Transformers: Generations: Titans Return Leader Overlord & Dreadnaut
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.
Previous Mold Use: Titans Return Sky Shadow
While his legs are the same, almost everything else about Sky Shadow was remolded to create Overlord. Overlord looks great. I love the face sculpt. You can flip open his chest and store Titan Masters, but it looks really stupid for him to have heads stored in his chest. I kind of think they should have held him for Power of the Primes. Some of the Prime Masters sort of could pass for engines.
Overall: Overlord is great homage to the G1, but if you only want one of him, wait for the Takara version. That is coming with both heads.
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I like this Overlord. My little cousin owned the vintage back in the day and this seems to be very well done. What I like most is that the toy is somewhat designed to be purposely very “custom-friendly”: If I had this toy and a spare headmaster I could customize it into a real Power Master very very easily. This is a good design choice but in someway is also weird: is almost like the designer realized that the “headmaster for all” trend sucks and tried to give some easy way to some customers to correct it XD