Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Legends
Item No.: Asst. B0971 No. B1798 Manufacturer:Hasbro Includes:Trading Card Action Feature:Transforms from Tank to Robot Retail:$9.99 Availability: May 2015 Other: Arguably not an upgrade
Were this figure released in 2008, you would be happy with Warpath. The original toy in the 1980s was great, and this is better. In 2009 we got a small, 100%-new mold figure that while tiny was quite nice. In 2012 Hasbro nailed it with a gorgeous deluxe toy tank with all the articulation you could ever hope for, and perfection had been achieved. However those of you who love Hasbro toys know perfection is meaningless if there's an opportunity, so we actually take a step back to do a retooled version of Megatron as Warpath. It's a toy you don't need unless you're trying to get a close-to-complete set of minibots in the Legends size. It's a perfectly adequate toy, but without the chest cannon there's really no argument that this is in any way an improvement.
The deco is very Warpath-esque with new art on his trading card that actually resembles the new toy. The paint is what makes the figure - Warpath is mostly a dark red and all vestiges of the "caution" tape deco on Megatron are gone. He's not as colorful as there are only shades of red, black, and grey, but you can look at it and go "hey, that's Warpath! Where is his uni-nipple cannon?" One particularly nice detail on the head is that they actually squeezed quite a bit of color in there. Blue eyes are surrounded by traces of a silver face under a red mask, which is actually quite different from previous releases. This gives his relatively tiny face more personality, although it may be difficult to actually see it.
At about 3 1/2-inches tall he's basically that Megatron we all got sick of with a new head. The robot has 9 meaningful points of articulation - 10 if you count the cannon on his right arm - and has no problems standing, sitting, or grasping any 5mm weapons you have around in his giant fists. His hands look bigger than his head - it's strange at this scale, although not too uncommon on the whole. His robot mode looks very little like the other Warpath toys. Or comics. Or cartoons. But if you don't have one, here is one.
Transformation is fun without being too complex - the legs extend out and fold back, with the arms becoming the turret. It's pretty easy to figure out, and it's sturdy. The engineering is good, but getting the turret to peg together in a stable manner took some doing.
The tank is perfectly reasonable with silver non-working treads... and real wheels under them. The turret turns, and it looks like a tank. Admittedly there's really no way you can go wrong with Warpath as a tank as long as the coloration is right, and this one looks great. It's a perfectly decent little toy vehicle in its own right, but when placed in the context of a collector line it's easy to say "oh, I've got this."
My inability to pass up mainline, non-exclusive "classic" Transformers demanded that i examine this one. I don't expect people will give it a lot of love and it'll probably be overlooked until Hasbro gets around to completing the Minibots team with the likes of Seaspray or Pipes, and I'm not too hopeful that'll be soon. It would be nice, though, as it's a great team of characters and there aren't many left to do at this size. If you have any of the previous tank Warpath toys it is extremely difficult to recommend this one for any reason beyond it being different. It's not better, and it's not worse. It's not even really more of the same - Hasbro just found a way to get another bang out of the mold, and the end result is adequate. Those of you on a tighter budget for plastic robots may wish to skip this one in favor of Groove or Viper, although admittedly you could arguably skip them without much remorse. The deluxes and voyagers are just too good this year by comparison!
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