Previous Mold Use: Earthrise Micromaster Blast Master
Blast Master is a repaint. He’s fine, but I prefer the original. The could have made him a new character, but since there are no tech specs, what would have been the point?
Previous Mold Use: Earthrise Micromaster Fuzer
Fuzer is a repaint. He’s fine, but I prefer the original. The could have made him a new character, but since there are no tech specs, what would have been the point? (didn’t I just say that?)
Blast Master & Fuzer Combined Mode
Previous Mold Use: Earthrise Micromaster Astro Squad
The shuttle repaint looks pretty cool with the red wings. The missile from Doubledealer has been repainted white to be rocket booster. If Hasbro could have just taken one more stop. The missile has pegs and ports on the side. They could have added the solid rocket boosters.
Previous Mold Use: Earthrise Micromaster Power Punch, Galactic Odyssey Collection Micromaster Roadburner
Missile Master is a repaint and remold of Power Punch. His gun has been replaced with a platform and a removable soft plastic missile that can also be put on his head. Unfortunately, it has to go on his head upside down, so the hollow bottom of the missile is showing, which makes no sense. Having said that, Missile Master is one of the missing members of the Astro Squad, so credit to Hasbro for give us another of the many, many, many, missing Micromasters. What annoys me is that they could have also done Heave, one of the other missing members of the Astro Squad. All they had to do with repaint him and replace the missile with soft plastic radar dish to clip on where the rocket goes. That’s all it would have taken, but of course, not. We still can’t complete the Astro Squad.
Moonrock, like Missile Master, is one of the missing members of the Astro Squad. He’s just repainted, no remolding or additional parts. Like Missile Master, Moonrock could have been repainted into the final missing member of the Astro Squad, Barrage. Another missed opportunity.
Missile Master & Moonrock Combined Modes
Together Missile Master & Moonrock look great in their combined vehicle mode. The missile is clearly meant to be attached to the gun as shown, but it is not shown in the instructions because Hasbro was too lazy to put it in.
Ironworks has been repainted to match Earthrise Commander Sky Lynx, which would make more sense if Overair was also painted in those colors, but I’ll get to him. I do like the new paintjob, but I would rather he match Overair. He’s got some great paint apps on his space-crane repair shop mode. Not sure why you would need a crane like that in space. I think had they used the Greasepit mode it would have worked better.
Overair is named for the Japanese version of Airwave, but since he has the same color scheme as Airwave, Overair’s color scheme is all new. It’s fine, but nothing special.
Botropolis Rescue Mission
And all together, we have Countdown…sort of. A for effort, Hasbro, but C for execution. It’s just not quite up to the grandeur of Countdown.
Overall: Hasbro could have gone the extra mile with a separate launch pad and solid rocket boosters. The base should have been bigger too, with at least one more base, perhaps another Airwave recolor to connect to Ironworks on the other side. That plus the last missing member of the Astro Squad would have really made this set something special. This is a god set but it could have been a great set.
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