Transformers Generations Power of the Primes Roadtrap Action Figure Hasbro, 2018
Day #1,930: March 28, 2018
Roadtrap Character Debut!
Transformers Generations Power of the Primes Legends
Item No.: Asst. E0602 No. E1158 Manufacturer:Hasbro Includes:1 of 12 Collector Cards Action Feature:Transforms from Car to Robot Retail:$9.99 Availability: February 2018 Other: Half of Battletrap!
If the name Roadtrap sounds vaguely familiar, that's good - it should. He's one half of Battletrap, a G1 Duocon made of 2 distinct vehicles merging to form 1 robot. There was a BotCon exclusive of him as a Triple Changer recently, but Hasbro's decision to make it as two $10 toys was inspired. We get our Battletrap, made of the helicopter Battleslash and a SUV named Roadtrap. It works.
These toys will probably go down in toy history as the definitive new Battletrap. The robot is a fairly simple toy with a few compromises to get three modes. The robot chest is also the roof top, and the feet do double-duty as both the single and combined mode legs. The Roadtrap robot itself is pretty clever, with the head becoming the waist joint connector for the combined robot and the chest folding down to become enhancements to the legs. The 4-inch robot has 11 points of articulation and a pretty great new head of his own. I like the red visor eyes, the chin and nose are well-defined, but there's no mouth. It's kind of weird.
Transformation is pretty simple, as the arms fold back and the feet become the front of the vehicle. Getting the head folded in is a bit of a trick, and the tabs don't really service this well. No matter what it's either going to look a little weird or be unstable as a vehicle, so it's neat but imperfect.
The resulting car is a visual treat, with bright red windows and a nifty design on the roof. The front wheels don't spin particularly well, which is sort of irritating but it's not like most adult fans will be rolling these around on the floor. At its heart it's a combiner robot action figure, and it just happens to look like a car if contorted correctly. You won't be buying this one for its alt mode, but possibly because it's a new character. It's a surprising take on an old gimmick, and that makes it interesting.
Some long-term fans scoff at Hasbro rolling around in G1 forever, but there are some neat ideas to be mined from that category. These guys are technically new characters, while also being remakes. I admire this kind of thinking, mostly because it's a great way to make something interesting out of a concept that would not be conducive to sell as two toys otherwise. It also adds much-needed Decepticons in the Legend assortment, which is primarily populated by Autobots most years.
Combined Transformers Generations Power of the Primes Battletrap Action Figure Images - made from 2018 Battleslash and Roadtrap
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