Transformers Adventure Roadblock with Targetmaster Toy Review
Release Date: March 21, 2015
Price Point: $25 (Depending on retailers)
Retailer: Japanese Retailers
Accessories: "Targetmaster" figure and weapon
Tech Specs: (Translation by Goktimus Prime)
Roadblock is a Decepticon power fighter. Usually fights alongside Gregevor who is often unable to keep pace with the slow thinking and slow moving Roadblock. Although Roadblock’s weapons are Transformers known as Targetmasters who transform into robots, he looks down upon them and does not listen to their advice. However, Roadblock boasts power which cannot be mistaken, posing a great threat to the Autobots.
During the "Generation 2" era of the Transformers toy line, a small sub-line of Decepticons were created known as "Auto-Rollers". These large Transformers (roughly the size of a "Mega" toy from the "Beast Wars" era) could be "rolled" forward in their vehicle mode to transform into their robot modes (though a couple extra steps were needed). One of these characters was Roadblock, who transformed into a giant miner loader vehicle. For his new incarnation, Takara Tomy chose "Generations" Scoop as the base sculpt for Roadblock's new form. Oddly, they left out the Holepunch sculpt so this figure only comes with the Caliburst sculpt (now known as "Targetmaster"). Check out that original review for details on the sculpt and my original thoughts on the toy. This review will focus on the changes made to the sculpt for this release.
Roadblock's Targetmaster partner is named "Targetmaster" so no points on creativity there, Takara. However where he lacks in a creative name he makes up for in a neat deco. Targetmaster is cast in gunmetal grey and purple plastic, not a combination you see very often in this toy line. Even better, the purple is a deep, metallic purple that is really eye catching. Red paint is used on his face and hip area for extra detailing which offers a nice contrast to the darker purple and gunmetal colors.
Targetmaster's arms can move up and down and the joints are still tight.
Transformation to Weapon Mode:
- Swing the weapon barrel on the back up over the head.
- Swing the purple piece in between his legs down.
- Swing the arms back and connect them together.
Targetmaster's weapon mode mostly shows off the gunmetal grey color. The handle is metallic purple. It sounds plain and well, it is but it's also the perfect color for a weapon so it works out nicely.
Roadblock's colors are based off the Generation 2 figure of the same name. Like the Constructicons before him, his primary color was a neon green/yellow color. For this figure that is still the same base color but the color is lighter in tone and not as strong as the one used on the G2 toy. The other plastic color used is metallic purple, which you'll find on smaller parts like his hands, hips and thighs. Other parts are cast in black including the wheels from the vehicle mode and the hinges for the shovel on his back.
The deco on this figure differs from Scoop's, which is great. Some of the deco points are the same including the vent lines on his chest and the grid lines near his knee armor. These areas have silver and light green paint on them. The middle of the chest has a purple Decepticon symbol. The face is painted silver with translucent yellow eyes. The light piping isn't particularly successful however (which is odd given the lighter color of plastic).
A couple deco points differ. Additional bits of red have been added to the forearms and the top of the chest armor. These deco points are tiny but they help enhance sculpted details on the figure.
There were no sculpting changes made to this figure for this release so it looks the same as Scoop. Roadblock's form is not exactly one of the most iconic of all Transformers so even though Scoop's body and head don't look like G2 Roadblock exactly you can imagine it being an "upgraded" form for the character. The joints on this figure are all nice and tight so there is no mold degradation to worry about.
Transformation to Vehicle Mode:
- Detach the weapon(s) if attached.
- Swing each fist into the forearms.
- Swing the robot feet up into the lower legs.
- Connect the lower robot legs together.
- Swing the bucket and the arms/hydraulics connected to the bucket up.
- Swing the upper body back.
- Swing the chest panel forward.
- Swing the driver's section over the robot head, then extend the bucket/arms section out.
- Straighten out the robot arms then push them in, using tabs on the bottom of the torso section to attach to the corresponding slots on the inside of each forearm.
- Swing the robot feet up, connecting the bottom of the legs to the section right behind the driver's area.
- Attach each of the Targetmasters to the holes on the top of the rear section or the holes on the sides.
Like the robot mode the deco in vehicle form relies heavily on the neon green/yellow color. Most of these details can be seen from the robot mode, but a couple others are highlighted in this form. That includes the cabin/driver section which is cast in translucent yellow and painted with neon green/yellow. Also, the shovel section has a scannable symbol that you can use with the Japanese "Transformers" app. These are different than those in the North American version of the app. I tried to scan this symbol in the "Robots in Disguise" app and nothing happened.
The wheels and shovel move just fine in this form. Targetmaster can be attached to either side of the vehicle in weapon form.
Roadblock is a fun redeco and I always dig a Generation 2 homage. I do find myself wishing he had the other Targetmaster partner Scoop had come with and a new head sculpt. For those reasons I'm rating this release slightly below Scoop himself, but it's still a fun addition to any collection.