Before Rhinox, before Omega Supreme, even before Grimlock, there was Brawn, the Original Badass Autobot himself! The guy was so badass, he made medicine sick. So badass, he once shot Megatron with his own fusion cannon. So badass that, to this day, loyal fans such as myself insist that he is definitely *not* dead. And here's the proof: X-Brawn, baby!
X-Brawn's vehicle mode is that of an Sports Utility Vehicle.
SUVs are among the most popular vehicles on the roads these days, what with their high profiles, off-road ruggedness, roomy interiors, and high fuel consumption (I should know, I drive a Jeep). X-Brawn most closely resembles a Mercedes-Benz M-class AMG, however Hasbro has made a few aesthetic changes to avoid possible trademark infringement. His headlights are round instead of teardrop-shaped, and his tail lights haven't been painted in at all.
From front bumper to spare tire, X-Brawn measures 14 cm(5.5"). He's mostly metallic silver with black and green, and silver chrome for his hubcaps, runner bars, front grille, and bumper. A red and white Autobot symbol is emblazoned on his hood. Popping the hood reveals a shiny chrome engine. His
front doors open and his robot head is clearly visible on the passenger side. He features rubber tires with "Transformers" moulded into them. The whole mode holds together like a rock and rolls beautifully on hardwood floor and carpet. Zoom zoom zoom! Oops, that's Mazda, not Mercedes.
Not as difficult as I was fearing it would be, but still quite intricate. The SUV's rear section unfolds and splits apart to become X-Brawn's legs, the middle section houses his upper torso and right arm, and the entire front of the vehicle ends up on his left arm.
In robot mode, X-Brawn stands 13 cm(5") tall at the head. He's mostly green now, with some red and light green detailing on his head, chests and shins. His eyes are vac metal yellow. His left arm and hand are absolutely massive, hence the mention of his "Southpaw Lariat" attack in his
tech spec. He's got some serious vehicle kibble, what with his massive shins, the roof on his back, the left door on his shoulder, and the right door and front third of the SUV on his left arm. A red vac metal Autobot symbol is moulded into his forearm.
In this mode, X-Brawn has joints at the head, shoulders, elbows, wrist, thumb, hips, and knees. Because of his enormous left arm, he has a tendency to fall over sideways if you don't spread his legs apart enough. His right arm has a silver fist moulded into it, but actually serves as a missile
launcher. His runner bars function as missiles that can be attached either to the vehicle roof on his back or to his right upper arm. He can also hold one of the runners in his left fist like a club. Additionally, his front grille detaches to become a kind of handheld axe blade. Time to chop some Predheads.
Overall, Suspsy Sez
This really is one cool toy. It's got all the poseability and durability of a BW-era figure, nifty weapons, a transformation that doesn't run the risk of having parts pop or break off, and a vehicle mode that echoes the detail and accuracy of the very first G1 toys. He does have some kibble issues, but overall, X-Brawn kicks ass, as befits one with such a hallowed name.
|Date||October 27th 2001 |
|Score|| (8 out of 10) |