While this will certainly not be the last Dark of the Moon toy you see featured here this week, I will at least promise to pull back on the Cyberverse stuff a little bit. Today I’m going to finish my look at the three Commander figures I own with a rather unexpected treat: Powerglide. Now, it’s no small secret that the last Powerglide figure was a bit disappointing. He was a decent enough figure on his own, but he didn’t fit in the Classics line and he was way too big to suit the character. Just take a look at Generations Warpath again, Hasbro. That’s how to do a proper revival of a G1 Minibot. Anyway, I saw Powerglide listed a little while back on the list of forthcoming Cyberverse figures, but I just figured it was a recycled name for a Bayformer inspired toy. Nope. What we have here is actually a pretty solid G1 homage that feels more faithful to the original character than that oversized Classics/Universe 2.0 toy did. Let’s take a look…
I’ve spilled enough electronic ink on the packaging used for the Cyberverse Commander figures, so I won’t linger for long on it here. Suffice it to say, it’s attractive, shows off the figure really well, and is even collector friendly. Powerglide is packaged in his robot form, but we’re still going to start by looking at his jet mode.
Yep, that’s the Powerglide we all know and love. He’s still based on the real world A-10 Warthog, a distinctive looking aircraft that’s been in service for a really long time. Powerglide has some crazy detail for such a little toy, complete with intricate panel lines and a tiny sculpted chaingun under the nose. The coloring is pretty faithful to the original G1 toy as well, and I love the wings on the silver Autobot emblems. He’s even got flip down landing gear and removable weapon racks for under his wings. This jet mode is a homerun.
Powerglide’s transformation is very clever and fairly complex for such a little figure. The resulting robot looks very good and makes for a great homage to the original character, especially where the headsculpt is concerned. Although there are a few little things about the figure that nag at me. The parts that form his shoulders peg into his torso, but not very strongly, so when you manipulate his arms, they tend to pull right out. Granted, it’s a problem that has certainly plagued bigger and more expensive Transformers, so I’m not going to make a big deal about it here. He has very nice articulation, with hinges and swivels in the shoulders, balljoints in the hips and hinged elbows and knees.
The weapon racks that you take off of Poweglide’s wings for transformation double as hand weapons, but neither of them work all that well. One of them looks pretty good, but it’s hard to get it to stay in his hand. The other just looks awkward and I’d rather put it to the side than display him holding it.
Yeah, Powerglide has a few issues, but they aren’t enough to blemish what is otherwise a really clever design and a very impressive little Transformer. Hasbro could have probably produced this exact figure as a Scout or Deluxe and I would have been more satisfied with it as a Classics Powerglide than I would the oversized toy they actually produced for that line. He’s yet another reason why I am really amazed by Cyberverse’s Commander assortment and I think he’s well worth picking up, even for those who don’t intend to pursue this line.