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.