Revenge of the Fallen Evac Toy Review
Release Date: February 2010
Price Point: $11.99 (varies depending on retailer)
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: Helicopter blades/weapons x 2
- On Card
- Scan of Card
- Vehicle Mode
- Vehicle Mode (Right Side)
- Vehicle Mode (Left Side)
- Vehicle Mode (Back view)
- Vehicle Mode (Forward view)
- Vehicle Mode (Angle view)
- With Blazemaster (Vehicle Modes)
- Robot Mode
- Robot Mode (Side)
- Robot Mode (Back)
- Robot Mode (Close up)
- Robot Mode (Focus on head)
- Robot Mode (Angle view)
- Robot Mode (Posed)
- Robot Mode (Arm detail)
- Robot Mode (Leg detail)
- With Blazemaster (Robot Modes)
Part of the N.E.S.T. wave of figures is one of the few aerial based Autobots in the Transformers movie line. While the figure is a deluxe class, the character of Evac first appeared as part of the first movie line as a retool/redeco of Blackout, refashioned as a rescue craft instead of an attack helicopter. This version of Evac is a redeco of last year's Blazemaster. What's interesting is that while Blazemaster himself was a homage to a G1 character and figure, Evac is also a homage (more on that in the review below). This review will focus on the changes made to Blazemaster for this release. I recommend checking out his review for details on the sculpt itself.
Evac is a dramatic change from Blazemaster. Blazemaster had colors that leaned in the dark direction with his dark blue and gold tones. In sharp contrast, Evac's primary plastic colors are orange, light grey and translucent blue. The translucent blue seems to almost be the exact same shade as the one used on Blazemaster, but the other colors are much brighter. The light grey color is really eye catching when contrasted with the bright orange color. It's not a neon color, but rather one that you would find on a real life rescue vehicle. This classic color scheme is pretty much burned in pop culture as those used on a rescue vehicle, and similar shades have been used on other rescue vehicle based Transformers before including the previous Movie universe Evac. For those keeping track, in general the blue on Blazemaster is replaced with orange while the gold plastic is replaced with orange. The white rotor blades have been replaced with black ones that offer strong contrast to the lighter colors on the rest of the figure.
Like Blazemaster, Evac makes great use of paint decos to color over the plastic parts to give each section a uniform appearance. Orange paint can be found on the front end of the vehicle, most noticable on the panels under the side windows. Light blue is used to color windows along the side of the vehicle, something that Blazemaster did not have even though those windows were sculpted. I was really happy to see these painted details added in as it really helps distinguish this version of the figure from its predecessor. Yellow paint is used on small parts such as the top of the vertical fin in the back and a small band at the edge of the orange tail section. White is used for the word "Rescue" on the sides towards the front and Autobot symbols on the sides of the tail fin. Silver paint is used for the tubes on the sides of the rotor engine, which contrast nicely against the light grey plastic. The rear rotor details are painted silver as well, and they look fantastic against the orange plastic on the tail.
Black paint is found on the sides where they form an Autobot symbol inside a circle with wings on the sides, bearing some resemblance to the "Elite Guard" symbol from "Animated". Underneath that are hazard line patterns with the letter "C" and the number "72". All these details work together to form a very intricate looking vehicle, and he looks dramatically different than its predecessor, which is one of the hallmarks of a good redeco in my opinion.
If you're a Generation One fan, there will be something very familiar about Evac's overall color scheme. The way it is broken up and its shades bear some resemblance to the white and red colors that serve as the primary plastic colors for the G1 Autobot Blades, a member of the Protectobot Combiner team. While the orange is quite a shift from red, it matches the previous Evac release. What solidifies this homage link is the "C-72" deco. In Japan, the Generation One figures were given designations that in general started with a C or D and then a number. "C-72" was the designation given to Blades in Japan. Now personally I would have loved to see red instead of orange, and heck, the name "Blades" instead of Evac. Still, I think within the confines of the movie universe, it's a cool homage.
The spinning mechanism for the rotors still work very well and the landing gear joints are stiff. Considering this is only the second use of this sculpt, it makes sense that we wouldn't see mold degradation just yet.
Transformation to Robot Mode:
- Detach the rotors and fold of the blades on the halves together before separating them from each other.
- Swing up the panels on the underside of the vehicle behind the nose.
- Split the front windows of the helicopter apart then rotate them forward and down.
- Swing open the blue panels on the top of the windows.
- Split the tail sections and swing them outward.
- Swing the tail down on the central plastic piece running down the center of the vehicle's underside.
- Detach the sides of the vehicle from the top section and swing those sections down.
- Swing the nose of the helicopter down.
- Split the top engine section and swing the halves forward to form the robot arms.
- On each robot arm swing the thumbs forward and rotate the upper arms around so the forearms can swing forward. You can swing the panels together (that is how the officialphotos show it transformed) but I prefer them only partly closed.
- Pull each half of the tail rotor out a bit, and swing it down before folding each half of the rotor in.
- Swing each horizontal stabilizer so they point back.
- Swing the central hinged pieces up and connect the tail section to the white hinged section.
- There are notches in the center white hinge piece that connect to tabs on the white horizontal plastic strips that attach to the arms. Connect those together.
- Swing the tail piece against the back.
- Swing down each lower leg and angle the legs back in a "chicken walker" type pose.
- Attach the rotors to the underside of each arm.
As I put Blazemaster and Evac side by side, I was fascinated to see how his plastic color swaps were not necesarily a simple one to one exchange between the two. On some parts the colors are pretty much one to one such as the forearms which are a gold to light grey replacement from Blazemaster to Evac. However, other parts don't quite follow that. For instance, the lower legs on Blazemaster are white plastic, but on Evac the top part of the lower legs are orange and the the lower parts are wwhite. The hinges on his back are black, but the rest of the parts are white on Evac while they were all white on Blazemaster. I really like this color difference because it doesn't just rely on the colors themselves to differentiate the two figures but their color patterns as well.
In vehicle mode you may wonder where the black plastic came from in vehicle mode since the only other black parts were his wheels. In this mode it becomes more apparent that several white parts on Blazemaster have been replaced with black plastic including his thumbs. This shows that the white plastic on Blazemaster may not all necesarily reside on the same tree when the figure is produced, allowing for more variations on the design of this figure and potential future redecos.
Paint decos are also different in pattern in this form. Among the most noticable ones is the curved piece right in front of the head, the head deco itself and the deco on the sides of his legs. The curved piece in front of his head is painted grey with a black stripe on the top, the head deco has some yellow on the two tubes and silver for the face. On the legs, Blazemaster's sides were left mostly unpainted, but on Evac most of the sides are painted light grey. You'll also find silver deco on his feet, which is a nice bit of color to add onto the figure at the bottom. It draws your eye to the lower body and offers some nice contrast.
All of Evac's joints are still tight. Interestingly, his right arm rotor blade weapon holds on to the arm tighter than on Blazemaster, which was a pleasant surprise.
I will reiterate that this sculpt is not for everybody. Blazemaster and by association, Evac is a very funky looking robot (but a super cool looking vehicle). Sure he has blade weapons in robot mode, but they don't do a whole heck of a lot, so I admit my affection for this figure and its predecessor have a lot to do with their unique design as well as the homages they both represent. Recommended, but with the above caveats noted.