Transformers Generations Titans Return Titan Masters
Item No.: Asst. B4697 No. B4700 Manufacturer:Hasbro Includes:Tiny head robot, small creature Action Feature:Transforms from head to robot Retail:$4.99 Availability: June 2016 Other: You Should Only Get Cancer
Some of the Titans Return toys are sort of updates, but not really. Crashbash is an update of a crab creature named Squeezeplay, and while his head mode is a fantastic update of that original toy there's nothing else about it - except maybe the purple - that recalls the original. The new toy is an awesome original thing in its own right, retooled as Clobber but in its Crashbash form it's an adorable dragon that converts into an adorable T-Rex. The head part is bundled with Japan's Shockwave & Cancer set, while the Dinosaur/Dragon part was bundled with their Skull (Skullcruncher/Skullsmasher). And it's real cute - I wish they did more of them.
This 1.5-inch robot is sort of similar to Lokos, the original 1988 Squeezeplay head. The coloring doesn't quite match, the sculpting is different, and this one has slightly more articulation - you can move his neck, shoulders, hips, and knees. His tiny head looks more like the full-size Squeezeplay head, and the body is different enough that you could consider Crashbash a new guy.
The Crashbash head mode does look similar-but-different when compared to the Squeezeplay head. The purple helmet part in particular resembles the classic toy, but the silver part is different - the eyes look less like lenses, and are now small and red - also squinty. If Hasbro made an all-new Squeezeplay toy, they'd be wise to not repurpose this head - because you could swap in this head for a different expression.
By default, the sidekick toy is packaged in what is more or less dragon mode - just unfurl the wings and you're basically there. The legs, tail, wings, and neck move - plus there's a little platform for a Titan Master to ride him. The pegs fit in the feet fairly well, but not well enough to hold him in place. He'll fall out if you tilt it. It's fine on a shelf, though.
Transformation to dinosaur is pretty easy. Crashbash's arms become the dinosaur arms, complete with digits. Crashbash's legs become the lower dinosaur jaw, complete with teeth sculpted in the sides. The dragon wings fold over the little robot, and everything fits together quite nicely.
The dinosaur is cute - he stands well, his arms wiggle, and the legs move. It's a shame that the tail is clearly the dragon's head, but what can you do? He has green eyes and a nice Decepticon symbol on his nose. There's not a heck of a lot of paint here, nor are there a lot of metal pins. This is a simpler, lower-cost, entry-level toy. It also converts to a gun from this mode.
The gun is just the dinosaur with repositioned legs and the tail folding up. A post folds out, and presto - a blaster! It's pretty convincing as a quasi-Targetmaster kind of thing, but there are still little arms and a t-rex head hanging off of it. What I particularly loved about it was plugging it in to old Battle Beasts bases - the 5mm handle fits well in other toys. It's a nice bonus feature.
While I don't doubt this figure will be will make everybody happy, it's a pretty nifty toy for five dollars. You get four modes in all, plus two little things that can connect with your larger figures and their base modes. I wish there were more bodies so Crashbash could have a permanent home, but that's not how things go. In his own right, he's a fun toy - I keep futzing with it and I assume I'll continue to do so with each new figure's arrival during Titans Return. If you like creature robots, get this one.
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