Universe Hardhead came hammering on my door this afternoon. I haven’t seen any reviews or picture galleries and thought I’d take a few. His bio and stats: Hardhead lives to fight-so much so that life without a war seems pointless to him. He would be the perfect soldier if only he could just take orders. Unfortunately, he’s too stubborn to follow any command he doesn’t agree with, and too dense to appreciate the subtlety of strategy. Why engage in a flanking maneuver, he reasons, when there’s perfectly good open ground over which to mount a charge? More than a few battles have started because he couldn’t wait for the commanders to make their plans, and simply charged is, guns blazing. Stregnth-9 Intelligence-6 Speed-5 Endurance-9 Rank-5 Courage-10 Fireblast-8 Skill-7 G1 style Starscream, Smokescreen, and Dinobot are advertised on the bottom of the box. I wonder if that means they plan on offering more of this particular wave when Hardhead becomes widely available? There’s also an ad for the red Powerglide. Do want. I’m digging the tank mode, the colors really work. But please note, Hardhead becomes even more entertaining if you listen to the original Ninja Turtles cartoon opener while fiddling with him. We couldn’t have asked for a better update to the turtle tank The shield rocks, perfectly in line with Hardhead’s mentality. I forgot though, wasn’t there a Decepticon that had Autobot notches stamped on him… am I thinking of Movie Brawl? The new colors really do a good job distinguishing him from the Onslaught mold. Unlike the box art and pics though, the autobot insignia is not on the left shoulder, but the right. I kind of prefer this, it helps make him stand out from Onslaught. Also, the front windows and his visor are not green tinted, I’m presuming that was an effect of whatever photoshopping they did to alter the original box art and pics. My timing is terrible, I couldn’t grab a pic of him with the eyes lit. But they’re red like Onslaught’s. It’s almost too bad they didn’t replace his red LED with a blue or green one, but I’m sure someone in Radicons will probably make that swap. He also had the same sounds as far as I can tell. A new head would have done wonders, but technically speaking, the current one is pretty close to the original G1 model. Of course people are more familiar with the cartoon and comic version, but, just sayin’ Some other minor things I noticed. Differing from the box art/pictures, Hardhead’s mini-cannons are beige and not black as advertised. I also noticed that (on mine anyway) they do not fit snugly in the sockets like Onslaught’s. Just as a test I plucked one out of Onslaught and tried to fit it into Hardhead’s port with the same result. I think it might be the wiring pushing forward a bit and preventing a snug fit. Again, something that might have just happened with mine, but when these come out you might want to check and see if they’re jutting a bit out of their holdings before you buy. A personal ARG here: As a Roadbuster enthusiast, it still bothers me that this is not Universe Roadbuster. I (and I’m sure many others) pegged Onslaught as a shoe-in for a repaint of the guy as soon as pics surfaced! But we’ve had two other incarnations of him that are pretty close, they just miss the mark-Animated Magnus would be perfect with a new head if you ask me, and for the love of pete, why haven’t the KO people scaled *up* the Roadbuster recolor of Cyberton Defense Hot Shot? Anyway, I give Universe Hardhead an 8 out of 10. Outside of a totally unique mold, this is as good as it gets.