As seen in the packed-in mini comic, Battle Ravage is one of many Terrorcon drones of the latest incarnation of the Decepticon forces. Capable of ingesting Energon in the quest to collect it to reactive Unicron, the Battle Ravage drones are also able to fabricate weapons made from the substance. I wonder if there is a leader-type a la Beast Machines, or if this is merely one of a drone army.
Like so few before, Battle Ravage comes packaged in robot mode. Oddly enough, the instructions refer to his beast form as his robot mode. That aside, Battle Ravage is mostly black with red and purple highlights. His forearms and lower legs are an off-white color with his toes painted silver. His face is painted silver with green eyes and he has gray highlighting his forehead. Also, his face has some feline qualities to it as well as a toothy grin. Battle Ravage also features a good amount of articulation: neck and waist turn, shoulders rotate, ankles, elbows and knees bend, and ball-socket hips. His tail is also positionable and can be removed for use as a mace.
As with his Autobot counterparts in this assortment, Battle Ravage also includes Energon parts that can attach to different parts of his body and some combine as well. The Energon chip attaches to the peg on his chest that houses a Decepticon insignia. The larger weapon, a missile launcher that fires a spring-activated purple missile, can be placed into either hand or pegged into the holes behind his head using any of the three pegs it has. There is also a Powerlinx port so that this weapon can be attached to other Transformers similarly to Mini-Cons. The other weapon, an homage to G1 Megatron's particle beam cannon, can attach to the holes behind his head or to the launcher to create one large weapon.
To transform into his beast mode, flip the forearm claws down, rotate the head 180 degrees and flip back. Rotate the black portion of his torso up 90 degrees and rotate the animal head 180 degrees. Bring the arms down. The joints on my toy are rather stiff, so the entire torso wants to move as well. Rotate the waist 180 degrees and bring the rear legs down. Position the tail as you wish.
At approximately 2 1/2" at the shoulders, Battle Ravage is ready to drink his fill of Energon and defeat the Autobots.The colors remain the same, though there is some green detailing around the animal head that's visible. In this form, his eyes are yellow. As for what this form is, I'm not entirely sure. It looks like a large cat-like animal, though I have a feeling no specific species was in mind in the design. He has the same articulation as in robot mode with exception of his neck, which is on a ball-socket joint in this mode. The Energon parts attach in this mode as well, though no new configurations lend themselves to his animal form.
Battle Ravage really isn't anything spectacular. He shares the same stand-animal-upright-and-swap-heads transform that a number of toys from Beast Wars and Beast Machines used, so there's not much new in that regard. The beast mode is nicer looking than robot mode and the G1 Megatron cannon is neat accessory. At the $6.99 retail price, you can get better toys with the Omnicons.
Final Grade: C+
|Reviewer||Richard C. Mistron|
|Date||December 2nd 2003|
|Score||(5 out of 10)|