Transformers Prime Cyberverse Flamewar Toy Review

in 2012, Action Figure Review, Cyberverse, Decepticon, Legion Class, Prime, Timelines

Transformers Prime

General Information:
Release Date: September 2012
Price Point: $5.99
Retailer: General release (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: Blade/Blaster weapon

Images:

*Images with asterisks* and text below in italics from The Official Transformers web site:
DECEPTICON Spark Hunter

DECEPTICON FLAMEWAR has spent years preparing for the final battle against the AUTOBOT ARCEE. She has studied every one of her enemy's moves, and devised a strategy to counter it. Now she waits, her weapons ready, for the unwary AUTOBOT to wander into her trap. She stalks the Earth at the orders of the DECEPTICON leader MEGATRON, but every diabolical move she makes is carefully planned to draw her web ever tighter around AUTOBOT ARCEE.

Converting DECEPTICON FLAMEWAR action figure and friction rifle.

FlamewarWhen this toy was announced, I received a few "Congrats Ben!" pats on the back from friends. Why? Because in the pantheon of "Transformers" characters, Flamewar is one I can claim as "my baby". Back in 2005, when I helped plan Botcon for the first time, I was tasked with helping to create characters for the exclusive boxed set. One of the first characters I created was Flamewar, a Decepticon agent loyal only to Megatron and the ideals of the Decepticon cause. She was smart, strong and a survivor! Imagine my surprise years later when I saw "Flamewar" in the Hasbro display at Botcon 2012! I was ecstatic that whether directly or indirectly, my work had influenced something in a mass retail toy line!

Flamewar is a redeco of Arcee (as she was back in 2005) so this review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release. You'll want to take a quick look at Arcee's review for more detailed thoughts on the sculpt.

Robot Mode:
While the original Flamewar was cast mostly in black, this Flamewar uses another Decepticon inspired color: dark purple. Mixing it up with grey, she offers an immediate visual distinction from Arcee in tone. The character is literally and figuratively darker than her Autobot rival. The main paint color used to provide detailing is orange, which you'll find on her arms, chest, hip area and her head. A Decepticon symbol is painted in purple on the right side of her chest while silver is used on the waist area and her face. In true Decepticon fashion, her eyes are painted red. Amazingly, even with all this deco on the upper body, even the legs have some silver deco on the sides! This is a lot of detail for a Legion Class figure, and it reminds us that redecos sometimes allow a bit more freedom with the paint schemes than the original figures. Overall Flamewar looks great and the colors definitely evoke the character from 2005.

To further distinguish her from Arcee, this figure comes with the blade/blaster weapon that was included with the Legion Class Vehicon figure. It is cast in soft purple plastic and can attach to either of her fists or the holes on the "wings" for storage (though her balance gets a bit odd if you do so). The weapon itself has a hole on top that allows you to attach an additional weapon for extra firepower. All the joints on the figure are still nice and tight so there are no functionality issues here.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Remove the weapon if attached.
  2. Swing the Back panel forward to form the front of the vehicle and cover the robot head.
  3. Swing the arms back and connect them together to form the top of the motorcycle.
  4. On each leg, swing out the wheels, then connect them together.
  5. Swing the side panels in.
  6. The weapon can be attached on either side of the vehicle.

Vehicle Mode:
Flamewar's vehicle mode focuses on details that go with her name. Just as with her "Timelines" predecessor, Flamewar is mostly a dark color in vehicle mode (purple in this case) with flame details on the sides and front (painted in orange). Her wheels are grey and the silver paint details fro mher legs now really shine as details on the sides of the motorcycle including the mechanical bits showing through her armor panels. The windshield in front is painted silver as well, making her deco overall quite elaborate. I'm really happy that the flame details are not just on the sides but also on the front. To some it may seem a bit over the top, but I think that's kind of the point!

All the connection points for Flamewar's weapon are nice and snug. This includes the holes on the back of the seat. The wheels also roll without a problem. Overall there seem to be no degradation issues with the mold.

Final Thoughts:
I already liked this sculpt previously, but take a character I helped create and make it into a mainline toy? How can I not love this figure? It's also a neat way to add another "female Decepticon" to the ranks. Highly recommended!