Astrotrain from the Transformers Titans Return line gets his own gallery & review courtesy of Starscream’s Toast.
Transformers Titan Returns Astrotrain Gallery & Review
The first wave of Titans Return Voyagers was fairly disappointing as it contained the lackluster Galvatron and the incredibly orange Sentinel Prime who looked like some kind of hideous bootleg rather than an actual Transformer due to the hideous colour scheme. Wave 2 brought us Alpha Trion who was also infinitely forgettable but was saved by Astrotrain here and his Titan Master Darkmoon.
It is somewhat bemusing that a character who’s one notable moment in Transformers history is a line about jettisoning weight, which became mired in a physics discussion, but nonetheless, thanks to his appearance in the 1985 releases he has a cult following which now gives us Titans Return Astrotrain.
Astrotrain is far better than I could have imagined and the Voyager scale is perfect for him. Hasbro have beautifully captured the character as he can look perfectly innocuous and also incredibly threatening depending on how he’s posed.
The figure has no obvious tells in robot mode and no compromises; there are no awkward train or shuttle parts sticking out of him breaking up his appearance, he’s a perfectly sleek robot with some nice detailing.
The back of the Titans Return Astrotrain is nice and clean which is a lovely surprise as I was expecting there to be half a train or space shuttle hanging back there. The figure has wonderful engineering which makes you wonder how this robot can possibly turn into anything convincing in its other two forms.
Astrotrain is very easy to pose thanks to the lack of giant kibble so he’s able to wield his two guns nicely. I also love the dual turret guns on his forearms as they are a nice touch that give the Decepticon a little extra firepower.
If I have to criticise this figure then it’s pointy winklepicker feet but you know a figure is great when that’s the only thing you can give it a negative on.
The space shuttle mode is actually really nice and the transformation to get from robot to shuttle is incredibly satisfying as everything tabs together perfectly.
As is standard with Transformers Titans Return figures the weapons can be pegged into place in various configurations, leaving it to you as to how you want the figure to look.
Darkmoon could do with a lick of paint to give him some highlights as he suffers from the lack of colour that plagues the Titan Masters.
With another configuration of the weapons so Darkmoon can be a gunner we’re on to Astrotrain’s final form, the train mode.
Most people see this as the weakest mode of Titans Return Astrotrain but I personally like it a lot as it reminds me of the giant Railway Guns from World War 2 like the Schwerer Gustav, where a massive 800 mm gun was mounted onto train wheels as it was the only way to move the 1,000 tonne weapon.
In fact I’d like to see a third party giant barrel add on for the train mode but I’m probably the only person who’d buy it.
A personal recommendation is reversing Astrotrain’s feet as it gives him slightly better proportions and adds in the train’s cow catcher to the robot mode. Not for everyone admittedly, but I like it.
Hasbro have hit a home run with the Titans Return Astrotrain as there’s virtually nothing to fault with it – a fun transformation, three great modes and most importantly, an excellent robot mode.
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