Transformers: Generations: Titans Return Titan Masters Waves 1 & 2 (Apeface, Brawn, Clobber, Crashbash, Loudmouth, Nightbeat, Skytread, Terri-Bull)
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 second wave of Headmasters 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 reviews.
I did not expect to like Titan Masters as much as I do.
Apeface (who should be named Spasma, the name of his Headmaster) looks really great in all three modes, and the colors are perfect. While I would have preferred a real Apeface figure, it’s not bad at all. The head sculpt is really well done.
Brawn should have a different name for his Titan Master. It makes no sense to name him for the body that does not exist. That aside, the Brawn head sculpt is amazing. The vehicle modes are great, especially the gun mode. Not a fan of making non-Headmasters into Headmasters.
For some reason, they actually gave a name to Grimlock’s Titan Master. Clobber Has a really great Grimlock head sculpt. I really like the T-Rex mode, but the gun is just the T-Rex on it’s back, and the dragon (?) mode isn’t great. I would have rather his wings look more like wings.
Crashbash, who should be called Lokos, is Squeezeplay’s Headmaster. As with most of them, the head sculpt is great. See my comments above about Clobber for my thoughts on the mold.
Loudmouth, who should be called Quig, is Siren’s Headmaster. Another great head sculpt for a toy that will never exist. Vehicle and gun modes are okay. Not my favorite of the bunch.
Nightbeat should have been called Muzzle, the name of his Headmaster. It’s another great head sculpt fro a toy they will never make. Fucking Hasbro. Not sure why they gave him a drill tank/jet alternate mode as Nightbeat is a car. It’s a great looking toy, but it doesn’t make any sense.
Skytread is the Titan Master for Flywheels. I’m a little surprised they would do the Duocons, but I doubt they would ever do real toys of them, and tank and jet modes are appropriate. I love the head sculpt and the tank mode is awesome. Jet is okay, but I would have preferred if the guns could fold out under his wings. Still, he looks really great in all modes.
Terri-Bull should be called Kreb, the name of his Headmaster. Yet another great head sculpt for a toy we’ll never see. See my comments on Skytread for details about the mold.
Overall: It is incredibly disappointing to know we will never get the smaller Headmaster toys. I really like these, but Hasbro should have made original characters for them instead of the characters we actually want to see real toys for. Why would Hasbro not realize this? Well, at Botcon this year they were asked if they were making toys in reaction to what the third party companies are doing. The Hasbro brand team claimed that they are not influenced by 3rd party toys, and in the next breath said that with Generations they are making products that people love at a “price that people can share with those that love them”. So, Hasbro is unquestionably reacting to third party toys, and the smaller Headmasters aren’t getting third party versions. If they were, we’d probably be getting them.
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