Growing up a child of the 80’s; and despite being a small town nerd, I had access to my fair share of G1 Transformers toys, from the diminutive minibots, to the Dinobots, as well as classic heroes such as Hot Rod.
However, circling back to that small town nerd deal, I never came across any of the Triple Changers, only admiring them in various retail store catalogs. Flash ahead thirty plus years and adult collector me was finally able to get his first Triple Changer when I picked up Siege Springer last year, and today here we have Earthrise Doubledealer in all of his splendor.
Splendor is an appropriate word given how gorgeous this figure is. Sure, Doubledealer may be a little…two faced, given that he switches his allegiance from Autobot to Decepticon depending on which side pays best, but there’s no denying his Leader class figure is a handsome chap. From the beautiful head sculpt, to the stunning color palette adorning the figure across all three modes.
Unlike Astrotrain who really pushes the title of Leader Class to the limit, or Shockwave whose Leader Class distinction is damn near laughable, Doubledealer earns the Leader Class moniker in bird mode, vehicle mode and in his robot mode. Hasbro once again nails that G1 aesthetic and feel with the design of these figures.
Longtime G1 fans will remember the rather…unfortunate or suggestive appearance of old Doubledealer in his bird mode, and while Hasbro’s instructions have you placing his missle on his back in bird mode, you can replicate his original G1 appearance if you’re so inclined.
While I very much enjoy this Leader Class figure and overall I’m impressed with how Doubledealer turned out, I am going to mention some nitpicks, specifically with his engineering and transforming him into his alt modes. Now, it’s entirely possible the problems I had converting him into bird mode and then into vehicle mode could’ve been with my particular copy as I had major issues with getting certain tabs to properly line up with their respective slots.
I did notice while converting Doubledealer from robot to bird mode that his right leg seemed to be protruding a hair too far from the ball joint and that no matter how hard I pressed or tried to maneuver it closer to the hip it wouldn’t budge. I may be wrong, but I have to think this caused a slight misalignment with my figure to the point that certain connection points along the torso of Doubledealer’s bird mode as well as in his vehicle mode wouldn’t secure properly, to the point that they just sort of sat there. Hopefully this is only a manufacturing issue with my copy, and he’ll transform perfectly fine for everyone else.
Something I really didn’t care for and it made fiddling with him a bit of a chore is when you’re converting the robot legs to make the lower half of Doubledealer’s bird mode. There are these black tabs inside of the back of his knees that have to be maneuvered quite a bit before they’ll lock into the slots on the back of his legs. Once you’ve fought with it for a bit, you can then fold his legs up to make the lower half of his bird mode. It’s a bit of a pain, and it brought the enjoyment level of transforming Doubledealer down a notch.
Manufacturing issues aside (again, hopefully this was only with my copy), Doubledealer is a swank looking figure and is worth paying that Leader Class price for, unlike Astrotrain or Shockwave.
Doubledealer is beginning to appear in the wild at Wal-Mart, which is where I found mine, or you can stay at home and pick him up at bigbadtoystore.com if you want to continue to practice social distancing.
I give Earthrise Leader Class Doubledealer 4/5 Rocket Launchers.
- 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
- Converts to tank mode in 20 steps
- Instructions may or may not include English translation
- Doubledealer figure
- 2 Accessories
- Piece of the Transformers Universe map
- Red decoder to unlock the map’s hidden paths