Titans Return : Highbrow and Xort seem to be harder to locate than most of the previous Titans Return wave. This is most likely because most stores are still filled with wave one and have no reason to order wave two until they can sell through previous stock. This is making it very difficult to find wave 2 of the Titans Return figures in stores. I actually found Highbrow at New York ComicCon this year but I have not had the chance to open him until today. From the packaging we learn that Xort gives Highbrow the ability to manipulate gravitational fields.PUNCH the "READ MORE" tag below to continue to the review!
Highbrow comes in the same Hasbro packaging we have been seeing for a long time now, clear plastic case with cardboard backing and of course WAY too many plastic ties holding the figure into its shell. I really want to know what made them decide to use so many of these little plastic ties. You can accomplish the same anti-theft affect with 4 or 5 there is no need for 9 of them.
First I want to say how much I like the colors they chose for Highbrow, the blue and gray work well together and really make the figures details stand out. He comes with two guns and is stable enough to pose in a variety of ways with no issue.
Transforming Highbrow from Robot to Vehicle mode is easy and there are steps in the instructions that could have been combined with other steps to help shrink down the ridiculously long instruction sheet. This is not a major issue and most of the part moves are common sense if you are used to the Hasbro Transformers line. Highbrow transforms into an attack helicopter complete with spinning blades and gun attachment holes. The cockpit is done in an orange clear glass which works well with the blue and gray coloring of the figure.
Titan Master - Xort
I have the same complaint with Xort that I have with EVERY Titan Master, NO DETAIL. This is so frustrating because Highbrow is so detailed and then Xort is just a rushed after thought. The cockpit of Highbrow does open to allow Xort to sit inside if you plan on leaving him in Vehicle Mode like I do then this is a good added feature.
Titans Return : Highbrow stands slightly taller than Titans Return : Chromedome and is of course taller than Titans Return : Wheelie as well. I feel like the scaled him well with the Titans Return line of figures.
I know added that Highbrow is another Autobot to the bad column is not really the figures fault, but Hasbro loves to gives us tons of Autobots and not enough Decepticons, right now I have 9 Autobots from the Titans Return line and 4 Decepticons. It's not that I am actively avoiding the Decepticon faction, it is the fact that Hasbro favors the Autobot faction a bit more. In the end Highbrow i s good figure to add to your collection and he is hard to find so if you see one I suggest grabbing it now rather than later. I have added Highbrow to the Amazon links below so if you want him there he is for $19.06!
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