TRANSFORMERS: STUDIO SERIES (HASBRO)
Alright, I’ve wrapped up what I’ve got of Earthrise for review. So, for the last two entries in this Transformers-theme week, I’ll be jumping over to the live-action movie side of things. As is usually the case when I jump into things related to the live-action Transformers films, I will be focusing on 2018’s soft reboot of the franchise, Bumblebee. Last month, I took a look at one of the film’s two primary antagonists, Dropkick. Today, I’ll be looking at his superior officer, Shatter!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Shatter is a Deluxe Class-scaled Studio Series release, numbered 59 in the line. As I discussed in my review of Dropkick, the two villains in Bumblebee are both triple-changers, something that’s not very easily replicated in the Studio Series style, given how much they pride themselves in the accuracy of the alt-modes. For both Dropkick and Shatter, Hasbro opted to just do two versions of both. Shatter’s muscle car mode was up first, and was, similar to Dropkick’s first release, based on an earlier version of the robot mode, and therefore not super accurate. This one replicates her look after she acquires her jet mode, and aims to be a better pairing with the superior second Dropkick. In her robot mode, Shatter stands just shy of 5 inches tall and has 15 practical points of articulation. Shatter is definitely on the restricted side when it comes to posability, but that’s overall been the case for the Studio offerings. That said, what articulation she does have works well, and she wasn’t as restricted as I’d expected at first glance. It’s worth noting that, unlike most Transformers, Shatter doesn’t come out of the box fully transformed into robot mode. There’s a few additional steps required to get her there, which can be slightly tricky if you don’t know quite what you’re doing (like me). Once that’s done, she’s a quite respectable recreation of Shatter’s movie appearance. Of note is the ability to see her actual face, something that the previous Studio Shatter lacked. She also works in the remnant car details of the robot mode, which she kept after taking on the third mode, unlike the helicopter Dropkick. She also includes blaster attachments for both of her arms, which work in a fairly rudimentary fashion (she just holds them like guns), but look good nonetheless. Shatter’s alt-mode is a Harrier Jet, which this figure more or less turns into. There are a few details changed on the final design, as I don’t believe this mode is officially licensed like most of the Studio Series releases are. There are extra fins in a few spots, which is really the only difference. It’s still a nice alt-mode, and doesn’t end up with any ugly under carriages or anything like some plane transformers end up stuck with. The transformation isn’t too bad for a Studio figure, and certainly not as fiddly as Shatter’s last release.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I wanted to have a Shatter and Dropkick in my collection after seeing the movie, but I was ultimately not impressed with either of their initial figures. Once this figure was shown off, I was definitely far more interested, especially after managing to get ahold of car Dropkick. She ended up coming into All Time in a shipment on her own, along with the previously reviewed Earthrise stuff, and found her way into my “wait out this lengthy time at home” purchase.
As I noted above, I got Shatter from my friends at All Time Toys, and she’s still available here. If you’re looking for other cool toys both old and new, please check out their website and their eBay Store.