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Steelshot - PCC - Figure

Steelshot

Time to shuffle the deck again, as we look at another repaint in the PCC lineup. This time, we get a look at a redone Bombshock, renamed Steelshot.

Bio

Even before becoming a power core commander, Steelshot was a master of long range combat. Now, with Beacon acting as his spotter, he uses his powerful cannon to pound targets up to 100 miles away, softening them up for an all out Autobot assault.


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Commander Mode

Steelshot dons a desert camo paintjob on his chest. The legs are khaki, with the forearms done in brown. The thighs and upper arms are black. Personally, this paint job does justice to the robot mode. There are no mold changes.

Beacon

Beacon is a repainted Backwind from Searchlight. It's interesting to note that, instead of being done in clear plastic, Beacon is actually done in solid red. This must have been a production change, as the card stock shows Beacon in a clear tan get-up.

Unfortuntely for Backwind, his armor mode is pretty useless with Steelshot. That's because Steelshot's minicon peg is on his back. You could look at his armor mode as a sort of power pack. However, the hand weapon mode still works fine.

Articulation

Feet:Pin hinge, right foot has 135 degree usable bend, left foot has 45 degree usable bend
Knees: Pin hinge, 75 degree bend
Hips: Dual pin hinges, 105 degree bend and 75 degree spread
Waist:Stationary (technical)
Shoulders:Ball joint, unlimited rotation and 90 degree spread
Elbows:Ball joint, 90 degree bend and unlimited rotation
Head:Pin hinge, unlimited rotation

Still a good poser, but you will have to lift up that groinplate to get full articulation.

Commander Mode Specs

Height:3.75in/95.3mm (excluding turrets)
Width:2.75in/69.9mm
Depth:1.25in/31.8mm
Supplied accessories:N/A

Transformation

Commander to Vehicle Mode

Identical to Bombshock.

Alt Mode

The vehicle mode for Steelshot is primarily khaki. Some brown shows up on the cockpit area, rear end and turret bases. Again, no mold changes here.

All the functionality from Bombshock is still here as well. The turret is rotatable a full 360 degrees and each barrel is independently adjustable.

Beacon's vehicle attachment mode looks out of place at first, but if you give it some thought, this could make Steelshot a sort of armored salvage vehicle. It's too bad that glaring red makes Steelshot, well, a beacon to the enemy.

Alt Mode Specs

Length: 4.38in/111.3mm
Wheelbase:2.5in/63.5mm (from frontmost wheel to rear)
Width:1.75in/44.4in
Height:1.38in/35.1mm
Wheels: 6, rotatingbr> Detailed cockpit:N/A

Transformation

From Commander to Combiner Mode

Identical to Bombshock

Combiner Mode

The commander mode head is also done up in desert camo, with a blue visor. Bombshock was a solid combiner chest and Steelshot is no exception. Plus, like Bombshock, Steelshot has the added benefit of those shoulder cannons.

Verdict

Commander Mode: Suitable paint job, all the benefits of Bombshock.
Alt Mode:Still has that gaping rear end.
Beacon:A decent pairing, but that red glare contrasts. Plus, armor mode is virtually useless
Combiner Mode:A solid combiner core.
Overall:Looks like it might be tough to match minicons with previous 5pk commander molds.

Class:Scout 2pk

MSRP:$10

ReviewerBlitzwing  
DateNovember 20th 2010  
Score 7 stars (7 out of 10)  
Reads7407
LinkSteelshot via Movie Database  


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Outrider74
2010-11-22
1:00 am

I scored this guy cheap on Ebay, waiting for it to show up. I really liked the color scheme shown on the card art though, with the tan being more of a mustardy color and the brown being a sort of bronze. Im of the opinion that blue shouldnt be anywhere near anything thats any shade of brown or tan..... read more 
The Other SideTracker
2010-11-21
2:34 pm

If you're wondering why Beacon is bright red, well, look back at the review for Windburn and the bright red on his figure. The two toys, redecos of the Searchlight set, were probably produced on the same - sprue? Line? - and redistributed. (EDIT: Then again, the only red on Windburn to be ca... read more 
Jason X
2010-11-21
12:45 am

Back when that minicon was first released I thought it looked like a Nimrod Sentinel from X-Men. This new color scheme only reinforces that impression. It looks good. 
Blitz-Wing
2010-11-20
11:50 pm

That could look interesting, but I would think the proportions would be off. 
Yuyuyami
2010-11-20
11:05 pm

On TFW there was some talk of making connectors so the PCC Commanders could hook together. After that you would use one as a torso and fanmode the rest into limbs. 
Jewced
2010-11-20
11:03 pm

Yeah I was wondering how they were going to tackle that "armor-mode" issue when I first heard that the Drone Commanders were going to be repainted as Mini-Con Commanders. Skyburst(Darkstream), Double-Clutch(yet to be announced), Mudslinger(Salvage) are the same way. Although, with the rig... read more 
knuclear200x
2010-11-20
10:10 pm

I'm honestly getting sick of these things. does every PCC always have that claw arm thing? I miss the kind of toys where you buy them seperately and they combine together and make something, like the Build A figures only you dont have to buy a toy you dont want. /rant 
deceptikhan
2010-11-20
8:38 pm

cool repaint. I actually LIKE Bombshock's mold and like these colors better, PLUS i REALLY wanted that minicon (especially now in, not see through, red) so this repaint makes sense to me. Great job again Hasbro (and Blitz lol)! 
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