Well, I'll start my review of Sharkticon.
Sharkticon is a robotic shark type submarine in this mode. His primary colour is black with lots of really nice silver painted details along the sides. There is also yellow, but not tacky hot shot yellow, it is a very nice deep yellow that is nearly orange and has a beautiful warmth to it. There is also a rather light purpleon the cannons and at the back on the parts near the fins at the back. There are lots of tech details moulded into the back of the sharkmarine with red highlights and the spark crystal at the back . There are dark blue fins at the back with thrusters near them giving an impression of a speedy predator. He also have 4 sets of double cannons at the back. All of these cannons can turn. there are 2 sets on the top and 2 sets on the side. A very interesting thing about the ones at the top is that they are right neaxt to eachother, on behind the other, but instead of making them square hasbro have but litte inwards curves so that the corner of the back cannon can fit there when they turn to a certain angle. If these weren't included then the cannons would bump together and have restricted movement.
An interesting feature is the dorsal kind of helm control room in place of a conventional shark fin . THis looks very very good and makes the blend of animal characteristics and mechanical stuff very clear. There are also 2 fins at the sides which poke out from under.
You can see the legs if you look underneath the body, but they form the side fins and a kind of lower jaw. The face of this shark is very odd. If you look at it for too long it doesn;t look like a shark at all, but at a glance it is pure sharkyness. It doesn't represent what a shark looks like, it represents what a shark IS. Its as if the designers took a shark and stripped away everything but left in the spirit of the shark then built machinery around it. It is very nice effect because it isn't clear what it is, it just has a very strong impression of being a shark without actually being a shark.
My only complaints are the visibility of the things because the lower legs blend in with the tech detail but the thighs are clearly for a robot. YOu can also see the fists on the back fin area.
Now onto the specs. He has approximately no points of articulation in this mode unless you count the cannons moving. THis doesn't matter because general submarine things don't move much. He has 1 minicon peg between each the back fins and he has 5 weapon holes. 1 under the 'nose', 2 near the control room and 2 at the back near the fins.
Beast Hyper mode:
This isn't much different from the beast mode, the sides of the front of the shark pull out to reveal missiles. The Instructions say to pull them out all the way so that they are totally seperated from the main body and are just connected by 2 joints. THis looks reeally ugly. In my picture I just pull the front open just enough to reveal the missiles. This looks much better and is much more realistic. THis hyper mode doesn't really much, it reveal 2 spring loaded missile launchers which can be fired. It doesn't compromise anything but looks a bit ugly the Hasbro way.
7/10 ( a bit useless)
This mode is where the w00tage is at. He is basically the starscream toy perfected. He has the same arm articulation as screamer but without the obstruction. He has very good leg articulation with ball joint hips, cut thigh joints, backwards and forwards knee movement and backwards and forwards foot motion. He also has waist rotation (w00t) and a ball joint head. THe range on movement on the head is limited as far as looking up and down is concerned (it can only tilt a few degrees), but it rotates fully.
He retains his colours, but more of the yellow shows. The thighs and biceps are light purple, his lower legs and part of the lower arms are yellow and his main torso is silver, with red highlights on the tech details and a band of yellow at the top. It also has a kind of metallic brown across the top. He is packed with tech details everywhere, it is wonderful to see such work put into a toy this size. His head is NOT a magneto helmet, it is much longer and pointy and the purple 'stripe' is actually a fin. His head features the same lighting eyes as starscream, this one lights up much better. He has a kind of inwards sloping mouthplate with a smaller outwards sloping part towards the bottom. Depending on the angle his face is either Mournful misunderstood killer or pissed off evil killer.
The shark face bit fold onto his back as a kind of cape. It looks sleek and it can hold weapons across his back. I don;t think you can put this guy in a crappy pose. Even in a standing to attention pose he looks cool. He looks best with insecticons or battle ravages weapons. Starscreams sword looks great too. THe green energon doesn't look too good unfortunately. THe fins are glued in on the final figure so you cannot use then as pistols.
I don't have a bad word to say about this mode, there is just nothing to complain about. THe purple is a tiny bit light so I give the mode 9.5/10
Robot Hyper mode:
This mode is basically pulling out his missile launcher all the way then rotating them to give him hip mounted heavy artillery. Very Anime. It looks nice and is functional, but it subtracts from the bulk of the cape. Otherwise very good
This toy is INCREDIBLE. If you buy one deluxe this year make it sharkticon. If you buy 2 make it 2 Sharkticons. If you don't like uber-bad ninja villains then you'll hate this toy.
GO buy it! Preorder it! Raid warehouses! I don't care, just get this toy!
|Reviewer||Moribundus VII |
|Date||July 4th 2004 |
|Score|| (10 out of 10) |