Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Blight Toy Review

in 2013, Action Figure Review, Beast Hunters, Cyberverse, Legion Class, Predacon, Prime, Terrorcons

Beast Hunters

General Information:
Release Date: July 2013
Price Point: $5.99
Retailer: General release (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: Affliction Hammer/Cannon weapon

Images:

*Images with asterisks* and text below in italics from The Official Transformers web site:
This incredibly powerful warrior crushes all opposition with one blow from his mighty hammer!
Autobots beware, because this Blight figure is one mean Predacon! He's scary whether he's in fierce robot mode or savage dragon mode. If Predacon power isn't enough, he's got a deadly weapon in his Affliction Hammer! Keep converting him back and forth so his Autobot enemies can't keep up!

Includes figure and accessory. Legion Class Series 3 010 Blight Savage Destroyer. Ages 5 and up.

BlightIn the "Beast Huntersa" series, clones of ancient Transformers have been created to find the Autobots who have been in hiding on Earth. This new iteration of "Predacons" are part of the "Predacon Alliance", a whole new faction of Transformers borrowing a name from the "Beast Wars" era. Some of these warriors draw their inspiration from Generation One, specifically the team known as the "Terrocons". These five Decepticons each transformed into a robot and monster. When necessary they could also combine into a giant robot named Abominus. History repeats itself once again as Terrorcon inspired Predacons join Predaking's forces. The mid-2013 wave of Legion Class figures included "Blight", inspired by the Generation One Terrorcon known as "Blot".

Robot Mode:
Blight is inspired in design by the G1 Terrorcon known as "Blot". Blot transformed into an undefined monster of some sort and most of the beast mode wound up being part of the robot mode, just with extra bits flipped down. In sharp contrast, Blight has a fully formed robot mode with hints of his "beast" like alter-ego. Very little of Blot's design carries over here. Instead, the designers decided to go a different direction and create a somewhat original looking creature. The one rather small connection to the original Blot is the design of the torso. Here, the torso is made to look like the best mode head is folded down to form it, but that's not the case. Instead, the details sculpted onto the torso including a raised ridge down the middle are a solid piece that is separate from the beast mode head itself.

Like Blot, Blight has a very brutish appearance. His arms and legs are thick and spread out wide, giving him an impression of a brawler in a battle stance. His arms are also out rather wide and his head is set forward a bit, giving him a slightly hunched over appearance. Even though this is his robot mode he has claws on his feet and claw like details on his shoulders. Other "beast" like details include horn like pieces on his knee armor and small fang details on the chin piece under his mouth plate. Add in his hammer weapon (a redeco of Twinstrike's weapon) and the picture of an ogre like creature is complete.

Where Blight and Blot do align nicely are their colors. Blight is mostly made up of lavender and dark blue plastic, similar colors to his G1 inspiration. The two colors are distributed nicely, with the dark blue making up most of his arms, torso and lower legs wh ile the lavender makes up smaller parts like his fists, thighs and feet. The hammer is cast in gunmetal grey, giving a darker tone than Twincast's silver hammer. Paint colors on this figure include red, silver, yellow, lavender and grey. That's quite a range of colors for a figure of this size and I was pleasantly surprised by the variety. The yellow is used for detailing on his shoulders, the center of the torso and his knee armor. The grey can be found on his chest while the robot face is painted silver with red eyes. A tiny yellow Predacon symbol can be seen on the right side of his chest as well. Overall he looks great!

Blight has eight points of articulation. I admit I'm being very generous here by counting his fists swinging in (a function of his transformation) and his lower legs swiveling in and out (also a function of his transformation). The best points are his hips and shoulders, which both have ball joints that allow for a good range of motion. His weapon can be held in either hand as a hammer or cannon. He also has two holes on each thigh that allow you to attach a Cyberverse 3mm peg weapon.

Transformation to Beast Mode:

  1. Detach any weapons on the figure and set them aside.
  2. Swing the chest piece out, swing the robot head back then swing the chest panel back into place.
  3. Swing each robot fist in.
  4. Push the robot arms in.
  5. From the back of the figure, swing the beast mode head up and over.
  6. Straighten out the beast mode arms and legs.
  7. Rotate the beast mode arms (aka the robot legs) around so the robot feet (now the beast mode claws) are up on top of each hand.
  8. You can attach the hammer weapon to the back or shoulders.

Beast Mode:
In Generation One, Blot's beast mode was never quite given a full description. He was a "monster" of some kind, but exactly what is unknown. Blight's general structure very much resembles that "monster" form, except a bit more definition has been put on the head/neck area, giving him a vaguely dragon-like appearance. Where he is similar to Blot is the overall structure. Two long arms with clawed hands, a hunched over head that sticks out in front, legs set in a wide stance with bent legs. Where he differs are the smaller details, especially those on the head/neck section. There he has a ridge that runs from the nose all the way the back with indentations running along the edge. This looks almost like a frill on some fictional dragons. His head has thin eyes and proportionally large teeth and a huge jaw. Overall I love the look, you can see its G1 roots, but it is distinctive in its own way. The only distracting detail are the robot fists, which kind of just hang out on the sides of the feet. I wish they had tucked all the way into the legs instead.

Due to the way he transforms, Blight's various colors carry over in this form, they just get flipped upside down. The main "new" piece is the beast mode head, which has blue on top, grey on the bottom and yellow along the ridge on the top of the head.

Just like the robot mode, Blight has eight points of articulation in this form. Perhaps the best parts are the arms, which you can put into a variety of positions You can attach the hammer to the back where it looks like a cannon or a melee weapon ready to go. He can also hold the weapon in his jaw (which looks silly frankly) or attach it to the holes on his shoulders. My preferred way of attaching the weapon is putting it on his back. To me, it's just more aesthetically pleasing.

Final Thoughts:
Blight is a fun little toy. Because of his hunched over stature, he winds up looking a bit smaller than Twinstrike (and definitely smaller than Hun-Gurrr) but he definitely works as a Legion/Legends sized figure. Recommended!