Big grumpy fella turns into a big grumpy dump truck. Nice. This is such a simple figure, but he looks great and can shoot loads of missiles. Well four. That counts as loads.
There's something quite Playskool about this design. It looks and feels bigger than it should be. One of the more chonky Autobots from the line, and probably not the greatest, to be fair. There's just something I like about his design that I like. It's definitely not the face though, which is pancake flat and looks like he's had a stroke.
I've been after this one for a while, so is something of a grail. She's really nice! Let down by silly high-heeled boots and some silly tiny thalidomide hands (I wouldn't have bothered and just had the back halves of the bike as arms and just let folk deal with it), she's nevertheless a cute wee thing. Motorcycle mode is decent too. The Energon weapons are monstrous though and way too big for her. I know the play pattern was that these were designed to be given to larger figures in the line, but they still look silly.
Binaltech BT-06 Tracks (Yellow version)
Hilariously cheap on the aftermarket (it's the "wrong colour", apparently), like a lot of the Binaltech figures these days, poor yellow Tracks is actually pretty awesome. I like the Corvette alt-mode and it looks great in this bright banana yellow. Transformation is a bit of a faff, and the robot mode is a bit cluttered with car parts hanging off, but it does look nice.
Binaltech BT-02 Lambor
Hmm. Dead End really is the superior of the Viper trio. Lambor looks swish in alt mode, but the robot mode feels a bit unfinished, somehow. I think he just doesn't feel as elegant as Dead End. Must be the Coupe alt mode and the head looking like there's too much space around it.
...after being utterly disinterested in Legacy, I'm amused I've basically bought a bunch of old toys that are, er, homages to the original 1980s toys in one way or another. Difference here is that these feel very much their own thing and feel like updates without being completely unimaginative ones. Which seems to make a difference on how I view these compared to modern Generations figures.
Speaking of which:
Studio Series 86 Coronation Starscream
Nice to have a go on the Earthrise Seeker mould. It's nice, but my opinion of it - that it's just the old Classics Deluxe template with more room - hasn't changed. I like the bright, vibrant colours and the crown and articulated cape are fun accessories. The chair is fine, but honestly, I'd have happily had this left out and paid a little less for the figure. Starscream can't sit on it properly either, which makes it a bit redundant for him. Which is kind of the point, but that's an expensive joke. Looks good with Megatron plonked on it, though, so that's something. Shame there's no chicken included (Coronation Chicken joke, there).
I really like #45 of the Marvel US comic, which has Skullgrin being a movie star. As I've picked up a few '88 figures recently, I thought it'd be nice to have another go with Skullgrin. He's great. I've never spotted this before, but he's actually got an open mouth. His lower jaw and tongue are sculpted into the torso . Shame they weren't painted up. The inner robot is slightly less of a skinny pipe cleaner, but isn't convincing anyone that's a tank.