WFC Earthrise Wheeljack

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  1. Go-Faster-Wings

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    I originally wasn’t too happy with the way this guy looked, but I had the opportunity to get him below retail price and I went ahead and got him and I’m glad I did. He’s a lot of fun and looks the part, but I’ll always prefer the 2010 version. I decided for the time being they’ll just both be my Classics Wheeljack for the shelf.
     

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  2. Satomiblood

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    I kind of want to get this just for the car mode.
     
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    Prelude: Much like it was with Siege Hound, I initially wasn’t interested in a new version of Wheeljack. I had a perfectly good Wheeljack at home in the form of Generations Wheeljack. Then I was walking the toy aisles, Earthrise Wheeljack was there, and what can I say? I was tempted. So here is Earthrise Wheeljack. Can he repeat the feat of Siege Hound and beat out his Generations predecessor? We’ll see. Let’s say go!

    Robot Mode: At first glance it is immediately apparent: this is Wheeljack, the G1 Autobots’ mad engineer, looking almost exactly as he did in the cartoon. Seeing as Hasbro is currently on a trend to have the G1-based toys looking as if they stepped right out of the animation, that’s hardly surprising. Wheeljack has the slightly boxy G1 look down pat, no complaints on that front. He is easily recognizable as the character, no complaints there, either.

    A few nitpicks worth mentioning, though: one, his shoulder wings are awefully short. Both the Generations figure, as well as the original G1 toy had longer ones, as did the cartoon character. The reason is, of course, that the figure’s shoulder wings are the halves of the car spoiler, not separate parts, but still: a little short. Another thing that’s short: the shoulder-mounted missile launcher, which is tiny even when compared to that of the much smaller G1 figure. It’s also Wheeljack’s sole weapon, whereas the other versions (and the cartoon character) usually carried a second gun in hand. Finally, while also a Deluxe class toy, Earthrise Wheeljack is a good deal smaller than the Deluxe Generations figure, but that’s a general trend.

    Apart from those nitpicks, though, Earthrise Wheeljack is a very good figure. Very nicely articulated, looking good, and the iconic head with the ear pieces is there, too. The only thing I don’t really like is that his fists have small parts of the car’s side on them, it always makes it look (at least from certain angles) as if he has no hands. So to sum it up: a very good Wheeljack in robot mode with but a few minor issues.

    Alternate Mode: Naturally Wheeljack still transforms into a sports car. It looks very similar to his original G1 altmode, the Lancia Stratos (Group 5 racing version), with only a few minor differences. The car looks a bit more modern in general styling than the old 80s race car, but that’s pretty much it. The sponsor decals were changed to include multiple Transformers-related references (Velocitron Racing, Iacon Modulators, etc.). Here, too, the Earthrise version is somewhat in the middle between the sizes of the smaller G1 toy and the bigger Generations version, though the differences are far smaller here.

    Not really much to complain about here. There is a minor difference in color between some of the panels making up the side of the car, but that’s pretty much it. The gun / shoulder missile can be mounted on top of the car. The one thing this car cannot do in comparison to the other two versions is a flight mode. The wings, which can fold out from underneath for the other two, are the rear spoiler here, so no flying car. Just a minor thing, though, and probably not something that anyone will really miss. So overall: a very good car mode with only very, very minor issues.

    Remarks: Wheeljack is one of the most prominent characters in the Transformers franchise, originally voiced by the late, great Chris Latta. He was also, together with Bumblebee, the very first Transformer to appear on-screen in the opening of the G1 cartoon’s pilot. In fact that scene with him and Bee was recreated for the recent Netflix War for Cybertron series. Netfix Wheeljack is less an engineer and scientist and more a warrior / computer jockey, but he was still one of the central characters of the series’ first season.

    So we come to the final question: will Earthrise Wheeljack replace Generations Wheeljack on my toy shelf? Well, probably not in this case. Not because of the figure as such, mind you, but simply due to personal preference. I am still more a fan of the original Generations series’ trend of reimagining the G1 characters instead of slavishly recreating their cartoon look, so I think I will stay with Generations Jacky. That should not take anything away from this figure here, though. Earthrise Wheeljack is a very good figure with only a few small things against him and well worth getting for every fan of the G1 character.

    Rating: A-



    Source: Transformers-Universe.com
     
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    Anyone know why the hole in the back of his missile launcher is keyed? It looks like it is/was intended to plug into or combine with another accessory.
     
  5. Spicytron

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    I got the Nonnef kit for this figure pretty early on and I'm glad I did, it does wonders to improve his look.
     
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    I finally grabbed the Netflix version today, another great figure. I love the Cybertron "dirty" look, think he's been in the repair bay all day long.
     
  7. Liege Nemesis

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    Maybe he was meant to have a gun as well at some point and they could be combined?
     
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    I really do like him, but I also think he's a bit improved with the nonnef productions set: larger wings, gun, wrench, and shoulder cannon.

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    You guys need to stop.
    You’re making me want to get this figure.
     
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    Wheeljack is one of those toys who actually had a decent 'definitive' toy before his War for Cybertron Trilogy release, which is his 2010 Generations toy and the corresponding United repaint. That was why I hesitated pulling the trigger on this guy, since the old version was still available on the aftermarket for a decent price. Now that I have him in hand, though, this guy blows his old toy out of the water. He's better in almost every way!

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    Robot mode looks exactly like Wheeljack from the G1 cartoon, as is standard for War for Cybertron Trilogy toys. Unlike Generations Wheeljack, which featured admittedly squat proportions, this guy is more balanced and athletic. He has the standard WFC Trilogy articulation setup, including wrist, waist, and ankles. Even though he features wide swaths of white paint, there were no errors or flecks to speak of at least on mine. His only accessory is his shoulder rocket launcher, which can be held in his hand or tabbed into his shoulder, but unlike the older toy it can't be elevated while tabbed into the shoulder. While I don't mind its small size since it doesn't restrict the head articulation that way, I can't help but hope some other accessories such as a rifle or some tools were included as well. (Is it too much to ask for a Wheeljack Instant Immobilizer accessory?)

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    The transformation is what you'd expect from a G1-based Wheeljack, but it has some clever moments. I particularly liked the way the shoulders wrapped around the rear to form the back of the car, that was simply ingenious. Do make sure to align the spoiler halves properly when you're done, however, since they have a tendency to get a little jostled.

    The resulting vehicle mode is a lot smaller and flatter than the older toy, but also more faithful to the original Lancia Stratos. It also features a bunch of made up sponsor decals to really sell the resemblance, which was a lovely touch. Aside from the slight color matching issue on the panels that go on the backs of the robot hands (because it's painted white while the rest of the car body is cast white), there's nothing to complain about here. It's a stunning vehicle mode that perfectly captures the spirit of the original.

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    Here's a better look at the sponsor decals, left anf right.

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    Wheeljack is another high-quality smash hit from Earthrise, a series that already has all my love. In my humble opinion, even those who own the older toy wouldn't be disappointed after replacing it with this new update.
     
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    This guy and Sunstreaker are my favourite Earthrise figures.

    Wheeljack just looks and feels like Wheeljack. Every angle, either mode, it’s Wheeljack. It’s plastic perfection, and I don’t need anything else to add to him. This is it! This is him! He’s here, and he’s a blast!

    Transformation is fun, simple, satisfying, and intuitive. He’s just a joy. There’s just not much to say about him, honestly. It’s a perfect Wheeljack.
     
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    Apart from his wings. You should deffo get the 3D printed one and then you will be set!. He's my fave in years
     
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    They don’t bother me at all. I like him stock.
     
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    Can't argue that haha. I love this guy.
     
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    Gus, I have a noob question…is Kingdom Wheeljack a straight repack? I saw him at retail in my country and my kid was bugging to get him…
     
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    Yes
     
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    Thank you! I really appreciate the reply! :) 
     
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    Repack. Yes.
     
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  19. cybeast

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    He really is! Aside from MP, I couldn't see how they'll top this Wheeljack tbh.
     
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    Question to those that own this figure: Is there any way to store store his weapon in vehicle mode? I am asking about hidden storage, by the way, not merely pegging the gun onto the roof or sides of the car and calling it good.

    I've looked through this thread and I was unable to find a straight or definitive answer, but maybe I missed it.