|Big Damn Box|
First off I must applaud Hasbro for actually taking the time and resources to create a "real" combiner for the Generations line. I don't know if it was the pressure from the Third Party companies or if there was another reason, but I'm glad they've re-entered the arena. In the recent past the best we have gotten from them was either the Power-Core Combiners (in which the individual limbs didn't have robot modes so they didn't really count) or the Energon series combiners (in which there were only three molds per combiner because two were repaints). So now we finally have a combiner with five different members that each have their own robot and alternate modes, not to mention it is an update of a G1 combiner! I'm not sure why it took so long to get back to this point, but I'm thrilled we are here.
|On the left is how he came out of the box. On the right are my modifications to try and "fix" him.|
Seriously, we haven't had a five member combiner where all the figures were the same size since Predaking so it is great to finally see this in a modern interpretation. It just shows me how much farther they can go if they eliminate the need to swap limbs! Agh, there I go again! Anyway...
Another great thing about this figure is the inclusion of some awesome articulation. Now once figures are on my shelves I usually don't move them around too much, but it's nice to know I have the option if I so choose. He's also appropriately sized to the other Generations figures due to the size of each figure involved. I know scale is a virtual impossibility in the land of Transformers toys, but it is nice to have a combiner that appropriately towers over his opponents.
So the real question in my mind was, how does this figure stack up to the other Bruticus figures released in the past. Well let's see...
|Great update, good homage without going overboard.|
|Much, much, much improved. In pretty much every area.|
|Hmm, tough call. Still don't think it's quite there yet.|
Hasbro definitely fixed a lot of the problems since their last outing with the Energon Bruticus, but I still feel like the FansProject Third Party upgrades trump this version. But it is still a step in the right direction. So SDCC Bruticus will be going with my WFC and FOC figures while FansProject Bruticus will be staying with the rest of my Generations figures. Keep working on it Hasbro, you're getting better!
Oh and on a final note I know at least two repaints of this figure are coming out; the retail version and the G2 Amazon exclusive version. I'd be willing to be there is going to be at least one more somewhere down the line, probably in his G1 colors. It might even be a Botcon exclusive, who knows?
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