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Thursday, November 10 2016 23:00

Review: TRANSFORMERS Generations Platinum Edition Combiner Wars Liokaiser (Entertainment Earth Exclusive)

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Despite my love of the TRANSFORMERS, there are some characters who are so obscure that their existence within the Transformers lore has escaped me. From the Generation 1-era comes Liokaiser - a Combiner who first appeared in the Japanese cartoon series, but eventually made its way into later iterations of the franchise. What this robot didn't have until now is a proper, U.S.-release as a toy, but Hasbro has taken care of that with this month's official release of the Transformers Generations Platinum Edition Combiner Wars Liokaiser - an Entertainment Earth Exclusive, and a featured pick in my 2016 Holiday Wish Guide here on THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. This beautiful Boxed Set includes 6 evil Decepticons who merge into the mighty Liokaiser in order to throw down against the Autobots! My allies at EE sent an early sample to Rock Father HQ for review, and I'm giving you one of the first official in-hand looks at this great set...

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Included in this set are The Destrons - described as "a foul group of criminals and convicts that also happens to be one of the most elite strike teams in the galaxy." Aligned with the Decepticons, the six-member team includes:

  • Voyager Class Dezarus: A dragon-like beast that becomes a space shuttle-type craft, this figure forms the torso of the Liokaiser.
  • Deluxe Class Guyhawk: A pink military jet/robot that forms the right arm of Liokaiser.
  • Deluxe Class Fellbat: A blue military jet/robot that forms the left arm of Liokaiser.
  • Deluxe Class Drillhorn: A blue tank/robot that forms the left leg of Liokaiser.
  • Deluxe Class Ironbison: A gold tank/robot that forms the right leg of Liokaiser.
  • Legends Class Ion Scythe: Winged bird that becomes a handheld weapon for the Liokaiser.
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At times I've been critical of the transformation difficulty of certain modern Transformers, but most of the Combiners Wars figures have been pretty good (and they're mix-and-match to build new Combiners!), and Liokaiser is no exception. Each figure transforms with relative ease, fitting right into the recommended Ages 8 and Up range (or five times that, like yours truly). The interlocking system means that the pieces fit well while in combined mode, and the articulation is just right to get some fun action poses out of the deal. Standing 12" tall, this isn't as big as say, Devastator, but it feels a lot more sturdy.

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Packed in a reusable box an inner tray, this set also includes an envelope that houses a full-color poster, collector's card, and the instructions for assembly. 

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Want to bring Liokaiser home or give him as a gift? While the regular price is $129.99, for a limited time beginning 11/11/16, you can get $20 off, free shipping, and a free G1 Transformers diorama with your purchase.  The coupon code SINGLES must be used at checkout! Order here.

Bonus: Entertainment Earth has the Transformers Generations Titans Return Fortress Maximus on sale for $130, reduced from $159.99! You can also add coupon code EARLYBIRD to save an additional $20, plus free shipping! $110 total!

Both of these fantastic Platinum Edition Transformers sets are Rock Father-approved!

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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