"Generations" War for Cybertron: Siege Trenchfoot Toy Review
Release Date: July 2019
Price Point: $49.99 (In a multi-pack with Sideswipe and Trenchfoot)
Retailer: Amazon Exclusive
Accessories: "JF-10 A2A Proton Missile Launcher", "W-10 Smokecloak Blaster"
Official images and text below in italics are from Amazon.com:
- Final Strike figure series collection: discover the 2-part final Strike series where 2 strike teams on opposite sides of the war for Cyber Tron clash in a single mission. Explore both sides through 2 exciting packs: this wfc-s26 3-pack and the wfc-s27 deception phantomstrike Squadron (sold separately, subject to availability).
- Figure special edition pack: Autobot alphastrike counterforce pack includes slamdance, a G2 deco'd covert Clone Sideswipe, and a battle Masters figure. Part 1 of the final Strike figure series.
- Complete the mission battle scene: line up this package with wfc-s27 deception phantomstrike Squadron (sold separately, subject to availability) to complete mission battle scene!
- Customizable weapon load out: Includes 4 weapon accessories that can attach to figures in custom configurations and a fire blasts accessory to simulate battle effects!
- Amazon exclusive: celebrate the War for Cyber Tron trilogy with this special edition wfc-s26 Autobot alphastrike counterforce 3-pack.
Skyward and the Deception phantomstrike Squadron have been attacking key Autobot positions, launching quick strike surprise attacks. The Autobus alphastrike counterforce: slamdance, a Clone of Sideswipe built for covert operations, and trenchfoot -- must analyze deception attack patterns, anticipate the next target, and counterstrike. This Autobot alphastrike counterforce pack includes 3 figures: deluxe slamdance, a G2 deco'd deluxe covert Clone Sideswipe, and a battle Masters figure, trenchfoot.
The Autobot Alphastrike boxed set included a Battle Master named Trenchfoot. This is a new character whose name does not exactly have the most pleasant meaning but he is a new character and that's always cool. Also, having a Battle Master in the set helps tie in the play pattern in Siege to this boxed set. Trenchfoot is a redeco of Caliburst and Blowpipe, so you may want to check out those reviews. This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release.
Once upon a time boxed set of redecos were the provenance of special events such as Botcon. However, Hasbro has really ramped things up with the packaging for these exclusive sets. Instead of a window box, this box has artwork that wraps around to one side. The art features all three (or four depending on how you look at it) characters in the box in the middle of a battle scene on Cybertron. The beauty of this artwork is that it is intended to connect to the artwork on the boxed set that includes Skywarp! You can actually see the combined art here. The rest of the packaging includes traditional packaging elements such as the vertical "Transformers" logo and the "Siege" logo towards the bottom.
The back of the packaging uses many of the same design elements as the rest of the Siege toyline including a blue background with a honeycomb pattern and metallic looking borders. The name of the boxed set is the "Autobot Alphastrike Counterforce" set, but early solicitations referred to it as the "Firestormers" set, a reference to a team of Autobots in the first issue of the Generation 2 comic book. Each character is listed separately. Sideswipe (named "Covert Clone" here) is said to have a 16 step transformation. Trenchfoot has 5 steps and Slamdance has 6 and 11 for Grand Slam and Raindance respectively. The corner has a cosell of the Decepticon Phantomstrike Squadron. Overall this packaging is beautiful and I appreciate the obvious care that went into it.
Trenchfoot includes the same Blast Effects as Caliburst. The front is a fireball type effect and the back is a fire trail. Interestingly, on Caliburst you could easily pull apart these two pieces to use separately. This time out, the two pieces are stuck together. Instead of being molded in translucent purple, this effect is a orange/yellow fire color and it looks fantastic.
It is my belief that Trenchfoot's colors were chosen to match him up with the "Covert Clone" Sideswipe figure included in this set. Like Sideswipe, his two main colors are black and red, with black making up the arms, legs and weapon barrels. The torso and head are red plastic. His face is painted black with the visor eyes painted yellow. Surprisingly, additional white paint is used on the torso section. Caliburst, in comparison, has about three less paint applications. It really feels like the designers wanted to go one step beyond a normal retail release for this set and I am glad that extended to the Battle Master.
All the joints on my copy of this figure are nice and tight. The weapon barrel piece on his back pops off without a problem to attach to his arm as a weapon. Of course, attaching the Blast Effect on top of that can cause an imbalance (hence me using a smaller Blast Effect in the photo above).
Transformation to Weapon Mode:
- Swing the weapon barrel over the head.
- Swing the hips back, then swing the legs forward and tab them into the slots on the weapon barrel section.
- Move each arm back and up and tab them into the hips.
- The Blast Effect can attach to the end of the longer weapon barrel.
While his robot mode deco looks great, the colors really wind up simplifying down to red and black in weapon mode. Most of the weapon is black with the red parts sticking out underneath via the peg. This is not a huge deal to me, but I could see some customizers wanting to paint in some of the sculpted detail on the front facing sections.
The connection point for Blast Effects still works without a problem and of course, you can attach additional weapons with 3mm pegs to the sides to create a "super weapon".
Trenchfoot is sort of the cherry on top of the whipped cream in this Sundae of a boxed set. He ties the set into the larger play pattern of Battle Masters and Blast Effects and offers up a new character to boot! Overall I really love this set. Every figure looks great and the packaging is beautiful. Recommended!
- Fun play pattern.
- Really nice deco for a Battle Master.
- Introduces a new character into canon.
- No retooling (though I don't really mind).