Super7 ReAction Wave 2.1 Gallery and Review!
Blasting into the Allspark Studio a from a past that never was is the first half of the second wave of Super7 ReAction Transformers! Will they fill the cartoon figure void deep within your soul, or just stand at attention on your shelf like they were designed? Tune in after the break to find out!
When I first saw images of the ReAction Transformers line, I was not totally convinced I would buy them. In general I do not buy non-transforming Transformers, so things like the recent Dollar Tree blind packed mini-figures did not get my attention. I have seen other ReAction lines at brick and mortar retail, and some were a hit, and some were a miss.
Maybe it was the impressive card art that finally got me interested in checking this line out, since I like to rotate out pop-culture images in the background of my office where I hold video conferences. All I know is I took a leap on a purchase here, and I am glad I did.
Carded or No?
The card art for these figures is really cool. The base for the front of each card is the classic red or purple grid with the fade to black gradient. On top of that is a beautifully rendered classic Transformers logo, with a garnish of either the G1 Autobot or Decepticon symbol and descriptor in the upper right and the classic “More Than Meets the Eye” tagline on the bottom left. This is enveloped in the grey that forms the “frame” for each character.
Floating just inside the frame is a darkened background of a Cybertronian city, in front of which is posed each of the featured characters, floating just inside and outside of the frame. All of the Transformers are posed in a way that embodies each individual character, from Grimlock’s all assuming power stance to Rumble’s “punk with guns in hand”. I would really like to know who did the cart for this line, because they look like someone I would like to follow on Twitter or Instagram. The art is very classic, cartoon inspired, and alive.
Each of the characters is named in a yellow box just above their bubble. Note that Frenzy/Rumble is called Rumble here and Jetfire is Skyfire, which makes sense since this line is heavily based on the animation. There are no sub-designations on these figures. They are simply tagged “action figure”. To the right of the bubble is the blue and white ReAction logo. Within the bubble on each card you will find the figures standing straight at attention, which is in line with a series that is trying to give you lots of properties based on the Kenner Star Wars 5 POV look that was iconic in the early 80’s. If the character has a blaster, it is included in the tray within which they rest. Grimlock gets his sword and blaster, Rumble gets his backpack weapons that double as blasters, and Skyfire and Shrapnel (both of which appear to be registered trademarks now…does this mean the end of Skrapnel?) get their weapons from the cartoon. It is interesting to note that Shrapnel is the only one from the set with a closed fist, as his right hand cannot hold his weapon.
The back of the cards is the same for each figure, apart from the logo that references their allegiance, and the barcode. There is no individual information, like a mini-bio, tech spec, or anything else that would set the backs apart. It is a classic 8-back cross sell, just letting you know if you only see some of the figures that your collecting is not done. It is still visually impressive, as it gives you a better view of the background from the front of the card.
The figures I have came from BBTS, and appear to be made for a EU market release. I am not sure if they are all like that, or if there is a US/Americas version of the card backs as I have yet to find any of these in brick and mortar stores, and will likely not be looking anytime soon since the area I would search is high risk now due to the corona virus pandemic.
These figures display impressively as carded, mint pieces. They look like beautiful retro cartoon artwork that can be mounted on a collector’s wall. While I always open my figures, I have chosen specific characters to use as carded art in my office. From the first half of wave 2, I am keeping a carded Skyfire. The line is a little expensive for what you get, however, so I do not expect most collectors will be following suit.
Open ‘Em Up!
So, I have to open my figures. This line is no exception, in-spite of the designs. Each figure has 5 points of articulation, just 2 points short of the Action Master line from the 80’s. The designs are nicely cartoon inspired, if not a tad simplified to with the with theme of the line. The lines on each mold are nice and crisp when straight, and beautifully curved when the character design calls for it.
The colors are nice and appropriately cartoon level bright, which really makes each figure pop. Grimlock’s red and yellow are especially striking. Skyfire is a little off-white for my taste, but considering the base material of the figure, it probably would not have remained bone-white forever if it had been done in that shade. All figures come with cartoon inspired faction symbols. Also great is that Autobots have blue eyes, Decepticons have red. As it should be.
Due to the 5 POA, there is not a lot of dynamic posing that can be done. Grimlock and Rumble get into nice “G1-art style” poses that nicely fit their characters. Shrapnel and Skyfire look great standing at attention (animation bumper style). I also really like pairing Skyfire with Wave 1 Starscream. The original “science bros”.