Trypticon is an 18” tall plastic Kaiju of mass destruction. Speaking of Kaiju, he is obviously Godzilla “homage” so dinosaur he is not.
Of course that is in my humble lowly opinion. Any way this is our first modern Decepticon released in the Prime Wars trilogy under the
Titans Return heading. In order to integrate the Decepticon city into the gimmick of the current line, Hasbro/Takara-Tomy decided to add
the Titan Master gimmick to Trypticon. The other small but enjoyable gimmick is that he eats other titan masters to which all I can say is Bravo!
The integration is fairly interesting as what they have done is created a loose interpretation of a Brain Master. Any Titan Master could be inserted into a slot behind Trypticons eyes where is brain should sit. This gimmick causes the iconic gun to eject through the use of a spring mechanism. Full-Tilt, who will be reviewed in a separate article, also has the Titan Master gimmick integrated.
The figure is a fun addition to the line but not without its flaws. Unfortunately there is a hip issue that is affecting some figures. The issues are derived from a spring that is too strong which causes the plastic components to break thus destroying the hip. There are several fixes out there which could be employed and if you can get the spring dimensions EBay does have sellers who sell springs. It’s a fairly simple fix and has also been acknowledged by Hasbro at SDCC 2017.
Another issue that I came into was that the front door was way too tight. There are screws on the left side of the body that could be tightened or loosened depending on which side of the issue you are on. The same could be done with the tail also if it is too loose. Other than the hips, these are fairly minor issues whose mileage may vary
Some will notice that the Titan does not come with his tank Brunt and does not have electronics, which is a shame. It was stated by Hasbro that a decision had to be made between Full-Tilt and the electronics. Seeing as the other two Titans came with electronics and their partners I wonder how much extra this figure would have cost? Still, I would highly suggest this figure is a must have. It is a G1 Trypticon who is bigger, badder, and more detailed than his G1 namesake with loads of articulation.
Trypticon has really good articulation for a figure his size, even compared to the former two titans. Right off the bat he has ankle tilts. That right there is a major improvement that cannot go unstated. The ankle ratchets are strong and sturdy as they should be. The figure has the prerequisite knee joints that work as expected with good ratchets. The hips can rotate and have one click outward movement. Hasbro/Takara-Tomy applied lessons learned from the previous two outings but may have gone too far as the hip ratchets can be too strong.
As stated in the overview, the hip ratchets could destroy the hips. At SDCC 2017 Hasbro was asked about the issue and is aware. Moving on, the tail has a single point of articulation at the base that locks in place in the down position. It is mostly useful for getting better standing poses. The arms can rotate at 360 degrees and includes nice outward movement. They are on friction joints. The hands are also on friction joints and can open and close.
The fingers do not have independent joints and there is no hand rotation which is a shame. The head is on a rotation joint that can be hindered by the towers. If the towers are moved out of the way the head could get 360 degrees of rotation. And the mouth can open or close.
Build Quality: The quality is pretty good and the plastic feels good. There are some issues that I think could have been avoided with a better QC process. The issues are easily fixable but that is something the customer should not have to bare.
Paint: There are few paint apps. The stickers provided are used to help bring out the details. But the paint applications that are provided are not bad. The toes, mouth guns, and forehead weapon are all painted in nice silver. There is some yellow paint on the hips and the inner hip “Gear Assembly” is painted silver. The ramp has some silver detailing under the ramp. There is also paint on the dorsal fin to match the main body dark grey.
Accessories: The figure comes with Deluxe Full-Tilt (with gun), Titan Master Necro, sticker sheet, collector’s card, and instructions.
Like the other Titans this guy is a triple changer. He transforms pretty much like the original G1 figure. He is fairly simple but not Metroplex or Fort Max simple as in he does not do the sit down now I am a base or ship mode. Nemesis ship mode is pretty simple. He essentially lies on his back and splits the sides open to reveal his wings, landing strip, and ramps. The head rotates and the legs are curled into position and pegged in to the sides.
Not much to it but for a figure this size I think a simple transformation is best, in my opinion. The base mode only requires a few extra steps. The legs are split apart and splayed out and the front side and tail ramps are deployed. The towers are rotated in the vertical position. I did not encounter any step that was tricky or that might cause issues. Would I have liked a few surprises: sure. But with what we got it does the job to get the figure into his recognizable G1 configurations.