Transformers Toy Review: Titans Return – Deluxe Class Sergeant Kup with Flintlock

I don’t know what it says about me, but two of my favourite Transformers characters are Ironhide and Kup. The two cantankerous, bashed up old warriors. Both have similarities in their characters and both have had some pretty naff toys over the years although Kup can claim to be coming out ahead in that respect, if only by a tiny margin.

Ironhide finally got the figure he deserved last year with his Masterpiece release. Although I would love to see Kup get a masterpiece toy, I’m excited for what we’ve gotten this year. I’m happy to present Titans Return Deluxe-class Sergeant Kup.

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Making the Most Of Your Transformers Display

Adult collector conundrum 1: I love the things that I collect, I’ve got limited space to display them as it is and know I’ll want to get more in the future.

Adult collector conundrum 2: If I cram loads into my display case I can proudly display my collection, but none of them really stand out because there are so many in there.

These are the thoughts I had when I looked at my Transformers display recently. In particular my G1 toys bothered me, because they are in general smaller than the Masterpiece toys, they leave a lot of wasted space above them when they are in a display case…

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Transformers Toy Review: Titans Returns Broadside with Blunderbuss

The Generation 1 triple changes have been some of my favorite characters: Astrotrain who changed from a realistic NASA space shuttle to an old fashioned train was a cool contradiction of technologies. Octane was a fun anti-hero who, although he was a Decepticon, played the part of hero due to being hunted down by Galvatron. Springer was basically Han Solo, and thus was cool through his use of quips said with a smirk. And so on, and so on…

But then we have Broadside.

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Transformers, Roll Out! How Hasbro’s Robots took over the World

People of different ages from all over the world fell in love with the Transformers as early as September 17 1984, when the first episode of the 30-minute American animated TV series was launched. It did not take long before Transformers: The Movie was seen in cinemas in 1986 but grown-up fans wanted more, and filmmakers were listening.

A little over two decades later, the live action film titled Transformers debuted in 2007, followed by Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Transformers: Age of Extinction, and the soon to be shown Transformers: The Last Knight. But it’s not just on television or in the movies that our favourite Transformer characters can be seen; they are practically everywhere. Read on for some of our favourites…

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10 Most Irritating Bay Movie-verse Characters

I see myself as something of an anomaly among  Transformers fans. I grew up with G1 and I like the Michael  Bay movies. What?! You heard me.

For what they are, I find them quite entertaining. That’s not to say I don’t recognise some of the huge issues that the movies have. No movies perfect. That’s just a fact of life. There’s always room for improvement and with this film series in particular. One of the many gripes people have with these films, is the way some characters are written or performed. For this list, I wanted to call out the most irritating characters in the Michael Bay Transformers movie-verse. Before I start, I want to be clear on a few things. This is my opinion. I do however, openly welcome discussion on the subject.

The other thing I want to be clear on is that this is in no way an attack on the actors in the roles. Whatever the reason for character being irritating, it all comes down to a series of choices made by the film-makers leading up to that performance. The last thing I want to do is unfairly bash a performer since I’ve seen most of them give solid performances elsewhere.

So, in no particular order, here are the most irritating movie-verse characters.

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Combiner Wars – Legends Class Powerglide Toy Review

When I was a kid, I had one Transformers VHS tape. It contained two episodes that I watched over and over again because that’s all I had until a few years later when my step-brother came along with more. Those two episodes were season three’s ‘Call Of The Primitives’ and ‘The Girl Who Loved Powerglide’ from season two. Because of this, I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for ol’ Powerglide.

I was chuffed to bits when I saw that the Combiner Wars line was going to include a legend-class Powerglide. The next task; trying to get one in the UK, where distribution is insanely poor and uneven. Well, I managed to get one on the secondary market through a Facebook community.

What a great little figure. Hasbro have been releasing some damn fine figures in this scale lately. Now before I get all nostalgic and pop on my rose-tinted glasses, this is by no means a perfect figure, just that in my estimation it’s the best representation of the character that I’ve seen.

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Titans Return – Deluxe Triggerhappy Toy Review

Here we go with another Deluxe Titans Return review. This time I’ll be looking at Decepticon Triggerhappy and his Titan Master partner, Blowpipe. This figure came in wave 3 and what a pleasant surprise he was. I was born too late and missed the first coming of the Transformers. I got the tail-end of it. One of the toys I had was Targetmaster Triggerhappy. I have fond memories of that toy and how awesome it was. When he was announced for this line, my head just about exploded.  I was instantly transported back to childhood. My little fingers would get caught in some part of his transformation. It hurt but I kept going back to it cos it was just a damn good toy.

Now fast forward nearly 30 years and Hasbro have just about revisited every other character in their growing roster of updates, now it’s Triggerhappy’s turn. The result is a more than adequate deluxe figure with an incredible ingenious transformation process that looks great in both modes all while incorporating the latest gimmick. Sometime Hasbro still impresses.

The jet mode is fantastic looking and armed to the teeth. It’s so sleek and has barely any robot parts hanging out. Ok, if you turn him over you can quite plainly see his legs but when an alt-mode is pulled off so incredibly well at this scale, it really doesn’t matter. It replicates the colours of the G1 toy almost perfectly with its dark blue hull, grey cannons and gold-coloured fuselage (if that’s the correct term).

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Titans Return – Deluxe Blurr Toy Review

As I mentioned in my review for Legends-Class Bumblebee, the Titans Return line has impressed me. Along with some new and awesome representations of classic characters, the transformations have been interesting and the sculpting has come on leaps and bounds.

So without further ado, I’d like to give my thoughts on the very first TR figure I picked up; Blurr. I acquired Blurr at last year’s TFNation from In Demand Toys and was instantly impressed. I had been following the news on Seibertron.com when this new line was announced and that it would be bringing back Headmasters. Having been a fan of Headmasters the first time around, I was naturally excited. Then I saw that one of the characters to be included in the initial wave was Blurr. Both confusion and joy mixed in equal parts. ‘One of my favourite characters,’ I thought ‘but Blurr’s not a Headmaster!!’

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Transformers: The Last Knight Trailer Opinions

So the latest trailer has been released for Transformers 5 or ‘Michael Bay’s Transformers: The Last Knight’ to use its full title. So I thought I’d write a little piece with my initial reactions. Now, say what you will about the Transformers movies but they are what they are. No-one’s going to these things for Oscar winning writing and Shakespearean acting. We’re five movies in and if you’re still going in expecting the next Dark Knight or Terminator 2, then you’re a lost cause and you’re only watching these movies to bash them. Not that there isn’t a good case for tearing them apart and I’m right there with you on some of those points, but on the other hand, I get a kick out of these movies.

With a few notable exceptions, the point of a big summer tent pole movie is not to make you think. It’s to make you switch off your brain and be entertained by some awesome visuals which you mindlessly stuff popcorn into your face. That’s why they call them ‘popcorn movies’.

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Toy Review: Titans Return Legends-Class Bumblebee

Another year, another Bumblebee. It seems Hasbro has a real love for making a multitude of Bumblebee figures year in, year out. This year is no exception with the Titans Return line bringing with it yet another version of this iconic little lovebug.

I will admit, when it was announced, I was suprised they didn’t go deluxe on him and make him a Headmaster (sorry, Titanmaster) like  everyone else who wasn’t one before. Don’t get me wrong; it’s a great  little gimmick and I for one am glad it’s back as the Headmasters was one of my favourite lines as a kid, but not every character needs a transforming noggin.

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