Burn baby burn~!
The Fallen hails from Hasbro’s Titanium line of figures. He’s based on the comic book character of the same name, wherein he’s the Judas of the Transformers mythology. He was one of the original 13 Transformers created, but betrayed his race by joining with Unicron (Satan), due to his obsession with oblivion. Since I’m an atheist and/because my aunt’s a crazy fundamentalist, I’ve never been fond of the Judeo-Christianity tint that Transformers comics go for. As such, yeah, I’m not a fan of the storyline, but Fallen’s is at least a bit cool because his reason for falling is due to his obsessions.
On the toy side of things, the Titanium line holds an interesting distinction amongst Transformers. For years, the fans have clamored for the return of diecast. To the point that no matter how well done a modern toy was, its lack of diecast (and rubber tires) would inevitably be cited as hard evidence of its inferiority. It was kinda annoying actually, especially when it came out of left field. But anyway, with Titanium, Hasbro sought to address this matter. By giving the fans the diecast they’ve so longed for. And ever since then, no one has EVER asked for diecast ever again.
Because they (almost) all so uniformly god-awfully horrendously suckateously bad. Almost…
Which brings us to the Fallen himself. Who isn’t all that bad, to tell the truth. Appearance-wise, he looks pretty darn good. I love the jet black paint scheme of his and the orange bits really do give off a dark yet vibrant burning furnace effect, in keeping with his burning motif/gimmick. The fiery effect on his back also ends up looking pretty good, somehow avoiding the silliness of having fire painted on his back kibble. Also, the little nicks and cuts, in addition to his heavy and hard die cast, gives the Fallen a really badass feel to him.
Articulation is decent. It’s actually somewhat limited, but that’s made up for with his strong presence, which makes just about any pose you can get him into look cool. It also doesn’t hurt that he doesn’t suffer from one of the major banes of the Titanium line, which was to fall apart. The Fallen’s pretty solidly built with no especially floppy parts (except for one, which we’ll get to in a bit).
Tank mode is adequate, with a nice touch being that the flame deco is hidden in this mode. The transformation from Robot to Tank is also fairly complex for the Titanium line.
The Titaniums were also considered higher end products, so not only did you get a nice display-friendly box with them, but they’ve all got their own base as well. Fortunately, they weren’t all that much more expensive than your standard Deluxe at the time, and considering the diecast and the size of the figure itself, they were a bargain if you compared them to Voyagers/Megas. I’m not sure what they run for these days, but the shipping will probably be the main cost culprit, since these guys are heavily diecasted.
The only major flaw to the Fallen is that the back attachments that form the treads in tank mode are floppy and there’s a noticeable gap in that same floppy area.
Note: My Fallen’s “battle damage” is not due to it being a custom, but rather, an accident that still annoys me to this day. It’s a happy accident, as you can see he looks quite neat in his “battle damage”, but it’s the cause of the accident that annoys me no end. Oh well. He looks good either way. But the jet black was sooooooo cool.
One of the better Titaniums. That’s not saying much, but Fallen’s still pretty decent. He’s comparable with an acceptable Deluxe or Voyager toy. And certainly, his shelf presence is a major bonus.
Pros: Looks great with nice heft. No issues that plague other Titanium figures. Has collector friendly extras.
Cons: Back tank treads floppy and has a gap. Overall somewhat simplistic toy.
3.0 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