Transformers Generations Deluxe
Item No.: Asst. 37986 No. A5780 Manufacturer:Hasbro Includes:Caliburst and Holepunch, IDW Comic Book Action Feature:Transforms from Loader to robot Retail:$14.99 Availability: January 2014 Other: 02 Series #014
I was delighted to stumble on Autobot Scoop and his cohorts in a single stop a couple of weeks back, as usually I find one or two figures and then trudge around looking for the rest. Scoop is a bright orange loader with two Targetmaster buddies, the mostly yellow Caliburst and the mostly blue Holepunch. Each goes from robot to gun, and I love Targetmaster toys as I feel like I'm getting more toy for my dollar.
I won't ask why Hasbro picked this figure, partially because I don't care - I'm simply glad to own it. Each of the little Targetmaster buddies transforms the same way. Fold up the "hat" barrel, rotate the peg down between their feet, and rotate the arms back - presto, gun. You can combine the two together if you want, and I don't want. There are no joints for the legs, but the figures look cool and stand there nicely. The deco isn't bad either, with painted faces and chests making these look quite good for the asking price. Each figure stands with no problems, and the detail is certainly very good. I feel that I absolutely got my money's worth in this set because of these guys - and we haven't even gotten to the main toy yet!
Scoop's truck mode is a pretty simple vehicle - the wheels roll freely, and the scoop can be positioned in a couple of places. There are four six places to mount the two guns, or you can have them ride in the giant shovel out front. Keeping in line with the whole "robots in disguise" angle, there's no visible Autobot symbol in vehicle mode. It's simple, and it works - nowadays that's pretty much all I want.
The transformation is like Energon-era Scouts or some of the simpler Deluxes from Cybertron. It's not a beefy toy, but it does feel appropriately chunky when you swing out the legs, fold down the toes, pull out the arms, and rotate everything else into place. the colors are so bright and the change is so simple I wouldn't doubt that some fans that missed the late 1980s could mistake it for an actual vintage-era toy. It feels like how we all wish these toys should be.
The robot is excellent, if not particularly large. My Chewbacca figure on my desk comes up to his neck, putting him at just over 5-inches tall. Each hand can hold 5mm pegs, which comes in handy as he has two such weapons in his packaging. Scoop's robot mode sports an Autobot logo on his chest and minimal deco, which really works for him - a little grey, a tiny bit of blue, and that's it. Oh, and some yellow plastic to break it all up. Blue light-up eyes bring him to life quite nicely, and the grey paint for his face is nice and glossy. Articulation fanatics won't be thrilled, but it's worth noting there are roughly 20 meaningful joints on his person. Sure, double-shoulders aren't too useful, but it's nice to know that you have that option for posing. I feel that this figure is going to spoil me rotten for whatever Hasbro introduces in New York for Toy Fair this weekend. I'm tempted to start a Best of 2014 list right now with this guy near the top.
The comic is a reprint of Transformers: More than Meets the Eye #23 which is surprisingly new - it just came out last November, and Scoop does indeed appear within the pages. I really dig this figure and I hope Hasbro decides to increase its G1 cast in Generations with more toys just like it. He's simple, fun, and well-designed. Also bright and colorful. What's not to love? Go get one!
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