Starscream’s Toast reviews one of the most popular Transformers toys of recent times – Titans Return Gnaw
Titans Return Gnaw
Last summer saw hoards of people outside chasing Pokemon while this January saw hoards of grown men charging around supermarkets and Toys R Us trying to track down a monster of a different sort – Titans Return Gnaw! Why is he so popular? With Transformers and toys in general hiking in price this Legends class figure is still affordable which means that Transformers fans could finally have their army of Sharkticons that they always wanted. Larger third party Sharkticons tend to run at around £25 each so army building those takes a deep wallet.
The packaging for Titans Return and Combiner Wars has been a big hit with me but that’s mainly cause I love Livio Ramondelli‘s artwork and he worked on some of the character images for this line. Ones that aren’t his are heavily based on his artwork so it’s a win/win.
The back of the card makes the robot mode look terrible but in fairness, it is terrible. With Legends scale figures it’s hard to get both modes right but in Gnaw’s case I can’t imagine anyone really cares as it’s all about the shark mode.
Titans Return Gnaw in his robot mode isn’t a great sight. He can barely see over his teeth, he can’t properly hold his mace and his proportions are all over the place with particularly long arms and stumpy kibbly legs that are difficult to get any poses out of.
This photo is about as good as it’ll get for posing and you can probably see what I mean about kibble on his legs as they have half a shark head and an arm hanging off the back of each one.
Shark mode is where it’s at with Titans Retun Gnaw though and this mode is fantastic. I hadn’t quite clipped the head together properly in the photo above but it does line up sit together nicely and you can open it up for battle damage.
The jaw can be closed for a little variation amongst the troops, the arms are articulated only at the shoulders and while the legs can be posed they generally don’t have a huge range to make the figure stand properly. Again the mace doesn’t sit properly in place which can make the tail fall off.
It’s easy to understand the excitement for this figure, sure he’s not the best Transformer ever and he’s probably not the best Legends class figure ever but he’s definitely one of the most fun especially when it comes to the shark mode which looks like it stepped right out of the 1986 animated movie. Is this a must have figure? Absolutely and the more the better. Titans Return Gnaw hit retail in the US on January 7th which means that it’ll be one of the oldest figures for the year come December but it’ll definitely be near the top of every Transformer of the Year list.