Cybertron Toy Reviews: Blurr

in 2005, Action Figure Review, Autobot, Cybertron, Galaxy Force, Velocitron / Speedia

Cybertron

General Information:
Release Year: November 2005
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart)
Price: $10.99 (Depending on Retailer)
Accessories: Guns x 2, Missiles x 2, Planet Key

Blurr Packaging art
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Tech Specs:
A former race champion, Blurr retired years ago and has since made a career coaching younger speedesters in the subtleties of racing. He is a tough teacher, with a gruff personality that often comes across as bad-tempered to those who don't know him. Long-time students of his know, however, that his demanding temperament hides a gentle Spark. He is tough on those who come to him for training because the takes their successes and failures personally, and he requires no less of his students - and himself - than their best.

Strength: 7 Intelligence: 8 Speed: 9 Endurance: 7 Rank: 7 Courage: 9 Firepower: 7 Skill: 9

When Takara released its Galaxy Force line, some of the earliest figures announced were redecos/retools of figures from the Armada series. These gained particular attention because each was clearly a homage to a character from a previous Transformers series. One of these was Blurr, who is not only a homage to G1 Blurr, but also a redeco/retool of the Armada toy of the same name.

Each Cybertron Transformer comes with a Planet Key with a code printed on it. Backstop's code is d0y2. Unlocking this at transformers.com gives you the following text:

This toy is actually an homage to the Generation One super-speedy Transformer Blurr. Blurr was introduced in 1986 in the original theatrical release of Transformers: the Movie and served under the command of Ultra Magnus and later Rodimus Prime. Blurr is the fastest Autobot known and was known for talking too fast for anyone to even understand what he was saying. Blurr also was in almost every episode of the Generation One TV series season three, and this is his first reincarnation into a modern Transformers toy line!

Vehicle Mode:
Cybertron Blurr is a redeco and retool of the Armada Blurr figure. More recently, this figure was used for the Transformers Universe Swerve figure.

Blurr's vehicle mode is a super sleek race car. While the front end's sculpt has not been changed, the back end has been significantly changed. The central part is no longer flat and smooth, but rather curved, leading to two oval shaped turbines in the back. On the sides, the Mini-Con points have been replaced with vent and engine details complete with tubes extending downward. Even the missiles have been changed to look more like gun barrels. The new engine details are quite appropriate, as Blurr is portrayed as one of the race champions of Velocitron, the Speed Planet. Details emphasizing his engine power were a smart way to go in differentiating this figure from its predecessors.

The most significant change is in the mechanism which activates the vehicle mode's "flight mode". Before, you would have inserted a Mini-Con (either Incinerator or Roadhandler) to make the sides of the vehicle fold down into wings. Now, this mechanism has been replaced with one activated by a Planet Key instead. Insert the Planet Key in the slot in the back, and the sides fold down. Doing this reveals another sculpt change: the weapons. Whereas before the missile launchers had Powerlinx points for Mini-Cons, they now have more traditional trigger tabs that you press to launch the missiles.

Blurr's color scheme is reminscent of his G1 colors, but with a bit more tossed into the mix to add some visual flair. The base plastic color is metallic light blue. His windows and headlights are translucent, metallic flake yellow. Painted yellow details are used here and there, such as on the vents towards the back. White and red add more detail, including a striking red stripe running down almost the entire length of the vehicle.

I must confess that I do miss the Mini-Con points on the vehicle in this form, but not the weapons themselves. That said, I do like the details that replaced the points, and I recognize the necesity of having to use the Planet Key gimmick in any toy associated with this toy line. Since we've already had two different toys with the Mini-Con Powerlinx points, I can live with the third not having them!

Transformation to Robot Mode:

  1. Flip the wings down and detach the weapons.
  2. Swing the small, central panels on the sides down.
  3. Split the front of the vehicle and swing them out to the sides.
  4. Flip the vehicle over and swing the main body (head to legs) forward.
  5. Swing down the back section.
  6. Extend the robot legs down.
  7. Flip out the robot feet and heel pieces.
  8. Push the shoulder armor pieces up.
  9. Straighten the arms out.
  10. Place the weapons in the hands.

Robot Mode:
Whereas the vehicle mode's new parts were quite extensive, the head is the only piece that is new in robot mode. That is hardly a bad thing however, as the head design is the most critical piece to acting as a homage to the G1 Blurr. The difficulty for the designers was creating a head that would fit into the small space alloted to it in vehicle mode. With that in mind, they did a great job. The head has the small sensor piece on top, the crest in the center and the extended "helmet" portion that stretches to the back. Add in the vents on either side of the face on the helmet and there is no mistaking just who this character is supposed to be.

The G1 homage color scheme is stronger in this form. The primary colors are a mix of light metallic blue, a darker shade of blue and grey. Several parts including the shoulder joints, waist piece and upper legs are cast in translucent smoke colored plastic. This combination of colors looks fantastic, and really plays up the image of G1 Blurr reincarnated. The darker blue is critical as it provides nice contrast with the light blue, something G1 Blurr had.

A bit of red is used in the circle shaped details on the shoulder armor. Yellow is also found on his head, filling in the details on his crest and head mounted sensor.

The weapon redesign comes into play in this form as well. Whereas both Armada Blurr and Universe Swerve had weapons that attached to the forearms, Cybertron Blurr holds his weapons by small tabs in the thin slit on his fists. For the most part they hold their position well, but they don't really feel that secure.

Final Thoughts:
Cybertron Blurr is a cool reuse of a previously released sculpt. The details added and the new head sculpt easily make it one of the more worthwhile Cybertron toys to add to your collection. Recommended.