Power of the Primes Grimlock

Power of the Primes Grimlock

The Dinobot leader has arrived at Junkion HQ!

The Card

My version of Grimlock came with a card for the Liege Maximo combination.

Grimlock card back

I suspect that those “truths” are all the same – “Me Grimlock smash”.

The Dinosaur

The weakest mode is the dinosaur who has far more “junk in the trunk” than previous releases. The top half is extremely accurate and has a great look and feel that screams Grimlock. The lower half however looks like he stomped through some poison ivy and is a bit swollen. Still a fun figure but the proportions seem a little off.

The Robot

Grimlock robot mode

The robot mode is a lot of fun and is, without question, G1 Grimlock. The weakest element is probably the chest which, due to the transformation, is split down the front which can leave a gap if you’re not careful.

The Combiner

In this line Grimlock is not only the leader of the Dinobots but also the torso of their combined form Volcanicus. I can’t wait until the last two Dinobots are released so that I can fully build this out.

Armless VolcanicusSadly, my Volcanicus is totally armless.

Dinobots

Grimlock joins Slash, Swoop and Slug in my PotP Dinobot collection.

Dinobots to date

The Dinobot swarm continues to grow.

Power of the Primes Starscream

Voyager Starscream has arrived at Junkion HQ!

The Card

Starscream card front

My version of Starsream came with a card for the Onyx Prime combination. The power of “the patience of a vulture” seems incredibly appropriate for Starscream.

Starscream card back

The Jet

Starscream jet mode

Sadly the jet is disappointing and easily the weakest mode. The decals on the wings are as poor as expected and give it a cheap feel. Also, there is no good way to get the feet out of the way so it tilts forward awkwardly.

The Robot

Starscream robot mode

My initial impression of Starscream was that it was a Popeye version but in hand I get a more Robot Heroes feel. All it needs is an oversized head to complete the impression. Passable but certainly not a replacement for the original Classics update.

The Combiner

This Starscream can also form the torso of a combiner and this is where this mold shines.. He has no official team that we’ve been informed of but pairing him with the Combaticons and Liokaiser are popular.

Starscream combined modeJust to be different – Menascream

I like the torso mode which has a strong movie-Starscream vibe. The biggest flaw here being the doors for the Enigma of Combination chamber which are very thin and easy to accidentally push into the body during transformation.

Bringing the Unexpected: Part Six – The Final Clones

Bringing the Unexpected: Part Six – The Final Clones

The clone two pack has finally arrived at Junkion HQ and they saved the best for last. (If, like me, you are not lucky enough to have found one in your local Walgreens store, you can order your own on their site.)

Clones in package

Wingspan

The second Decepticon beast is just as fun as the first.

The Robot

Not surprisingly, the new clones look pretty much the same in robot mode.

Wingspan robot mode

The Bird

The transformation on these are more satisfying than the first two clones since they include a few more steps. Wingspan’s arms have an extra little piece attached to the shoulder that links the wings to the body and locks everything into place. We can also finally see the reason for the second hinge int he robot hips since it is required for the transformation of the final two clones.

Wingspan beast mode

Comparison

Here is Wingspan with his G1 self: shorter but better articulation.

Wingspan with G1 robot mode

Sadly, my G1 Wingspan can only be called “span” since he no longer has any wings but here they are together in beast mode anyways.

Wingspan with G1 beast modeEvil Decepticon Span transforms into a vicious cyber-turkey

And with his updated pal Pounce, he’s the one on the… he’s one of these two.

Decepticon Clones robot mode

They’re easier to tell apart in beast mode.

Decepticon Clones beast mode

Titan/Prime Master Integration

You can put a Titan or Prime Master onto his back and finally recreate those Lord of the Rings scenes with Transformers like you know you’ve always wanted to.

Wingspan with Prime Master

Cloudraker

Although his jet mode is no more convincing than the original, I still enjoy the air-based Autobot clone.

The Robot

Again, not a radical new look for the robot mode, as expected.

Cloudraker robot mode

The Plane

Here is where all of the new comes in.

Cloudraker vehicle mode

Titan/Prime Master Integration

Like Fastclash before him, Cloudraker includes a flip up panel on his chest that becomes a cockpit in alt mode.

Cloudraker with Prime MasterThis is a totally natural way to ride a jet

Comparison

Sadly, my G1 Cloudraker has gone missing so here he is in robot mode with G1 Fastlane.

Cloudraker with G1 robot mode

The clone look is really broken by the large spoiler and wheels on Fastclash’s shoulders.

Autobot Clones robot mode

Air and Land attack!

Autobot Clones vehicle modeThese are totally real vehicles!

Extra: Weapons

Thanks to ToyHax’s Black Friday sale I picked up several of their label and parts sets including the missing weapons for the Autobot clones. Fastclash’s weapons are included in ToyHax’s Chaos on Velocitron set and Cloudraker’s are in their own set.

Autobot Clones with weapons robot mode

Cloudraker’s weapons really work well with the jet mode and help give the “arms pointed backwards” fuselage a bit more purpose.

Autobot Clones with weapons vehicle mode

360 Degree Turnaround Videos

Along with the new year, I’m introducing a new feature 360 degree turnaround videos. With these you’ll be able to see front, back and side views of each figure in each mode.

Cloudraker

Wingspan

Power of the Primes Slash

Power of the Primes Slash

Power of the Primes introduces us to the sixth Dinobot (no, not Paddles, he’s non-cannon!), Slash.

Slash in package

The Card

Slash card front

My version of Slash came with a card for her Vector Prime combination.

Slash card back

The Robot

The robot mode is clearly in the Dinobot family with big Grimlock-style shoulders and the red chest that all of the other wave 1 Dinobots should have.

Slash robot mode

One thing that is obvious when you put Slash with any of the other wave one Legends is that she’s tiny – with legs and a torso only half the size of her wave-mates.

Power of the Primes Legends wave 1

The Dinosaur

The Dino mode is a surprisingly fun little velociraptor!

Slash dino mode

Prime Master Integration

The same spot that hides the dino head in robot mode doubles as a Prime Master cockpit.

Vector SlashVector Slash – finally a combination that matches one of my cards!

Dinobots

Slash joins Swoop and Slug in my PotP Dinobot collection.

Slash with Dinobots robot modeClearly the “little sister” of the group. I imagine she follows them on missions even when she’s told to stay home.

Here they are together in dino mode.

Slash with Dinobots

Half way there…

Power of the Primes Beachcomber

Power of the Primes Beachcomber

Wave one of the Power of the Primes Legends continues with Beachcomber.

Beachcomber in package

The Card

Beachcomber card front

My version of Beachcomber came with a card for the Megatronus combination.

Beachcomber card back

The Robot

Like Windcharger, Beachcomber looks like he just stepped out of the original cartoon.

Beachcomber robot mode

The Dune Buggy

The dune buggy looks great too, I especially like the silver engines on the back.

Beachcomber vehicle mode

Two flaws that I have to mention, there is a large gap in the back of the vehicle mode where the head is stored and the torso does not lock securely in place so it is easy to accidentally compact it.

Beachcomber vehicle mode rear

Prime Master Integration

To access the cockpit you flip up the back of the roll-bar.

Beachcomber Prime Master

The Comparison

PotP Beachcomber is a big improvement over the, much smaller, Universe/Henkei version.

Beachcomber comparison robot

The previous mold is clearly from the “updated design” phase of the Classics/Generations line and looks nothing like what we saw in the cartoon.

Beachcomber comparison vehicle

Power of the Primes Windcharger

Power of the Primes Windcharger

We’ve had several Windcharger updates over the years but this is the first version that really reflects the G1 design.

Windcharger in package

The Card

Windcharger card

My version of Windcharger came with a card for Alchemist Prime.

Windcharger card Alchemist

The Robot

If I had to pick one nit with this version of Windcharger would be how the windows are attached to his forearms, they just feel out of place. Other than that it looks like it stepped right out of the original cartoon.

Windcharger robot mode

The Car

The car mode is straight out of the cartoon as well.

Windcharger vehicle mode

Prime Master Integration

The Prime Master integration is clearly an afterthought with this figure and requires you to partially transform the back half of the car in order to access the cockpit.

Windcharger Prime Master

The Comparison

While I still love the Reveal the Shield/United Windcharger mold, this version captures the character far better.

Windcharger comparison robot mode

Even the vehicle mode is more G1 than my United Windcharger.

Windcharger comparison vehicle mode

Masterpiece Shattered Glass Optimus Prime

Masterpiece Shattered Glass Optimus Prime

I finally caved in and got a second version of the MP-10 mold During Big Bad Toy Store’s Black Friday sale Shattered Glass Optimus Prime.

Shattered Glass Optimus Prime box open

The Robot

I like how this mold can store the rifle in the robot’s back hump but, it seems to me, that this version of Prime would be a “shoot first” kind of bot.

Shattered Glass Optimus Prime robotSubjugation is the destiny of all sentient beings!

The Truck

I was surprised to find out that this includes the trailer, I initially expected it to be more like MP-10B which does not. I don’t mind either way since I don’t have enough room to display the trailer so it will live in the box.

Shattered Glass Optimus Prime truck

The Origin

Originally introduced for Botcon 2008, Shattered Glass is a “Mirror Mirror” version of the Transformers populated with Heroic Decepticons and Evil Autobots. The concept returned with figures in several other Botcons, the Subscription Service and an e-Hobby exclusive before becoming a Masterpiece.

The Original

Well, sort of, here is Shattered Glass Optimus Prime with Hasbro’s version of MP-10 – Not-Broken Glass Optimus Prime.

Shattered Glass Optimus Prime with G1

The only thing that I dislike about this purchase is how much I now want a copy of MP-10B Black Convoy, aka Nemesis Prime. I’ve been leaning towards it ever since I realized how bare my Masterpiece Decepticon shelf would be without third-party support. But, now that I’ve gotten a taste of evil Optimus Prime, it seems wrong not to have the full trio.

Titans Return Brainstorm

Titans Return Brainstorm

Due to a very brief appearance on clearance, I was able to grab myself a new copy of Brainstorm from Walgreens.

Brainstorm in package

The Robot

Brainstorm wears this mold well, the white, grey and teal are very striking. Like with Nautica, the shoulder mounted wings really help to break up the Blurr outline.

Brainstorm robot mode

The Titan Master

Teslor is a simple repaint of the Blurr Titan Master with a new backpack.

Teslor robot mode

The Space Jet

The most noticeable difference with this version compared to G1 or the Generations Voyager is the single tail-fin necessitated by sharing Blur’s transformation engineering. The second biggest difference is the fact that the robot arms lay flat along the sides of the jet instead of doubling up under the wings – this worked OK on the G1 version but was a bit awkward on the Voyager so I don’t mind the change.

Brainstorm jet mode

The Mold

Blurr mold robot mode
I’m quite fond of the Blurr mold and now have all four versions along with Nautica and Arcee. I’m even considering picking up the soon to be re-released Legends version of Blurr that I missed the first time around.

Blurr mold vehicle mode

As you can see from the photos Brainstorm and Arcee got the most remolding with new shields, spoilers and shoulders while Nautica simply got snap-on wings.

Walgreens Exclusive?

I still find it totally bizarre that Walgreens, of all places, has exclusive Transformers. The reason I caught this deal was that I’ve been watching the site closely hoping for this year’s Walgreens exclusive, the Clone two pack, to reappear online.

Brainstorm was released in the US as an exclusive twice, also appearing in the Titan Force box set at SDCC and later Hasbro Toy Shop  in a lighter, more anime inspired, deco.

Price Roller Coaster

When originally released, Brainstorm was $17.99 on the Walgreens site. At the beginning of November, it was marked as “clearance” and the price on the listing dropped to $11.09 – unfortunately this price was not honored when adding it to the cart where it still came up at regular price. That was during the “good old days” when the Clones were still listed on their site.

Brainstorm Clearance listing
It didn’t take long for the clearance label to be dropped and, at the same time, the price went up to $19.99. Over Cyber Weekend, when I got this one, it went on clearance for real and the price dropped to $8.59.
Brainstorm Clearance for real this time
That didn’t last long either and the price went up to $14.99 where it remains as of this writing.
Brainstorm Clearance Take 3

Pricing Update

The proverbial ink on this post was barely dry when I checked Walgreens site for the clones and found this:

Brainstorm Clearance Take 4
Back up to $19.99, and no clones.

Power of the Primes Swoop

Power of the Primes Swoop

Finally, my favorite Dinobot has been updated and is here at Junkion HQ!

Swoop on card

The Card

Like previous lines, deluxes and above come with trading cards.

Swoop card front

Unlike other lines, there are twelve different cards for each figure, one representing that character’s power when combined with each of the Prime Masters. My version of Swoop came with a card for Nexus Prime.

Swoop card back

The Robot

My only complaint is that I would have preferred the red-chested Swoop as shown on the card based on my established preference for toy-inspired decos for toys based on toys I owned as a youth.

Swoop robot mode

Bonus shot – Predacon wing mode, just what I was hoping for.

Swoop robot mode wings

Armor mode – aka Swoop with a black box on his chest.

Swoop robot armor

The Dinosaur

Swoop in Pteranodon mode.

Swoop dino mode

Here he is perched upright.

Swoop dino mode wings

And with the BFH mounted, which much make flying so much easier.

Swoop dino mode with armor

Prime Master Integration

Here is Vector Swoop, enhanced with the power to vectorize the enemy, or something, my card doesn’t say.

Swoop robot mode armor

Prime Master Vector Prime in weapon mode which comes in handy since Swoop only comes with a sword.

Swoop robot mode Prime Master

With Slug

Swoop joins Slug in my growing PotP Dinobot collection.

Swoop robot mode with Slug

Here they are together in dino mode.

Swoop dino mode with Slug

Power of the Primes Slug

Power of the Primes Slug

Finally, updated Dinobots have arrived at Junkion HQ!

Slug on cardDon’t call him by that old name, he’s the sensitive Dinobot

The Card

Like previous lines, deluxes and above come with trading cards.

Slug card

Unlike other lines, there are twelve different cards for each figure, one representing that character’s power when combined with each of the Prime Masters. My version of Slug came with a card for Amalgamous Prime.

Slug card back

The Robot

There’s no question that this is the Dinobot Sla… Slug.

Slug robot mode

The BFH posts into Slug’s lower jaw, I’m still not impressed with this feature.

Slug robot armor

The Dinosaur

Again, an instantly recognizable Dinobot!

Slug dino mode

The BFH works a little better in dino mode even though it lacks any real function. The spikes are nice though.

Slug dino mode bfh

Prime Master Integration

Here is Micronus Slag, an integration which empowers him to, uh, I don’t know. That was one of the 11 cards I didn’t get.

Slug robot mode Prime Master

Prime Master Micronus in weapon mode to give Slag some extra firepower.

Slug robot mode Prime Master

Just what we need, a more dangerous Dinobot.

Slug dino mode Prime Master

Next up… SWOOP!