Transformers: Generations: Titans Return Deluxe Skullsmasher & Grax
First off, the trading cards. Hasbro made a big deal that they were doing real trading cards and not just a picture with no meaningful back. I guess they tried, but in the then end, they failed miserably. The cards suck. There are only four ratings instead of the eight that nearly all other tech specs have had for 30 years (when we’ve actually had tech specs). There is no quote or function, and the only bio is a couple lines on the back of the package, they didn’t even bother to put it on the card. Hasbro fails again. What else is new?
Secondly, what the fuck is it with Hasbro that they need to focus on only one theme at a time? Why are we getting Targetmasters and Powermasters as Headmasters? It makes no sense. Worse yet, the two Targetmaster converts, Blurr and Scourge, both have awful paint jobs (or I should say, barely any paint jobs at all). They put all the work into the real Headmasters and just mailed it in on the Targetmasters that they shouldn’t have been doing in the first place. As usual, they half ass everything, just like with Combiner Wars, where they ended the line without doing Terrorcons, Predacons, Seacons, Monster Pretenders, G2 Protectobots, and G2 Constructicons (in both colors). I mean, they still could do those as box sets next year, but I’m not going to hold my breath.
Thirdly, the Titan Masters. Why can’t they be consistent? Apeface, Brawn, Nightbeat, and Terri-Bull are named for the actual characters they are the heads for instead of the actual heads they represent. Clobber and Skytread could theoretically be the Headmasters for Grimlock and Flywheels. This makes no sense. Pick one way of doing it. It would make far more sense to name them for the Headmaster and not the character they partner with, as we are only getting the Headmaster. Related to that, it really sucks that we aren’t going to get any real versions of the Headmaster Juniors or Headmaster Horrorcons.
Finally, the Headmasters are freaking tiny. G1 Headmasters were way better than these, and had the ratings meter on the chest gimmick that they didn’t even try to reproduce. Another thing that sucks is that the heads of the Headmasters are articulated. This makes it so that the larger robot heads are articulated, but also makes it hard when plugging them in to Titan Masters vehicles. G1 Headmasters were so much better, but that’s true of most G1 toys.
Anyway, on to the review.
Titan Master: Grax’s head sculpt is pretty faithful to the G1 toy, including the gold face.
Vehicle Mode: Skullsmasher if freaking awesome! The alligator mode is perfect, I really couldn’t ask for more. He’s a perfect recreation of the G1. If there is one thing I could complain about, it’s the soft plastic flap on his back which covers the cockpit. I would have preferred this be translucent green hard plastic so you could see that he has a pilot. It’s a small thing, but I really hate the soft plastic.
Robot Mode: Skullsmasher looks great in robot mode. A Decepticon symbol on his chest would have been nice, and he could use a few more paint apps, but he is otherwise perfect.
Overall: I really hate that they had to change his name. Skullcruncher is a much better name, but Skullsmasher isn’t bad. He’s really great, a definite must have. It will be interesting to see if they repaint any of these Titan Masters, as most have no obvious repaint. Skullsmasher is one that does. They could repaint him as the Alligaticon from the G1 episode City of Steel. The Alligaticon is was built with parts of a disassembled Optimus Prime, so Skullsmasher would be repainted in red, white, and blue, and they could use Optimus Prime’s Titan Master.
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