Thursday, August 31, 2017

Toy Review: Transformers Generations Titans Return Kup & Flintlock


Review:  #400
Name:  Kup
Brand:  Transformers
Allegiance:  Autobot
Line:  Generations - Titans Return
Year of Release:  2017
Size Class:  Deluxe (Wave 4)
Mold Status:  new

FLINTLOCK:


Kup's Titan Master is Flintlock and cast in two plastic colors which helps bring out some of the detailing.


The robot head doesn't actually protrude out from behind the Titan Master when viewed from the front which is nice.


He has limited articulation being balljointed head and shoulders.

VEHICLE MODE:


Kup transforms into a futuristic pickup truck much more in line with his appearance in the 1986 movie.


He looks pretty good in hand actually, although the unpainted rear is a disappointment.


Something to note is that the wheels are cast from smokey clear plastic.


In terms of size, he is a quite small in this mode.  Above is a comparison against DOTM Jolt.


As part of the Titans Return line, he comes with a card showcasing artwork of his robot mode.


The pair of robot guns also peg onto his back for storage in this mode.


Interactivity with Flintlock includes the cockpit opening up for him to drive in.  Unfortunately, untabbing the windshield will make the front unstable since the windshield is the piece holding it all together.


You can combine the guns together to form a seat for Flintlock too, such that he can sit on the back of the vehicle firing at enemies.


A strong vehicle mode, the only negatives are the minimal paint applications and the smaller size.

TRANSFORMATION:

This is where Kup's surprise comes in.  While the torso and the arms is predictable, the legs are very interesting and clever.  They are formed by the sides of the vehicle as well as the back, and the way that they fold onto each other to form the lower legs was fun and unexpected.

ROBOT MODE:


Robot mode is faithful to the one from the 1986 movie, a lot more slender and minimal in kibble compared to the previous Generations version.


There is literally no kibble on him which is impressive.  You can see the pieces that wrap around to form his lower legs but they form an integral part of the body.


The headsculpt, while still not super friendly is a lot better than the previous Generations version and very evocative of the character.


A comparison against Jolt, you can see that Kup gains more height in this mode and being more in line with other Deluxes.


A quick comparison against the previous Generations Kup and each has their strengths (the previous for the sculpting, size, complexity while this one for its accuracy).


Articulation is fantastic with joints at the waist, shoulders, elbows, knees, hips and neck.


He is stable in all poses thanks to the minimal amount of kibble or pieces hanging off him.


Kup comes with a pair of guns which unfortunately to accommodate the Titan Master gimmick means that sculpting is only on one side, and is hollow on the other side...


He can hold the weapons on either hand.


When not in use, you can combine it together and store it on his back.


The detailing inside his torso looks great and even more clever when you consider it is actually the grill of the vehicle mode.


A stellar robot mode, Kup really turned out to be the surprise of the wave.

OVERALL:

While it may not look like it at first glance or even at the stock photos, Kup is a nice figure.  His transformation while simple for the most part, has an interesting twist for his legs.  He is accurate in both modes and ends up being one of the best from the wave.

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