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BLACKARACHNIA & BLASTER & BLITZWING & CHEETOR BM & CHEETOR BW & GALVATRON & HARDSHELL & HOUND & INFERNO & MEGATRON & MEGATRON & PERCEPTOR & PREDAKING & RATTRAP & RICOCHET & SHARKTICON & SILVERBOLT & SNARL & SUNSTREAKER & TANKOR & THRUST & TIGATRON

Series: Universe 2.0
Allegiance: Maximal
Categories: Robot Hero
Year: 2008 / 2009 / 2008 / 2009 / 2008 / 2008 / 2009 / 2008 / 2009 / 2008 / 2009 / 2009 / 2009 / 2008 / 2009 / 2009 / 2009 / 2009 / 2008 / 2009 / 2009 / 2009



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General Remarks: I've decided to change my usual review format a bit for the Robot Heroes, seeing as they don't have different modes and usually don't offer much in the way of posability or gimmicks. So I'll just say some general words about the figures and give them a highly subjective rating, mostly based on whether or not I like the character in question and whether they're depicted close to how they appeared in the respective series.



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BLASTER vs. THRUST


Series: Universe
Subline: Robot Heroes - G1 Series
Year: 2009


Description: I don't remember if Blaster and Thrust ever actually squared off in the G1 cartoon series, but both were present for seasons 2 and 3, so it's definitely possible. Anyway, Blaster looks very close to his cartoon counterpart, no complaints an that front, and comes with a cheery grin and slightly-open tape deck on his chest. Only his pose is a bit odd, seeing as he squats nearly on the floor and is prone to toppling forward unless you use his right hand as an additional stabilizer. So he looks good, but another pose would have made him better.

Thrust is the first conehead Seeker among the Robot Heroes and though he does share some body parts with the previous Robot Heroes Seekers, most of him is a new mold. He has his trademark VTOL wings, the conehead, and a very nice overall look. I'm not a big fan of the conehead seekers, but Thrust looks just fine, so no complaints here. Overall a nice Robot Heroes package, but not my favourite one.

Rating: B



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HOUND vs. BLITZWING


Series: Universe
Subline: Robot Heroes - G1 Series
Year: 2008


Description: Here we have a pairing that, while I don't remember any specific instant where they met up, could easily have fought at some time during the second season of the G1 cartoon, where they both appeared (though Hound had begun to fade into the background by then). Blitzwing endured until the pilot of the third season, where he turned against Galvatron and then disappeared forever.

As figures both are pretty close to how they appeared on the screen. Hound has both his shoulder missile and small gun, while Blitzwing carries his sword. Hound does a bit better in terms of detailing than Blitzwing, but both do a pretty good job. So thumbs up for this pairing, I like both a lot.

Rating: A-



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PERCEPTOR vs. HARDSHELL


Series: Universe
Subline: Robot Heroes - G1 Series
Year: 2009


Description: Once again we have an old G1 Transformer that can't go by his own name anylonger. Hardshell was originally called Bombshell, of course. Not sure whether Hasbro lost the copyright or just deemed the term offensive, but whatever. Hardshell it is, one of the original three Insecticons together with Shrapnel (who also lost his name and is now called Insecticon and Kickback (all of which are available as Robot Heroes). Apart from the name thing he looks pretty perfect, so no complaints about the figure itself.

Hardshell is paired with Perceptor, the brainy Autobot scientist. I don't think those two ever met during the cartoon series, but since Perceptor was around in season 2, it's possible. Not the worst pairing out there. Perceptor as a figure also looks pretty good and close to his animated counterpart. I was never a big fan of the character, but he looks good and cute as a Robot Hero. So no real complaints about this duo here except for the name thing.

Rating: B+



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RICOCHET vs. PREDAKING


Series: Universe
Subline: Robot Heroes - G1 Series
Year: 2009


Description: What we have here is yet another pairing that makes absolutely no sense. Not only did Ricochet never appear in the G1 cartoon or comics (he was a Japan-exclusive repaint of Jazz), he certainly never squared off against Predaking, who, as a combiner, would be about five times his size. But here they are, so let's not complain and move on. As the original Ricochet was a repaint of Jazz, so is Robot Heroes Ricochet a repaint of Robot Heroes Jazz. Only makes sense. He looks okay, but I certainly didn't buy the set because of him.

The one I really wanted was, of course, Predaking, whom I still consider the best combining robot ever. Of course the Robot Heroes version can't split into his component robots (though that would have been awesome), but he's still a very good and cute likeness of the baddest gestalt robot there ever was. He has Predaking's sword, big arm gun, the wings, and all five animal heads are where they should be as well. So one of my all-time favourite Transformers is incarnated pretty much perfectly as a Robot Hero. Now if only he wasn't paired with such a bland, boring Jazz repaint... oh well. I still give this package an A for Predaking alone.

Rating: A



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SNARL vs. SHARKTICON


Series: Universe
Subline: Robot Heroes - G1 Series
Year: 2009


Description: Once again we have the original Dinobot Slag, who may no longer be called Slag because the word could be deemed as an insult, so now he's called Snarl. Whatever will the original Snarl do if he should ever be reissued as a Robot Hero or in another series? His name got stolen. But anyway, Slag/Snarl is the second Dinobot I've seen reincarnated in the Robot Heroes series and he does look pretty spiffy as well. A very close match (just cuter) to the original character from the TV series. Now if only he were allowed to keep his real name...

Slag/Snarl is accompanied by a Sharkticon, one of the Quintessons' enforcers. In the original G1 series we got a Sharkticon called Gnaw as a toy. Not sure if that's supposed to be him or just a 'generic' one, but whatever. He looks pretty good, also very close to the original animation model. So while I'm not a big fan of either the Quintessons or their goons, the Sharkticon looks cool. So all in all a very nice package.

Rating: A



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SUNSTREAKER vs. GALVATRON


Series: Universe
Subline: Robot Heroes - G1 Series
Year: 2008


Description: Once again a rather strange match-up with Autobot Sunstreaker squaring off against Decepticon Galvatron. Sunstreaker was a mainstay in the early episodes of the G1 cartoon but disappeared after a final cameo appearance in the Transformers 1986 Movie. Galvatron first appeared later in that Movie and, to my knowledge, never interacted with Sunstreaker.

Strange pairings aside, both figures look pretty good. Sunstreaker is in a battle-ready pose that underscores his warrior character (though his smile could be a touch more sociopathic) while Galvatron has that semi-insane smile on his face and is posed with his gun ready to blast a planet apart or something. No complaints about either character, cute little Robot Heroes.

Rating: B+



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CHEETOR vs. BLACK ARACHNIA


Series: Universe
Subline: Robot Heroes - Beast Wars Series
Year: 2008


Description: The Beast Wars now arrive in the Robot Heroes 'verse and while I would have found it more fitting for Black Arachnia to be paired up with Silverbolt instead of Cheetor, I've seen the futility of complaining about the odd pairing choices in Robot Heroes. So Cheetor, the Maximal's young wildcat, is paired off with Black Arachnia, the Predacons' (and later Maximals') femme fatale.

Personally I like Cheetor a lot. He looks cartoony, cute, and the running pose fits him very well. They could have put a bigger, more innocent smile on his face, but apart from that, pretty good. I'm not a hundred percent satisfied with Black Arachnia, though. The figure looks okay overall, but I really don't like the pose. I'd have preferred a more aggressive one, because here she looks like a pretty doll, which isn't her at all. So all in all a good duo, but not perfect.

Rating: B



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RATTRAP vs. MEGATRON


Series: Universe
Subline: Robot Heroes - Beast Wars Series
Year: 2008


Description: Megatron and Rattrap squared off more than once during the Beast Wars series, though usually Rattrap did more running, hiding and evading than actual fighting against the much bigger and stronger Predacon. Still, pairing these two is sort of okay, though Optimus Primal/Megatron and Rattrap/Tarantulas would have made more sense. Whatever, though, these two are what we've got.

Megatron looks pretty close to the tyrant we saw in the first season of Beast Wars and is actually more detailed than the original Beast Wars Megatron toy in some ways. So thumbs up for Megs. As for Rattrap, look-wise he's pretty cool. I especially like the head with the tooth showing. Rattrap does have one huge problem, though: He topples over. His feet pretty small and I've yet to manage to keep him standing for any length of time. So some points deduction for that, but otherwise a pretty good set.

Rating: B-



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SILVERBOLT vs. TRANSMETAL MEGATRON


Series: Universe
Subline: Robot Heroes - Beast Wars Series
Year: 2009


Description: I haven't gotten an Optimus Primal yet, but already there is a second Megatron from the Beast Wars series. Which isn't a bad thing. I really like Transmetal Megatron and not just because the second season of the Beast Wars cartoon is my absolute favourite. Here we have Megatron as he looked when he blew Optimus Prime's head off and almost succeeded in changing history. He even has the fabled Golden Disk in hand and the detailing on his body is pretty amazing. They even included his flight turbines on his back. So thumbs up for Transmetal Megatron, he looks great.

Silverbolt doesn't disappoint, either. And the pairing of these two characters actually makes sense (at least a bit), as Silverbolt and TM Megatron squared off in front of the Ark. Okay, they didn't so much square off as Megatron shot Silverbolt in the back and then threatened to blow his head off, but you get the point. Silverbolt, the over-the-top heroic character, is depicted very nicely here and even carries his feather-missiles as weapons. A great-looking Maximal and the second half of a pretty perfect Robot Heroes pair. No complaints at all.

Rating: A



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TIGATRON vs. INFERNO


Series: Universe
Subline: Robot Heroes - Beast Wars Series
Year: 2009


Description: I've recently learned that this package of Beast Wars Inferno and Tigatron seems to be rather rare in the United States, which is strange because here in Germany there are currently dozens of them on the shelves. Another strange aspect of toy distribution in the global age. Well, that's just the way it is. Maybe Germany's export business will boom once more now.

Inferno is among my favourite characters from Beast Wars, the crazy worker ant that got away with calling Megatron "My Queen" all the time and loved to burn things. The Robot Heroes version captured him quite nicely, including his flamethrower and the spinning turbine on his ass. Add the head with the manic grin and you have pretty perfect Inferno in pint size. Very nice.

That Tigatron is a repaint of Robot Heroes Cheetor is hardly a surprise, seeing as the original figures were repaints of each other as well. It does give Tigatron a somewhat cheerier expression than the one he usually carried, but whatever. Oh, and where Cheetor has smoke and flames at his feet (he's really fast, you know), Tigatron has... brown stuff. Dirt maybe. I don't know. Anyway, still a nice figure. So all in all a superb package, though I bought it more because of Inferno than Tigatron.

Rating: A



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CHEETOR vs. TANKOR


Series: Universe
Subline: Robot Heroes - Beast Machines Series
Year: 2009


Description: Cheetor and Tankor are the first representatives of the Beast Machines series in the Robot Heroes line-up (and in the 25th Anniversary series as a whole, too). Cheetor was definitely one of the main characters in Beast Machines and his Robot Heroes version captures him quite nicely. Cocky grin, a sword in hand (though he had two in the series) and a pretty good look overall that is a pretty close match to his animated counterpart. So while I'm not the biggest fan of Beast Machines cheetor, the RH version does very nicely.

Tankor was possibly my favourite BM character. The former Rhinox, reformatted into an evil Vehicon by Megatron, made his own bid for control of Cybertron and, though he failed, he was at times far more impressive than Megatron. The Robot Hero version of him looks pretty nifty, though it's almost too lean. Tankor was a lot bulkier than he appears here. Apart from that, though, very nice. And I'm glad overall that Beast Machines got a piece of the Robot Heroes. A nice package.

Rating: A-


 
Tags: - Autobot - Blackarachnia (BW) - Blitzwing (G1) - Car - Cheetor (BW) - Decepticon - Fembots - Hasbro - Hound (G1) - Maximal - Megatron (G1) - Predacon - Predaking (G1) - Rattrap (BW) - Rhinox (BW) - Robot Hero - Robot/Human (non-transforming) - Silverbolt (BW) - Sunstreaker (G1) - Tigatron (BW) - Transmetal - Universe 2.0 - Vehicon




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Published 09.06.2009
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