TRANSFORMERS WAR FOR CYBERTRON: SIEGE (HASBRO)
While I have mostly left the discussion of Transformers that are really just re-decos to other reviewers, I did touch on it a little bit back when I reviewed Red Alert. Of course, the difference between the likes of Red Alert and the Seekers and today’s re-deco is that while the former grouping is all characters who are classically re-decos, the latter isn’t even a classic character at all. The Decepticon Barricade was first introduced into the lore in the 2007 live-action film, in a role that was originally meant to go to Soundwave (which is why he interacts with Frenzy), and was designed as a subversion of good-guy Prowl’s usual role as the police car. In 2012, fan artist Guido Guidi did a G1-styled illustration of Barricade patterned after Prowl (sensible, what with them having the same alt-mode and all), which Hasbro liked enough to make it an official thing. And here we are with a G1-style Barricade figure, a re-deco of a Prowl figure. Yay?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Barricade is the third and final unique figure in the fourth deluxe class assortment of Siege figures, with the Weaponizer Six-Gun figure getting a re-pack in the final slot. In his robot mode, the figure stands 5 1/4 inches tall and he has 22 workable points of articulation. For the most part, Barricade is sculpturally identical to the Prowl figure from Deluxe Wave 2. Prowl was my surprise favorite from that line-up, and a lot of that has to do with how the body was implemented, so it means that Barricade’s already starting from a strong point. He does get a new head, which he will be sharing with the Generation Selects Smokescreen figure. It’s suitably different from Prowl’s head, while still hitting a lot of the same notes. Whatever the case, it injects a little bit more variety into the Prowl mold, which is probably a good thing, since we’re getting four figures out of it. Barricade’s main change-up is the colors, which for his robot mode are quite different, since he’s got a lot of purple, which is admittedly a very Decepticon color to have. He’s almost an inverted color scheme to Prowl, who was predominately light with dark, where as Barricade is dark with light. Barricade’s alt-mode is pretty much the same as Prowl’s, as it should be, but again the colors are changed up, and the inverting is even more noticeable here. Also, unlike Prowl, who was clean of damage, Barricade has wear right on either side of the front of the car, indicating he likes to run other vehicles off the road a lot. That’s a nifty touch, and far more character-specific than the other damage we’ve seen. Barricade does change things up a bit on the armaments front. Rather than getting the same blaster as Prowl, he gets a pair of shoulder-mountable cannons, which can be combined into a handheld weapon. Classically, the cannons are actually a Prowl thing, but they were missing from the last figure. Fear not, though, as they will be coming in white with Smokescreen, meaning Prowl will be able to have them again.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I liked Prowl a lot, and so that was enough to sway me on Barricade I guess. Well, that and Max setting the whole assortment aside for me. That helped too. I don’t have a ton to say about this guy. He didn’t surprise me, because I knew what I was getting. What I was getting was a solid toy, though, so that’s always a plus.