For Hasbro not to use the movie popularity to push other product is unwise, but not unusual. Still, going from 4 lines at once to 1 is pretty goofy.
HTS delivered me some goodies, Thundercracker, Scourge, and Wheeljack.
Thundercracker is exactly what one would expect, and somehow anticlimactic after all the troubles. It's a fine figure, although clearly the mold has degraded to a point where another run would be in knock-off quality, but it's not special in its own, it's just another cool Seeker. It's also the first Seeker to use the original head transformation in years, I had forgotten how much more satisfying this is compared to the "rotate head" design on the coneheads. Anyway, it's Thundercracker and it's cool, and now we're done with this mold, it's time to look ahead and do away with the vestiges of the pre-movie Classics toolings with their inferior designs.
Scourge is pretty wild, a satisfying new alt mode that has one of the most unusual transformations ever in a deluxe (once you've got the hang of it, it feels more natural, but that first pass is a big question-mark the whole time). The end result is very faithful to the character, even the 2 guns that hide in the wings (which unfold and bend to be more like the character wings, but Hasbro instructions don't seem to know this) turning into a gun-only version of his G1 targetmaster. Well-articulated and well-detailed, the deco is simple but effective, right down to the silver-and-purple Decepticon logo on his chest looking like the classic sticker, but the white isn't actually character-accurate. The only drawback on the figure is the loose hips, a pretty common problem lately in TF figures. Ultimately, it's a satisfying figure on its own and a good throwback, everything a Classics should be.
Wheeljack is... well, just what the doctor ordered. Alt mode is terrific, the changes from Tracks make a nicely different car, just from a new color scheme and some spoilers it becomes much more Wheeljack. Flight mode still sucks and makes no sense here anyway, so it's easy to ignore. Transformation is mostly the same as Tracks, although the legs are quite different despite the instructions' confusion. Bot mode is Wheeljack all the way, just changing the legs makes him stockier, a little shorter, puts the wheels down the way the G1 figure had it, and it just comes together so nicely. The back isn't Jack, but that's ok since it's an homage, it still feels like its own man rather than just a Tracks repaint. The head is alright, it's not a standout but it's not a blob, though they went cheap with the lightpiped gray eyes and ears. The wrenches are nifty, each has 2 clip rails, 1 hinged clip, and can be stowed on the back of either lower leg. The gun is the same as Tracks, but that figure's gun was just Wheeljack's shoulder-mounted missile launcher anyway, so there ya go. The hips on Wheeljack are a bit loose, but unlike Tracks, the toes aren't this time, so it'll have a better time on the shelf not falling on the floor. There's just something that carries so much weight about this figure, so much personality. And it's a fun toy as well.