New Age H19 Hogan and H20 William Bonney
New Age has finally returned to the mini-bots with their two-pack of Hogan (aka G1 Brawn) and William Bonney (aka G1 Outback)!
The box is about what you expect from the Legendary Heroes line but with red details.
Inside the box you get both figures in robot mode, a combined set of instructions covering all three releases of the mold, a large cannon, a pistol, 2x gas tanks in matching colors, a die-cast drill and the die-cast Initial Premium set which includes a drill for Agamenmnon and a claw for Lucifer.
I found it impossible to transform the arms into vehicle mode as shown in the instructions. There are post on the forearms that have to slot into the folding piece that fits between them and, if the arms are in the final position, there is not enough clearance to slide everything into position. I have to rotate the forearms out (as seen below) so that the posts clear the bottom of the center piece then use the fists to fold the arms into the final position.
The Gas Tank
The gas cans fold out into odd-looking blasters.
They also fit into the back of the vehicle mode very tightly. So tightly that I had trouble getting them back off. They’ll probably end up in my New Age parts bin.
Each figure gets an unique head and chest so that they maintain the unique look of each character.
And a close-up of his face – Hogan is apparently very unhappy.
In vehicle mode the only difference between the two figures is the bottom of the grill, for Hogan, there is a hole for the drill attachment.
Here is Hogan with his TOE drill.
H20 William Bonney
The different head and chest really helps the two figures stand apart.
Since the spare tire on the roof is identical to the regular tires, including the mounting rivet, it is not possible to mount the cannon in the middle of the roof like on the G1 toy. You’ll have to pick a preferred side and use that fist to mount it.
After the recent releases it is a bit of a shock going back to such small figures but the quality and poseability certainly don’t suffer.
* “That One Episode” – the obligatory accessory that the character used once in the cartoon.