One odd thing about the back of the box is that it shows the clear display stand that’s included with the other versions of Max.
In the box you get the same instructions and three piece “beam up” stand (this time in yellow).
The one thing that bothers me about this release is the name: Max V2. Their first Go Bot inspired release wasn’t called Flipper V2. They’ve even given names to all of the Bluestreak variants; Murphy for the animation silver and black version, Kitt for Diaclone blue, and Black Rain for the all silver toy version. So why does Max’s repaint miss out?
Max is an enormously adorable rotund little figure, now in blue
The UFO mode looks great in blue!
Here are both versions of Max.
Being a straight repaint, this figure is just as good as the original Max. I still wish he had a name though.
Since this is a limited release it reuses the instructions and plastic insert created for Manero which can be a little confusing. To be clear, the rifle slot should be empty since Cyclops does not include any accessories.
Since Laserwave was a repaint of Meister in the Binaltech line it makes sense (from a certain point of view) to make Cyclops a repaint of Manero.
One thing that you’ll notice is that there are very few paint apps for the robot mode, which makes it a very purple-forward figure as it should be.
True to the character, the left hand has been replaced with a cannon. Due to limitations in how the arms fold into the vehicle mode the cannon is rather short.
The new head, as expected in this line, is spot on and includes a nice arrow detail on the top.
The vehicle mode is much plainer than the other versions of this mold which matches the the Binaltech inspriation.
The Original Tease
H2 was originally teased in July 2018 with the following image:
With the Shockwave head on a Jazz chest the silhouette covers both Manero and Cyclops. The black latex gloves, hopefully, were simply a reference to Shockwave as an experimental scientist.
Side-by-side with Manero you can really see how simple the deco on this figure is.
To get a better idea of the size, here is Cyclops with Power of the Primes Shockwave.
360 Degree Turnaround
As mentioned above, this is not supposed to be G1 Shockwave but rather an interpretation of Laserwave from the Binaltech line. I do not believe that this excludes the possibility of a true G1-inspired Shockwave later in the line, but time will tell.
Capoeira (aka G1 Stepper, Ricochet or Manero repaint #1) is here!
Like Max, Capoeira’s box is G1 inspired with a grid starburst pattern behind the robot mode photo.
Since this is a limited release it reuses the instructions created for Manero. You also get a gold version of the rifle.
All the glory of Manero in black and gold!
As you can see on the box, New Age is a bit fixated with mounting the rifle on the figure’s shoulder which, for me, just reinforces that it does not include a version of Nebulon (aka Nightstick) who originally would have been placed there.