Supreme Cheetor is the largest Transformer made in recent years. He even dwarfs the mighty Optimal Optimus from the Beast Wars line. In fact, the only Transformer toy that is taller (at least that I know of anyway) is Fortress Maximus, who was released back in 1987. But that is another tale.
Cheetor measures in at approximately eighteen inches from snout to the tip of his tail. He has twenty-six points of articulation ranging from his legs, to his waist to his neck. Rotating what looks like a turbine inside his back, you can mode the cat head back and forth. This also causes the jaw to open and close. By pulling on the lip of his mane directly behind the turbine, you active the sound and light show in his beast mode. With a mighty, mechanical roar, his upper torso flashes red and green while the three tufts of fur near his neck raise up slightly. You can also get the green to flash by itself by pulling on the same lever, just not as far back. Pushing it back in will stop the green lights.
There is also a remarkable amount of detail on Cheetor. though most of it may be hard to see at first glance due to the fact that his torso is made of primarily of clear, yellowish plastic. Lots of unpainted fur and mechanical looking bits cover these areas, giving him a techno-organic look as the cartoon suggests the Maximals are now.
Transformation is not terribly involved, though some parts are prone to falling off if too much pressure is used. Remove the tail and extend the legs outward toward the rear. You can choose to shorten the legs slightly by pushing them into the lower section, but to give him a towering presence, I leave them elongated. Pull down the rear struts from the back of the legs. These don't actually do much in the way to support Cheetor in robot mode. I think they may be there for aesthetic reasons. Now, open the panels on his belly and rotate the inner one around to what will become the robot back. Pull the main chest open and flip out the robot head, then push the cheetah head in the same area and close up shop. Carefully push the robot chest into the rear section and close the two panels mentioned earlier. If you do this too fast, the outermost panel will pop off. Also, I should note that both the robot and cheetah heads have a tendency to pop off if pushed to far. It's not that bad really as you can just stick them back on.
From head to toe, Cheetor stands a whopping eighteen inches tall. He is mostly a medium yellow with green, black and red highlights. Unlike the smaller, Mega version of him released earlier in the year, he does stand better, though can still wobble a bit due to his long, skinny legs (wonder how he dances with them?).
And now the gimmicks:
1) Pushing on the lever on the back of his head will open his jaws and a mechanism in his eyes will move downward, turning them green.
2) Make sure his right hand his open and move the arm backwards at the elbow joint. This will cause one the two missiles hidden in his arm to fire. This also activates the red lights as well as a missile firing sound effect. Unfortunately, this gimmick hinders posing the arm in any position but straight out.
3) Not to be outdone, the left arm features and extending reach feature. Simply straighten the wrist and his fingers extend out another three or so inches. While this doesn't hinder articulation as much as the missile launcher, it does mean that he has to have his wrist at an upward tilt in order for the fingers to stay back. This makes it difficult to pose him with his sword.
4) His tail slides out and open to reveal the sword blade. Cheetor can hold the weapon in his right hand by positioning his three fingers through the hole at the base of the tail/sword.
I have to say that I am somewhat impressed with Supreme Cheetor. I'm not one who likes gimmicks, so I would have preferred a fully articulated figure rather than have a missile launcher or extendo-claws. However, He looks great in either mode. Shame he didn't sell better. But, on the bright side, if you haven't picked him up yet, he's usually at a good price at most stores. Besides, he can give your pet cat something to think about when you bring him home.
|Date||October 31st 2001|
|Score||(6 out of 10)|