Titans Return Misfire Gallery and Review!
A scavenging run took a wrong turn, giving the Allspark studios a chance to catch up to Misfire! Check out our gallery and review to see if this figure is worth scrapping a few credits for!
Misfire was one of the Decepticons I always thought looked really cool. As a kid, sitting in the living room in front of the television, I remembered spending lots of time staring at the generation one toy catalogs. The thing that always stuck up for me about Misfire was the aggressive look of his jet mode. Sure, there were other Decepticon jets that looked kind of menacing, but none of them had the the look that Misfire had. Slugslinger and Triggerhappy looked just a little bit too much like Autobots for me, both having primarily blue and white color schemes which I equated much more with Autobots than Decepticons, while Triggerhappy took the noble look a step further and had an alt-mode fit for a Jedi. Misfire didn’t have that problem. He was a magenta menace, with an alt-mode that made me think he would chase humans down as they ran from him, sweeping him up in the sharp “teeth” on the front of his nosecone. (I had a somewhat morbid imagination as a kid.)
Break to 2017 and we get a fantastic update of this one-time brick. While he is based off of the Triggerhappy mold, there have been significant changes made to Misfire to really make him his own bot. Let’s take a look!
Misfire’s vehicle mode is a sleek, sharp-angled jet. He looks like somebody took one of those double-bladed daggers that you find at all the Renaissance fairs and based his design on that. Since I had not read any of the comics, nor had I ever seen the few generation one episodes where he appeared, I had no idea that Misfire was a very literal naming, and therefore I assumed that this very menacing jet was a Decepticon with whom to be reckoned. The Titans Return version of Misfire is much more compact than his G1 counterpart, and he is more streamlined. His legs actually fall in line with his cockpit, unlike the original version. Another nice addition to this vehicle is that he can actually carry weapons under his wings, whereas the original version was weapon less unless he carried his Targetmaster on top. There’s really nothing bad about this mode, other than having to pretend he has exhaust ports or engines, since they are not clearly defined. Guess I’ll give my imagination some practice. 🙂
To transform Misfire, first detach his forearms from the sides of his legs. Next, rotate his shins outward and extend his legs fully, then flip out his feet while rotating the mid-section up to connect with his torso. Rotate the nosecone behind the cockpit. The arm transformation is a little trickier than the other steps, but not by much. Disconnect the shoulders from the wings, rotate the panels connected to the shoulders upwards, into the upper part of the torso, while maintaining the wings perpendicular to the figure. Flip out the hands, pop his soon to be missing you guns in them, and slap his head into place and you’re done!
There are a few significant changes to this mold, beyond character details. Misfire does not require to have his torso rotated along a joint on his back like Triggerhappy does. A negative change is that Misfires shoulders sadly do not connect as solidly to the torso as the shoulders do on Triggerhappy. Character detail changes include new arms, a new torso, and a new nosecone.
As with Triggerhappy, what’s not to love with Misfire? He is a spot-on vision of the spirit of the G1 character, with all the added articulation galore that this mold and its previous iteration have to offer. The only thing that I would like to change personally is the color of the optics, but that is because I am more of an IDW fan that I am of the G1 material, and Misfire has red optics in More Than Meets the Eye. In spite of that, this is still a great figure that looks great with his squad brother.
As with many of the figures from the Titans Return line, Misfire is a solid figure with very few negatives. The issue with the shoulders not clicking in solidly is not as bad as it could be, but at this day and age, bad shoulder syndrome should not even exist. Even so, solid looks and great articulation make Misfire rate high for me. I’m going to give him an 8 out of 10 on the tech spec rating system, and say you better pick this guy up the moment you see him. You don’t want to miss out.