Of all the vintage figures, Blast Attak is probably the one I’m least familiar with; I never had him as a kid. I might even be able to say that I didn’t even really know about him as a kid. That’s pretty low on the radar – I may or may not have known he existed. Even going back as an adult, I think he’s probably one of the ones that just hasn’t caught my attention. I care about the Snakemen least (and I’m still fuzzy on how he’s a Snakeman) so he’s off to a bad start. And then he’s a robot, but he’s got a really sophisticated cybernetic face on top of a not-so-sophisticated boiler-technology body. I’m very lost.
But I want to give him the respect that he’s due. I have no patience for the folks who lack the imagination to love Scareglow & Rio Blast, so I’m not going to do the same to Blast-Attak. He is a robot and that’s cool. He is a walking boiler and that’s cool. He’s a suicide bomber and that’s well… wow, Mattel sure isn’t worried about headlines these days, huh? I guess it’s not really suicide if you get up and reassemble yourself after. That’s just a homicide bomber. Is that a term? Or is the homicide part just inferred? Of course, it’s not really that either. He surely never actually killed anyone blowing himself up left & right. He’s like the deadliest, least efficient, and most ineffective villain in all of Eternian… wait, I’m not supposed to be knocking this guy. Damn it!
Here’s the thing, with one glaring exception, this is a pretty cool figure. He’s almost entirely all-new, Mattel did re-use the Roboto arms to mimic the original (which was an all-new figure). I’m down with this because it means the hands both pop off and we can give Blast-Attak many of the compatible attachments we’ve received over the years. Blast-Attak just went up two spots on my favorites list as a result. I only wish we had a Weapons Pak coming to get some of the cooler options in green.
Other than the interior Horde Trooper torso (I’ll bitch about that in a minute), everything else is all-new and exceptionally faithful to the original. His boiler torso looks fantastic. The funny thing is, that it didn’t even really need any extra detail added. The original really flew under my radar! The legs are also all-new and are a great robotic alternative to those Tap Jaw legs. I know the footballesque pads on the thighs are unique, but I would’ve loved to get Blasty here sooner in the line so we could reuse these on a few of the folks that went straight Trap-Jaw up til now. I love how they look!
All that is topped off by a great update to the head sculpt. It’s also faithful to the original, but the vintage head was kinda murky. He kinda looked like he had two sets of eyes. His face & head were more distinguishable by color than sculpt. The new one does a much better job of being a head sculpt. It’s a huge noggin but it works with the giant helmet and bulky robot look. I also love the big screw on the back of the head. I think that’s probably a vintage detail, but for some reason it really jumps out. It’s an awesome little bit.
So there’s just one stupid thing on the figure that I want to get to before we get into all the paint and articulation whatever. Blast-Attak blows himself up and the vintage figure, to replicate that, broke in half. There was a little air hose with a plunger that plugged into his back, you’d press it, and *boom* two halves of Blast-Attak hit the floor. Now, that’s not going to get replicated in Classics. One, probably because it’s a little questionable nowadays, and two, because action features that screw up the shared tooling are just not gonna happen. That’s fine. Continue to Page 2…