Review – Titans Return Misfire (Transformers)
Made by: Hasbro
Price at retail: $25-$30
Thirty years after they launched the third series of Transformers figures into the market Hasbro have reached back and plumbed the depths of their own IP. Most fans can agree it’s been a resounding success.
In 1987 the Transformers line had already begun to veer away from the initial offerings, as Hasbro had already used up all the characters that they had drawn in from Microman and Diaclone for the initial run of toys back in 1984.
The first shift began with Transformers: The Movie in 1986 where a whole raft of new characters were brought in, while a host of beloved originals were quickly put to the sword (or blaster).
Thus the characters went from mostly recognisable alternate modes such as semi-trailers and race cars to vibrantly coloured space fighters and bizarre vehicles which stood out like a sore thumb.
This new wave of design also brought several new gimmicks with it – Headmasters, Transformers who had bonded their heads with human sized aliens and were able to remove to increase their capabilities(?), and Targetmasters, Transformers who had guns that could transform into smaller robots.
Misfire is one of the latter, a Decepticon Targetmaster who transforms into a pink space fighter. People who say that pink is not for boys have never laid eyes on Misfire. The Titans Return line has eschewed the Targetmaster gimmick, and thus all characters deluxe class or bigger are now Headmasters, including Misfire (although he does get a Targetmaster release in the Takara Legends line).
Misfire is almost ninety percent pink, with only a few sections either rendered in a slightly off-white plastic or covered with paint apps. His thighs and biceps have been moulded in white, while his hands and feet are in black, and white paint has been applied to his knees and the centre of his chest, which is offset nicely with some red. His helmet is black, with a light blue visor and a greyish face plate. The canopy of the cockpit is moulded in a transparent blue.
He carries a Decepticon insignia on either arm, and on the nose of his fighter mode, and Hasbro have applied tampographs to his legs and the upper sides of his wings to bring out some detail.
In terms of armaments Misfire carries two blasters, both the same shade of pink as the rest of him. The blasters can join together to form a kind of seated turret for the Titanmaster, but they never really mesh together well, so you can avoid this mode.
Fans already familiar with the line will know that Misfire is a retool of Triggerhappy, who along with their pal Slugslinger make up the trio of original Decepticon Targetmasters. All three of them share the same set of legs, but have differing modes of transformation.
To take Misfire from robot to fighter mode you have to pop off his head (and transform it into Titanmaster mode) and then pull his backpack piece into place where his head previously was. His arms swing down on tabs, and he has the standard hollow forearms of deluxe figures that allow his hands to be folded inside them. His legs simply fold up, with his feet tucked in so that they sit at the halfway point of his fighter mode.
The fiddliest bit of this sequence is moving his wing plates – you have to wiggle them a bit and sort of continuously move them as you move his arm plates lower down his torso (don’t forget to tab them in place once you’re done). Once everything is in place his wrists should tab into slots along his legs, locking everything up nice and firm.
Pop open the canopy and drop the Titanmaster in to pilot Misfire in fighter mode. Pop each of his blasters under either wing and he’s all done.
Should you buy Misfire? Yes, you should. He’s a solid figure with a very swooshable alt-mode, fantastic pink paint job and enough articulation to keep you interested.