Tranformers Universe Backstop
Since a few of us are testing ourselves to see if we can last the month of February without buying any toys, I had to open “The Vault”, and see what I had at my disposal. I found that I had some carded toys that I would be willing to open. When collecting toys, the first thought should be that you are buying it as a collector. If you are buying toys only to keep them in their original packaging, you are an investor. While I do have a small number of toys that I don’t plan on opening, 98% of the toys I buy I plan on opening and displaying. But, I’d say I buy 40% of my toys loose anyway. That being said, let’s open up a Transformer!
I bought this guy for around 5 dollars a few years back. The main reason I picked him up was because he is very reminiscent of Slag from the G1 Dinobots. He looks like a cross between a rhino and a triceratops. While he doesn’t have the 2 upper horns, he still resembles a triceratops(to me anyway).
His transformation is classified as level 2, and that was appropriate, because I had absolutely no trouble during the transformation process. The gimmick with this line is “Cyber Planet Key”. The Cyber Planet Key is a piece of plastic you insert into a specific spot on the figure to activate a special feature. With Backstop here, it activates the “Ramming Robo-Horn”.
While in robot mode, he is short and stocky, but looks pretty sweet. My only qualm is, that most of the alternate mode is not hidden when he’s in robot mode. But that’s okay, because I don’t have any Beast Wars figures, and my collection can always use a little variation.
All in all, a pretty nice figure. One day I will have a real Dinobot, but for now, Backstop is my Dinobot.