Trypticon won a fan poll when Hasbro asked which of three Titans should be redone between himself, Scorponok, and Omega Supreme, and it is well-deserved. He had not seen an updated version since his original release in 1986. This new Trypticon is the biggest Decepticon Hasbro has ever made, and I managed to get my hands on one to take a look at. (Special shout-out to my friend Erin for helping with the transformations and such on this big guy)
The TRANSFORMERS battle explodes into uncharted territory when the TITANS RETURN! To control an ancient race of giant, city-sized warriors—TITANS—the AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS must harness the power of TITAN MASTERS, smaller bots that give bigger bots enhanced abilities in battle. The ultimate Decepticon weapon is joining the Titans Return battle! Trypticon will destroy everything and devour everyone in his path. The Titan Class Trypticon figure is the largest figure in the 2017 Titans Return universe and is also the biggest Decepticon figure ever made. The towering T-Rex converts between 3 different modes: dino, spaceship, and city. When the figure is in city mode, it connects to Titans Return Leader Class figures (each sold separately) to form the giant Nemesis Command. When the figure is in T-Rex mode, it can "eat" Titan Master figures: Trypticon can chomp them down, then you can open his stomach to get them out. Comes with a Deluxe Class Full-Tilt figure and a Titan Master Decepticon Necro figure. Additional Titan Master figures are each sold separately, but with so many to collect, the Titans Return battlefield is a veritable all-you-can-eat bot buffet for Trypticon. Full-Tilt figure attaches to the Trypticon figure's chest. Titan Master figure becomes the head for the Full-Tilt figure and works with all Titans Return Deluxe, Voyager, and Leader Class figures (each sold separately). Also features a storage compartment in the figure's tail.
This box on this one is huge, but not nearly as heavy as last years Fortress Maximus. The Titans Return line has had some fantastic packaging with it, and this release is no differsnt, with every inch of the box featuring something, from showing the various transformations to a longer than I would have though character bio. Once opened, everything is housed well on a blister and tied down so nothing is moving inside the box. I was a little shocked how short the instructions seemed, and true to form however, they are printed a little grainy and it strained my eyes to read them.
Full-Tilt and Necro are also packed in here, and both are pretty nifty. Necro does not like to fit inside Full-Tilt when in vehicle mode and stay there, but when Tilt is in robot mode, the head looks pretty sweet. Full-Tilt is quite an easy transformation, I did it in about 5 minutes without even glancing at the instructions once, which is saying something because I have struggled with similar figures in the past. He can connect to Trypticon's chest as well and hang there, but it weighs down the front chest door on the figure and makes the flap open on its own quite a bit.
From there, we set about the three transformations of the Titan Trypticon. Both of us were surprised how simple a lot of them were to achieve, in very little time as well. As with any Transformer, its all about getting your bearings and finding a groove. once we attached the legs properly, it went very well. I will say: the legs staying attached is a pain, as the pins do not lock into place and they slide of constantly. It was actually quite annoying. Also: with the instructions being printed so small and pixeleated made some directions unclear at first and slowed us down a bit, but as each transformation was completed everything was forgiven because of how awesome it all looked. From ship to Dino to city, seeing it all come together was a sight to behold. As we did this, people would stop and comment on how neat it all looked, especially in Dino mode, by far the coolest one and what my Trypticon will forever be on my shelf. Feeding him Titan Master figures is a novelty that never really wore off for me.
One novelty that did however was applying the tiny, tiny stickers that come packed in. I only did the Dino mode ones, and it took me longer to do those than to transform the damn thing. I do not have the smallest lingers in the universe, but man Hasbro: Please start stickering the figures in production. I do not know how feasible that is (it probably isn't) but man do I hate doing it.
Overall if you a Transformers collector this is clearly a must-buy. He is gigantic, so you will have to make room however you decide to display him. But at the end of the day, at $149.99 is well worth it for this dude. I mean, he eats Transformers and is one of the coolest figures on the shelf right now. Why wouldn't you want one? And you can get one if you are so inclined right now!