Now that I’ve got the San Diego Comic-Con variant of the toy in my hot giant hands? Still pretty ecstatic, though that doesn’t mean I can’t be critical. I’m a Transformers fan, after all — I’ve got fanboy mode AND critic mode.
So let’s take a look at the five smaller robots that make up the one big robot that’s gearing up to kick a ton of Autobot arse next week in High Moon’s Transformers: Fall of Cybertron.
We’ll go from best to worst in terms of how amazing the character is, which basically means Vortex, Blast Off, Brawl and Onslaught take second fiddle to…
Dr Jeep. The guy that once tried to sell his non-functional teammates for scrap. The ‘bot I once wrote a two-page application to play in a text-based online Transformers role-playing game. I love him so.
I’m not really a Decepticon fan, actually, but I do have my favourites, and Swindle is at the top of the list. He’s got the most distinctive personality of the whole group, which can lead to Bruticus falling apart at the seams, but you can’t make an omelet without killing a few people.
They’ve got the colour scheme right, at least, and if I were to imagine a Cybertronian Jeep I suppose this wouldn’t be far off from the mark. None too shabby.
One incredibly simple transformation later, we have this…
BRAWL IS THE LOUDEST OF THE COMBATICONS, WHICH MAKES SENSE SEEING AS HE’S A TANK.
And he’s still a tank here, albeit a sort of strange, futuristic hover-tank. I really dig the alien angles on Brawl’s vehicle form, and that muted green colour is rather dashing on the boisterous ‘bot.
A bit of the old flippedy-doo and…
Vortex in effect with mah freaks tonight. Vortex, the group’s whirly bird, is completely insane. Unhinged, manic, and ready to go off the handle at any minute. Worse, he’s easily bored — not a good combination.
He’s a little helicopter, a little wasp — he’s almost a Waspinator, really. There are some strange little red bits poking out of the front of Vortex’s vehicle form, but who knows, maybe they serve some sort of strange Cybertronian purpose I don’t know about.
Unfold that strange copter and you get…
I’m loving the red, purple and gold colour scheme. I’m not loving the skirt, or the bowed legs. Maybe he just gets a lot of action? I shudder to think.
Distant and aloof, the G1 version of Blast Off was a space shuttle, so he was literally so far above the common rabble that he’d rather not interact with them at all. In short, he’s a jerk.
And I have no idea what the hell this thing is supposed to be. I mean sure, it’s some sort of space ship, but that means crap all when everyone else is in space and can transform into some sort of space-going craft. Fall of Cybertron Blast Off looks like something DG-1 would find on the other end of a stargate. I suppose it’s a distinctive look.
One giant pair of shoulder pads, coming right up!
Not that that’s a bad thing. It’s a fine dance.
The leader of the Combaticons who’d rather issue orders than take the field, the original Onslaught was the most impressive of the group, forming the massive body while the others formed limbs.
Here he’s not quite as impressive.
Somebody forgot to take a picture of Onslaught in vehicle form outside of the group shot below, which is just as well. His vehicle for is essentially a flatbed containing Bruticus’ head with Onslaught’s tiny arms covering it as if he’s playing peek-a-boo.
His robot form suffers in a few areas. The legs are fine, but the arms are puny, necessary since they have to fold to the side to form the big guy. His torso is particularly thick, thanks to having a much larger head hidden in his chest cavity. Your torso would be just as large in similar circumstances.
Combaticons, Combine To Form Bruticus!
Bruticus, built to be the greatest military force in the universe. The G1 inspiration is evident in the face, but the torso and limbs are definitely current-generation.
He doesn’t need foot bases — he’s got Swindles grill for toes and Brawl’s unfolded bits for balance. He actually stands quite well, given the odd nature of his legs.
And his arms? Well, hrm. On the Vortex side he’s got Popeye-style forearms and a tiny black plastic hand that looks like a normal-sized hand was cursed by a voodoo priest. Seriously, look at that tiny little thing. It’s useless. It’s the t-rex arm of hands.
And Blast Off isn’t so much an arm as he is a long appendage used as a base for Bruticus’ weapon, a rather ingenious combination of all five robots’ smaller ordinance.
Overall Bruticus is a fine looking figure (the version on store shelves will have different colouring), but his beauty is just as one-dimensional as Swindle’s. That giant robot is maybe three inches deep at his thickest. So yes, keep him on the shelf so no one ever catches him in profile, though really they might just not see him at all.