Titans Return Misfire Toy Review


Price - 16.99 (when in stores)

Class - Deluxe

Commentary-

As a kid, I was a huge fan of the Headmaster and Targetmaster gimmick, especially the first wave.  I had 2 of the Autobot Targetmasters, but none of the Decepticon ones.  When I was a young adult and getting a lot of G1 stuff, The Targetmasters were always looked over.  There were other things I wanted to get, and a complete and in good condition Targetmaster was always more expensive than other figures.  Also, I hated how the Nebulans that came with the Targetmasters had a lot less articulation than their Headmaster brethren.  Flash forward to 2016/2017, I’ve started to collect Transformers again and Hasbro makes all of the Decepticon Targetmasters (minus Cyclonus who was already released as a Targetmaster in CHUG).  This time, they are headmasters, and they don’t come with Targetmasters.  First Triggerhappy was announced, and I was wary to get him, not sure if they would make the other two, but Hasbro came through and in a genius way.  Unfortunately but this point, Waves 1-3 of Titans Return was pegwarming and I had to get Misfire on the secondary market. Misfire's wave was one of the harder waves to come by in Titans Return.

Bot Mode-

Misfire is an amazement of engineering.  Where all of the original G1 Targetmasters had their own molds, Misfire and Slugslinger are extensive retools of Triggerhappy.  You wouldn’t think it would work, but it really does.  There are enough new parts, along with a new head and a fresh coat of paint to make it look and feel like a totally new toy.  He is primarily pink, but for some reason, it really works and isn’t feminine looking at all.  He manages to be pink and look menacing.  He has pretty standard articulation for a deluxe figure, shoulder, elbow, leg, knee, waist swivel, but doesn’t have wrist swivel.  His vehicle mode lacks the double barreled cannons which Triggerhappy has, so he lacks the ability to have that second battle mode which Triggerhappy has.   

Transformation-

For complexity, I rate Misfire’s transformation a 5.5 or 6 and for fun, I rate it 6.0.  Even though there is a bit of a unique transformation, that difference makes it more fun.

Vehicle Mode-

Like Triggerhappy, accessories is where Misfire lacks.  He comes with two blasters that can combine in a way where the Titan Master can sit in.  I hate these blasters and I am very glad that Powers of the Primes went back to more traditional weapons.  The guns feel cheap and just look crappy. In 2019, I use the Siege Battlemaster Aimless with Misfire.

Accessories-

Like Triggerhappy, accessories is where Misfire lacks.  He comes with two blasters that can combine in a way where the Titan Master can sit in.  I hate these blasters and I am very glad that Powers of the Primes went back to more traditional weapons.  The guns feel cheap and just look crappy.

3rd Party Add Ons-

Mastershooter Collectibles years ago made G1 inspired Targetmaster guns for Slugslinger, Misfire, Triggerhappy, , and Scourge.  But the thing is, this was YEARS before Titans Return.  They have 5mm handles and fit very well in the hands of Misfire.  I saw them online when I started collecting Transformers again for pretty cheap and on a whim I bought them.  Honestly without them, I probably would’ve gotten the Takara versions which come with Targetmasters.  If you can find the Mastershooter 3 pack, buy it.  It may be pricey at this time, but without it, the figures aren’t complete feeling.

Pros-

Great sculpting and a lot of play value.  Just knowing that Hasbro used the Triggerhappy mold as a basis, and Misfire looks SO different is another pro, the engineering aspect of that is inspiring. It raises the bar for mold re-use, and hopefully this becomes a trend for future lines so we don’t get as much mold fatigue in future lines as we did in Combiner Wars.

Cons-

His accessories.  As I mentioned earlier, he comes with the Titans Return era guns which I just hate.

Grade-

Being that this is a HUGELY successful retool, Misfire is a great figure.  If you just buy him today without any add ons, he gets a 7.5 out of 10.  With the Mastershooter Collectibles add on or Siege Aimless, he gets an 8.5 out of 10.  Highly recommended  Especially if you get all three. (REVISED July 16 2020) I revisited this review today and I've been really spoiled by Earthrise. I changed a little bit of the fun level of the transformation (reduction). Its easy but there isn't a great pay off like a figure like Earthrise Optimus Prime. But I still adore this figure and I wish everyone could get one

Retools and Repaints-

Siege of Cybertron Metalhawk (redeco of Triggerhappy with new head)
TR Slugslinger (Retool)
TR Triggerhappy (pretool)
Takara Legends Sonic Bomber (retool)

Takara Legends Misfire (Redeco) (never getting)

 

 


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