TRANSFORMERS WAR FOR CYBERTRON: SIEGE (HASBRO)
It’s possible that most of my readers know this, but in addition to being super into action figures, I’m also quite into Jeeps. I mean, as much as I can be into any car, really. It all kind of stems back to my parents getting a Jeep Cheroke back in 1995, a car which was passed onto me when I graduated high school, and which I still drive several times a week. I have a definite attachment to that car, and I’ve subsequently found myself drawn to all manner of toy Jeeps. So, it kind of goes without saying that a Transformer that turns into a Jeep is kind of up my alley.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Autobot Hound was released in the first deluxe assortment of War For Cybertron: Siege, alongside the previously reviewed Sideswipe. He follows that figure’s lead of being rather G1-inspired in design, though it’s worth noting that Hound usually tends to be. In robot mode, the figure stands about 5 inches tall and he has 20 workable points of articulation. In contrast to the sleek and smooth Sideswipe, Hound is comparatively blocky and bricky, as one would expect from a robot that turns into a Jeep. He’s still a very cleanly sculpted figure, even if he’s not sleek, and his design is well-rendered here. Despite being a lower-price-point figure, there’s not actually much hollowness in Hound’s construction, which is certainly something that I appreciate. He’s also pretty decently articulated, and has less of the limitations on his movements that Sideswipe had (and even Sideswipe wasn’t really that bad). Hound’s got minimal back kibble, likely due to the blocky nature of the design making it easier to hide. Whatever the case, it works out in his favor. Hound’s alt-mode, is…well, it’s not strictly a Jeep, but it’s certainly Jeep-inspired. His original alt-mode was a straight Jeep J59. As canonically a pre-Earth version of the character, the Jeep takes on a number of more Cybertronian traits. It’s close enough to the standard Jeep stylings to be identifiable as such, but is removed enough that it makes sense as an alien design. It’s also, like the figure, really solid. Like, packed in there. Great for home defense. The transformation between the two is actually not too bad, and my novice-level understanding was enough to get me through it even without the instructions. Hound is packed with a “W-5 Holo-Beam Refraction Blaster,” “RT-10 IR Electro-Scope Launcher,” and ammo clip all of which combine to form the “HD Vector-Beam Mega-Blaster.” It’s a nice assortment of parts, and I definitely like the fully assembled gun, and I really appreciate how well it integrates into the alt-mode.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Hound is the figure I just kept passing on. I’m not really sure why. I looked at him countless times while at All Time Toys, and just never pulled the trigger. When I finally decided I wanted one, the last one sold, so I figured he just wasn’t meant for me. As luck would have it, a loose one was traded into the store, and I was able to grab him for even less than the original retail, which worked out pretty well for me. I like this guy a lot, and he’s a nice cross-section of two things I like.