Transformers Whirl
Transformers Whirl
Transformers Whirl
Transformers Whirl

In the Revenge of the Fallen line Whirl is a recolour of a retool. The figure started life as Blackout, but for the Allspark Power expansion of the toyline the figure was reworked slightly. The mould was given a new headsculpt, new hands and had the Scorponok gimmick replaced with a liferaft/weapon. This modification was released in Coast Guard colours as Evac. For Revenge of the Fallen, this modified 'Autobot' version of the Pave Low was recoloured. It came packed with a recolour of Wreckage named as Bludgeon in a set called Masters of Metallikato (named after the Cybertronian martial art reportedly practised by Bludgeon - though not Whirl - in the original line).

As I've not too much to say about the rather poor Wreckage mould and the rather uninspired recolour it's given for the set and considering there's another perfectly good Revenge of the Fallen Bludgeon out (which is reviewed here) and that the 'versus' nature of the set doesn't really fit with my menu format, Bludgeon's not getting a review.


Whirl is rendered in a dark blue US Navy-style colour scheme. The blue is deeper and glossier than that used on the Premium Blackout figure and actually much nicer. The overall look is highly reminiscent of the 'full decal' Japanese version of the Gobots toy Flip-Top though it's more a still-rare case of a Transformer having a realistic colour scheme on the alternate mode. The result is marvellous, and it's probably the prettiest the Pave Low mould has used yet. There's even some nice detailing (such as the silver painted windows) though he could do with a whacking great big pair of US Navy roundels on there somewhere.

Sadly as with Superion 'cheap recolour' seems to be Hasbro shorthand for 'let quality control have the day off' and there are a few blemishes on Whirl. Releasing his rear compartment causes a covered life raft (replacing Scorponok) to drop out - nice, but the catch is easy to release and hard to pop back in place. There's a pearly pattern in the plastic of the rotor blades, the yellow paint on the tail is so thin you can see the blue underneath in places and the spinning rotor gimmick puts up a lot of resistance, sounding like a baby in a blender. Sloppy stuff.


Some of these problems also carry on to the transformation. Some parts are very loose, some very stiff - popping off the rotor/tail section especially. It all reeks of a mould on its' last legs - I don't think the same Voyager Pave Low will be released alongside the third film. Actually, I've seen Encore Bruticus so I don't know why I said that; if Hasbro/Takara can get morons to buy it, they'll sell it. On the plus side the colour scheme works very well, with the light blue especially pushing it away from the two Blackout releases a little bit more. The 'Autobot' head cast is quite nice while the fists in place of the Decepticon claws also adds a little individuality.

Add in a couple of optional steps - like rearranging the missile batteries and actually having Whirl use the rotor assembly as a comically oversized melee weapon that completely unbalances the figure - and the end result has a fair bit of individuality for a retool/recolour. The lifeboat is less successful as a hand weapon, though - it does just look like an upside-down raft with a couple of barrels grafted on. I like neat weapons storage but a lot of recent Transformers have fallen into the trap of making the storage itself very slick while the actual weaponry is left looking so feeble you wonder why they bothered in the first place. It's a shame as the rest of the figure actually looks quite impressive, with a striking, convincing scheme and enough little tweaks to stop it looking like an arbitrary recolour and more like it could actually be an Autobot. But then you can always leave the gun stowed I suppose.


The Masters of Metallikato set has been widely discounted and if you can find it at a reasonable price Whirl is a good version of the Pave Low figure. However the slapdash quality control is irritating, adding problems to an already fragile and troubled mould that don't exist with either Decepticon version. As an Autobot counterpart he looks much better than Evac but he's very much inessential.