Revenge of the Fallen Legends Class Long Haul Toy Review
Release Date: July 2010
Price Point: $5.99 (varies depending on retailer)
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
- On Card
- Scan of Card
- Vehicle Mode
- Vehicle Mode (Side)
- Vehicle Mode (Back)
- Vehicle Mode (Forward view)
- Vehicle Mode (Angle view)
- Vehicle Mode (Back View)
- Robot Mode
- Robot Mode (Side)
- Robot Mode (Back)
- Robot Mode (Close up)
- Robot Mode (Angle view)
- Robot Mode (Posed)
"Revenge of the Fallen" introduced the concept of Constructicons and combiner giants into the world of the live action movie Transformers. There have been several iterations of these characters in various forms including the Voyager Class Demolishor, Voyager Class Mixmaster and Voyager Class Long Haul. The Legends Class hasn't ignored the Constructicons either with the Legends Class Devastator and the recent Legends Class Rampage. Now another Legends Class Constructicon joins the fray in the form of Long Haul, a brand new sculpt and not the sculpt used for the Long Haul that can combine as part of the Wal-Mart exclusive set.
While combining is certainly part of the mystique of the Constructicons, by freeing the figure from the requirement of having to combine with other figures, the designers were better able to create a Long Haul figure at this scale that matched up with many of the details from the CGI model and the Voyager Class figure. The first thing to note is that the proportions of this figure are very thick and bulky looking, just like the character from the film. His arms are set wide, his head is rounded and flat while his legs are proportional to the rest of his body with thick lower legs.
Unlike the Legends Class Long Haul from the combining set, this figure has managed to incorporate many of the details from the CGI model including:
- Four of the wheels from the vehicle mode wind up on the shoulders in this mode, instead of the arms being made up of halves of the truck bed mechanism.
- The arms have much more detail including tubes and wires along with sharp looking pieces on the sides of the forearms (these details are used as blades in the larger Voyager Class figure).
- The lower legs have designs sculpted in at the ankles that look like springs connecting the upper part of the lower legs to the feet.
- The feet are designed to look like there are two large toes in the front and a small heel piece in the back.
- Behind the robot head are several rectangular plank shapes that come up vertically.
Other smaller details are integrated into the figure as well including tubes and lines on the waist, the "seat belt" like straps going across his chest and the grid like patterns on his upper legs. After looking at more streamlined Legends figures such as Springer, it is refreshing to see a figure of this class with so much sculpted detail on it. It's really quite impressive!
Long Haul is cast in three colors: green, gunmetal grey and black. The green makes up most of the figure including the arms, back, head and lower legs. The gunmetal color is used on the legs and the chest and joints leading to the arms. Black plastic is used for the wheels. These are the primary colors of the character from the movie, and interestingly enough the green is darker in shade than the combining Legends Class version of Long Haul, which gives it a more gritty and realistic feel.
Paint applications on this figure are done up in red, black and gunmetal in this mode. The upper body has some gunmetal paint on the middle of the body while the areas on the top of the chest have a mix of red and black details. The robot eyes are painted red, keeping in line with the idea of giving Decepticons red eyes while also matching the movie model.
Long Haul has four points of articulation in this mode, two for the arms and two for the legs. This isn't a lot admittedly, but they're ones that count. The arms can swing forward and back and the legs can kick up and down. Given the scale and the detailing on this figures' sculpt, I'm willing to forgive a certain lack of articulation.
Transformation to Vehicle Mode:
- Position the arms so they are down.
- Swing the arms in.
- Swing the panels on the knees forward.
- Connect the two lower legs together.
- Bend the robot legs at the knees to form the front of the vehicle.
- Connect the leg panels to the tabs on the robot arms.
In "Revenge of the Fallen", Long Haul is based largely on a Caterpillar 773B type dump truck. This giant truck is so huge parts of it have ladders for people to climb onto it. To avoid licensing issues, this vehicle mode is a very close approximation of the Caterpillar but it isn't an exact replica. Like the Caterpillar, the truck has four huge wheels, a very boxy and high front end grille with a driver's cabin section on the left side. The back of course has a truck bed with lines that angle down and then go straight back on the sides. There are some rather small but significant sculpted details including headlights, squares, cricles and yes, ladders on the front end of the vehicle. The sculpted details are really nicely done and I'm happy to see so many of them are raised rather than just being paint applications or something.
In this form, Long Haul is mostly green with black plastic used for the wheels. Gunmetal is used for the front grille while black Decepticon symbols can be used on either side of the truck. The color scheme is simple but works very well for the character. The vehicle has so much sculpted detail it looks great as it is.
Long Haul rolls on four wheels but his truck bed does not tilt back as part of his functionality in this mode. That's about all I expect from a Legends Class figure anyhow so to me this is a cool vehicle mode that looks great.
Long Haul is a really fantastic Legends Class figure. It looks great, the paint decos work well and it has a fun transformation for a Legends Class figure. Highly recommended!