Transformers Stockade
Transformers Stockade
Transformers Stockade
Transformers Stockade

Like Landmine, Stockade was thrown out in the All Spark Power range of figures loosely based on a non-transforming vehicle seen in the first film. Actually, he's based on several - mainly the SUV briefly glanced in Mission City with a steering wheel brought to life by the All Spark with detailing based on the different SUVs used by Sector 7 throughout the film.

With Pandora's box open, both IDW and Titan made attempts at putting Stockade in their comics but seeing as both gave him second-hand personalities (IDW = generic Decepticon thug; Titan = Marvel UK Soundwave) no-one proper took much notice.


Stockade is a very chunky SUV, then. The black finish is glossy like that of Ironhide and actually looks rather swish in a neat, minimalistic way. The detailing is largely nicely done - even the windows are all transparent plastic with no sloppy painted-on panels, while the silver applications (including subtle S7 logos on the front doors) are tastefully done. There's even a low-key Decepticon insignia mounted on the grille.

Only the runners on the roof being 75% grey/25% black give it away, though the blue headlights are unfortunate too. The toy does suffer from the recurring problems of obvious join lines - like Revenge of the Fallen Jolt there's a split down the middle of Stockade, though he goes the whole hog and the join runs from bumper to bumper. The sides are also pretty bad - the gloss black finish sadly backfires a bit and makes these rather more obvious. The boot can hinge open though, which is a nice - if unintentional - bonus.


As you can guess from the join lines Stockade's transformation basically involves cracking the SUV down the middle and folding the sides out. The bonnet folds around to reveal the legs, the head pops out of the remains of the boot and then you're basically there. It's quite a simple transformation for a Movie Deluxe in all. The robot form itself is rather simian, being about as wide as it is tall with massive thick arms and skinny little legs.

It's all a bit awkward, especially as there are posts between the big arms and the torso, while the legs have whacking great bit chunks of SUV visible on the back. At least the elbow joints allow the arms to appear a bit shorter. Unless you deploy his action feature - pulling the grey bits of roof-rack back causes his fists to slide forward about an inch, which is probably helpful for getting something down from a shelf that's a little bit too high. As a threatening attack it's not so good. At least he's got some decent articulation and a surprisingly old-fashioned head sculpt.


Stockade's robot mode doesn't quite capture the unusual gait of some live action Decepticons simply because it's quite half-hearted - the huge blocks of kibble, the barely-connected arms and so on. However he's still quite interesting. Even the simple transformation just works, and the vehicle mode is very slick. While he's far from essential and pretty far down the list even for inessential toys, he's solid, competent and worth picking up if found cheap.