Wait, was that two energy absorbers or four? We’re still short one!
Continuing from part 1, we now focus on the Combaticons proper.
The de facto leader of the Combaticons, Onslaught forms the torso of Bruticus, and as with the other torso-bots, he’s a deluxe sized figure.
In vehicle mode, Onslaught is one of those mobile multiple missile system truck thingies. He’s pretty adequate in this mode but his head does show in the middle of the truck, but you can’t see it unless you’re looking at him from a certain angle. He’s an okay truck mode with some playability.
In robot mode, Onslaught is pretty dang solid. He’s well proportioned, with a bit of flair coming from his backpack and large feet. Balance is not a problem thanks to said big feet. He’s also got the articulation to take advantage of those big feet. Onslaught is exceptionally articulated for a toy from his time and series, as well as size class. Oh sure, nowadays, there are deluxes of comparable or even slightly superior articulation. But considering when his mold originally came out, and comparing him to his compatriots, Onslaught’s definitely one of the best there were.
Despite all that. Despite looking good and having great articulation, I can’t quite give Onslaught full marks. If I had gotten this mold when it originally came out, it’d probably have ended up as one of my all time favorites. Especially considering how fugly the Energon toyline generally was. But over the past few years, other deluxes have come out that are as well proportioned and articulated as Onslaught. And in truth, Onslaught in and of himself, is a tad plain compared to them.
A very good and solid toy. Its only weakness is a lack of flashiness. In and of himself, Onslaught is very good, and as a part of the set, he’s still very good.
3.2 out of 4.0
Okay, I’m not going into the whole thing where it’s kinda weird that Swindle is a helicopter while Blast Off is a tank. Whaaaaatever. Anywho, both Swindle and Vortex are basic sized figures who turn into attack helicopters. They can each be any of Bruticus’ limbs, and there are pros and cons to either position. They look good as either arms or legs, but I prefer them as legs since they lack “elbows” in arm mode and they’ve got some underarm junk as well.
As helicopters, both Swindle and Vortex look okay. Vortex is the better looking helicopter, but Swindle has somewhat more realistic colors for a helicopter what with his yellow paint scheme to give him a more desert combat ready look. Swidle also has a pretty awesome paint detail. He’s got the $ money sign rather than a regular S to denote him as, well, Swindle. It fits his character.
Robot mode is similarly okay, but there’s not much to the mold here. It’s articulated in the limbs and head and it has a nice Transformers look with the integrated kibble and all, but there really isn’t much to the robot mode.
Both Swindle and Vortex are pretty decent. The helicopters aren’t especially copter-like but they get the job done well enough. And there’s nothing wrong with the robot modes. But there’s nothing to wow you like with the Aerialbots basics. As basics they’re good, but nothing I’d spend years to track down individually as I have with some figures.
2.7 out of 4.0
Blast off and Brawl are the basic sized tanks, and like Vortex and Swindle, they can work as any limb of Bruticus. The interesting thing about these two is that while they work nicely as legs (especially if you do a little fanmoding and move their treads out of the way), they truly excel as arms. This is partly due to the fact that they have “elbows” as arms, but also due to other factors like their turrets make nice shoulder cannons and their treads are good ornamental shoulder pads/wings.
In tank mode, Blast Off and Brawl are a pair of twin turreted tanks. The turrets could look a tad better as it’s pretty obvious that they’re formed via the arms of the robots, but otherwise, look good, especially once you put their energon weapons on.
After a fairly interesting transformation, you get the robot mode, which is surprisingly good with this mold. It looks powerful, yet agile thanks to the wings. I actually like the snow ski feet, although I’m sure others would find it a tad silly. And as with all the combiner basics, be it the Constructicons, Aerialbots or the Combaticons themselves, it’s quite well articulated.
A surprisingly good toy in any mode, Blast Off and Brawl are still not quite as awesome as Skydive of the Aerialbot basics, but they may be the next best thing.
3.0 out of 4.0
Easily the best set of the 3 Energon Combiners. This is a case of the sum being greater than the parts. While I’m not absolutely blown away with any individual figure, not even of Bruticus himself, as a set, this is absolutely fantastic. You get good to very good figures across the board, a nice combined form whereby any combination of limbs work well, and if you get this in a set, you’ll (hopefully) shave a few bucks off the cost. The Combaticons set is something I can recommend.
3.5 out of 4.0
0.0 – 0.0 = I’d pay to get rid of it
0.1 – 0.5 = I’d give it away
0.6 – 1.0 = I wouldn’t take it for free
1.1 – 1.5 = Very Bad
1.6 – 2.0 = Bad
2.1 – 2.5 = Average
2.6 – 3.0 = Good
3.1 – 3.5 = Very Good
3.6 – 4.0 = Excellent