I couldn’t say no…two minibots of same mold done up in contrasting design and personality…Gears was never one of my favorites I’ll admit, but he did get some cool spots in the G1 cartoon. Swerve on the other hand has become a new fan favorite thanks to IDW’s More than Meets the Eye comics. Gears has been done by I-gear as well as by SXS, and Swerve is actually getting a real Hasbro release…that is actually him! So the fact Maketoys took these on…well we shall see if they met the challenge. Oh…and yes I see I added an extra “s” to Cogwheel…oops
Let’s talk alt modes! While near identical, there are some slight differences in the molding that give these guys unique looks. The roof designs and the fronts. Trash-talk (Swerve) looks like some kind of lunar rover, and Cogwheel is more of some kind of all terrain vehicle.
Now one neat feature is that the fronts open up. Trash-Talk has this mono eye and Cogwheel seems to have another set of headlights. No idea what they are for, a unique feature? Or I’m just an uninformed geek…I have a post on a message board about it. You may see this line edit lol. Still though, they look cool.
Finally the accessories can all be mounted on the alt modes. THIS is a fantastic feature. The best part is they are in scale, not like the Mech Tech stuff. They look like they belong, so yes Cogwheel is a rolling attack vehicle, while Trash-Talk is more a rolling drink cart. I’ll get more into those later.
Now let’s talk robots. The transformations is quite simple. Some basic unfolding really. The wrists are a bit tough to lock in place at first, and most times I don’t even click them in because it actually add a bit to the articulation. I love how the vehicle roofs are the feet, so that simple remold was quite modular. Aside from the faces, the chests also have different molding. One neat thing you can do if you want is to not flip one of the guys leg wheels inward to help separate the two.
Let us talk balance and articulation! This does NOT disappoint! Picture above? No stand needed. The hips and ankles are on ball joints. The only down side is they already getting a little loose, but then I have been messing with these guys a lot. Some clear nail polish and all will be right.
We have waist swivel, knees and elbows…we have a bicep swivel and some shoulder movement. The wrists are also on tiny ball joints, so the hands pop off from time to time. Now the head is also on a ball joint, but good luck really turning it. Considering though it is kind of encased in the box, I can deal with it.
The detailing is awesome. Cogwheels has that nice stoic expression. He also came with this shotgun that has some nice heft. Now I also gave him Trash-Talk’s cannon as well because frankly this guy is more the soldier.
Speaking of Trash-Talk, wow…if I was a Transformer, this would be me. His whole attitude is different. From the jovial expression, to his tray of energon beverages. I mean c’mon…a robot bartender, how sweet is that? (Fun fact, I bartended for 8 years…) When holding the drink tray with two hands I usually don’t peg in the wrists. I think it gives just a bit more wiggle room with posing. The drinks can be removed by the way. We have a mug and two shot glasses.
These guys have smaller hands than any other figure I have. So they can’t share their weapons or use other ones. I do find amusing though the shot glasses CAN be shared.
It would be a crime not to mention the MFB (My First Blaster). This is why I gave the other gun away. This is a fun goofy weapon that also just compliments his colors. It comes on disassembled, but it snaps together easy. Just make sure you don’t drop the little light bulbs. The only drawback is this is a totally separate product. By all rights this should have been packaged with the set, especially since the Hasbro one won’t be able to hold it.
I highly recommend this set. Plastic is great, articulation is top notch, and frankly hits the nostalgia points dead on. Now both these guys come with alternate heads, but my mini screwdriver has gone A.W.O.L., but on TWF2005 they have plenty of shots. Trash-Talk has a lovely self inflicted gun shot to the face, and Cogwheel has his G1 helmet. You can purchase at TFsource, or of course BBTS.