Armada Toy Reviews: Blurr

in 2002, Action Figure Review, Armada, Autobot

Armada

General Information:
Price Point: Supercon
Retailer: General (K-Mart, Toys R Us, Wal-Mart etc.)
Release Date: December 2002
Transformation Difficulty Level: 3 Advanced
Accessories: Incinerator Mini-Con figure, Missiles x 2, Missile launchers x 2

Blurr stands out as one of those names used for a very unique character in Transformers history. Introduced in "Transformers: The Movie", Blurr was a fast talking, fast moving, high strung Autobot. Now, Armada has introduced a new Blurr into the Transformers mythos, this time in the form of an Autobot under the command of Optimus Prime.

Incinerator Review

Vehicle Mode:
Incinerator's vehicle mode is a race car. He is mostly blue with a yellow spoiler and black cockpit. It's interesting to note that this is one of the few Mini-Cons whose vehicle mode runs along the same theme as the larger robot it is included with. Blurr is also a sleek, sports/racing car of some sort, and having Incinerator be one too gives the two a nice, matching dynamic both visually and conceptually. The detailing on Incinerator is fairly simple, one nice touch is on the yellow spoiler where tubes resembling exhaust pipes of some sort stick out. Incinerator's Powerlinx point is on the underside of the car towards the middle.

Transformation to Robot Mode:

  1. Fold the rear of the vehicle back and straighten it out to form the robot legs.
  2. Flip the car over and swing down the left robot arm.
  3. Swing down the front of the vehicle and then rotate it to the side.

Robot Mode:
Incinerator's robot mode adds in silver and red to the mix of colors. The main body and robot head are silver while the robot visor eyes are red. The main body piece shows off some extra detailing including a nice molded Mini-Con symbol on the chest.

From early photographs, I was worried that Incinerator's odd arm would cause the little guy to topple over constantly. Fortunately, the designers were sure to do two things. First, they made the arm light enough that it doesn't force the figure to bend to one side. Second, the feet were designed nice and wide, allowing the for the load of the odd arm to be held stable.

Incinerator has six points of articulation. Overall, a cool Mini-Con figure that is best coming out as a partner to a larger Transformer.

Blurr Review

Vehicle Mode:
Blurr's vehicle mode is a futuristic, sleeklooking sports car (or it could be a futuristic race car too). His primary color is a dark silver with orange weapond. The windows of the car and the headlights are translucent yellow plastic. The tires and some details are dark blue while the edges on each side have a black spray op that gives the impression that the car has burned a good supply of fuel in its runs. The design of the car is very sleek and futuristic looking, as such, the designers were wise to avoid adding too many details to the toy. The mid section on each side gives a hint of underlying machinery while the weapons have just enough details on them to show that they can be missiles or cannons.

Blurr has two Powerlinx points at the rear of the vehicle on top of the spoiler-type piece. Neither actually activates a feauture. Rather, Incinerator's interaction with Blurr in this form is unique. Take Incinerator in vehicle form and insert hi into the spot between the missile launchers and the sides of the car flip out to form a flying car! This is very reminscent of the Generation One Transformer Tracks, who could also change from a sleek car to a flying car. It was a cool touch to make the interaction between the two figures unique, it gives the toy something distinctive. Oddly enough, the central cover/cockpit section of the car can lift up and is on a spring joint which snaps the piece right back down if lifted. My conjecture is that the spring is used to keep the part from flopping around everywhere.

The flying car form opens up the vehicle so you can see more details. An extra (orange) window is visible in this form and on the wings, you can see hover fans molded in. Also, this mode allows you to attach Mini-Cons to the missile launchers to launch the missiles.

The look of this vehicle mode is awesome and having it also be a flying car seems appropriate. This is probably one of the nicest vehicle modes that Armada has presented so far!

Transformation to Robot Mode:

  1. Begin with the toy in flying car mode. Detach the two missile launchers.
  2. Flip the car over and pull down the robot legs. Extend each end of the feet.
  3. Swing the main body section up, then down.
  4. Swing the front halves of the vehicle mode to the sides.
  5. Swing the arms down.
  6. Attach the weapons to each arm.

Robot Mode:
Blurr is mostly two shades of blue in this form. Red is used for details such as missile ports, his Autobot symbol and part of his legs. Orange shows up too for his upper arms. Blurr's face is made of translucent orange plastic, with blue painted on to give it more definition.

Blurr's portrayal on the Armada television show has been one cool character who doesn't mess around. The look of this toy conveys that perfectly. Many have complained about the fact that a good chunk of the car mode is just resting on his back, but visually Blurr is very cool. His shoulder armor sweeps out to the sides (rather wide too). His lower arms are curved downwards towards the hands. His face is very sleek, with details that look like exhaust pipes running along the sides. His legs angle outward from the knee to the feet. The net effect here is that you have his shoulders and legs all angling outwards, giving him a very dynamic appearance.

In terms of sculpt, Blurr has some nice details. His shoulder armor parts each appear to have missiles in them, as does his mid-section. His Autobot symbol is part of the sculpt and though simple, his face looks serious and cool all at the same time.

Blurr carries two missile launchers. You can attach a Mini-Con to the Powerlinx point on each and push the mechanism forward to launch the missiles. The figure has seven points of articulation. They're not the greatest. Mostly his arms and head can move. His upper legs are attached to the main body by ball joints, but because of the big car on his back, they really can't move back well. Rather, they can turn to the sides to adjust the position of his
feet.

Blurr is a cool looking toy, and he offers fun. Sure he's not supremely poseable, but then again, that doesn't seem to have been the aim in creating this toy. Recommended if you're into fun Transformers despite poseability issues.