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TFW Generations Fall of Cybertron Blaster with Steeljaw Gallery

Posted on 01-12-2013 at 06:00 AM by Sol Fury under Generations / Classics
BlasterRobot25
Next up is the other new release from the next assortment of Transformers Fall of Cybertron Voyagers, Blaster (and his cassette turned data-disk companion Steeljaw)! Fall of Cybertron Blaster is one of the more extensive remolds that comes along every so often, featuring a new head, a new chest, a different gun and even new wheels which together with his brighter colors sets him apart from Soundwave / Soundblaster and gives him an identity all of his own. It's just as well, because Blaster deserves to be more than a mere copy of Soundwave (sorry Universe 2.0). What is great though is Blaster really takes the mold and runs with it. While Soundwave being bigger than his fellow Decepticons was a nuisance, it is less of an issue for Blaster, because Blaster was always a big guy among the Autobots.

Blaster's other blessing is that like a few Fall of Cybertron releases, he can work with the Classics series characters as a Classics version of Blaster, if you are so inclined. Your mileage will of course vary on how much the obviously Cybertronian look fits in with more Earthly alternate forms, but in robot mode he fits in nicely with characters like Perceptor.

There's not a lot to say about Blaster's diskbot partner Steeljaw. He's a pretty extensively reworked version of Ravage, but I found on mine the strong springs meant he never quite stood as flat as I would have liked. Ravage of course had his good and bad points and these carry over to Steeljaw. Regardless though, it is good to see Steeljaw included with Blaster, because just like Soundwave needs Laserbeak, Blaster needs his little partner bot too.

Open the link below to check out the full gallery of Blaster:

Transformers Generations Fall of Cybertron Blaster with Steeljaw Gallery
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MeGrimlock1976
I have been so looking forward to this guy! I can't wait until he hits regular retail here in mass!! I will finally have a proper blaster for my collection!! Great review and thanks for sharing!! I can't wait to find this guy on a shelf!!
Primacron
That's some nice artwork for Blaster's minions.
JAYSCREAM
i like him, standing next to soundwave its almost like a different mold. just the legs let him down (no pun) they just seam a bit bland. got the tomtak vrsion on pre order so hopefully the legs will be sorted.
cheetor71
I passed on Soundwave/Soundblaster because I already have the deluxe version and feel he fits in scale better with the rest of my game figures and I also made my own scratch built little Laserbeak for it. I will more than likely pick up Blaster though.
Leemaster777
Nice pics, can't wait to get this guy. He'll make an awesome addition to my Classics Autobot team.

I think this guy and the FOC Soundwave are probably the best Classics-style versions of these characters we're gonna get for awhile... baring Masterpiece Soundwave, of course.
Leemaster777
Double post
Transbot90210
At least this figure proves that Hasbro can still knock out and amazing head sculpt.
Seeker
This will be my collection's Blaster. I had wanted a G1 version but I think I'll break for this one. He is cheaper too.
lordmegatron64
Pass. Both are just repaints. I don't need repaints cluttering my shelves thank you.
Digilaut
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Originally Posted by lordmegatron64 View Post
Pass. Both are just repaints. I don't need repaints cluttering my shelves thank you.
Some really professional repainting going on with Blaster's chest and face, then.


I know what you're trying to say but Blaster has enough parts remolded that, together with the new paintjob, make him different enough from Soundwave - in my opinion.

Steeljaw is also different from Ravage.
Coldiron
Not sure how I can dislike the Soundwave version as I like the character better, yet prefer this version of the toy.
Gilgamesh
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Originally Posted by lordmegatron64 View Post
Pass. Both are just repaints. I don't need repaints cluttering my shelves thank you.
Ah, I see you don't have any seekers then.
lordmegatron64
The seekers were actual characters that were just repaints. They could've done better for Blaster but they didn't. The seekers were meant to be repaints of eachother so of course I have the seekers. Hell I have a whole shelf dedicated to them. While they were both cassette players in G1. They were not repaints of eachother. I expected better of Hasbro. Just like I want Buzzsaw but I already have Laserbeak. It's okay to have repaints that ACTUALLY make an appearance in a show or comic. This. This is not okay. Hasbro has become lazy on the figures that truly need new molds and spent most of their time on that new Beast hunters shit. It took them that long to make a half accurate version of Smokescreen and that's not okay. I only want Blasters that are Accurate and not just pathetic repaints. Especially for the prices of these figures.
jackgaughan
I really want Blaster after seeing his face, looks pretty nice.

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Originally Posted by lordmegatron64 View Post
The seekers were actual characters that were just repaints. They could've done better for Blaster but they didn't. The seekers were meant to be repaints of eachother so of course I have the seekers. Hell I have a whole shelf dedicated to them. While they were both cassette players in G1. They were not repaints of eachother. I expected better of Hasbro. Just like I want Buzzsaw but I already have Laserbeak. It's okay to have repaints that ACTUALLY make an appearance in a show or comic. This. This is not okay. Hasbro has become lazy on the figures that truly need new molds and spent most of their time on that new Beast hunters shit. It took them that long to make a half accurate version of Smokescreen and that's not okay. I only want Blasters that are Accurate and not just pathetic repaints. Especially for the prices of these figures.
Smokescreen's first appearance in Prime was September, and he's got a figure now, that's fairly quick.
Gilgamesh
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Originally Posted by lordmegatron64 View Post
The seekers were actual characters that were just repaints. They could've done better for Blaster but they didn't. The seekers were meant to be repaints of eachother so of course I have the seekers. Hell I have a whole shelf dedicated to them. While they were both cassette players in G1. They were not repaints of eachother. I expected better of Hasbro. Just like I want Buzzsaw but I already have Laserbeak. It's okay to have repaints that ACTUALLY make an appearance in a show or comic. This. This is not okay. Hasbro has become lazy on the figures that truly need new molds and spent most of their time on that new Beast hunters shit. It took them that long to make a half accurate version of Smokescreen and that's not okay. I only want Blasters that are Accurate and not just pathetic repaints. Especially for the prices of these figures.
Sure, justify it whatever way you want. G1 did it so it was right then! The seekers, different personalities or not, were repaints of each other. Not even remolds like now, just repaints. They decided to make them different characters to sell more toys, and it was as lazy back then as it is right now. The fact that the fandom loves the seekers doesn't change the fact that they were probably the original lazy repaint.

Note that I'm not criticizing the seekers: I love cool repaints and remolds like this blaster. It's just that this attitude is so hypocritical it reminds me of the typical "man do I hate robots that turn into beasts! except for the predacons, seacons, dinobots, etc, those are alright because [no reason given]"
Sol Fury
Mold reuse has been a part of Transformers since day 1. My personal feeling on Blaster is that this new toy of him features a good number of the key features from the original version - head, chest, gun, overall application of deco - to work.

That being said, if you do want a non-retooled, original mold Blaster, Device Label Broadblast is the best out there right now. The head sculpt is decent - not as good as this one, I was impressed at just how good the head was on this toy when I had the two together - but he is a Blaster, he can fit the G1 cassettes, he has an appropriate update to the alternate mode.

That's the one to look into for a new mold of Blaster. This one is a good alternative though, and once those minions come out, it'll be even better.
Kaijumaster
Boy there are not words for how Happy I am we're getting this & Rewind!
Digilaut
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Originally Posted by Sol Fury View Post
Mold reuse has been a part of Transformers since day 1. My personal feeling on Blaster is that this new toy of him features a good number of the key features from the original version - head, chest, gun, overall application of deco - to work.

That being said, if you do want a non-retooled, original mold Blaster, Device Label Broadblast is the best out there right now. The head sculpt is decent - not as good as this one, I was impressed at just how good the head was on this toy when I had the two together - but he is a Blaster, he can fit the G1 cassettes, he has an appropriate update to the alternate mode.

That's the one to look into for a new mold of Blaster. This one is a good alternative though, and once those minions come out, it'll be even better.
Exactly. Whether you like it or not, Hasbro needs to reuse the mold in order to make the most out of it. Only using it once is a waste when it's so expensive to create such a template.

Considering this in advance and making sure the mold gets some additional heads and parts is actually a really smart thing, and that strategy has paid off: we no longer get simple repaints, but redecos with new heads that instantly make the character stand out from the original.

You can complain how Blaster doesn't have his own mold, sure. Or you can accept the fact that Transformers will never again be like it was in 1985, where they could buy an existing robot character and repurpose it, and appreciate that we're finally getting a Blaster that looks like Blaster and comes with all of his minions.

The minor things some fans complain about are constantly boggling my mind.

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Originally Posted by lordmegatron64 View Post
The seekers were actual characters that were just repaints. They could've done better for Blaster but they didn't. The seekers were meant to be repaints of eachother so of course I have the seekers. Hell I have a whole shelf dedicated to them. While they were both cassette players in G1. They were not repaints of eachother. I expected better of Hasbro. Just like I want Buzzsaw but I already have Laserbeak. It's okay to have repaints that ACTUALLY make an appearance in a show or comic. This. This is not okay. Hasbro has become lazy on the figures that truly need new molds and spent most of their time on that new Beast hunters shit. It took them that long to make a half accurate version of Smokescreen and that's not okay. I only want Blasters that are Accurate and not just pathetic repaints. Especially for the prices of these figures.
It's good to see you have such unrealistic and unfair expectations. That means from now on I no longer have to take note of anything you say.
This toy is another fine example of them going out of their way, going that extra mile, to give us fans something we'd like, and you are telling me Hasbro is lazy? Because they didn't deviate from their ongoing business plan enough to give you exactly what you want?

It's funny that you're craving for a more G1 accurate Blaster (as in: one that shares nothing with Soundwave, moldwise), because from the way you act I'd say you're not old enough to remember G1. Grow up.
JAYSCREAM
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Originally Posted by lordmegatron64 View Post
The seekers were actual characters that were just repaints. They could've done better for Blaster but they didn't. The seekers were meant to be repaints of eachother so of course I have the seekers. Hell I have a whole shelf dedicated to them. While they were both cassette players in G1. They were not repaints of eachother. I expected better of Hasbro. Just like I want Buzzsaw but I already have Laserbeak. It's okay to have repaints that ACTUALLY make an appearance in a show or comic. This. This is not okay. Hasbro has become lazy on the figures that truly need new molds and spent most of their time on that new Beast hunters shit. It took them that long to make a half accurate version of Smokescreen and that's not okay. I only want Blasters that are Accurate and not just pathetic repaints. Especially for the prices of these figures.
????????????? words fail me..... BUZZSAW? REALLY? HASBRO ARE YOU LISTENING? YOUR LAZY! how dare you reuse molds willy and indeed nilly in G-1, BEAST WARS, MACHINE WARS, ROBOTS IN DISGUISE, ARMARDA, ENERGON, CYBERTRON ECT ECT AND G-2 WAS JUST MOSTLY REPAINTS!
PMSL!
Hasbro are a buisness. makeing toys for kids. they throw a lot at fanboys really. ive already said i like this use of the mold. so
hope you dont collect gi joe there all made up from about 6 core figures....lol
and stop saying blasters minions. hes a good guy he dosnt have minions lol
Lody666
YUCK

I DO NOT like the way he looks in car mode
WhiteMocha
Ha, I like those new wheels with the little Autobot symbol in the middle. HasTak did a good job distinguishing this mold from Soundwave. And that head sculpt is great. My only reservation is that ugly brown plastic of which his lower body is composed. Worth it to spend triple the price to get a silver-legged Takara version? Hmmm....

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Originally Posted by lordmegatron64 View Post
Pass. Both are just repaints. I don't need repaints cluttering my shelves thank you.
I genuinely don't mean this is a snarky way, but this statement baffles me to no end. I feel like embracing repaints/remolds is as essential to being a Transformers collector as, say, liking robots. Such a large portion of this franchise hinges on repaints and remolds. I'm not saying you're wrong, and everyone is of course entitled to approach their collecting differently... but man, I just can't help but think of all the amazing figures on which one would miss out following a "no repaints" policy.
Noideaforaname
I'd love to see these kinds of extensive retools become standard.
allew
I don't think this will supplant my Device label Blaster (although very tempting with the great sculpt) BUT I will buy the heck out of a Twincast repaint!
sh002
Looks pretty good and with RTS Perceptor too. I would have loved it if he could just transform into a Cybertronian type communication device that maybe looked like his earth radio mode instead of a vehicle. Too bad there is no deluxe version either.
amproadbuster88
There's a reason I want this guy, it's cause I had the big boombox/radio version a long time back.
CodeXCDM
Gotta admit... this retool looks sweet. Rarely one to get minor retools but wow...
Dinodigger97
I like him but, much like WhiteMocha, I'm debating on either I should get this version or the prettier Takara version.


Ow, a little off-topic, but why no pictures with Device Label Soundwave! I kinda want to see on if they look good together....
Autovolt 127
I really really dig Blaster's headscuplt. This is a win. Even if he is just a Soundwave retool it works quite well as him.

Now if only we'd get a Scrounge. Then life would be complete.
BScorpinok75
This is one smoking hot re-tool. FoC where have you been all my life?
doctajones428
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Originally Posted by lordmegatron64 View Post
Pass. Both are just repaints. I don't need repaints cluttering my shelves thank you.
Not our fault you bought the oversized Soundwave/Soundblaster.

Blaster is more than just a simple repaint
Blasterpill
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I have been so looking forward to this guy! I can't wait until he hits regular retail here in mass!! I will finally have a proper blaster for my collection!! Great review and thanks for sharing!! I can't wait to find this guy on a shelf!!
Just picked up Soundwave and now i have to get Blaster. No way I can pass up this.
Micronautsdeep
Like it, love it, ordered...

I seriously hope that someone makes an MP version of Blaster, boombox style. Basically a G-1 style but that is fully poseable.
Incepticon
Yeah yeah yeah... Soundwave & Blaster are unique bots that aren't and shouldn't be repaints of one another, but in THIS case where they're sportin' alien Cybertronian designs & alt modes, some creative allowance is more than acceptable. We all accepted it with Classics Sideswipe & Sunstreaker, Skullgrin & Darkmount, and Tracks & Wheeljack all suddenly sharing molds, so we can most certainly accept it here.
solarstorm
I LOVE the fact that Blaster and Soundwave are repaints of each other.

In G1 - we had Blaster absolutely towering over almost every other figure. He was twice the size of his rival. It didn't look right in display and it didn't play right for kids.

Both are minibot/tape carriers with similar alt modes, so there are similarities. Both need to be in scale, as they were in the cartoon (rivals). The best way to make two figures with similar features and similar scale is through repaint/remolding (do keep in mind that this figure is remolded in several areas).

It was nice to see Cybertron Soundwave get a matching Blaster and it's great to see one of the best Soundwave updates get one as well. With the remolds, Blaster and Soundwave are much more different than their Cybertron/Universe versions.
tylox15
I have all 3 versions. Sure Soundwave and Soundblaster are really close......but Blaster's head is GREAT! I have not messed with the chest launching thing much. Seems the disks are pretty tight and do not launch very well. The data disks would be better if they did not have the Autotransform thing. My Steeljaw has some tight springs making his back really arch more than it should. Ravage has less arch. The Laserbeak/Buzzsaw/Ratbat mold I do like except there should be something to let the clip or peg on an arm or shoulder. Overall nice tho!
xMostWanted559x
Looks good
Primus_feather
Passing on 'Wave... BUT if someone can confirm whether Hibiki (Kamen rider) Disk animals fit in him, or someone makes duplicates the correct size with shapeway... I'll seriously consider getting Blaster... but still no to 'Wave, I have his WFC..
MeGrimlock1976
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Originally Posted by lordmegatron64 View Post
Pass. Both are just repaints. I don't need repaints cluttering my shelves thank you.
I really don't get how you can hate on this figure. Soundwave and Blaster should be similar, much more then the G1 toys were. They were rivals, tape decks, and when stood side by side, Matched up much closer then what the G1 toys offered as a representation!! Like everyone else said, much has been retooled and the head and face are wonderful!

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Just picked up Soundwave and now i have to get Blaster. No way I can pass up this.
Amen brother! Are you in mass also? Here at my local Walmart, wave 1 deluxes are still shelf warming and I think it is that way at Target also. I am worried that we may not even get the new deluxes here, let alone the voyagers! I will probably end up ordering them online at some point.

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Originally Posted by solarstorm View Post
I LOVE the fact that Blaster and Soundwave are repaints of each other.

In G1 - we had Blaster absolutely towering over almost every other figure. He was twice the size of his rival. It didn't look right in display and it didn't play right for kids.


Both are minibot/tape carriers with similar alt modes, so there are similarities. Both need to be in scale, as they were in the cartoon (rivals). The best way to make two figures with similar features and similar scale is through repaint/remolding (do keep in mind that this figure is remolded in several areas).


It was nice to see Cybertron Soundwave get a matching Blaster and it's great to see one of the best Soundwave updates get one as well. With the remolds, Blaster and Soundwave are much more different than their Cybertron/Universe versions.
I totally agree with this and I remember it bugging the hell outta me when I was a kid! Still does really, that is the beauty of classics! There were many flaws in the days of G1 such as lack of articulation, color, Head sculpts and basically everything inbetween! Classics fixes many of those in the updated representations we get now. When I was a kid I loved G1 and loved the toys but many of them upset me to the point where to this day I really don't want any of them but I gotta tell you I still love the cartoon and I absolutely love the Classics and Masterpiece lines!
Superquad7
Sol, your galleries continue to rock! You do such a wonderful job on 'em. I thoroughly enjoy them!

Blaster looks GREAT and I'm really excited about it!
bigpink
Love the "boombox" alt mode. Nice work coming up with that.
ErbFan28
Actually pretty sweet
Stepper
Sure giving them thumbs up for the great job done on Blaster's head sculpt.
Angelwave
Not for nothing...but i actually prefer this mold for Blaster than Soundwave. He really looks good and that pseudo boombox mode is pretty nice. Hell I think you can actually find boomboxes that look like that.
xtommytmoshx
i am so stoked for this. blaster looks great.
a person
The off-white plastic on his legs looks awful. This would have been much better:

moreprimeland
He'll be on my 'must have' list.


Thanks for all the nice shots of him.
Stepper
It sure look kind of cute in Boombox Mode
Jonny Napalm
Great, great figure, but I hope Reprolabels come up with something to liven up his legs.
Other than that, awesome fun to be had with this one.
Lody666
Picked up Soundwave a few weeks ago with Ratbat/Frenzy and Rumble/Ravage

Sorely disappointed and I see myself def passing on Blaster.

The eject gimic is such weak sauce and simply doesn't work. The lack of a perch for Ratbat/Laserbeak takes alot from the figure as well.

Robot mode-pretty cool
Car mode-Blech!

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