Saturday, May 4, 2013

Transformers Generations Springer - 30th Anniversary

Presenting the Autobot Springer from the Transformers 30th Anniversary Generations Toy Line.

Springer is not to be confused with the Transformers Generations Springer Asian Exclusive  - though I'm pretty sure that a lot of that will happen. This particular Transformers Generations Springer is the herald of the upcoming 30th year anniversary of the Transformers in 2014 - so do expect to empty your pockets more from now till then.

I've always loved the Green Knight of the Autobot and could never quite understand why Hasbro only released one version (G1) of Springer as a triple changer.  Everything else that followed that simply wasn't up to par. So when I saw that they finally did, I absolutely had to grab him

The next in line a leader of the Autobots and the Wreckers following the death of Rodimus Prime's Blister card reads:

"Autobot Springer was built to be a tough guy (No shit!)  Everything about him from his nickel-plated blaster cannon to his bad-boy attitude, is calculated to communicate exactly what he wants it to - that he's a no-holds-barred, take-no-prisoners kind of guy. 

He prefers to fight alone, trusting his skills and luck to get him out of tight spots, rather than relying on his fellow warriors. After all, other Autobots fail. Autobot Springer never does."

 While I like the romanticized loner bad-boy that they make him out to be, I do believe it does Transformers Generations Springer a disservice not to mention his leadership skills.

The blister card places Springers statistics as follows:

  • Strength - 10 Whoa! That was unexpected!
  • Intelligence - 8
  • Speed - 8
  • Endurance - 9
  • Rank - 7 - Strange for someone who's almost next in line.
  • Courage - 8
  • Fireblast - 7 - Awwwww. I expected more
  • Skill - 7 - Again I expected more. 

What's to like about the 30th Anniversary Generations Springer?

To be perfectly honest I was expecting to find a stiff figure with very poor articulation what having sacrificed the ability to move for the ability to transform into three vehicles.

So I was pleasantly surprised to find out that this was not the case. Transformers Generations Springer is one of the most poseable figures that I've had the pleasure of playing with in quite a while. In fact posing Springer is almost like posing a Marvel Legends or GI Joe figure - especially with his ability to twist his torso.

Transformers Generations Springer comes with everything you see above, a Sword, and a twin-barrelled blaster cannon with spring loaded missiles. Springer doesn't have to use both at any point in time. When not in use, either the blaster cannon or the sword can be mounted on his back:

If you "dislocate" his chest-piece, Transformers Generations Springer can actually grasp his sword or blaster from behind:

While I personally think Transformers Generations Springer looks great without weapons:

And you can actually attach both Springer's blaster cannon and sword to create a really wicked looking weapon:

Transformers Generations Springer really shines with his sword:

And if you look close enough, you start to see a possible mount for the Autobot Matrix of Leadership:

Transformers Generations Springer's sword splits to become a rotor for his helicopter mode, or stores neatly on his underside in armored car mode. The double-barreled cannon can also be mounted in either mode:

Here's Springer's car mode:

What's NOT to like about the 30th Anniversary Generations Springer?

I think the first problem with the Transformers 30th Anniversary Generations Springer is that he does deviate slightly from the original portrayal of Springer. I'm not 100% sure if this is good or bad, as you can say the same deviation exists in the Transformers Generations incarnations of KupWheeljackWreck-GarWarpathPerceptor, or even Blurr, but for me, personally, there's just something a bit .... off. Addendum: Mark Renn, a good friend of mine and fellow collector pointed out that Springer is actually based on his appearance in IDW's Last Stand of the Wreckers.

And speaking of KupWheeljackWreck-GarWarpathPerceptor and Blurr, Transformers 30th Anniversary Generations Springer is a Voyager Class Transformer. He's towering! His long torso makes him incompatible with the idea that Deluxe Class Wreck-Gar kicked his ass - unless we see this incarnation of Springer as indeed, his matrix enhanced form, or the next incarnation of Springer (At certain points, he does look like a green Rodimus Prime). 

Speaking of off, have you noticed how it looks like Springer had an accident before shooting for this pictorial? Yes, that right fender is out of place. A lot of things are out of place. This is one of the more frustrating Transformer to transform because nothing locks into place. I'm not sure... scratch that, I'm pretty sure, I know how to transform a Transformer and I know how to read instructions, yet still, he feels "incompletely transformed." And a lot of that is either because of the plastic used - which feels slightly cheap by the way (That fender really is bent), or because of bad pegs. 

Lastly, Springer lacks feet support. He's top heavy and flexible, but note how he's been posed constantly leaning against the wall.

This particular Transformers Generations 30th Anniversary Springer was purchased from Toys R' Us in Galleria here in Manila at a retail price of  PhP 1,499.75 (Roughly US$ 36.58). He's available on Amazon for US$ 44.99 (Roughly PhP 1,844.60 plus shipping).

The Green Knight is worth it.


  1. This toy is actually based on Springer from IDW's Last Stand of the Wreckers.
    Pretty accurate IMHO. :)

  2. Everything on mine locks in fine. You're just not lining things up right. I every shot of his helicopter mode, its obvious you didnt connect the two wheel sections together, and while you say he has balance issues, you're also trying to pose him basically sitting down in the air. No figure can do that. There's no springs in his missile launcher, either. I have no idea where you're getting this matrix enhanced or next leader of the autobots stuff from, but I don't think you understand springer, or this toy, as well as you think you do. I mean, it's pretty sad that a transformers fan didnt even know where this design came from, you know?

  3. You know you've made it when the trolls start to appear. YAY!!!!! :D

  4. So, because I pointed out valid problems with the review, I'm a troll? Because you obviously couldn't have gotten anything wrong. Of course. How stupid of me. All toys should be able to lean way back and magically float in place. It's the toys fault it didn't lock in place even though I see transformation steps obviously skipped. Of course. I'm wrong and a troll, and you're perfect.

  5. Another example of you skipping transformation steps and blaming the toy, in addition to the helicopter one I brought up originally: it's obvious that you didn't peg the arms into the legs in car mode from the side angle photo. You didn't even finish transforming the thing, but you'll blame the toy. These are completely valid complaints with your review. If you're reviewing something, you should actually make some kind of effort to know what you're talking about. Instead, all your negatives come off as due to your own ignorance, or unrealistic expectations concerning balance. I'm not a troll, I'm a person pointing out mistakes you made, whether you want to hear it or not.

  6. Of course you're a troll! Thanks for helping raise my page views though and for being thoughtful enough to come visit me more than once just to act like a big dark creature living under a bridge flinging inflammatory remarks hoping to provoke me or my readers by showing what a great guy you are while hiding under complete anonymity. Yup. Definitely a troll. But thank for the page-views! Do keep visiting and criticizing. I appreciate every tiny boost that it gives my site. .

  7. How am I a troll? You refuse to acknowledge the problems in your review. You won't engage me or my points in any intelligent manner. You're the one coming off trollish here, not me.

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  9. I'm assuming that he is taking a queue from the G1 series and from the transformers wiki about Springer being next in line after Rodimus Prime. It was first mentioned in the G1 cartoon of Season 3 - Five Faces of Darkness, when Rodimus Prime was first thought to be dying and was about to pass the matrix to Springer. It was also mentioned at the epilogue of The Last Stand of the Wreckers titled "Zero Point". Springer was repaired after his fight with Overlord, but was comatose. After Roadbuster commented he was their greatest leader, his "matrix blue" eyes began to glow...I placed the reference below:

    "Transformers' optics glow because the Spark is healthy, and act as a genuine 'window' into the soul. Springer's optics hint that he might actually be Matrix compatible."

    Hope this helps to clarify things!

  10. LOLOLOL man you have more patience than I do Denis, I woulda let this kid have it but then it'd make you look like a jerk lol. For the last year or so I have come here looking for TF/Marvel/Joe reviews then patiently waiting as they hit the states...I had the same issues with my Springer, and a few friends have too so I know there is a problem here. Mine has a boring pose on my bookcase because he has to be weighted towards to back to stay upright. Anyways, keep doing your thing! ::cheers::

  11. Well... it is true that by trolling he is improving my site's google performance :)


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