Friday, June 24, 2016

Hasbro TRANSFORMERS Generations Combiner Wars Victorion Series Pack (Review)

I am a fan of TRANSFORMERS toys and I have been collecting the Combiner Wars line ever since they released the first wave of Combiner figure for Superion. So right now, the first ever female TRANSFORMERS Combiner figure is finally here.

Victorion box art looking pretty simple. The size of the box is huge but I do prefer this kind of packaging rather than having them separately on different cards and boxes.
Victorion is the first Fan-Built Combiner. Through voting in the TRANSFORMERS app, fans voted on whether the team would be Autobot or Decepticon characters, their vehicle modes, what the Combiner robot's special power would be, and the name of this Combiner character. Victorion is also featured in the comic TRANSFORMERS IDW Generation 1 continuity which features most of the released Combiner Wars figure.

The rear side of the box includes a full Victorion figure art with its description. Next to it is all the six individual figures with its robot and vehicle modes.
In the Combiner Wars, teams of Autobots and Decepticons combine into giant super robots and battle with the fate of worlds in the balance. Laws don’t apply in the Sea of Rust, the unstable area of Cybertron where the Rust Renegades learned to work together and survive. When it’s time to stand tall, the team combines to form Victorion, the most relentless and resourceful Combiner. The helicopter twins Skyburst and Stormclash make Victorion the only Combiner able to fly, and her extreme adaptability makes Victorion the only Combiner who can change her configuration to meet any challenge.

The figures and the accessories are lined up neatly inside the packaging
It took me only a few seconds to take the insert and the figures completely out of the box. I was being understood that this collection pack uses the Frustration Free Packaging (FFP), a ultra-simplified packaging designed to protect our purchases during shipping while reducing the time it takes for us to get the product out of the box. Products are shipped directly to you in this simple white or brown package. Upon arrival, we will be able to slide our product right out and begin using it. All the materials used in FFP are recyclable too.


There's a big brown enveloped included that holds the instructions, poster and collector card. Enough with all the introductions, let's jump straight to our first figure, the Pyra Magna.

Pyra Magna in vehicle mode
The Pyra Magna is a voyager class figure that converts from robot to fire truck. Pyra Magna is from the same mold as Protectobot Hot Shot (Defensor). The differences in this mold are the paint job and some ladder-boom parts. It's striking in red and I would appreciate if there's some silver paint on the rims – a good chance for fans who like to explore on modification.

Pyra Magna in robot mode
Pyra Magna robot mode is my favorite of all six figures. The colour combination of red, green and silver is fantastic. She has a new head that looks like Prowl, forearms, chest plate with a big face on it and uses a cudgel as her weapon of choice. Her face sculpt looks charming and has a natural female bot look to it. The only problem I have with her is the black tail looking thing sticking out of her rear. It may be great to balance her as she stand but aesthetic wise, it looks a little funny to my personal liking.

Dust Up in vehicle mode
Next up is the deluxe class figure – Dust Up. She converts from robot to a sports car mode which is a retool of Dead End (Menasor). The sport car mode looks sleek and the rims are nicely painted in silver.

Dust Up in robot mode
Dust Up's robot mode is my least personal favorite. What I noticed is that her chest is unable to peg onto her torso due to her pegs being too thick to fit in their slots. Although she has a new head, forearms, and chestplate, they don't seems to look cool enough to me especially the head sculpt which doesn't resemble a female at all. The weapon she's holding to -  maybe it's a bow but it does form the rain-guard of Victorion's sword.

Jumpstream in vehicle mode
Jumpstream also converts from robot to a sports car mode, in this case, retool of Breakdown (Menasor). She resembles a Lamborghini Diablo and the paint job on her looks well balanced.


Compared to Dust Up, her transformation is a lot easier. Her head sculpt looks pretty decent and her weapon is an energon powered shield I suppose?

Skyburst in vehicle mode
Skyburst is a deluxe class figure that converts from robot to helicopter mode, a retool of Alpha Bravo (Superion). Different paint is all over the place. Stormclash also shares the same mold and the way to identify Skyburst is the red patch for the Cybertronian words in the middle of the helicopter.

Skyburst in robot mode
The transformation for Skyburst is quite simple too. She holds a big blue and white bladed sword.

Stormclash in vehicle mode
Stormclash has the same mold as Skyburst.

Stormclash in robot mode
Same transformation as Skyburst. Her face sculpt is really close to G1 characters. She can easily be differentiated from Skyburst with her distinctive blue coloured glasses.

Rust Dust in vehicle mode
Last but not least, it's the legend class Rust Dust. She is the smallest figure of all and coverts from robot to motorcycle.

Rust dust in robot mode
Rust dust can easily be transformed into robot mode in less than half a minute. The joints are mostly ball-joined. She also transforms as Victorion's chest piece but it's not an easy job as it requires  some skills  to transform her.


Here's the accessories included in the pack. All five weapons can combine into a huge Victorion sword. Unlike other combiner figures, Victorion uses dedicated hand and foot parts, rather than the "can be either hand or a foot or a gun" parts that come with the rest of the limb-bots in the series. I am pleased with her dedicated hand and foot parts, some collectors will share the same happiness as I do.


Here's a group shot of the vehicle mode.


Autobots.... tuurrrannsformmm! Robot mode group shot before combining into Victorion.


Finally, I have combined all the figures into Victorion. She looks absolutely amazing. Initially, I thought the green and red colour wouldn't work but I was wrong. Some of the silver paint did add up to match the paint job entirely. The dedicated hands and feet looks excellent since it did not have the "either hand or a foot or a gun" part. Victorion is taller than Defensor with its higher feet and new head. Articulation wise, the shoulder can make a full 360 degree, movements on the elbow and wrist. Her thigh, knee and ankle can be articulated as well. Her head can turn 360 degree but can't really look up and down.


Victorion's sword huge and stunning. The silver and blue colour works really well on it. I like Menasor's sword at first but this one tops it all.
Victorion posses with her awesome sword.
Overall, Victorion is a really good addition into the Combiner Wars family. When it was announced after the voting period ended, the rendition of the figure did not appeal to me at all. I thought that the green and red colour wouldn't be great at all. I was so wrong. This combiner is very well balanced in terms of the limbs that comes with it, plus point for the awesome looking Victorion sword. The best part is the dedicated hands and feet making a TRANSFORMERS collector happy.

Size comparison of Victorion with leader class Thundercracker, legend class Optimus Prime and deluxe class WFC Optimus Prime.
By the way, all six figures work with other combiners. Skyburst, Stormclash, Dust Up and Jumpstream can interchange into hands or legs too. The TRANSFORMERS Generations Combiner Wars Victorion Collection Pack retails at RM529.90 and can be purchased at most major toy stores in Malaysia.

.: Peace Out :.