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Name: Landfill
Series: Transformers Universe
Allegiance: Autobot
Alternate Mode: N/A - Gestalt comprising Grimlock, Heavy Load, Hightower & Wedge.



COMBINED ROBOT MODE
Height: 20cm Width: 21cm

   Being a fusion of four yellow Autobots, Landfill is dominated by yellow, with black and brown arms, a black panel on top of his chest featuring a red Autobot logo and grey feet. There's a lot of silver paint on his head, although his face is still yellow with blue eyes. There's some random silver on his waist and his black groinplate, also on his claw weapon. The random silver isn't as annoying here as on the individuals, since it's relatively scarce, and it works well on his helmet and groin. Unlike the original, the colour set here is very unified and this helps dilute the silver as well. The black, grey and silver actually offset the dominant yellow well.

   This is an unusual gestalt in that he's a four-member gestalt, Landfill's chest and head are Wedge while the legs are each one of the two other figures and the arms formed from the last figure stretched out. This also makes him unusual in that the central piece is smaller than the limbs rather than the other way around. The end result is a toy with smallish arms and huge legs, and a surprisingly well proportioned torso. Unlike the original, the colour scheme doesn't vary with the limb position.

   The main gimmick of this gestalt design is the rotation around Wedge allowing Landfill to change configuration without detaching. The "standard" configuration - if you could call it that, sees Grimlock stretched out with his treads forming the arms, with the Heavy Load as the right leg and Hightower as the left. All three can be either leg, or the arms - and while it takes some effort, it is possible to rotate the limbs without taking Landfill apart.

   The interchangeability is really quite ingenious and fun, although personally I don't like using Grimlock as a leg since he has no foot as such, whereas the others have rear wheels that fold down as feet (and heelspurs). The exact height of the toy will depend on the layout of the limbs, as will the availability of weapons - the weapons are provided by the components forming the legs while the arm component holds onto his weapon. The only part of the set that isn't used is Hightower's handgun (which stows inside his cabin anyway). The claw, which is Heavy Load's tray, and the cannon weapon formed from Hightower's crane arm are handheld while Grimlock's bucketclaw attaches to one side of the forearm, or can sit behind his head.

   The poseability here is kind of limited relative to the articulation of the components, since the legs are largely vehicular blocks that attach close to the waist with no knees. The arms are poseable and the head turns, but Wedge's treads form shoulderpads that get in the way of shoulder movement. Still, the play value is by no means lacking, since you have three weapons and a gestalt that can change form without detaching.

VARIATIONS

   None as such, but as mention this set - which was sold as a set - is a repaint of the original RiD Landfill, as mentioned.

OVERALL

   A set of good moulds, the play value here is great and the unified colour scheme is nice. All four components are good toys although Grimlock really suffers from repaint-itis, thanks to some really dumb paint choices. I wouldn't recommend this set over the originals (or the Car Robots versions), but the moulds - and the combined robot - are strong enough that I'd recommend Landfill if you don't have the moulds. If you have the originals, you can probably skip this one unless you find it cheap as I did - 7/10

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