TRANSFORMERS WAR FOR CYBERTRON: SIEGE (HASBRO)
While the Transformers brand as a whole is, admittedly, based on a gimmick from the start, Hasbro likes to introduce additional gimmicks as the line continues. Each entry in the Prime Wars Trilogy had a gimmick, be it Combiners, Titan Masters, or Prime Cores. This new War For Cybertron trilogy is starting up with a slightly more relaxed gimmick of accross the board compatibility of parts. While a lot of this is tied in with effects parts and more accessories, there is also a subset of figures, dubbed “Weaponizers,” designed with interchangeability and cross compatibility in mind. I’m looking at my first of those, Sixgun, today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Autobot Sixgun is the last figure in the second deluxe wave of the War for Cybertron: Siege line. He’s the second Weaponizer in the line, following Autobot Cog from the first assortment. Like Cog, Sixgun also began his life as an accessory to a large-scale Transformer, in this case Metroplex. In his robot mode, the figure stands 5 1/2 inches tall and has 20 points of articulation. Sixgun’s original figure was rather rudimentary in his bot-mode, so this one starts with that and builds it into something a little more worthy of a proper figure release. For instance, now he has actual hands! Sixgun’s design is notably more robotic than his assortment-mates, and generally feels a little more inhuman than we tend to see with an Autobot, but it’s a cool design nonetheless. He’s also got a sturdy build, and lacks any real hollowness like we saw on some of the others in this set. Sixgun’s alt-mode is listed as a tank, but looks a bit more like an aircraft of some sort. It’s a rather different design than the other alt-modes I’ve looked at, partly because you arrive at it in a rather different fashion. Instead of a solid transition from one form to the other, Sixgun’s transformation is reliant on actually breaking him down into a number of smaller parts, and then re-assembling them in his vehicle mode. It’s more akin to building a Lego set than to actually transforming. It does mean that there’s a lot less guessing and skill to transforming him than the average Transformer, but on the flip side, it means he’s not one that you’ll want to swap back and forth so much, since every transformation is another chance to potentially lose pieces. As a weaponizer, Sixgun’s sculpt is also pulling triple duty, since he’s not just a robot that transforms into a vehicle, he’s also meant to accent and augment the other figures in the line. Via the same disassembly process that comes into play for his main transformation, Sixgun can be reconfigured into assorted armor set-ups for his fellow Autobots. By far, my favorite set-up is the one that results in a giant fighting fist, but hey, I’m easy to please like that. And, while the colors aren’t exact matches for each other I personally found Sixgun to pair best with his assortment-mate Ironhide. He actually transitions well to an assortment of accessories for something that works as well as he does as a figure.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
While I didn’t quite get pulled in by Cog, something about Sixgun just really spoke to me, especially when I found out about that giant hand configuration (from Max, so this one’s his fault again). He’s definitely a different style of figure than the rest of the assortment, but he’s still very fun. Now I just have to decide if I want to keep him as a robot or as an accessory.
I picked up Sixgun from 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.