: 7.5cm tall in Robot Mode; 7cm Vehicle Mode overall length
:6 total points: ball-jointed shoulders, hinged knees and ball-jointed hips.
: Molded black, gray, and translucent purple. Painted silver, purple and red.
: Released February 2012 at an MSRP of $4.99.
The Vehicons aren't always happy about their duties, but they follow orders without question. Mostly because they're more afraid of their commanders than they are of whatever the Autobots will do to them.
Generic goons like Vehicons make a lot of sense in a CG show: you have a slow trickle of new character models because of the cost and time involved with designing and building those models. So if you want your heroes to be able to manage a decisive victory every now and then, or want somebody you can safely kill off to display the ruthlessness of Megatron or the dangerousness of the mission at hand, you need disposables. So enter the Vehicon, a slick-looking piece of animation copy-paste.
The color loss most Legion toys have is more readily apparent than on Ratchet, since all of the torso's purple is absent. On the other hand, it still doesn't look as monochromatic as Bumblebee, so that's a plus. Interestingly, this Vehicon pretty much shares its back-kibble configuration with the First Edition Deluxe Vehicon that you, personally, will never
be able to purchase. The big flaps on the backs of the arms are a bit more bothersome however, looking rather ugly and catching on the body at times. Otherwise, we've got a fair match for the onscreen Vehicons in terms of proportions, extra-long arms and all. The face is one of the better ones for the size, but of course that'd be because the Vehicons' heads aren't particularly detailed to begin with. It's a silver shape with a red visor, and this does a pretty good job of being a silver shape with a red visor.
The arms swivel 360 degrees- provided you make sure those flaps on the arms don't interfere with the back. They don't swing outwards very far, but swing inwards across the chest to a decent degree. The hips are as good as you can get with a ball-joint, swinging straight out to the front, back or sides. The knee's a bit obstructed by the car's spoiler, but it's better than nothing (that is, better than Bumblebee's legs) by a good margin. This is the first Legion I've gotten that doesn't have some kind of transformation joint in the ankles that you can fudge for posing, but he seems pretty stable anyway. All in all it's the same in articulation as it is in looks: better than Bumblebee, not as good as Ratchet.
A new wrinkle here! You have to swing back the hood of the car, which is the Vehicon's back and arms, and fold the head under if you want him to transform properly. That kind of caught me by surprise, because by the standards of this line that's pretty complex. Other than that, you pinch the shoulders together and line the front and back ends up the way we've been doing since 1984. It seems to help to bend the knees ever so slightly, otherwise the front and rear don't quite match up right, but in terms of transforming "difficulty" that's as close as you're going to get.
It's slightly off-model, primarily in the length of the hood. Other than that, it's pretty close to what we get onscreen: an attractively mean looking car that reminds me in styling of Animated Lockdown, even though there's no direct links in terms of details. It'd actually make a pretty fair Batmobile, I think. Unlike Bumblebee or Ratchet, all the windows are actually painted, which I appreciate- but the sacrifice is that all the purple details on the front of the car aren't painted. The sidepanels are, which is good- they'd probably be more conspicuous in their absence. I'd love for all the details to be painted properly, but that isn't always happening at the Deluxe
size these days, and I think windows beat purple trim. As always, we've got weapons ports on the top and sides of the car.
On the technical side, there are two aspects of the Vehicle Mode which could be better: the various panels don't fit together as closely as I'd like, particularly with the very obvious gaps in the roof of the car. Second is that the rear view suffers because there's nothing you can call the gray bits on the back end but a pair of feet sticking out. It bugs me a bit.
As with Bumblebee and Ratchet, the blaster is patterned after the animation's weapon design while being a separate, hand-held piece using 3mm pegs. It's a pretty good match, or at least as good as you'll get in translucent plastic at this scale. We've got the distinctive triangular barrel, which is kind of crucial. ...plus an odd blade on the side that swear I've seen before and I can't quite place where. The function of the blade seems to be that when the gun is grasped by the peg on the back it looks... slightly... sword... ish? It's not super convincing. As is normal, the gun can be mounted on the outside of the arm or held in the hand, and of course planted on the hood in Vehicle Mode. It definitely looks better and more useful on a car than Ratchet's sword, so that's something. And of course there's a socket on top for combining it with other Cyberverse weapons.
The Vehicon isn't bad. It's got kibble that's a bother- I'd rather have had a better way of disposing of the flaps on the arms than I'd have had Dynamic Head Reveal. But overall it rates as Good on the Figurereviews.com Non-Numeric Rating scale.
It's one of the weaker Legion figures I've gotten, but as an economical troop-builder, it's decent.
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