Review by quinncat
Highbrow has never been a character or even a design thats really interested me before (probably because of his uptight know it all personality!) but, upon seeing his latest incarnation in Titans return I decided to give him a chance and, i'm very glad I did!
In robot mode, Highbrow looks very authoritative with his trim blockiness and aviator visor but other than that, he is basically given the same treatment as Hardhead, as Highbrow looks basically identical to his g1 counterpart aside from some more surface detail and refined proportions. Despite this, I really like the design here much more than on the original. The proportions do Highbrow a lot of justice, and his articulation only supplements that, as it is just as good as every other Titans Return figure although the transformation doesn't allow for a waist swivel. His Titan master looks really good as well, considering the color choice is pretty appealing and he even shares his head mode's aviator eyes!
Accessories come in the form of dual machine guns. They are painted in a metallic gunmetal color that looks very striking and powerful. Slightly less cool is their combined form, in which both guns combine to form a double barreled machine gun for a Titan Master to sit in. This sounds great but, Highbrow can only hold them from the sides with both hands. I guess, it would be useful considering the kickback the gun would have, but then again, what do I know!
Highbrow's size seems right when compared to other deluxes, that's good considering he'd most likely be sharing shelf space with his other headmaster colleagues.
Transformation is logical but kind've boring in it's straightforwardness. He basically just lays down so then the legs can be compressed exactly the same as Scourge's; in fact, Highbrow's heels are just Scourge's feet!
Vehicle mode is actually a pretty neat VTOL like helicopter with a really vibrant translucent red cockpit! The rotors on mine are bent down a little bit but, thats just due to how Highbrow is packaged. His machine guns can be attached to the helicopters nose and wings but as far as I'm concerned, they can't be mounted anywhere special while combined! Really though, I don't care that much considering the Titan Master looks so awesome as a pilot.
Taking everything into account Highbrow is not a great deluxe Transformer but, he definitely is a really good one. The design has been updated respectfully and faithfully, the articulation and accessories are decent, and the transformation is effective! Although you need Highbrow to complete your Autobot headmaster team, this figure is definitely good enough to want it too!
|Posted 13 March, 2017 - 10:59 by quinncat