In the last panel of "Primeval Dawn" from the Botcon 2001 comic, a robot thought at the time to be Iguanus can be seen inside one of the preservation tanks in Tarantulas' lair. Now it looks as though that robot is actually Reptilion, from the Transformers: Universe line.
Lizard Mode: A recolour of TM2 Iguanus, Reptilion is a creepy kind of frilled lizard. About 20 cm(7.8") long from snout to tail tip, he's mainly purple-brown and neon green with white teeth, airbrushed gold on his head, back, tail, rear legs, and right front leg, airbrushed purple and metallic silver on his left front leg, and *all* of those colours on his frill. His right eye is small and narrow and red with a blue-green pupil while his left eye is large and wide with a huge metallic silver pupil that makes him look like he's blind in that eye. While it may sound like a paint palette gone amok, it actually comes together very well on him. Much more striking and more reptilian than Iguanus' colour scheme at any rate.
Pressing the trigger on Reptilion's chin causes his missile to fire and his frill to pop open slightly. The missile travels about a metre and is sculpted to feel like lizardskin. The five frill pieces are pretty loose, and it seems almost everyone who's gotten Reptilion has reported a piece or two falling off while taking him out of the packaging. Fortunately, they re-attach easily.
In this mode, Reptilion has thirteen points of articulation, including a moving lower jaw.
Transformation: Fairly involved. The robot hips swing out from the lizard's body cavity and re-attach, the lizard head folds into the back, front limbs become legs, rear limbs become arms.
Robot Mode: In robot mode, Reptilion stands 12.5 cm(5") tall at the crest. He retains the same colour scheme he had in lizard mode, and again it works quite well for him. A five-barrelled missile pod is mounted in his left shoulder. Opening the panel on his chest reveals a purple Dinobot spark crystal with a Decepticon symbol superimposed on the surface. Personally, I'd have been much happier if Hasbro had either given these TFU toys proper Autobot and Decepticon spark crystals or just left them alone.
Reptilion's face is blue-green with a light green right eye, metallic silver fangs, and a steel plate over the left eye. His helmet somewhat resembles that of a Roman gladiator's. The lizard tail functions as an enormous ponytail that Reptilion could probably swing around in battle like a heavy whip. As well, he's got curved spikes jutting out from his forearms, elbows, and knees, his lizard frill functions as a skirt of armour, and his missile becomes a handheld melee weapon. He's a battle-scarred brute, looking for his next opponent/victim.
Reptilion is articulated at the head, shoulders(universal joints), elbows, wrists, hips, knees, ankles, and ponytail.
Overall, Susp Sez: This is my favourite Deluxe-sized TFU recolour so far. Both the lizard and robot modes look exotic and deadly and are very poseable. The missile-firing gimmick works quite well. My only concern is that the loose frill pieces could fall off and become lost without much difficulty. 8/10
"Sow the seeds of fear and victory is yours." -Iguanus(G1)
|Date||July 21st 2003 |
|Score|| (8 out of 10) |