So here’s voyager Blitzwing –
While he’s the least obvious homage to any IDW design, he is, in fact a very cool and excellent rendition of the original Triple Changer.
He’s also unique because he’s riddled with QC issues but you’ll find it hard to locate someone willing to condemn the figure outright. Instead, you’ll find an instance where the Transformer community as a whole came together to iron out solutions. The gist of the issue with his shoulders is that Blitzwing’s inner frame is mis-measured. I was able to fix this with a simple Emory board. It took 10 minutes. Now his shoulders lock like a safe!
His head tends to give people issues as well, but I don’t have any with mine.
The nosecone locks in quite well for me. Despite these two issues, Blitzwing features some amazing designs and successfully transforms into three very distinct forms.
With only the tank cannon sticking out the back in jet mode to really give things away. Some slack has to be given with the design anyway.
The turret even rotates in Tank mode. That’s more than can be said about the old G1 toy. (*edit*: its been pointed out to me numerous times that G1 Blitzwing’s turret does rotate. My bad. I think ours was busted, maybe that’s why I don’t’ remember it turning.)
They gave a nod to fans of the Animated version with three distinct faces. I don’t really dig this feature though, so I just keep the classic face on him.
So all in all, he’s a great toy if you’re willing to work with him a bit. I highly recommend him even with the issues. Once fixed, he becomes something amazing!
Here’s the video:
Next up, Springer, the guy who’s ruining it for all the others.