That is one impressive toy. I've never seen a helicopter mode that good on a Transformer before.
It isn't perfect - there is a rather visible hinge on both sides of the alt-mode which kind of leaps out - but it is very, very good indeed. The humanoid mode is rather good as well. Blackout has long been one of the few live-action movie designs I've really liked, and this is a very, very good Blackout.
I found the deluxes today and snagged Bumblebee and Ratchet.
If you weren't impressed by the quality of the TLK figures (which were iffy at best), then you'll be really disappointed by these. First, we waaaay overestimated their sizes. We thought Ratchet was a relatively large deluxe, borderlining on Voyager? He's not. He's actually on the smallish side. And Bumblebee, which we thought was an average to smallish deluxe? He's TINY! He's borderline scout! It feels to me that their huge price hike is entirely wrapped up in their packaging. Those pointless backdrops.
Ratchet is an average to almost smallish deluxe. His panels do not peg together well in either mode. Though he does have a satisfyingly clever transformation scheme, it's kinda neutered by the frustration of nothing pegging in place while you work on other parts.
Bumblebee has the worse quality, in that being borderline scout at $20, they couldn't be bothered to spring for a damn pin to hold his windscreen/roof on, which does not stay attached at all. Other than that, he's well sculpted, very nice design, and beautiful paint.
The price increase is idiotic though. Instead of excessive packaging, I would much rather better quality.
Bumblebee is frustratingly hard. He's one of those where everything has to fit together juuuuust so, or the whole thing fails. The leg and chest transformations are really hard, and requires excessive force. And the afore mentioned hinge that connects the top of the car has no way to actually stay in place.
I found the voyagers last night, overpriced at Kroger (a grocery store). My god they're huge! As small as the deluxes are, the voyagers are equally large!
I thought Optimus would be borderline deluxe, with Starscream being average, and Megatron being large. But Optimus is not only huge for a voyager, he's also heavy! Starscream is even larger still, barely fitting into their box size! (Though he's lighter than Prime)
Optimus also looks better in person. I passed on both because Kroger is unreasonably overpriced.
So I think I've figured out that in order to be truly in scale with their on screen counterparts, Grimlock, Scorn, and Slog would need to be titan class each, while Strafe and Slug would need to be leader.
Just snagged Starscream. Not sure he's worth $30, but certainly don't feel cheated. He's a very good toy. Despite hating the general gorilla design of Movie Starscream, I find him to be as fun a toy as the DotM deluxe. He's also one of the better jets, as he has far less obstructive robot kibble undercarriage (especially as the current trend is to just hide the entire robot underneath it. I mean it still is, but it's not like cw starscream or potp starscream where there's a whole ass entire robot scrunched up under there)
He's also got a really fun transformation. It looks intimidating when you go to start, but it's actually pretty intuitive. It's complex without being hard. He also suffers poor quality far far less than Bumblebee or Ratchet.