I acquired this fellow cheap on Ebay. Not bad, but not up there with the Transmetals... hard to hide that robot kibble on animals.
Beast mode: a Velociraptor, made popular by the Jurassic Park series of movies. His main color is a sort of beige, with a dark brown pattern of jagged stripes running from the tip of his tail up his back and over the top of his head to his snout. These stripes are also present on his lower legs. The eyes are bright yellow, and his teeth are painted white. The jaw opens and closes, looking very fierce. :)
It's a nice little dino mode, marred by the fact the the robot legs are very visible as the raptor's belly. They're made of translucent orange plastic. The robot feet make up the lower part of the dino neck, but they don't really sit flush with the rest of the neck, so the whole thing makes Dinobot look bulkier than he needs to. Thankfully the colors don't contrast all that much, so it could be worse.
The other bit of kibble is the hinge visible in the middle of the raptor's back, and the post where the tail weapon can be stored in robot mode. All in all, it's not a bad mode, but it has a flaw or two.
Robot mode is easy to achieve. Remove the tail first. It splits in two to reveal Dinobot's sword and spinning shield, which has a button that can be pressed to allow the blades to spin. The raptor legs become Dinobot's arms, and the belly becomes the robot legs with a little unfolding and rotation. The raptor head folds down to sit on Dinobot's chest, and his robot head is revealed. There's a translucent orange mask of some sort that splits in half and rests on his shoulders to reveal the head that was used on the show. Interestingly, Dinobot has no mouth in robot mode, just two deeply set bright orange eyes on a blue face.
Robot mode is not bad. Pretty good posability, but a bland color scheme. Still mostly beige, with only the translucent orange of the legs and the blue face to break it up. The sword and rotating shield fit in either hand, but they aren't held by the fingers. They insert into holes in the palm, meaning the sword can only be held straight out. The tail can be placed on a post on Dinobot's back for storage.
The verdict: well, I enjoyed his character on the show, and it colors my perception of the toy. It's good, but not great. I note that this is the same mold used for the current Dinobots Grimlock, so apart from the color scheme, I think much of the same pros and cons apply.
|Date||June 21st 2003|
|Score||(7 out of 10)|
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