Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Legends
Item No.: Asst. B0971 No. B5611 Manufacturer:Hasbro Includes:Trading Card Action Feature:Transforms from robot to motorcycle Retail:$9.99 Availability: March 2016 Other: Orange Groove with a new head
Junkions don't get a lot of toys, and this Wreck-Gar is significantly smaller and simpler than the 2011 Reveal the Shield Wreck-Gar [FOTD #145]. You might remember that toy being something of a hassle - that one was known for breakages, but it looked great in both modes. This one looks pretty good and is insanely bright orange, but at least my sample has problems fitting together in bike mode. I assume it would be less of a problem were it built and packaged as a motorcycle, because I was basically having to force things in place. But I digress.
With 13 points of articulation, this is a fairly poseable figure. He's got a swell beard that thanks to the size is much bushier at this scale, and the new helmet looks great. It looks sufficiently like Wreck-Gar on the cartoon, but it's clearly only inspired by the original. My sample's 5mm compatible hands seem too stiff to take most weapons, although perhaps you will have a different experience. Probably not, though, because transformation is a huge pain in the neck. Don't let that gorgeous orange or those spiffy knee tampos fool you - this toy doesn't like to transform.
Getting the wheels and seat together requires force - it could be the plastic used just not being agreeable to pegging. Some Cybertronians have no problems being pegged, but this one? He doesn't like it. You can get most of the parts in place, but the legs won't quite go together without a fight. Otherwise, it's a simple and decent process to get him to a bike... but now that I think of it, Groove was OK and Override [FOTD 1,328] was kind of a pain.
His vehicle mode is about as good as a transforming motorcycle gets, in that it has spinning wheels and does not much else. The 5mm peg and hole on the sides serves no obvious purpose in any of the modes, so if you figure it out let the rest of us know. Some extra deco on the wheel and under the seat looks great, but it's still basically just an orange vehicle with wheels. There's a kickstand, there are handlebars, and it's pretty good - but not impressive.
Do you just want a cool Wreck-Gar? This isn't it. It's an adequate toy, but fitting it together is kind of a problem - at this time I'd say just cross your fingers for Hasbro to do a new deluxe Wreck-Gar down the road as there is room for improvement. I normally say that any Combiner Wars toy is worth a look - I'd say this one is inessential, whereas the Leaders, Voyagers, and Deluxes are largely all pretty great. Don't let me turn you away from this one if you really want it, but don't expect everything to fit together easily and don't expect to be impressed, and you'll like this.
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