It's no secret that I'm a fan of smaller Transformers toys, after all the site is named after a play set for smaller Transformers toys. That being said, it's probably no surprise that I'd be a fast fan of Tacticons. Tacticons are a new size class of Transformers toys (specifically in the EarthSpark toy line) that are pleasantly small. When they were first shown I figured I'd just get a couple as I wasn't immediately interested by silly finger puppets. Then I got one and that's all it tooked to get hooked. Currently the only toys available as Tacticons are Optimus Prime, Megatron, and Bumblebee. Hasbro has a history of leading with main characters.
Like I mentioned up above and you've probably already heard... they're finger puppets. That's a silly thing you'd expect from a toy... which these are. However the finger puppet gimmick is mostly a distraction from what you're really getting- some cool little bots! Standing around an inch or so tall and transforming into chubby little versions of their alt modes, these little guys are cool. These are simple one step style Transformers in the purest sense of the word. I wish they came with trading cards.
Unlike other smaller Transformers toys, they're not articulated... or at least these three. Fortunately the simple neatness of the tiny toy overcomes that. You didn't buy a Tacticon to display on your fancy shelves... it's a fiddle toy that's in your hoodie pocket. Although they'd look your fancy shelves. There's something oddly satisfying about seeing them standing next to each other. Small toys like this tend to get a lot of interesting repaints and exclusives. That's something I really hope happens here. I'd love to chase down some unique Tacticons. Small, inexpensive toys can be fun to collect and easy to store. Just stick them in an old shoe box... but be sure to label it. Wouldn't want to get those Hey Dudes mixed up with your Tacticons.