TRANSFORMERS WAR FOR CYBERTRON: EARTHRISE (HASBRO)
Hey, remember when I reviewed Grapple and I was all like “I don’t really have much to say for the intro”? Well, apart from this witty and self-referential bit I’ve got going right now, the very same is true for Hoist. <checking wiki> Apparently the two of them are buddies? Well, cool, that means that they fit together in a nice little pair of characters I know pretty much nothing about. So, let’s again watch me try to review a character I don’t know!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Hoist is the third of the three first Deluxe Class assortment figures I’ve picked up from Earthrise, and he seems to be designed to pair off with the Voyager Grapple who hit right around the same time. It’s actually nice of Hasbro to actually finish off a pair like that so quickly; usually there’s a wait involved between such figures. In robot mode, Hoist stands just shy of 6 inches tall and he has 24 usable points of articulation. I complained in yesterday’s review about how Wheeljack’s robot mode felt a little less refined than some of the others from Siege and Earthrise, and I feel that’s even more of an issue with Hoist. He doesn’t feel like he’s on the same engineering level of, say, Cliffjumper, or even the likes of Grapple. There’s far more hollow sections left exposed (the entire back side of the legs for one, and the torso for another), and he keeps the side panels of the vehicle mode just stuck behind the arms rather rigidly. Additionally, he just doesn’t feel as sturdy as other figures of the same style, so he feels literally half-formed. I’m also not a huge fan of the colorscheme, but that’s not really specifically this toy’s issue, as much as it is just part of the character. So, the robot mode doesn’t impress me so much, how’s the other mode? Honestly, not bad. He turns into a pickup truck with a towing hook. Getting him transformed isn’t the easiest thing, but the final product is actually quite nice, and one of the most convincing alt-modes in this set. Hoist is packed with an arm cannon, which he can use in robot mode, or stow on his side when in truck mode.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I picked up Hoist at the same time as the other two Earthrise deluxes, mostly because I knew I wasn’t likely to have a chance to get much new stuff, and I was buying everyone else. I’m not really a huge fan of him, at least in his robot mode. He just feels really removed from the rest of the line in terms of quality, and doesn’t really fit in. On the other hand, I actually really like that alt-mode, and as a first, I might end up displaying this guy in his vehicle mode full-time.
Hoist 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.