Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Earthrise Micromasters Fuzer and Autobot Blast Master Action Figures Hasbro, 2020
Day #2,230: September 15, 2020
Fuzer and Autobot Blast Master WFE-E16
Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Earthrise Micromasters
Item No.: Asst. E7119 No. E7153 Manufacturer:Hasbro Includes:2 figures Action Feature:Transforms from Robot to Shuttle Retail:$9.99 Availability: August 2020 Other: Part of the Astro Squad
I had very few MicroMasters toy as a kid - just a couple of bases and a truck - so Fuzer and Autobot Blast Master are new to me. Originally they were sold as Phaser and Blast Master, so this is pretty close.
It's OK. I'm willing to bet the originals were sturdier - there's no blaster mode on the instructions, but there are hand grips on the toys for some reason. The two little robots turn into half-shuttles, which combine to form a lumpy shuttle. I wouldn't call it impressive in any form - the back half, Blast Master, can't really stay standing in its robot mode due to it being too back heavy.
Autobot Blast Master Can't really stand and is kind of bulky. The back of the shuttle has a NASA logo - which is cool - but you also get that on Sky Lynx. The deco is mostly crisp and the white paint on the black paint of the wings looks odd - why they can't just leave it unpainted, I don't know. I appreciate that as a half-shuttle there's a bonus tiny cockpit, but I'm not crazy about the visible feet on the top of the shuttle. There are limitations on toys of this size, but the pictures of the original from 1990 look like they may be slightly better.
Fuzer makes a decent blaster as a half-shuttle, but panels together with some ugly gaps and visible joints. Darker plastic often does a great job hiding the seams of the transformation process, while white plastic most certainly does not. The paint is clean, though, and the sculpting is good. He can also stand by himself and I love that his little robot hands have guns on them so you can use C.O.M.B.A.T. effects. This little attention to detail makes the toy a lot more fun, both in that it tells a story and adds some functionality and play to an otherwise ho-hum-but-colorful unmarked Autobot. Of the two, he's the better one - and has one of the best War for Cybertron single robot modes.
The transformation here is a simple one, with everything tucking and rotating into shuttles you merge together. The results aren't as good as I would have expected, but it's very OK. You can mount him on the open cargo doors on Sky Lynx if you want. I did! It looks OK.
A few years ago $10 got you Cosmos and a solo Payload Micromaster toy that turned into a better robot, a better shuttle, and a better gun. For less money. Completists and MicroMasters hoarders are going to love this, but it is ultimately not a satisfying toy. It's not bad, but it - and many of the MicroMasters - do much to show you just how much more fun Deluxe-and-larger toys are for your money. It's very OK - but since Hasbro doesn't appear to be completing the original G1-era Micromasters, maybe just go get those.
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