"Transformers Vintage G1" Warpath Toy Review
Retailer: Walmart Exclusive
Release Date: January 2019
Official Photos above and text in italics below are from Walmart.com:
Transformers Autobot Warpath Toy, Ages 8 and up:
- Converts from Robot to Tank and Back
- Ages 8 and up
As of 2019, Transformers will be thirty five years old, making it one of the longest, continuously running action figure toy lines on the market. Of course, as time passes, so does the potential for nostalgia, especially for the original series that started the toy line. Recognizing this, Walmart announced a series of "Vintage G1" figures based on the sculpts of several Generation One figures. Going as far back as May 2018 with an official annoucement in July 2018, the "Vintage G1" line began being listed on Walmart's web site. A relatively large supply of these Mini-Bots became available during the 2018 holiday season as part of the promotion for the "Bumblebee" Movie, however many of those vanished from shelves relatively quickly by the time January 2019 came around.
Around the end of January 2019, a new assortment of the Vintage G1 Mini-Bots began to appear in Walmart stores featuring Gears and Warpath. Previously released in the Japanese exclusive "Collection" series, it has been quite some time since these two figures have been available at retail. Still, as of April 2019 these are not necesarily easy to find. In some areas there are a few on shelves, however in others (such as mine) there has been no refresh of the Vintage G1 figures in months. I wound up ordering these off of Walmart's web site when they became available during very brief windows of time.
There have been many reissues of G1 Transformers figures over the years, but aside from a line of keychains many years ago, the Mini-Bots have never been reissued on cards based on the original G1 packaging. The packaging for the Mini-Bots is a recreation of the G1 card and bubble packages. The front of the card has a large G1 style "Transformers" logo at the top. The character's artwork is very prominent in the middle, set against a grid pattern that itself lays on top of a red, orange and black gradient. The effect is striking and grabs the eye instantly. When looking at these figures on shelf versus other Transformers packaging and other toy packaging such as Nerf, it is amazing just how eye catching and colorful the original packaging was.
The figure itself is packaged in robot mode, so a photograph of it in vehicle mode is set on top of the character artwork. The lower left hand side of the card features the classic 80's Hasbro logo and a yellow and black rectangle with his affiliation and name "Autobot Warpath" inside of it.
The back of the packaging features a smaller version of the Transformers logo and the beautiful artwork featuring many of the 1985 characters battling it out in space. Below that are the character's instructions. On the right side is the character's tech specs which have been mostly recreated directly from the original G1 packaging. However, the section with the character's stats (Strength, Intelligence etc.) has been replaced with a similar looking section without the need for a translucent red "Tech Spec Decoder" to read the stats clearly.
During the G1 era the Mini-Bots featured some of the more unique designs in the Transformers toy line. They did not always follow the humanoid model and instead played around with the form a Transformers character could take. In this case, Warpath has an unusual body design featuring a head attached to the tank turret from his vehicle form. He has two arms, but instead of two feet, his thighs are connected to the front end of the tank. In the cartoon and comic books his model was changed to give him separate feet and the Deluxe "Generations" version did the same. As a kid, I always imagined him rolling on his "tank tread feet" like a mobile battle platform and I still like to think this was an option for him in battle!
From a detailing perspective the smaller details are all intact on this version of the figure, but some of the edges do not appear as sharply defined as they were on the original figure. This is likely due to the age of the tooling when it was brought back into service for these reissues. In all honesty, I had to put G1 Warpath right next to this reissue to even notice this.
Warpath is cast in red and silver plastic. However, the colors are lighter shades than the original. The original Warpath was almost a maroon color with a dark silver. This figure is much closer to a regular red color with a brighter silver. This may not be 100% G1 accurate, but it does help you distinguish this figure from the original. Whether that is a good or bad thing is really up to the individual. Black paint is used on the eyes (providing the only paint details in this mode). On the front of the feet is a heat sensitive "rub symbol". At first glance this looks like a reproduction of the symbol from G1, however it is not. Instead, this is a new version of the sticker created for these Vintage G1 releases. The shape of the symbol outline is a bit different, with a sharp "chin" piece at the bottom. Meanwhile, the silver surrounding the symbol is reflective instead of being a solid silver. Also, when you rub the symbol it turns orange instead of going through different colors like green and blue.
Warpath has four points of articulation: the turret (and thus, the head), the arms and he can swing back at the feet (a function of the transformation). All the joints on my copy of this figure are just as tight as those on my original G1 Warpath. That said, my G1 Warpath saw a good amount of play back in the day so take that as you will. The main thing is that nothing is loose or floppy.
Transformation to Vehicle Mode:
- Swing the head down into the turret.
- Swing the arms down and press them in.
- Pull the turret forward.
- Swing the turret down.
- Straighten out the arms and the front of the tank so they align, then push them together.
Back in the days when Hasbro did not worry about licensing vehicles, real world vehicle modes were used all the time. In Warpath's case, he transforms into a M551 Sheridan Armored Reconnaissance/Airborne Assault Vehicle. Like the real life vehicle, the front end features a flat section that angles up towards the center and back. Thetread section has a series of distinct wheels sculpted and the back section angles downward. On top of all this there are plenty of small details sculpted into the tank. I've always loved the look of this vehicle form and that has not changed.
There are no color surprises in this mode. The red makes up the turret and the top of the tank whil esilver is used for the treads and the back section. The rub symbol is very prominent in this mode but there is no additional deco.
Warpath was always one of my favorite G1 Transformers toys and he continues to be to this day. This reissue looks fantastic in and out of packaging. Sure the colors are a bit brighter and the details are not as super sharp as the G1 version, but this is still a fantastic reissue. Highly recommended!
- Beautiful packaging reproduction.
- Joints are tight (or as tight as my G1 Warpath anyhow).
- The colors are not an exact match to G1 Warpath (some fans may not care as much as others about this).