Hunt for the Decepticons Backfire Toy Review

in 2010, Action Figure Review, Autobot, Hunt for the Decepticons, Revenge of the Fallen

Revenge of the Fallen

General Information:
Release Date: May 2010
Price Point: $7.99 (varies depending on retailer)
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: None


BackfireWhen it comes to milking a sculpt for everything it's worth, Hasbro definitely deserves some type of prize. Hot on the heels of the release of the "Windy City Chase" Wal-Mart exclusive set, the figure originally released as Knock out has been given a new deco as Backfire. Knock Out himself was given a redeco in 2009 as Reverb and then later as Trenchmouth. Unlike Trenchmouth however, Backfire is a mass release figure that is part of the "Hunt for the Decepticons" line that extends out of "Revenge of the Fallen". This review will focus on the changes made to this figure for this release.

Robot Mode:
In a sharp contrast to the previous releases of this figure, this version uses white as the primary color scheme. In addition you'll find red and gunmetal plastic. Using white as the primary color was a great idea. While there is still red on the figure, it distinguishes it from its predecessors very well. The white color can be found on his head, chest, forearms and leg armor. It's not a bright, shiny white but rather a slightly muted white that manages to stand out without looking too plain. Red is used for parts such as his lower legs and upper arms. The red color is a different shade than the one used on Trenchmouth. Instead, it's a bit brighter, but not quite as bright as the one on Reverb. I point this out because I'm happy to see a different red used than the ones found on the previous versions. The gunmetal plastic is found on parts such as the waist and thighs as well as the middle of each arm. Overall a cool combination of plastic colors.

Paint applications are done up in black, silver, red and blue. Black is found on the chest where it is used on the halves that form the front of the vehicle mode. It also makes up an Autobot symbol in the center. Look on the panels on his legs and you'll see black and red paint forming patterns on the sides. The red paint is a slightly darker shade than the red plastic used on the figure. Silver can be found on his head on the lower jaw section. The gas cap on the chest is also painted silver. The robot eyes are painted blue.

While this is the fourth version of the figure released, the joints are all still tight. There do not appear to be any issues with the edges of th emold or parts not fitting right. I'm quite sure this is not the last we've seen of this sculpt.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Swing the heel piece on each foot into the front foot piece and swing them up.
  2. Move the wheels on his shoulders up.
  3. Rotate the forearms out to the sides.
  4. Swing the panels of the vehicle mode on the chest up and connect them together in the middle.
  5. Swing the wheel on the robot's back up.
  6. Swing the legs up against the back of the robot and connect the side panels to the clips towards the front of the vehicle.
  7. Swing each of the wheel halves/robot arm sections back and connect the two arms and the halves of the wheels together.

Vehicle Mode:
In vehicle mode, white is still the dominant color, making up most of the front, middle, sides and back. However, the other colors are boldly in place as well. The red plastic parts from the arms form the middle of the vehicle. The black plastic is found on the wheels while the gunmetal plastic is seen on the sides, back and the handlebars.

A lot of the paint details from the robot mode condense here, giving you a better idea of what they were meant to form. For instance, the black designs from the chest combine to form the windshield in the front. The red and black designs from the leg panels are now prominantly displayed on the sides (along with gunmetal paint on the machinery parts). Red paint is also found on the rear of the vehicle as well as the sides of the wheels. Again, this shade is darker than the shade of red plastic. Overall I like the look of the vehicle and the designs are clean and simple.

Final Thoughts:
I'm really fond of the design of this figure, going back to its initial release as Knock Out. The new color scheme looks fantastic and different than the predecessors. That said, if you already own the previous versions of this figure. Highly recommended with the caveat that this is the fourth version of this figure.