[Retro Review] Energon / Super Link Rodimus Prime

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  1. Murasame

    Murasame We like to talk big, vampires do

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    Finally added this figure to my collection.

    Rodimus turns into a rocket powered racing truck and while different to other incarnations, he's still got the Rodimus vibe going.

    Transformation is straight forward and his bot mode looks good for what it is. He doesn't have the articulation of modern figures and suffers from the super link feature. Definitely a candidate worth receiving a Generations update (preferably voyager size).

    But definetly a cool looking Rodimus, despite the obvious shortcomings of the figure. The gun is spring loaded.

    Here some unboxing pix, comparison pix and group shot with the rest of the Rodimus brethren.

    Unboxing:
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    Alt mode:
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    Bot mode:
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    It's comparison time:
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    Collection of Rodimus so far:
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    His final resting place for now:
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  2. SPLIT LIP

    SPLIT LIP AKA Beve Stuscemi

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    I still love this take on Rodimus. Imagine if this toy weren't limited by the gimmick, it’d be awesome.
     
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  3. Murasame

    Murasame We like to talk big, vampires do

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    And if he then also had a golden spoiler on his back, he'd be perfect :D 
     
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  4. peteynorth

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    Yeah, I've always liked this toy, and have always been disappointed with the sacrifices made for a terrible gimmick. It's a very cool truck mode, and a better alt mode than the space winnebago the G1 Rodimus was.

    But the lousy articulation isn't because it's not moden enough. From 1995 through 2001 non-repaints all had very good articulation. Then came Armada, and to a lesser extent Energon, and Hasbro consciously chose to forego the status quo good articulation. So good articulation isn't a modern thing, it's just a non Armada, non Energon thing.

    But yes, a Generations redo of this, especially at voyager size would be bought on sight. And a Thunderclash remold, even moreso.
     
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  5. DrTraveler

    DrTraveler Wheeljack, Wheeljack, Wheeljack

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    I’ve noticed that too. It’s crazy, but a lot of the combiner limbs from energon, and to some extent the torsos, have great articulation. But there are also a lot of terrible toys that will come from this era.
     
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    Rodimus and Downshift were my two favorite deluxes of Energon. I guess I am in the minority because I actually like the combination aspect, (especially of the two mentioned above). I will concede though that Rodimus makes a better pants mode than shirt.
     
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    I feel like this would be a great candidate for an update similar to the upcoming Siege Leader Optimus, incorporating both G1 and Superlink elements for a sweet Rodimus Prime.
     
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  8. herugrim

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    Armada yes, Energon, absolutely not.

    Every figure from Energon had basic shoulder, elbow, knee, thigh, and head articulation. Autobots that used the combiner gimmick (minus leader and ultra class) lost waste articulation but that was it. All decepticons had full modern articulation. The only real differences were neck joints were typically swivels instead of ball joints and ankle articulation was rate. Only exceptions were some rerelease from Armada of some bricks (ultra magnus, tidal wave had some hangups). The only other exception is windblade who yes was a brick.

    A lot of figures from Armada had terrible articulation. Also universe back then had a lot of holdover G2 designs that lacked articulation. But Energon was loaded with ball joints and swivels and offered good poseability.
     
  9. RetrogradeMercury

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    This is a cool modern reimagining of Rodimus. I had this guy in my Classics display in place of the actual Classics Hot Rod. With Cybertron Optimus getting an homage in Siege maybe it’s not out of the realm of possibility that this design would be revisited someday?
     
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    Awesome review on an old favorite. I wish I kept my Energon version.

    Too bad the combining gimmick really hamstrung the potential of the design, cuz the alt mold has such a cool-factor going for it.
     
  11. chaosMonkeyPoo

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    Hell yeah. This and Starscream from Energon were the toys that pulled me back into collecting Transformers. For my first project in the intro to 3d Modeling/Animation class in college around recreating that very Rodimus figure. Lots of good memories with that toy. I remember he combined really well with Prowl, one of the few Combinations that I thought pulled off the gimmick ok.