DOTM: Flak (Cyberverse Legion/Legends class)

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  1. zephon

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    One of the toys which drew people's curiousity during the last event was Cyberverse Legion/Legends class Flak. This was simply because there wasn't any other popular picture of him prior to the toy launch. Well, he's all over the retail store pegs by now so that's about all the mystique he's gonna get.


    Packaging is standard DOTM Legion/Legends class style.
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    The back shows the robot mode and the alternate mode.
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    Then BAM! it hits you -- he's a dead ringer for TFU Hardhead (repaint of Onslaught)!


    As with others of his line, Flak is packaged in 'bot mode and he actually comes with an instruction sheet.
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    No twisties hold the toy down. A bit of force is needed to release him though. Out of the package, Flak is ready for play. He stands up properly thanks to his wide feet.
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    Unfortunately, it seems that for this toy, Flak's design is a step back to the pre-DOTM Legends class design. Why? This toy doesn't have any knees.


    Flak does have elbows....thankfully due to his transformation though.
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    Unfortunately, he can't extend his arms straight as kibble blocks his elbows from fully extending.


    He comes with the requisite "hand" that can clamp Cyberverse-scale weapons, Lego and Megabloks accessories and Kotobukiya kit accessories.
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    Transformation is very intuitive. It might even remind some of HFTD Breacher's transformation. The APC holds together very very well in vehicle mode. I would say that kids can play with this as it is and not worry about anything falling off -- the cannon is on pegged hinge.
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    This is about all the play value this toy can give in vehicle mode. The turret can't turn in a practical sense; plus you have to worry about the stopper in front of it. What it can do is simply aim up and down.
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    He's not really the Cyberverse Legion toy to write home about. Flak's design is a step back to the old Legends style. The reason I picked him up as simply to satisfy my curiousity. He gets major deductions for lacking knees. If you're after Legion figs for you or the kids, I'd rather recommend Crowbar than Flak. I believe this guy would sell better if they named him "Hardhead".
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  2. ike_ike

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    for some reason he is really reminding me of an armoured bumblebee.
    anyhow, he looks like decent enough crowd filler. i think elbows are more expressive than knees too

    incidentally your comment about DOTM legends intrigues me. do even the little legion things have elbow AND knee articulation as a given now?
     
  3. zephon

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    Not really -- Cyberverse Commander class are supposed to have knees and elbows. For Legion/Legends class, I think it's more like choose 1: knees or elbows.
     
  4. drsyn

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    Depends on the transformation.


    Flak looks great, do want.
     
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    WOW...that does look cool.
     
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    UnicronFTW Don't blink.

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    This guy came out of nowhere... XD
     
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    Knees were far from standard with legends.
     
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    ya, while I prefer knees to elbow on legends, neither were ever a standard feature.

    This dude looks cool enough for me to pick up.
     
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    Looks like another fun little figure.

    And yes, knees/elbows are far from being standard on Legends.
     
  10. astrakhan

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    He'd look good with Bumblebee's APC.
     
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    As others have said, knees and elbows have never been standard for legends class, and that hasn't changed with Legion class. Many will have one or other, but the figures that have both have been the exception. ROTF Megatron, and Universe Warpath.

    Of the TF3 Legions I have, Crankcase and Bumblebee have knee articulation, but no elbow articulation. Sideswipe has neither, and yet is probably my favourite.

    Posability isn't important to me at this scale. I like the transformation to be fun, and I just need the botmode to be capable of looking decent in a basic standing pose. Going by your pictures, Flak appears to fullfill my criteria.

    I agree with your point about the name. Flak is rather uninspiring, Hardhead might've been a better fit. Personally the design rememinds me a lot of TFA Swindle, but if it has to be an autobot, Hardhead works.
     
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    I wholeheartedly agree, he's Hardhead to me.
     
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    Reminds me a bit of Breacher. If I ever see Flak I'll pick him up.
     
  14. Rewind

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    So this is out already?
     
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    why the head feels like Bumblebee (but a bit more armored) to me?
     
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    I wonder why Hasbro just didn't call him "Hardhead"?
     
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    Can someone take a picture or two or Flak with Bumblebee's Bunker playset ?
     
  18. Mister Gone

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    I have never seen this little fella on the pegs. When I do I am going to buy him :D !
     
  19. Rewind

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    Got this guy and the redeco Starscream today. Individually I give them each a 5 - but they are a 10 combined! :D 

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    As for Flak, I was expecting to like him a little more than I do. The permanantly bent arms are kind of a turn off and the butt flap hinders his hip articulation. He still looks good though, and it's cool that they even bothered to have the turret flip around and become a shoulder cannon.
     

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    This one painted blue could definitely pass for a legion class Breacher.