RAVAGE & RUMBLE
Series: Generation 1
Function: / Demolitions
Today's Autobots are tomorrow's scrap metal.
Ravage operates best alone. A creature of the night. Craftiest of all Decepticons. Adept at devising deadly new strategies. Remains aloof from others, but his deeds command their respect. Can virually escape detection -- emits an electromagnetic emmission shield, has soundless walk, disappears in subdued light or shadow. Carries 2 powerful heat-seeking missiles. Light-sensitive. Can be blinded.
Destroy what's below and what's above will follow.
Rumble is your basic street punk. Small, but always acting tough. Quick temper and mean disposition. Follows Megatron's orders eagerly. Transmits immense low frequency groundwaves to create powerful earthquakes. His small size limits his physical strength, but his ability to shatter the ground makes him difficult to approach in a fight.
Beast Mode (Ravage):
Ravage doesn't have a robot mode as such, he transforms into a robotic jaguar and looks mighty fine doing it. The great cat is rather thin, of course, as required by his alternate mode as a cassette, but other than that the look is extremely cool. Ravage is also surprisingly posable for such a little guy, all four feet can be posed independently to throw him into walking, standing, and sitting poses. Ravage carries two missiles as weapons on his side. A superb beast mode.
Robot Mode (Rumble):
Rumble is a small robot with lots of red (not blue, see below!) in him and looks like what he is: A small, mean little punk. Sadly he's missing the pile drivers he used so often in the G1 cartoon, but even without them he is a surprisingly posable and well-sculpted little guy for all that he turns into a simple cassette. Rumble carries two weapons on his back that double as handguns. A very good robot mode.
Both Ravage and Rumble transform into small cassettes that fit into Soundwave's
tape deck (or that of the Autobot Blaster for that matter). The cassettes have all the necessary detailing to appear as actual micro cassettes from the eighties. Now as alternate modes go a simple square isn't that spectacular. What is, though, is how these rather intricate robots can fold themselves together like that. So bottom line, good alternate modes.
For all that he never said a word, Ravage became one of the most beloved characters of Generation 1 along with his master Soundwave
. Ravage even scored a reinvention for the Beast Wars series, where he appeared as an agent of the Tripredacus Council. The toy is pretty good as well, a very detailed and posable little cat, and quite possibly the best of all the cassette robots.
The most outstanding feature about Rumble is that he often gets confused with Frenzy. The two are identical robots with different colours, but for the cartoon the colours were reversed. So Rumble is red as a toy, but blue in the cartoon, with Frenzy vice versa. As a toy Rumble is pretty nifty, though, a surprisingly posable little guy with lots of detailing and a cool look. My only complaint about him is his fragility, I fear that transforming him too often will break him sooner rather than later.
Rating (Ravage): A-
Rating (Rumble): B+