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Human Alliance Roadbuster - Dark of the Moon - Figure

The Human Alliance series was introduced to us during the Revenge of the Fallen lineup. Several figures (at least one that almost no one found) were released and paired robots with humans with interactive gimmicks. With Dark of the Moon now on shelves, it looks like the Voyager class HA figures are making a comeback. While the first 2 released were repaints paired with different humans, we get a look at the first new HA mold: Roadbuster.

Bio

Roadbuster is out racing in vehicle mode whenever he gets a break from pulverizing Decepticons. He's found that allowing humans to ride with him - especially professional race car drivers - sharpens his tactical skills and knowledge of Earth's road network. Even Transformers sometimes like to sit back, relax and go along for the ride!

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Alt Mode

Roadbuster takes it to the next level with his Human Alliance mold by going into brute mode. As well as having an afterburner pop out of the trunk, he also sports a massive battery of missiles on either side of the door. If that's not enough, he also has a gatling gun poking out of his front grille.

What, you want more? OK, fine. The headlamps can also convert into cannons and be postition directly in front of the windshield. I should also mention that the afterburner comes with a flame missile that can launch out the back of it. Interiorwise, it's standard fare with a steering wheel, a couple of gauges and 2 seats.

Alt Mode Summary: Fast AND loaded with firepower. Don't mess with him on the track.

Alt Mode Specs

Length:7.25in/185.2mm
Wheelbase:4.13in/104.9mm
Width:3.25in/82.6mm
Height:2.75in/69.9mm
Scale Ratio:28:1 (est)
Wheels:4 rotating
Detailed cockpit:Semi-detailed, seats, steering wheel, gauges

Sergeant Recon

Sergeant Recon is in a green racing suit with the Autobot insignia on his chest. He wears a white helmet with a black visor. Besides that, he's just another average human ally. I wonder who gets to name these guys anyways...

Transformation

If you go by the instructions, you'll likely pull your hair after awhile. Fortunately, if you take your time and compare to the box art, he becomes easier to convert with every attempt. That being said, he is perhaps one of the hardest Human Alliance figures to transform.

Robot Mode

Now this is what Roadbuster should have looked like in his smaller Deluxe form. Although there is still some unpainted PVC bits to deal with, there is more color in this mold. The missile batteries can be positioned as you like, but by default lay alongside the tires on the shoulders. You can choose to expose the guns on his chest or conceal them under the headlamps. While the headsculpt may look a little bland in comparison to other Voyagers, it does hide something.

By pressing a lever on the back of his head, you will replace his optics with a visor. At the very least, it makes the head look a bit nicer. Roadbuster dispenses with his MechTech Weapon and insteads goes for the best of both worlds. The afterburner/launcher fits into a peg alongside one wrist, while a chainsaw pegs into the other wrist.

And what would a Human Alliance figure be if the human didn't get in on the action? The gatling gun resting on his back can be positioned above his head. At that point, Sergeant Recon's feet can lock into pegs sticking out of the windshield, allowing the sergeant to ride on Roadbuster's back and use the gatling gun. Strangely, there is no other robot/human functionality in robot mode. While odd for a HA figure, it's also welcome, as the human interaction gimmicks cost the robot some aesthetics.

Articulation

Feet:Screw hinge, 90 degree rotation.
Knees:Screw hinge, 90 degree bend. Pinned below knee for unlimited lower leg rotation.
Hips:Screw pin with pin hinge, 90 degree bend and 90 degree spread.
Waist:Stationary
Shoulders:Screw hinge with rivet pin, unlimited rotation and 90 degree spread.
Elbows:Screw hinge, 90 degree bend. Pinned above elbow for unlimited forearm rotation.
Hands:Rivet pin, 45 degree bend.
Head:Pinned, 120 degree rotation.

For a voyager sized figure, range of motion is decent. There isn't enough rearward bite in the footprint, so balancing may pose some problems depending on the desired pose.

Robot Mode Summary:Robot Mode Summary

Robot Mode Specs

Height:7.25in/184.2mm
Width:4.75in/120.7mm
Depth:2.5in/63.5mm
Supplied accessories:(1) Sergeant Recon figure, (1) Chainsaw attachment, (1) Afterburner/missile launcher, (1) Missile

Value

Charging an extra $10 to pack a voyager with a 50 cent human seems a bit overboard. On the flip side, they did pack Roadbuster with a lot of gimmicks in both modes. That being said, there are also some durability issues. The knee plates, which also form the rear fenders, pop off without much force. I can also see the fornt fenders breaking free if used too roughly. Finally, the chest pieces lock in place really tight. Use care or stress may eventually become a problem.

Summary

While it's unfortunate that we can't get all three modes into one wrecker mold, we can get 2 figures that can represent all three modes. While the Deluxe mode was a bit on the bland side, the HA mode makes up for it with all the gimmicks and extras packed in. I can't necessarily say that $30 is a great price for him, but he is most definitely a step up from the Deluxe mold in more ways than one.

Final Verdict:

Class:Voyager

MSRP:$30


ReviewerBlitzwing  
DateMay 31st 2011  
Score 8 stars (8 out of 10)  
Reads17347
LinkHuman Alliance Roadbuster via Movie Database  


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superman2k
2011-06-13
6:48 pm

I hate how the Wreckers aren't all in Brute mode. They look way more badass than Nascar mode and now they'll look inconsistent on my shelf 
jeffafa
2011-06-13
2:13 pm

Saw this guy at K Mart yesterday for $32.99 
Azure_Dragoon
2011-06-12
6:06 pm

I threw up in my mouth a little. 
Jason X
2011-06-12
5:33 pm

I actually thought the Deluxe version looked kind of like D.E. Sr. with the ballcap brim and the visor that looks like big sunglasses. 
Michaelprime
2011-06-12
4:53 pm

This robot mode looks really cool but is it just me or does anyone else think that since this is the 88 car the HA figure should be Dale Earnhart Jr. 
Spooner2005
2011-06-03
1:27 am

Maybe it'll be different in person, but all I see when I look at the robot mode is a Bionicle. 
Lord Atmo
2011-06-02
12:49 am

Guess I'll have to sniff around the 2 WMs in my area after work tomorrow! 
ShellformerV1
2011-06-01
8:58 pm

Okay: this figure looks pretty cool. I'll have to snap this figure up the first chance I get...probably after I snag Sentinel. I know they are also releasing Leadfoot in the HA line, but here's hoping that Topspin also gets "the treatment." 
Blitz-Wing
2011-06-01
3:52 pm

Try Walmart, I've seen him at a couple in the last week. 
Clownpants
2011-06-01
3:27 pm

ahaha fucking cool !!! random extra parts make room for the robots becoming some sort of 'mech warrior" and pilot.. maybe it's the movie's way of headmaster and i dig the whole technologically vandalized concept.. everyone can accept that, its not just americans who can... read more 
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