TRANSFORMERS WAR FOR CYBERTRON: SIEGE (HASBRO)
The gimmick of Hasbro’s latest iteration of the Transformers brand is cross-compatibility, and this is manifested no more succinctly than in the Weaponizers, figures whose primary purpose is to augment other figures. So far, we’ve had two Autobot Weaponizers, and I guess the Decepticons were getting a little jealous. The latest is finally one of theirs, Brunt, who I’ll be taking a look at today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Brunt is part of the third series of Deluxe Class figures from Siege. As will all of the Weaponizers so far, Brunt began his life as an accessory to a larger Transformer, specifically Trypticon, whose 2018 update Brunt was absent from. Interestingly, the original Brunt didn’t actually have a robot mode, switching between tank and towers. This figure introduces a robot mode, based on the Centurion droid from the Stormbringer miniseries. In said robot mode, Brunt stands 5 1/4 inches tall and has 22 points of articulation. The sculpt is small, but quite stocky, and he’s certainly on the blockier side of things. Fitting enough, what with him being a literal tank and all. After being slightly disappointed by Cog’s notable hollowness in a few spots, I was happy to see that Brunt is a much more solidly constructed figure. It means he’s a little on the shorter side, but I prefer things this way, truth be told. Brunt continues the somewhat inhuman trend among the Weaponizers, but for a Decepticon it feels a little bit less out of place. Like his original “figure,” Brunt’s vehicle-mode is a tank, and like the other Weaponizers, it’s achieved not so much through actual transforming, but rather disassembling and reassembling in a different configuration. It’s a little more intuitive with Brunt, largely due to there being less little tiny pieces to move around, and possibly due to my own familiarity with the style of Transformer increasing. There’s one notable issue in transforming him, though; the way his arms work, it’s very easy to accidentally pop them off at the wrong peg when swapping him back and forth, and once you’ve done it once, it’s very easy to do it again, and a little difficult to get the arm back together again. Brunt also has the ability to turn into additional weaponry and armor for his fellow Decepticons. There are two shown configurations, and I myself quite like the one with the big claw arms.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
After getting on board the whole Weaponizer train with Six Gun, I was definitely intrigued by Brunt, especially his robot mode’s design. Of all the Series 3 Deluxes, he was definitely the one I was most excited for, and after getting them in-hand, he remains my favorite of the bunch. There’s quite a bit to like about this guy, and I look forward to seeing other possible options for Weaponizers.