Transformers: Generations: Titans Return Deluxe Twinferno & Daburu
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: That’s a great Doublecross head sculpt.
Vehicle Mode: Twinferno’s dragon mode looks amazing. Unfortunately, it isn’t. I can forgive the odd way his two heads extend up from behind a plate rather than from the top of his shoulders. They molded the blade on his chest like the original had, so that was a nice touch. His colors are perfect. What they really screwed the pooch on was his lower half. In one of the pics above there are two red circles highlighting two pegs. The gray parts that his legs are connected to have ports that it looks like these pegs go into. Problem is, they just aren’t long enough to actually peg in. There is a clip on the bottom, but it is insufficient to keep his legs in place. Add to that, you can’t push the upper portion of his tail all the way together or it causes the tip of his tail to pop open. It’s just shoddy design.
Robot Mode: Twinferno is a pretty cool name, though Doublecross is better. His dragon mode is as flawed as his robot mode is awesome. He really looks amazing. I love that his guns mount on his shoulders.
Overall: It’s hard to say if this one is worth it or not. His robot mode is amazing, but his dragon mode is horribly flawed. I will be interested to see if he comes out in Japan with some of his issues addressed.
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