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CHUG Update of G1 Season 4 Decepticon Targetmasters

February 23rd, 2022

Happy New Year and Happy Lunar New Year! This is my first post in 2022. The 2020s have got off to a really lousy start, and I am hoping 2022 will reverse that trend for this decade. And I can’t believe we are yet at another year of the Tiger. Time flies.

I have a thing for TFs out of Season 4 in G1. Sure, nothing beats the first 2 seasons. But I felt Season 4 had better toys than Season 3. The figures were better designed, better built, and had some interesting new gimmicks that would forever be part of the TF landscape.

Season 4 introduced the “Master” gimmicks, with Headmasters and Targetmasters. Headmasters were the featured figures of Season 4, but I have said many times that I like Targetmasters more than Headmasters.

The Decepticon Targetmasters for Season 4 were Triggerhappy, Misfire, and Slugslinger. All 3 has been updated for the modern day, between 2016 and 2018. However, they were updated as Titan Masters (Headmasters in the modern day). Hasbro would not get to releasing their respective weapons til later, in the War of Cybertron line. The weapon figs are called Battle Masters.

Today I feature all 3 Season 4 Decepticon Targetmasters in their modern CHUG updates, together with their weapons.


Misfire, Triggerhappy, and Slugslinger in alt mode.


With Aimless, Blowpipe, and Caliburst.


Another view of the trio in alt mode.


In robot mode.


Holding the weapons in robot mode.


Action pose.

Some quick thoughts as I look at this trio:

  • All 3 base figs follow the same scheme. Triggerhappy was the first mold, and Misfire and Slugslinger are re-works off the same mold. HasTak did introduce enough molding differences between the 3 so they each feel like a unique fig. Great job!
  • In alt mode, there’s really no good way to attach the Battle Master weapon figs. Bummer.
  • G1 purists would scream bloody murder at the fact that all 3 are Titan Masters, and in G1 they were never Headmasters. Normally I would agree, but all 3 figs turned out so good that I’m choosing to ignore this inaccuracy.
  • Triggerhappy is my favorite among this threesome. I think this mold works best on him.

Now I’m hoping that HasTak would get to doing all the Season 4 Autobot Targetmasters. We got Crosshairs, but where is Pointblank and Sureshot?

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