Transformers Wreckage
Transformers Wreckage
Transformers Wreckage
Transformers Wreckage

Wreckage was actually slated to appear in the first film for a while. Well, not under that name - the proposed character had the place holding name Stryker, named after the type of personnel carrier it had as an alternative mode. It wasn't to be but the concept gave Hasbro a good starting point for producing a Deluxe figure, given the name Wreckage.

Wreckage fared little better in the comics - in the (initially) Target-exclusive prequel issue "Planetfall" he got to land on Earth with Starscream, Blackout, Brawl and Bonecrusher, only to die stupidly soon after getting his APC alternate mode. Since then he's managed to be in the comic a little bit under the control of Sector 7 and then rampaging around. The comics are shite though, so I can't pretend I've paid a huge amount of attention to what they've done with him.


One reason why Wreckage got dropped from the film cast might have been that his alternate mode is just a block. I know what an armoured personnel carrier looks like and in this respect the toy is fairly accurate. However, just because something's real it doesn't necessarily follow it'll make a good-looking alternate mode for a figure. I mean you could make a figure that transforms into the perfect likeness of a Blohm und Vos BV-138 , it still won't be pretty to look at.

A questionable colour scheme exacerbates the insubstantial feeling. It's not that the arctic camo isn't a nice change, it just looks a bit like something from another line and doesn't complement the unflattering alt mode well at all. It also means things like the robot mode weapons and limbs that are visible in this mode are about 200% more obvious than they might have been. As much of these are red they really leap out when you're looking at him. It's a bit unusual for a Movie figure - while most of them have some robot parts slightly visible, they don't contrast as heavily as those on Wreckage do.


There's something unsatisfying about transforming Wreckage. It might be the way he's a shellformer; a big chunk of the back of the APC stays as a single piece and moves up onto the back, while the limbs unfold from underneath and only a small part of the tank is actually visible in robot mode. Even the Automorph seems to be an afterthought. Like Barricade he just feels like something older tweaked to fit the live action look, resulting in an awkward mix of thin limbs and the occasional whacking great big chunk of APC.

The red contributes to an overall impression of childishness. It shows up nicely enough for sure, but only really serves to highlight how little of the vehicle mode is actually on display from straight ahead. The head, reminiscent of Generation 2 Megatron, only serves to make the toy look even more muddled and contradictory. What Wreckage does have is some decent articulation, matched by good balance. There's even a waist joint, something a lot of illustrious contemporaries were denied. The idea of his weapons (a pair of energy swords with spring-activated blades) storing in holster-type segments outside his thighs is neat too - if only the things fitted in there a bit better, though. Ultimately, Wreckage just looks a bit too nondescript to make much of an impression.


Neither mode is good, with the robot mode's muddled design philosophy and the vehicle mode's generic blandness meaning neither is nice to look at. Wreckage just doesn't look right with other Movie Decepticons and doesn't have enough charm or individuality to work outside of the context of the line either.