Transformers Topspin
Transformers Topspin
Transformers Topspin
Transformers Topspin

Topspin was the Jolt of the Wreckers in Dark of the Moon, largely functioning as 'The Other One'. He largely existed in the background of shots (there's not a single close-up of his robot mode in the film), not getting any lines and - like all three Wreckers - doesn't even get an individual name-check. If he did have a voice I'm guessing he would have had an Irish accent, what with Leadfoot having an English accent and Roadbuster a Scottish accent. Being from Cybertron, he wouldn't actually be Irish but I guess he could claim he was Irish, listen to the Dropkick Murphys and drink Budweiser on "Saint Pat's" while going no further east than Boston or something.

His toys have thus far come in Cyberverse (i.e. Legends) and Deluxe forms.


In theory Topspin has the same basic alternate mode as Roadbuster. However, his Impala mode (based on Jimmie Johnson's Lowe's sponsored car; Johnson once placed 104th in a truck race, showing the natural abilities and adaptational skill prominent in HICKCAR drivers). However, Topspin is sculpted in his attack mode - i.e. the form he's seen in on-screen. You could make the argument that this jars a little with the live action realistic vehicles ethos but seeing as they actually managed to make an Impala look like this it would be a somewhat flawed argument.

This isn't just a stock car with a couple of guns bolted on, it's covered with all sorts of sculpted panels to represent the car's "stealth mode" configuration. Not that there aren't guns - two pairs of removable rifles can be attached to the car roof or side doors while even the MechTech weapon can be mounted convincingly on the exposed engine block. The two Western Wreckers Deluxes seem to have much less cumbersome, more integrated MechTech devices than figures like Jolt and Barricade where it seems to be something of an afterthought. The non-MechTech weapons do more than enough on their own, however.


Topspin's transformation is interesting - it shares a few basic touches with Roadbuster, notably the sides of the car folding down to form the legs, but remains very much its' own beast. Some parts are a little tricky - notably rotating the waist - but overall it's straightforward and once you've got the hang of it is good fun. There are a couple of cheats on him - the yellow sections on his shoulders and chest should be parts of the car mode but have been sacrificed for the transformation; presumably this was to prevent too much duplication. The resulting robot mode is more of the same - a believable team-mate of Roadbuster but with more than enough to mark Topspin out as an individual.

A particularly neat touch is the fluid arrangement of parts sprouting off the shoulders that can also function as mounting points for the figure's various weapons. The robot itself is tremendous fun. On top of the excellent articulation Topspin has big solid feet and a well balanced upper body, meaning there's a lot you can do with him. The flexible weapon mounts also lend lots of options while there are further hardpoints in Topspin's forearms as well. The arms have moving claws which look like they're the robot's hands from a distance but fists are actually sculpted between them. Topspin avoids the stretches of grey that blighted Roadbuster thanks to a careful layout and some well-placed paint applications. Even the head cast, complete with dreadlocks, works well - though it's perhaps a shame there wasn't more fluidity to the 'hair'.


Good fun in both modes, Topspin is really nicely designed and completely evokes the feeling of the film's complex CGI models. There's not an awful lot of poses that are beyond him and the whole design is pulled off with real confidence. Even the MechTech weapon comes off, and he's by far the best Dark of the Moon Deluxe I've got to date. Well worth a look.