Next up is Vortex:
To say Vortex is a disappointment is inaccurate. He really isn’t. The problem is, I went into this expecting this:
But that’s just a concept design. As it turns out, the figure is actually far more game accurate than the picture. Vortex has a lot of, what I call, “Pink” in robot mode, but somehow it doesn’t look bad. His green/tan is actually very game accurate as well, now that I’ve played the demo. In fact, I’m starting to realize that the SDCC set is not actually “G1” colors, but “In Game” colors. That’s why there are variations to the originals. But enough of that, on to Swords McStabby here:
I kinda like that they went with a very “swordy” path for Vortex. As far as I could tell, he doesn’t really use them in the game, so its a cool distinguishing factor for the toy. In fact, as many people have pointed out – Vortex’s chopper blades typically store on his back, even the G1 version did that. But this Vortex gets his chopper blades on the forearm. That’s fine, but giving him dual swords is a bit redundant. Luckily, as you can see, they double as guns. But I suspect theyprobably shoot more swords.
Vortex’s face is interesting. It’s very…predatory looking:
And again, given that his level is featured in the demo of Fall of Cybertron, I can happily report it is again, game accurate, though you can see mine has a little QC issue with some paint blotches. No big deal though. Plus, YAY! A visor!
Also, obviously there’s supposed to be a Decepticon sigil in the chest space, but I guess they left it out. I’m pretty sure the G2 and regular release will have it in place.
Now, again, Hasbro tried out their new “folding panels” on the shoulder, and while he has FAR more shoulder articulation than Blast Off, those intake vents on the side of his head render the ball joint its mounted on moot. He can basically look forward and then very very slightly to the left and right. And up.
The only REAL issue I have is the legs. I understand that they wanted to avoid “fists and feet” attachments so everyone has the hands of Bruticus molded into their bodies, but looking at Vortex’s right leg, you can’t help but see a hand sitting there:
So, not the biggest problem, but its part of what has dropped Vortex to No.5 on my ladder. But that’s like saying “butterscotch is my 5th favorite ice cream” its still really good!
His alt mode is of course, a Helicopter:
Nothing too particularly good or bad about it. For some reason I have a lot of fun just spinning those chopper blades. I guess my only issue, aside from the somewhat obvious leg kibble up front, is that I don’t like that the swords store on the side rails. See those tabs at the top of each hilt? I was hopping they would slot in somewhere underneath or something. Its not bad, I just think it looks a little too…well…sword-y…for a helicopter. Again, I like robot mode having them but I wish they could store hidden in chopper mode.
‘Bee comparison shot –
So yeah, nothing too special about Copter mode, just straight forward and gets the job done. Plus, I like the color better now that I’ve seen him in-game.
As for Arm mode well –
Visually he looks much better than Blast Off’s default look. I do like the “kung fu” hand for some reason. Its not very natural looking but it does remind me of the video clip in the trailer where Bruticus forms and thrusts out his arms when they attach. A bit obscure, but again, I like it. Not sure if it was necessary to make it both a left and right hand via the thumb folding back and forth, but I appreciate the idea of keeping him “scramble-city” style.
I don’t know of a different transformation yet, there may be a better way discovered by now, but just as an example of articulation:
So yeah, that’s Vortex. Again, I like him, I really do, but whereas I went into Blast Off thinking I’d be disappointed and was surprised, I went into Vortex expecting more and was underwhelmed. But he’s a Deluxe Generations Combiner so how disappointed can I really be, right?
Okay, as a break, next up will be Asia Exclusive (GDO…has anyone figured out what that means??) Cliffjumper. Then Brawl.
Woo doggies this is a fun week!