Transformers Robot Heroes Review: Ironhide & Kickback

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When Transformers first came out in the US, they were actually repurposed Microman and Diaclone toys by Takara. Hasbro’s G.I. Joe: A Real America Hero line had been partially based off the Microman toys and they were eager to repeat the success. So this meant many of the toys didn’t match up with their cartoon counterparts and the most obvious was Ironhide.

One of the oldest Autobots, Ironhide is a military strategist and one of Optimus Prime’s oldest friends. On the show, he was best known as being the red robot with the Mohawk. While his original toy completely lacked a head, and the ability to actually transform into a real vehicle, this is the first time I’ve owned an Ironhide that has a head!

Ironhide looks good; he’s big, red and bulky. He’s sporting a helmet that looks very Spartan influenced. He’s kind of basic and plain, but that’s what Ironhide is supposed to be. One really odd thing about his figure is that the pose is near identical to Blaster’s – down to the finger placements! Ironhide moves at the neck and shoulders.

The paint isn’t terribly exciting. His arms and legs are silver, and his windshield chest is blue. That’s about it. It seems kind of odd that he didn’t get a weapon, but a lot of the Robot Heroes seem to be weaponless.

The second Insecticon to get released is Kickback, the robotic grasshopper! Like Shrapnel, Kickback follows the same black and purple color theme. While the Insecticons and Decepticons rarely got along, Kickback was present during the raid on Autobot City at the beginning of the animated movie. And that day didn’t go well for him and he ended up being nearly killed before being tossed into the abyss of space to be found and remade by Unicron.

Kickback has a much more mechanical sculpt than many Robot Heroes. While Ironhide was boxy, Kickback is covered in little details like joints and ratcheting that really make him feel mechanical. His shoulders have odd wings on them and he has antennae on his head. Kickback moves at the shoulders and neck.

The paint is well done, but there just doesn’t seem to be enough of it. Most of Kickback is just black with some minor purple or silver details. An extra color would have really helped the overall look of the figure. Like Ironhide, Kickback is completely weaponless which just seems odd.

Ironhide is a character that deserved his own Robot Hero figure, while Kickback was turned into one of the Sweeps in the movie so he seems less necessary. Neither of these figures are bad, but the complete lack of weapons just makes them feel less fun to me. But any toy of Ironhide that has a head is an improvement to me.

Written by jestergoblin

September 21st, 2010 at 12:00 am

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