TRANSFORMERS WAR FOR CYBERTRON: SIEGE (HASBRO)
If I’m gonna do this whole up and coming Transformers fan thing, I’m gonna need to actually stay on top of all these Transformers I’m buying, don’t I? Indeed I do, so let’s just go ahead and do a whole freaking week of Transformers, shall we? Fasten your seatbelts, guys! …and then verify that the seatbelts that you’ve fastened are in a real car, and not one that’s actually a robot in disguise…because Transformers, right? Anyway, I’m kicking off this week of Transformers with one of the earliest Autobots, Ironhide!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Ironhide kicks off the second Deluxe assortment of the War for Cybertron: Siege line. He continues the line’s heavy G1 influence, and is in fact one of Ironhide’s most show/comic accurate figures ever (I mean, hey, this one actually has a head, which is more than can be said of his original release). In robot mode, the figure stands 5 1/2 inches tall and he has 22 functioning points of articulation. As you may have noted on the height, Ironhide stands a half-inch taller than Sideswipe, and by extension, the rest of the Deluxe offerings for the line so far. Since Ironhide’s typically not depicted as being small, it makes sense, and its an interesting exploration of what can be done within the set “scales.” Of course, there do have to be some trade-offs to get him up to that larger size, so Ironhide has a few more hollow spots than some of the others. The legs and forearms are the primary spots of said hollow-ness. For the legs, he’s got panels that fold into place to hide this, so that works well enough. The arms have no such coverage, so there’s just a big opening at the back of each forearm. It’s a little obvious, but careful posing is enough to make it look alright. The rest of the sculpt is a solid offering. He’s boxier and more war-torn than the likes of Sideswipe, befitting the nature of the character. He’s also suitably bulky, which I definitely dig. On the flip-side, I don’t so much dig the panels that flip down on the outer sides. They look a bit extraneous, and right out of the box, they actually don’t properly fit in the hinge they’re attached to, which means they stick out even further, and slightly warp the upper leg. They can easily be removed, though, so it’s really only as much of an issue as you let it be. Classically, Ironhide turns into a van, and this figure follows suit, more or less. As with others in the line, his alt-mode is tweaked to have a Cybertronian flair to it. The transformation for Ironhide is pretty straight-forward and easy, and for my first time I didn’t actually have to consult the instructions, which is pretty good for a novice like me. The end result is effectively a brick with wheels attached. It’s not complicated, but I feel it. Ironhide is packed with the W-35 LR Doomblast Forge Launcher, which is a big gun that also turns into a big hammer. I can’t stress how much I love this extra. It’s really, really cool.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
After branching into the Siege line with Optimus and the two Leaders, I started scoping out upcoming releases, and Ironhide quickly found his way to the top of my list. The final figure has some small flaws, but for the most part, I’m quite happy with the final product. He’s high on my list of favorites for a line of figures that I’m already thoroughly enjoying.
II picked this guy up from my friends at All Time Toys, where he is still currently in stock here. If you’re looking for Transformers, or other toys both old and new, please check out their website and their eBay storefront.