TRANSFORMERS WAR FOR CYBERTRON: EARTHRISE (HASBRO)
Okay, let’s continue our merry trek into this Transformers theme-week with the second of the three Earthrise reviews I’ll be doing this week. We again go back to the beginnings of the brand with another of the original core line-up, Wheeljack, the Autobot’s crazy inventor. Unless you were first really introduced to the character via Prime like I was, in which case his more of a war-torn bruiser. Those two things are really close, right?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Wheeljack is part of the first Deluxe Class assortment of the Earthrise line. He’s a figure people have been expecting to see since Siege started, since he was included in the fan-poll that added Mirage and Impactor into the line, his poll-mate Spinister showed up in Siege‘s final deluxe assortment, and he was also seen on Springer’s box art. It’s okay everyone, he’s finally here. In his robot mode, Wheeljack stands just shy of 5 inches tall and he has 26 workable points of articulation. His sculpt is an all-new affair, based on his G1 cartoon design. For some reason, this sculpt feels a little less advanced, at least in terms of what it does with the remaining parts of the alt-mode when he’s a robot. Obviously, you expect there to be some remnants there, but in this case, especially on the arms, where the backsides really showcase the car remnants. It’s not like it’s bad, but it makes him a little clunkier, and it means the range of motion on the articulation isn’t as great as it could be. On the plus side, the range on the legs is actually really good, especially on the ankles, which go two different ways, unlike most of the modern ‘formers. Wheeljack’s alt-mode is a race car, much like his vintage counterpart. Like Cliffjumper, however, it’s not a specific model, and is more of an averaged design. It still has a real world feel. The transformation process is pretty simple and straightforward, provided you don’t have parts spontaneously pop off in the midst of it, like I did. It’s okay, everything went back the way it was supposed to. Wheeljack is packed with his shoulder launcher, which the box art and the product shots show him holding in his hand, which I believe Max would like me to point out is an affront to God, or Primus, or something.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I don’t have any major attachment to Wheeljack as a character, mostly due to him being just shy of being a core enough character to wind up in the various incarnations of the franchise I got to know growing up. That said, it’s a neat design, and I’m getting versed enough in the franchise now to appreciate the need for him in my collection. He’s an okay figure, and I certainly like his transformation scheme, but I do wish he was a little more polished.
Wheeljack 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.