Transformers Revenge of the Fallen Legends Springer Review

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Revenge of the Fallen

General Information:
Release Date: May 2009
Price Point: $5.99 (varies depending on retailer)
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: None

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Text from Hasbrotoyshop.com:
Quick conversion AUTOBOT SPRINGER figure goes from robot mode to awesome airplane in vehicle mode in a flash! No matter which mode you choose for battle, this AUTOBOT ally is ready to take on the DECEPTICON enemy!

"Revenge of the Fallen" is set to introduce a whole bunch of new characters into both the Transformers movie universe and Transformers lore. Since the first movie, there have been many "off screen" characters introduced, some based on G1 characters of the same or similar names. Air Raid, Breakaway and Cliffjumper were all examples. Now, a new one has emerged: Springer! The name comes from the G1 character first introduced in the G1 animated movie. That Springer had the ability to change from a robot to a helicopter and a car. This time around, Springer has a more simple two mode transformation, but he's still a green aerial vehicle with rotors!

Robot Mode:
While he may take his name from a G1 source, the way Springer looks seems to borrow from another generation of Transformers altogether: Beast Machines! Specifically, he reminds me a lot of Obsidian. The three features that most stand out in this comparison are the head design, the chest and his legs. The robot head has a somewhat long design with a triangular "mouth" and thin eyes that look as if they're facing some bad guy down. His chest is made up of the cockpit section from the vehicle mode, something Obsidian also had. His legs are made up from the rear half of the vehicle, with vertical stabilizers forming parts of his "feet". Connect the two legs together and he even looks like the Beast Machines Vehicon general in his "floating" form.

Despite his similarities to Obsidian, he does have some more unique features. Most notable are the rotor blades on his wrists, which look like they make for deadly weapons. Each ca be spun around and sculpted right next to them are hands in a slight open handed position. One detail I like a lot is the way his chest flattens out a bit by having the end of the nosecone swing down to form his waist piece. His shoulders also look considerably different than Obsidian's, with high reaching armor pieces that look like they protect the area around his head.

Springer is cast primarily in metallic dark green and metallic grey colors (looking almost like gunmetal). Parts such as the upper arms, fists, chest, head and legs are cast in green whereas the forearms and feet are cast in metallic grey. Paint applications are done in gunmetal and two shades of orange. The orange on his chest is darker than the orange found on his arms and head. His eyes are colored red while there are some blue stripes on the sides of his upper body. To draw the comparison out to Obsidian further, these colors are very much like his including the green and bright orange colors. I love the metallic flake in the colors, it gives the figure a much richer look than flat colors would. Kudos to that nice touch.

Springer has four points of articulation. I'm not counting his feet, which can only turn one way. His mobility is rather limited, with his forearms only able to move up and down and his legs only being able to move a tiny bit back and forth. As mentioned earlier, his blades can spin as weapons. While it's sad that his range of motion is so limited, the fact is that Springer looks pretty incredible in this form with his rather exaggerated pose and big arms on a body with relatively skinny legs. He looks like a mech that means business and is somewhat reminscent of something that would come out of one of my other big robot franchise loves: Battletech.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Connect the robot legs together.
  2. Swing the robot feet up.
  3. Swing the robot chest up.
  4. Swing out the nosecone.
  5. Swing the robot arms up and connect the shoulder pieces together.
  6. Swing each robot fist down.

Vehicle Mode:
Staying true to the movie themes of using vehicles that are found in the "real world", Springer transforms into an Osprey (V-22) inspired vehicle. Like its real life counterpart, Springer's vehicle mode has a rounded nose with a cockpit that angles upward to a "hump" in the middle of the vehicle. Each wing has a set of rotor blades attached to a cylinder which are themselves attached to the wings. The tail is a thinner piece with vertical stabilizers on the back. On the middle section are small buldges to the side. The only details which differ significantly from the real V-22 are the foot pieces that wind up under the tail of the vehicle and the wings sticking out the sides of the rotor engine bases. It is a slight bummer that the arms can't swing upward to give the vehicle its more familiar profile with the rotors facing up, but in a Legends Class figure that's a bit much to expect methinks.

No color surprises pop up in this form. The bright orange circles from the robot mode arms wind up in the middle of the wings here like large spotlights. His left wing has the letters "5PR1" stamped in gunmetal paint. The other wing has "N63R" stamped on it. His cockpit windows are dark orange and you can see a silver Autobot symbol on the nose of the vehicle. The colors look great and he really does look like something the military would use and not a bright, neon colored fantasy vehicle.

Final Thoughts:
Springer is a neat little figure. The biggest strike against him is the lack of posability (even for a Legends Class). Still, I love the way he looks and his wrist weapons are super neat. Recommended.