A modern update based on the G1 Monsterbot Doublecross,Transformers Titans Return Twinferno Review from Starscream’s Toast.
Transformers Titans Return Twinferno Review
I’ll be honest, I have no idea why but I absolutely love Doublecross. I guess in part it was through fascination at getting an American catalogue in one of my Transformers back in 1987 or 1988 and seeing the figures that weren’t being released in the UK – The Monsterbots, The Autobot and Decepticon Clones, Sixshot, Slugfest, Overkill and Fortress Maximus. Like most I was pretty surprised when Hasbro announced that Doublecross would be released in the Titans Return line, rechristened Twinferno and with the Headmaster gimmick.
On one hand I was excited, on the other I was dreading it as he has white parts and white is really hard to photograph on a white background so apologies for the slightly sub-standard pictures. I may have to follow the crowd and start taking pics on a black backdrop. Anyhoo, out of the box Titans Return Twinferno and his Titan Master partner Daburu are pretty cool, especially as Daburu has an eye patch and eye patches automatically make everyone badass.
The top half of the figure is really cool while the bottom half is a little bit kibbly and awkward as you can see on the back here. Visually though Twinferno is pretty accurate to his 1987 release even down to the halves of his tail being on the sides of his legs.
Twinferno has the unique feature of not having hands in his robot mode, instead he has claws but does have hands in his dragon mode! The arms seem a little awkward to pose because you don’t get a sense of which way is up with the dragon head hands and they can’t hold his guns which peg into the joint hole of the jaw instead.
A wrist swivel would have been very welcome here so that the ‘hands’ aren’t essentially permanently turned outwards but then the figures are subject to a lot of cost cutting so it was never going to happen. Likewise there are no ankle tilts.
Credit where it is due though, the way the guns are designed it looks like Titans Return Twinferno is holding them the way he should do – with the jaws of the heads. If you aren’t a fan of this look then you’re in luck because this figure has one of my favourite features…
Shoulder mounted weapons! I always thought it was a shame that the shoulder launchers vanished from 1986 onwards so I do love them being included again on Twinferno. Yes, I’m that easily pleased.
The transformation is fairly straightforwards and the double headed dragon mode looks great albeit with some gripes.
Again it’s supremely accurate to the original release but unfortunately Hasbro’s cost cutting is apparent here as the two halves of the tail won’t clip together and the grey panels that the hind legs are mounted to don’t actually clip into place, instead just hanging roughly where they should be. That gives the legs a bigger range of motion but it looks naff and could have been done better.
The dragon mode does have opening and closing jaws, along with poseable arms, legs and wings. The necks have no outward movement but are otherwise fine as they can be posed nicely.
The guns can be combined and mounted on the back giving Daburu somewhere to sit although it probably isn’t too comfortable back there at that angle!
The seat at the back works better with the dragon in flight although Daburu probably gets plenty of flies squishing into his face.
Twinferno is a fun figure despite his limitations but like a lot of the Titans Return line you can’t help but wonder how amazing the figures would be had they been released in the more articulated and better quality Generations line. Either way it’s still great to see a split personality dragon robot getting some love 30 years after his first release, especially considering the character has seen very little use in the interim years.
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