Part of the second wave of Titans Return, Wolfwire came out nearly a year ago. Let that sink in for a minute. It's only been a year since this figure came out - I bet it feels a lot longer, doesn't it? Originally named Weirdwolf (with Monzo) in the 1980s, the new toy adds a little style to the blocky robot design but largely retains many of the original colors and several features. I wish it kept the original name, but the new one is no slouch... or really, any stranger.
This 1.5-inch head robot is Monxo, with a sculpt like G1 Monzo with less paint - specifically, no paint other than the Wolfwire face plate. He has the same articulation as his companions and can pilot the wolf mode, which is adorable and I love it. There's not a heck of a lot to say about the little dudes other than they're pretty cool, and in the grand scope of things they're either great or let me down. This is pretty great - no paint rub (because of no paint), and the joints are tight. It's a success.
I like the head mode for Wolfwire. The deco changed from the pre-release renders, as red "eyebrows" were painted while they were left undecorated on the renders. This gives it some added, unintentional villain personality. I wish he had a mustache to twirl, too, but that probably would be a stretch for accuracy as remake toys go.
As a wolf, Wolfwire is the orange Creamsicle robot wolf of your dreams His head moves and has bright clear pink teeth and eyes, plus an opening jaw. He has plenty of personality, and you can get even more posing him since the limbs are loaded with articulation. The little paws swivel, his tail can rotate, and you can mount a gun to his back - just like a real wolf! ...in 14 states, anyway. Best to not elaborate on that.
As a robot, it's more detailed than the original toy, but lacks the whole tech spec in the chest gimmick. He's nicely jointed with the trappings of a modern robot in disguise - there are so many moving parts that I can't expect you'd be disappointed. He makes all 16 points of articulation count, and the nicely jointed ankles allow for more stable action poses than his cousins. He has no problem holding his sword or gun, which of course has a seat for a Titan Master. As all weapons should.
Transformation is fun with a torso that can collapse upon itself, and the expected "legs become legs, arms become forelimbs" thing on most beast toys. Look, there's only so much you can do here. It's pretty simple, plus Hasbro made an interesting deco choice - the silver on the paws is brushed on. So it looks pre-worn. So if you scuff it, it's not like it'll be immediately obvious. Good thinking, Hasbro.
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