I was surprised to discover the new Transformers Prime Beast Hunters figures at my local Toys “R” Us already. After pushing aside the familiar yellow plague that is Bumblebee, my choice of which one to buy was made even easier by the horrible paint job on Soundwave’s face plate.
I just finished watching season two of TF Prime on Netflix. I enjoyed this season considerably more than the first. This probably has something to do with the show focusing more on the bots and less on the children, but it didn’t hurt that there were some really fantastic Starscream moments and an entire episode where Soundwave trounces Wheeljack and retains his scary-as-hell/badass stature.
But even though the season finale was pretty great, I was disappointed to see no mention or lead-up whatsoever to Beast Hunters. I was hoping for a bit of characterization or a taste of what’s to come. But let’s face it; a good looking figure is a good looking figure. This is why I picked up Lazerback in the first place. The beast form on this figure is great and is why I bought him. He’s supposed to be a dragon, but I really get a wingless griffin vibe from him. Either way he looks like he could tear his way through most Cybertronians.
His colors are a bit all over the place with the interesting combination of red and purple with yellow, black, and gold highlights. He doesn’t really clash like the insane Dead End paint apps, but they’re definitely bright enough to make your eyes itch. (Does this mean TF Prime is hitting its G2 phase?)
Like most Prime figures, Lazerback’s articulation is exceptional. Because of his transformation (which I’ll get into in minute), most of his beast mode joints are shared by his robot mode. His shoulders, hips and feet are on ball joints. His elbows and knees have swivels attached to hinges. Since he has chicken legs there are two more hinges in between the knees and ankles. His dragon head also has a hinged mouth.
The only big differences between his two modes are his wrists and head. His robot wrists are only swivel joints, while his beast has ball joints for the front claws. The head joints are a bit more frustrating. The robot head is on a ball joint, while the beast head is only a hinge. The only thing the dragon mode really has going against it is that the head can only look down.
Speaking of the robot head, I have to admit that I really do like its sculpt. He has a cat-like face, which is really contrary to the design of the rest of the figure, but it looks great. There’s some really neat armored accents that double as facial hair. He also has this really intense stare. I really wish his body in robot mode was as impressive to me, but due to the transformation (Almost there!) there are large gaps in the shoulders, hollow appendages, and feet kibble. Not a very intimidating look. Continue to page 2…