Transformers: Generations: Titans Return Voyager Alpha Trion & Sovereign
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: I love Alpha Trion’s head sculpt. It came out really great. Unfortunately, it’s the only part of his robot mode that is any good.
Vehicle Modes: His space cruiser mode (I’m assuming that’s what it is) is pretty cool, but it’s nothing really special. His lion mode on the other hand is really awesome. Now, way back at Botcon 2002 it was revealed that instead of Catscan, a forgettable Botcon exclusive if ever there was one, we could have had Beast Machines Snarl, a lion, repainted as Alpha Trion. I assume that was the reasoning behind making him a lion. His lion mode is pretty great looking. It’s a very interesting design. His robot hands actually form his lower jaw. At some angle this looks fine, but at other angles it’s very obvious what it is. His forearms (lower mane) are large enough that they could have made his hands flip inside and flip out a much more correct looking lower jaw for his lion head. It’s not bad, but it could have been better. The vaguely lion looking head cockpit on his back is a little odd looking. It would have been better if it folded down inside the torso like Wolfwire’s cockpit.
Robot Mode: I really don’t like his robot mode at all. He doesn’t look like G1 Alpha Trion from the cartoon, not even one bit. I would have preferred he not be a lion and actually look like Alpha Trion. Complete fail.
Overall: Lion mode is great. Space cruiser is okay. Robot mode is a flaming turd.
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