Cliffbee.com Combiner Wars Blast Off (Shuttle) Toy Review

Individual Review




Name: Blast off
Series: Combiner Wars Warriors
Allegiance: Decepticon
Alternate Mode: Space Shuttle



SPACE SHUTTLE MODE
Height: 5cm Length: 15cm Width: 11cm

   A dark brown with black wings and black on the top edge of the stabiliser. The windows are painted light purple while there are "Decepticon" purple stripes on his wings, along with backwards facing Decepticon logos. There's some black on the nose and bottom edges of the front end. There are two more Decepticon logos on either side of the stabiliser fin. There's a fifth Decepticon logo on top of the fuselage - alas backwards facing - and while the others all have a silver border, this one doesn't. It makes it very hard to pick out against the brown of the fuselage, and makes me wonder why they put this mismatched logo in when it's hard to see. Aside from this ill-conceived detail, this colour scheme is very much Blast Off - it really is a modern version of G1 Blast Off in these colours.

   While the colours are very much Blast Off, this is not a realistic shuttle. It'd be more accurate to call this a shuttle-shaped space ship. It's flatter and boxier than an actual shuttle while his arms are fairly visible on the sides... and while they're vaguely sculpted to look like extra booster rockets, it's obvious what they are. The rear boosters are and longer and boxier than on a real shuttle, also. It's still recognisable as meant-to-be-a-shuttle. On the flip side, a shuttle-like-ship is more of a combat vehicle than an actual space shuttle. So there is that.

   As is common for the line, there are attachment points for his gun in this mode. There's a hole on top of the fuselage and TWO holes one behind each other on each of the side booster rockets. Blast Off also has holes underneath each wing, but with no undercarriage he doesn't stand raised up from table (or floor, whatever) giving no clearance for the gun underneath. He comes with a single small pistol that can plug into any of these ports and works well enough as shuttle mode weaponry.

   A somewhat limited shuttle mode, really. Play value is okay and the shuttle isn't at all realistic. But it works really well for Blast Off; since the deco is very much G1 Blast Off. And well, it's no longer a true shuttle, and this kind of works it his favour as it's less obviously a research vehicle.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Detach and set aside weapons. Unclip the cockpit section and lift back, unlocking two black panels on the sides - lift them out. Flip up the nose, then swing under the roof of the cockpit. Swing the back panels down and fold this front section down into place. Unclip the arms and swing forward so the shoulders are in position. Split the rear which will split the rear stabiliser, rotate the halves out to the sides fold up the wings. Pivot the halves of the rear out to form his boots. Fold down the rear boosters to form his feet, stand Blast Off up.

   The front of the shuttle assembly has some fragile joints - especially one joint that pivots the nose. It's not so much that it breaks, just that if you transform in the wrong order or very quickly, it unclips. It clips in easily enough thankfully, but of course makes this piece prone to being lost (especially at the hands of kids, not so much for adult collectors).

ROBOT MODE
Height: 14cm Width: ~7cm (depending on pose)

   With a purple torso, black mouthpiece, fists and boots, Blast Off has false light purple windows on his forearms and light purple eyes. There are black patches on his chest with various coloured detailing - matching the chest stickers of the G1 toy. Like the shuttle mode, this robot mode is really painted up to match the original toy. The false windows on his forearms and those chest stickers show the designer of this deco was really paying attention. The weird thing is... while the shuttle mode gets 5 Decepticon logos, including one that's just wasted, there are none in robot mode.

   While the shuttle mode has some limitations, this robot mode is very good. The G1 tribute is excellent and the tops of his arms sit slightly above the line of his chest giving him a rather beefy, powerful look. The head is clearly that of G1 Blast Off's toy. This mould was designed by TakaraTomy for Blast Off - who designed it more around his cartoon look - but Hasbro have done a great job go making this toy-based version.

   Blast Off's poseability is good by the standards of Combiner Wars. His neck, hips and shoulders are ball jointed while the elbows and knees are hinged with rotators. His waist turns while the wrists are fixed. His ankles are hinged with rockers - uncommon on deluxes in this line. The two guns both look good in his hands and he has a wide range of poses he can strike with them. While it doesn't add to his play value at all, Blast Off comes with the Prime Master Megatronus. This Prime Masters doesn't do anything aside from come packaged with Blast Off, though. So yeah he's a rather... awkward addiction. I have nothing against (nor any interest in) Prime Masters, but yeah it just adds nothing to Blast Off in either mode.

   A great robot mode with loads of G1 tribute and way more in the way of paint apps that your typical deluxe. Unlike the jet version of the character, the head is pure Blast Off, too. The lack of a Decepticon logo is the only negative in this robot mode.

VARIATIONS

   A repaint of the Unite Warriors Blast off; and by extension of Unite Warriors Shuttler. While the jet version of Blast Off was a retail release, this shuttle version was an Amazon exclusive in the USA (he did see retail release in some east Asian countries, though).

OVERALL

   Blast Off makes the most of this mould. While the shuttle mode isn't especially realistic, it's both Blast Off and more of a ship than a shuttle - which works for him. The robot mode drips with the G1 toy's look - there's love in this deco. His play value is very good - even if the bundle Prime Master really does nothing to interact with Blast Off. From the point of view of a G1 fan, this is a more rewarding toy than the jet version - but he's likely to cost you more than the regular retail price of a deluxe. That said, I'd recommend this version of Blast Off over the jet - 8.5/10

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