"Legends" Targetmaster Misfire with Aimless Toy Review
Release Date: November 25, 2017
Price Point: 4000 Yen (Takara Tomy suggested retail price)
Retailer: Japanese Exclusive
Accessories: Headmaster figure, Aimless Targetmaster figure/weapon
Translation below by Doug Dlin:
Misfire is generally famous for his poor marksmanship; he won't hit even if he aims, and naturally, he still won't hit if he doesn't aim. His shooting skills haven't changed even since he became a Headmaster. He blames it on the poor seating of his cranial unit when he Head-On combines, but he's so bad that even Aimless secretly correcting his aim can't compensate, leaving his teammates at a loss.
When Takara Tomy decided to release the Titan Master figures in Japan they did not follow the exact same release pattern as Hasbro. Instead of just having the characters packaged as Headmasters/Titan Masters, they decided to go the extra mile and include a Targetmaster weapon for those characters who were Targetmasters in Generation One. One of these characters was Misfire, a character introduced in 1987. This figure is a redeco and retool of "Titans Return" Misfire. Check out that review for my original thoughts on the figure. This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release.
The "Legends" packaging is a combination of modern and Generation One elements blended together into a box. Unlike the "Generations" versions of these figures the "Legends" figures are packaged in boxes. The box is rectangular and set horizontally. With the figure packed in vehicle mode behind a window, it recalls the design that was used for the G1 Targetmaster packaging. The packaging uses a vertical Transformers logo on the left side of the box (if you are facing it). On the other side is package art for the character and a grid background, a detail inspired by G1 packaging. Aimless is on the lower left of the package in robot mode while Misfire's head is in the upper right hand corner and labeled as "Head Master" (two words, not one). The back of the packaging shows the figure in both modes and Recoil's ability to transform into Kup's weapon. It also shows the ability for the Head Master to fit inside the vehicle mode in a small window to the side.
Unlike the "Titans Return" line, the "Legends" line seems to be treating the Head Master figures as the core personality of the character. Much like the "Headmasters" cartoon in Japan, the body was basically a large mech suit (known as a 'Transtector' in "Headmasters" and "Masterforce" lingo) being controlled by the smaller head. With that in mind, the Aimless figure from "Titans Return" Misfire has been reused, but given a deco based on Misfire's own colors.
The Head Master figure is cast in a brighter pink color than its "Titans Return" counterpart. The torso and thighs are light grey. An impressive amount of gunmetal grey paint is used on the head and fists. There is also plenty on the sides and the back/face plate. The eyes are painted red. In some respects this looks like a "mini" version of Misfire himself, which makes sense since in the storyline of the "Legends" Head Masters has the heads forming the actual core personality of the character and not acting as a "power up". The deco is fantastic and I'm really impressed with it.
The head mode has the same face plate as "Titans Return" Misfire. The helmet section is gunmetal grey, similar to the "Titans Return" version, but the sides have also been painted gunmetal grey which looks awesome. Unlike the "Titans Return" version, the eyes are painted red to match up with the appearance of Misfire in the G1 Japanese "Headmasters" cartoon. The face is painted light grey instead of the darker grey used on the "Titans Return" version. This is a gorgeous deco and I honestly did not expect the sides to be painted.
In Generation One the Targetmasters all included a transforming mini-figure that became a weapon (hence "Targetmasters"). To better align this figure set with its G1 counterpart, a new Targetmaster figure was included with Misfire representing Aimless, his Targetmaster partner.
This new incarnation of Aimless takes some design cues from his G1 counterpart. Like the G1 Aimless figure this one has a round helmet design with an indentation in the center on top. The front of the helmet ends in a thin visor like piece. The weapon handle winds up in the center of his chest and his shoulders have angled armor on them. Other details however are unique to this updated design. This includes some angled, vertical lines under the chest and a series of lines on the lower legs inside a rectangular indentation. This is a really nice looking sculpt for what is essentially a glorified accessory.
A combination of light blue, silver and clear plastic are used for this figure. This calls back to G1 Aimless who was blue and silver. The blue is used on the torso, arms, head and lower legs. The thighs and waist/hip area are silver. The weapon barrels on his back are clear plastic. His face is painted gold while other parts such as the upper arms, fists and lower legs are painted silver. You'll also see plenty of silver on the barrels of his weapon on the back. Even after reviewing "Legends" Hot Rod and Kup I am really impressed by just how much paint there is on this mini-figure!
There are seven points of articulation on this figure. Unlike the Targetmasters included with Hot Rod and Kup whose head turned with the waist, this is more of a traditional figure. The head is able to move independent of everything else. His arms, hips and knees also all move independent of one another.
Transformation to Weapon Mode:
- Swing the weapon barrels on his back down.
- Swing the lower body back.
- Swing the legs onto the top of the weapon barrels, then rotate them so the feet point outward.
Aimless' weapon mode shares some design cues with its G1 predecessor. Like the G1 version the robot arms wind up on the sides (but they point back instead of forward) and the legs wind up on the top of the weapon (but the bottom of the feet point forward rather than back).
The weapon handle is a 5mm peg on the bottom of the blaster. In between the barrels on the bottom is a 5mm port allowing you to attach additional weapons. Interestingly, the top of the weapon barrels have Titan Master sized pegs on them. You can stand a Titan (or Prime or Head) Master figure on the pegs but it is kind of a weird place for a character to stand.
"Legends" Misfire is the same basic sculpt as the "Titans Return" version. However to be sure it can interact with the Targetmaster figure, the cockpit cover has been retooled with a 5mm port so Aimless can attach to it in weapon mode. Since his wings and arms have not been changed, you can connect the weapons included with "Titans Return" Misfire to the arms and under the wings. Of course, the cockpit seat still allows you to have a Head Master figure sit inside. What's nice about this is you can use both the Head and Targetmaster figures in both modes.
In terms of the deco, when you put the two figures side by side there is a shocking difference in terms of the shade of pink plastic used. "Titans Return" Misfire is kind of a dull pink but this is a bright pink, aligning the character's appearance with the G1 "Headmasters" cartoon. The cockpit cover and the section in front of it is translucent blue. Some light grey and gunmetal grey bits show through in the middle. Interestingly this is a case where the "Titans Return" version has more deco than its Takara Tomy counterpart. This is due to the tampographs used on the "Titans Return" version that do not appear here. Remember, Hasbro has tried to emulate the original toys while Takara Tomy is going for animation accuracy (which does not involve tampographs most of the time). With that in mind, you'll find silver on the front and inside the cockpit section. The wings have tampographed Decepticon symbols on them and the rear stabilizer fins have light grey paint on them. And...that's it. Oddly, knowing the intent of this deco I don't miss the deco points that have been removed at all. The vehicle looks bright and grabs the eye so I dig it.
Transformation to Robot Mode:
- Transform the Head Master into head mode and set aside the Targetmaster for now.
- Swing the wing/arm sections out to the sides a bit.
- Swing the rear of the vehicle back to begin forming the robot legs.
- Straighten out each leg and swing out the halves of the feet.
- Swing the piece the legs are connected to up against the waist/hip piece.
- Swing the front of the vehicle back.
- Swing the arms up while rotating the wings.
- Swing out each fist.
- Attach the Head Master.
- Aimless fits into either hand in weapon mode.
Misfire's robot mode shows off even more of the bright pink color shown in vehicle mode. His elbows and thighs are light grey. The feet are metallic black. His fists are cast in pink, but they are painted gunmetal grey. You will also find some gunmetal grey on his shoulders. There is some silver on his chest and light grey in the middle of the body. There is also a tiny strip of orange on each lower leg, but that's it for his deco. The finishing touch is a tampographed Decepticon symbol in the middle of the chest. Again the idea is not to cut back on costs or anything, but instead the designers at Takara Tomy wanted to match the appearance of his figure up with its animated counterpart and in that respect they did a great job!
All the joints on my copy of this figure are still nice and tight. The shoulders have 5mm ports on them and of course he can hold a weapon in either hand.
Misfire is not as dramatic of a change as "Legends" Hot Rod and Kup, but he is still a beautiful redeco and retool. I love the addition of the Targetmaster figure and I'm happy the vehicle can now accommodate a weapon on top. I think if you are happy with "Titans Return" Misfire this is not necessarily a "must have", but if you want Aimless paired up with Misfire then this is a "must have".
- Aimless is an excellent update of the character.
- Bright color scheme is appealing in a different way than the "Titans Return" version.
- Addition of the 5mm port in vehicle mode is great.
- Some fans may miss some of the deco from the "Titans Return" version.