Series: Botcon Exclusives Dude... Flak totally stole my motto!
Landshark doesn't know where he got his name from and he doesn't really care. Some 'bots tend to confuse it with "Landmine", but once Landshark pulls his fist from their abdomen they don't seem to get it wrong anymore. Always the practical jokester and seen by his peers as a wiseguy, he often makes light of even the most dramatic situations. Once, he had one of his power claws ripped off of his body by a blood thirsty Narliphant. Landshark didn't fret about the situation; he simply turned to Flak and asked, "Can you give me a hand?"... Flak was not amused. Able to transform his auxiliary battle platform into a hydraulic booster pack, he has the strength to wield two massive power claws capable of ripping open an enemy's armor plating. This feature also gives him the ability to cling onto or climb up almost any structure. While in vehicle mode, Landshark enjoys intimidating, and then plowing down, anyone that stands in his way.
Landshark is a straight-up repaint of Energon Landmine
. Now it's been over four years since I wrote the review for Landmine, so I considered writing another full review for this guy here. But then I read through Landmine's review and, though it's shorter than most of my current ones, it's still pretty much spot on and mentions all the important facts. So no full review here. Go look at Landmine for the basics and I'll touch on the differences here.
Unlike the other figures in the Botcon 2009 set, Landshark isn't based on any previously existing Transformer, so he's under no particular restrictions regarding his look. The Landmine figure was repainted in military green with some orange highlights, somewhat reminiscent of Roadbuster
. Instead of a simple Autobot symbol, he's got the symbol with the Elite Guard wings on the side on his chest. No changes have been made to the actual sculp of the figure (unless you count the engraved Elite Guard wings), but the new coat of paint fits him pretty well.
Landshark was the funny tough guy in the original Elite Guard, as seen in the Wings of Honor comic book. His main contributions to the story where that he managed to more or less safely land the Autobot ship Eight Track despite serious battle damage, and that he took down Leozack
and Hooligan near the end of the battle. Still, despite being "just" a repaint, his appearance in the comic gave him more character depth than Landmine's pitifully brief appearance in the Energon cartoon series (not that anyone had much character depth in Energon). So to me he's actually more "real" than the figure he's based on. Which is an excellent figure, by the way. So all in all, Landshark is a very good Transformers toy. Recommended to anyone who can afford his hefty price tag.