Another day, another new toy on the horizon, eh? Although through unofficial means, we now have our first look at the upcoming Legacy Blitzwing!
Transformers Legacy Leader Blitzwing first look & inhand images. 📸PrimevsPrime pic.twitter.com/WcbCsrshCk
— TFsource – Toy Store (@TFsource) March 24, 2022
Excitement for this figure was already high, but I think the response it garnered online was somewhat unprecedented. It seemed as though everyone was ready to weigh in on whether it looked good or bad, with the debate raging throughout last week.
Blitzwing chart update. pic.twitter.com/CQp1V2wjbd
— greenseeker (@greenseeker1) March 25, 2022
So today, we’ve rounded up a cross-section of that reaction from Twitter and attempted to break down some of the main areas of debate and intrigue! Buckle up…
#8: There’s a lot of excitement about the robot mode
Ahhh Blitzwing, I can't wait to have you in my collection ❤️❤️❤️
Even with the minor faults I have with the Legacy toy, it won't stop me from getting him. For this moment, for the next few years, this is the best Blitzwing we've gotten that harkens back to his G1 looks. pic.twitter.com/bKBRI9ML4L
— Solartron in 2022 (@Solar_Transform) March 24, 2022
OK, first things first – it seems as though the robot mode has mostly hit the mark! Whilst it’s rare for any toy to win everyone over entirely, the general reaction was that this form performs well in terms of overall look, adherence to the character’s classic animation model and how it scales with other figures in the Generations line.
Legacy Blitzwing is fine. His Sunbow model was daft as hell, this looks daft as hell. It's fine. It gets the job done. Looking silly is fine. That's what makes it fun. pic.twitter.com/BsyJrRcPO1
— 🦖Storm the Prediction Man™🦖 (@ARCTIC_ST0RM) March 23, 2022
Many people perhaps rightly pointed out that Blitzwing is a reasonably unusual design, including plenty of quirks due to both the original 1985 toy and the corresponding animation model.
Still, most considered this attempt at the robot mode successful overall, with the articulation also being cited as a positive.
Is Blitzwing a perfect figure? No, certainly not. Are there things that bug me personally? Absolutely. Will I still buy him, though? Definitely. I love so much about this guy, he's pretty much an instant buy for me, provided I can afford him pic.twitter.com/zdi0PCQfjg
— Decepticonaiden (@decepticonaiden) March 23, 2022
Even people who were happy to point out flaws in some of the other modes ultimately concluded the figure had won them over, primarily due to his humanoid form.
#7: Reaction to the alternate modes is mixed at best
Blitzwing’s cockpit sticking out in tank mode is dumb. Even more so is that the window is a faux piece with the real window on the underside. Yes it’s based on the animation model but it’s still dumb. pic.twitter.com/D8OwgZGzxm
— Josh Stieglitz (@Wheeljack64) March 23, 2022
However, the mood was notably more sombre when it came to the two alternate forms, with the jet and tank modes coming in for various criticisms. One of the most controversial aspects was the sizeable and glaringly-placed jet cockpit on the front of the tank form.
I'm sorry but this was all I could think of when I saw this pic. I'm sorry but please tell me that's mistransformed here…🤣
— Lucy Duchess aka HighbeamTF (@highbeamtf) March 23, 2022
More than any other aspect, this drew the harshest reactions. However, equally some fans were keen to point out it is presumably an attempt at cartoon accuracy, given the appearance of the tank mode in the 1980s’ animation. There was some further question about how much the new design actually resembles this specific part of the cartoon’s appearance, though!
Legacy Blitzwing Tank mode much better based on original G1 cartoon. pic.twitter.com/cOdY1mNO3g
— G1 Grimlock (@G1Grimlock1) March 26, 2022
There were also attempts to point out the cockpit could be observed in the same place on the G1 toy’s tank mode, although in truth, that’s a common mistransformation the cartoon rather infamously adopted at the time! Thus the Legacy toy is still ‘correct’ as far as the animation goes, even if the 1985 figure set a different precedent.
The funniest thing about all this Legacy Blitzwing debate regarding the visible jet cockpit in tank mode is that the G1 toy actually didn't have the cockpit at the front (also see instructions & box pics here).
It's a common mistransformation that the cartoon model got wrong. pic.twitter.com/m1SMGWoXkT
— Sixo (@SixoTF) March 27, 2022
That also had people wondering if you could just flip the turret of the tank mode round, similar to the G1 toy, although I’ll leave you to decide if the result is a success or not.
— Seibertron.com (@seibertroncom) March 24, 2022
Naturally, some were quick to point out the tank isn’t necessarily all that ‘cartoon accurate’ overall, so choosing this one questionable aspect to be faithful is a strange choice, perhaps. That’s especially true when you realise the cockpit appears to be a faux part, with a second canopy visible on the bottom of the tank mode, presumably just to recreate the appearance of this section from the cartoon.
I have a question about Blitzwing and the tank windscreen: that's not the jet mode windscreen. The jet mode windscreen is under it. They're on opposite sides of that chunk. So, why bother? To make it look like the (wrong) G1 model? What going on? pic.twitter.com/WgN6VtK8pl
— Lord Lowan (@Lowanbehold99) March 24, 2022
Still, plenty of people were willing to defend the tank mode, with some praise for the overall style of the thing, even if the cockpit remained a source of intrigue.
Tank mode is very, very nice. I love the shaping on him. he doesn't look as much like G1 Blitzwing as he does like a genuine TANK. I could picture this thing rolling through the battlefield, crushing everything in its wake. But, I'll admit, the cockpit does bug me a bit pic.twitter.com/iGj5i67Y4i
— Decepticonaiden (@decepticonaiden) March 23, 2022
It’s arguably a strange mix, with ‘accuracy’ prioritised for oddly-specific parts but not so observed as a whole. Whatever your thoughts, it looks as though this is indeed the way it will be!
I really have to hand it to the Transformers designers. They managed, against the odds, to create a jet mode for Blitzwing that's lumpier than his G1 toy. pic.twitter.com/1wdqPw5Yc6
— Matt 'Wib' Ward (@WibDoesTweets) March 24, 2022
The jet mode also caught a fair amount of critique, with the more kibbly aspects of the design coming under fire for one thing. The obvious tank treads under the wings did not sit well with many fans, even if they were happy to admit the animation look of the jet had always been a bit bizarre.
what a disappointment. Jet mode, fucking awful. I know why its the way that it is but that doesnt mean its good. Then theres that fucking cockpit with 2 fucking windows because of our oh so precious G1. Its bad. Its a bad Blitzwing. pic.twitter.com/2Le7jPuzg0
— SOUND (@erikdoesstuff) March 23, 2022
So, not the same vibe as the robot mode, overall! There were some attempts to ‘explain’ the kibble, though…
I guess it could be?
#6: Some other aspects of the transformation also received criticism
christofalfuckingmighty, his *wings* are faux-parts. The guy who turns into a jet, who had *wings* as part of his silhouette, has *fake wings*. Murder me to death. https://t.co/QLA86eePvb
— Chris McFeely (@chrismcfeely) March 23, 2022
The transformation came under scrutiny as well as the modes themselves, including the use of ‘fake’ or ‘faux’ parts to achieve a specific look. As well as the second jet canopy, the wings on the robot mode shoulders are a second set used exclusively to make Blitzwing’s humanoid form look accurate to his G1 appearance, with the jet mode wings themselves folding out of the way during conversion.
Ultimately, this created yet more debate about the nature of these transformations and whether or not it’s a good thing to use such a degree of ‘fake’ parts to achieve G1 accuracy.
thinking about how Legacy Blitzwing has tiny vestigial jet horizontal stabilizer fins on the front of his jet mode because they were on Blitzwing's shoulders originally and that's where Legacy Blitzwing's shoulders ended up pic.twitter.com/pjq5pFPTRW
— David M Willis! (@damnyouwillis) March 26, 2022
In Legacy Blitzwing’s case, the translation of the animation model to a new toy form is one that’s undoubtedly led to some unusual aspects, such as the observation above. When you also consider the animation model’s incorrect assessment of the jet cockpit for the tank mode, it’s interesting to see how these quirks have evolved over the years!
#5: Naturally, it’s being compared to Titans Return
Me looking at Legacy Blitzwing when I already have Titans Return Blitzwing pic.twitter.com/oEdbl00Nwk
— 🦖Storm the Prediction Man™🦖 (@ARCTIC_ST0RM) March 26, 2022
The big question on many people’s minds was whether the new Legacy toy shaped up favourably versus the 2017 Titans Return design. Again, opinion varied on the matter, but plenty felt it did.
Made this on my phone to express my feelings about both Titans Return Blitzwing and Legacy Blitzwing. pic.twitter.com/IeJO301ah1
— Chugway1138 (@chugway1138) March 25, 2022
It’s safe to say not everyone was convinced, however, with some pointing out that the new toy’s slavish attempt at cartoon accuracy didn’t necessarily make it ‘better’.
I’ve seen photos, but not the video. But sure, I’ll throw my hat in the ring
TR Blitzwing had far better alt modes, and kibble integration than Legacy Blitz does. If you’re a fan of painstaking toon accuracy, for better or for worse, I’m glad you like it.
— Lazy Eyebrow (@LazyEyebrow) March 24, 2022
As ever, perhaps the crucial thing to remember is that the new attempt doesn’t render the old one moot; if anything, now everyone has options at least.
#4: The big hands are causing intrigue
Aaaaand take my money. Giant gauntlets are the best weapon ever made. pic.twitter.com/DfVJI3igR3
— Vector Convoy (Commissions Open 1 Slot) (@VectorConvoy) March 23, 2022
Of all the many features of the Legacy toy, one that got imaginations running was the pair of giant hands that can be attached to the robot mode!
Legacy Blitzwing with two large translucent “hulk hands” that can be wielded in robot mode and stored in either vehicle mode. pic.twitter.com/lDcnrBTEWV
— G1 Grimlock (@G1Grimlock1) March 24, 2022
Many people referred to them as looking like ‘Hulk hands’ or wondered about their purpose. There was even a fair bit of speculation that they may end up being the combined mode hands for Legacy Menasor, although just as many people were keen to point out why this might not be so.
Waiting for the inevitable "Blitzwing's Hands (that might or might not actually be Menasor's Hands)" parody account pic.twitter.com/OIk1Wuh1nN
— Mike Seibert Radio Podcast – Post TFCon LA (@MikeSibertRadio) March 25, 2022
No doubt the hands will lead to a lot of fun and imagination down the road, although I was personally quite impressed with some of the arty takes already on the way…
— Kairito (@Kairito10) March 28, 2022
— Malex (@SpghttiBoyAlex) March 23, 2022
— Eryn Erikard-COMMS OPEN- 1 AVAIL. (@eryn_erikard) March 24, 2022
Keep ’em coming!
#3: People are already imagining other potential accessories
To those of you who it may interest, There is a Botbot that turns into a football. You may want to get it to accompany legacy blitzwing. Also, don't worry Europe, there's a botbot of that football too. pic.twitter.com/m9hnJAiiC7
— Firebyte27 (@Firebyte27) March 25, 2022
As well as the ‘Hulk hands’, some fans were keen to consider just what other accessories might be a good mix for Legacy Blitzwing. The G1 cartoon episode, Triple Takeover, was a ready source of inspiration, of course, with solutions for the football from that caper already being pondered.
Now the only thing I expect 3P companies to do or someone who has a 3D Printer is to give us a American style football that fits into the barrel of Blitzwing's tank mode. Oh and a score board too! https://t.co/YJ9Lrt591I pic.twitter.com/entR54Quh7
— Solartron in 2022 (@Solar_Transform) March 24, 2022
Perhaps it’s the kind of thing we might even see in a third party upgrade kit soon!
#2: There’s some repaint potential too…
Naturally, as with any new toy, the potential for repaints or retools was already being discussed. Several people were citing the green and white Diaclone version of the G1 toy, named Overcharge in Transformers, as a good idea for down the line. Some also highlighted the Platinum Edition brown and red colour scheme.
What if they did Siege Astrotrain and Legacy Blitzwing in these colors? pic.twitter.com/UBCmeLdvF8
— Brian Johnson (@TFanPage101) March 24, 2022
If such a thing were to happen, might we even see a Platinum Edition take on WFC Astrotrain? Stranger things have happened, I suppose!
I definitely have mixed feelings about the Blitzwing Legacy figure….even so, that didn't stop me from making a digibash of the figure in Diaclone colors#digibash #Transformers #Blitzwing #Diaclone pic.twitter.com/oxUi3gQJ6D
— 💖ElecMan The Battery 🔋💖 (@ElecMan20) March 23, 2022
Either way, I’d be amazed if Overcharge doesn’t come to pass at some point before too long.
#1: Some people were also hoping for an Animated nod
Also why the hell was Legacy Blitzwing not animated Blitzwing? I thought the whole concept was doing a multiverse thing where it's difficult series characters hanging out in one line?
IT WAS RIGHT THERE HASBRO.
— James Marsh *commission open* (@Jamesotron) March 24, 2022
Finally, whatever the thoughts on the Legacy design itself, perhaps naturally, some collectors were pining after the idea of a fresh take on the Transformers: Animated Blitzwing design, especially as it remains one of the more unique attempts at the character.
No matter what he looks like Blitzwing is always gonna be this guy to me pic.twitter.com/2ClvHcMXeh
— 😀 (@HouseholdWheel) March 23, 2022
With Legacy purporting to be a celebration of Transformers’ history over the years, this could have been an intriguing way forward, but it seems as though it was not to be on this occasion.
Still, despite all the debate, plenty of excitement remained for the character.
Anyway Blitzwing is still the best triple changer pic.twitter.com/w1NpoU0YDW
— SOUND (@erikdoesstuff) March 23, 2022
Many people remained entirely positive about the new figure too, which is always great to see.
And hey, even if it hasn’t won you over, at least we can all agree this is true.
Hey guys I have an opinion too. pic.twitter.com/qVD9z74DlS
— ✨Hanna Halley✨ (@HalleyHanna) March 23, 2022
So, that’s our list! How do you feel about Legacy Blitzwing?