Living on the Gulf Coast in Alabama has many nice features. It's never freezing during the winter, there are lots of beaches, and everyone is stereotypically nice. It's one of the better places I've lived in my life. The only downside, besides the humidity, is the lateness with which new figures show up. I believe that the GDO Exclusives were released in late September. I just found them at the local Toys R Us on the day before Thanksgiving. I would've posted sooner, but I've been super pressed for time. All of the figures were there, but I only grabbed Springer and Wheelie as Swerve just didn't do anything for me.
Springer is apparently is a retool of a movie line figure named Tomahawk. I'm not familiar with that figure or the line as a whole, but this is a pretty good figure. The helicopter mode is pretty boss. I like the fact that the wings move up and down, and the missile launchers that can be placed in the rear via "C" clips is a nice touch. The helicopter also features a movable camera on the nose of the chopper.
When Springer is in robot mode, you can definitely tell that he originated as a movie line toy. The feet are a dead giveaway. His head is reminiscent of the Nick Roche IDW version of Springer. I like it a lot. While the original Springer came with a gun and a sword that was made from his helicopter rotor blades, this version comes with just the sword, he does, however get to keep is rotor blades in robot mode and he has the two aforementioned missile launchers. He's pretty pose able, to boot.
Overall, this Springer is a great addition to the Classics universe and line. It would be awesome if he was a triple changer, but I really can't complain. Hopefully, I'll make my next post soon. Dunno, holidays and all, so we'll see.