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Much like pre-MTMTE Swerve, Dead End has been cursed with being the name Hasbro uses on random carformers for the past several years, most recently being his admittedly awesome Prime toy. (And a Construct-Bot homage to it, I guess) But now with Combiner Wars, we have a new G1 style Dead End at last! Is it good enough to make the poor nihilist happy for once?

In alt mode, Dead End is a sports car that appears to be based on... a Ferrari 458 Italia. Why couldn't we get a Deluxe Dino again? My whinging aside, it's an absolutely gorgeous alt mode. It's super sleek and badass in design, and the colors are spot on, from the metallic red plastic, to the gold stripe that runs down the entire length of the car, and the occasional uses of silver and gunmetal. The one strip of unpainted gray on the sides was bothersome, and he also can't roll well at all, which is a shame. The weapon storage is also a letdown. The exhaust pipe can mount on the side, which would look fine on some alt modes, but not on a fancy sports car like this. The hand/foot also doesn't have any special way of storing like on the other Stunticons, but that doesn't really bug me, since I think the storage on all of them looks dumb anyway. Those minor faults aside, this is a beautiful alt mode, possibly my favorite car since AOE Drift.

Transformation is very fun, and a welcome break from the repetitive Aerialbot scheme. The upper body isn't incredibly special, but I really appreciate that he gets a detailed chest plate rather than it just being the combiner peg on display. And there's something really cool about how the legs work. I find it a bit tricky to unfold the windshield piece, and the ratcheted wrists are really weird, but he's still a total joy to transform.

Robot mode keeps up the theme from the alt mode of just looking damn good. His proportions are perfect, the detail is fantastic and the deco continues to be great. The headsculpt is awesome, I love the jagged visor and the somewhat unique look of the faceplate. He's not flawless, his elbows have that weird broken up look, ala Classics Rodimus, and he pretty much has no feet, but those are forgivable issues in my book. In terms of poseability,  he technically has no more articulation than your standard CW Deluxe, but I feel his joints are more well done, particularly his elbows and knees, since they can move past 90 degrees. The hip joints were pretty loose on mine, but after I tightened them, he's pretty much perfect.

As for accessories, like all CW Deluxes, he has a personal weapon and the hand/foot gun. The hand/foot gun, for whatever reason, is incredibly loose in his hand, to the point that it just flops around. Eh, just another excuse for me to not use those things as handheld guns. What he CAN actually hold is his pipe weapon, which is simultaneously hilarious and awesome. He just carries around a friggin' exhaust pipe and beats people to death with it. That is amazing, and the perfect weapon for a street thug like a Stunticon.

So yeah, I have to be boring and agree with the majority that Dead End is awesome. Definitely my favorite Combiner Wars Deluxe thus far. I'm glad he's the Stunticon mold that's getting a ton of retools, even if most of them don't interest me.
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Much like pre-MTMTE Swerve, Dead End has been cursed with being the name Hasbro uses on random carformers for the past several years, most recently being his admittedly awesome Prime toy. (And a Construct-Bot homage to it, I guess) But now with Combiner Wars, we have a new G1 style Dead End at last! Is it good enough to make the poor nihilist happy for once?

In alt mode, Dead End is a sports car that appears to be based on... a Ferrari 458 Italia. Why couldn't we get a Deluxe Dino again? My whinging aside, it's an absolutely gorgeous alt mode. It's super sleek and badass in design, and the colors are spot on, from the metallic red plastic, to the gold stripe that runs down the entire length of the car, and the occasional uses of silver and gunmetal. The one strip of unpainted gray on the sides was bothersome, and he also can't roll well at all, which is a shame. The weapon storage is also a letdown. The exhaust pipe can mount on the side, which would look fine on some alt modes, but not on a fancy sports car like this. The hand/foot also doesn't have any special way of storing like on the other Stunticons, but that doesn't really bug me, since I think the storage on all of them looks dumb anyway. Those minor faults aside, this is a beautiful alt mode, possibly my favorite car since AOE Drift.

Transformation is very fun, and a welcome break from the repetitive Aerialbot scheme. The upper body isn't incredibly special, but I really appreciate that he gets a detailed chest plate rather than it just being the combiner peg on display. And there's something really cool about how the legs work. I find it a bit tricky to unfold the windshield piece, and the ratcheted wrists are really weird, but he's still a total joy to transform.

Robot mode keeps up the theme from the alt mode of just looking damn good. His proportions are perfect, the detail is fantastic and the deco continues to be great. The headsculpt is awesome, I love the jagged visor and the somewhat unique look of the faceplate. He's not flawless, his elbows have that weird broken up look, ala Classics Rodimus, and he pretty much has no feet, but those are forgivable issues in my book. In terms of poseability,  he technically has no more articulation than your standard CW Deluxe, but I feel his joints are more well done, particularly his elbows and knees, since they can move past 90 degrees. The hip joints were pretty loose on mine, but after I tightened them, he's pretty much perfect.

As for accessories, like all CW Deluxes, he has a personal weapon and the hand/foot gun. The hand/foot gun, for whatever reason, is incredibly loose in his hand, to the point that it just flops around. Eh, just another excuse for me to not use those things as handheld guns. What he CAN actually hold is his pipe weapon, which is simultaneously hilarious and awesome. He just carries around a friggin' exhaust pipe and beats people to death with it. That is amazing, and the perfect weapon for a street thug like a Stunticon.

So yeah, I have to be boring and agree with the majority that Dead End is awesome. Definitely my favorite Combiner Wars Deluxe thus far. I'm glad he's the Stunticon mold that's getting a ton of retools, even if most of them don't interest me.
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I'm running out of needlessly random title ideas for these...

It's that time of year again. Botcon is happening! Which means toy revealsl Let's see what we've got.

RID:

Atrocious. Literally nothing new. The only Warriors they showed were Night Ops Bumblebee and G1 Grimlock. I guess they're saving the waves we saw in listings for SDCC.

Combiner Wars:

As usual, Generations is the focus of the Botcon panel. Not complaining, mind you!

-Optimus Maximus. Not much to say about this. They all look okay, none of them are bad, but the whole wave is an easy pass, as I was kind of hoping.

-Combaticons! Onslaught, as expected, is a heavy retool of Hot Spot. He looks really nice, but the white guns are dumb.
-Swindle: Heavy retool of Rook, which was a surprise, and he's definitely the one the retooling budget for the wave went into. Holy shit, the alt mode looks NOTHING like Rook's.
Brawl: New mold, which looks pretty solid, aside from some wonky forearms. Apparently an MP designer worked on him, so he should be great.
Vortex: Straight redeco of Alpha Bravo. Yawn. The colors are kind of interesting, but this mold really needs a heavy retool already.
Blast Off: Retool of Firefly. People are shitting on him, but you know what, I like him. I think the mold looks great in those colors, and I love that mold already. And a fighter jet makes more sense in a military team than a space shuttle. Plus, Firefly's weapons are flamethrowers, so this means Bruticus can have the FOC flamethrower, assuming the hand/foot is the same. Only thing I don't like is that he has the Slingshot head. Why.
-Bruticus: Looks good, would look better with a silver chest plate, but apparently that'll be a running change? White hands and feet look awful, gonna have to break out the black paint, I guess.

-SKY-LYNX COMBINER. WHAT. Weird acid trip idea aside, Sky-Lynx himself looks fucking incredible. Even the torso mode looks great. I think I'll get him. His team of a bunch of random dudes doesn't interest me. They do look kinda nice though. But I think I'll just get Sky-Lynx and let him share the Aerialbots or something.

-New Legends. Shockwave is a gun for Bruticus, as a homage to a G1 episode. He looks neat.
-Chop Shop:  Shrapnel retool. Looks decent.
-Pipes: Huffer retool. Preeeeetty lame.
-Buzzsaw. Looks... weird.

-Leader Skywarp. Expected. I don't collect Leaders, and probably won't get him, but he does look fucking gorgeous.


So unless I'm forgetting anything, that's about it. It was a decent showing, RID was awful, but Combiner Wars was pretty good. I expect, as usual, SDCC will be more reveal heavy.
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I've had this figure for almost a month now, but hey, better late than never, I guess..

In alt mode, Air Raid is a swing-wing jet. It's a neat looking design that looks unique from the other jet limbs, due to the way the wings work. And because of said wings, he easily does the best job at hiding his robot arms... but only from a top down view. From the side, they're still plainly there. But it's still an improvement. I like the colors, with the black and the multicolored stripes, but the undercarriage kind of messes with the look, as his white robot parts clash with the actual jet stuff. Also, since he's a retool of Skydive, there's still no landing gear. But he balances on his kibble fine, so it doesn't bug me much.

Transformation is the Deluxe Aerialbot transformation. The wings are new, but everything else is the same. I will say this, he feels way more solid to transform than Skydive, so that's a plus.

Robot mode continues the trend of a retool looking almost nothing like the original toy. Seriously, he's a retool of Skydive, but you can hardly tell. As far as I can see, in this mode, the only shared parts are the legs and biceps. And I think he wears the mold a lot better than Skydive. He looks cooler, has a more interesting deco, and feels a lot more solid. I really like the wings, too. You have plenty of options with how you display them, which gives him something interesting over the others. Unfortunately, his paint quality isn't the best, at least on mine. Some of the red on his torso has started chipping off.

Accessories are the same as Skydive's. Same double barreled gun, except in white, and same hand/foot with missile knuckles/toes. It's a bit disappointing, but I do like the gun better on Air Raid, as it has more options, since he can arm mount it.

Overall, I'd say Air Raid is my second favorite Aerialbot limb, close behind Firefly. He's really solid and cool looking, and a definite improvement over his mold mate.
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seekerblackout Featured By Owner 3 hours ago
Why couldn't they just list them separately...
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Sideways77 Featured By Owner 3 hours ago
800 BUCKS
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seekerblackout Featured By Owner 3 hours ago
I mean, it is a lot of figures, but who is going to buy that...
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Sideways77 Featured By Owner 4 hours ago
Also, I'm going to make a Slipstream tomorrow.

I have the figure with its new head.
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seekerblackout Featured By Owner 4 hours ago
Explain?
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Sideways77 Featured By Owner 4 hours ago
Custom
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seekerblackout Featured By Owner 4 hours ago
I got that part. :I
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Sideways77 Featured By Owner 4 hours ago
Oooo, I found my Jungle Bonecrusher.
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seekerblackout Featured By Owner 4 hours ago
Where was he?
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