Transformers: Generations Voyager Brainstorm
You knew that Hasbro couldn’t do a real Headmaster without screwing it up, right? Arcana should be the name of his Headmaster partner, but he is only noted as “Pilot” on the box, he’s not give his own name, and “Headmaster” does not appear anywhere on the box. Nice try Hasbro, but as usual you screwed up the easy details. I realize that some will point out that the Third Party toys don’t use the actual names, but this should not be an issue for Hasbro. They MUST be held to a higher standard. All pics show the G1 Brainstorm as a comparison (G1 is on the lefl and the Generations version is on the right, obviously).
Headmaster: Frankly, the G1 headmaster looks better. He actually has arms. The new version has arms molded to the inside of the sides of the robot head. Frankly, this is a step backwards from the original, though probably he’s better than the later smaller Headmasters. He’s also smaller on a larger toy. It’s not awful, as the original was probably a hair too big, but this goes too far in the opposite direction.
Vehicle Mode: I had to find a picture of G1 Brainstorm in vehicle mode online, as my Brainstorm has such tight hip joints, I’m afraid I’ll break it if I try to transform him. I kind of miss the days when I wasn’t afraid to actually play with toys, but I digress. I do love the new jet mode, clearly inspired by the original more than a lot of homage toys are. I love the painted silver barrels on the guns. That’s a small thing, but makes a huge difference.
Robot Mode: He looks great in robot mode, accept that he needed a few paint apps on the inside of his vertical stabilizers to show on his shoulders, and his head seems a tad small. He’s pretty well proportioned and stands up pretty well. They put his headmaster data readings in his chest. I didn’t notice that until I was done taking pictures of his robot mode. That flips up to form the pilot’s seat, so you can hide that it robot mode like the G1.
Overall: They did a nice job on Brainstorm, if they hadn’t screwed up the simple details it would be an awesome toy. As is, it’s pretty great, but Hasbro needs to take a couple more steps if they want to truly compete with Third Party companies.
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