Transformers: Generations: Titans Return Voyager Broadside & Blunderbuss
There are a few things I need to say about the Titans Return line.
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 the name Blunderbuss. He has a great G1 Broadside head sculpt.
Vehicle Modes: Broadside’s vehicle modes are a mixed bag. Let’s start with the good. Broadside’s carrier mode is pretty great. It isn’t perfect, but it is really hard to do a boat alternate mode without lots of kibble to form the hull, so I can forgive them for his carrier mode sitting on three legs rather than a closed up hull. If you turn him over he’s just robot and jet parts on the bottom, hence the three legs for him to rest on. He comes with little versions of the Aerialbots to go on his deck, which is an awesome touch. Unfortunately, Hasbro did them in white. They are painted on the sprue since he has no white plastic, and it leaves them with big unpainted splotches when you remove them. Since they are military jets, they could have just left them as gray plastic. This is a rare case where Hasbro would have been better off to not paint them. If the Japanese Legends version actually paints the Aerialbots properly, I might need to get that one. Unfortunately, while I can forgive some of the shortcomings of his carrier mode, his jet mode is a total disaster. First off, he has no landing gear. His wings literally sit flat on the surface. They couldn’t even be bothered to mold in fake wheels so he was sitting a little bit off the ground. The rear half of the jet is set up way too high. I could forgive that, but there is nothing to connect his legs together. His thighs plug in but his legs do not His arms connect to each leg in a little groove that does not stay in place. None of this is sufficient to keep all his parts in place.
Robot Mode: In robot mode, Broadside looks pretty awesome. I love the colors.
Overall: If they could have just made a few common sense modifications to his jet mode, he would be awesome. As is, he is still a better than average toy, and the first Broadside homage we’ve ever had (I think).
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