Did I miss a week or what? Some changes at work and a nasty bug kept me woefully away from my IAT duties last week. I’m still not quite back to 100%, but I have to get something posted before I go crazy. Today, ’ve got a quick look at the two latest iGear Mini-Warrior exclusives!
I’ve reviewed the figures in this review before, the Rager mold a couple times, so I’ll leave those handy links there for anyone that wants to know the specifics on the molds. Suffice to say, I’ve given both, though particularly Rager, my rubber stamp. I wouldn’t be buying colorway multiples otherwise.
Tubes is my fifth purchase of the Rager mold. I’m not entirely certain that I needed all five. The 4th Anniversary Rager (orange truck) serves as my stand-in for Huffer and more or less makes the original, yellow release, redundant. Shafter (yellow truck, red windows) serves as much as a unique character as he can while I’ve come to look at Black Rager as sort of a Shattered Glass Huffer (I just need CapturedPrey to restock their Shattered Glass faction stickers).
Honestly, I hesitated a bit on ordering each of those repaints, though I’m ultimately happy I purchased all of them. I can’t quite bring myself to say the same for Tubes. I pre-ordered Tubes right away when BBTS put him up (it was a good call, the pre-order sold out pretty quick) and I thought he’d end up being my favorite version of the mold, standing in for a favorite childhood toy: Pipes. It wasn’t to be.
The problem is that Rager does a great job standing in for Huffer. Many of his bot mode details were switched to include elements closer to his appearances in the cartoon and comics. He’s a sharp update on the original. Those changes, though, ensured that the mold really shouldn’t be reused to make an update for Pipes. It just doesn’t look right.
The first problem comes into play over twenty-five years ago – while Huffer & Pipes look very similar in their tiny, tough truck alt modes, Takara/Hasbro retooled the bot mode pretty heavily when they got to Pipes. The originals transform into two very different bots – and as a result Tubes bot mode just doesn’t call back to Pipes much at all. I love the colors. I love the alt mode. But it’s a shame that iGear decided to go with Tubes as a repaint instead of including a new head and a new chest to get him right. Continue to Page 2…