Transformers Prime Cyberverse Tailgate Toy Review

in 2012, Action Figure Review, Autobot, Generation One, Legion Class, Prime, Cyberverse

Transformers Prime

General Information:
Release Date: September 2012
Price Point: $5.99
Retailer: General release (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: Dual barreled blaster


*Images with asterisks* and text below in italics from The Official Transformers web site:
When AUTOBOT TAILGATE was first partnered with ARCEE®*, they didn't get along. But as they fought alongside one another, dislike turned to respect, and eventually to genuine friendship. He was easily the equal of his partner in combat, and together they were a nearly unstoppable team. DECEPTICONS beware, because this AUTOBOT TAILGATE figure is as tough and smart as they come! In robot mode, your AUTOBOT TAILGATE figure's dual ion blaster keeps his DECEPTICON enemies at bay. Convert him to muscle car mode when he has a major need for speed, and snap his blaster onto the roof! Keep converting him back and forth as the battle rages on! Powerful robot-to-vehicle warrior figure! Dual ion blaster included! Blaster snaps onto the roof in vehicle mode! Convert him from robot mode to muscle car mode and back. Figure comes with accessory. Legion Class Series 2 014 AUTOBOT Commando

TailgateIn the "Transformers Prime" episode "Predatory", we were presented with a flashback to the war on Cybertron where Arcee was partnered with the Autobot Tailgate. To represent the character without breaking the budget, the CG model of Cliffjumper was reused but with primarily white coloring, inspired by the Tailgate character from Generation One. Now what was a brief cameo has turned into an action figure courtesy of Cyberverse Tailgate.

As you'd expect, Tailgate is a redeco of Legion Class Cliffjumper so check out that review for details on the sculpt. This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release.

Robot Mode:
Taking inspiration from his Generation One namesake, Tailgate is primarily cast in white plastic. He also has black parts on his upper arms, waist area and thighs. These basic colors provide a nice canvas for his paint applications. The most heavily used paint color is a beautiful metallic blue which is very close in tone to the aqua style blue used on Generation One Tailgate. These decos are found everywhere on the figure form his lower legs to the chest, shoulder armor and the head. On top of that he has some silver on his face and red is used to paint an Autobot symbol on his chest. Once again, being a redeco works in favor of the figure as he gets a lot more paint applications than his predecessor. The colors work together brilliantly and he immediately evokes his Generation One inspiration.

All of the joints on the figure are just as solid as those on Cliffjumper, but be warned, the ball joints can easily pop off if you tug too hard on them. The good thing is they snap right back. Unlike Cliffjumper, Tailgate comes with a dual barreled blaster, originally included with Legion Class Bumblebee. Instead of being cast in pink however, this weapon is a bright green, which I find to be a much more appealing color and it goes well with the colors of the character. The weapon still fits nicely into the hands of the figure and yes, it's still made out of soft, rubbery plastic.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Detach the weapon if attached.
  2. Rotate the robot feet around and swing them down and to the sides to form the doors of the vehicle.
  3. Swing the lower body back.
  4. Swing the robot arms and shoulder sections forward.
  5. Collpase the forearms against the upper arms and then tuck them in against the shoulder armor.
  6. Swing the shoulder armor/arm pieces together to form the front of the vehicle.
  7. Swing the leg sections forward and connect them together to form the sides and rear of the vehicle.
  8. The weapon can be attached to the top or sides of the vehicle.

Vehicle Mode:
Cliffjumper's vehicle mode is quite appropriate for Tailgate as well. In Generation One Tailgate transformed into a Firebird Trans Am, one of the sleekest cars of its time. In the same vein, "Transformers Prime" Tailgate also has a sleek form, but this time resembling more of a muscle car resembling the Dodge Challenger. In a coincidence of design, Tailgate has a layered covering on the back window very similar to a design on Generation One Tailgate, making the design even more appropriate!

This mode shows mostly white plastic, with the black plastic focused on the wheels. The windows are painted black, which matches the coloring from the Generation One figure. Where he stands out are his other decos. First the front end is painted silver, then that is surrounded by metallic blue which then goes back over the front of the forward wheel wells and the hood to form a beautiful flame pattern. The chest details from the robot mode carry over to the top of the cabin section and there's metallic blue on the rear window cover. That's a lot of paint for one mode! What's more impressive is how much of this carried over directly from the robot mode instead of being hidden. It's a wonderfully done deco that pays proper homage to the source character.

The weapon included with the figure attaches nicely to any of the three holes in vehicle mode (two on the sides, one on top).

Final Thoughts:
The only "ding" against the figure is the occasional ball jointed piece popping off, but that's easily fixed. Overall this is a fantastic homage that also helps bring a toy into the "Transformers Prime" line that only had a brief appearance on the television show. Recommended as a great way to boost your Autobot army and help you complete your cast of show characters!