area), which means that even if you flex the elbow for some poses, it looks like he’s holding his whole arm straight. The door kibble of the alt mode does not help with this illusion.
Despite the problems with the bot mode, Lockdown shines in the posing department. The talon toes look great and thankfully there’s a swivel there to allow you to move the foot side-to-side so that he does not end up with unmovable blocks for feet (like the current voyager Ironhide). He’s very posable in bot mode, though the turbo-charger cannon doesn’t look like it’ll pack much of a punch (He’s apparently stolen it from Ratchet and from what I’ve heard, Ratchet can use the cannon too, though I’m only unsure if the Ratchet in question is the voyager one or the deluxe one. If it is the deluxe one, then… goodbye scales!)
The soft rubber claw is really a drag in the alt mode, which means it doesn’t lock in properly on the underbelly (the joint is fine, but the soft plastic / rubber is prone to warping / distortion which causes it to bend floorwards) which is not a problem since my carformers rarely go zipping around on the floor.
All in all, highly recommended for badass-ness!
Actually, yesterday was the last post. Here’s a quick round-up of what we’ve covered…
Name: Optimus Prime (Autobot)
Series: Transformers Animated (McDonald’s Happy Meal toy)
It was a pretty random day when I spotted the new toys at the McDonald’s, and it was Transformers and I think, Littlest Pet Shop. Since there’s only so much of unhealthy food I can consume, and The Girlfriend prefering the LPS, and of course, being mainly a Prime fan, this was the only toy I got from the Transformers series.
Its a Happy Meal toy so the transformation is actually simpler than most legend class toys. At the end, you get…
Being a Happy Meal toy, there’s not much in terms of what this Prime can do, except look straight ahead in a heroic ‘attention!’ pose, and roll around on his little wheels. His only articulation comes from the transformation joints. However, he does make a good piece to have around the computer to fiddle around with while the sluggish Indian internet struggles to load pages.
Name: Optimus Prime (Autobot)
Series: Transformers Revenge of the Fallen (Leader class)
Price: Rs 2000
Prime has been a favourite of mine ever since I saw him in the movie (TFTM), but it wasn’t until ROTF that I knew about the toys (Haven’t watched any of the cartoons thanks to being in India). For a long time, I was debating with The Girlfriend over which Prime to get, the then voyager class Prime (which was a mould of the previous movie) or the leader class… Voyager had 2 guns going for it, while leader had the price going against it. I had all but opted for the voyager when The Girlfriend saw the front of the truck as the backpack in the voyager mould… that was a no-go for her. Around the same time, we managed to find leader class at a 10% discount at a store… It didn’t cushion the blow to the wallet much, but at least I felt a little good about the deal 😀
Prime comes packagedin bot mode, but we begin here with the alt mode. He’s massive compared to anything I have. The gears in the truck mode in the windows (which are clear) are the biggest let-down in this form, considering that the then voyager didn’t have it, plus it had a ‘holographic driver’ that disappeared when you opened the door, so that was a big fail for this mode.
As with most, if not all transformers, robot parts on the underbelly reveal there’s more to this truck (of course, the gears in the cab don’t help when its straight up too). There’s plenty of details around, especially the grille, which is a cause for worry once you’ve done the transformation. And of course, the nicely detailed wheels…
For a long time, this was the most complicated transformer transformation I had done, that was until the WFC Optimus Prime came along. Getting him to robot mode is a snap… getting him from robot mode to truck is a pain, mostly because of aligning panels. Mid transformation, you can get to the secret 3rd form… Stiltwalker Prime (j/k)
This is how Prime looks when you get him out of the box. His blades are spring loaded, but since they don’t look too concealled in the ‘off’ mode, I keep them in the deployed mode. A big ‘sore’ point to this version of Prime is the ‘sore’ (read red) ‘toe’. Given his size, most of his joints are ‘ratcheting’ joints. This is both good and bad… Good since he’s quite stable and won’t lose his ‘pose’ easily; bad because it can be quite frustrating getting a pose right because the ‘spread’ / articulation you want is right in the middle of 2 ‘clicks’ of the joint…
The leader class Prime does not have light-piping, but he does feature some electronics, namely the light-up eyes… Here’s his eyes lit up and not.
The leader class beat the crap out of the old voyager, but the new battle blades voyager has quite a lot going for it. However, being a Prime fan, I like this size 🙂 A minor grouch that I have with both the new voyager and the current leader class is that the front grille becomes the soles of the feet, which means I’d have to think twice before I make him stand anywhere, afterall, I don’t want scratches or dings ruining the front grille. There’s a new ‘battle damaged battle hooks’ Prime, but I still prefer this version. There’s also the chromed out Buster Prime but that’s way out of the budget, it not availability for me… This Prime stands the tallest in my collection right now 😀