I told myself that all I needed was Superion and Menasor (and maybe the super Devastator coming out later this year) and I’d be okay for Combiner Wars gestalts.
Yeah, I’d seen the Protectobots at Toy Fair, and they looked neat, but I figured they were essentially repaints of most of the first two waves and were, by and large, unnecessary.
Then came reports from the Philippines that Combiner Wars Wave 3 had hit that area, and everything is out the window. For whatever reason I didn’t realize how heavily retooled (or even how new) most of Defensor was, so I’d more or less discarded it from my mind. But as the report from Seibertron indicates, there is a significant amount of retooling here, including the main torso itself, Hot Spot. Heck, Hot Spot is a brand new mold.
Sure, Blades is essentially an Alpha Bravo repaint, but both First Aid and Streetwise are heavily reshelled/retooled (from Off Road and Dead End respectively), and Rook is brand-spanking new. So out of the five Protectobots, two are brand new, two are heavily modified, and only one is essentially a repaint (with a new head). Grrr…
And hey, for the G.I. Joe fans among us, this wave also includes the Legends scale Viper, which bears a striking resemblance to our favorite Cobra A-10.
Time will tell if I actually pull the trigger on these or not, but they have hit Asian retail, which means they should be making their way stateside soon. Thanks to Seibertron.com for the info.