Pictures from Tomart's Action Figure Digest #35
News & Toy Review #51
As of 4/1/97, the entire line has reached Columbus
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Machine Wars is due out in early 1997. Reportedly the line will be exclusive
to Kay-Bee and some mailorder firms with "connections." There will be twelve
toys in the first wave, four large and eight small. The four large toys are
recolors of the large and medium Predators and Turbomasters from the
European-only release of several years ago, while the small toys are four
molds with two recolors per mold, designed as successors to the Cyberjets but
delayed for a year by Beast Wars. The larger toys are not very poseable, but
the small ones have Cyberjet-level poseability.
All four of these are recolors of Predators and Turbomasters. The sites I
used to point to for images of the originals are no longer around.
Review of Optimus Prime
Reviews of Sandstorm, Soundwave and Starscream.
Fanfic Techspecs for Ultra Rodimus, Nightgaunt and
Soundtrack (aka Optimus Prime, Starscream and Soundwave). I decided these
personalities fit the toys better than those Hasbro picked.
More Fanfic Techspecs this time for Blancnoir (Skywarp)
and D'Assault (Thundercracker), since Hasbro made the two jets into real
- Optimus Prime: Recolored Thunderclash, who was
pretty much an Optimus clone to start with. The actual figure is pretty
small, about as big as the medium Machine Wars toys, but the trailer
becomes a big-horkin' battle base in the spirit of Laser Prime (who can be
considered Thunderclash's evolutionary descendant). GIF scanned at only 75%
the size of Rotorstorm's, this box is actually bigger than that one. Click
here for the picture of Optimus Prime from the box.
- Sandstorm: Recolored Rotorstorm, the one flier
of the Turbomasters. NOT a triple-changer, despite the name, which means
they'll have to actually rewrite his techspecs some. Retains the glowing
eyes gimmick of Rotorstorm. Click here for a
picture of Sandstorm from the packaging.
- Starscream: Recolored Skyquake, not very
poseable but he drops and shoots more stuff than Laser Prime. The largest
figure of the line. Also scanned in at smaller zoom than Soundwave, is
really about 33% larger than Soundwave. The actual toy released here lacks
his gun, for child safety reasons. Click here
for the slightly inaccurate picture from the box the toy came in.
- Soundwave: Recolored Stalker, the missile
truck/comm expert of the Predators and their only non-flier. Stalker's
techspecs make him out to be almost Soundwave's evil twin, so at least this
is a marginally appropriate rename. Click here
for the photo of Soundwave from the packaging.
All eight of these have cyberjet-level poseability, and have the old
G2 symbols back. I expect to have these in my hands by the end of March,
thanks to Jameel alKhafiz who has picked up 7 of the 8 for me.
NEW! Thanks to "Jaymz Xavier Phule," I
have images from the card back of Mirage. Click HERE
for a half-size image of the full card back.
Reviews of all eight small toys
There are only two molds for these four toys. Recolor mania strikes
again. In addition, it looks like these small toys have the same sort of
spring-loaded auto-transform gimmick as the small Beast Wars toys.
- Hoist: Mechanic, tow truck. The tow hook is the
transformation trigger for this mold. Alternate Pic.
- Hubcap: Construction, tow truck. Alternate Pic.
- Mirage: Spy, Formula-1 racer. The rear spoiler is
the transformation trigger for this mold. This toy seems to continue the
long run of Formula-1 racers that just don't impress me in robot mode. Note
that the card art is recycled from a Laser Rod. Alternate
Pic. Click HERE for a greyscale picture of
the transformation instructions and secret weapon location.
- Prowl: Security, Formula-1 racer. Alternate Pic.
Again, two molds for four toys, with the autotransform likely. The tail of
the jet seems the likely trigger for all four of these. I'm told the card
art for all of these is recycled, but neither image rings a bell, so it may
be recycled Euro art for the old Predator jets.
Back to main Reviews page.
- Megaplex: "Leader", F-22 jet.
According to those who have obtained advance copies of the toys, Megaplex is
a "decoy" for Megatron, designed to draw fire away from Megs.
Alternate pic. Colors in these pictures are
inaccurate, Megaplex is primarily silvery-grey, not blue.
- Megatron: Commander, F-22 jet. Has his own
stunt double in Megaplex. Alternate pic.
- Skywarp: Infantry, Dassault Rafale jet.
- Thundercracker: Demolitions, Dassault Rafale
jet. Alternate pic.