Review: Transformers Combiner Wars Rook

Aside from the oversaturation of redecoes, the one major issue many Transformers fans have with the Generations Combiner Wars toyline is the notable replacement of one member of each combiner team with a new-yet-somewhat-identical character. Superion had Alpha Bravo and Menasor had Offroad, though both of the “proper” limbs were eventually released through online stores (albeit … Continue reading

Review: Transformers Combiner Wars Streetwise

Like most combiner limb characters, I’m not terribly familiar with Streetwise. The only fiction I’ve seen the character in was a brief story arc at the end of IDW’s Mike Costa run, where he and Prowl essentially starred in a police drama hunting down Swindle (and Spike Witwicky). The arc was very Prowl-centric and Streetwise … Continue reading

Review: Transformers Combiner Wars First Aid

When First Aid popped up in the second story arc of More Than Meets the Eye, I completely forgot he was a Protectobot and limb of Defensor until much later. Of course, up until recently, First Aid was neither a Protectobot nor a combiner, and was instead a very interesting character who went through (and is still going … Continue reading

Review: Transformers Combiner Wars Blades

From the moment the toy was revealed, Transformers fans were able to deduce that the replacement Aerialbot helicopter Alpha Bravo was a simple redeco of a mold that, for all intents and purposes, was designed to be the Combaticon Vortex and/or the Protectobot Blades. While it’s yet to be seen if the Combaticons get their … Continue reading

Review: Transformers Combiner Wars Cyclonus

The question of which dead/dying Decepticon was transformed into Cyclonus in the ’86 movie is second only to the Frenzy/Rumble color debate in the Transformers fandom. Galvatron was obviously formed from Megatron, and it’s pretty clear that Scourge was originally Thundercracker. For Cyclonus, however, it’s very unclear. Both Skywarp and Bombshell were in the scene, and … Continue reading

Review: Transformers Combiner Wars Groove

It has come to my attention that I’ve completely ignored the Legends class lineup of Combiner Wars. It’s not that I don’t like the toys or don’t see them as worth reviewing, I just… forget about them. Half of the line consists of some very dull redecoes (Huffer, Windcharger, Warpath) that I don’t own, while … Continue reading

Review: Transformers Combiner Wars Ultra Magnus

Ultra Magnus is an interesting character in Transformers lore. His G1 toy is famous for being a large power suit for a white redeco of the Optimus Prime toy, something that almost no fiction has ever followed up on. He was introduced in the 1986 film as Optimus Prime’s old friend and successor to the … Continue reading

Review: TFCC Lio Convoy

Just to get it out of the way, I’m not a huge fan of the Transformers Collector’s Club. I find the majority of their exclusives toys dull and uninspired (their fiction even moreso) and their business practices and general interactions with the fandom are less than impressive. Despite this, I still gave them my money … Continue reading