Yeah Yeah I know, title card says Premium…I was already beaten down…but I digress…I was out shopping, as you know if you hit my toyhunt video and picked up Barricade. I should point out, of all the Movie Characters for some reason I freaking LOVE Barricade! He had a great one on one fight with Bumblebee, and that NEVER got a proper resolution. I really think he should be integrated into the mainstream canon to be honest…but anyway, on to the toy!!!!
Starting out in alt mode…I LIKE this car mode! A shame no back seat, so no place for criminals in the back seat, but then again G1 Prowl had the same issue. We still get the trademark “To Punish and Enslave” on the rear wheel which totally hits that sweet spot.
Now doing a comparison to the direct previous incarnation of Barricade, surprisingly he is bigger! Lately Transformers toys have been getting smaller, so this is cool to see. Now one thing the older one has is a better paint job, but the new one I like the color variance in plastics. Also the older one does have a more down to earth Alt mode.
I do miss the Saleen on the rear, as we as the car number.
I do like the front end on the newer one though. Also the reinforced bumper is nice. This looks like a more mobile battering ram.
Then we have weapon integration…ummm…yeah…old one has a better colored weapon, will give it that, but I try not to remember most of Mech Tech….
Also Barricade’s other weapons store quite nicely on the underside.
Transformation is pretty straight forward, no crazy puzzles that some previous movie figures gave us (some where in my room is a half transformed Mixmaster…) and gives us a damn good looking robot! I really like how he looks, especially with his weapons on him.
Up close you see where the designers had fun. No longer do we have the crazy bug face, but a more drone line helmet…with four eyes. My favorite add on are the brass knuckles. They TOTALLY should be saying Punish and Enslave though. That and some silver paint on them. The torso has some great sculpting on it as well.
Articulation is pretty decent. He is lacking a waist swivel, which would totally take him to a new level of posing…but he has butterfly joints on the shoulders from the transformation that adds a neat level. He is packing a pistol and a night stick which look fantastic sculpt wise, but again, just needed a little love with the paint brush.
Finally that roof canon plugs and wraps around his forearm for a wrist mounted cannon array.
Breaking out the previous model, well this is gets interesting. The Dark of the Moon, is pure Bayformer aesthetic. Spindly, oddly proportioned…just alien….not a bad thing mind you, plus he DID have a waist swivel. The new one looks much more of a straight forward robot.
Oh and do have to mention we have a stand port, so all is awesome as far as I am concerned.
So in the end, I really like this figure. The weak points are lack of waist swivel and paint on the weapons. The strong points are great sculpting, nice upgrade to a longstanding movie verse character, weapon integration and of the Voyagers in the first wave, he was the only new mold. I wonder…could he be the new BB mold? We will find out later I guess, I kind of hope not, but Hasbro IS Hasbro after all…Still I give Barricade a solid A