This week we devastate my high opinion of this set!
Mixmaster has (for the most part) always been a "normal" cement truck. By normal I mean, cab at the front mixing barrel behind it. Even the movie version of Mixmaster was in this style.
Now for some reason who ever designed this version of Mixmaster decided to swap him to a front-discharge. It's weird, the other five Constructicons were designed with their G1 vehicles modes firmly in mind but Mixmaster wasn't.
Your most basic option is to turn the truck around but as you can see from the picture it's not the best option. It's not designed to be a cab, it's an engine block. It just happens to have two purple vents that kinda look like windows.
You can buy a third party add on set that gives you a replacement cab to slot over the engine block to give him that G1 look. Great.
Unless you don't want to buy all off the bits that come with it.
I don't. I don't need the fancy hands, or a "Prowlastator" head, leg panels, shoulder enlargements and the other gubbins that come with the add on sets, I just want the cab.
The other solution is to wait for the (Fiendish) Dr Wu replacement figure.
So bunch of gubbins I don't want or a compeltely new figure. Frustration!
I don't want to make this seem like a whining session but why didn't someone just release the cab by itself?
Sorry that was, for the most part, just about me venting. Urgh.
Not Mixmaster, his elbows sit next to the niddle of his stomach and his hands sit just below his hips. It makes for such a weird set of arms. Looking at the figure I'm not sure what you could've done to make them more natural but it feels like it could be something that could've been done.
Lastly I want to mention the cement mixer barrel and where it sits in robot mode.
I usually arm him with the center piece of Devastator's chest. I like to think of it as a portable chemical lab/sprayer. It's an OK weapon but it's obvious it's part of a chest plate.
In closing Mixmaster isn't an awful figure but he is severely flawed, some of it couldn't be avoided but I feel some of it, the arms and the cab, could've been done better. I'm willing to forgive a lot with the individual robot modes in this boxset, a lot of little things have had to be sacrificed for the "greater good" of the combined Devastator mode but it does mean some of them suffer for it, Mixmaster really suffers. He's easily the weakest of the bunch, if he was a general release figure I'd be really hesitant to buy him at full price and even then I'd probably only do it to finish a set off.
Next week I review the biggest member of the team. Wont you join me for some sideways elbow action?
He sometimes takes epic trips and tells tales of these sagas often.
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