Hasbro Transformers Combiner Wars G2 Bruticus Boxed Set Review

Hasbro Transformers Combiner Wars G2 Bruticus Boxed Set Review

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Bruticus joins the Combiner Wars G2 line-up with an all new box set featuring all of the combaticons and an Action Masters-inspired Shockwave figure that becomes his blaster in combiner form. Bruticus is the latest release of the G2 Combiner Wars series, which previously included Superion and Menasor.

Transformers Generation 2 was a transformers television series that aired from 1992-1994, and included a toy line and comic book series at the time. The line had included redeco’s of Generation 1 toys, as well as newly tooled toys throughout its run. In the vintage line, not every combiner figure was made, as Menasor and Defensor were cancelled. Thankfully, Hasbro did do a G2 Menasor box set as he was originally not part of the vintage line-up, and hopefully, Hasbro will do a G2 Defensor figure as well.

Thank you to Entertainment Earth for providing Hasbro’s Transformers Combiner Wars G2 Bruticus Boxed Set for review.

Available: June 2016

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Blast Off:

Blast Off is a repaint of Quickslinger and transforms into a jet fighter, and not a space shuttle like his Generation 1 counterpart. The concept behind Combiner Wars is keeping it based on Generation 1 and Generation 2 , and Hasbro has done a great job on that in 2015-2016 with this line. Continuing the trend is Blast Off, but unfortunately unlike the other Combaticons, he doesn’t quite live up to the same standards as far as vehicle mode.

He features a G1 inspired head that’s repainted from Firefly, with the flat panels on the side, a visor, and a mouth. The problem with using this head sculpt is that it doesn’t quite live up to Blast Off’s appearance as seen in the classic Generation 2 show. The good news is that the joints on Blast Off are tighter compared to those on Quickslinger.

Blast Off is the only combaticon combiner that has not been given any retooling using previous molds, and is just a straight up repaint with a brand new vehicle mode not previously seen on his before. Blast Off features his Generation 2 inspired colors, with white, purple, and black.

The vehicle mode is a fighter jet, as as he mentioned above, does not fit in with his space shuttle vehicle mode used in G1. However, the deco more than makes up for it as that is at least spot on. The cockpit is colored in black, and he has a Decepticon logo on the verticle finn in vehicle mode, and on the left side of his chest in robot mode.

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Brawl:

Brawl is the only all-new mold in the Combaticons wave. Brawl, as he features a G1 inspired head with the flat panels on the side, a visor, and mouthplate.

His body sculpt has the design taken from the G2 Brawl’s animation appearance as well as the vintage toy. The combiner wars joint is located at the center of his chest. There are also panels on the side with a Decepticon logo on the upper left hand side. The crouch piece doesn’t stay connected and the lock with the black hinged piece is supposed to be diagonal. Instead, the clip isn’t strong enough to hold it and results with the entire upper body flipping backwards, and the lower waist hinge is not very tight, and this results his body to flip forward. The tank trends become the shoulders and arms, and the legs make up the back half of the tank. The blaster can be stored on his back or in his hand, making him look more accurate to the show.

The vehicle mode is inspired of a tank, and Hasbro did a much better job here. The tank is big and bulky, and has some nice entail on the sides, top, and the trends are very nicely sculpted. The downside here is that the trends don’t have tiny wheels to make it rotate underneath, which is the only key point missing in the vehicle mode. The barrel can move up and down, but cannot rotate.

Brawl ia painted in green, purple, black, and he has a purple Decepticon logo.

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Vortex:

Vortex is a repaint of Alpha Bravo and features mostly new parts. Vortex features a G1 inspired head with the flat panels on the side, a visor, and mouthplate.

The chest plate has a tube shaped design taken from the G2 Vortex’s animation appearance. The combiner wars joint is located at the center of his chest. The forearms also have new missiles sculpted to them and represent G1 Votrex’s animation and toy design. The rest of the sculpt has some nice detailed tooling.

The vehicle mode is inspired of a Dauphin Eurocopter without the landing gear, and includes rotating propellers on top. The front part of the helicopter is curved and the body is long and looks as if it can hold a number of human passengers. There are windows at the sides of the vehicles, which may indicate at least four rows of passenger seating above the cockpit. The missiles attached to the forearms plug into the sides of the helicopter. The right finn and left side of his chest in robot mode has a Decepticon logo.

Vortez ia painted in blue, purple, and black.

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Swindle:

Swindle is a remold of Protectobot Rook and features mostly new parts. Swindle features an all-new G1 inspired head with the flat panels on the side, a visor, mouth, and his helmet is covering his nose.

The chest panels are also new with the combiner wars joint at the center, and the lower section of the torso also has new tooling with the round headlights and grille, which is also G2-inspired. The shoulders are also new and features a lot of tooling including parts that look like bolts, and other complex tooling. The forearms and lower legs are also new and features bars, curves, and other great tooling.

The vehicle mode is inspired of a Jeep Wrangler, and includes a removable blaster on top, raised headlights on the hood with armor plating. Railing that make up the front and passenger seating that has some very nice and detailed tooling and includes a steering wheel. The sides of the vehicle has pouches, which is a nice addition to the sculpt.

There is no tire on back, and the fists do take some of the room as far as seating.

Swindle ia painted in orange, purple, and black.

Onslaught:

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Onslaught is a repaint of the previous G1 Combiner Wars figure, which had originally been offered as a retool of Combiner Wars Hot Spot. He also was given some new parts to better represent the character, including shoulders, chest plate, feet, backpack, as well as the G1 inspired head. Like the rest of the figures in this set, Onslaught also has some great tooling in his chest, legs, arms, and shoulders that has some nice detail to it. The backpack feels a little too big, but this is where the Bruticus head is stored as well as the placement for the blasters on his back. This can be pretty temperamental, and the wings have to be pivoted backward so that the arms can be better articulated.

The vehicle mode is an armored truck with the blasters being held on top and connected to the backpack. The front of the truck is heavily armored and you just barely noticed the windshields, while the trunk is left exposed and open, Also on top is the head for Bruticus is left much more noticeable as opposed to being in robot mode. Also on top of the backpack, there is also a connection port just for Shockwave to rest on in vehicle mode.

Onslaught is painted in yellow, purple, and black.

Shockwave:

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Shockwave is the legends class sized figure making him the smallest in the group and is a repaint of the previous Combiner Wars single carded figure offering as well as G1-inspired. The primary function of the figure is to be used as the cannon for Bruticus. He is inspired by his Action Master toy and comes with the movie version of the Decepticon faction symbol. In robot mode, he features a G1 inspired head, a wide chest panel with a Decepticon logo, a blaster that is sculpted to his left hand, and tubing on either sides of his head. The detail is pretty decent considering his size, and what works best on him is his fantastic dark purple, red, grey, and orange deco.

In blaster mode, he is a mega cannon that can be held by Bruticus and possibly the combaticons as well. He also features a wide cannon in the front, and a thinner backside, and long time Transformers fans will see detailed designs on the sculpt that pays homages to the G1 vintage toy.

Bruticus:

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Bruticus is the combined form of the Combaticons and features the G2 inspired colors. This figure is a repaint from the G1 inspired figure, and comes with some nice shiny muti-color deco. In the combined form, Bruticus stands at 11 1/2″ tall and is the best representation of the character since the vintage line. Like some of the other combiners, he seems to like to lean forward and even raising one arm to raise the cannon blaster/shockwave makes him lean even further and possibly even fall over. The only solution to the balance problem is clicking the hips back one notch. This leans the torso back a little bit, but it also makes him look off balance.

The connection ports work very well and the limbs stay in securely once in place. What is also good about these combiners is that there is no one way to use a figure as an arm or a leg. Any of the four Combaticons can be used as an arm or a leg, so it’s up to you on how you choose to display him.

Bruticus has a G1 inspired head sculpt that is repainted in black and grey, with red eyes. The sculpt is very nicely done and behind the head are the two blasters that came with Onslaught. The head is on a ball joint, but has limited range of motion when turning to the sides. It also loses its tilting for the most part when turned.

Since we used Black Off and Vortex as the arms, Shockwave is a bit too heavy for them to handle and forces the figure to fall over. It might be best to try either Brawl or Swindle as the arm and play around with it. Interestingly enough, Hasbro stated at BotCon that Shockwave could be used as a jetpack for Bruticus, or you can also lift the hinge of the backpack up towards the head and Shockwave can become a shoulder cannon.

Overall:

Hasbro has once again offered an amazing box set with their G2 Bruticus figure. He’s a great representation of how great the mold is and the color selections match the vintage show and toy nicely. Bruticus in both his G1 and G2 colors are a must have for any Transformers fan.

With Combiner Wars coming to an end and Titans Return already showing up, these new lines of Transformers are great G1 and G2 inspired figures and we’re hoping that the trend continues for years to come. While at the same time, we want to see something done for Beast Wars!

Highly Recommended!

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