TRANSFORMERS: STUDIO SERIES (HASBRO)
“Wreck-Gar and the Junkions team up with the Autobots after exchanging the universal greeting: ‘Bah-wheep-Graaaaagnah wheep ni ni bong!'”
Transformers: The Movie boasted, amongst other things, a rather impressive cast of celebrities voicing many of the new characters being introduced within the film. They were a rather far-reaching group, from all different backgrounds, including Monty Python’s own Eric Idle, who voiced the leader of the TV-obsessed Junkions. The character’s goofy charm and penitent for speaking in quotes and slogans made him rather popular within the fanbase, resulting in a character that’s had a fairly lasting impact. No anniversary celebration of the film would be complete without him, and so Hasbro’s made sure that he’s properly present for the film’s 35th, with his own Studio Series release.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Wreck-Gar is a Voyager Class release within the Studio Series line, numbered 86-09. While initial ’86 figures were a contained subset, they’re now just shipping with the rest of the Studio figures, so Wreck-Gar’s case mate is Thrust from the Bumblebee movie. Wreck-Gar marks our first version of the character since his exclusive release during Power of the Primes, though it’s hard to say that one’s really been off of shelves for a long time. In fact, if you head over to your closest Walgreens right now, you might even still be able to find one! In his robot mode, Wreck-Gar stands about 6 inches tall and he has 24 practical points of articulation (26 if you count the articulated nipple lasers….I’ll leave that one to you and your conscience). As with all of the figures in this particular sub-set, the focus of Wreck-Gar’s sculpt is primarily to recreate the G1 animation design, something that this figure’s robot mode does quite well. Yes, that even means including the weird laser nipples, a detail that has been missing from all of the other figures of the character. In general, this figure just takes him much closer to animation designs than any of the prior versions, which, for a guy as TV-oriented as Wreck-Gar, just feels rather appropriate. His construction does result in a few hollow spots on the figure, notably the backs of the arms and the inner legs. I’m generally still not so much a fan of that, but it’s not the end of the world, and it’s kept to spots that aren’t quite as obvious. Only the backs of the forearms really bother me. Wreck-Gar is packed with his four-bladed axe, as well as two shields that can be placed on either his arms or legs. Or both.
Wreck-Gar’s alt-mode is the same one he’s always had, which is a sci-fi motorcycle, a mode shared with at least one of his fellow Junkions, since he’s seen riding one of them during the film. The transformation sequence isn’t too bad, especially not for a Studio release. I was more or less able to figure it out without the instructions, so I’ll count that as a win. As part of the transformation, his shields are removed and used as his wheels, which is a pretty standard conversion for Wreck-Gar’s, I gather. The final bike mode is pretty decent. There’s a kickstand, which is a fun touch, and while he’s maybe a touch small for another Wreck-Gar to ride him (although you can certainly make it work), he does scale alright with Deluxes, and even the more recent Voyager Hot Rod. You can also store his weapon in vehicle mode, although it’s admittedly a little awkward.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’m a pretty big Monty Python fan (although I’m more of Palin fan than an Idle fan), so Wreck-Gar’s always struck something of a chord with me. When I got into collecting Transformers more seriously, I almost picked up the Primes version just to have him for my collection, but held off because I hoped for a better take. I’m glad I did. This one’s not perfect, but he’s a very nice figure, and it’s great to get another of the ’86-ers for the shelf.
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