Transformers Movie (2007) Incinerator Toy Review

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Movie 2007

Incinerator General Information:
Release Date: 2007
Price Point: $19.99 (depending on retailer)
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Wal-Mart, Target etc.)
Accessories: None

Images:

Images with asterisks (*) above and text below in italics from Amazon.com:
Convert this intense DECEPTICON® warrior from raging robot to helicopter vehicle! * Pull back the choppers lever to spin the dual rotors that become spinning battle blades when this awesome INCINERATOR figure is turned back to robot mode!e! * By land or by air, this determined DECEPTICON soldier is ready to do battle! * For age 5 and up

Tech Specs:
Since the end of the war and the destruction of Megatron, more and more individual Decepticons have been appearing on Earth, chasing rumors that their leader still lives. Most choose to remain hidden from the Autobots who have stayed behind to defend the world, but not Incinerator. He’s actively hunting AllSpark-enhanced Autobots, reasoning that one of them must know where Megatron is. When he catches an Autobot, Incinerator takes him on a little ride, swooping and diving dangerously, hovering over canyons and volcanoes, and generally terrifying whatever information he can out of his victim. When he’s done, he just finds the deepest hole he can and drops his helpless prey in.

Strength: 7  Intelligence: 5  Speed: 7  Endurance: 8  Rank: 4  Courage: 9  Firepower: 9  Skill: 4

If you've seen any of the live action "Transformers" films, it's clear that director Michael Bay tries to really make the military shine in these movies. They're often fighting alongside the Autobots and he has a way of making sure you get some glorious shots of military hardware. Among the vehicles featured in the first live action movie was the V-22 Osprey, an aerial vehicle with two large rotors that can be positioned vertically or horizontally. In the film we never saw any Transformers become an Osprey, but Hasbro took the vehicle's appearance in the film as the jumping off point to create an "off screen" Decepticon: Incinerator!

Vehicle Mode:
Many Earth-based vehicle forms for Transformers characters often have their source in a real life vehicle, however for licensing reasons they are usually altered significantly in some way, shape or form. With cars, this can sometimes mean the front end of one car with the back design of another car. In the case of Incinerator, it takes a moment to figure out just what is different between him and a real-life Osprey. The most obvious difference is the inclusion of a radar dish on the top of the tail section. The other major difference is much more subtle. Each of the rotor/engine sections have air intakes that are found on the back of the engine sections whereas the real life Osprey has them on the front. The cockpit section's shape differs slightly from some versions of the Osprey but overall the shape aligns with what you'd expect and it makes the vehicle form instantly recognizable.

Look over the surface of this vehicle enough and you'll find a ton of small details. These include wires running into the engine section of each rotor, small vents and raised panels on the bottom and what looks to be a sensor pod (or perhaps a camera) mounted on the front of the cockpit. These details help make the vehicle feel more like something you'd encounter in the "real world" of the movie universe and they look great!

Incinerator is cast in silver, grey, black, metallic purple, clear and light blue plastic. The silver makes up most of the vehicle's top section with the grey used for the bottom area. The black is used on the rotors. The cockpit cover is clear plastic. The purple comes from the robot mode, but it peeks through here on the underside of each wing along with the blue. The blue was a color used across several toys released around this time known as the "Allspark" line. Many of these were exclusives to stores like Target, but Incinerator was one of the mass releases. The blue is a bit glaring, though I understand the desire to link the Allspark "energies" seen in the movie with the action figure.

Paint colors on this figure include grey, black and light blue. The grey is used across the wings, along the edges of the rear stabilizers and on the cockpit section. These help break the potential monotony of the silver plastic sand it looks great, bringing some contrast in color to the look of the vehicle overall. The lighter blue is used on the radar dish, painting in an arrow detail at the back of the dish. Some black paint is used for a military "wings" style logo with the Decepticon symbol in the center. This is found in the section right behindthe cockpit. I like how subtle the detail is. With the black on grey, you could almost miss it, which works for a robot in disguise!

In terms of play value, there are a couple things you can do here. First, there are three pieces of landing gear on the bottom of the vehicle, one in front and two towards the back. Another fun feature involves the rotor engines, which can be positioned facing up or forward. The real fun comes with the figure's action feature. On the back, pull the radar dish back and the rotors spin! It's a neat little feature that breathes life into the figure and simulates a real life action.

Transformation to Robot Mode:

  1. Pull gently on the ends of each wing section, separating the wings in half.
  2. Pull the wing sections with the rotors down.
  3. Split the lower half of the vehicle to begin forming the robot legs.
  4. Swing each of the robot legs down.
  5. On each leg, swing both small panels covering the purple thigh sections down.
  6. Swing each end of the legs up to form the robot feet.
  7. Rotate the lower legs around so the feet point forward.
  8. Straighten out each leg.
  9. Swing the cockpit section down. Push the cockpit against the hip/waist section to snap it into place. The spring behind the hip/waist section will bounce the piece back a bit - it's meant to provide some resistance to hold it in place. As you do this the cockpit cover will split and reveal the chest along with the robot head.
  10. Straighten out each of the rotors to form the robot arms, then swing them forward at the shoulder joint.

Robot Mode:
When fans first saw this figure, one of the first characters they mentally associated him with was Beast Machines Obsidian. Obsidian was also an Osprey like vehicle in his alt form and in robot mode, the two characters shared some characteristics including a chest with a cockpit section on it, funky arms and thin legs that could be connected together to form a "tail" of sorts. I totally get this association and made it myself. However, in many ways Incinerator stands on its own as a rather unique figure, especially in the world of the live action movie toys.

I think nowadays fans are very much accustomed to parts of the vehicle mode integrating nicely into the robot form of a Transformer. Sometimes this means the parts of the vehicle become limbs, other times they become armor that fits nicely over robot parts (or not so nicely in other cases). With Incinerator, the designers decided to take another track. A good chunk of the vehicle mode winds up on Incinerator's back, however it does serve a purpose. Incinerator's rotor spinning functionality still works in this form (which in itself is awesome) and having that piece of the vehicle form on his back allows you to hold the figure, have his rotors spinning away while having him "fly" as you hold the figure and whoosh it around your pretend battlefield. Remember, ultimately these are toys and meant to be played with, and there's so much detail on this figure, the aesthetics of having the "handle" on the back really don't hurt it at all. Indeed, there are details on the inside and sides of the "handle" that really help make it a convincing part of the robot mode. These details include wires and other mechanical details. I lead with talking about this because some fans may find this design choice obtrusive and dismiss the figure right away because of it - and if you do I totally get it, I just don't feel the same way.

The other design choice some fans may have trouble with are his hands - or rather - his lack thereof. Instead of traditional fists or even claws, Incinerator's vehicle mode rotors become his hands. Now, fan imaginations are fertile and it's not hard to imagine his rotors bending into fingers, but they don't and instead remain static. Again, I can see how this would turn someone off to the figure, but I think it's cool as it's rather unique and with the action feature in place, it actually looks pretty cool as you imagine his rotors spinning and attacking an enemy.

One of the things I really love about this figure is the sheer amount of sculpted detail. His shoulders have layer upon layer of detailing including circles, overlapping lines and wires. The center of his chest has a circular compartment with a small "nuclear" symbol in the middle. His thighs have fantastic details that include a piston embedded in the middle with armor plates sculpted over it. The head sculpt is also quite impressive, with a curved helmet section that has a crest on top with visor eyes (among a plethora of other details). Overall you can stare at this figure for quite some time and really get a sense of how much care and love went into the sculpting.

In this form, the grey and silver colors are still present but now you get to see the metallic purple and light blue shine on the upper arms, chest, waist and thighs. The splash of color is most welcome and offer a visual metaphor for the vehicle "exploding" to reveal something hidden inside! Some paint is used in this form. Among my favorite details are a black Decepticon symbol painted on the top of the helmet and light blue details on the upper arms and in the aforementioned rods inside the thighs. They even painted the interior of one of the panels that forms the lower legs, something that is rarely done with Transformers figures. Overall the figure looks great and is very eye catching!

In addition to the rotor gimmick, Incinerator has twenty one points of articulation. This includes five points on each arm/shoulder and leg. He can't really hold anything and he wasn't built to have weapons attached to him - but with the rotor gimmick I really don't miss that feature at all.

Final Thoughts:
Incinerator is one of those toys I had forgotten that I really liked, and I'm really glad I dug him up after all these years to review. He's a fun figure and it's a shame we haven't seen a redeco of him yet. It has been suggested that he may be too close in design to the real life Osprey for a release without a license. I suspect cost of the gimmick is another issue. Either way, I really dig this figure and I think fans should give it a chance whether you're a fan of the movie series or not.