Transformers Generations Power of the Primes Battleslash Action Figure Hasbro, 2018
Day #1,956: May 3, 2018
Battleslash Character Debut!
Transformers Generations Power of the Primes Legends
Item No.: Asst. E0602 No. E1157 Manufacturer:Hasbro Includes:1 of 12 Collector Cards Action Feature:Transforms from Helicopter to Robot Retail:$9.99 Availability: February 2018 Other: Half of Battletrap!
An update of Battletrap, Battleslash makes up half of the Duocon. The original G1 toy had two vehicles in a set make one robot. The modern take has two vehicles with individual robot modes combine to make a bigger, not-quite-deluxe-class robot. For about $20 you get to make a mini-combiner and like the other combiners, Hasbro doesn't really advertise this on-pack. There's art of the combined robot on the side of the bubble, but no call-outs or anything to indicate you should buy this figure in addition to Roadtrap, otherwise you can't make Battletrap.
In and of itself, it's very OK. If you've been at this since the Unicron Trilogy it's about on par with the similarly sized Scout toys with hindered elbows and a 4-inch robot mode. There are lots of moving parts and 11 points of articulation, but the arms are hindered due to the extra mode. I like hte robot head, and the detailing is great. Hasbro invented a wholly new robot mode out of existing design ideas, and I like it because we as fans really do need more Decepticons in this line. It's no wonder they repeat so many given how few got TV time, so more guys like this red-eyed character do a lot to add to the relatively small output of bad guys in Generations as of late.
Transformation is not easy - getting the tabs and black bits folded just-so reminded me of Energon Slugslinger. It's logical, but it must be done in a certain order lest ye wind up with a frustrating mess of robot body parts or snapped plastic. It's not intuitive, and those seeking a more complex toy will find a lot to like here.
I don't care for the vehicle mode, which is a mess of body parts and a blade with a front chunk of a helicopter. It suffers to service the combined robot mode, and while you can kind of spin the blade it's not much. The toy has no landing skids and the back of it barely looks like a vehicle, but it vaguely delivers the promise of a vehicle mode. It works, but it's just so dang ugly.
Combined, Battletrap is on the happy side of decent. Articulation is good, and for the size it's an agreeable toy with no weapons of his own. It's really impressive in how it works - the engineers were clever here. Roadtrap's head becomes the figure's waist connection peg, and it fits in the helicopter's nose. This gives it a waist joint, and the legs have a decent range of movement despite being made of carefully tabbed together bits and pieces. If you move it, it might start to fall apart - but it is highly posable in ways the original G1 toy isn't. Hasbro definitely aimed to make a segment of its fans very happy.
Were it not for the combined mode, this would not be a great toy. A good robot and a good robot upper body are two decent modes, with a vehicle that's probably one of the worst in recent memory. It's still a fun half of a set, a two-piece combiner that is fidgety and fun but is clearly not as god as the bigger teams. I'm really happy to see Hasbro not only bring this figure out, but make a cheaper, better version of the character than we got for BotCon a few years ago. I hope they do the same with the Duocon Flywheels when his time comes, as the extra robot modes are a lovely addition to what would otherwise be just another update of an old toy. I love seeing updates of these guys, but little things like this make them even more exciting.
Combined Transformers Generations Power of the Primes Battletrap Action Figure Images - made from 2018 Battleslash and Roadtrap
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