Transformers: Generations: Netflix War for Cybertron Trilogy Deluxe Hound
The Netflix Siege series represents everything that is wrong with Hasbro these days. Unimaginative repaints, abysmal quality control, and deplorable distribution. The first two are self explanatory, and you can read more about them in my reviews. Walmart put these up for preorder after/during Toy Fair. They were to be released April 1st (I think, or close to that, beginning of April for sure). I ordered mine that first week. Now I realize that Covid-19 screwed up distribution of all kinds of things, but that didn’t become a big deal in the US until the middle of March. These toys should have been well on their way to distribution by then. The toys should have shipped when they were supposed to. I got e-mails right around the release date saying they would be delayed until May (Ultra Magnus) and July (the rest). I ended up finding all of them but Ultra Magnus in store long before the expected ship date. I’m sure some will blame Walmart for the distribution problems, but if Hasbro is going to announce a release date and the vendor is not going to make good on that, then they shouldn’t give them exclusives. They can sell all their exclusives through Pulse. No reason to make things exclusive to companies that won’t deliver on time.
I’m not sure this should even qualify as a repaint. The colors are altered slightly, and it’s been made to look more battle damaged than the original. Frankly, the biggest change is removing the silver paint from his accessories, which really looked great on the original toy. They could have given us a non-battle damaged version, which I would love to have. I don’t get it. You do an exclusive line of toys based on the new cartoon, and give us basically the same toy we got previously with some black paint splattered on it, and other’s removed? That’s really the best they could do? What a waste. At least they could have done a line of repaints with some silly name prefix, like Electro Shock Hound, or Ultimate Battle Hound, or We Are All Out Of Ideas . At least the last one would be honest. To make matters worse, some have complained that Hound’s neck will break off.
Overall: If you have the original version, then you have the superior toy and you can easily skip this one.
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