So I got CW Air Raid in the post today, and I thought that rather than doing a bunch of individual reviews, I would just do one big collective review, giving brief notes on each of the team members. This seemed like the best option, especially given that all deluxe Aerialbots are - albeit, heavy - remolds of one another. So, let's get to it!Firefly -
I think if I had to pick a least favourite from this team it'd be Firefly. There's nothing particularly wrong with him, I just like the others more. I do like his head sculpt a bit, as it has that nice blocky, G1 feel about it. His primary colours are red and white, with splotches of blue here and there to help him pop a bit more. His robot mode is nice, and has all the necessary joints in the right places, which is mostly ball joints. One thing I want to say about these deluxe Aerialbots is that they're all pretty expressive if you put them in the right poses. I think Firefly's vehicle mode is what brings the figure down a bit for me. The body of the jet just seems too wide and thick at the front, and the wings too short. It definitely doesn't look terrible, but it does look offAlpha Bravo -
The new guy in the group; Alpha Bravo was pretty hyped up when he first got released. I don't think he really lives up to that hype, but he's still a pretty good figure. He adds some nice variation to the group, being a helicopter, and his transformation is reversed, compared to the others, which is neat. On the deluxe jets, the legs form the rear of the vehicle, and the torso forms the front and cockpit. On Alpha Bravo, the legs form the cockpit of the helicopter the torso forms the rear and tail. His main rotor sits kind of right behind his thighs, and can restrict some poses, but it's easily moved out of the way. It would be nice if the actual rotors locked in somewhere, because as is, they just flop around unless you jam them between the tail fins. This guy was clearly designed to be Vortex - I mean, look at that head - but he's still a nice addition to the Aerialbots, but definitely not my favourite. Still, I won't be replacing him with Quickslinger anytime soonSkydive -
There's something really neat about this guy; I'm not sure if it's his unique shoulder transformation, his expressive head sculpt, or his colour scheme. Skydive just stands out for me. He's not without his flaws though, as Skydive seems to be the one Aerialbot with the most QC issues, based on what I've read. I'm on my second one now, and I hope I won't have to get a third. Watch those leg joints, people. But those issues aside, I do really like this guy. I like the contrasting red, black, and grey colour scheme, with the popping orange face. He also stands out a bit more because he's the only Aerialbot out of the five who isn't primarily white in robot mode. I think he also has my favourite jet mode of the five. I just think he's really cool. If you get one Aerialbot, get SkydiveAir Raid -
Air Raid is a very close second to being my favourite of the group. He goes from a primarily black jet mode to a primarily white robot mode, a feature I always think is really cool in figures. His wings also have a unique step in the transformation; whereas the others just fold back at a ninety degree angle to the body of the robot, Air Raid's wings fold back, and then fold up, so he has a more compact back-pack. It also means his wings pop up over his shoulders, giving him a more unique look. This is kinda necessary for this guy though, as he seems to use a lot of parts from the other guys in robot mode; Skydive's arms (although the shoulders are remolded) and legs, a heavily remolded version of Firefly's torso, and what looks like will be Quickslinger's head, minus a visor. Still he looks great, and it's nice to finally finish off the Aerialbot groupSilverbolt -
As the leader of the group, and the torso for Superion, Silverbolt is given to us in the form of a voyager figure. His vehicle mode is quite nice, and definitely looks like a Concorde. It's even got the hinged nose. However, his robot mode is very much present on the underside, as is the case with just about every Silverbolt toy ever (Well, maybe not Beast Wars). His transformation isn't anything too special, although I do like how the legs fold up to form part of the wings. His robot mode looks great. This guy is definitely Silverbolt. He's big and blocky, and has this presence about him. You could instantly tell he's the leader of the group. He's got some great ratchet joints in his hips and shoulders, which make him nice and sturdy in most poses. Speaking of which, he's got a great range of motion, and is just as expressive as the deluxe Aerialbots. Overall, I think Silverbolt is a really fun figure
Over all, the Aerialbots look fantastic together. The shared red, white, and black colour scheme really helps to emphasise that these guys are part of a unity, but at the same time, each one has their own unique molding or detailing that helps them to pop and stand out from the others. There's definitely no mixing up the names of these guys, as many people could easily do with the G1 versions of these characters. I know I did
Now, to finish this review, the piece de resistance!
The main reason to buy Combiner Wars figures is to plug figures in together, mix them around, and to form combiners. Superion is technically the first of these combiners that we got, given that four of his five components were released in the first wave. He definitely sets a standard for the line. He is so much fun! It's great being able to swap around the deluxes and try out different configurations, and the simple transformations means it's easy to try out different looks in the space of minutes. A lot of people I've read have said that 3P combiners can often be too difficult and too much of a hassle to combine, so once they're combined, that's it. But the Combiner Wars figures can easily be alternated between their different forms in seconds, which makes for great fun!
In spite of his size and weight, Superion is particularly expressive, and able to support himself in a variety of poses. This is aided by the previously mentioned ratchet joints in Silverbolt. The hand and foot pieces also look pretty good on him in hand; much better than in the original photos we got. The hands are very versatile, and the feet are able to keep Superion on his toes (hehe) in a variety of poses
However, he could definitely benefit from some ankle tilts. A ball jointed neck also wouldn't go wrong, but given how Superion's neck forms, it's understandable why they went for the swivel instead. On that note, his head sculpt is actually really nice, and I'm glad they went with the face plate version of the head instead of the normal face
Over all, Superion is good fun. The Aerialbots are definitely worth picking up, and I recommed that you do. I'm looking forward to getting the Stunticons and Protectobots, as well as seeing what else this line has in store for us over the next year and a half. Fingers crossed for Bruticus!