Generations Astrotrain Found this guy in the Kmart next to my florist and decided it was a good opportunity to do a review! He's almost entirely just a repaint so I'll keep it quick, but here's Titans Return Astrotrain! Astrotrain in every way except one is a repaint of Titans Return Sentinel Prime, however it is pretty clear that Astrotrain was the intended use of the mold from the beginning, even though Sentinel Prime was released first. A similar occurrence to CW Optimus Prime (Motormaster), Alpha Bravo (Vortex) as well as the future TR Optimus Prime (Tankor) and Megatron (Blitzwing). His robot mode is pretty fantastic, looking very similar to his original toon appearance. His silhouette is spot on and he has an absolutely perfect face-sculpt. As the second Classics version of Astrotrain, Hasbro really had to step it up to make this a worthwhile purchase for most and I think when it comes to robot mode this guy is a big winner, he's about the right size compared to his original Deluxe toy and he looks great. Colorwise, the Hasbro version is based on the original G1 toy, which by extension makes him closer to his Marvel Comics and IDW appearances. I personally would prefer toon colours, but I suspect Takara will give me that pretty soon. As with Sentinel Prime, two pillars on either side of his head are concealed in his body and can pop up via springloaded tab on his chest. Assumedly these are to represent the similar details Astrotrain had on his toon model, but ultimately they are too large and too close to his head to look good. They can easily be pushed into his body and be ignored and I prefer it that way. While Astrotrain and Sentinel Prime have a disappointing lack of retooling between them they fortunately have many ways to look different. On top of their different heads, Sentinel Prime holds his guns on his back and his wings folded backwards to represent his look in IDW, as well as having his feet back-the-front. Considering how great HasTak have usually been with retools in this line the lack of differences isn't ideal, but its good that the two characters each have individualised ways of "wearing" their robot modes. Most contentiously, although it doesn't bother me in the slightest, Astrotrain has become a Headmaster! His Titanmaster is called Darkmoon. According to his biography, Darkmoon's special ability is allowing its body Transformer cloaking capabilities. Darkmoon must be removed from Astrotrain's body for transformation. Astrotrain's face on his back is the only tooling difference between Darkmoon and Astrotrain and Infinitus, which unfortunately means that Darkmoon, just like Infinitus, is a tiny Sentinel Prime- except now he's purple. A big disappointment to me as I am enjoying collecting all the Titanmasters! I assume the reason Sentinel Prime got priority on the look of the Titanmaster is because Sentinel Prime/Infinitus is the major character of the Titans Return storyline in IDW while IDW Astrotrain is dead, making any appearance of Darkmoon unlikely. Unfortunately thanks to beings a pretty straight redo of Infinitus, Darkmoon has the same problem with his legs not folding properly in head mode. Its a little sad that Darkmoon didn't get a lick of paint when even Infinitus got his faceplate painted, but in the end he's so tiny its not a massive dealbreaker, I just find Darkmoon as a whole disappointing. Darkmoon (or any Titanmaster) can pilot Astrotrain's guns and be wielded by any Transformer! A nice way to give the figure some extra ways to make use of the Titanmaster gimmick. As per tradition, Astrotrain is a triple changer with his second mode being a space shuttle! Definitely his stronger alt mode, all of his train kibble is hidden very neatly and he makes a very convincing shuttle. The transformation can be easily done in around 30 seconds and is rewarding even with its simplicity, even if it mostly boils down to flipping out panels to hide his robot mode parts and laying him down. If anything was to complained about it would be that he's a bit too flat. Otherwise the shuttle is in need of paint, especially the windows. Darkmoon can pilot this mode in the big cockpit in between his tail fins. There's much less nice things to say about Astrotrain's third mode, his... Train. While I loved the idea of the original Classics Astrotrain being given a Bullet Train alt mode to modernise him, the new attempt by making him a "Cybertronian" train is much less inspired and not very effective. The wings of the shuttle are plain as day and the figure is in dire need of paint all over. The train is solid with no way to simulate turning and all-in-all is a very weak alt-mode. A saving grace could have been lots of slots for Titanmasters to sit on and interact with the train, but it surprisingly lacks any that I can find. Its a shame for a figure that was excellent in all modes prior to this one to disappoint on its final mode, but at least he's a train in some sense of the word. In the end I do recommend Astrotrain, although I would advise waiting for the Takara Legends release as they will likely fix his lack of paint problems. He has excellent robot and shuttle modes and a terrible train mode, but the third sacrifice is tolerable to finally get a good-sized Astrotrain for your Classics shelf. Thanks for reading!