Having to import a lot of Transformers from the US, I occasionally get more than one item to save on shipping. I still needed Sideways and via eBay I found him. Shipping an additional figure would only cost $1 so I had to add another item just for that. Sadly the seller had no other deluxes that I did not have but he did have 3 of the "Armada remolds", Buzzsaw, Runamuck and Blurr.
I decided to get Blurr because he is made to look like the class G1 character (I thought he was ok during the series) and because the mold is pretty good. Fun fact is that this mold was released as Blurr in Armada. That character did not look or act anything like G1 Blurr but he was a speedster so it was a cool idea to name him Blurr. With the retool of this mold to look more like G1 Blurr I think we have come full circle and that adds more coolness to it and makes the hommage even more perfect as the mold was already tied to the name Blurr.
But is he actually worth buying? I will tell you why he is.
Blurr's vehicle mode is a fast futuristic car. It looks really sleel and fast so in that aspect it fits Blurr perfectly. It was not only released as Armada Blurr but also in Universe as Swerve. But this is the first time the mold has undergone retooling. As expected the mold has been retooled to accomodate a Force Chip/Planet Key. However, that is not all, the Powerlinx ports have also been removed. In fact the whole aft section of the car has been retooled to feature 2 turbines and engine blocks to the sides making it look like Cybertron Blurr could easily outrace Armada Blurr and Universe Swerve.
The rocket launchers have also been slightly retooled but not much. The projectiles do look different as they are much bulkier. I do not really perfer the old or new missiles. I think the vehicle mode looks better without them. Of course the gimmick is still present and it works just as nice with a Force Chip/Planet key as with a Mini-Con. In that respect this mold probably needed the least retooling.
Sadly this means that there is no Mini-Con which is a shame as I liked Incinerator. Of course once I learned that these molds would be released in the US and that therefor I might buy them, I bought the Mini-Cons from the Japanese Micron Booster Pack. Sadly I have not gotten that one yet (long story) so I cannot say how he compares. I do know there is no place to attach him and he cannot activate the gimmick.
So there is no need to import the Mini-Con unless you really want Cybertron Blurr to have a partner. Blurr comes with a Speedia Force Chip/Planet Key (code d0y2) which activates the gimmick.
Blurr as a flying car is a really cool idea and it works just as nice on the other 2 versions. The only downside to this mold is that the insides of the "wings" have no paint detail at all but that is only minor quibble.
Speaking of paint, Blurr is a nice light metallic blue which was the only color that could have been used for this hommage. Fortunately it is also a different color from Armada Blurr who was grey and Swerve who was red. All 3 colors work well for this mold though if it were not for the hommage I would like the blue the least as I am not that fond of blue. But for Cybetron Blurr it is perfect so I am not complaining.
The car is not enirely blue of course. Cool red racing stripes were added and the front of the car (which forms the hands) is black. The headlights and cockpit are translucent yellow. Some details are accentuated in yellow or white. The projectiles and rims are gray. In all a very nice color scheme.
Cybertron Blurr has the advantage of a great vehicle mode featuring a cool gimmick, combined with good colors which also suit the hommage so it is definetely a winner.
The hommage continues in the robot mode with the most important retool of the whole mode. (It is also the only retool in this form.) The head is redesigned to look like that of G1 Blurr. I liked the old headsculpt which looked great on Armada Blurr (but lost something on Swerve) but this one looks even better because it is so fitting.
Like G1 Blurr it has a crest and the "intake" on top of his head. It is not as big as it was on G1 Blurr though but it is there so that is another point for the hommage. Cybertron Blurr's head is not as blocky as G1 Blurr's was but I like this new look at little better. It is a nice upgrade for G1 Blurr.
The rest of the mold looks just like it used to and no articulation has been added which would have been nice as it was the mold's only real fault. The only thing that was changes are the launchers. Instead of being plugged into the holes on the arms they now fit into the hands. A nice touch.
Colorwise, the colors are spot on. Dark blue is added, having a central role as the main color for the head, body and lower legs. The shoulders, upper legs and feets are clear plastic which is an interesting choice. The hands are black while part of the arms is white as are the face and chest. Both are G1 hommages, G1 Blurr had a white face and his chest (formed by the window of the car) was white. Making the central piece white here is a really neat touch. Plus it helps the Autobot symbol stand out more. Finally Blurr's eyes are blue which was also a G1 trademark.
I really liked this robot mode in its previous incarnations. In fact its only downside was the articulation. And perhaps that the gimmick does not work in this mode. But this retool has to be the best looking one of the 3 with a perfect hommage applied right. Was the vehicle mode already a winner, the robot mode easily outclasses it.
When I first saw the Takara versions of these I did not like them much. The colors were poor and the molds were not always my favorites. And they were expensive so I did not get them. With their release in Cybetron they were cheap enough to get if I had the money that is. But having made an exception for Blurr I can say that I really like him and that he is the best of the 4 retools. I think every Transformers fan should own him even if you own the previous versions of this mold.
|Date||December 1st 2005|
|Score||(10 out of 10)|