I have been searching for new Transformers action figures for some time now. None of the local stores have stocked anything new in a while. Which really isn’t that big a deal. I don’t like the movie figures for the most part, but I am aware of other options now. Options like figures based on the new video game… that I won’t get to play for probably 5 years… but still, they aren’t based on Micheal Bay’s design abortions.
When I visited my friends earlier in the week I had occasion to visit the Target and actually see these toys. There were also other toys I wasn’t aware were available yet. The War For Cybertron guys were cool and everything, but I own, like, 150 Optimus Primes, and the only Bumblebee I feel I’ll ever need. (Universe Classics) If I was swimming in money these guys still would end up lower on my list than a lot of other things. Really, they looked cooler and bigger in the pictures online. I mean, Bumblebee looks like he might even be taller than the Prime. Which isn’t that big a deal. Scale and Transformers are not friends. I’m just saying.
Anyway, those two lost out because there were guys there that I don’t have other versions of, or at least haven’t had a new version of since the 80s. I got a sportscar guy called Drift, who has 3 bladed weapons. There’s even places on his person to store said weapons. That’s a cool feature. It sucks having to sit stuff to the side when they aren’t being held. There’s a lot of panels in awkward places when he’s a robot, but you can still get him into some pretty dynamic poses. He looks like he could take Bludgeon if he had to.
I also got Huffer with Caliburst. I don’t know if there’s a show going to be connected to these guys, but they seem to be part of Hasbro’s new idea wave for this year, or whatever. Calliburst is a Minicon that transforms into 4 “different” modes. Mostly he just contorts and sticks to Minicon pegs. I have no problem with this. I like Minicons. I have a bucket of them, so I can mix and match. I’m glad they haven’t ditched the concept so there’s a reason to have the old ones around still. I prefer the ones that turn in to weapons because they remind me of Targetmasters. The wild thing about Caliburst is that he is a Minicon that has Minicon pegs on himself. So you can make a superweapon if you have a mind so to do, and I do.
My Caliburst was put together wrong so he won’t transform the way he’s supposed to. His knees are on backwards. Normally I would fix it myself, but it’s metal pegs through plastic holes which can only end in tears. It doesn’t ruin him per se, so I can cope. Production errors do seem to be on the rise though. Of the few I’ve purchased in the last year almost all of them had a part stuck on wrong, or some other flaw.
Huffer seems to be at least sort of an homage to his G1 namesake. He’s a commander bot, or something. Whatever they call it, it means that he can use drones to become a gestalt robot. There’s an extra head in his torso in case the opportunity presents itself. I have no drones to make this happen, but I’m glad that the option exists. I’m not anti drone.
His transform is simple but cool. He becomes a very solid little semi. With Caliburst stuck on a certain way he looks kind of like a wrecker.