Yesterday, BotCon revealed the second toy in the 2011 box set — BREAKDOWN.
It’s not a surprise. After 3 previous BotCon toys, they should just start including Breakdown in every set after this.
Still, this is a solid toy. I think I like Dead End more than Breakdown, but this new guy isn’t too bad.
Breakdown is a redeco of Animated Rodimus Major with a new head. And I know I predicted that Swindle would be the mold used — and I still stand by my idea as being good — and Rodimus would be used for Drag Strip, but after seeing this, I’m just struck with how well the Rodimus mold works for Breakdown. Sure, he’s no longer a Lamborghini, but the shape is similar, the spoilers are similar, and he once again comes with a weapon that deploys over the roof.
The only thing that I wonder about is the maroon/purple on his hood. While I don’t think we necessarily have to be slaves to the G1 deco, I’m just surprised they didn’t use red on the hood instead of the headlights.
In robot mode, since the transformations are different, he doesn’t look like the original toy as much, but the similarities are there. Once again, the purple/maroon hood portion kind of distracts from the rest of the color scheme. In this instance, I’m not sure if they had gone with red I would have liked it. This just shows the constraints the BotCon team has to go through when redecoing a mold.
Still, this is a solid follow-up to Dead End, and I look forward to another reveal soon!