I’m trying to catch up on some of my 2012 reviews before the end of the year, so today I’m doing two Transformers Prime figures in one review. Dead End and Wheeljack End may share the same body, but their unique head designs and paint apps make them very distinct figures.
I picked up Wheeljack near the beginning of the year as a test figure for the Transformers Prime line. I had bought a few of the First Release figures and really enjoyed both their physical designs and engineering. It took a while for me to stick my toe into the regular Prime line pool, mostly because I felt like these new figures were a bit too simplified.
Figures like Wheeljack helped me move past this feeling. His transformation was still pretty simple, but it didn’t feel thrown together or forced. I also liked the figures overall design. The figure’s frame lends itself to having the arms and legs bent slightly. This gives a definite wiry fighter look to a fairly small statured character. The vehicle mode was also pretty fun with its sleek Cybertronian racecar look.
Even though I liked Wheeljack’s figure, I never expected to buy another version of this mold. Then Hasbro announced Dead End. As a character, I really didn’t care anything about Dead End. He’s just one of a billion other Transformers that I couldn’t pick out of a lineup from any other series. My story and this review would have just ended here if Hasbro didn’t lock onto one of my biggest toy weaknesses.
I love garishly ugly toys. There’s just something about figures with fantastic neon colors that are expected to fit in seamlessly with the rest of a normal toy line. Maybe it’s because they’re the underdogs of the paint app, but I can’t get enough of figures like “Halloween” Skeletor, various Kenner Batmen, and now the Transformers Prime Dead End.
Wheeljack consists of a sleek ice-cream white body with alternating gray parts that are only exposed in robot mode. These areas are highlighted with just a few red and green stripe designs. It’s a very simple look that gives the character a reserved tone.
Dead End is the exact screaming opposite, which works out pretty well considering he’s a Decepticon. It’s difficult to even decide where to start on this guy. His underlying body is made up of dark grays and blacks, but these colors are easily overlooked because of the blindingly neon yellows, oranges, and greens that seem to be fighting each other for the most eye attention. Continue to page 2…