Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Earthrise Battle Masters Decepticon Doublecrosser Action Figure Hasbro, 2020
Day #2,254: December 8, 2020
Decepticon Doublecrosser WFC-E39
Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Earthrise Battle Masters
Item No.: Asst. E7124 No. E7247 Manufacturer:Hasbro Includes:C.O.M.B.A.T. Effect Action Feature:Transforms from Shield to Ramp to Robot Retail:$5.99 Availability: September 2020 Other: Ramp up production
Short of some probable recolors, Decepticon Doublecrosser is likely the end of the A.I.R. Lock train. Maybe there are remolds coming, maybe we'll see exclusive recolors, but like a lot of the "buy this to make your other toy better" gimmicks, it doesn't seem like it was advertised particularly well. Transformers with two heads have been rather rare. It's kind of neat. It's also another flat ramp. I can understand why kids would want cars and jets and monsters and dinosaurs, but a ramp feels like a tough sell. It's not surprising the line ended with three molds so far.
This is a more exciting toy than Soundbarrier, but not by much. They have jointed arms and legs, plus swivel biceps! There remains no faction symbol on the toy, and all he can really do is just stand there. He looks neat, the detail is good, and both heads are nice. I like the purple chest. But is it fun? It's no more fun or less fun than Soundbarrier, but Slitherfang is a more interesting transformation with a more novel snake-bot mode.
Transformation is pretty easy, all you do is rotate the back panel and then twist the arms. That's it. It's easy, but not as easy as Soundbarrier.
The difference between "ramp" and "shield" is a 5mm peg being extended - or not. You can connect this to a figure's arm, or to the various connectors on bases or some vehicles. This is probably the best of the ramps because if has four connecting points instead of two, but it's also a clear red plastic that requires some real force to clip to another ramp. I assume we'll see cracked and broken ones over time as clear plastic and the use of force don't generally end well.
I assume this is going to be "last wave syndrome"d out of your collections, unless a bunch get dumped somewhere cheap. If you only buy one ramp... don't bother. Get a few, unless you connect them together they're kind of worthless. I have one of each together on my desk in ramp mode and it's barely just starting to get interesting - ideally we'd have several of these, possibly cheaper, possibly simpler, to build out a diorama. At $6 a pop - given their short supply - it's kind of an impossibility. I'd say get this if you can find it, just to connect your other toys together, but in and of itself it's not exactly a fun toy. Even if it does have a unique blast effect, it's still just another ramp.
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