AIMLESS & PTERRAXADON
TRANSFORMERS WAR FOR CYBERTRON: SIEGE (HASBRO)
Remember back on Thursday when I was talking about gimmicks in the Transformers line? Well, let’s explore that some more, shall we? Cross-compatibility being the big thing for Siege, there’s a lot of work being put into accenting the main figures. I already looked at one of the Weaponizers, but today I’m moving onto another form of alternate armaments for the big guys, Battle Masters! In order to keep prices down during the Titans Return line, the Targetmaster characters lost their, uh, Target Masters. When it came time for Siege, Hasbro was looking for a good way to sell the effects pieces they were showing off on con displays. Put those together with the scrapped Target Masters and boom: Battle Masters!
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Aimless and Pteraxadon make up Battle Masters Wave 2 in the Siege line, alongside a repack of the first assortment’s Lionizer.
Originally the Target Master packed with Misfire, Aimless is a Decepticon Battle Master. He starts as a fairly straightforward robot, standing 2 inches tall and having 4 practical points of articulation. Aimless’s sculpt uses Wave 1’s Blowpipe as a starting point, though the only pieces actually shared between the two are the torso and pelvis. The arms and legs are new, more technically detailed pieces, though you would be forgiven for not noticing at first glance, since they give the same basic silhouette. He also flops the colorscheme, being blue with grey limbs, instead of grey with blue limbs. Aimless transforms into a gun, which is a fairly simple process, since there really aren’t that many moving parts. There’s a 5mm peg at the front of his torso which acts as a handle, and makes him compatible with all of the basic Transformers, Decepticon and Autobot alike. Aimless has two included effects pieces, which look like energy trails of some sort. They can be plugged onto the two barrels of his gun, or plugged onto the corresponding pegs on other Siege figures.
Pteraxadon is actually an all new character in the mythos, which I suppose is reasonable. They can’t all be re-releases, right? He’s apparently an Autobot, but with all of the Battle Masters, I really have to question exactly how the affiliations work. I might be overthinking it, though. Unlike Aimless, Pteraxadon doesn’t have a humanoid robot mode, and is instead a robotic pterodactyl. I know, who could have foreseen that? This one’s a unique sculpt, but the more inhuman design doesn’t lend itself quite as well to this more simplistic style. This puts extra weight on the alt-mode, which, as you may have gathered from the name, is an ax. It’s actually a pretty decent piece, though the coloring doesn’t really match up with anyone right now. Also included is an impact effect piece, which plugs into either side of the blade. It’s not quite as all-purpose as the rest of the effects, but I still kinda dig it.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I had no major intentions of grabbing either of these guys, but when they came in with the rest of the Wave 2 stuff, I felt compelled to get them as well. They’re goofy and gimmicky, but in a good way, and I find them to be a lot of fun, especially in conjunction with the main figures. They were even cool enough to compel me to go back and grab some of Wave 1, and I’m definitely on-board for Wave 3!
Both of these came from All Time Toys. Right now they’re both sold out, but the others are still in stock. If you’re looking for Transformers, or other toys both old and new, please check out their website and their eBay storefront.