Since Classics began in 2006, everyone has asked for just about everything to be remade in that style. Blitzwing was generally felt to be a prominent omission though, especially when Universe produced an Octane. It's taken nearly seven years since the outset of modernized G1 character remakes, but Blitzwing has finally reached the front of the line as one of the first two of the Thrilling 30 anniversary line to reach retail. Read the full review.
Is it crazy that I think Blitzwing might actually be a little better than Springer? Yes, the shoulders don't work right on Blitz, but Springer's aren't perfect either. Springer might not be as bad, but both figures have unstable chest/shoulder assemblies, a flaw I hate. But comparing the other molds of the two, I find Blitzwing far better. Blitzy's flight mode actually attempts to peg together fully, unlike Springer (and I might get even better results on later attempts with Blitzwing). And Blitzwing's ground mode is solid once you peg it all together, and you literally can't peg Springer's car mode together fully. If the shoulder issue on Blitzwing had been fixed prior to release, he'd be indisputably the better of the two.
My main complaint is the same as most: the design of the weak locking shoulders. I wonder if a smaller deluxe scale would remedy any of this? I know that would remedy the oddity of displaying this guy with most of my other Generations DELUXE figures, particularly next to his other triple-changing compadres. On the other hand, he's so large that he begins to look at home with my Masterpiece collection...so that's where I stuck him! Maybe that was the idea? :shrug
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