Series: Dark of the Moon Mechtech It was only natural that a robot with as much skill at combat on a crowded road would be paired up with a human specialist in urban warfare. Spike Witwicky and Backfire make the perfect team. Together, they stalk the Decepticons in secret, through some of the earth's most crowded and confusing cities. Backfire and his human ally have much to gain - but even more to lose. Can they trust each other? More importantly - can they afford not to?
Categories: Human Alliance
: Backfire is a small, compact robot with a relatively small torso, but big limbs. Most of his chest is comprised of his vehicle modeís engine, which looks pretty cool. At first glance one might think that he lacks proper hands, but these are actually sculpted into the insides of his forearms. Not the greatest arrangement ever, but workable. Look-wise, I find little grounds for complaint. A small but powerful looking fellow.
Posability is a mixed blessing for this figure, though. He has knees, but his thighs are so short that they sit almost at his hip. He has elbows, too, but the strange arrangement of his hands puts those right next to them. Also, his weapons, two large click-on rifles, attach to bars which sit before his hands, which looks a bit strange. Iíve since noticed, though, that you can actually jam the rifles into his hands, too, which looks somewhat better.
All in all Backfireís robot mode is okay, but his stocky proportions somewhat hinder him. No points deduction in terms of look and detailing, though.
: Backfire transforms into a Can-Am Spyder bike, which was used by the NEST troopers at the beginning of the Revenge of the Fallen movie. Donít think it made an appearance in the third movie, but Iím not sure. Now Iíve never seen the real deal, but to me it appears to be a tad too large for the human figure riding on it. Anyway, there are lots of details on the vehicle and I can find little to complain about. The bike has two attachment bars for clip-on weapons on the back, such as Backfireís own two machine guns. All in all a pretty good vehicle mode.
Like all the Basic HA figures, Backfire has a third mode, which somewhat qualifies him as a Targetmaster. Backfire transforms into kind of huge cannon, which can plug into the Mechtech ports of larger DOTM figures such as Sentinel Prime
. Itís still very obviously a wheeled vehicle of some sort, but it does a decent enough job as a weapon, too. Given itís size, I wouldnít attach it to anything smaller than a Leader-class figure, though.
: Backfireís human partner has a very familiar name. Fans who only got to know Transformers through the live-action movies will simply wonder when exactly one of Samís relatives joined the military. Those familiar with Transformers lore, however, will recognize the name Spike as that of the original human buddy of the G1 Autobots. Spike appeared throughout all four seasons of the original cartoon, as well as the Japanese Headmaster series.
As a figure Spike is pretty nondescript, though, a man in a uniform with a helmet on and an Autobot symbol on his shoulder. Pretty standard for a Human Alliance partner figure. Noteworthy, though: this is only the second-ever (official) toy incarnation of Spike Witwicky, the first being the Headmaster partner of Fortress Maximus
: Seeing as the third live-action Transformers movie didnít exactly feature a lot of visually distinct Transformers, itís no big surprise that Backfire didnít score an appearance. Neither did Spike Witwicky, for that matter. Fans may discuss whether heís supposed to be the same character as HFTD Backfire
, but it doesnít really make much of a difference. No in-media appearances either way.
Among the Human Alliance Basic figures Iíve seen so far, Backfire is neither the best, nor the worst. Heís good, solid, and probably gains bonus points in some peopleís eyes for being partnered with Spike Witwicky, an iconic G1 name. Me, I like him, but heís certainly not a must have.