PARASITE & PARASITE
Series: Botcon Exclusives All is for the Hive!
Function: War Riders
There are four main types of marauder drones used by the Waruder hive consisting of the onyx and purple Parasite drones with their Ripper pilots, the yellow and burnt orange Mudfighter drones with their Thrasher pilots, the crimson and pewter Storm Rider drones with their Crusher pilots, and the white and purple Paralyzer drones with their Buzzer pilots. While each drone has their own specialties, their overall mission is the same - swarm, devour, and carry digested metals back to feed the rest of the aplary.
The larger drones are more or less simple techno-organic host shells that the smaller insects control as protective exo-armor. The shells are able to convert between insect and robot mode to suit the task required. The venom from the shell's stinger attacks both organic and technology based biological systems alike, numbing neural pathways and seizing motor control. The pilots themselves can convert into miniature versions of the shells' modes and, if desperate, they can also change into a third, ranged weapon mode that the larger shell can operate. However, this hand-held mode risks the pilots becoming detached from the larger insects, and rendering the shells largely useless as they have no intelligence or instinct of their own.
When it comes to repaints in Transformers, the first thing that comes to mind is the famous Black Repaint. Often coming with the ĎNemesisí prefix. In most cases it applies to Optimus Prime figures, but there are quite a few other black repaints, too. And when you have a Botcon set like the Waruders, which consists of four different repaints of the same figure, it was basically a given that a black repaint would be included. So here comes Parasite, the Black Waspinator Repaint.
Parasite is part of the Waruders set from Botcon 2015 and a repaint of Generations Waspinator
. Since Iíve already reviewed Waspinator, as well as fellow Waruders Storm Rider
, just a few short words on the differences.
Parasite comes in the classic Black Repaint colors, meaning black (naturally), purple, and red. He also has some gold highlights, which go nicely with the rest of the colors. And... yeah, thatís pretty much all thatís new about this figure. Just like the rest he comes with a Minicon companion that is also a repaint of a Waspinator toy, the Thrilling 30 Waspinator
, named after the Dreadnok Ripper from GI Joe. Ripper is a blue repaint, not a black one (the black one was Trasher, who came with Mudfighter), but still looks good.
So bottom line, I really like the Waspinator mold and I like the Waruders. And while my favorite version remains Storm Rider, Parasite looks pretty good, too.
Tags: - Animal: Insect/Spider - Botcon Exclusives - Hasbro - Waruder