Transformers Generation 2 1993 Deluge Toy Review
Release Date: 1993
Price Point: $12.99 (varied depending on retailer)
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Kay Bee Toys etc.)
Accessories: Water gun/blaster/Spoiler
- Vehicle Mode
- Vehicle Mode (Side)
- Vehicle Mode (Back)
- Vehicle Mode (Forward view)
- Vehicle Mode (Angle view)
- Vehicle Mode (Overhead View)
- Robot Mode
- Robot Mode (Side)
- Robot Mode (Back)
- Robot Mode (Close up)
- Robot Mode (Close up on head)
- Robot Mode (Angle view)
- Robot Mode (Holding weapon)
As the "Generation 2" line began to reach its mid-point, Hasbro continued experimenting with different types of features on the figures to make them more appealing as they had in the past. While transformation was still the toy's primary gimmick, there seemed to be a focus at the time on adding "something else" to the figure as well. In 1993, a sub-group of Transformers were introduced known as the "Color Changers" (which pretty much described their gimmick, but more on that below). Deluge was one of the Decepticons belonging to this sub-group. He should not be confused with the Autobot of the same name who was also a Color Changer, but only released in European markets.
It's probably worth saying that when reading this review, it's important to realize that in 2013, I'm reviewing a toy that came out about twenty years ago, so the standards that I usually hold figures to are a bit different when it comes to something of this era. It is through that lense I recommend you read this review.
Deluge is an F-1 style race car in vehicle mode. He has a lot of the staple details of such a vehicle mode including:
- A front section with the distinctive flat "wings" piece.
- Four wide wheels (thicker than you'd find on a normal car).
- A driver's section designed to accomodate only one person in the center.
- A spoiler that sits high in the back, with tall side panels.
- In the middle of the rear section is the engine, complete with circcle details on top and a cylindrical detail on the sides.
The main difference between the real life vehicles and this one is a matter of proportions. Generally real life F-1 racers are very sleek and low to the ground, whereas Deluge's middle to rear section is rather thick, but given that it contains robot mode parts, this is hardly surprising. There's also a bladder on the back, part of the weapon for the robot mode. Overall, given the figure's gimmick and that it does have to transform into a figure, I don't mind these design compromises at all.
Deluge is cast mostly in white, blue, yellow and black plastic. These colors are pretty well distributed from the front to the back of the vehicle. A ton of the details on this figure come from stickers, which include a lot of gold stickers used mostly on the front and middle sections. This includes gold stries, a circle with a "Generation 2" Decepticon symbol inside of it and some orange stickers with gold circles. There are also stickers along the sides that say "Decepticon" (so much for a robot in disguise) and the number "5" is prominently displayed on four different stickers on the sides and spoiler. There is an interesting sticker that says "M. Edminson" on it, which I'm conjecturing was the name of someone who worked on the toy, or perhaps a friend and/or relative of a person who did. There is one fun sticker on there, a green and gold sticker saying "Bradley", a nod to the "Milton Bradley" branch of Hasbro. These stickers can all get a bit busy, but then again given that many race cars frequently have sponsor logos all over them it's not that much of a stretch.
Transformation to Robot Mode:
- Slide the spoiler/yellow engine section out and set it aside for now.
- Swing the sides of the engine piece up (these are the robot forearms).
- On the underside of the vehicle, you'll see the robot legs and feet. Swing that entire section down and flip the feet up.
- Swing the yellow panel in the center of the vehicle up.
- Rotate the rear section around to reveal the robot head.
- Swing out the white arm/shoulder pieces.
- Rotate the arm sections so the number "5" stickers face forward, then swing the forearms to the front.
- Connect the peg on the yellow piece with the hole in the center of Deluge's back.
- The weapon can be attached to either fist.
By the standards of the day, Deluge's transformation is actually fairly complex given that in 1984 Mirage was the first F-1 Race Car Transformer and his was much more simple (yet more effective in many ways). Deluge winds up looking wide and imposing in this form thanks to his shoulder armor and wide leg stance, but he also looks a bit awkward because the front of the vehicle takes up a lot of room on his chest. This is partly due to the wheels being right up against his arms if you have the forearms swung in the "up" position.
All that said, there are some nice details on the figure. The head design is neat with a central crest, light piping eyes and flat panels on the sides of the head that recall head designs such as those on the G1 Combiner figures like the Stunticon and Aerialbot "limbs". The legs have some nice detailing on them including horizontal and vertical line details along with triangles. The weapon design is a bit odd looking, partly due to the way it forms part of the vehicle's engine. It has a curved barrel section in the front leading to a big chamber in the back. The gimmick here is that you squeeze the bladder to get water into the weapon, then squeeze again to fire the water. The idea is that if water impacts a Color Changer, parts of them change. In this case, the greenish parts on Deluge's chest would turn white. Twenty years later, my testing of this color change shows it still works. What this signifies is never quite explained as even when these characters have appeared in comics they didn't go squirting water at enemies, but some have speculated this may be some type of acid attack "melting" away armor.
More blue plastic shows up on the lower body while most of the white plastic is concentrated on the upper body. The green section on the chest is the one that changes color. The head is painted blue with silver on the face. Two newly revealed stickers appear on the legs in the form of red squares with blue outlines.
Deluge has...brace yourself now...two whole points of articulation, this arms which can move up and down. That's it. This may sound horrible, but honestly at the time this was not all that unusual. In 1993, designs were only beginning to make the stylistic and functional leaps that would bring us the Cyberjets and "Beast Wars" era toys. By the standards of Generation One and parts of G2, this was not surprising at all.
Deluge is an ok toy, but definitely not the best of the lot. Other than a good vehicle mode and having him for the sake of completing your "Color Changers" set, I wouldn't recommend charging out to find him on ebay.