Revenge of the Fallen Sonar Toy Review

in 2010, Action Figure Review, Decepticon, Movie (2007), Revenge of the Fallen

Revenge of the Fallen

General Information:
Release Date: January 2010
Price Point: $7.99 (varies depending on retailer)
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: None

Images:

*Images and text from Hasbrotoyshop.com:
If there’s one thing SONAR loves, it’s leaving the AUTOBOTS all wet. There are so few of them able to pursue him into the deep ocean that he spends his time taunting them from just off shore. He can’t help but laugh at his latest victim WIDELOAD, who idles, frustrated and dripping wet, just out of cannon range.

Add another warrior to your action-packed robot battles with this sinister SONAR figure. Start the excitement in robot mode on land and then convert him into stealth boat vehicle so he can tear his enemies by sea! Ages 5 and up.

Depthcharge was one of my favorite figures from the first wave of "Revenge of the Fallen" Scout Class figures. I'm not surprised that it was given a new deco for one of 2010's first Scout Class assortments, and as a Decepticon to boot. The alternate form of a warship lends itself to being a Decepticon and he does have a somewhat creepy look in robot mode so it fits in that sense as well. This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release.

Robot Mode:
Depthcharge had some dark colors in robot mode, but they were contrasted by lighter colors. In the case of Sonar, the Decepticon has a very dark color scheme overall. The parts that were light blue on Depthcharge are black on Sonar. The parts that were black no Depthcharge are now dark blue. The smaller joint pieces that are gold colored on Depthcharge are grey on Sonar. The color combination works very well and reminds me a bit of the color combination used on some interpretations of Batman (and in my book that's generally a good thing). It conveys the proper sense of darkness and danger that a Decepticon warrior should evoke. In concert with his rather formidable looking sculpt, it's a nice looking combination.

Color decos are done up in red, black and silver - a magic color combination on Transformers. The red is found on his robot eyes and his legs. I like the red on his eyes a lot. The color is so vibrant that it looks like it's glowing. Silver is the most heavily used color which you'll find on his head and torso. I like the torso details the most. the tubes on his mid-section are painted silver as are the vents on the sides. Right in the center of his torso is a silver Decepticon symbol. Black is most obvious on the top of his head, where it forms small camoflague deco patterns. There are more camoflague patterns, but you have to look carefully to see them. They are distributed on the parts that show in vehicle mode. The easiest to see are those on his legs. Overall it's an excellent color scheme and I like it a lot.

All of Sonar's joints are tight so there seems to be no wear and tear on the tooling just yet.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Rotate the upper body around so it faces the back.
  2. Swing out the vehicle mode tower portions out from the lower legs.
  3. Swing the robot thumbs down.
  4. Swing the shoulder pieces up and turn them so you can connect them together.
  5. Swing up each robot arm and tuck it against the main body of the vehicle.
  6. Connect the hold in the hand against the pegs on the sides.
  7. Swing the lower legs up and connect them together, covering up the robot parts including the head.

Vehicle Mode:
With most of the robot mode parts covered up in vehicle mode, most of the color you'll see in this mode is black. Look carefully however and you'll see the black camo patterns all over the vehicle. What is important to note is that the pattern is different than the one used on Depthcharge, and I was glad to see that. I think the laziest kind of redeco is where an old pattern is jsut repeated with new colors. That's definitely not what the designers did with Sonar. While some of the patterns look similar to those on Depthcharge, a closer look shows they're not, often curving and ending in different spots than those on Depthcharge.

The red paint details from the leg are the most obvious here, used for the windows on the main tower. I would have liked to see a bit of the silver paint used on the vehicle however. Still, the vehicle mode looks awesome and it definitely looks like a stealth vehicle of some sort. On another note, I cannot help but be reminded of "The Simpsons" parody of "Knight Rider" Knight Boat when I look at this figure in vehicle mode. I'm not sure this was intentional, but it is one heck of a coincidence!

Final Thoughts:
Sonar is an awesome redeco of Depthcharge. The sculpt is already highly detailed and cool looking. Giving it such a slick looking deco just makes it that much more worthwhile to hunt down. Highly recommended!