Revenge of the Fallen Legends Class Duststorm Toy Review
Release Date: July 2010
Price Point: $5.99 (varies depending on retailer)
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
- On Card
- Scan of Card
- Vehicle Mode
- Vehicle Mode (Side)
- Vehicle Mode (Back)
- Vehicle Mode (Forward view)
- Vehicle Mode (Angle view)
- With Springer (Vehicle Modes)
- Robot Mode
- Robot Mode (Side)
- Robot Mode (Back)
- Robot Mode (Close up)
- Robot Mode (Angle view)
- Robot Mode (Posed)
- With Springer (Robot Modes)
Hot on the heels of new waves of deluxe figures and Power Core Combiners are new Legends Class Transformers figures that are part of the "Hunt for the Decepticons" sub-line of movie toys. One of the Legends Class figures in this assortment is a redeco of Springer, the Legends Class helicopter from last year's "Revenge of the Fallen" toy line. This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release.
The first use of this sculpt as Springer evoked a triple changer from the days of Generation One, and this release is no different. This time around, the color scheme of the figure is a homage to another triple changer, this time a Decepticon! The green plastic is gone now, replaced with a light beige plastic and the dark grey plastic from Springer is now silver. While the shades are a bit lighter than the source material, both of these colors appeared on Generation One Blitzwing, the triple changer who transformed into a tank, jet and robot. Further solidifying this association are the paint colors. Purple details can be seen on the sides of his arms, the back of his legs and on his back, another color used on G1 Blitzwing. The head is painted a gunmetal color with red eyes while the chest has black windows with a purple Decepticon symbol. Overall, this is a cool homage color scheme and it is one that looks great on its own. I'm particularly happy to see the head is painted a different color than the silver on the arms and feet as well as purple being used for the Decepticon symbol instead of black. The colors work well against the beige canvas so I'm very happy with them.
All of Duststorm's parts are tight, and considering this sculpt is still fairly new I wouldn't have expected less.
Transformation to Vehicle Mode:
- Connect the robot legs together.
- Swing the robot feet up.
- Swing the robot chest up.
- Swing out the nosecone.
- Swing the robot arms up and connect the shoulder pieces together.
- Swing each robot fist down.
While the robot mode definitely brings out a Blitzwing feel, this is the mode where it really comes shining through. A lot of the purple colors come together here, forming a line going across the middle of the vehicle and then another running down the back. It's a strong homage and an unexpected one to boot. Very cool!
I know this review was super brief, but there's not a whole lot more to say. My thoughts on the sculpt itself stand. It could use more posability, but overall it looks great and his blade weapons just rock. The Blitzwing homage is really neat so I do recommend this figure, even if you already have Springer.