Blog #1736: Toy Review: Transformers: Generations: Siege Target Exclusive Micromaster 10-Pack (Cratermaker & Fireline, Ground Shaker & Overair, Nightflight & Slyhopper, Ricon & Irontread, Road-Police & Wheel Blaze)

Transformers: Generations: Siege Target Exclusive Micromaster 10-Pack (Cratermaker & Fireline, Ground Shaker & Overair, Nightflight & Slyhopper, Ricon & Irontread, Road-Police & Wheel Blaze)

When Hasbro announced a 10-Pack of Micromasters, I had hoped that maybe we would get at least some of the missing team members from the already released sets. Of course, Hasbro didn’t bother doing that. They took a bunch of random names and assigned them to the teams. None of them have Patrols names. Also, Hasbro assigned each team it’s own ID number, but the numbers on the box do not match the numbers on the instructions. They aren’t even trying anymore. Interestingly, the set includes one team that is just starting to get out to retail now, so I will do a full review of that set, but for the rest I will link to my previous reviews and only talk about the names and colors.

Cratermaker

Previous Mold Use: Siege Flak

Cratermaker is a repaint of Siege Flak with a new head sculpt based on G1 Bombshock, a member of the Micromaster Military Patrol, and is colored the way G1 Flak was colored in Japan. Not sure if this means they are skipping the Military Patrol altogether, or if they just won’t be doing Bombshock. On the other hand, maybe it means they are doing Bombshock with a vehicle mode that is completely wrong.

Fireline

Previous Mold Use: Siege Topshot, Siege Red Heat, Siege Wheel Blaze (See Below)

Fireline is a repaint of Topshot that uses the head sculpt from Siege Red Heat, and is colored the way G1 Big Shot (Topshot) was colored in Japan.

Cratermaker & Fireline

Previous Mold Use: Siege Flak & Topshot

Ground Shaker

Previous Mold Use: Siege Visper

Ground Shaker is an homage to G1 Groundshaker who came with a G1 Micromaster base. Groundshaker was repainted from G1 Whisper (Visper) so that makes sense, one of the few in the set that do make sense.

Overair

Previous Mold Use: Siege Storm Cloud

Overair is an homage to G1 Airwave who came with a G1 Micromaster station. Overair was his name in Japan. Airwave’s original mold was not based on Storm Cloud so that doesn’t make sense.

Ground Shaker & Overair

Previous Mold Use: Siege Storm Cloud & Visper

Irontread

Irontread is an homage to G1 Ironworks who came with a G1 Micromaster station. He is repainted from the yet to be released Powertrain with a head based on Micromaster Monster Truck Patrol member Big Hauler. Ironworks was a repaint of Powertrain, so that makes sense. This is a pretty cool mold, and looks like an excellent homage to G1 Powertrain. I like his Ironworks paintjob.

Ricon

Ricon is an original character and not based on any previous toy. According to TFWiki his name is based on a sticker appearing on G1 Ironworks that said “RI Construction”, which is clearly a reference to the location of Hasbro’s headquarters. They toy is repainted from the yet to be released Highjump but has a different head and chest that are based on Micromaster Monster Truck Patrol member Hydraulic. No way to know if this means we aren’t getting the Monster Truck Patrol or not. It’s a pretty cool mold, but the legs on mine don’t stay together properly in gun mode (see below). Not sure if it’s cheap plastic or a design flaw.

Irontread & Ricon

As I noted above, Ricon’s legs don’t stay together. Otherwise I think this is one of the better gun modes, mostly because of the way actual gun barrels flip out from Irontread’s feet.

Nightflight

Previous Mold Use: Siege Visper

G1 Nightflight was not in any way connected to G1 Whisper (Visper) making this a random repaint that makes sense only if you subscribe to the “well…they are both planes” logic. I do not. It is at least a good homage in the paintjob.

Slyhopper

Previous Mold Use: Siege Storm Cloud

I get that there are sometimes trademark issues with names that they haven’t used in thirty years. Changes like Ironworks to Irontread, okay, that’s fine. It’s a good name. I guess they couldn’t use Skyhopper, but Slyhopper, really? Unlike Nightflight, this repaint actually makes sense. G1 Skyhopper was the same mold as G1 Storm Cloud. His paintjob does make him a great homage to the original.

Nightflight & Slyhopper

Previous Mold Use: Siege Storm Cloud & Visper

Road-Police

Previous Mold Use: Siege Stakeout

Road-Police is a repaint of Stakeout. Road Police was a member of the Micromaster Six-Combiner Sixturbo. He’s a decent homage, but talk about random. Hasbro was clearly scraping the bottom of the barrel.

Wheel Blaze

Previous Mold Use: Siege Topshot, Siege Red Heat, Siege Fireline (See Above)

Wheel Blaze is repainted from Red Heat, who was remolded and repainted from Topshot. Wheel Blaze’s paint job and name are taken from Micromaster Combiner Metro Squad member Wheel Blaze. As a Combiner Squad members, Wheel Blaze was HALF of a vehicle mold. Apparently they somehow found a deeper bottom of the barrel to scrape. Wheel Blaze was all yellow, while is combiner team partner Roadburner was all white and had a lift bucket on it, so I guess they thought the ladder would make sense. They also really gave up on the paintjob. His head should be blue with a green face, but they painted his head all blue. I guess they figured that it was such a silly toy it wasn’t even worth painting correctly. I almost can’t blame them. Frankly, this is so half assed, I’, surprised they didn’t paint his from half yellow and his back half white and call him Wheel Burner. That would have at least been interesting.

Road-Police & Wheel Blaze

Previous Mold Use: Siege Red Heat & Stakeout

Overall: A few of these repaints actually make some sense, as they repaint the same toys as were repainted in G1. Some of the face changes are odd, since you would hope it means we are getting other teams down the road, or at least half of teams. Some of these of course are a real stretch. I had really hoped Hasbro would use this set to at least give us some of the missing team members they decided not to bother include. I was giving them way too much credit. It’s not a bad set, it just could have been so much more. Frankly, we did not need an original character when there was so many they are never going to give us.

Thanks for reading!

About lmb3

I’m 36 years old, and I work in network tech support for a public school system. I am a huge fan of Star Trek, Transformers, Harry Potter, and Marvel Comics as well as numerous other fandoms. I’m a big sports fan, especially the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. I collect toys (mostly Transformers but other stuff too), comic books, and Red Sox baseball cards. I watch an obscene amount of television and love going to the movies. I am hopelessly addicted to Wizard Rock and I write Harry Potter Fanfiction, though these days I am working on a couple of different original YA novels.
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1 Response to Blog #1736: Toy Review: Transformers: Generations: Siege Target Exclusive Micromaster 10-Pack (Cratermaker & Fireline, Ground Shaker & Overair, Nightflight & Slyhopper, Ricon & Irontread, Road-Police & Wheel Blaze)

  1. Armchair Larper says:

    At least you tracked down the various homages, I could not be bothered.

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