"Cyberverse" Battle for Cybertron Ultra Class Clobber Toy Review

in 2020, Action Figure Review, Animated, Battle for Cybertron, Cyberverse, Decepticon, Ultra

Cyberverse

General Information:
Release Date: January 2020
Price Point: $19.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Amazon, Target etc.)
Accessories: Blaster/Tank Barrel

Clobber

*Images and text below from Amazon.com:
The battle for control of Cybertron is on between the heroic Autobots and evil Decepticons on the Cyberverse animated series! With Energon Armor, both sides can harness incredible new powers, including the ability to convert energy into cool looking armor that allows them to fight in new ways. This extra layer of super-charged protection will be useful in the battles ahead. See how these new powers will be used to defend Cybertron or threaten it. Clobber draws his Turret Blaster weapon to harness the power of an Energon Armor power up! Kids can collect other Ultra Class figures (each sold separately, subject to availability) to discover more exciting characters from the Cyberverse series! Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.

  • 6. 75-INCH CLOBBER FIGURE: Clobber figure is an impressive 6. 75 inches tall.
  • POWER UP CLOBBER WITH ENERGON ARMOR: Combine Ultra Class Clobber with Energon Armor to convert him into his powered-up mode. Pull out his Turret Blaster weapon in the last conversion step to activate his Energon Armor-Up feature. Armor attaches automatically!
  • WEAPON CONVERTS TOY: Easy Transformers conversion for kids 6 and up. Convert Clobber toy from tank to robot mode in 9 steps. Makes a great gift for kids!
  • TRANSFORMERS CYBERVERSE CHARACTER: Classic purple and green Clobber toy robot inspired by the Decepticon hulking bruiser from the Transformers Cyberverse cartoon, as seen on Cartoon Network and YouTube.
  • INSPIRED BY CARTOON NETWORK SHOW: In the G1-inspired Cyberverse series, giant Transformers robots from the planet Cybertron engage in epic battles, harnessing the power of pure energy with their Energon Armor! Kids can imagine unleashing this new ability with this Ultra Class figure!

When season two of Cyberverse aired, a bunch of new characters were brought into the story including a new Decepticon named Clobber. Clobber is based on the look of Animated Lugnut, a Decepticon who was fiercely loyal to Megatron. Clobber in comparison is a bit less strict about her duties and contributed to at least one pretty funny scene during the season. Oh, and that's the other cool part, Clobber is a she. You wouldn't know it from her bulky, one-eyed form and that is part of what makes the character appealing in my book. She is not a more traditional "female" Transformers figure such as Windblade or Arcee and that is super cool.

There is evidence that Clobber was intended to be named Lugnut early on. During the Cyberverse panel at SDCC 2019, it was stated that Hasbro wanted to keep the name "Lugnut" for male characters.

Packaging:
Like the previous waves of Ultra Class figures Clobber is packaged in an open box sitting inside a plastic tray. This figure falls under the current "Battle for Cybertron" sub-line of Cyberverse so that logo is displayed prominently in front. The colors on the packaging favor purple, black and yellow, which really helps it stand out on shelves. The "Transformers" logo is set vertically on the right side and above it is a Decepticon symbol. The box features two pieces of artwork for the character. Towards the top of the packaging is a drawing of Clobber, then on the front section is another drawing of Clobber but with her Energon Armor deployed. Next to that art it says "New! Energon Armor".

The back of the packaging shows Clobber in both modes calling out a 9 step transformation. In one corner it describes her function as a "Hulking Bruiser" and on the other side it shows off her "Energon Armor" feature. The bottom has legal information in several languages. Interestingly the side of the packaging calls out "Action Attackers", which is a pretty generic term used for many of the toys in the Cyberverse line.

Robot Mode:
Clobber's design is heavily based on Animated Lugnut, and thanks to that there are several design elements from that character that carry over to this figure. Here's a rundown:

  • The head has one eye and a thin line for a mouth.
  • Each shoulder has a small fin on it.
  • Each forearm is rounded with a claw hand.
  • The torso features a series of raised lines with flat sections in between. This calls back to the cockpit halves on Lugnut's chest.
  • The feet each feature two "toes" in front.

Overall I love the sculpt on this figure. It fits the more "cartoony" look of Cyberverse and pays homage to a fan favorite character.

Clobber is made up of purple, black and grey plastic. These colors are inspired by those from Animated Lugnut, but they are different shades. Paint colors include orange, neon green and black. My favorite details are the black and neon green hazard lines on the forearms. These call directly back to Lugnut and they offer a nice splash of color on the figure. These same plastic colors are used for the weapon along with some orange on the inside of the weapon barrel.

There are twelve points of articulation on this figure. This includes four on each arm and two on each leg. This may not sound like a lot, but for a Cyberverse Ultra Class figure this is actually quite exceptional! Previous Ultra Class figures would be lucky if they had more than five points of articulation, so this is a treat. There is one drawback however. The hip joints are rather loose, so you'll need to put some clear polish on them to help tighten them up (assuming your copy of this figure has the same issue).

Clobber includes a blaster that fits into her claws. However, this blaster also serves another purpose! Push it into the slot behind the head and you wind up pushing a tab that opens up her back panel. This causes her Energon Armor to spring out of the slot and slip over the head and torso! This happens very quickly and it is quite a dramatic effect. If you prefer, you can also pull on the purple tab on the back panel to achieve the same effect. The Energon Armor is translucent green and looks very much like an energy shield with spikes on it. This is a fun feature and you can easily tuck the armor into the back if you wish.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Detach the blaster and set it aside for now.
  2. Straighten out the arms and legs.
  3. Swing the chest panel up.
  4. Swing the legs forward, then rotate them around and connect them together.
  5. Swing each arm back at the shoulder hinge.
  6. Rotate the lower body around, then swing the legs up.
  7. Connect the chest/torso plate with the hollow section of the robot legs (now facing up).
  8. Swing the arms forward and tab them into the sides.
  9. Attach the blaster to the clips on the turret section with the peg sticking up.

Vehicle Mode:
Unlike her Animated inspiration, clobber transforms into (what appears to be) either a very bulky aerial vehicle or a hovertank (let your imagination roam). There is a large turret on top and the blaster forms an impressive looking weapon barrel. The sides do not feature any treads, hence the speculation about her being a hovertank, however the fins on the vehicle can also be interpreted as tiny wings. Her robot arms add a good amount of bulk to the sides of the tank, making it look powerful. The four fins (or small wings if you prefer) are fun callbacks to Lugnut's aerial vehicle mode. If you want, you can attach extra weapons to Clobber's claw hands to add additional firepower.

This mode reflects all the same colors as the robot mode. You get to see a bit more of the neon green and black colors on the turret, but everything else was clearly visible from robotmode. The colors work well together and I appreciate the Lugnut Easter Egg.

Final Thoughts:
Clobber is a fun figure and a cool callback to Lugnut. I also love that she is a big bruiser character (really, how often do you see that for a female in a cartoon?). Recommended!

Pros:

  • Fun callback to Lugnut.
  • Cool sculpt.
  • Nice deco.
  • Good articulation.
  • Energon armor is a fun feature.

Cons:

  • Hip joints are a bit loose on my copy of this figure.
  • Some fans may have wanted Clobber to transform into an aerial vehicle to complete the Lugnut homage.