If you’ve noticed lately, I’m buying a lot of Transformers, particularly ones that share molds. Those can be difficult to review because, other than paint, there can be a big “been there, done that” vibe. I’ve got an idea to combat that. Four Cassettes. Two Days. One Review… in Two Parts.
In today’s review, I’m going to cover Ravage thoroughly and Rumble partially. For some features, like interactivity with Soundwave or accessories, check back tomorrow for the Frenzy & Buzzsaw review. The rest I’ll cover here.
The very first thing I want to talk about is the price. Yes… I paid $60 for the two cassettes featured today. Do I recommend that for everyone? Probably not. For me, I have an unnatural love of the cassettes and I guess I kinda convinced myself that $60 isn’t bad for an import price. Hasbro will be bringing these to retail as part of a TRU exclusive pack that includes MP Soundwave and all five cassettes. It will probably cost about 40% of what I paid for my Soundwave & cassettes.
I don’t really have a good reason for not waiting. I am incredibly impatient. And I love the colors here – I don’t really care for Hasbro-Soundwave’s yellow visor and I have no idea what they’ll do to the cassettes. So, to have the cassettes the way I wanted them (particularly the Creamiscle Buzzsaw) and to have them in-hand already, I did toss $120 BBTS’ way. It may not have been the wisest money spent this year, but I don’t regret it one bit. Especially considering I don’t have to waste one iota of energy worrying about when or if he shows up at my TRU.
Okay, with that long monologue out of the way, let’s talk toys. Rumble & Jaguar showed up on my doorstep about a month ago. I immediately redubbed Jaguar “Ravage” on account of my living in America and all. I’m not sure if Rumble is really Rumble or if he’s Frenzy, but I don’t care. I’ll stick with Rumble since it says so on the box, but I’m pretty sure the red one was Frenzy when I was a wee tot.
Since I already had Laserbeak, I knew the cassettes would be small – they’re actually the exact same size as the cassettes from when I was a kid, but the cassettes in this two-pack go completely different routes when they transform. Ravage feels like he gets smaller since some of his transformation this time around goes to making him a little more “three dimensional”. Rumble meanwhile is comparatively huge, with his transformation making him a little taller than the cassettes of old.
Ravage is probably the more impressive of the two despite his smaller size. He has great articulation; I wish they would’ve been able to work some side-to-side movement into the head, but the up/down movement is pretty good. The ball-jointed shoulders on the front legs are fantastic and along with the other 14 points of articulation in the limbs, Ravage was a lot of fun to pose. I wish I had a small flight stand to pose him leaping, but I’ve found plenty of great poses to put him on the shelf without it.
The paintwork is pretty good overall considering the size. Like Laserbeak, the silver paint seems a little more prone to scraping/damage than I would like, but luckily there’s much less paint on Ravage. I have noticed that the gray paint on the lower legs has lost paint on a couple pegs that are needed to keep his sturdy in cassette mode. Not a big deal, but those might have been best left unpainted. The two tiny Decepticon tampos are nice and clean. Continue to Page 2…