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Vault Review: TF Prime Beast
Hunters Twinstrike

I’m not really planning on buying all the TF Prime Predacons, but the few that are out have interested me enough that I seem to be heading in that direction.  So today I’ve got a little review for a little figure I picked up a couple weeks ago at Target: Cyberverse Twinstrike.

I don’t buy a lot of the Cyberverse figures.  I think as a kid I would have had fun with them (especially since they have their own playsets now), but as an adult collector I really like my figures to have a nice amount of detail and poseability.  (I also like scale, but we all know that’s pretty laughable when it comes to Transformers.)  I probably wouldn’t have picked up Twinstrike at all if it wasn’t for the nostalgia factor.

I’m not really sure why, but as a kid I had a lot of Transformers that turned into animals.  I don’t remember asking for them specifically, I think my parents just bought them for me because I liked monsters in general.  So instead of cars, trucks and jets, I ended up with figures like Octopunch, Flamefeather, and a few Seacons.  But one of the more interesting beasts I had was a little yellowish orange two-headed dragon named Sinnertwin.

That pretty much guaranteed I’d be picking up his modern day counterpart.

Sculpt wise I bought Twinstrike for his beast form alone.  He’s pretty much a perfect update of Sinnertwin’s alt mode.  His sleek body actually makes him look more dangerous, like he’s built to chase down prey on the battlefield.  His two heads also look much more dangerous with their added spiky scales and sinister smiles.  Even his feet have been updated from paws to full on claws.

Robot mode is where Twinstrike gets to be his own bot though.  Like his fellow Predacons, Twinstrike’s head still has that animalistic feel.  His torso and legs look much more robotic though.  Even his clawed feet twist around to form shoes.  But his arms are where it gets wild again.  They’re just his dragon heads pulled to the side.  This gives him a crazy armored look, complete with mouth-hands.  Continue to page 2…

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14 comments to Vault Review: TF Prime Beast
Hunters Twinstrike

  • Neat review and great pics! Very nostalgia-riffic.

    You almost sold me on the Abominus angle, but I’d rather have my combiners be enormous.

    • Vault

      I do like the big combiners more, but there’s also something appealing about having a bunch of minicons form into a Deluxe or Voyager. Like if swarming an opponent isn’t enough, they can combine to match his power.

  • Black Arbor

    Wait, so he’s actually going to combine with the other ones to make Abominus? I… did not know that.

    • Vault

      Yeah, for some reason they didn’t put that info on Twinstrike’s package or instructions though. They must be taking marketing ques from Matty.

  • Paul

    This was the first Cyberverse bot that I picked up, and it was mainly to eventually form Abominus. I’m still not exactly sure how they’ll all connect, but I’m optimistic. I’m really hoping they’ll all be released individually over time so that I don’t have to rebuy Twinstrike as part of a box set.

    I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this guy when I opened him up. He was much more articulated than expected, and his transformation was a couple twists past what I expected to be too simple (kind of like iGear’s Rager). For what he is (a Cyberverse bot), he far exceeded my expectations.

    ps, thanks for showing the G1 comparison. I’d never seen the original Sinnertwin. This guy really is a great update.

    • Vault

      No prob. I definitely agree that he’s a pretty good for a cyberverse. Hopefully the other figures that form Abominus will be equally as interesting.

  • Kevin

    They are all being released individually, and there will also be a boxset, but the details of that boxset (such as colors) are unknown.

    • Brainlock

      yeah, I saw BBTS is already offering a third repaint of Combaticons, “Ruination”, after the neon camo, and retail deco versions.

      I had a mix of the animal and other G1 Combiners, but I don’t think I had a full set of any specific team? I think Hungrr was the only central combiner I had, the rest were all limbs.

      • Vault

        I’m with you there. I don’t think I owned the main body of any combiner.

        You should take pics of new Hungrr with old! 😀

    • Vault

      Cool. Thanks Kevin! I didn’t know they were doing a box set release also. I wonder if he’ll be G1 color accurate.

  • If you do a Google image search for “Cyberverse Abominus,” you get several good photos of all the components and the combined form.

    And, come to think of it, if the new versions aren’t that much smaller than the originals, I may just pick up that gift set after all . . . .

    • LV

      Hun-Gurrr will be much smaller than G1 Hun-Gurrr, and that’s going to make Prime Abominus a lot smaller than G1 Abominus. So if that’s your dealbreaker, it may still be one.

      On the other hand, this Abominus can’t accidentally leave his feet and head at home.

    • Vault

      I was really surprised at how close in size Twinstrike was with Sinnertwin. In my mind I thought Sinnertwin would be much bigger.

      I’m not sure how big Abominus will be though. We may be lucky to get him to Voyager size.