Transformers Robot Heroes Review: Blaster & Thrust

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I had a great witty intro written about Coneheads and boom boxes, but then I came to the vicious realization that the Coneheads weren’t part of the 80s culture and it ruined everything. So I guess I’ll just drown my tears with this New Coke and go on with the review.

Blaster is basically what you’d get if you crossed Jazz and Soundwave. A bright red robot that transforms into a boom box and is the communications expert on the Autobots’ side, Blaster just never was as exciting as Soundwave with his monotone voice. Unlike many Autobots, Blaster doesn’t hate being on Earth and loves the culture, specifically rock and roll.

While Soundwave has gotten a few of his cassette tape friends, Blaster is all alone. There isn’t much to his design, he’s a red robot who kind of looks like he’s dancing. But most Transformers have basic, blocky designs so it works. Blaster moves at the shoulders and neck. What is odd about Blaster is that it looks like he’s wearing pants.

Since his legs are painted silver and his torso is red, it really looks like he’s wearing something more along the lines of ass-less chaps (have fun search engines!), and I have no idea what that means for the robot. The paint is well done all around from his black hands to bright yellow eyes.

Repaints aren’t anything new in the Transformers universe, Starscream, Skywarp and Thundercracker all were the exact same toy with a different coat of paint. So when the “Conehead” trio showed up in the cartoon, they were basically the exact same as Starscream but with a different head. But instead of being another repaint, Thrust is all new!

Another fighter jet, Thrust could have been just Starscream with a pointy hat (his original toy didn’t even add the hat). His pose is very similar; he’s standing one foot off the ground on a cloud while his arms have guns mounted on them. It’s a good look but makes him feel a little too short. Thrust moves at the shoulders and neck.

The paint on Thrust is crisp and clean with maroons and black covering a majority of his body. He’s also sporting some silver and gold details that look good.

It’s funny because in a way, neither of these figures are unique. Blaster is just the good version of Soundwave while Thrust comes from a whole family of repaints. But the biggest issue is with the end of the Robot Heroes line; both of these figures are going to be without their respective families. Without Blaster’s cassettes and Thrust’s other Coneheads, this is a pack that can easily be passed upon.

Written by jestergoblin

October 1st, 2010 at 12:00 am

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