The GeeksverseREVIEW | Transformers: Generations Waspinator (Hasbro)

REVIEW | Transformers: Generations Waspinator (Hasbro)
Published on Monday, April 28, 2014 by
Hasbro, with a little help from IDW, continues to provide excellent value in its Transformers: Generations Deluxe class figures with Waspinator.
  • TF_Gen_Wspntr_004Figure name: Waspinator
  • Line: Transformers: Generations (Deluxe class)
  • Manufacturer: Hasbro
  • MSRP: $14.99
  • Manufacturer’s description: Finding himself in a world thousands of years distant from the one he once knew,Waspinator did the only thing he could – found someone strong and put himself under their command. Sure, he’s being manipulated. And sure, he’s getting blown to pieces just as regularly as he used to. But at least the guy he’s working for now knows how to put him back together properly. Convert, arm and attack with all the Transformers action you can handle! This Waspinator figure is just the Predacon to create maximum trouble for his Autobot enemies. In robot mode, your Waspinator figure has the firepower he needs to defeat his enemies. But when he needs to zip around and do recon, convert him to wasp mode, where his wings really flap! Whatever mode he’s in, his enemies will think twice before taking him on! Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.

Waspinator is easily one of the most popular and memorable of the Transformers: Beast Wars characters and he was honored with two new figures this year, the first one packed-in with a Legends-class Starscream figure. This is a review of the second Deluxe class version.

Packaging

Waspinator comes on a blister card, packed with a reprint of an IDW Transformers comic which also serves as a sort of backdrop for the in-package figure. It’s a very nice arrangement for collectors intent on displaying the figure mint-on-card. The back of the card shows Waspinator in both modes, a short biography (which we’ve written out above), and the character’s Tech Specs.

Design and articulation

This version of Waspinator is based more on the animation model used in the Beast Wars cartoons rather than the original Beast Wars Waspinator figure released in 1996. The head has light-piping in the back, which makes the eyes glow under sufficient lighting conditions.

The figure has a pretty good range of motion and features the following articulation:

  • Head: Can swivel left and right
  • Arms: ball joint shoulders, ball joint elbows, and swivel wrists
  • Legs: Ball joint hips, single pin knees, and ball joint ankles

Like most modern Transformers, the ball joints are designed to be reattached should they pop off.

In Beast Mode (a giant wasp, naturally), like most of the classic Beast Wars toys, hints of the figure’s Robot Mode are visible with the robot’s humanoid hands clearly sticking out its sides. However, this doesn’t detract from the overall look of the Beast Mode.

The figure also has something of an “action feature” in the form of a lever that can be manipulated to make the wings flap, which is pretty cool.

TF_Gen_Wspntr_flap

Paint

Most of the Transformers: Generations Waspinator figure is molded in the proper colors, but where there is paint, it is applied perfectly and is very vibrant.

Accessories

Waspinator comes with a “gun” of sorts which doubles as its tail in Beast Mode. The figure also includes a comic book—a reprint of IDW’s Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #19 originally published in July of 2013. This reprint features a new cover exclusive to this edition of the comic.

Final Thoughts

With the pack-in comics and solid figures, the collector-oriented “Thrilling 30″ Transformers: Generations Deluxe class sets continue to provide a great value for fans of the Transformers toys and IDW’s Transformers comics. Even those who aren’t particularly fond of the Beast Wars era designs will probably want to add the Deluxe class Transformers: Generations Waspinator to their collections.

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