The siege is over, but the War for Cybertron has just begun. The Autobots and Decepticons have left Cybertron, but their battle rages on as they hurtle through space in pursuit of the Allspark. With unforeseen dangers lurking ahead and the Decepticons closing in from behind, the only way out for the Autobots is to find a way through. Both sides must navigate the perils of space and instantly adapt to battle anywhere in the cosmos.
With the highly advanced A.I.R. (Adaptable Interconnection Retrofitter) Locks system, the fighters don’t head to the battlefield — they become it. Bots capable of converting into Modular Battle Stations can A.I.R.-Lock together in custom configurations to fit the needs of battle.
As the battle rages through space, success depends on who can best adapt to the battlefield beyond. But it’s not just the battlefield that commands adaptability. Allegiances can shift just as rapidly, with a new Mercenary faction introduced into the Earthrise world alongside the Autobots and Decepticons.
With Hasbro’s Siege line of Transformers being cleared off shelves to make way for the new Earthrise collection of toys, I was beyond stoked to find a Voyager Class Grapple at Simi Valley Toy & Comic Fest this past weekend and purchased it from one of the vendors in attendance with no hesitation.
While I figured my first Earthrise figure would be a stalwart character like Optimus Prime or Starscream, I’m not disappointed at all when it comes to this latest version of Grapple. While we are getting some recurring characters from Siege to Earthrise including Optimus, Starscream and another Astrotrain, it’s cool to see some of the more tertiary characters like Cliffjumper, Hoist and our friend Grapple here getting some much deserved love.
Grapple’s transformation while mildly involved is still a lot of fun and once you get the hang of how to transform his crane section it is quite straightforward. Grapple has a beautiful orange paint application with a handsome head sculpt and comes with his accessories including his welding tool which I didn’t notice immediately is tabbed onto the side of his crane.
While he’s not as overwhelmingly awesome like Siege Jetfire or a sexy beast like Bluestreak, he definitely pops and I’m excited to have such a fun figure on my toy shelf. My only criticism is the red decoder included to read the Cybertronian text inside the packaging really does nothing for me.
If Grapple hasn’t appeared at your local Walmart, Target or a toy convention in your own city yet, he is available to pre-order for $32.99 at BigBadToyStore and is well worth adding to your collection.
I give Earthrise Voyager Class Grapple 4/5 Energon cubes.
- 7 inches (17.78cm)
- Made of plastic
- Earthrise figures allow fans to build out epic space battle scenes
- Figures can connect to expand the battlefield
- Grapple converts into classic crane truck mode in 16 steps
- Grapple crane can attach to Modular Battle Stations
- Instructions may or may not include English translation
- Grapple figure
- 3 Weapon accessories
- Piece of the Transformers Universe map
- Red decoder to unlock the map’s hidden paths