Christmas is approaching and Hasbro has decided to commence releasing its new line of Transformers toys that go beyond “Let’s repaint Bumblebee again.” Converting from robot to vehicle, these toys have been a huge hit that spanned into television cartoons, video games, live action blockbusters, and even comic books. This new Transformers Generations toyline allows Hasbro to explore either popular characters from obscure sources or obscure characters from popular sources. One fortunate candidate is the Decepticon Darkmount, who appeared in the “Transformers” comic series as Straxus but had to change his name due to licensing issues with Marvel Comics.
Alternate Mode: Half-Track
Darkmount comes packaged as a dark blue half-track military vehicle with some gray accents. The half-track is armed with a cannon mounted on a 360 degree rotating turret. The cannon can elevate as well to arc its shots. Additionally, the half-track is armed with a mortar launcher, missile pod, and a machine gun. All are ball-jointed for plenty of angling and each of those weapons can be mounted at the various piping that surrounds the vehicle-primarily the turret. The half-track is a unique entry in the Transformers vehicle line compared to the tanks and sports cars. The weapons customization and rotating turret offer a lots of fun play. It is only when the vehicle is turned upside down when Darkmount’s hands and Decepticon emblem are expose to reveal its Transformers nature.
Battle Station Mode: Stationary Cannon
Darkmount also converts into a Howitzer-like cannon. This is less a third mode for the toy and more a transitional form from vehicle to robot. Besides unfolding most of the half-track shell and positioning some parts into robot mode, the cannon features a pair of handles that allows a smaller Transformers toy-either Scout or Legends class-to position itself behind and man the turret. It adds some play to the toy and a small degree of interactivity between Transformers toys.
No Transformer is complete without a robot mode. A blue-themed robot, Darkmount is an average sized figure with some gray to accent and even some red. As a gimmick, the cannon of the half-track unfolds into a glaive weapon for him to hold. And just like in vehicle mode, the little weapons are mounted onto the various piping around his body for additional defense. While functionally formidable, his shape and looks do not really match the reputation that the character bio gave him. The kibble from his vehicular treads do take away from the smoothness of his robot form.
While not exactly as famous as Megatron, Darkmount is a fun toy that helps fill in the ranks and introduces children to the “Transformers” comics.