Main
Features
 FOTD
 Toy Fair 2017
 SDCC 2016
 Toy Fair 2016
 SDCC 2015
 Toy Fair 2015
 SDCC 2014
 C2E2 2014
 Toy Fair 2014
 SDCC 2013
 C2E2 2013
 Toy Fair 2013
 SDCC 2012
 C2E2 2012
 Toy Fair 2012
 NYCC 2011
 SDCC 2011
 Toy Fair 2011
Archives
 Books
 DVD
 Music
 Statues
 Prop Replicas
 Toys
 Video Games
Credits
Contact



Favorite Links:
16bit Twitter
ASM
Awesome Toy Blog
Battle Beasts
Battlegrip.com
Doomkick
EE Podcast
Galactic Hunter
Glyos News
Imaginext News
It'sAllTrue.net
MinifiguresXD
OSM News
Parry Game Preserve
Poe Ghostal
Shortpacked
Toyfinity

Hasbro Transformers Generations Thrilling 30 Nightbeat Hasbro, 2014
Day #1,009: September 16, 2014
Hasbro Transformers Generations Thrilling 30 Nightbeat Action FigureNightbeat
Series 02 #020

Transformers Generations Deluxe
Item No.:
Asst. 37986 No. A6348
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Includes: 2 blasters, Dark Cybertron #9 (Robots in Disguise #26) comic book
Action Feature: Transforms from Robot to Sports Car
Retail: $14.99
Availability: September 2014
Other: Originally a different body

  PREVIOUS RSS NEXT  

Hasbro Transformers Generations Thrilling 30 Nightbeat Action FigureSince the original Headmasters toy of 1988, Nightbeat has enjoyed a little fame and few toys. While he wasn't in the cartoons, he was given more than a little play in the comic books. The toy's head didn't match his appearances in the books, but this new version for 2014 sports a noggin closer to the comic design - which was used for the G1 toy Siren, which means this is probably low-hanging fruit for convention exclusive repaints. 2014 Nightbeat takes the 2013 Bumblebee/Goldfire toy body and changes up the deco while adding a new head. Early leaked images of the toy used the 2011 Special Ops Jazz were dismissed as a fan mock-up, but turned out to be the real deal when the very comic book packaged with this toy show that very design on the cover. Who knew?

With a slight blue swirl in the plastic, I am somewhat concerned for the longevity of this toy - swirly plastic isn't known for holding up forever. It has some give now, but in 15 years? Or 20? That remains to be seen. The blue plastic figure has some black and yellow pieces and a small smattering of yellow, blue, and red paint. The new head is really the selling point here, with red shades, a yellow face, and red ears. The problem comes from the darker blue plastic coming through the thin yellow paint on the face, an increasingly common problem as of late. The figure itself is nice, and I like this mold for Nightbeat more than Bumblebee. At 5-inches tall, his 16 meaningful points of articulation are nice but the arms are still somewhat restricted. What are you going to do? At least it looks really slick. On a shelf, this is one awesome toy - and the chest holds together and won't slide around like on Goldfire. Hasbro improved the quality of this one and as such, I'm really keen on it.

Transformation is easy, but still is messed up in the end. Everything folds in to place easily and quickly, minus the back of the car. It still has the same problems you'd have with his previous mold mates. Bumblebee and Goldfire had a gap back here, and so does this one. It might just be mine, but this is the only thing keeping me from declaring this the best redeco in years.

Hasbro Transformers Generations Thrilling 30 Nightbeat Action Figure

The car looks nice, with silver "headlights" red "brake lights," and quite a bit of paint where it counts. Nightbeat really is in disguise with no autobrand on his vehicle mode, but the robot's chest still drags on the ground when you try to roll his wheels... that or I just don't know how it works. I'm glad we have silver hubcaps here, but much like the robot mode, the car mode looks best on a shelf. It's fun to transform, but I wouldn't say it "plays" well. I should also mention Hasbro spent a few extra pennies to make the car look significantly better - a white background behind the red flames really make them pop, and it looks nice and easy to see without being at all muddied. I can't praise this move enough.

The guns plug together, but not well - the tabs don't quite align on Nightbeat's blasters. Bumblebee and Goldfire were fine. Like those other Autobots, you can place them in his hands or plug them into 5mm holes in his car mode if you like. With blue paint, the yellow and clear blue plastic blasters really do look nicer than I would have expected.

Hasbro Transformers Generations Thrilling 30 Nightbeat Action Figure

I can't believe I'm saying this, but Nightbeat is probably the best character to use the Generations Bumblebee mold. While the body doesn't match his toy or comic appearances, it does look nice with this head. Hasbro clearly made the most out of the mold here and as a desk toy or something for collectors, it's a lot of fun. I don't think it will sate fan demand for a really nice "classic" take on the character, as the only two toys striving to look like the classic were the 1988 original and the club exclusive version based on the Energon Hot Shot mold - which is also quite nice. I would wager we'll see a new version of him in the next few years, but for now? This is good. If Hasbro never gets to redoing him again, it's still a pretty nice figure, especially if you can score him for $10 in one of the many deluxe "sales" that are going around these days.

--Adam Pawlus

Additional Images

Hasbro Transformers Generations Thrilling 30 Nightbeat Action Figure Hasbro Transformers Generations Thrilling 30 Nightbeat Action Figure
Hasbro Transformers Generations Thrilling 30 Nightbeat Action Figure Hasbro Transformers Generations Thrilling 30 Nightbeat Action Figure

Hasbro Transformers Generations Thrilling 30 Nightbeat Action Figure Hasbro Transformers Generations Thrilling 30 Nightbeat Action Figure
Hasbro Transformers Generations Thrilling 30 Nightbeat Action Figure Hasbro Transformers Generations Thrilling 30 Nightbeat Action Figure
Hasbro Transformers Generations Thrilling 30 Nightbeat Action Figure Hasbro Transformers Generations Thrilling 30 Nightbeat Action Figure
Hasbro Transformers Generations Thrilling 30 Nightbeat Action Figure Hasbro Transformers Generations Thrilling 30 Nightbeat Action Figure
Hasbro Transformers Generations Thrilling 30 Nightbeat Action Figure Hasbro Transformers Generations Thrilling 30 Nightbeat Action Figure
Hasbro Transformers Generations Thrilling 30 Nightbeat Action Figure Hasbro Transformers Generations Thrilling 30 Nightbeat Action Figure
Hasbro Transformers Generations Thrilling 30 Nightbeat Action Figure Hasbro Transformers Generations Thrilling 30 Nightbeat Action Figure
Hasbro Transformers Generations Thrilling 30 Nightbeat Action Figure Hasbro Transformers Generations Thrilling 30 Nightbeat Action Figure
Hasbro Transformers Generations Thrilling 30 Nightbeat Action Figure Hasbro Transformers Generations Thrilling 30 Nightbeat Action Figure

Additional Transformers Generations Deluxe 2014 Wave 10 Images

Transformers Generations Deluxe 2014 Wave 10
Transformers Generations Deluxe 2014 Wave 10

Click here to see more Hasbro figures in Figure of the Day.

Click here to see more Transformers figures in Figure of the Day.

Want to buy this figure? Check Transformers availability at our sponsors:
Entertainment Earth

HTML Comment Box is loading comments...

Featured Toy Video

Click Here for 2013
Figure of the
Day 2014
January 2014
1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293031
February 2014
1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
232425262728
March 2014
1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
3031
April 2014
12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
27282930
May 2014
123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031
June 2014
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
2930
July 2014
12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031
August 2014
12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31
September 2014
123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
282930
October 2014
1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293031
November 2014
1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
30
December 2014
123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031
Click Here for 2015

16bit.com is best not viewed in Apple's Safari browser, we don't know why. All material on this site copyright their respective copyright holders. All materials appear hear for informative and entertainment purposes. 16bit.com is not to be held responsible for anything, ever. Photos taken by the 16bit.com staff. Site design, graphics, writing, and whatnot credited on the credits page. Be cool-- don't steal.
We know where you live and we'll break your friggin' legs.