Combiner Wars only Titan class release hits your wallets with a RRP of $150 and hits your display space with 18 inches of figure to play with.
Devastator had a bit of a funny reveal, at the Nuremberg toy fair we got our first look at him, well most of him, thanks to someone taking photos where they shouldn't be and because of a balding German gentleman we got to see half of him. What followed was a calvacade of people trying to work out how big he was, my twitter feed was a mix of the usual cat pics, funny comments and the flurry of ideas, comments and pictures all pulled from this one blurry pic. One major site even went so far as to offer a cash incentive for a full picture of the toy. I wont mention which one but if you really want to know go search it out.
It was a fun time to be a fan and it didn't feel like it was to long before we got a full reveal (via official channels) and I knew I had to own him. With my earnings at the time (and the fact Hasbro's UK distribution is to put it politely, utter bollocks) I had very little chance of getting him. What came next was a wave of "subtle" hints to the future Mrs Murray about what I'd like for Christmas.
Skip ahead several months and with Christmas coming up I was convinced I hadn't got Devastator. It was expensive, we'd spent a lot of cash on getting me to America and getting the next step sorted. The wedding had just happened as well.
Christmas morning comes and it's time to exchange gifts. Slick is happy with what I've got her and she pulls out two small packages from under the bed.
I should probably mention this before we go any further, I am a terrible person to try and surprise with gifts. If it's something I'm interested in like Transformers or Lego as soon as I see that box I instantly, without even trying, start thinking and working out what it could be.
I'm not always correct but I'm damm close when I'm not.
What came out from under the bed was two small presents. One was instantly recognisable as a Combiner Wars deluxe and the other was even smaller. I instantly thought, "I'm not getting Devastator. It's a shame but I'm cool with that."
I was asked to open the obvious deluxe present first, it was Mirage who was a pleasant surprise as I'd only just decided to add him to the collection.
Then I opened the second package.
When I first saw the package I wondered if it was maybe a paint set or some other wargaming based stuff. Inside, tucked into part of the cardboard insert was Hook.
The rest of his team was stored, quite safely and securely in the spare wheel compartment in the car. A early morning walk later and I had my Devastator.
Slick had pulled of a doozy of a Christmas surprise. Mirage was a "distraction toy" as Slick put it and splitting the box up was a genius idea.
But enough about my Christmas morning surprise you want to hear about the toy right?
So as you may have realised by now Devastator features all six of the Constructicons combined into a giant mass of green and purple plastic with a selection of black and silver plastic dotted about and a selection of paint apps all over.
I've never talked about a Transformer without talking about it's alt mode first.
Devastator doesn't have one.
Alt mode review done.
First runs of technology always start big. For those who don't remember or have never seen old school computers those things were huge, they'd fill a room easily, now a days we have a phone that fits in our pocket with more processing power than the computers first used to send a man to the moon.
In IDW's universe he's not the first but if you look into it he was built from notes based on lost technology by an individual more interested in torture than science (Bombshell) it was never going to be an exact copy, it was almost a fresh start.
As it improves technology gets smaller and more powerful and I like to think this is the case with Devastator.
Due to his size and strength though he is more than a challenge for more modern combiners like Superion and Defensor.
Once I'd combined Devastator once with the instructions I never needed them again. It's a simple, easy system of steps to form the big guy and once you've done it a few times you'll know it off by heart.
There are a couple of issues though.
When I attach Mixmaster to Long Haul I always struggle to clip the clips in. I'm not seeing any damage to the parts yet but I do worry about it.
The clips that attach Long Haul to Hook are really tight, so tight in fact that in one instance one of the clips snapped off and is now permanantly stuck into hooks chest. I have to add this break happened after a fall so it could be possable that the impact wedged the clip in there further than it should but I couldn't say 100% either way.
I've not heard of many people having the same problem so I wouldn't worry about it.
Ankle tilts, ratcheted knee joints, heavily ratcheted hip joints, ratcheted waist, shoulder and elbows joints topped off with wrist swivels, opening hands and a head on a swivel joint give you a lot of options for posing. Unfortunately due to his lack of posable feet you cant get a lot of dynamic poses out of the big guy. You can however get him to do the BIGGEST split kick I've seen.
I seriously doubt you'll want many dynamic poses from him though. I usual go for "shooting pose" or "manly stance"
The ankle tilts and the great center of balance help but if he'd had better feet he could've been the greatest giant robot ever.
The shoulder and elbow joints could maybe do with being a little tighter than what they are right now.
Don't get me wrong they can hold up the arms and the weapon but with a guy so big I want him to be able to hold a deluxe figure up. I'm being a little picky here but I think it's a reasonable request.
I've covered most of the articualtion there with a few notable abscences.
There are articulation points I don't like. The head is just on a swivel, while I understand balljointing it would've ruined the look of the head by creating a gap between the head and chest part of me still wishes they'd done it.
Something that doesn't come under articulation but it can effect how you pose him.
Hooks crane hangs right off the chest/shoulder and because of the length it extends a good inch and a half past Devastators back. You can raise it to lift it out of the way but it looks out of place there. I'd like to think that if it'd had the ability to extend it might have also been able to retract.
Devastator himself is a great combined figure, it's size and stature is impressive on a whole new level.
You have to buy this set in the full knowledge that the individual forms of the Constructicons are weak compared to your standard voyager class figures and they lack basic articualtion. You aren't buying this set for the individual figures you're buying it for Devastator and if you are concerned about the indiviuals maybe you should look into the Unite Warriors version. That way you'll have better articulation for each Constructicon AND their own guns.
Now is he worth the 150 bucks?
For the simple fact that you get 6 individual figures which combine into a giant figure he is.
The fact that he is even compatible (size wise) with Masterpiece figures is an added bonus.
I think he's worth the cost especially if you can find him at a discounted price.
Get one it's that simple. He's awesome.
And with that the Devastation of Room 113 is over.
So what am I reviewing next week? I really don't know.
I'm seriously starting to run out of figures I want/have to review.
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