Just another group of mini-Cons for Cyclonus? Not hardly! The Adventure Team is the next best thing to hit Transformers since Super-Con Optimus Prime and Blurr. When rolled along a flat, smooth surface, Dune Runner’s cannon sweeps from left to right, Iceberg’s scoops pivot in and out, and Ransack can retract his towline.
For whatever reasons, I was not really excited about the Adventure Team from the pictures I saw online prior to buying them. I firmly admit that I was wrong. These guys are very neat and their gimmicks work really well, except when attached to Cyclonus (or at least the one I own). Their vehicle modes are all new to the world of Transformers. I have personally always wanted a snowplow Transformer and now I have one. And while we may have had pick-ups prior to Ransack, this variety, with the open bed, is new. I’m not sure what Dune Runner is supposed to be. He looks like my Brother-in-law’s sand rail with a gunner station in the back.
If you’ve ever owned a Micromaster, you can transformation these guys without the instructions. With a few innovations like Iceberg’s head flipping out from the cab or turning Dune Runner’s Powerlinx port around to reveal the robot head make these guys a step above Micromasters. And since none of them have any parts that want to pop off, they get added points for durability.
In robot mode, Ransack reminds me of Jeeper Creeper from Tonka’s GoBot line. I’m not sure why, considering I never owned the toy, but that’s what I get when I look at him. He is articulated at the hips, knees, and shoulders. Dune Runner is a bit taller than Ransack. His facial sculpt looks as though he’s about to lay a kiss on someone. A little drab looking in robot mode, he has some nice detailing on him. He features the same articulation as Ransack. Iceberg, what can I say? The online pictures don’t do him justice. He looks very strong, very powerful and resembles Ironhide slightly in the face. Articulated in the shoulders, hips and waist, Iceberg also looks to have jets on his feet.
Overall, these guys are worth every penny. They are slightly bigger and a lot more sturdy than the other teams released with them and they feature some rather nice gimmicks that don’t interfere with the toys. Grade: A
|Reviewer||Richard C. Mistron|
|Date||December 19th 2002|
|Score||(9 out of 10)|