Revenge of the Fallen Divebomb Toy Review

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Revenge of the Fallen

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

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Text from Hasbrotoyshop.com:
Entranced with the romance and daring of ancient DECEPTICONS living on Earth, DIVEBOMB rescanned his vehicle mode to mimic one of the most famous of those old warriors. Unfortunately, paired with SKYSTALKER to fight an AUTOBOT antiaircraft specialist, he’s quickly learning the limitations of his new form.

Add another warrior to your action-packed robot battles with this sinister DIVEBOMB figure. Start the excitement in robot mode and then convert him into biplane vehicle so he can “soar” through the “skies” in pursuit of his enemies!
Ages 5 and up.

This is not the first time a character named Divebomb has appeared in the Transformers Movie universe. Released as a Wal-Mart exclusive redeco of Cybertron Thundercracker, Divebomb went on to appear in IDW's comic book series based on the movie. There's no telling if this guy and the other are one and the same but it is possible since Divebomb's tech spec mentions he changed his form to this biplane form on purpose. I really enjoyed the previous release of this sculpt, Ransack due in part to its unique robot and vehicle modes so I had high hopes for this iteration of the sculpt. This review will focus on the color changes made to the figure for this release. There is no retooling of the sculpt at all. Check out Ransack's review for more details on the figure's sculpt and design.

Robot Mode:
Before diving into the robot mode review, I wanted to note that his robot mode pictures (the first few anyhow) are a bit incorrect. His propeller section should be flipped down. I plan on updating this down the line but I wanted to get the review up in a timely manner.

One thing I always looks for in a redeco is a strikingly different look than its previous release, and Divebomb delivers that with aplomb. Replacing the rather dark and drab colors of Ransack, the primary color of this figure is a bright red. Some of the robot parts are cast in metallic grey plastic including the waist and thighs. The same grey is used on some smaller joints such as those on his ankles. Other parts including the robot arms are cast in black plastic, contrasting strongly against the red that makes up most of the figure. Red and black are two of my favorite colors on Transformers so it's a great combination to see on a sculpt I already like a lot.

Paint decos are done in metallic grey, black and white. The metallic grey is mostly found on the head, where it colors the top piece and the face. You'll also find a bit on his right ankle area, where it is used to color some mechanical detail - a really nice touch. White paint is found on his legs and chest, where you can see it forms patterns associated with the vehicle mode. The black paint is most obvious on his thigh armor, where it forms a Decepticon symbol on top of a white patch. This detail comes together in the vehicle mode later on.

Divebomb simply looks fantastic in this mode. His color scheme is simple, but the colors are distributed in such a way that he never looks dull. It's also a sharp contrast to Ransack, adding to its appeal - but the best is yet to come with the vehicle mode.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that Divebomb's joints are tighter than those on my Ransack figure, not something that happens often with redecos. In particular, the ball joints on his arms are much tighter than Ransack's (not that his were super floppy). This was a really pleasant surprise.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Move each arm up and swing the elbow hinge down. Attach each hand to the pegs on the wing pieces.
  2. Rotate each weapon forward.
  3. Swing the chest up against the engine piece, then swing the robot head forward and down.
  4. Connect the legs together in the middle.
  5. Adjust the robot feet so they form horizontal stabilizers on either side of the single vertical stabilizer.
  6. Swing the armor panels on the upper legs up and together.
  7. Swing the wings on the back up.
  8. Swing the rear section of the plane up and rotate it around so the vertical stabilizer points up.
  9. Swing the sections with the robot arms attached out to the sides.
  10. Swing the robot wings forward and connect them to the vertical pieces on either side of the cockpit.
  11. Swing the small pieces on the hinges out and down, connecting them to the lower wings.

Vehicle Mode:
So, you've created a biplane Transformer, something once relegated to the drawing board and concept stage during G1, but now a reality. Already you have awesomeness, so how do you make it more awesome as a redeco? You give it a legendary color scheme - that's how! All the colors of the robot mode carry over into this form, but now they are much more prominant. Red is still the primary color, but there is a lot more white showing now. The end of the cockpit is white, the tail stabilizers have white edges and the aforementioned white/black Decepticon symbol comes together on the right side of the vehicle, right under the cockpit. Even more grand? On either side of the top wings are huge patches of white with big, black Decepticon symbols on them. Taken as a whole, this color scheme's choice of colors and pattern are all inspired by the infamous Manfred von Richthofen, a.k.a. the "Red Baron", a legendary pilot who reportedly shot down over eighty pilots in his career (though some doubt this is fact). Quite popular in pop culture circles once upon a time, the Red Baron was even portrayed as the arch-enemy of Snoopy's "Ace Pilot" persona in the "Peanuts" cartoon (a.k.a. Charlie Brown). This is a perfect color scheme for a Decepticon, and it's even more fun thinking of a skilled Decepticon flier taking on such an archaic vehicle form.

The other nice bit of this redeco is how well it contrasts against its predecessor. Whereas Ransack seemed to have a more classic, dark and "worn" look, Divebomb looks downright pristine, new and bright - a condition befitting the vehicle of the legendary Red Baron!

Final Thoughts:
Recently, I was writing a review for Scalpel and I remember feeling quite good, almost giddy as I wrote it. As I finished up that review, I realized that my elation was due in part to the fact that I was reviewing an original sculpt, and not yet another redeco. I think I've hit a bit of a "redeco fatigue" for the moment, so it says quite a bit to note that I was actually looking forward to Divebomb's release and found myself very happy with the final product. Between the fun color scheme and the tighter joints, Divebomb is definitely highly recommended!