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Smolder - Power Core Combiner - Figure

Smolder

Now that we have the Combiner 5 packs out of the way, we can explore the other side of the Power Core Combiner lineup: The 2 packs. Instead of drones, the Commander figure inside is packed with a minicon that has multiple ways of interacting with his commander. We start with Smolder.

Bio

No one holds a grudge like SMOLDER. He plots elaborate revenge against his hundreds of enemies, and thanks to his combination with CHOPSTER, he’s got the power to see each of them through.


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Intelligence
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Courage
Fireblast
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Commander Mode

Smolder is all red, with black upper limbs and head. He features a Minicon port in his chest that can be revealed by flipping it up. This is so he can interact with his partner, Chopster.

Chopster

Chopster is a translucent gold, with black limbs. He might look a bit silly, but he comes with multiple uses.

Spread out his legs, turn the feet up and fold down the shins and Chopster bonds with the Minicon port on Smolder's chest to form power up armor... Breastforce style. As a bonus, you can point the arms down and the handle up to give him three chest mounted cannons.

Conversely, if you fold the legs up, point the blades down, fold down the handle and bend the knees, Chopster becomes a battle axe for Smolder to use. Chopster also has a 4th mode we'll review later.

Articulation

Feet:Pin hinge, 45 degree bend
Knees: Screw, 165 degree bend. Pinned above knee for unlimited lower leg rotation.
Hips: Dual pin hinges, 180 degree bend and 105 degree spread. Also pinned for unlimited thigh rotation
Waist:Stationary
Shoulders:Dual pin hinges, unlimited rotation and 60 degree spread
Elbows:Pin hinge and ball joint, 180 degree bend and unlimited rotation
Head:Pinned for unlimited rotation

The lack of a rotating waist is the only small niggle with this figure.

Commander Mode Specs

Height:4.5in/114.3mm (4.88in/124in including shoulder plating)
Width:3.38in/85.9mm
Depth:1.5in/38.1mm
Supplied accessories:(1)Chopster Minicon figure

Transformation

Commander to Vehicle Mode

Pull out the arms so that the elbows bend at the pin hinge. Fold the fenders out from the shoulder plating. Fold the forearm into the fender. Peg both legs together and fold in the feet. Fold the legs in 180 degrees. Fold in the blue tabs and close the front end over them. Fold down the lightbar. Push in and forward on the shoulder plates until they merge to form the rear.

Alt Mode

You could hardly tell Smolder was a Decepticon until you see the flaming faction insignia on the rear deck. Who would think a 'Con was a fire paramedic's truck right? There's plenty of molded detailing, including the brushbar on the grille and the yellow translucent lightbar on the roof.

The only thing that might get you is the very rear. It's an open back, exposing the head and that tends to bother some people (myself included).

Back to Chopster. From robot mode, Fold his legs completely back, fold out the handle and you now have a cannon arrangement to mount on Smolder's roof. A Breastmaster, a Targetmaster and a hand weapon all in one. What more could you want?

Alt Mode Specs

Length: 3.58in/90.9mm
Wheelbase:2.13in/54.1in
Width:1.88in/47.8in
Height:1.38in/35.1mm (3.25in/82.6mm if Minicon is mounted in weapons mode)
Wheels: 4, rotating
Detailed cockpit:N/A

Transformation

From Commander to Combiner Mode

Another bonus with the 2-pack Commanders is that they also have a combiner mode. For Smolder, start by folding out the blue tabs on his shoulders. Bend the arms at the ball joints then rotate the shoulder assembly 180 degrees so the arms are facing back. Lift up on the shoulder plates so that the blue tabs are now pointing outward at the sides. Fold the arms onto his back, noting the tabs that fit into the pegs. Rotate his legs inward 90 degrees so the wheels face out. Bend the knees so the blue tabs face the bottom. Position the tabs downward. Pull down on his chest and push back on the Commander head so that the Combiner head shows. Mount drones as desired.

Combiner Mode

Smolder makes a good combiner body. As one board member pointed out, you can even cheat a bit with him, using his shoulder plates as an arm and using the drone ports as elbows. In that respect, he makes the best combiner body thus far. In case you needed another bonus, you can use Chopster's armor mode on Smolder even in Combiner mode.

Verdict

Commander Mode: Lots of poseability and great uses with his Minicon partner.
Alt Mode:Vehicle mode is mostly well executed
Chopster:A bit goofy looking in robot mode, but serves 3 over excellent purposes
Combiner Mode:You can get poseability out of him with the drones that you simply can't with the other commanders.
Overall:If there's any one PCC figure you shouldn't pass up on... it's this one.

Class:Scout plus Minicon 2 Pack

MSRP:$10

ReviewerBlitzwing  
DateJuly 7th 2010  
Score 9 stars (9 out of 10)  
Reads7411
LinkSmolder via Database  


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Jason X
2010-07-10
11:41 pm

I'm not seeing the problem. Plus, he makes one kickass torso. 
Lord_Onslaught
2010-07-10
11:01 pm

The shoulder pads are not theissue with me. They never have been not even with the Transformers that was more shoulder pad then anything else that distinction goes to Road Fire from Zone. my main thins is the aesthetics. Where the Cybertron scouts were done right robot wise. Smolder goes from thin... read more 
Jason X
2010-07-10
10:49 pm

People who don't like the "big shoulders" look of the many WFC characters that sport it won't like Smolder. He is a superb figure. I agree with disregarding line preference. I look at these little guys as Scouts w/ a $2 Targetmaster bonus. How do you go wrong (Don't answer... read more 
Liege Evilmus
2010-07-10
1:30 am

ongoing joke Respect to Breaker (even though he loves Monkeywave) About Smolder, I've had him displayed with the gesalt head out all day, and even without the drones, that looks real good. may just leave him that way  
Blitz-Wing
2010-07-09
11:51 pm

Boomboks not munky? 
Lord_Onslaught
2010-07-09
11:01 pm

I have to side with Breaker here, the figure looks moe like a rejected robotic monkey from Planet Of The Apes 
Breaker
2010-07-09
10:54 pm

Animated Soundwave was bulky all over. Looked like he could bench press something really heavy. This guy just has giant shoulders and long, spindly arms. He just looked off. At least Soundwave's arms fit in with the rest of his body. Thats my opinion Liege, Im not debating it with you  
Victor Prime
2010-07-08
7:34 pm

Yeah, I really like this guy. The armor/weapon options for Chopster are great, but I definitely prefer the combiner mode head though. Probably the only one I'll buy from this line (I say this now). 
Liege Evilmus
2010-07-08
4:59 pm

but monkey soundwave works for you? I declair your oppinion to be Greenland. 
Heavyassault
2010-07-08
4:43 pm

Not bad......But Ill still pass. 
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