Cybertron Crumplezone

Mr. Master Megatron-sama!

From Hasbro’s 2005-2006 series, Transformers: Cybertron, we have Crumplezone. Known as Landbullet in Japan, Crumplezone’s a toy I wanted since I saw the prototype pics of the guy. When he finally came out, well, I wasn’t really collecting anything back then. I simply couldn’t afford to. But I’ve wanted him for years, and now I got ’em. Is he worth the wait? Well, Crumplezone’s got quite a lot of middling reviews. Most reviews I’ve seen have rated him as decent but nothing to write home about.

My take? I can see why people might not rate him as a top tier toy, but my take is that Crumplezone is aweeeeeeesome. And the reasons are thus…

In vehicle mode… well, Crumplezone is a “futuristic alien” dragster. Which is to say he doesn’t actually resemble anything. However, before he was officially released, it was thought that he might have been a triple-changer, given that he looks vaguely like a futuristic jet when his Cyber Planet Key gimmick was activated. And you know what? The official dragster mode aside, Crumplezone makes a decent alien shuttle craft:

Or even an alien F1 racer:

Hey, they’re about as convincing as his official mode, no?

Robot mode looks good. It’s nicely big and bulky with pretty good articulation. I also love Crumplezone’s gorilla proportions, although the huge arms give the impression that there’s limited articulation there. It’s actually got more or less regular articulation, but because of how big they are, it just sticks out more. But it’s not really a flaw per se.

Okay, here’s the big thing. Here’s why I totally dig Crumplezone, but also why he wouldn’t score too high for a collector. It’s because Crumplezone is a toy. I mean, of course he’s a toy, but unlike some toys that feel like a collector’s piece, or just a straight up representation of a character on a show; Crumplezone’s “aura” is 100% toy.

Having this big bulky toy in my hands and rolling him on the table and stuff, he makes me feel like a kid again. I never had that many toys as a kid, which is why spent an obscene amount of time watching TV, got into gaming, and nowadays, overcompensating with toys. But I did have a few, and the feeling I get with Crumplezone in my hands is the same kind of feeling I had as a kid when I held some of my favorites.

So as a toy, Crumplezone is excellent. But perhaps because of that, he does feel somewhat lacking as a “figure”. But you can’t fault him. Not when in terms of looks, design, articulation etc, he’s a great piece of work. This is a totally fun toy.

As a toy, Crumplezone is absolute tops. His character on the show might have been a flop, but the toy oozes a character all its own. With great looks and decent articulation, Crumplezone’s only real weakness is the fact that he’s really “kiddie“. But hey, he’s a TOY, I can live with it in Crumpy’s case.

Pros: Good vibe, this toy is a TOY (not a “figure”). Looks good, well articulated, nice fanmodes, and a working gimmick that doesn’t detract from the toy.
Cons: Very toyetic. Perhaps too much, doesn’t feel like he’ll fit in next to your Masterpiece Convoy.

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

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