Hasbro has always had some love for snow vehicles. Seems every so often, an arctic terrain vehicle shows up along the line. The Power Core Combiner continues that random tradition with Icepick, fitting since there is a G1 combiner leader of the same name.
Icepick believes that he represents the next generation of Decepticons. According to him, all those not gifted with the ability to combine are obsolete, and should be destroyed. He's willing to start with the Autobots, but he won't hesitate if an older Decepticon strays into his line of fire.
Icepick sports a mostly white color with a deep blue hue at various points. Each shoulder sports a Decepticon insignia. His big, meaty claw hands have ball joints and, with his other joints, makes for great posing ability.
As with the other two-packs, Icepick comes with his own minicon, Chainclaw. No idea how an Autobot G1 pretender ended up being a PCC Decepticon minicon. He has great leg articulation, but arms are limited to shoulder rotation with molded elbows.
Bend his knees back 90 degrees, push the arms back a little and bend the hipts to wrap his legs around his chest. Sounds contortionist, but you just made his chest armor. While the end result looks vanilla, he has a minicon port that you can mount yet another minicon to. Deszaras anyone?
If you elect to bend his hips back instead of to the sides, you transform him into a missile battery that can be placed on the right shoulder of Icepick. You'll give him a volley of 8 missiles to play with (missile are molded).
There's actually an extra set of joints on the shoulders to get upward rotation and "shrugging". To get full hip articulation, you'll have to lift the waistplate.
Spread out his arms so they flush against the combiner port struts. Twist the inner shoulder joints so that the combiner ports face forward. Fold the arms back and connect them to hide the head. Fold down the combiner ports. Fold the feet in. Rotate the lower legs 180 degrees and join them together via a tab. Break the waist away from the chest and cantilever the legs to the back. The legs will connect with tabs on the arms. Fold down the hands, then flip out the silver tabs on his waist.
The end result is a halftrack arctic exploration vehicle. The two front wheels are rollers, while there are two molded wheels under the halftrack to help it roll along. One noticeable detail left out is the windshield, which was left unpainted. Why is anyone's guess.
The back end tends to look a little cluttered, due to the claws wrapped around the rear end and the exposed combiner ports. It still ends up being a very decent alt mode overall.
If you still have Chainclaw in his weapons mode, you can simply plug him into the minicon port on the roof. Now you have a Snowcat with bite.
To convert to Combiner mode, spread the arms to the side. Fold down the combiner ports. Rotate the outer shoulder joints so that the tab faces down. Fold down the chest and rotate the head so that the Combiner head shows. Spread the legs out 90 degrees. Rotate the lower legs so that the track treads show in the front. Fold the knees 90 degrees. Flip out the combiner ports from behind the lower legs. Rotate the hands so that the palms face backward. Bend the wrist in then bend the elbows so that his hands lay against his chest.
Icepick's combiner mode just replaced Smolder's as my favorite. The head sculpt is especially great since almost the entire head is piped, giving it an eery glow in the right light.
|Date||August 15th 2010|
|Score||(9 out of 10)|
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