Transformers Movie (2007) Legends Barricade Review
Release Year: May 2007
Retailer: General release and specialty markets (Toys R Us, Walgreens, Alco, Shop Rite etc.)
Price: $5.99 (Depending on retailer)
Difficulty Level: 2
- On Card (Front)
- On Card (Back)
- Vehicle Mode
- Vehicle Mode (Side)
- Vehicle Mode (Back)
- Robot Mode
- Robot Mode (Side)
- Robot Mode (Back)
Rank: 5 Courage: 5 Firepower: 5 Skill: 4
The Legends class figures have expanded into the Transformers feature film territory. The first Decepticon released for this line is Barricade, a 'con with a cruel sense of humor.
The Legends line of figures are simplified by their very nature. They are small figures meant to have relatively simple transformations. Given that, the designers managed to give this figure Barricade's distinctive look despite sacrificing some of the more complex stylings of the CGI model. Barricade's form is an interesting take on the classic "car hood as chest/rear of car as legs" Transformers configuration. Here, Barricade is slightly bent over in a hunchback type position. His legs come forward a bit instead of just being straight. The overall affect makes him look more monstrous than the more straight-forward traditional form.
The Legends Barricade figure has this hunched over look. Along with his long arms and legs set at an angle, he truly looks like a creepy monster instead of a sleek robot. Despite the simplification of the figure, it is interesting to note that for the most part, all his parts in this figure form the same parts in the deluxe version of the figure. The sides of the vehicle become the arms, the side windows hang off the back, his head comes out of the hood and the rear of the car becomes the waist and legs.
Whenever a figure is translated to this size scale there is some sacrifice of details. That said, there are still some very distinctive markings on Barricade. His head sculpt is fairly detailed, using the seris of V shapes that evoke the decepticon symbol along with his creepy looking eyes and mouth. On his arms you'll find his hands are more claw like and have segments on each finger. His legs and waist section also seem to have layers of armor, a design aesthetic in line with the movie's armored skeleton look. I was very happy to see Barricade retains some semblance of the details from larger versions and the CGI model. It really helps elevate what could have been a very boring looking toy.
Barricade is cast in black plastic. His head has a pretty intricate set of paint applications with the top being black, the eyes red and then the mouth and nose area a combination of gold and silver respectively. His hands are painted a metallic lavender color. Some details carry over from the car mode of course, and those will be discussed in the "vehicle mode" section.
Barricade has eight points of articulation in this form. This includes both the arms and feet being on ball joints.
Transformation to Vehicle mode:
- Swing each foot up.
- Swing the upper body up to form the top of the car.
- Push the robot head into the car hood section.
- Connect the robot legs together.
- Swing the robot legs forward so the feet fit into the slots near the sirens.
- Swing the robot arms back to form the sides of the vehicle.
- Swing up the front cage piece that goes in front of the car's grille.
Unlike the previous Legends type figures, the Movie vehicles are largely based on real life vehicles. In a way, this is a Matchbox/Hot Wheels sized version of the Saleen Mustang Barricade transforms into in the movie. A lot of the trademark details of that vehicle are present including the distinctive front end with several levels, angled grille and rounded headlights. The sides have an indentation running along from front to back ending in a curve. On the top of the hood you'll find two strips with vent details.
Color wise there are some parts visible that are not featured in the robot mode. The siren is painted red on the left and blue on the right. The doors are painted white with "Police" written in silver on the sides. You'll also find the word "Police" printed across the spoiler in silver. On the hood, the Decepticon symbol is painted on the center in silver as well.
I really like the look of Mustangs, and having a custom one is even cooler. This guy looks great in vehicle mode and looks like he'd fit right in with Spychanger sized vehicles/Transformers. If you like the simplicity of the Legends class figures, then definitely scoop this one up.