Transformers: Generations: Titans Return Titan Trypticon with Full-Tilt & Necro
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 really like Full-Tilt’s head sculpt. It is unfortunate that even on a $150 toy, Hasbro couldn’t be bothered to paint Necro’s face.
Full-Tilt is very cool. In fact, he’s my favorite part of this set. He looks great in both modes. A couple more paint apps or stickers would have been nice.
Space Ship Mode: Trypticon’s spaceship mode is pretty good. You’ll note in the photo on his right side (your left) the deck isn’t down flat. For some reason I couldn’t get his right hip joint into the correct position. Not sure if this is related to the spring problem or not. It didn’t seem to be. I had the same problem in City mode until it popped fully into place. More on his hip joints later.
City Mode: Trypticon’s city mode is pretty faithful to the G1. I’ve never loved the Transformers cities (except their robot modes). Transformers have never been in scale with them, so the cities always seemed pretty pointless. He’s kind of enormous. Frankly, if he’d been 25% smaller and $30 cheaper, I think I’d like him a lot more.
Robot Mode: Trypticon looks awesome in robot mode. Mine did have the loose chest door issue, but two turns of a screwdriver fixed that. He does have a couple of design flaws. His tail is designed to bend/lengthen. I assume this is meant to make him able to stand up straight like in the cartoon, but while trying to get him to stand up like the G1 toy, his tail kept extending on me. Just very annoying. His hip joints are more of an issue. I’m not talking about the well known spring issue. His hip joints give him completely unnecessary lateral movement of his legs. This is the movement that gave me so much trouble in his other modes. His legs do not need to move farther apart. It serves no purpose.
Overall: Trypticon is not a bad toy, though his stickers are a complete nightmare to apply. He looks great, but he is over-engineered and oversized. He really didn’t need to be this big. He also lacks the one feature that really made G1 Trypticon special, the ability to walk on his own. He’s certainly a better Titan Class toy than Metroplex or Fortress Maximus, but not as good as Devastator. (Plus he could have been Omega Supreme, and that still kills me.)
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