Tired of losing battle after battle to the battle in the electronics department of Wal*Mart, the Autobots build the ultimate robot digital video recorder, Laserbeak!
"I will protect you."
Laserbeak is a protective companion for the Earth kids who become involved in the battle between the Transformers. Given to the children by Optimus Prime, Laserbeak records information in his spy bird mode and can launch fireblasts in his stun weapon mode. He is always alert to his surroundings, scanning for threats. What will Laserbeak discover during his spy missions that will help the Autobots defeat the evil plans of the Decepticons?
Strength: 7.0 Intelligence: 6.0 Speed: 6.0 Endurance: 7.0
Rank: 4.0 Courage: 7.0 Fireblast: 5.0 Skill: 6.0
Although packaged in his spy bird form, I’m going to start the review from his digital video recorder mode.
Digital Video Recorder Mode
Measuring in at just under 2 ½” high, 5 ¼” long, and 2 ¼” wide, Laserbeak is an extremely small recorder. He is primarily a fluorescent orange, which some feel takes quite a bit away from the toy even though they have yet to see it in person. Balanced out with the black, gray, and blue highlights, the orange is not that bad. There are digital cameras in odd colors and Laserbeak, considering his size, can be thought of as a smaller recorder for kids. What do you know? That’s who he’s marketed for.
On the back of the recorder is the speaker for his five sound effects. Molded onto the speaker is a dark red Autobot insignia. There are also three buttons on the top near the back. The blue one activates part of his transform while the other two activate sounds. The middle of the three are recorder sounds. The first sounds like a camera *click* and the second sounds like video recording… maybe. It’s really difficult to tell what they were trying to go with in that second sound.
The viewfinder also opens and can pivot 360 degrees. Inside is a picture of Optimus Prime. The picture looks to have some intentionally made tracking issues, giving this feature a little more realism. Sadly, it looks as though Prime loves to hog the camera since that’s all Laserbeak sees in his viewfinder.
Stun Weapon Mode
Transformation to stun weapon is done in one step. Flip down the handle from the belly of the recorder. Laserbeak isn’t the most convincing of a weapon. Attach a small grip to the bottom of any recorder and you'll see. There is another bray button near the inside top of the handle. Pressing that gives you a good, hearty laser-blast sound.
Return the handle to the fully upright position and transformation to spy bird mode is as easy as 1-2-3! Pivot the gray wheel at the rear bottom left side of the recorder forward to reveal the wings. The pop out from either side of the recorder. Press the blue button on the top to reveal the head and fold down the feet that were tucked inside the wings.
Spy Bird Mode
Laserbeak now stands at just over 6” in his tallest standing position. He features neck, hip and ankle articulation and his wings, though spring loaded, move at the base and the middle. Flattening out the wings gets you a wingspan of 8 ¼”. As far as colors go, not much has changed. There is more blue visible from the undersides of the wings and his legs and feet.
Pressing that last gray button on his back yields one of two different sound effects. The first is a shorter laser blast and the second is a bird screech. I’m not familiar with the various sounds of bird calls, but this sounds like a larger bird, perhaps and eagle or falcon.
Laserbeak is a must have, especially if you’re buying this for a child. The recorder mode, despite the colors, looks very realistic and the simple transform will not discourage younger Transformers fans. However, I do wish he were just a tad bigger. He is a bit pricey for his size, but the electronics even that out.
Image courtesy of Remy Rodis.
|Date||July 11th 2002|
|Score||(10 out of 10)|
|Link||Laserbeak @ Transformers.com|