Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Trilogy Pit of Judgement PulseCon Exclusive Set Bailiff Action Figure Hasbro, 2020
Day #2,262: December 25, 2020
Bailiff Five Figures of Boxed Set
Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Trilogy Pit of Judgement PulseCon Exclusive Set
Item No.: No. E8852 Manufacturer:Hasbro Includes:2-part staff, knife in tail, 4 more figures Action Feature:Transforms from monster thing to robot Retail:$69.99 Availability: September 2020 Other: Exclusive, you wish you had two
And that's Christmas week with the Quintesson Bailiff is the only toy based on this background robot - an army builder, where you would probably want at least two. Unfortunately you can only get one in a $70 box set which may be more expensive than is worth procuring en masse.
It's a neat figure, and fundamentally a retool of Quintesson Allicon [FOTD #2,240] - with a new chest, new shoulders, a new head, a new weapon, and some minor changes on the head of the beast mode.
Its coloring isn't quite as vibrant as the animated character, but it's distinctive - and as its own thing, it's fine. The weird bull monster head with the creepy jaws remains, but so does its shortness, and relatively good deco. There's a lot of paint here, but the colors are browner and less saturated. The Bailiff - as far as I know - did not appear transformed, so the only thing you have to go with is the robot mode. The spikes are present, but not as colorful or striped. The two-part weapon matches the cartoon quite well, and the feet don't quite match the cartoon with only two toes on the toy.
The other mode is an allicon - with more and better head spikes than the regular edition. I prefer this sculpt - it's a unique design, with painted teeth and tons of pointy bits. It's also pretty simplistic, but at least it's a little different. I could see Hasbro doing a deco variant down the road so fans can buy additional troops for their courtrooms or whatever.
This figure is the set's gem - the Quintesson Judge is cool, the Prosecutor is unique, but the Bailiff is the one with lots more unmet demand. At $20 (or $20 of a $70 set) it's a good enough and weird piece, a welcome addition in a toy line made primarily of 1980s Autobot cars in Earth or Cybertron modes. Unique characters like this are what make collecting any toy line interesting after a few decades. Of the four figures in this set, only one - the Sharkticon - had official, movie-specific toys from Hasbro prior to 2020. As most collector lines continue on, they tend to get a lot more repetitive - and looking forward to Kingdom, it's loaded with fan favorites we don't get often like Maximals and Predacons, but so far no "I can't believe they finally made that guy!" figures have been revealed. This is one reason why this set is particularly exciting, and why it was worth doing a whole week on it. It was a good value, with good (and good enough) figures, and they were different enough that even when I already had molds of the Sharkticon and Judge, these were different enough to be interesting. Good job, Hasbro.
Packaging for Hasbro Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Quintesson Pit of Judgement Set - 2020 Pulsecon Exclusive
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