Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Transformers ROTF N.E.S.T. Decepticon Bludgeon Part 7 [Final]

Of rare quality

Even more action poses from Takara Tomy's "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" N.E.S.T. Decepticon Bludgeon after Part 5 and the previous posting to kick off this final part of the review series. ^^

Supported using a wired stand for Gunplas

Big, bulky, hefty, with transformation design of moderate difficulty, great details in tank and robot modes, fun linked movement gimmicks that do function very well, and having unexpectedly well designed articulation that gives it tons of poseability, Bludgeon is probably the best Transformers figure that I've played with and reviewed since Leader Class Optimus Prime from the second movie. ^^ That might sound a bit exaggerated, since that Optimus Prime is what I would consider one of the best action figures from the entire live-action movie line, even by today's standards. It definitely set a very high bar when it comes to engineering, details, and playability. Using those factors for consideration, Bludgeon gives me the same kind of balanced feel. It's just a really well made Transformers figure. Even as the review on it is about to come to a close, I cannot tell you enough how much I'm impressed by it. ^^

On a separate note, I have no idea how to compare Bludgeon as a representative of the Voyager Class releases from the second movie with those of the same toy category from the latest movie, "Age of Extinction". ^^; The change in direction in the design and appeal of those new figures doesn't interest me to want to explore that idea. ^^;

A quick "summary" of Bludgeon's tank to robot mode transformation: ^^

The detailed version of the transformation was covered in Part 3.

Size comparison with "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" Voyager Class Megatron, which was also featured in Part 2 when the tank mode of Bludgeon was the focus.

In vehicle mode.

In robot mode.

Without going into too much technical points, I would say the two are very close in terms of size. However, Bludgeon does feature significantly more molded mechanical details on all of its components. As Megatron's special linked movement gimmick is concentrated entirely in its Mech Tech Fusion Cannon, Bludgeon's two Mech Alive features seem to give it more plus points in terms of playability. ^^

For a toy-only figure, it's really amazing that Bludgeon manages to outdo Megatron, the Decepticon boss who did appear in the movie where its figure was designed from. ^^; Is that blasphemous, or impressive instead? ^^

Maybe that's why Megatron chose Bludgeon's form as his latest Transformers Cloud incarnation as mentioned in Part 1. XD

All reviews on Transformers ROTF N.E.S.T. Decepticon Bludgeon:
Part 1: Samurai Skeletor
Part 2: A Japanese tank for a Samurai robot
Part 3: Tank armor meets body armor
Part 4: Suddenly, so much orange
Part 5: Boss Bludgeon is here
Part 6: Solid ground action
Part 7 [Final]: Of rare quality

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