My boy Gage of Loading Snacks got me on this long deep dive of The Transformers cartoon to see if it still holds up (it does), but it was the absolute worst thing in terms of holding off resolve of ignoring the latest War for Cybertron figures. Huffer has been one of my unexpected favorites in this extended series rewatch.
He’s basically the Autobots’ worst case scenario guy who is quick to write off a plan when adversity strikes. I don’t know, maybe Huffer is one of the more relatable characters in 2021?
I’ve been slowly building up a G1 collection and was excited to see him while walking down the mostly depleted toy aisles today. And you know the old figure review saying — the only figure better than a new one to review is the newest one so let’s see how Huffer fares.
Hopefully, I’ll have a much better take on him than he would…
Packaging: Long before I started collecting them I was drawn to this War for Cybertron packaging. I like the angled style, which clearly showcases the figure both in the front and along the left side. If anything the package art comes close to overwhelming poor Huffer, which he would likely gripe about.
I’m too old school a collector to be thrilled with the lack of any form of bio. I really wish Hasbro would revisit the stat card from the original figures. It was always cool comparing who was stronger, smarter, more powerful, etc. based on their stats.
Likeness: I loved Huffer’s cartoon design as he was one of the few Autobots that looked like he was wearing a mask thanks to the domino-style setup of his eyes.
His expression looks appropriately perturbed and irritated. Huffer had arms that spread out a little wider. The figure does a nice job of maintaining Huffer’s boxy torso and streamlined midsection/legs.
Alt Mode: Huffer is a solid size and is very well detailed. A lot of his pieces blend together better than some others and his truck mode flows very naturally.
The only issue I have is the large gap in the front carriage and the wheels. With some pickup/big rigs that gap does exist to an extent, but it’s just a bit too noticeable here. I’m not sure if this was just my version, but the front wheels didn’t roll despite them being moveable. In fairness this was also how the G1 figure looked as well.
He can hold Optimus Prime’s trailer and that’s a really cool touch. I’ll have to make sure and add that picture after reviewing my Optimus.
Huffer’s blaster can be split and used as extra attachments for more of a dump truck feel or you can leave them off for his more traditional flatbed appearance.
Transformation: Huffer’s transformation is pretty intuitive and was one I was able to fiddle my way into completing it for the most part without the instructions. As usual there’s little parts in the instructions that could be clearer without sending me to video reviews to decipher the Transformation.
Scale: In general, I’m a huge fan of every original rollout Transformer and have a soft spot for the minibots. In the cartoon, the minibots all had very distinct personalities and were generally very scrappy regardless of their size.
The minibot figures weren’t as cool in their original incarnation and I’m pretty sure I still have my original Huffer somewhere.
Anyway, Huffer sizes up well with the larger scale figures. I’ve never cared about Transformers’ physics in terms of their transformations.
I just need Huffer to look up to Jazz/Prowl/Sideswipe as they look up to Ironhide/Trailbreaker and they look up to Optimus Prime. So far the scale has worked out just fine.
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Paint: Huffer’s purple, orange and silver color scheme is also pretty unique.
Hasbro went with very striking bold shades of purple and orange so he really pops. All of the paintwork is clean and Huffer adds a welcome change
Articulation: Huffer’s got smooth articulation allowing him to hit most reasonable poses. I do wish it were easier to get into his head area to move. It’s a tight fit with the cab and posts next to his head.
His heel points actually lower, which allow for some assistance stabilizing him for poses.
- ball-jointed shoulders
- wrist hinge
- knees (double-jointed)
Accessories: Huffer has a standard blaster. He didn’t get one in the original toy line, but this seems about his style.
Additionally, he comes with a shield/truck bed that attaches to his arm. I like this addition and it makes sense to have some protection from the Decepticon blasts.
Worth it? I got Huffer for $20. That’s the same price as Jazz, who’s a little bigger although I don’t think this is a bad price point for these smaller figures. I’ll save that griping for whatever I eventually end up paying to get Bumblebee and Cliffjumper.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10
I’m so partial to Huffer’s cartoon appearance that I’m taking him down just a bit for that alteration to the head sculpt and the tricky maneuvering to move his head. Beyond that this is a really solid job of Huffer that further sends me down this WFC rabbit hole.
Where to get it? I got Huffer from Target and they’ve done a decent job of stocking them. If you aren’t having any luck, you can always order him from Entertainment Earth.