I love what is hated...sometimes.
By Dennis on January 12, 2016
Everyone hates this classics mold. I can see issues, sure, but is he worth hating? You decide!!
Colour - Okay, so to my mind, this is ironhide.I do wish the upper arms were black and lower red, but that was just transposed colours. I wish the upper thighs were silver and not black. However, I like the red used, miss not having the yellow line in vehicle mode and was lucky - my face was silver, not the allspark blue many complain about. ther eis no mistaking this is Ironhide and STILl beats the pants off the Combiner Wars version who, to me, looks NOTHING like ironhide.
Posing - this is tricky. there is both good and bad. The hips, knees, thigh swivel and feet all have great movement, in my opinion. Well, the knees might not quite go as far as I would like, but it is ghood enough. the shoulders go 360 and swivel out nicely. the elbows are okay and the bicept swivel is nice. Now, the bad. The arms stand out naturally far from the body. I don't mind because Ironhide should be a bruising powerhouse anyway.the head DOES look like it doesn't quite come up all the way, looking slightly chest sunken...but not on mine. My head come up fine.However, sometimes the crotch piece doesn't want to lock. My Ratchet's does terrific and is sturdy, my Ironhide's does not and while it holds, there is little friction and it is easy to knock his lower body loose.Mileage will vary...like with Combiner Wars Brawl who has a similar issue.
Transformation - it generally isn't hard, just panely. the trick is lining everything up and when you do...you get a vehicle that rolls nice but looks like a puzzle. The strength is in the bot mode. I appreciate the vehicle is still an SUV, but I isn't quite Ironhide.
Fun factor- he IS fun in both modes despite transformation being a paint at parts. Most notably, the leg panel might pop off and the mushroom joint for the waist might cause Ironhide to split in two. neither is too bad as you can just pop both joint back on no problem. Still, I shouldn't happen at all. Normally, I am deliberate enough in my movements that said problematic joins don't give me any issues.
Do I recommend him? He is the right size and has the window chest. he is better than the spli stomach botcon one and beats the Combiner Wars one. For your CHUG display? This is still the definitive one to have, I think.