Hunt for the Decepticons Firetrap Toy Review
Release Date: August 2010
Price Point: $5.99 (varies depending on retailer)
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
- On Card*
- Card Scan
- Vehicle Mode
- Vehicle Mode (Side)
- Vehicle Mode (Back)
- Vehicle Mode (Forward view)
- Vehicle Mode (Angle view)
- Vehicle Mode (Rear angle view)
- Robot Mode
- Robot Mode (Side)
- Robot Mode (Back)
- Robot Mode (Close up)
- Robot Mode (Focus on head)
- Robot Mode (Angle view)
- Robot Mode (Weapons deployed)
- Robot Mode (Focus on weapon)
- Robot Mode (Posed)
One of the cooler new sculpts to come out of the "Revenge of the Fallen" toy line was Scattorshot, who also served as a homage to the Cybertron character of the same name. Now this cool sculpt has returned with new colors and a new identity: Firetrap! This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release. I recommend reading Scattorshot's review for a more detailed look at the sculpt and functionality of the figure.
Scattorshot borrowed much of his color scheme from Cybertron Scattorshot, but this iteration of the sculpt has a color scheme that appears to be inspired by the Generation One Autobot Roadbuster. His primary colors are a dark, military green and the contrasting color is gold. The rest of his parts are cast in two shades of grey. The green and gold are very similar in tone to the colors green and orange that were heavily featured on Roadbuster. The character of Roadbuster has long been seen as a rough and tough Autobot who even served as a member of the infamous "Wreckers" team. By association and the rather powerful looking form that this sculpt represents, Firetrap is one tough looking Autobot. I could also see this being a homage to Generation One Brawn as well since he had similar colors to Roadbuster in the Generation One series.
For the most part, the parts that were blue panels on Scattorshot are green on this figure and the silver parts are now gold. The dark and lighter grey plastic is distributed around the body. For instance, the joints connecting his arms to the upper body are dark grey along with his guns while his head and fists are lighter grey. The colors work perfectly with the green and gold and look great.
Paint applications are done up in two shades of metallic gold (one light, one dark) and green. The lighter gold is used on the halves of his plow (that form knee armor in thi smode), his face and shoulders. The darker gold can be found on the panels on the sides of his arms and his chest armor. The section in the middle of his chest that looks like a collar has green panels painted, offering continuity with the green panels on the rest of the figure. This military inspired color scheme looks great and I actually like the use of different shades of gold, something not often seen on a single Transformer at the same time.
This is the first redeco of this sculpt (though another is due before the year ends) so the joints are all still tight on this figure. Everything works fine with posing it and I had no issues with the transformation.
Transformation to Vehicle Mode:
- Swing the rear section of the vehicle up.
- Swing the panel with the arms down.
- Swing the lower legs back and connect them together.
- Connect the two gold pieces from the front of the vehicle together and swing them up.
- Swing out the panels on the lower portion of the forearms.
- Swing the robot hands in.
- Bend the arms at the elbow in and connect the side panels to the rear section of the vehicle.
- Swing the front portion of the vehicle up and connect it to the middle.
- Rotate the weapons around to point forward.
Firetrap shows a lot more green in this mode. Almost all the outer panels of the vehicle are cast in green. His plow is cast in gold, but the front is painted light metallic gold. The darker grey plastic is used on the cannons on the top of the vehicle and part of the truck bed. This mode shows off some details that are somewhat hidden in robot mode. Running along the side of the vehicle are gold stripes that are darker metallic gold than the paint used on the plow. The windows are painted metallic light blue, which is so much nicer than some dull color like black for the windows. I sort of wondered why there were no prominent Autobot symbols in robot mode, but it turns out they were saved for the vehicle mode. On the sides of the vehicle, behind each of the side windows are silver Autobot symbols with a silver outline around them.
The only real articulation to speak of in this mode are the cannons, both of which move and stay in position without a problem.
Firetrap is a fantastic redeco of a mold that I already am a big fan of. I don't usually recommend a redeco unless it's a strong one, and in this case that rule totally applies. Highly recommended!