Ok, we have the first figure from a new manufacturer, Warbotron. They are starting by taking on the Combaticons, one of my favorite teams. There is a whole can o’ worms on these guys but I’m not going to get into it, that is what the forums are for. What I’m here today is to say if it rates! So here we go!
Got to start with the packaging. Damn, next to Master Mind Creations, this is some of the best box art and design I have seen. We have both Air Burst striking an awesome pose AND the combined not Bruiticus. Really all you need. Now once we open the box we find….
Yet another box! Still, the box art is stellar. This is real premium work I have to say.
Inside we have also a trading card (not show, my kid wouldn’t give it back, but I can say sturdy card stock and is still looking good) and this comic. The cover art is great. The comic…umm…eh…but the instructions are inside.
I’m going to straight to robot mode for this review, and man I really dig this guy. Warbotron put some love in the details. Also the plastic is top notch, much better gauge than Cubex had with Huff or the one Keith Fantasy Toys figure I have.
The light piping is killer as well. Now we have two sets of weapons. The missile launchers and pistols. The launchers are cool, but I think they could have had longer warheads. They had the space for them. These are made of the back of the shuttle, so yes, for arm mounting, it is parts forming.
They also have handles that flip down so they can be wielded like can cannons. Just a nice touch I have to say for variety.
You get a nice dose of articulation. Now the legs don’t bend as deep as I normally like, but I’m good with it. The neck is on a ball joint, double jointed elbows, opening and closing hand, and my favorite waist joint. His hands even open and shut. Still, he doesn’t pass the standing on one leg test.
He looks good on all sides. The only major kibble is the nose cone on his back. The wings are actually removable if you want a cleaner look, I mean they are just pegged in there. Now as you can see, you can leave the launchers on his legs. This actually can help stability. Frankly I think he looks good with them on.
Ok, now let’s talk shuttle mode. At a glance, it’s a space shuttle with guns. Great! That is what he was in G1, so that is checked off the list. This mode isn’t with out it’s flaws though. The rear section that is his legs are just held in by friction. No tabs, so it can feel like it wants to become floppy in the future. The front is the opposite, because it has a few great tabs holding it together. That’s a shame because they actually fold in a cool way.
I was really impressed with the back of the shuttle. Still nice and clean. So like the robot, looks good 360 degrees.
One cool thing is that if you so desire, you can balance him perfectly on his rockets.
Which is great for a shot like this! Now he has landing gear, the front wheels fold out of the chest…my problem is with the rear gear.
You have to spin the tips of the feet on these swivels, but mine one was so tight I was afraid I would break the peg the foot was on. The wings, I have to mention, again have no tabs to support them unfolded, so if they ever get loose they will just flop. Oh and all those peg holes are all 5mm, so you can deck him out with more weapons, but I worry about the weight.
Still, Air Burst is a really good figure! I find the robot out weighs the flaws in robot mode.
All this time did I neglect to mention his size? He’s bigger than the Autobot MP figures, so keep in mind you are getting a lot of robot for your dollar.
All said and done, if you are wanting something on a larger scale for your Combaticons, the Warbotron project is looking solid. Solid construction, good quality materials, that hit all my major buttons. I give Air Burst in particular a B+/A-. Just the alt mode has some bugs in it. I’m eager for the rest of the team!