Blog #16: Toy Reviews: Dark of the Moon

Now that I’ve actually had a chance to open all the toys I got on Monday, I wanted to review some of them.  Don’t expect these reviews to be super in depth.  When I review toys, I’ll just give you my basic thoughts on it, do I like it or not, etc.  If you want an in depth review describing the toy to the most minute detail and explaining why the robot mode’s ankle pivot is sub standard and likely to break or any one of a million other details that I pay no attention to, you won’t find it here.  There are plenty of those out there.  I’m just not into that level of detail on toys.

On to the toys!

Cyberverse Legion Action Sets Wave 1
Bumblebee
Starscream

I’m a bit disappointed with the Action Sets.  Bumblebee’s mobile battle bunker is definitely the better of the two, but the little flying drone doesn’t clip onto the roof of the vehicle, so it will slide right off.  That really annoys me.  Starscream is seated backwards when put the Orbital Assault Carrier into “jet” mode (I don’t have the instructions/tech specs in front of me…whatever the vehicle mode was called).

Cyberverse Commanders Wave 1
Ironhide
Megatron
Optimus Prime
Sentinel Prime

LOVE these.  These are the replacement for the Scout price point.  The problem with the Scouts for the last two movies is that none of them (with the exception of Scalpel who had three minutes of screen time under a different name and a lousy alternate mode) appeared in the movie.  Personally, I don’t mind a lot of movie toys that aren’t actually in the movie, but I think having an entire price point that has nothing to do with the movie is why they don’t seem to have sold very well.  I think that carried over into the 2010 line and ultimately caused the Windcharger/Frenzy/Rumble debacle.  Anyway, back to the Cyberverse Commanders.  They all have better detail and transformations than Legends/Legions and are slightly larger.  All (I believe) have accessories, something that few toys of that size have.  The best part, they are (and will be) mostly actual movie characters.  In series two there will be Blackout, Hatchet, and in homage to his G1 incarnation, Powerglide.  Not everything has to be movie characters, but as long as most of them are, they should do well.  My one complaint is that Ironhide’s gun doesn’t sit on his vehicle mode correctly.  It clips onto the back of the trailer bed and the long gun peg doesn’t let you lower it down to his roof, so it just sticks up at an odd angle.  I’m hoping they either mold in a hole for the long gun peg in the trailer bed or shorten the pegs at some point.
 
Cyberverse Legions Wave 1
Barricade
Bumblebee
Crankcase
Sideswipe
Skids
Topspin

Not much to say about these.  They are the new name for the Legends.  The new molds are nice, especially Topspin and Crankcase.  For Sideswipe fans, this is likely the best Sideswipe convertible we’ll see.  (Later we’ll get to the god awful deluxe one.)

Deluxes Wave 1
Bumblebee
Crankcase
Ratchet
Roadbuster
Skids
Starscream

Deluxes Wave 2
Barricade
Jolt
Sideswipe
Topspin

Of these ten toys, the highlights are Roadbuster, Topspin, and Crankcase.  They are just awesome, though I kind of wish there was a regular NASCAR mode Topspin instead of the armored one, but the armored one does look awesome.  The lowlight is definitely Sideswipe.  You take an awesome toy and make it a convertible, okay.  Too bad it never occurred to someone that being a convertible you need to give it a FLOOR!  Yes, that’s right.  You can see right through the car from above.  Unless it is supposed to be the Flinstone mobile, this is a problem.

The most important feature of these (and Voyager and Leader Class) is the Mectech weapons.  I like them.  Some are better than others, but overall I like them.  They do look a bit silly, but can easily be removed if you prefer not to have them on the vehicles.  The nicest feature of these is the ports they plug into.  Instead of just leaving holes, the holes (in most cases) have a spring loaded round panel that plug the whole from the inside when not in use.  So for example, in robot mode there are holes in Roadbuster’s car doors (I think for a weapon, but I didn’t transform him yet), but in car mode a spring-loaded plate fills it in and completes the graphics on the doors.  Sure you can still tell there is a whole, but they aren’t big gaping holes like most vehicles that can have weapons mounted to them have.  Amazing engineering.

The one Mectech weapon that really stands out is Ratchet’s.  It is a circular saw blade that swings out from the side, but was ingeniously designed with a gear on the underside of the blade so that if you push the button fast, the blade is spinning when it pops out.  I played with it for a while (it held my attention probably much longer than it should have) and it didn’t jam once.  For the weapon, if you only buy one deluxe, buy Ratchet.

Human Alliance Wave 1
Bumblebee
Skids

Nice repaints, but just that, repaints.

Human Alliance Basics Wave 1
Backfire
Icepick
Sandstorm
Thunderhead

I’m a little torn on these.  In and of themselves I like them, though I’m not too impressed by Thunderhead’s vehicle mode.  What really disappoints is that the human figures are out of scale with the larger Human Alliance figures.  What is the point of have multiple lines in the Human Alliance series if they are completely incompatible with each other?  Very disappointing.

Leaders Wave 1
Bumblebee
Sentinel Prime

Possibly my favorite Bumblebee yet.  If I’m not mistaken, this means that the only class of figures that has never had a Bumblebee in the movie lines is Voyager.  (Come on Hasbro, we must have a Voyager Bumblebee!)  The sentinel Prime is awesome, but the directions aren’t very good and it took a while before I realized you had to flip the front panels on his legs forward to get his arms inside in vehicle mode and it was trial and error to figure out which way to turn his forearms and hands.  Awesome nonetheless.

Robo Power Robo Fighters Wave 1
Bumblebee
Ironhide
Optimus Prime
Starscream

So much better than Robot Replicas.  They don’t transform, but they look nice and the pop out weapons are cool.  The kids will love them.

Robo Power Activators Wave 1
Optimus Prime
Bumblebee
Starscream

Only a completist like me will want to bother with these.  Nice, but I much preferred the Gravity Bots.

Robo Power Bash Bots Wave 1
Bumblebee vs. Megatron
Optimus Prime vs. Starscream

Only a completist like me will want to bother with these.

Robo Power Go-Bots Wave 1
Bumblebee
Optimus Prime
Sideswipe

Very nice scaled down transforming toys for the kids.  Better than the ones from previous lines I think, but nothing special.

Robo Power Revving Robots Wave 1
Bumblebee
Optimus Prime

Same toys, small changes as previous movie versions.  I just hope we don’t get another “Flip Me Off Devastator”.  (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, go watch this video on my YouTube channel.)

Voyager Wave 1
Optimus Prime
Megatron
Ironhide

Voyager Wave 2
Skyhammer
Shockwave

First off, if you’re only going to buy one toy, buy Skyhammer.  He is the BEST Transformers helicopter EVER.  Overall these are smaller than previous Voyager toys, but the detail is nice, especially on Skyhammer and Megatron.  As these are all new molds, Ironhide’s chest/shoulders will actually stay in place, unlike his previous Voyager incarnations.  Shockwave is purple and has a rubber hose to connect to his cannon, but I would really like a Leader class version.  Doesn’t look like we’ll be getting it, I hear Hasbro doesn’t think Leader class Decepticons will sell.  Let’s look at the previous options.  Movie 1 Megatron was crap.  Revenge of the Fallen Megatron was crap.  Brawl was nice, but he had all of two minutes screen time and no personality in the movie.  If kids are going to get a $45 toy, they want characters they know.  The Jetfire toy (not sure if he should be considered a Decepticon or not) was crap.  The Blackbird looked AWESOME from the top, but underneath there was no fuselage, just Robot parts.  Then there is Starscream.  He wasn’t even technically released in the movie lines, and when he did come out, he disappeared from shelves and was not restocked.  If they made a leader Barricade it would have LEAPT off of shelves.  I really hope they reconsider and do a Leader Shockwave, maybe even give him a “gun” mode (maybe even an undocumented one so they can ignore the orange tip).  Wouldn’t that be awesome?

Stealth Force Basics Wave 1 (Repacks of previous product in DotM/Speed Stars packaging.)
High Wire (DotM)
Knock Out (DotM)

Repacks, not much to say.  I am really curious to see if they continue the die cast Speed Stars line, but I haven’t heard anything.

That’s it so far.  I’m going hunting again to today.  I’ll let you know what I find.

Thanks for reading!

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About lmb3

I’m 36 years old, and I work in network tech support for a public school system. I am a huge fan of Star Trek, Transformers, Harry Potter, and Marvel Comics as well as numerous other fandoms. I’m a big sports fan, especially the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. I collect toys (mostly Transformers but other stuff too), comic books, and Red Sox baseball cards. I watch an obscene amount of television and love going to the movies. I am hopelessly addicted to Wizard Rock and I write Harry Potter Fanfiction, though these days I am working on a couple of different original YA novels.
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