Tuesday, October 6, 2015

#43: Transformers Generations Combiner Wars - Devastator

Devastator represents the best part of Transformers, taken a step further: robots that turn into vehicles, and then can combine into an even bigger robot. The first, and arguably the best, combiner is certainly being given the star treatment in the Combiner Wars theme that Transformers toys have going this year. As the centerpiece of the line, there is the new Devastator set I've been dreaming of since I was a kid, made up entirely of voyager class figures that make a toy that is dwarfed in size only by the recent Metroplex. I never had the original Devastator, so I'm really glad that they made this set. It's a very nice upgrade from the original, with much less awkward looking proportions, and a substantial boost in size. Devastator is even surprisingly well articulated. The only real issue I have is with the right foot, which doesn't have much forward support, as the scoop from Scrapper doesn't have a good way of locking in place, or at least not so far as I've noticed.

Hook and Long Haul make up the torso of Devastator. Long Haul's vehicle mode is particularly large, probably one of the biggest voyager class vehicles I've seen.

Here they are in robot mode. An ongoing theme with these figures is that their robot modes, while being satisfyingly large, are kind of lacking in articulation. They're mostly going to be staying in Devastator mode anyway, so it's not a big deal. And it could be thought of as a nice throwback to the G1 versions.

Scavenger and Scrapper in vehicle mode. They form the right arm and leg of Devastator.

Scavenger and Scrapper in robot mode. I like Scavenger's head, it's so square, yet so full of attitude.

 Mixmaster and Bonecrusher in vehicle mode. Cement mixers that have the mixer positioned like that always look backwards to me.

Bonecrusher and Mixmaster in robot mode. They form the left arm and leg of Devastator. Bonecrusher really needs some more purple in his design.

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