Review: Transformers Beast Hunters Lazerback and Ripclaw
Here’s something that I had written months ago but forgot to upload. It’s a double feature of Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Predacons Lazerback and Ripclaw. Here are the reviews.
Alt Mode: Before I get far, I’d just like to throw out that I’m pretty behind on Beast Hunters. Since I don’t even know if Lazerback has appeared on the show, my imaginations says that he spends most his time as a hell-hound than chill around the office in robot mode. If that’s the case, this figure does the job. But first, I want to state that I’m aware that the colors are absurd. The deco looks like a cheap candy mashup and is easy to hate on… but I kinda dig it. Of course, a muted color palette would be better… but it is what it is. The colors are iffy, but the sculpt I love. The hunched over demeanor definitely oozes character, but that comes with a price; it feels fix-posed without being fix-posed. There aren’t very many articulation points in this mode, and the ones it does have doesn’t do much. No matter how much I try to lift the head, it doesn’t move at all; it just kinda looks downwards. There’s also an issue with the head on my figure; it just refuses to peg into place. There’s a missile-shooting cannon that expands from the creature’s back; pretty cool.. but meh. Lastly, I’m not a big fan of these rubber parts. Are kids really going to break the pieces (or themselves) if they were plastic?
Robot Mode: Again, I admit that the colors are obscene and off-putting, but you can be open-minded about it right? The overall body isn’t fantastic, but it isn’t terrible; it’s more bizarre than anything. Lazerback just looks like a typical top-heavy goon, and the only design question I have is with the chicken feet. The ankle-joints get loose over time, and the yellow part has a tendency to bend in half as well. The rest is all fine and, except that Lazerback would strongly benefit with double-jointed elbows. The biggest highlight though is that my favorite articulation point that I’ve missed over the last year is back. Laserback has wrist motion! I don’t know about you, but that’s exciting to me. It’s just a shame that his weapons suck dong. The rubber tail whip isn’t easy to plug in, and I think it’s only good for his left hand. Also, the blaster doesn’t peg into the hand very well either; the missile extension is too long.
Overall: Sure, Lazerback isn’t the most visually pleasing Transformer… but I like it. It’s definitely a passable figure that doesn’t really do much. If I controlled the Sands of Time, I probably would go back and not pay full retail price for it. If you can find this for ten bucks or less, however, I definitely think it’s worth considering. If it’s anything beyond that… pass without hesitation. The greatest thing this figure has done is show me that Hasbro is making their Deluxe Transformers the proper size they should be. So unless fiction tells me otherwise, Lazerback is staying as beast mode for me.
Alt Mode: Now that we’ve looked at Lazerback, Ripclaw is next and she has a cool regal dragon mode. I just don’t really know what to do with those hind legs; they’re longer than they should be. Contrary to popular opinion, I’m a huge fan of the color choices made on this figure. Don’t listen to anyone, the yellow swirls on the teal plastic looks fine. The real flaw to Ripclaw is that a lot of it is made of rubber. Not only is the top of the head made of rubber, the inner skeleton of the tail is too. One day, in the near or distant future, I’m sure it’ll disintegrate into string cheese. Either way, I love the ginormous tail.
Robot Mode: Ripclaw really gets to shine in robot mode. This is my favorite Predacon thus far, as she is nicely sculpted and coupled with a nice sculpt. The color breakdown is top-notch. Aesthetically, Ripclaw reminds me of a cybernetic Gargoyle. Despite being so good, there are a few complaints. 1) The knee joints get really soft, so good luck posing the figure. 2) Due to the design of the torso armor’s collar, the head barely moves. 3) Finally, Ripclaw could either use an elbow or bicep swivel.
Overall: I went into Ripclaw thinking that it was going to suck; I only got it because it was a gift from the Transformers Prime Season 3 premier event. Boy was I wrong. Ripclaw is an awesome Transformer. If you can find the figure for retail, I highly recommend you getting it. Is it on the show? I don’t know… but you won’t be disappointed either way.