TRANSFORMERS WAR FOR CYBERTRON: EARTHRISE (HASBRO)
Okay, so I’m at the end of this Transformers week and…well, I’m gonna level with you guys, I’m kinda starting to stretch the limits of what I know off-hand about Transformers. Take, for instance, today’s guy. I know he’s an Autobot named Grapple, but, well, that kinda comes from the name, now doesn’t that? Beyond that? Not a ton. He’s not on the list of names I could rattle off if someone asked me to name some transformers on the spot…or at least he wasn’t prior to this figure, and it’s really a 50/50 chance that I’ll accidentally refer to him as Hoist, who is an entirely different guy that’s also available in the initial product launch for Earthrise. So, with all that said, let’s just see where this review takes us, shall we?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Grapple is one half of the first Voyager Class assortment for Transformers War For Cybertron: Earthrise, with the other half being an Earth-mode version of Starscream. Earthrise continues Siege’s trend of very G1-inspired figures, and even takes it a bit further, given that the setting is once again on Earth, meaning most of the characters will be taking more direct replicas of their original alt-modes. In his robot mode, Grapple stands 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 20 practical points of articulation. Grapple is sporting an all-new sculpt, though given the usual lineage of Grapple figures, it won’t be too much of a surprise to see this sculpt turn up again for Inferno. It’s a very cartoon-inspired sculpt, and represents a much cleaner design than some of the Siege figures were sporting. There’s a lot more in the way of clean lines and sharp edges. It makes for a nice figure to look at. He’s on the boxier side, which is sensible, given his construction-centered alt-mode. Said alt-mode is an orange crane truck. The transformation is mostly pretty easy and straight forward, but there is a slight molding error on all copies of the figure (so far, at least), where the two pegs at the base of the crane are just a touch too large for the corresponding peg holes on the feet. They’ll resist going in during the transformation, and if you force them you’ll risk breaking the figure. Fortunately, shaving them down just a touch with a knife was all that was needed to get mine into proper working order. As far as out of the box mods go, that one’s not too bad. Grapple is packed with a blaster, a claw, and a nozzle piece. The blaster is your standard sci-fi fare, but is cool nonetheless. The claw and nozzle are actually compatible with the ports on the insides of Grapple’s wrists, allowing for them to be swapped out for his hands if you so desire…which I did, so hey, look at that.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I knew nothing about Grapple before this figure. I still don’t know a ton about him. But, I liked his design, and unlike Starscream he didn’t feel like a retread, so I was definitely down for picking one up. Despite not knowing much about him, I quite like this figure, and am happy to have him as my first proper introduction to Earthrise.
Grapple was purchased from my friends at All Time Toys, and is still available here. If you’re looking for Transformers, or other toys both old and new, please check out their website and their eBay storefront.