Transformers The Fallen
Transformers The Fallen
Transformers The Fallen
Transformers The Fallen

The Fallen was of course the title character from Revenge of the Fallen. The name was first used in the underwhelmng Dreamwave comic The War Within - The Dark Ages, which was read by around 30,000 people. Many more saw the film version which hopefully was altered enough that the creator, Pat Perspective Lee, didn't see a penny from this success. It'd be nice to think that karma could come into play after all.

The Fallen is also an example of how hopelessly obsessed I was with the live action toys at the time. On seeing the film I quite liked him as a villain but had no interest in the toy. Then someone gave me the Legends, which was apparently enough to sate me. But then I wanted something a bit bigger - a cheap Robot Replicas version would do the job I thought. And then a few days after getting that, I found myself buying the Voyager version because I wanted a bigger Fallen and it might as well transform, even if the character in the film did no such thing.


As mentioned on-screen The Fallen didn't transform and beyond being a member of the Transformers species, showed no real signs of any ability to do so. So in line with the other movie characters who didn't really have onscreen alternate modes - Soundwave and Ravage - The Fallen has a Cybertronian spacecraft mode. The Fallen's is more accomplished than either of the Deluxe efforts though, having a more convincing shape and even embellishments like a pair of cockpits (though why a Cybertronian craft would need them I don't know) and retractable landing skids.

It still looks a lot like a folded up robot elsewhere, though - the feet are obvious on the ends of the 'wings' while the hands are also obvious on front of the engine nacelles. It's worth noting that the toy's instructions don't show all the steps to get the thing into the best shape possible. The Fallen actually strongly reminds me of the Gobots toy Vamp, what with the folded-back legs, the arms forming the sides of the main body and the predominantly green appearance. The detailing on The Fallen makes him much more visually appealing and alien, however. It's not a great alt mode but it's probably the best take on the Cybertronian spacecraft idea that the live action figures have given us yet.


Considering the 'compressed robot' look of the alternate mode The Fallen's transformation is surprisingly complex. The spacecraft mode is quite firmly locked together and much moving of parts is required to get him out of it - it's not necessarily complex, but it is quite easy to forget some of the little details. The result is a tall, slender robot - a smidgen taller than the other Voyagers I have and just about close enough to the Leader class figures to passably interact - not bad considering his legs are sculpted to be bent heavily at the ankles. The Fallen is actually very close to his CGI model - closer, as it happens, than probably any other Decepticons from the line. The colours are a bit darker (and don't seem to photograph very well) but otherwise it's sound. The dark green is broken up nicely by the orange detailing as well.

From a sculpting point of view the only real problem is the flat hands, which look very odd on the end of the bulky arms. It especially seems a waste as they don't really fold away on the spaceship mode so they might as well have made them a bit more three-dimensional and useful. Still, the rest of him is well done - surprisingly solid, with some very good articulation. The feet have an unusual feature - they spread flat when placed on the surface but fold up when lifted off, which can be a little annoying until you get used to them. The arms can be pinned to the web-like bits extending from the hips for a bit more screen accuracy but this does rob them of most movement. Also there are transparent red plastic bits can be moved from behind the head and along the arms to fancy him up a little. I'm not entirely sure why but the feature doesn't get in the way. Oh, and meme-obsessed idiots had best be warned that The Fallen does not have a removable face. What he does have is a well-realised robot mode, though.


The Fallen will be divisive - the skeletal design won't be to more traditional tastes and neither will the glorified Action Master Elite nature of the alternate mode. However I found him to be a pleasant surprise - the design is well-realised, the toy really looks like the onscreen character, the articulation is done to the hilt and the transformation is a lot more involving than you'd realise. Whether he justifies the Voyager price-point is open to debate but at least it means such a pivotal character is done in a decent size.