It's Windblade o'clock! That's kind of like 4:20, but slightly more often. And that's fine with me. I'm always up for additional Windblades. Keep piling 'em on, Hasbro. I've got a house with shelves to fill.
Last year, there was an SDCC exclusive Windblade, technically part of the Titans Return line, but since she was a redeco of Robots in Disguise Windblade, she was the only toy out of the three in her box set that wasn't actually a Titan Master-compatible person. She wasn't a headmaster! And while I was grateful for Additional Windblade, I also kind of wish she got a proper Titans Return toy with a head-person head.
WELL THAT TOY IS HERE
Suddenly, out of no where, unbeknownst to Secret Inside Sources That Know The Entirety Of The Next Toyline Before It Even Hits Shelves, there was a Titans Return Windblade toy. One day Hasbro's like, BAM!, surprise, Windblade in yer eyes! So many rumor lists, and she wasn't on any of them. This was an enjoyable experience, like how at SDCC Hasbro got to actually tell us what Power of the Primes was about and what the toys were and everything, without us knowing everything ahead of time.
which lasted about five days before the entire rest of the toyline was leaked, but whatever, it was a nice moment
Titans Return Windblade shares some parts with Scourge/Highbrow (thighs, feet, biceps, some internal transformery joint stuff), but the rest of her is new. The amount of new is nice, especially considering Windblade's in the penultimate wave of Titans Return deluxes. Usually by this point they're just spittin' up redecoes. Some people mumble about her wide upper arms or her blocky thighs, but I... just... can't... bring... myself... to... care. The toy looks good.
The original Windblade toy got a lot of flak for being difficult to stand. The second main Windblade toy, the Robots in Disguise version, is better at standing. This toy, though, stands the eff up. This is mostly due to the no-nonsense way her legs are built. They're just big and relatively chunky (for a Windblade toy) and there's feet and that's it. These legs don't try to be fancy. You could probably throw the toy across the room and it'd still stand.
Titans Return Windblade also has a more satisfying transformation to jet mode. It's not as fiddly, and everything fits solidly in place. This toy is just a formidable chunk of Windblade. Not as many bells or whistles (there's no scabbard and no removeable head fan), but what's here gets the job done. You can, if you wish, borrow the scabbard/sword from a previous Windblade toy. There are slots in the toy's thighs that accomodate tabs from the older scabbards. Hooray for standards in toy construction, requiring those slots at most joints.
Windblade's head transforms into a little lady robot named Scorchfire. She can sit in Windblade's cockpit or ride in the combined sword... thing her swords make when they mash together. It's like a flying forklift that's all fork and no lift.
If you want a solid-ass Windblade toy, this might be your best option. If you want a Windblade that looks a little more accurate to her proportions in fiction but you don't care if she takes some effort to stand upright, then maybe look into Takara's reissue of the original that's coming next year. If you want a Windblade that shuts up and goes away but not really because you're lonely, you might be Starscream.
man, we better get a windblade in power of the primes so we can have one that's a combiner limb, i need windblades in all the various transformers gimmicks and combiner wars left me out to dry