TRANSFORMERS WAR FOR CYBERTRON: EARTHRISE (HASBRO)
Siege‘s main big gimmick was cross line compatibility, a concept best exemplified in its Weaponizers sub-set of figures, a whole type of figure designed with augmenting other figures in mind. For the follow up in Earthrise, the Weaponizers haven’t been kept, but their general modular nature has been, and has been funneled into a new sub-set of modular figures called “Modulators.” I know, crazy naming scheme there. I have as of yet avoided the Modulators here, but I’m jumping into the concept today with Greasepit.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Greasepit was released as part of the Generations Select component of the Earthrise line this year. He hit right at the same time as Decepticon Exhaust, right around July (unless, of course, you got one earlier from overseas). As with all of the Modulators so far, Greasepit takes the name of a G1 Micromaster, and makes a deluxe class figure out of the Micromaster Station that said Micromaster came included with. In this case, it’s Decepticon Micromaster Greasepit and his gas station base. In his robot mode, Greasepit stands 5 1/2 inches tall and he has 19 workable points of articulation. The Greasepit base never had a robot mode, much like the rest of the modulators, and some of the Weaponizers as well. This means that the robot mode here is all-new…ish. Okay, it’s not all-new at all, because he’s actually mostly a repaint of the main line’s Ironworks release. But, I never got that one, so it’s new to me, and it’s also new to Greasepit, so I wasn’t entirely wrong. It’s overall a pretty decent sculpt; the only thing I’m not big on is the lack of a proper waist joint, though it’s worth noting this was also an issue on Weaponizer Cog. I do like that this guy doesn’t have as many visible gaps as Cog did, and I also just generally like how his robot mode worked out. It’s rather boxy and utilitarian.
Greasepit has a handful of possible alt-modes, and like the Weaponizers, the way you arrive at them isn’t through the typical transformation process, but rather through some serious parts forming. By this point, it’s expected, and it does certainly allow for some more out there alt-modes. The primary one for this guy is his more squared off gas station mode. This replicates the original G1 base configuration the most closely of the ones offered up by Hasbro. It’s not a perfect match, since it’s got to contend with a sculpt that was original meant for Ironworks’ oil rig set-up, but it’s still pretty close, and it gets the idea across. The other two listed modes are a sort of a tower thing, and a longer stretch of road sort of thing…I don’t really know what that second one’s supposed to be. The tower looks a bit like the G1 toy’s alt-mode, so that’s a cool touch, but ultimately, neither of these two modes is gonna bet much use from me. The color scheme on this guy is rather on the bright and colorful side, which I definitely dig. He’s actually got some decals for a few of his more intricate details, which is something that’s been absent from the line for a bit. They look fine, but you always have to wonder about long term viability with such things.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
The Modulators are a far enough reach from core Transformers that I didn’t really have much draw to them, but I did think the Ironworks mold looked kind of cool. He ended up being the only Wave 1 Deluxe not to show up at All Time, so I didn’t end up snagging him, but in contrast Greasepit came in before most other places, allowing me another chance at the mold. He’s a lot of fun, and I certainly dig that first alt-mode. I may not know much about these bases, but this one’s cool.
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