Okay, here's the thing. I'm going to eschew reviewing Silverbolt as if he were a singular figure. Because that's a disservice to him, and to us as fans. Because what I've realized after getting him, and combining them into Superion is...These things are REALLY designed from the ground up to make FANTASTIC big-ass combined robots. Everything we've been saying about Devastator, about how there are some obvious compromises in the individual robot modes and stuff, applies here to Superion as well...just on a smaller, less intrusive scale, probably owing in part to the Scramble City style of combining.
So much of what some of you are complaining about--the chunkier, less specific designs, the lack of minor robot articulation like wrists, the poor job of hiding some elements of altmodes--seem like they're entirely deliberate choices as soon as you get Superion combined...because all of those things actually contribute to Superion's design and stability. And make no mistake--this fucker is STABLE. One of the first things I did when I got him combined was try to have him hold my Crimson HISS tank over top of him, and if you have any GI Joe vehicles you know they're not typically small or light. And for a little bit, he actually could fucking do it! Then he fell over before I could take the picture. Oh well. Point is, I haven't had ANY problems with him not standing well in most of the cool poses I've put him in. Once he's combined, you almost kinda forget that he's made up of five individuals--which is a goddamn feat. Especially when you compare it to FOC Bruticus, who sucked. (Hey Prowl, how do you feel knowing they're basically going to tell us all to fuck off with the last Bruticus we all got? I'm already preparing to sell my original retail version and actually considering selling the G2 version as well, depending.)
And I dunno, maybe I'm being too easy to please, but I mean...Collectively I think I spent like $60, almost $70 on this? And in the end I got five robots who don't have any major obvious defects, AND they turn into a seriously fuckhuge robot. Like, Superion is seriously huge. I spent about ten minutes just comparing him to other dudes around, like Primus (almost as tall), the original Megazord (about as tall) and FOC Bruticus (nearly eye to eye!). He's a big motherfucker, and when you're just staring at pics online or wondering about it, you don't notice it so much. You just don't. It's only after you get them all together and really hold him in your hands that you realize how cool this is, and how well done it is. I mean, really--you could complain about a lack of wrists here or there, or visible arms on someone's helicopter mode...but giant Superion that actually looks good! I mean, it's not even like FOC Bruty where it was all "Well they had to make sacrifices to get all the modes to work," no, fuck that, they made Superion work and then everything else got sacrificed very slightly.
So, alright. All that said, how is Silverbolt, objectively as a figure? He's not bad, but that's the thing with a lot of the individual Combiner Wars dudes. They're just okay at best. His transformation sucks bad and his altmode is pretty shitty, but I don't know how much of that is a consequence of him being a jet. And that's part of the problem, I think, jet TFs almost always suck ass in terms of transformation and hiding their robot parts, especially when they have to conform to some degree of preconceived character. I mean, Universe 2.0 Silverbolt wasn't exactly a marvel of jet engineering, now was he? That toy sucked so bad I didn't even buy it. (I think I would buy a Darkwind repaint, though. Or a Hydra repaint!) And I don't think enough can be said about how he transforms to torso mode--it's really a completely different thing than you'd be expecting, there's a lot more going on than you'd think.
Superion rules, and it's only going to go up from here, Defensor looks great and I'm into Menasor too. I can't wait for the Bruticus announcements.
BWprowl wrote:The internet having this many different words to describe nerdy folks is akin to the whole eskimos/ice situation, I would presume.
People spend so much time worrying about whether a figure is "mint" or not that they never stop to consider other flavours.