Transformers Mixmaster
Transformers Mixmaster
Transformers Mixmaster
Transformers Mixmaster

One of the new Constructicons devised for Revenge of the Fallen, Mixmaster only had a few scenes in the film,and doesn't really do a lot until the desert battle. There he got to blow up a few tanks in his third artillery mode, before being jumped by Jetfire, sliced up and then decapitated- which meant we at least got a good look at his head.

There have been four toy versions of Mixmaster to date - a Legends figure (which can combine with other Legends Constructicons to form something that's apparently meant to be Devastator), a Voyager that can also form the artillery mode, and a version as part of the Supreme Devastator that only has vehicle and Devastator's head as modes. The Voyager was also recoloured in G1 Constructicon colours, given an alternate head and sold with Hoist (a redeco of Longarm from the first film's satellite line) in a set named 'Backstreet Brawl'. I've got the first Voyager version.


Like his G1 counterpart, Mixmaster's vehicle mode is a cement mixer truck. I've never been a huge fan of construction vehicles, partly because most lines I like (Transformers, Gobots, Lego Town) tend to feature a disproportionate amount of them, but this one is lovely. It's a very chunky design, well laid out and with a decent amount of detail - wing mirrors, a moving cement chute on the back and red and white strips on the lip beside the drum (which sadly can't rotate) all add to the thorough job. It's such a shame some attempt couldn't be made at the wonderful bonnet ornament the prop vehicle had though.

The colour scheme is also very easy on the eye, black and silver mixing with teal and silver. It's a nice change from the flatter colours that tend to end up on these sort of things and the grey/brown tyres are actually more realistic than the black ones used on most toys with plastic wheels. Of course, the realism is knocked back a bit by the giant Decepticon logos on the mixing drum, but these look awesome and you can't begrudge their appearance. Indeed, with the purple windscreen and everything Mixmaster manages to look very much like an old fashioned Decepticon while somehow still remaining very much at home in the live action aesthetic.


Mixmaster is possessed of a very interesting transformation. At first it's maddeningly difficult, especially as the presence of many joints for the artillery mode can lead to missteps. However, once you get the hang of it (a process greatly speeded up by ignoring the instructions) it's rather enjoyable. The robot mode actually works better with a lot of tweaking compared to the official configuration. The latter gives the toy longer legs and simply moves the rear end vehicle mode parts out of the way. However, the joints are there to make it resemble the CG model more closely - the legs can be shortened, the drum parts can be moved into their shield configuration and the launcher can be positioned to face back instead of straight up. This gives the robot a more squat look that pleasingly de-emphasises the length of the limbs.

Mixmaster is still an odd-looking fellow, but not necessarily in a bad way. The wider than tall style is reminiscent of Bonecrusher from the first live action line which isn't a bad thing at all. He's a glorious mess of big, clawed arms and general spikiness aided by the blend of colours used - the purple and bronze highlights work well against the various greys. The cab on the back is maybe a little distracting but overall it's an impressive robot mode. The articulation is somewhat limited, sadly - the arms have trouble sustaining many poses due to all the bits hanging off them while the legs only have a little limited movement. Still, the head can extend and turn and he can strike a few useful positions.

As mentioned, Mixmaster can form an artillery mode, which is the main reason for the launcher. The one in the instructions is so basic as to not be worth the bother. There are joints and the like for a more complex version but I tried this once, got halfway there and then got stuck before spending fifteen minutes getting the figure back into robot mode, so...


While the artillery mode is either a disappointment or a nightmare, it's more of a bonus. The alternate mode is smart and snappy, while the robot mode is another example of the experimentation with the layouts of the live action Decepticons - one that's a big success. Mixmaster has limited play value due to the sheer amount of joints making him a little floppy, but this is largely forgivable due to the excellent transformation and threatening look of the robot. A superb figure - for adult fans, anyway.