Video review for Robots in Disguise Warrior-class Jazz.
When I was a bit younger (and a bit broke) I didn’t have many opportunities to consider purchasing Masterpiece figures. When MP-01 Optimus Prime first made his debut alongside some of the Alternator figures, I knew that it’d be out of my price range and I was more interested in just building a fun collection here and there. As the years went by (and I made more money) I never really got around to picking up a Masterpiece. I figured, “Why start now?”
That changed in 2012 when I got my hands on Hasbro’s release of the MP-10 Optimus Prime. I knew that this was something special and the start of an awesome line of figures. I know I’ll probably never have the entire series in my possession, but damn if I won’t try to grab all the most important characters as they slowly make their way to the public. One of those important ‘Bots is none other than the Autobot Engineer: Wheeljack!
Masterpiece Wheeljack’s vehicle mode is an officially-licensed Lancia Stratos. The detail and colors on this mode are superb. All the panels fit very tightly together and there are enough awesome paint apps to the exterior to break up all the white, a problem that would usually plague more of the mainstream figures. If you glance at some of the images in the gallery, you can tell that the Masterpiece version of Wheeljack shines above the rest of my figures sharing his name. A real highlight is just how sleek and sexy the sports car looks, even when rolling up next to Masterpiece Sideswipe’s classic Lamborghini disguise.
You can have a lot of fun just displaying Wheeljack in his car mode, keeping it on your desk and looking fancy under a nice light. You can also take the ridiculousness of Transformers up just a notch by plugging Wheeljack’s cannon into his hood in a very similar fashion to his Masterpiece counterparts.
My first official review online! I think it’s fitting that I pick a figure that represents the era of Transformers responsible with reminding 10-year old me just how kickass Transformers were. If it were not for Beast Wars and characters like Waspinator, I doubt I would have as much passion and appreciation for the franchise as I do to this day.
Fast-forward to the end of 2013: Hasbro has released a very solid representation of Waspinator as part of its Thrilling 30 anniversary line. This Predacon is also part of the new IDW Generation 1 Continuity, but I haven’t actually read far enough to discover what his role is exactly.
Waspinator has a great alt. mode, but it’s definitely the weaker of his two forms. Some strong points include the ability for his skinny insect legs to support the weight of his entire body and the built-in wing-flapping mechanic, but the highlights stop there. You can see plenty of Waspy’s legs under his belly, which isn’t a huge deal for most toys, but when you can see his feet and arms so clearly pressed up against the rest of him, it’s a little distracting.
The colors and detailing on the actual mold are really great. The metallic blue compound eyes really stand out, the murky translucent plastic used for his wings remind me a lot of 90’s insect transformers in a good way. The Predacon faction symbol is easiest to see in this mode, but mine seems to be slightly miss-printed and looks a little fuzzy against the white outline.