I haven’t been too impressed by Transformers: Dark of the Moon toys. That may have something to do with the fact I haven’t seen the movie yet though. Two designs did stand out to me in the toy aisle: the terror dog Hatchet, and the overgrown chicken dinosaur that is Laserbeak.
To be honest, I didn’t even care about Laserbeak when I first saw him. He was just this odd gangly looking robotic chicken that looked like he had a touch of mange. But then people started finding him in stores and reviews started popping up online. But what really got me was the random pictures people started posting. Laserbeak may have a freakish design, but he made for one awesomely articulated robotic chicken-thing.
Laserbeak’s vehicle mode is a VTOL aircraft. The design itself is a bit futuristic and reminiscent of something you might see on GI Joe. The red rotors on the wings are able to spin, while the wings themselves swivel forward and back. There’s also an interesting design painted on the nose that resembles a very stylized version of Laserbeaks head. I guess he’s not only artistic, but vain.
Laserbeak’s aircraft design is mostly convincing, but there are a few organic bits that stick out here and there that can break the illusion. His tail stands out the most for me. Even when transformed correctly, which the instructions do not tell you how to do, the underneath still resembles chunks of vertebrae. There are also the spikes that line his back, which are never completely covered. Last are the feathers on his legs, which just get flipped forward and don’t quite blend in with the mostly gray and black vehicle.
But I don’t really mind those issues with his vehicle mode since I bought him for his robot/animal form. Laserbeak has an impressive ten inch wingspan with some really interesting sculpting that gives them a techno-organic feathery appearance. His body doubles in on itself to become bulkier, while his tail and neck extend out. Even his skeletal feet and backwards shins extend from his pudgy thighs. All of these details work together perfectly to give him great bird-like proportions.
Aside from his wings, what I love most about Laserbeaks sculpt is his head. His large bulbous eyes are in a perpetual slanty glare, giving him the perfect look of a bird that’s studying his prey. This dangerous look is only enhanced by his articulation (which I’ll get into in a minute), and his large sharp beak and tusks. My only complaint is that his head doesn’t match the one on the instructions, which looks even more predatory and menacing. Continue to page 2…