"Revenge of the Fallen" Dead End Toy Review

in 2009, Action Figure Review, Decepticon, Movie (2007), Revenge of the Fallen

Revenge of the Fallen

General Infovmation:
Release Date: July 2009
Price Point: $12.99 (varies depending on retailer)
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: None

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Text from Hasbrotoyshop.com:
Creepy, dark, and depressed, DEAD END has few friends, even among the DECEPTICONS®. He usually hangs out in the darkest corner of the room, where his eyes can glow to their greatest effect. He never speaks, unless it’s to say something gloomy. The other DECEPTICONS avoid him, which suits him just fine. The only time they’re useful to him is when they’re recharging, and he can sneak up on them to drain energy.

Team up with this DECEPTICON® defender and take on AUTOBOT® forces! This advanced conversion figure features MECH ALIVE gearing that really gets his spinning "saw blades" moving! Convert to a sleek sports car in vehicle mode and give the good guys a chase they won’t soon forget! Recreate exciting movie scenes or get rolling with your own adventures!

Mid to late summer 2009 saw the release of many new redecos in the "Revenge of the Fallen" toy line. Among them is the second iteration of the character Dead End in the "Revenge of the Fallen" toy line. The first was the Scout Class Dead End. The tech specs for both figures seem to indicate that they are one and the same, especially with the "he creeps out other Decepticons" line. This figure is a redeco and retool of the Sideways figure. This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release.

Vehicle Mode:
Like Sideways, Dead End is a modification on the Audio R8, most likely to avoid having to pay licensing fees for representing the vehicle in toy form. The silver on Sideways has been replaced with black plastic. The translucent plastic on Sideways has been replaced with translucent purple plastic. The headlights are made of clear translucent plastic as opposed to purple translucent plastic.

Detailing is done mostly with red stripes. There are two red racing stripes running from the back to the front of the vehicle, but in a nice change from the typical stripe design they actually narrow and come to a point on the hood. Not only is this different, but the narrowing portions of those lines seem to echo the lines of the hood itself, giving it an extra sleek appearance. The line details can also be found running along the bottom edge of the vehicles sides and around the edges of the wheel covers. On the left side door a Decepticon symbol is painted in a faded silver color and a bit of red is used on the inside of the rear lights which are cast in translucent purple.

It occurred to me just how appropriate these colors are for a character named Dead End. The vehicle mode seems to be a call back to the Binaltech/Alternators version of the character. That version was mostly black with racing stripes as well. The red color however is more of a homage to the original G1 Dead End, which was primarily red in color. I really like the use of a different deco pattern and red and black are almost always successful colors to put together on a Transformer.

Transformation to Robot Mode:

  1. Lift the top portion of the car up.
  2. Flip the car over and swing out each robot leg.
  3. Push in the grille in the front of the car and both front wheels will swing in to the center while a piece of the robot torso flips out.
  4. Swing out the doors and robot arm pieces to the sides.
  5. Swing the front of the car down and connect the clip on the robot waist to the red piece that flipped out in step three.
  6. Swing the panel with the robot head forward.
  7. Swing the back panel (the top of the car) against the back tightly and swing up each of the side windows. Then swing the rear of the vehicle into the trunk cover piece and tuck it against the back.
  8. Straighten out the robot arms and swing the door panels around in the back. You can rest them against his arm or have them up in plain sight.
  9. On each foot piece, swing the wheels around to the other side along with the panels next to them. You could (if you chose) use these panels as heel pieces to help him balance, but he doesn't really need them.
  10. Swing each black piece from the heels down to form armor over the front of the lower legs.
  11. Separate the headlight sections of the hood from the middle to give the chest a segmented appearance.

Robot Mode:
The major change to this figure is the new head sculpt. The head sculpt is interesting, with a top portion that slopes down leading to huge visor eyes with curves on the sides, looking like big sunglasses. The sides of his head have extensions with circles inside and his lower jaw is large and sticks out a bit at an angle. While it hasn't been said explicitely by Hasbro, I suspect that this head design was a play on the animated model from G1 (you can see it here on The TF Wiki). Like the G1 animation model's head, Dead End has the sunglasses shaped eyes and a he has a mouthplate. He even has slight extensions on the sides of his head. This version of the character seems to take those features and exaggerate them and add in more intricate details such as a network of honeycomb shapes in the eyes and grooves on the bottom of the jaw piece. I really like this head sculpt and it matches the tech spec - it is rather creepy looking!

The plastic substitution in this mode is fairly straight forward. The black plastic on the arms and legs have been replaced with dark red except for the small panels on the lower legs. Those remain black. Gold plastic replaces the silver parts on the legs and the panel with the robot head attached is now dark red as well. This color breakdown really pays homage to the G1 character more than the vehicle mode. Dark red, black and gold were all principle colors of G1 Dead End, so it is quite fitting that they make up a majority of the colors in this form. The gold and red are particularly nice together, offering a nice contrast to the black color found on every other part on this form. Interestingly, while his head does have translucent plastic on the back for light piping, his eyes were painted red so it really can't be used for that effect. This may seem odd but I personally love the use of the red, which is both appropriate for a Decepticon's eyes (in keeping with G1 cartoon tradition) and works with his tech spec which makes a point of mentoning his creepy eyes.

Paint applications are mostly done in silver, gunmetal and some in red and black. The two lines angling outward on the panel the head rests on are painted black, as are details on the top and middle of his head. The silver color is the most abundant, used for his fingers, his saw weapon and the V shaped detail on his mid-body area. Red and gunmetal are used on the robot face for the eyes and mouth respectively. A tiny bit of gold is used on details found on his arms and head, bringing emphasis to sculpted details such as the circles on either side of his head.

Final Thoughts:
I really like Dead End's head design and all the homages to previous Dead End incarnations are fantastic. They maintain the concept of taking elements of the original character from G1 and working them into the new character designs. Also, the semi-Audi R8 is just a sleek and cool looking car as well. If this guy interests you, I'd snap it up when you see it because while he was released months ago, I have not seen him on shelves since August (though he can be ordered online at Hasbrotoyshop.com at the time I am writing this review. Highly recommended!