Transformers Generations Brainstorm
Okay, so. Admittedly it was More Than Meets
the Eye (and particular spoilers) that drew me to considering getting
this figure. But I just really enjoyed the general aesthetics of
the pictures I'd seen. I waited, though, having other things to
attend to... and noticed, as has been the case a lot lately, this guy
was everything from slightly to disgustingly overpriced even at retail
stores. Where he could be found at a reasonable price: Hasbro's
own online store. Not complaining, clearly. And dammit,
just look at that uber 80's color scheme already.
On a side note, I'd never had the opportunity to handle any G1 headmasters (and never will, if Ebay prices have anything to say about it). They're near a weird and genuinely just so very Japanese, though.
Dammit I'm being reminded of how old I am again. Still, I'm actually kind of amused by how "HEAD CONVERTS TO PILOT!" is such a selling point rather than an admittedly fascinating nightmare. He looks really bored of being in that box, though.
He's also a really spectacular size, which is always a little hard to explain. Not so small that you feel like you're going to snap something just by moving it (well, mostly), not so big as to be heavy or unruly. Weapons can be part of both modes too, which I'm always pretty happy about because I've got a box of Play Arts hands and seriously, geez.
Of note: yes, so many people have whined incessantly about the paint job without taking a moment to realize it's a ~$20 US Transformer so yeah, not every tiny little paint application is going to be perfect. The sculpted detail is amazing, the articulation for such a small figure is reasonable (head, knees and shoulders). If you want better, learn to customize or pay two or three times more for the Japanese version, which I'm hearing isn't necessarily better in some respects.
Ahem, yes, anyway.
There is valid criticism to be found in the fact that after plugging the head into the body, the neck joint (bottom part there) is loose. More than a little loose. I found that mine was still easily poseable and not "floppy", though, so I don't find it a problem myself. Several others have stated that was not the case, though that comes after criticism that the ball joint in the neck had at one point been painted, making it impossible to move. I guess it's all or nothing. Mine is a later release, and so the ball joint wasn't painted, but is loose. These things do happen, and it's an easy fix.
Overall I am really happy with him. It's a fun, painfully 80's redesign of a painfully 80's G1 toy, but also has a personality of its very own. I'm also actually really happy about Hasbro revisiting old concepts, headmasters being just one of the pieces of awesomeness that I wanted to "vote for with my wallet", so to speak. Though I damn well wish you jerks wouldn't just leave Chromedome as a $70 Transformers Collector's Club exclusive. That is just not fair.