The only new molds to the wave four Mini-Cons, the Sea Team provide a much needed element to the Armada line up; water power! Not since Hammerstrike from Beast Machines has there been a bot that can tread water and these little guys do it in style.
A solar-powered assault ship, Oceanglide is 2 1/4" in length. His primary color is a rust color with some purple thrown in for the solar panel supports, silver painted engines, and black windows for the cabin. Unlike his team mates, he possesses the best range of motion for his pressure-activated missile launcher housed underneath the solar paneling. It can rotate 360 degrees and pivot up and down slightly.
Transformation is ridiculously easy, making him a favorite in my book. With the launcher facing forward, fold down the panels to the side and flip the cabin forward. Now, at 2 1/2" tall, Oceanglide is ready for battle. Remaining mosty rust-colored, his chest paneling is white with some painted yellow highlights and his face, somewhat reminiscent of Sureshock's is sliver with yellow eyes. he features a full range of motion in his shoulders and has hip and knee joint as well. The missile launcher is on his right arm in robot mode, but you can have it on the left by facing the launcher backwards prior to transformation. It just means his thumbs will be on the wrong side of hands that way.
Also at 2 1/4" in length, Stormcloud is a speedboat design with a large pressure-activated missile launcher on top. He is mostly rust colored with a splash of white detailing in the back of the boat and some yellow highlights. Tinted windows must have been on special, since every member of the Sea Team has black windows.
While still simple, Stormcloud's transformation is innovative for something of this size. Raise the launcher up, flip the back of the boat down to form the legs and feet. Then, in the fashion of Laser Optimus Prime and RiD Scourge, slide the front sections of the boat to the sides. Position the lanucher forward, above his head. Still at 2 1/4", Stormcloud is the neastest looking of the bunch. He features ball-socket shoulder joints along with bending elbows, hips and knees. His upper legs, forearms and chest are mostly gray and his eyes are yellow. His face reminds me a bit of Manta Ray from G2.
The first hovercraft in the Transformers line in a long, long time, Waterlog measures in at 2 1/4" in length. he is mostly rust colored with gray highlights. While his launcher can move in this form, it's at a slight angle so he can only aim downward on his port side and upward on his starboard side. His launcher also appears to have a radar dish on the starboard side.
Waterlog's transformation is the most involved of the team. It's also reminiscent of G2 Megatron. Flip the cabin sides down and the rear of the ship back. Rotate the engines 180 degrees and bring the legs down. Position the arms and launcher to your liking. He is as tall in robot mode as he is long in robot mode. There is quite a bit more gray detailing in robot mode as well. Waterlog features the most articulation for his team; full range of motion in his shoulders, neck, hips, and knees. His upper torso is a little weak since the front of the hovercraft sticks out and back quite a bit, giving him a pinhead appearance. Otherwise, he's a good toy.
I have a new favorite team of Mini-Cons with the Sea Team. The only thing I would have liked better is a different choice of primary color. Rust just makes them look a little bland in vehicle mode. Their robot modes are great though and the missile launching gimmick doesn't get in the way of their designs.
Thanks to Remy for providing the pictures.
|Reviewer||Richard C. Mistron|
|Date||February 28th 2003|
|Score||(10 out of 10)|