"Generations" War for Cybertron: Siege Overair Toy Review

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Generations

War for Cybertron: Siege

General Information:
Release Date: July 2019
Price Point: $34.99 (In a box of 10 Micromasters)
Retailer: Target Exclusive
Accessories: None

Overair

Official images and text below in italics are from Target.com:

  • BUILD THE ULTIMATE BATTLEFIELD: The Generations War for Cybertron trilogy introduces an expansive ecosystem of collectible figures and weapon accessories. (Each sold separately. Subject to availability)
  • EXCITING 10pk WITH CLASSIC MICROMASTER COMBINATION: This 10pk includes 5 teams of Micromaster toys that convert and combine to form weapon modes!
  • CLASSIC G1-INSPIRED CHARACTERS: Adult fans nostalgic for the original Transformers animation and kids discovering classic characters for the first time can share and experience exciting play patterns across generations
  • AWESOME CONVERSION: Each figure in this Micromaster 10pk features simple conversion to micro vehicle modes. For kids and adults 8 years old and up!
  • COMPATIBLE WEAPON MODE WORKS WITH ALL OTHER FIGURES: War for Cybertron: Siege figures have multiple weapon ports that enable fans to attach the weapon mode of Micromaster figures
  • Build the ultimate battlefield with Transformers War for Cybertron: Siege collectible figures, featuring classic G1 characters. (Each figure sold separately. Subject to availability). Siege plunges fans into the epic fight to survive on the final day of the Autobot and Decepticon battle to control Cybertron. The Decepticon resistance army and the Autobot counter-resistance fighters gear up with the universe's most advanced modular weaponry, including the weapon modes of Micromaster figures - sentient bots that become weapons!

Micromaster figures combine to form weapons to equip other Siege figures (sold separately)!

  • WFC-S58 Ricon and Irontread form Dual-Port Scrapgrinder
  • WFC-S59 Road-Police and Wheel Blaze form Powershot Plasma Cannon
  • WFC-S60 Overair and Ground Shaker form Ultra-Sonic Shredder Blade
  • WFC-S61 Slyhopper and Nightflight form Dual-Edged Soundbreaker Sword
  • WFC-S62 Cratermaker and Fireline form Gravatronic Rubblemaker Cannon

- Includes 10 Transformers Generations War for Cybertron: Siege Micromaster figures and instructions.
- Figure scale: 1.5 inches
- Ages 8 and up
- Warning: Choking Hazard - Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.
-Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.

As part of the burst of new products at Target in late July/early August 2019, Target carried an exclusive ten pack of Micromaster figures. A majority of this set featured redecos and retools of previously released figures. Two of the figures in the pack (Irontread and Ricon) were redecos of the Off-Road Patrol, which was not readily available online (via Amazon) until about two weeks after this set was released. Instead of featuring the "missing members" of the previously released patrols, many of these figures represented characters who originally came with transforming bases in Generation One or Japanese exclusive Micromaster homages.

Overair is an interesting member of this set. During the Micromaster era of Generation One, the Decepticon Nightflight was given a new deco and released with a base as the Decepticon Airwave. However, in Japan the Micromasters were mostly Cybertrons (aka Autobots) and Airwave wound up being released as a Cybertron named Overair! Using the character of Overair offers some balance to the set. While Slyhopper and Nightflight represent Decepticon jets in the set, Overair and Ground Shaker represent the Autobot aerial forces. This figure is a redeco of Storm Cloud from the Air Strike Patrol so check out that review for my first and detailed thoughts on this sculpt.

Packaging:
The Micromaster 10 Pack is packaged in a box with a large window in the front. This allows you to see all ten Micromasters inside. The Micromasters are packaged in robot mode and roughly divided between Autobots and Decepticons. The left side says "Autobots" while the right says "Decepticons", but Ground Shaker and Overair (both Autobots) are near the "Decepticon side" while Nightflight is on the "Autobot side". The "Siege" logo is located towards the bottom and the side of course has the "Generations" logo along with a vertical Transformers logo on the right.

The back of the box features each Micromaster in both modes along with the number of steps to transform them. It also shows off each pair's combined weapon mode, but does not name them (they are however named in the official product description above). In the lower right hand corner is Red Alert holding the "Dual-Port Scrapegrinder" formed by Irontread and Ricon.

Robot Mode:
Generation One Overair (and by extension, Airwave) was a significant redeco of G1 Nightflight featuring dark red and white colors. This version of Overair also features those colors. He is made up of dark red, black and green plastic. Green? Why green? This is mostly likely due to him being gang molded with Ground Shaker, who is mostly green in this set. Have no fear however. The designers used paint to ensure that this figure called back to G1 Overair with some new details added in.

Most of the red plastic on this figure is found on the back, the forearms and lower legs. Black makes up other parts including the shoulders and thighs. The green is used mostly for the central body, but there is a heavy layer of white painted over it to hide the green (you mostly see it on the ball joints, which are unpainted). Yellow is used on the center of the torso while blue is used to paint the face. The result is a figure with many more layers of color than the original. Also, thanks to the white paint used on the torso, there is a lot of bold contrast between the white, blue, black and red colors. It is a beautiful looking figure.

All the joints on this figure are just as tight as both Storm Cloud and Slyhopper. Of course, manipulate the legs enough and they'll pop off at the ball joints but they can be snapped back on without a problem. Like the other two versions of this sculpt you can attach Blast Effects to the pegs on his wrists. I still wish the figure actually had hands, but being able to attach the Blast Effects is fun.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Straighten out the arms and legs.
  2. Swing the wings forward.
  3. Swing the arms up, bending them at the elbow and tucking them into the gap between the wings and booster.
  4. Rotate each leg so the outer parts are facing the same way as the robot face and torso.
  5. Bend each leg at the knees and connect the tabs on the ankles to the slots on the forearms.
  6. Swing the cockpit forward.

Vehicle Mode:
Overair's vehicle mode is strikingly different in color from the other two versions of this sculpt. Most of the vehicle is red plastic with some black parts peeking through from the robot mode. Yellow is used to paint the cockpit window and lightning bolts on the wings. The lightning bolts on the wings are inspired by stickers from G1 Overair who had blue stickers with lightning bolts on them. The center of the vehicle features a tiny Autobot symbol in white. It's a beautiful deco and it pays homage to the G1 character nicely.

Like Storm Cloud and Slyhopper, you can attach seven Blast Effects in this mode! Five can go in the back of the jet and one can attach to the end on each wing. This is one of my favorite vehicle modes among the Micromasters because of this. That's some serious play factor!

Transformation to Weapon Mode (Starting in Vehicle mode):

  1. Swing the cockpit section back.
  2. Swing the head on Nightflight down to reveal the 5mm attachment peg.
  3. Attach Ground Shaker's peg into Overair's attachment point.
  4. Overair's peg can be used by larger figures to wield the Ultra-Sonic Shredder Blade.

Weapon Mode:
The Storm Cloud/Slyhopper/overairrm sculpt does not have its own individual weapon mode. Instead, you need to attach it to the Visper/Nightflight/Ground Shaker sculpt to form a sword weapon. In this case, Ground Shaker and Overair team up to form the Ultra-Sonic Shredder Blade Sword! This is the same design as the sword formed by Siege Storm Cloud and Visper. I love the way this sword looks, and it also pays homage to the swords formed by Mini-Cons in the Armada and Energon. toy lines.

The Ultra-Sonic Shredder Blade Sword has attachment points on the sides of Ground Shaker to attach the "wave" Battle Effect piece included with Siege Lionizer. It looks great and really gives the weapon some "life"!

Final Thoughts:
Aside form his lack of hands, Overair is a really cool figure. Sure he isn't the same design as his G1 counterpart, but he looks sleek and cool. I also love the deco on this version of the sculpt. I do recommend this entire boxed set since it is a lot of fun all in one package. It is also quite a bargain since ten Micromasters would normally cost you about $50 USD at retail.

Pros:

  • Excellent sculpt (hands aside).
  • Cool deco.
  • Fun play value.

Cons:

  • Design does not include hands.
  • No individual weapon mode.