Transformers Generations Titans Return Titan Masters
Item No.: Asst. B4697 No. B8354 Manufacturer:Hasbro Includes:Tiny head robot, small tank Action Feature:Transforms from head to robot Retail:$4.99 Availability: June 2016 Other: A more sensible use of this mold
This mold was also used for Titans Return Terri-Bull, but I wouldn't be at all surprised if Skytread was its original intent. The original 1987 toy was a single robot made from merging two separate vehicles - a tank and a jet. This time around, you get a tiny tank that changes to a tiny jet. It's still red and brown, but the reds and browns are a little different.
This 1.5-inch robot is, in robot mode, not obvious who it's supposed to be. I mean, it's the Terri-Bull sculpt, but it's not obviously an existing body that's being replicated here. He has the same jointed arms, neck, hips, and knees - and that's it. The only paint on the figure itself is on the big head mode, which isn't completely uncommon for this line. Half of them are indeed unpainted. At this size it's no huge deal - if anything, it helps mask that the tiny robot head is the Terri-Bull noggin. You have to get up real close to see things, or have better eyesight than I do.
The Skytread head mode looks really nice - vaguely like the late IDW version of the character, with a sad face on the verge of smirking. Those nose, chin, and mouth are just perfect under the big red visor, all surrounding by a brown helmet. It's about as perfect as one might ask for, the only downside being this figure doesn't include a full body. It's really nice.
The vehicle mode is a tank. It's a good one - it has rockets painted on the side, the guns are movable, and you can stick a figure in the pilot's seat without a problem. The treads are sadly unpainted, but you get a Decepticon tampo on the front and it looks cool. The colors seem very Flywheelsy, and it feels sturdy. It's good.
Transformation to jet is a snap - fold out the nose cone, pop out the wings from treads, and you're really pretty much done. You can plug the figure in there, big head-down, to fill the gaps.
The jet ain't bad - there's a lot more paint here. The entire cockpit/canopy mode is decorated, the insides of the wings are painted red, and there's a small amount of detail to enjoy. It's not bad. It's not super impressive, mostly because the colors here don't seem to be particularly amazing. It's still neat, and a fun toy to fidget with on the cheap.
Weapon mode is the jet, but the wings are folded up and a 5mm peg is folded down. That's it. It's sort of convincing, but the 4 cannons on the underside comes off as somewhat strange. It is by no means bad, but the canopy-as-barrel works better than the 4 cannons as its "chin." Other figures hold it fairly easily, and what's an added bonus is that the robot is not necessary for it to serve as a weapon. This lets you have a "Flywheels" head and the "Skytread" weapon.
If you really love the tank/jet and crave more, Takara-Tomy is selling this toy in green as a bonus accessory to their Hardhead. Before you snag that, I'd suggest picking up Terri-Bull and Flywheels, because the prices are low and the head modes are cool. If you absolutely have to pick just one though, I'd say go for Flywheels just because the head mode is a smidgen better.
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