Transformers week races on and now it’s my turn to deliver the next review. Fingers crossed, I hope I get a good one. Reaching into the pile of unreviewed toys, it looks like I’ll be taking us back a couple weeks with Generations Blurr. Blurr is one of those figures I had been anticipating from the conventions. All the pictures I’d seen of him looked pretty good. But sometimes the hype of wanting a figure just doesn’t pay off. Don’t get me wrong, this is definitely a decent figure. But there’re just a couple things about him that really stick out to me and keep me from enjoying him entirely.
I remember Blurr from when I was a kid. I always thought the idea of a speedster Transformer was interesting, and I loved how he spoke super fast, but I didn’t really care for him as a character. Also, I didn’t really like his bot mode. His vehicle mode was this sleek looking futuristic car/plane thing, while his robot mode looked like a bunch of boxes piled on top of each other. The flat arrow look just didn’t translate.
It wasn’t until his introduction into the Transformers Animated series that I really began to like him. Not only did I enjoy his personality more because I was older, but I also really appreciated that all the other Transformers, Autobots and Decepticons, could barely understand him. Coupling his nearly unintelligible words with the fact that he was an intelligence agent really made for great character dichotomy.
Plus, the dude was fast. He was so fast that you couldn’t see him transform. He was so fast that he could achieve escape velocity by running. He was so fast that he actually ran through space, bouncing off any bit of planet, or debris, or Starscream in his way and gaining speed from it. Dude was fast, and all that speed was reflected in his streamlined and pointy design.
Generations Blurr is based off his latest appearance in the IDW comic books. I have to be honest. I haven’t read those so I’m not exactly sure what his characterization is like. The back of his package reveals that he’s a sniper. It also mentions that he’s not impatient, but that he’s just always in a hurry to get places, help people, and kill Decepticons. The sniper choice is interesting. If he really does have super speed, it would make sniping incredibly boring but really easy. I don’t know about cutting the fact that he’s impatient though. I always felt that was integral to his personality. Continue to Page 2…