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Friday, February 18, 2011

Transformers Generations: Sergeant Kup review!



Transformers Generations: Sargeant Kup

My sudden re-ignited infatuation with these G1 Transformers continues this week with a review of Hasbro's Sergeant Kup from the Transformers: Generations line. Most G1 fans by now would know that Tomy Takara produces the 'bling-ed' up version of the same figures under the Transformers: United moniker (the line used to be called Henkei for those who remember). I too, was among those who completely shy away from collecting any TF figures since the Henkei line's demise some time ago. Little do we expect that Tomy Takara would revive the line, completely re-named the line and inadverteredly winning back the hearts of Henkei collectors who have since stayed away from the line (refusing to buy any of the Hasbro versions)  . Having said all that, I'm actually reviewing a Hasbro figure today rather than a TF: United figure (eventually I will when Wheeljack comes out soon......woohoo!). I present to you, dear loyal readers, my humble review of Sergeant Kup!

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Well, if you're familiar with the character, I'm sure you'll remember that ol' Kup here first appeared on-screen during the 1986 Transformers ("TF") movie. As for me, I'll forever remember him as the robot who transformed into a funny-lookin' "Cybertronian" pickup truck in the TF movie. If you wanna know more on his backstory and all, then wikipedia would be the best bet I reckon! Anyway let's move on with the figure. The packaging is the same old packaging style Hasbro employed since the TF: Universe line was first launched in 2008.

Transformers Generations: Sargeant Kup

As you can probably see from the picture, he's known as "Sergeant" Kup rather than plain ol' Kup. I don't know man....I don't ever recall him being called a "Sgt" or "Sarge" in the '86 movie. Perhaps this is to accentuate the fact that he's a seasoned battle-hardened grunt who's been through many great battles and wars (but still beneath the likes of Optimus, Ironhide or Jazz in terms of rank!).

Transformers Generations: Sargeant Kup

And here he is in his alternate mode aka the Pickup truck mode. While I do have my grouses for Kup not being the funny-lookin' Cybertronian pickup truck, this one does the trick pretty good too. For the record, Hasbro went and released Optimus, 'Bee and Cliffjumper in their Cybertronian modes instead of Kup here who evidently NEEDS to be in his Cybertronian alternate form to closely resemble his on-screen appearance.

Transformers Generations: Sargeant Kup

Yup, never recalled him having a big-a$$ gun either on top!

Transformers Generations: Sargeant Kup

After a while, the big gun kind of grew on me and it does make Kup look more menacing!

Transformers Generations: Sargeant Kup

Actually the gun can be inserted at the bottom of the truck and can be 'disguised' as the left exhaust pipe. As you can see from the picture below, Kup's missing one of his exhaust pipe. A matter of choice really....but I DEFINITELY would prefer having Kup with an 'out-of-this-world-gut-bustin'-blaster-gun' rather than keeping it dormant as his exhaust pipe.

Transformers Generations: Sargeant Kup

The transformation process wasn't that hard and most people won't have any difficulties in getting him into his robot mode.

Transformers Generations: Sargeant Kup

If ya' ask me, Kup looks a wee bit elaborated than how he looked like in the '86 movie. I've always thought he was kinda scrawny lookin' in the movie. This version however, gave Kup the much needed 'beefing' up. He looks better IMHO!

Transformers Generations: Sargeant Kup

Transformers Generations: Sargeant Kup

Transformers Generations: Sargeant Kup

Here's Kup holding his gun aka "exhaust" pipe!

Transformers Generations: Sargeant Kup

Transformers Generations: Sargeant Kup

Transformers Generations: Sargeant Kup

Transformers Generations: Sargeant Kup

Before I end my feeble review, I just wanna stress that this figure has an excellent headsculpt to say the least. If any of you G1 purists are thinking to skip this figure altogether, take a quick look at the headsculpt and tell me it doesn't ring a bell? He's Kup from the TF movie allright, albeit a few modifications here and there.

Transformers Generations: Sargeant Kup

That's all from me folks. If you want my opinion, I'd just say that I can't possibly recommend this figure enough to all of you G1 enthusiasts. Kup's pretty hard to find nowadays, so I'm guessing many have been snapped up the moment they hit the shelves.

VERDICT:    BUY HIM WHEN YOU SEE HIM!

Transformers Generations: Sargeant Kup

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6 Comments:

Little Plastic Man said...

good looking fellow!

boyarque said...

nice pics!

The Rebel said...

Adrian>> That he is my friend!

Boyarque>> Thks bro!

SirDragonBane said...

Good stuff!

He's one of the few new TFs that I'll pick up for sure when I see him.

Agre with the fantastic head sculpt and love his new gun! The option to use it as an exhaust pipe or as a big ass "don't-mess-with-me-yo" cannon is something I love about lts of the new TFs--the ability to have all weapons disgused as part of their alt mode!

George S. said...

Just wanna say I LOVE the quality of your pics. One of the best looking toy pictures I've seen around! You didn't even need to write up a review, the pictures speak for themselves!

The Rebel said...

>>>SirDragonBane......wonder how the TF:United's gonna look like? Is Kup gonna be any different went presented with all that 'bling'?

>>>George S.....thanks for the kind words bro! I try to improve on my pics as I go. There are a lot of other toy-geeks who look like they are professional photographers when it comes to shooting their toys! These inspire me to do the same for my humble blog here. Btw cool blog you have!