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Topspin - Dark of the Moon - Figure

Topspin

When people think Wreckers, they think of down and dirty bots like Roadbuster or Whirl. A bot with a alt mode of a NASCAR track car would probably be the last thing they'd think of. Yet, here we are in DOTM with three such Wreckers. The first one we'll explore is Topspin.

Packaging Notes

A couple of quick notes on the packaging. For the Deluxe cards, you'll notice that the clamshell follows the curvature of the moon on the cardback. You'll also spot that the clamshell has 'craters', just like the moon. A subtle yet tasteful touch. Also, in relation to this figure and with Roadbuster, you NASCAR fans will be happy to know that this is a sanctioned NASCAR licensed product and contains the holographic NASCAR seal on the cardback as proof. You just might have found a way to get your NASCAR buddies into Transformers after all.

Bio

For Autobot Topspin, it's all about going fast and carrying lots of weapons. He, Roadbuster and Leadfoot were master technicians on Cybertron. Over the years they perfected modifications to vehicles, armor and weaponry that rival anything the Decetpcion scientists could ever hope to produce.

Strength     
Intelligence
Speed
Endurance
Rank
Courage
Fireblast
Skill

Alt Mode


Aesthetics

The alt mode is in what could be best described as a Brute mode. Based off of Jimmie Johnson's #48 Lowes Chevrolet Impala, there are a bevy of 'upgrades' that seem to be associated with this 3rd mode. It's an interesting spin for sure.

Score:

Realism

You can tell that underneath all that weaponry and armor, there's still an Earth based track car. The basic silhouette of the Chevrolet Impala bodystyle is still present, as are the track car elements such as the gated window and sponsorships. While maybe not entirely plausible in the real world, it makes enough sense to be a possibility.

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Playability

If the visual cues aren't enough, you also get some weaponry. Two cannons are mounted on the roof. You'll also spot a cannon on either side of the doors. To top it off, the MechTech weapon mounts right to the hood. When you press back on the gray clip towards the back, the 'crossbow' on the cannon acts as a claw. The claw doesn't lock in place, but it has enough reach to grap something beyond the hood.

Score:


Alt Mode Summary:(out of 9pts total)
Something for track fans, something for alien fans. A win-win situation.

Alt Mode Specs

Length:5.38in/136.7mm
Wheelbase:2.88in/73.2mm
Width:2.38in/60.5mm
Height:2.13in/54.1mm
Scale Ratio:37:1 (est)
Wheels:4 rotating
Detailed cockpit:N/A

Transformation


Complexity

Topspin's transformation is at some point very "Lockdown" like. Therefore, you might find the process eeirily familiar. He's a simple figure, the rear section has enough complexity to keep one interested.

Score:

Fluidity

The grille is a bit tight to tuck under the hood. Also, finding that sweet spot to mount the rear section as the shoulder packs might trouble you some, especially since the ball joints are slightly loose.

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Transformation Summary:(out of 6pts total)
One part familiar, one part unique. Usually makes for good times.

Robot Mode


Aesthetics

Topspin is one interesting looking bot in robot mode. The primary color scheme in the legs and chest is medium blue, with the arms being PVC gray. Some yellow and fluorescent green is mixed in for contrast. The head sculpt is rastafarian in appearance and features aqua pipes optics. Some might take issues with the shoulder packs, which are remnants of the rear section of the alt mode. However, they do have good functionality as addressed later on.

Score:

Articulation

Feet:Ball joint, 105 degree bend and 30 degree flex.
Knees:Screw hinge plus rivet pin, 165 degree bend.
Hips:Ball joint, 180 degree bend, 90 degree spread and 45 degree flex.
Waist:Stationary (Technical)
Shoulders:Ball joint w/pin hinge, unlimited rotation with 90 degree spread and 90 degree inward flex.
Elbows:Rivet pin, 90 degree bend
Hands:Rivet pin for marginal movement.
Head:Ball joint for unlimited rotation and 90 degree tilt.

Joints are set up extremely well. Due to the grill folding up behind the hood, waist movement is nil. If you were to, say, leave the grille hanging off the hood, you could pick up as much as 30 degrees of waist twist.

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Playability

First, you have the shoulder packs. Each pack is independently adjustable to get the attached cannons where you want them to be. There is also the MechTech weapon, which can attach to either forearm. Being that his hands are already claws, having the weapon convert to a claw seems almost redundant.

Score:


Robot Mode Summary:(out of 9pts total)
One word: Potential

Robot Mode Specs

(excluding shoulder pack)
Height:5.5in/139.7mm
Width:2.88in/73.2mm
Depth:1.5in/38.1mm
Supplied accessories:(1) MechTech weapon

Value


Durability

Topspin has some questionable aspects here. For one, the shoulder packs pop off rather easy, wearing the ball joint socket over time. The smaller cannons can also be pretty easy to lose. Finally, the tight space that the grille has to tuck under the hood during transformation can result in plastic stress if forced too hard.

Score:

Fun to Dollar Ratio

For $12, you actually have a lot packed into this figure. Firepower is definitely present (even if the tech spec oddly doesn't suggest as much) and the MechTech weapon has usability in either mode. Some might not go for the claw hands, but if that's all that keeps you from buying this figure... well... that's your loss.

Score:


Value Summary:(out of 6pts total)
Some care is required, but overall worth the money.

Final Summary

It will be interesting to see if a Voyager mold comes out that lets the user transform between alt, brute and robot modes. As it stands, that's about the only thing that makes this figure from being pure gold. The brute mode is a nice departure from just a standard stock car, and the robot mode definitely has imagination written all over it. The Wreckers could very well steal the spotlight this time around.

Final Verdict:

Class:Deluxe

MSRP:$12


ReviewerBlitzwing  
DateMay 19th 2011  
Score 9 stars (9 out of 10)  
Reads11846
LinkTopspin via Movie Database  


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Optics
2011-05-25
11:04 pm

Doesn't look like a mullet to me. Last time I checked, mullets didn't have long hair on the sides. First impression was rastafarian. 
Lord_Onslaught
2011-05-25
10:53 pm

 
Blitz-Wing
2011-05-25
10:44 pm

Fair enough, but it doesn't say mullet to me either. Looks more like a judge's wig. 
Legendary Megatron
2011-05-25
10:10 pm

Really? I think they were going for mullet, those don't strike me as dreadlocks. 
bites
2011-05-23
8:48 pm

This is not a 9/10 figure. It's not even a 9/10 deluxe. I call bad review. Did someone slip you some cash? I mean, seriously, by what objective standards is this 1 point away from Masterpiece Optimus Prime, Classics Starscream, etc. 
Blitz-Wing
2011-05-23
2:21 pm

Thanks for the heads up  
TransformersFan
2011-05-23
5:51 am

(link) It took some searching but you can register the number on the hologram there. 
Lord_Onslaught
2011-05-23
4:11 am

I'm just waiting on a Deluxe Leadfoot, so I can pose the 3 Wreckers with a Budweiser LOL Hopefully it will be that or all 3 get the HA treatment 
monstergrotusque
2011-05-23
4:00 am

his stats don't work with his bio. He's a master technician that perfected modifications to armor and weaponry that rival anything the Decepticons could ever hope to produse! but his: SKILL is Those numbers don't jive with those qualifications stated in the bio. They short ch... read more 
Timothy.R
2011-05-23
2:40 am

i really hate that we won't be getting a true set of these figures the way they appeared in the film. deluxe topspin is weaponized, roadbuster isn't. human alliance roadbuster is, leadfoot isn't. 
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