Revenge of the Fallen Smokescreen Toy Review
Release Date: June 2009
Price Point: $11.99 (varies depending on retailer)
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: Shield, Weapon
- On Card*
- Scan of Card
- Official Photo (Vehicle Mode)*
- Official Photo (Robot Mode)*
- Package art
- Vehicle Mode
- Vehicle Mode (Side)
- Vehicle Mode (Back)
- Vehicle Mode (Angle view)
- Vehicle Mode (Weapon attached)
- Vehicle Mode (Weapon attached, back view)
- With Jazz (Vehicle Modes)
- Robot Mode
- Robot Mode (Side)
- Robot Mode (Back)
- Robot Mode (Close up)
- Robot Mode (Weapon and shield attached)
- With Jazz (Robot Modes)
*Images and text from Hasbrotoyshop.com:
According to SMOKESCREEN, the only good DECEPTICON is a totally confused one. He does his best to make sure that the DECEPTICONS never know what his teammates are up to. He’s perfected the art of creating diversions, using traps, holograms, and strategically placed explosives. When all else fails, he uses himself as bait, often racing right through a group of enemy robots to distract them.
Get ready to roll out with this AUTOBOT ally! Strike a battle-ready pose in robot mode and the turn this advanced conversion figure into sleek Pontiac Solstice vehicle mode so you can recreate exciting movie scenes or get rolling with your own adventures! Armed to the hilt, this mighty warrior is ready for action. The question is…are you?
Detailed robot-to-vehicle figure converts to Pontiac Solstice vehicle mode and back again! Ages 5 and up.
Before the "Revenge of the Fallen" line had even been released, the character of Smokescreen was already introduced into the movie universe as a redeco of Fast Action Battler Autobot Jazz. The character has also made appearances in IDW's comic book series and now he takes on the form of a deluxe figure. Since his form has already been established as being based on Jazz, Hasbro did just what you'd expect - they gave deluxe Jazz figure from 2007 and gave it a new deco and identity as Smokescreen. This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release.
The Fast Action Battler version of Smokescreen was a very straightforward homage to G1 Smokescreen, using bright blues and reds with white to evoke the G1 Autobot. However, for the main toy line, Hasbro's preference is to use more muted and darker colors that are considered a bit more "realistic". To that end, the silver plastic on Jazz has been repalced not with a bright blue, but with a very dark green-blue color. This really brings the tone of the vehicle down several notches, though I'm not 100% sure it actually makes it any more "realistic". The vehicle Smokescreen transforms into is the Pontiac Solstice, and the main colors it comes in are anything but dark (those colors being silver, red and yellow). More likely this was an attempt to shy away from replicating what had already been done with the Fast Action Battler figure a couple years ago. Black plastic also plays a role in this form, making up the windows and the wheels.
Bringing in a bit more of the G1 influence to the figure, red paint is used for bold design details running from the back to the middle section of the figure. This pattern is duplicated on a smaller scale by silver lines, also running at angles from the back to the front. It's a really nice pattern and I'm glad it differs from the pattern of G1 and Fast Action Battler Smokescreen. Red paint is also used to paint an Autobot symbol in the center of the spoiler. I was happy to see the Pontiac logo in the front of the vehicle painted red, showing that the designers were still going for nice attention to detail with this figure (despite it being about the fourth time the sculpt has been used). Silver is used to color the front grille and the headlights are painted in light blue, bringing some much needed brightness to the front end of the vehicle.
Transformation to Robot Mode:
- Detach the weapon if attached.
- Swing up the rear section with the spoiler and detach it. Set it aside for now.
- Pull the rear halves of the car back.
- Turn the rear sections so the wheels face up.
- Swing out the black foot pieces and swing the heel pieces out.
- Flip the car over and you'll see the robot waist section connected to the legs. Swing that forward to connect to the mid-body.
- Swing the robot legs down.
- Pull the sides of the front car section out to the sides.
- Swing down the car cabin section to reveal the robot head.
- Swing the panel behind the black honeycomb section on each arm and swing them forward.
- Swing each hood piece back and flip out the robot claws.
- Swing each panel over and then swing the arms forward.
In robot mode, Smokescreen's color swap outs are fairly simple. The silver plastic on Jazz is replaced with the blue-green plastic and the black plastic remains. His head still uses translucent blue plastic for the eyes, which I have to say looks really super awesome no matter what color the rest of the figure seems to be since it makes up such a large proportion of the face. These color swaps carry over to his accessories. The shield is blue-grey and the handle of the lance weapon is blue grey. The part that telescopes out is still black.
The red and silver line pattern found on the rear and middle of the vehicle mode gets an analagous set of details in this form. On the hip joints and the thighs, you'll find red details with silver outlining them, accentuating the angles of the leg sculpts. Gunmetal is used to paint the broad outlines of the armor around his knees as well as the robot face. You'll also find this color on parts of his waist. Most importantly, this is a very different paint pattern than the ones used on this figure previously. The figure is rich with sculpted detail, and it was great to see the designers use it to its maximum potential and accentuating sculpted detail at the same time.
When reviewing this figure I must confess that I was expecting the mold to be quite worn out by now. This is the sixth release of the Jazz sculpt in one form or another, and I expected the joints to all be really worn by now, but his are as tight as my first run Autobot Jazz figure from 2007. This includes the telescoping weapon, so color me impressed in that regard.
Smokescreen is a good figure and the choice of using this sculpt makes perfect sense given how the character has appeared in both toy form and print media. Still, I have a bit of a hard time recommending a figure that is now more expensive than any of its previous releases that represents a sixth take on the sculpt. I would say if you only own Autobot Jazz and never got any of his redecos (or maybe just one of them), then this may be worthwhile if being a new character is enough to justify the purchase, otherwise I would give this one a pass - not because it's a bad figure, but because of the sheer amount of times this sculpt has been used and that this iteration brings no new sculpting to the table.