Transformers Springer
Transformers Springer
Transformers Springer
Transformers Springer

I've not really had much nice to say about Legends figures. I don't really see the point from a collector's point of view. They're fine for kids, a cheap way of getting all their favourite characters without having rich parents. But as figures in their own right, when there are perfectly decent proper toys of each character (and make no mistake, however flawed some toys are they're better than their Legends incarnations) they're diabolical. So generally I have very little time for the group - and I've bought enough impulsively and regretted it at my leisure to feel it's a fair judgement. However, I will admit that the Revenge of the Fallen group seem like an improvement on the first film moulds (though there was plenty of room for that). Only a couple really caught my eye, though - Wheelie's been ear-tagged as a Legends purchase for scale reasons, and then the other one is Springer.

Springer was initially planned as a fully-fledged film Autobot for much of the sequel's pre-production. The character, with a V-22 Osprey alternate mode (much like Incinerator, the non-screen Decepticon from the first film loosely based on the craft that takes Lennox's Ranger team to the SOCCENT base at the start of the movie) got as far as the concept stage. Quite why he was dropped is open to speculation - maybe the character would have been too big to interact with his fellow Autobots, or maybe having a flying Autobot would have clashed with some aspects of the plot. It's certainly difficult to see where exactly Springer would have fitted into Revenge of the Fallen.


Springer's alternate mode is - as mentioned - an Osprey VTOL troop transport. Such a complex craft obviously has to be compromised considerably for a small toy like this, though most of the main touchstones are there. The only particularly obvious change is the tail, which has the robot mode feet hanging down from it for no reason other than simplicity. The other problem is that it isn't really VTOL - the engines don't tilt at all.

The propellors do tilt but not the actual engines behind them, which looks silly if you try it. It's a shame this couldn't be addressed as part of the transformation, but again it's a Legends mould and you get what you pay for. The colour scheme isn't bad, though making the engines and outer wing panels grey was a mistake - I'm guessing this was done to break up the green a bit, but keeping the props grey and having these bits in the main colour would have looked better. The only markings are '5PR1N63R' (clever, eh?) on the top wing. All in all he's not much to look at in this mode, then.


Transforming Springer is obviously quite simple, with no real surprises on the way - though he's more complex than a lot of the onscreen Legends. The resulting robot doesn't look that bad at all, the green and grey working nicely with the design. It's a passable simplified version of the excellent concept art at least. The arms are a little bit of a problem, as the shoulders tend to block the head and the movement is quite limited.

It's a shame being able to hinge the elbows slightly was chosen over allowing the engines to tilt up, which would have meant the arms could still move in robot mode - albeit in a different direction. Springer can only really attain a couple of poses. While there's articulation in the hips and ankles the figure's too top-heavy to support many poses and he's mainly reduced to standing there impressively. Or not so impressively, what with being two and a half inches tall. That the fists can be folded in so the blades can be used as melee weapons is a nice feature, though - more convincing than the Blackout mould's hand/blade configuration, anyway.


The figure's biggest shortfall is that it should have been a Voyager, thus allowing Springer to look a lot more like his concept art. The basic design is worthy of a much bigger toy - considerably more worthy than Stratosphere is, for one. As it is, we're left with the Legends version which all things considered (the lower budget, the generally inept work on Legends figures) turns out quite nicely. He's not an essential figure by any mean, but he is the only Legends toy to date I haven't immediately regretted buying. As cheap pocket money figures go he's certainly worth a look.