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Airazor & Nightscream - Armada - Figures

Airazor and Nightscream

As a way to bolster the Armada assortments, Hasbro reissued a few Transmetals toys from the Beast Wars line, gave them static Powerlinx ports, and packed them with a Mini-Con or two. Airazor was one of those beast warriors given a second shot, or in some cases a third shot, at the retail shelves. This time, she's packaged as an Autobot with a redeco of one of the Street Speed Mini-Cons. But, is she really one of Prime's warriors?


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Packaged in her beast mode, Airazor is a mechanical bird. She is mostly purple and black with red and gray highlights. Blue lightning sparks adorn each wing where her static Powerlinx ports are located. Fully extended, she has a wingspan of about 10 1/4". She can be posed slightly in this mode as her hips and knees are on ball-sockets.

As with her previous release, Airazor has a transport mode, which the instructions call an attack mode. The instructions also call attaching a Mini-Con to her Powerlinx pegs as her transport mode. Go figure. Anyway, the attack/transport mode details swinging her legs back, pulling the pontoons from the fronts of her wings, swinging out the pegs and positioning the pontoons under her wings, attaching the posts to her wings.

Nightscream is a purple sports car with black wheels and windows and silver hubcaps and rear vents. He is a recolor of Oval from the Street Speed Mini-Con team, the better of the three molds from that group. He rolls very well on smooth surfaces too.

Start-Change-Finish

To transform Airazor into robot mode:

  1. Lower the bird torso swing the legs up, out and down to the sides of the robot torso.
  2. Flip the robot head out and swing the torso back, locking it into place.
  3. Split the top shell of the bird and flip the robot legs up and over, then fold the feet down.
  4. Swing the wings back and rotate them 180 degrees.
  5. Finally, fold the tail-feathers down.

To transform Nightscream into robot mode:

  1. Extend the rear of the vehicle back and front sides out.
  2. Fold the front down and lock into place using the two tabs on the chassis.
  3. Swing the arms and hood down and raise the robot head.

Robot Mode

Standing at 4 3/4" tall, Airazor is now ready to fight in the Unicron Battles. But, what side will she fight on? Although she is packaged as an Autobot, a Decepticon insignia is molded into her back. I prefer to think of her as a Decepticon because of this as there are very few female villains in the Transformers. Besides, her colors are more in line with the Decepticons.

Being a Beast Wars toy, Airazor has superior articulation compared to other toys in the Armada line. Her neck, shoulders, elbows, and hips are all on ball-sockets and she can bend at the knees and ankles. Her beast-mode claws are attached to the ends of her forearms, giving her permanently-attached melee weapons. I would have been nice if these were made removable as they can get in the way.

Nightscream stands at a little over 2" and, like Airazor, has superior articulation when compared to his contemporaries. He can rotate at each shoulder, bend each elbow, and his hips are on ball-sockets. Unlike Airazor, Nightscream gains some light gray in his lower torso and upper legs, which were hidden in vehicle mode. His eyes are also painted a yellow-green.

Overall

Airazor is a decent toy, but just doesn't fit in with the rest of the original-to-Armada toys. The addition of Powerlinx ports and a Mini-Con give her a little more play value than her previous release. However, it looks funny to see a giant bird with a tiny car attached to the wings. If you like the Beast Wars toys, missed out on the initial release, or find her on clearance like I did, pick up Airazor and Nightscream. Otherwise, save your money for something better.



ReviewerRichard C. Mistron  
DateJuly 5th 2004  
Score 6 stars (6 out of 10)  
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