Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Huffer Toy Review

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Transformers Prime Beast Hunters

General Information:
Release Date: August 2013
Price Point: $9.99
Retailer: General release (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: "Roadshark" Missile launcher, Missile x 1

Images:

*Images with asterisks* and text below in italics from Amazon.com:
The Autobot construction engineer builds fortifications that can withstand a brutal dragon fire blitz! Predacons beware, because this Huffer Tech Specalist figure is a powerful Autobot and he's armed for big-time battle! He converts quickly to truck mode when the battle goes on the road. But when you convert him to robot mode, he'll keep his Predacon enemies on the run with his Roadshark missile launcher! Keep converting him back and forth so his enemies can't keep up! Transformers and all related terms are trademarks of Hasbro.

HufferLate summer 2013 brought about another wave of figures into the "Cyberverse" portion of the "Transformers Prime" line. This wave focused on redecos of existing sculpts. In Huffer's case, he is a redeco of , who in turn is a redeco and retool of Ironhide. There's kind of a fun little symmetry here as all three of these characters were classic G1 members of Optimus Prime's crew on the "Ark". Check out those previous reviews for details on the sculpt. This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release.\

Robot Mode:
Like and Ironhide he's instantly recognizable as inspired by the G1 character of the same name. His primary plastic colors are orange, gunmetal grey and a dark blue (that borders on a purple color). The orange is the big give away color showing this as a G1 Huffer homage. The purple is the other. The gunmetal makes up smaller parts like his thighs and the wheels (which are fairly obvious in this mode).

A good amount of paint detail has been put into this figure, with some of that detail trying to match up this Huffer's appearance with his G1 couterpart. His head, torso and legs all have blue paint on them, roughly matching the areas of G1 Huffer where he also had blue details. The other color used is silver which provides detailing on the torso and face, but more importantly the arms. G1 Huffer had silver arms, so the silver on the arms works nicely as a call back to that design. His eyes are painted light blue, the "standard color" for Autobot eyes in G1. Finally there is a tiny Autobot symbol painted in the center of his chest. This is also a callback to G1 Huffer who had an Autobot symbol in that area as well. Gunmetal grey paint is found on places like his shoulders and the cannons that flank his head. Overall, this deco looks fantastic. It is a really nice homage to G1 Huffer and the colors are bright and eye catching.

There were no sculpt changes made for this release. This includes the weapon which uses the same sculpt as Trailcutter's. All the joints are tight and the weapon's pressure firing mechanism works nicely.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Remove the missile launcher for now and set it aside.
  2. Swing the red panels on the arms out.
  3. On each arm, rotate the wheels so they are facing out to the sides.
  4. Swing the headlight panels on either side of the head up.
  5. Move the arms out to the sides and up.
  6. Rotate the upper body section around.
  7. Push each arm in, forming the top and front of the vehicle.
  8. Swing the headlight sections down.
  9. From each robot shoulder, swing the top panels out and connect them together.
  10. Push the robot feet up, then swing them inward.
  11. Connect the two legs together.
  12. Swing the legs in.
  13. Attach the weapon to the back or sides.

Vehicle Mode:
Like the robot mode, the orange plastic color makes up most of the vehicle mode. The front end shows off a lot of the gunmetal grey paint details including the front grille and blasters. A line of blue paint goes from the area above the front wheel well all the way to the back. Some silver shows on the angled armor pieces on the top of the cabin section while the windows are painted black. Once again, the colors do a great job of acting as a G1 Huffer homage and it's very different from its two predecessor sculpts.

The holes to connect weapons are still intact. I found the one on the top of the hood section a bit tighter than the same place on Trailcutter, but the weapon does still fit.

Final Thoughts:
I knowit's hard to consider buying a figure that's a straight up redeco, and even a bit tougher if it's technically the third release of the figure (retool or no retool). My take on it: this figure succeeds in paying homage to G1 Huffer brilliantly given that there were no mold changes. The colors are nice and vibrant and it's a fun toy. For me, this figure is definitely recommended!