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Windburn - PCC - Figure

Windburn

In the continued series of mass repaints, we turn our attention to the repaint of Searchlight. He's been paired with a different minicon, given a new paintjob and is now the Decepticon Windburn.

Bio

Windburn is a master of modern warfare, able to hold a real-time image of even the most vast battle space in his head. Together with his partner Darkray, he manages troop movements across the battlefield, ensuring they go where they are needed most to guarantee a Decepticon victory.


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Commander Mode

Although this is just a straight repaint, you have to take a second look just to make sure. The head sculpt especially looks like it has been retooled, but it hasn't. The color scheme is now light gray with red limbs. The paint details are just enough to really set the two apart.

Darkray

Darkray is a re-release of Huffer's Caliburst. Although the package art shows Caliburst as the paired minicon, Darkray gets a lime green repaint.

Pull out his shoulders so the gears spread out, spread the arms and fold his legs up around his chest to form the armor mode. Surprisingly, the green armor doesn't look all out of place on Windburn. You also have the option of pointing the cannon on his arm outward.

For the hand weapon mode, fold the shoulders out. Then, spread out the left arm so you can spin the gun barrel 180 degrees. Fold it back down,then collapse the shoulders around the chest. Bend the hips forward then the knees down. You can peg Darkray to Windburn's fist.

Articulation

Feet:Pin hinge, 90 degree usable bend
Knees: Pin hinge, 150 degree bend. Pinned above knee for unlimited lower leg rotation.
Hips: Dual pin hinges, 180 degree bend and 90 degree spread.
Waist:Stationary
Shoulders:Ball joint, 180 degree rotation and 90 degree spread
Elbows:Ball joint w/pin hinge, 180 degree bend and unlimited rotation
Head:Ball joint, for unlimited rotation and 90 degree upward bend

No waist articulation, but then again Searchlight didn't have it either. Overall, great articulation.

Commander Mode Specs

Height:4.5in/114.3mm
Width:3.13in/79.5mm (3.75in/95.3mm w/ blades attached)
Depth:1.88in/47.8mm
Supplied accessories:(1)Backwind Minicon figure

Transformation

Commander to Vehicle Mode

Identical to Searchlight.

Alt Mode

Again, the paint job makes the difference. Although there are no mold changes, the changes in paint (including the gold paint on the cockpit windows) brings this mold more to life.

Other than the improved looks, nothing has changed. That includes not having landing gear of any kind.

With Darkray in hand weapon mode, simply twist the hips so his legs wrap around the side. His alt weapon mode pegs to the port under the cockpit. This more fits the Decepticon mantra, and is looking like the best re-pairing of all the repaints thus far.

Alt Mode Specs

Length: 4.63in/117.6mm
Width:2in/50.8.1in
Height:1.88in/47.8mm (including blades)
Wheels:N/A
Detailed cockpit:N/A

Transformation

From Commander to Combiner Mode

Identical to Searchlight.

Combiner Mode

Identical to Searchlight sans the paint job. Can't stress enough how the paint apps bring new character to this mold. I dare say it will likely be the smartest repaint of the PCC lineup.

Verdict

Commander Mode: A good paint scheme, combined with a good minicon, put this one on top.
Alt Mode:Some landing gear would have been nice.
Darkray:A good minicon choice to pair with Windburn.
Combiner Mode:Still a great combiner body, now with Decepticon colors!
Overall:If you only want to get one repainted PCC figure, this is the one to throw money down on.

Class:Scout plus Minicon 2 Pack

MSRP:$10


ReviewerBlitzwing  
DateNovember 18th 2010  
Score 9 stars (9 out of 10)  
Reads7769
LinkWindburn via Movie Database  


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Lord_Onslaught
2010-11-20
8:36 pm

Bomb Shock doesn't look that good in his single mode, but when combined, you got a definite ass kicker. And probably the most popular of the PCC combiners. But I think Crankcase might give him a run for the best of the bunch 
deceptikhan
2010-11-20
3:27 pm

Looks good, and the luck ive been having with the new PCC's i picked up has turned me to like them, like i previously did before buying a bad batch. Sledge and Icepick are my faves, and i DEFO like the wave 2 5 pack drones for arms/legs the best. I stashed a Bombshock (only one left in town, you... read more 
Jason X
2010-11-19
10:48 pm

The new paint really makes this figure pop and he looks good with the Combaticon drones. 
Astronopolis
2010-11-19
4:47 pm

i purposefully skipped searchlight for this guy. looks cool. 
Outrider74
2010-11-19
8:19 am

I dont know who Orion is, but I was going to say he kind of had a superhero flavor going on. Just cant put my finger on it. 
Lord_Onslaught
2010-11-19
6:23 am

I actually like Windburn and Searchlight the same. Though I do not have an urge to combine either of them with any drones. 
Vachidra
2010-11-19
6:23 am

Does anyone get the feeling that he looks like Orion from DC comics? or is it just me? 
Outrider74
2010-11-19
5:14 am

Meh. I liked Searchlite better. The gold is what throws it off for me, I just dont care for gold period. That and I dont care for red and green anywhere near each other. But thats just me. I do like the new paint apps on the heads tho. His 'regular' head now looks like he has some kind of th... read more 
MikePrime
2010-11-19
1:57 am

Not bad. I'll put this one in the "maybe" column. 
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