I've been putting this guy off for a long, long time. Dogfight showed up in my collection about the middle of last year, and the pictures have been sitting on my desktop for about the same amount of time. Guess I better get this over with.
Before last year, this is what I knew about Dogfight. He showed up in one issue of the old Marvel comic in a flashback. That red and white truck? That's Optimus Prime. The other vehicles are the Triggerbots. And Dogfight is the jet flying with his landing gear down because of Jose Delbo. Oh yeah, Dogfight was also in another issue where he fought psychic vampires. I'll just leave it at that.
So far, we're not off to the best start to endear a character to my heart.
Much like the Powerdashers, the entire Triggerbot or Triggercon concept just never appealed to me. While I love the Sparkabots, the trigger concept just didn't make me jump for joy. When a subgroup does nothing for me, I tend to not spend a lot of time searching for a perfect specimen. So for $8, this guy felt good enough to come home with me.
I was a bit thrown off with Dogfight when he arrived on my doorstep. When I pushed the button to activate the gun mechanism, I could hear the sound of gears cranking and turning. For a minute, I thought I had a Starcom vehicle. Backstreet and Override feature spring based guns, so that is what I was used to. The different mechanism that Dogfight features supposedly marks him as being meant for the Triggercons. What changed, I don't know.
When the trigger action is used in robot mode, Dogfight's arms merely lift up. I'll be honest, I've played with this feature a lot with Dogfight. The sound of the gears just makes me giddy for some reason. Hopefully, this doesn't trigger (Ha!) some sort of trip down a Starcom buying spree. That would be...unfortunate.
Finally, this subgroup is finished. The worst conditioned figure in this group is my childhood Backstreet, but I can't bring myself to replace him. Also, who cares, they're just Triggerbots. I suppose that I should start on the Triggercons at some point in time. I'm not in a rush.