Revenge of the Fallen Voyager Class Ironhide Toy Review

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

Revenge of the Fallen

General Information:
Release Date: May 2009
Price Point: $22.99 (varies depending on retailer)
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: Cannons x 2, Missile x 1

Images:

*Images and text from Hasbrotoyshop.com:
IRONHIDE has never been happier. It’s hard on a warrior to be on the defensive all the time, but that’s just what most of the war was – one defensive action after another. With MEGATRON defeated, and the DECEPTICONS on the run everywhere, it’s high time the AUTOBOTS went on the offensive. Working alongside the humans to hunt and destroy DECEPTICON hideouts around the world is the most fun he’s had in ages.

Prepare to do battle – AUTOBOT style! Unleash a missile attack with this fierce fighting figure in robot mode! Attachable arm cannons give this good guy extra battle power! In Topkick truck mode, this cool cruiser features a cannon that attaches to the truck bed! This battle is on – are you ready to roll out?

Detailed robot-to-vehicle figure features a launching missile and attachable arm cannons in robot mode and an attachable cannon in truck mode! Ages 5 and up.

Ironhide is back! In the opening scenes of "Revenge of the Fallen", the Autobot weapons specialist appears as part of a team in China hunting down Decepticons in hiding. While he did not get a new paint job in the film, he does get one in the "Revenge of the Fallen" toy line. Based on the figure from the first film, this release includes brand new weapon accessories. For a detailed look at this figure's first release, read my review from the 2007 movie toy line. This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release.

Vehicle Mode:
Ironhide has lightened up for this release. Most of the black plastic from the first version has been replaced with dark metallic grey plastic. This includes most of the panels that make up the parts of the vehicle mode. Some of the parts are still black however, including the wheels and some robot mode parts you can see if you flip the vehicle upside down. The windows are still translucent blue, but the shade is slightly darker than the one used on the 2007 version of this figure. The color change is fairly simple, but it is really distinctive from its source figure, something I always appreciate when it comes to a redeco. It also manages to keep the dark and rough "tone" of the character, something I appreciate.

On the front end of the figure the paint deco scheme is very similar to the first release. The lights on top of the cabin and the GMC logo are painted in red. The lights on the top of the headlights are orange. The grille is painted light grey, which contrasts well with the grey plastic that makes up most of the figure. You'll also find red on the sides of the vehicle in the form of lines running from the front doors all the way to the rear wheel wells. On each door is a rather elaborate logo with a globe, an Autobot symbol (wearing a red beret, seriously) with lightning bolts in the back. The words "Special Forces" curve under the Autobot symbol. The beret of course helps solidify the character's connection to the N.E.S.T. forces he has joined up with in the film to hunt down Decepticons. I appreciate the fact that this deco is not just a rehash of the first release's colors, but instead take some elements from it while changing up others. I dig the (perhaps unintentional) humor of having a beret on an Autobot symbol as well.

The 2007 Ironhide figure mounted the weapons underneath the vehicle mode, but this time out his weapons are in plain view on the truck bed. While they appear to be one solid piece, the weapons are actually two cannons, one shorter one and one longer one, similar to what is seen on screen in the movie. The smaller weapon acts as a base that clips to the four holes on the truck bed while the missile launcher attaches to that base. Both of these weapons are brand new sculpts. The cannon at the base is based on the cannon that Ironhide carries on his left arm in the movie, with an end that unfolds as it powers up. It has a wide base with an extra cylinder sculpted to the side, a feature that is present in the CGI model. The larger cannon mounted on the top is based on the cannon attached to Ironhide's right arm in the movie. This one has several small missiles around the edge of the barrel. The cannon itself is choc full of tiny tech details including wires, beveled surfaces and shapes including rectangles and ovals. It's really quite intricate and looks fantastic. Both weapons are cast in black and silver plastic. The outer cylinders are black while the ends of the cannons and the inner tubes are silver. The missile attached to the larger cannon is cast in the same metallic grey as the vehicle.

The bottom cannon has a barrel that extends outward, offering Ironhide a weapon to fire at anyone behind him in vehicle mode. The missile launcher on top can rotate in a circle and move up and down. Push the silver piece in the back forward and the front of the cannon rotates before the missile fires. It's a fantastic design and in a way, this substitutes as a "Mech Alive" feature since the figure itself doesn't have "Mech Alive" features but rather "Automorph" features that were used in the 2007 movie line.

Transformation to Robot Mode:

  1. Detach each of the weapon pieces and set them aside for now.
  2. Swing out the rear panels over the wheels.
  3. Flip the vehicle over and separate each half of the truck's rear section.
  4. Swing the front bumper down.
  5. Move the doors and halves of the front end out to the sides.
  6. Swing the rear section of the cabin up.
  7. Swing the robot head up.
  8. Swing each robot arm out to the sides, connecting the center holes of the tires to the pegs on the base of the head piece.
  9. Rotate the top section of the robot around.
  10. Connect the three pegs at the center of the body to the corresponding holes on the metallic blue piece that connects the two halves of the body.
  11. Fold each door in half.
  12. Swing the lower front panel of the robot legs forward. This activates the Automorph feature which slides several panels and the heel pieces out.
  13. Swing the rectangular piece up from the chest piece and then swing it back against the main body.
  14. Separate the cannons from each other and connect the longer cannon to his right arm and the smaller one to the left.

Robot Mode:
In vehicle mode Ironhide shows mostly new colors, with little of the black color used in his previous incarnation. In this mode however there are several more black parts revealed. His head, chest, forearms and lower legs are all cast in black plastic. Other parts such as his upper arms, fists, waist and thighs are dark metallic grey, like the outer panels of the vehicle mode. Also harking back to the first figure are gold paint applications on all the aforementioned parts. What's nice is that the decos are all done in different patterns than the 2007 version. For instance on the legs, the front of the ankles are painted gold instead of the knee armor. The arms of the 2007 version weren't painted at all, whereas very prominant gold paint apps are found on the forearms. It's a nice way to call back to the character's original colors while keeping him looking fresh.

All of the joints on Ironhide's upper body are still tight, but the legs are a tad more loose than the 2007 figure (not that the joints were exactly super tight on that version either). He doesn't flop all over the place, but usually I prefer a certain amount of tension in a joint knowing that in time it may become more loose with constant posing and transformations. Still, it's hardly a deal breaker.

Final Thoughts:
I really liked this figure the first time around, and this version has left me no less enthusiastic. I really dig the new deco and his new weapons are really cool. I'm especially fond of the missile launcher's launching mechanism, which differs quite a bit from the typical "trigger on top of weapon" design. I grant that this figure has been released three times already, so you may be sick of it already, and if you have all those I'd say stay away. However, if you're looking for a different take on the Ironhide character, I'd say this is a good bet. Highly recommended!