Transformers 2007 Movie Overcast Toy Review

in 2008, Action Figure Review, Decepticon, Movie (2007), Movie (2007)

Transformers Live Action Movie

General Information:
Release Date: Fourth Quarter 2008
Price Point: $9.99 (Depending on retailer)
Retailer: General Relase (Wal-mart, Target, Toys R Us etc.)
Accessories: Missiles x 2

Images:

*Images and text below from Transformers.com:
Unusually brilliant, OVERCAST has always tended to avoid the other DECEPTICONS, preferring instead to work in solitude on customized weapons systems he installs on his own body. He travels the galaxy inflicting his inventions on the unsuspecting, and now he has come to Earth to see how they measure up against the triumphant AUTOBOTS. Obscured behind a cloud generated by his built-in weather-makers, he drops nanite bombs capable of corroding and destroying even the most advanced machines.

Convert this awesome figure from robot mode to fighter jet mode and back again! Robot mode features two launching missiles to surprise an unsuspecting enemy!

While the Transformers movie was out of theaters by 2008, its release on DVD helped continue the line beyond the first year's worth of figures. This post-movie line was largely comprised of redecos from the movie line and other lines such as Cybertron. Part of this post-movie line was a sub-line called "Allspark Power" which included a redeco of Dreadwing named Overcast. This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release.

Vehicle Mode:
Overcast's primary color is black, replacing the grey color on Dreadwing. This is an appropriate color considering his name and his ability to manipulate the weather. While Dreadwing used the grey color on a lot of the parts on the underside of the vehicle, Overcast has silver in those sections instead. Smaller parts that were cast in black on Dreadwing are cast in silver on Overcast including his rear thrusters. The translucent plastic is no longer clear, but is yellow instead. You'll find this most visible on the rear "flame" missiles. You can see hints of the blue plastic that is found on most of the Allspark Power Transformers in this sub-line on the sides and as the triggers on the rear of the vehicle mode.

Color details are painted in neon yellow and silver. The neon yellow is found on the edges of his vertical stabilizers, wings and the edges of his rear thrusters. I really like the look of the yellow as it contrasts well against the black. Using the neon was a great idea as it looks almost as if the wings and stabilizers had energy glowing in them that is radiating from those sections. Silver is used for details that wrap around the nosecone and cockpit. On each wing is a silver Decepticon symbol, which are painted on in a very subtle manner, so while they're visible they don't stick out like a sore thumb. They're also used for tech details in the center of the jet, bringing attention to the sculpted details .

For those of you with long memories, you may recall that I really enjoyed the design of the Dreadwing vehicle mode sculpt. Based on the MiG-29 fighter jet (originally designed by the Soviet Union). At that time I felt that the vehicle mode was the strongest aspect of this figure, and I still stand by that statement. Seeing the figure in these colors, I have to say that I prefer these colors much more than the original.

Transformation to Robot Mode:

  1. Swing the rear fins down.
  2. Swing each rear half of the vehicle out to the sides, then up.
  3. Swing the jet wings up.
  4. Pull each half of the front of the vehicle out to the sides.
  5. Swing the nosecone down to reveal the head. Swing the panels on the side of his "eye" down.
  6. Swing the sensor pod on the bottom forward.
  7. Swing the black ends of the pod out.
  8. Swing each half of the pod out.
  9. Swing the small purple piece in the middle up.
  10. Swing each leg down.
  11. Rotate the waist piece so the purple piece in the center faces forward.
  12. Swing up the halves of each thruster to form the feet.

Robot Mode:
For the most part, the color swaps seen in the vehicle mode carry over directl here. The grey color from Dreadwing is largely replaced with black and the black plastic is replaced with silver. His newly revealed head and chest reveal translucent yellow plastic for his large eye that makes up his face and translucent clear plastic for the hoverfan and cockpit-like details in the center of his torso. His lower body shows off more silver and black as well. You'll find a lot of silver plastic revealed in this form on his back. While the black is a striking color, the silver looks great and offers some contrast and variety in the look of the figure. It also helps to bring emphasis to the sculpted details on the back including the angled lines running down his back and the raised cross hatch pattern.

A color that you'll find distributed amongst various small bits is electric blue. These parts include his shoulder joints, waist joint, hip joints and the neck. These parts are significant as they represent his "Allspark Power" aspect, a common theme running through the different figures in this sub-line. The silver already contrasts well against the black, but having the electric blue really adds a level to the color palette in this form and I like it a lot.

Like the vehicle mode, silver and neon yellow are the primary paint colors in this form. Silver is found on his face and torso. On the face it makes up part of the sides of his head as well as the area around his giant eye lense. The silver is also used for the two vent details on the bottom of his torso section. Neon yellow is found on his face as well. I was surprised to find that it was used to color his chin when the silver would have done just fine. The yellow is also found on his wings, helping to bring out the sculpted details which could have easily been lost in the black plastic. The yellow is also found on his thighs, coloring in the tech details under the hip joint. A tiny bit of black is found on his chest in the form of a tiny Decepticon symbol.

Final Thoughts:
Overall, I have to say my original distaste with this sculpt has mellowed a bit. I think part of it is because I've become more accustomed to the funky aesthetics of the movie characters, but at the same time this is just a very strong color scheme. I appreciate how very different it is from the original in both vehicle and robot modes. In particular, the robot mode paint decos seem to have been made to draw attention to sculpted details, something I always appreciate. i still think the lower body on this sculpt is just weird, but I'm not quite hating on this figure as much as I once did. I would place this as mildly recommended. While he is no longer on shelves at the time I am writing this review, he is still available on Hasbrotoyshop.com.