Waspinator so happy. Waspinator is going to be in movie! What’s this? Movie will be directed by Michael Bay? Oh sh- MA-BA-PLOSION!
Animated Waspinator is of course, the Transformers Animated version of the much beloved Beast Wars Waspinator. In Animated, Waspinator was originally Wasp, an up and coming Autobot cadet. He was framed by Bumblebee as being a Decepticon spy and sentenced to prison where his sanity would eventually be broken. This was in the episode “Auto Boot Camp”.
Now, arguably, Bumblebee himself was deceived by the real Decepticon double agent into framing Wasp, but I’d disagree. The Decepticon double agent merely “helped” Bumblebee prove Wasp was guilty, but Bumblebee had it in for Wasp to begin with. To be frank, Bumblebee’s an EVIL asshole in Animated. Okay, he might not be malicious in intent, but he’s actively malicious in action.
In the third season episode “Where is Thy Sting?”, Wasp returns and tries to ruin Bumblebee’s life like Bumble-bot ruined Wasp’s life! By deceiving everyone into thinking Bumblebee was Wasp and vice versa, so that Bumblebee would get to experience how sucky Wasp’s life is. Along the way, Hans and Frans, aka Jetstorm and Jetfire appear and Symmetrically Docked and to cut a long story short, the episode ends with Bulkhead being a dickweed to Wasp and despite being confirmed as innocent, Wasp still has to live life as a fugitive.
As for Waspinator, well, who knows. Rumors abound that Wasp is going to get experimented upon and turned into a Mutant Madman (that’s his actual Function btw). But onto the toy.
Normally, I’d go the conventional route and describe either the alt-mode or robot-mode first, then have the conversion process in the middle, but in Waspinator’s case, I’m gonna have to change things up a bit, since the transformation has a significant impact on Waspy’s articulation in both modes.
Waspinator’s transformation is very simple, but not especially fun. He’s literally just standing up and straightening out when he goes from wasp to robot, and laying on his tummy for robot to wasp. There’s a clever bit where his arms split apart for wasp mode, but that’s as complicated as you’ll get with him.
Because of Waspinator’s simple transformation, his articulation in beast-mode is basically the same as his robot mode, that is, if his robot mode was laying face down. It’s kind of silly actually.
2.0 out of 4.0
Waspinator is a big ol’ wasp. He’s neon puke green and even more green, with purple bits. But he still looks great in this traditional Waspinator color scheme of his, and the translucent purple bits really add to the toy. Were it not for the accursed Revenge of the Fallen movie toyline which will surely take precedence over Animated, I would have looked forward to a yellow/black repaint of this mold, or perhaps even an Insecticon black/purple/yellow color scheme.
Articulation is pretty significant for an alt-mode. He can tilt his head up and down, the wings can be positioned down or up, the thorax has some up and down movement as well. His fore legs can move backwards and forwards with the swivel shoulders mounted on balljoints. Hind legs have a full range of movement on balljointed hips, swivel thighs and backwards knees. He technically losses ankle articulation because he’s not supposed to have feet, but you can cheat a little if you’re so inclined.
Bottom line of all that gibberish is that Waspinator in wasp mode is as articulated as a gymnast who has to constantly hold his/her body parallel to the ground.
3.1 out of 4.0
Mr. Roboto Modo
Waspinator’s robot mode is pretty rocking. He looks great, and will fit in even with your non-Animated toys, because of how angular and polygonal he is. He’d also make a great Kickback redeco.
Articulation is very nice with a balljointed neck, shoulders, hips and useless vestigial rib-arms. His waist can move up and down. He can bend at the elbows, vestigial elbows, knees and ankles. He’s also got swivel upper biceps and thighs, and add in a large foot print; and you’ve got a toy with a complete set of articulation.
4.0 out of 4.0
Waspinator has no accessories, but in place of that, he’s got a wing flapping gimmick that works in either mode. It’s nothing flashy, but it’s kinda neat and is unobtrusive. Thumbs up here.
Also, as you can see from the pics, it’s pretty easy to give Wasp a mutant mode, so another thumbs up for our resident cosmic chew toy.
Unfortunately, Waspinator feels highly fragile and a tad unstable. The little vestigial arms will likely pop off their balljoints when you handle him the first time, and his balljoints are a smidgen loose all around. Not quite floppy, but it borders there. I can easily tighten everything with the Clear Nail Polish solution, but given that this is Waspinator, and he’s meant to be torn apart limb from limb, I’m not going to. I like it when Waspy suffers. The universe feels right when he does.
The way his balljoints all easily pop off almost feels intentional though. Like he was designed that way because… well, he’s Waspinator. His life is pain. It’s quite easy to slide the limbs off, but I haven’t accidentally popped them off as yet. Waspinator’s dismemberment for the purpose of this review has all been intentional.
Nonetheless, that’s because I’m an adult collector. Honestly, I don’t feel Waspinator is meant for children. Given to a bratty kid, Waspinator will lose parts and possibly break in the first minute or two, and if given to a more considerate child, he’ll still probably lose those tiny vestigial arms of his within an hour. One accidental “being sat upon whilst under a pillow” will probably shatter Waspy’s wings.
This is not a toy that will survive with all his parts intact when he goes on sale on E-Bay circa 2020. Thumbs down.
I personally love Waspy, and as a collector with a finite amount of funds to spend on toys, I can give him the delicate care he requires. So I’ll score him high. But he’s not going to make a good present for a kid. Not a present that will last anyway. So if you’re a collector and you like Waspinator, go ahead and get him. If you’re a parent reading this, and you want to get something for your kid, then you should totally avoid Waspy.
3.6 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