name: depthcharge (or depth charge, for the purists)
series: transformers collector’s club exclusive (Hasbro/FunPub 2013)
notes: okay, don’t tell any of my other toys, but this might be my new favorite. i am completely floored by this guy. these pictures just do not do him justice. the paint, detailing, articulation, transformation…everything, perfect. depthcharge was the collector’s club exclusive last year, and wow, was he worth the subscription. i really hadn’t given much thought to the character himself, but when i saw his toy on the site i knew i had to get him. my excitement is only growing as depthcharge’s arch-nemesis rampage (or protoform x) is this year’s figure and i’m already dusting off a new display for the pair. also looking forward to snagging transmutate, as she and rampage are looking to be buddies this year in the bi-monthly comic, apparently.
now that i’m done talking about the toy, lets actually talk about the toy. he goes from jet to robot, with a nice polearm/trident/spear weapon. double-jointed elbows allow him to get a lot of great poses with it. not too many transformers have the ability to use both hands on their weapon, a huge plus for someone wielding a trident tho. it can also be a plain spear if you slide the end piece up a bit. some might not like his color scheme, but being colorblind i can appreciate the bright and easily distinctive paint applications. his transformation is very involved, but not complicated to the point of frustration. everything tabs and clicks into place very solidly, which is one of my biggest pet peeves with a lot of transformers. i could go on for days about how great this figure is, really.
the only problem with the toy (the only problem) is finding him for a good price. his ebay listings are all over the place, but i was luckily able to pick mine up for $25. if you can’t find depthcharge specifically, go for his predecessor terradive. there is also a botcon exclusive machine wars starscream that also shares this mold, but he’s the priciest of the three. bottom line: if you see a version of this figure, GET IT.
sadly pictures of this guy are hard to find. neither tfwiki as well as seibertron.com have anything on him. the best i can do is post a link to his stock photo on the club site, sorry. that is right here, and his listing on the wiki site is here.