Transforms from realistic looking Sport Utility Vehicle to robot and back. X-Brawn is a great treat for those awaiting the return of modern day vehicles to the world of Transformers.
Vehicle Mode In vehicle mode, X-Brawn measures in at 5 1/4" from front bumper to spare tire rack. He is predominantly gray with dark green and black trim. The hood opens up to reveal his engine and both front doors open as well. On the passenger side (or the driver side in Japan), the robot head is visible. This is sort of neat as it gives the illusion that he's at least watching where he's going. A sunroof is detailed and can be opened with a little effort unlike the rear passenger doors.
Transforming him can be a bit of a challenge, but not impossible. First you remove the tailpipe assemblies and front chrome bumper from underneath the vehicle and open the front doors. Grabbing hold of the front of the SUV, pull the rear back as far as it will go. Hold onto the middle of the toy and pull the front out away from the body (this will become one of the robot arms), then swing the other robot arm out from behind the robot head. Slide the rear of the vehicle to the left and split down the middle to form the legs. Bring the rear tires around and lower the spare tire rack to form the feet. Swing the front right tire toward the robot to reveal the left hand. Bring the robot head up and situated the arms to your liking. The tailpipes can be used as missiles in his right hand/launcher or can be stored behind his robot head on the underside of the vehicle roof. X-Brawn can also hold the bumper and missiles in his left hand as a weapons.
As a robot, X-Brawn stands at about 5 1/2". His left lower arm is huge as it comprises the front engine block of the vehicle and both front doors. By comparison, the right arm is puny by comparison, but since it's the missile launcher, it works well as a counter to the other limb. X-Brawn is mostly dark green with gray highlights and has a phenomenal amount of painted detail on his face and chest is wonderful. Another nice feature I forgot to mention earlier is that his tires have the word Transformers on them and they are rubber to boot! There haven't been rubber tires on a Transformer for about fourteen years or so.
I definitely recommend X-Brawn for anyone into Transformers. His transformation is challenging, yet doable and he looks great in both modes. The only thing I can caution against is that you shouldn't aim the missile launcher at anyone's eyes, nose, or heck, the entire face for that matter. There's a lot of punch there and there's no sense getting hurt over a toy, especially by the toy.
|Date||October 26th 2001|
|Score||(9 out of 10)|