Bought this figure today when I saw him in the stores. As nobody reviewed him I thought I should do so allbeit a little briefly. I will refer to this figure as Dirt Boss since this is the Cybertron version I am reviewing. The only major difference is the Decepticon symbol that heatstamped on it. It would have looked better had it been molded it but it looks ok now.
Dirt Boss' vehicle mode is cool and very fitting. If a Decepticon is going to be a car the best choice is either a military vehicle or a monster truck which can do a lot of damage as well. It is a very cool looking vehicle mode as well. It has huge rugged wheels mounted on detailed supports. There is even a little suspension on them allowing them to move in a bit. The wheels which are each two seperate halves roll well.
It looks reasonably realistic with an engine block and vents on the hood, lights on the roof and exhaust pipes at the rear. The only real downside to this mode in terms of sculpting is the visible hands on the rear of the vehicle. A Decepticon symbol can be found on the front of the driver's section. There is tech detail at the back of the vehicle consistent with the tech detail for the other planet key slots found on other Transformers.
As for the colors, Dirt Boss has 3 main colors, the first being bright purple. Purple is always fitting for a Deception and it looks good here. The second color is translucent red in line with the other speed planet Transformers and of course the speed planet key. The final main color is neon green. It is that color that has caused most people to dislike this toy.
But I rather like it, first because I actually like neon green as a color. Secondly because it looks cool with the purple. And finally because it suits this mode. Monster trucks are only used in shows and there they want be noticed. And with this colorscheme it is nearly impossible to miss Dirt Boss so for me it works perfectly. A grey monstertruck I would have had more problems with for instance but this I can imagine being on a Monster Truck show.
A black wash to bring out details more would have been nice though but there is silver on Dirt Boss to bring out a few details and make this mode looks better. There is silver on the hood, the lightsection, the panels on the roof and the grilles on the sides. And the wheels have silver on the hubcaps which looks pretty awesome. There is also a bit grey on it, used for the bumber and the bars holding the exhaust vents in place.
Sadly the engine block is not painted but it is rather small so not all that noticable. Still considering the other paint detail leaving this unpainted is a bit of a dissapointment.
Naturally a great vehicle mode is only as good as the gimmick but Dirt Boss delivers. By the way , the planet key slot is on the back and it is not obtrusive in any way so that is the first plus. But the gimmick is as cool as the come. Inserting the planet key will cause the wheels to flip out to the sides widening the wheel base as well as lowering the vehicle. This should lower wind resistance and increase Dirt Boss' speed. A very useful gimmick considering he does come from the speed planet.
I can also imagine it being an attack gimmic. Dirt Boss jumps on top of an enemy and in order to crush him more effectively he uses this feature to really smash him. Or he can use it while driving alongside someone and knock them over.
An excellent vehicle mode with a perfect gimmick and great colors. The only downside (the engine block aside) is the hood which forms the legs. It splits in two halves and is not all that firmly held together. It holds ok but I worry that too many transformations may loosen it too much. It is a small gripe though and does not detract from all the coolness in this mode.
For people who hated the neon green, it takes a backseat in this mode. Dirt Boss is mostly purple. There is silver on his chest as well as a perfectly placed Decepticon symbol. The head is gray with a silver face and a bit of green.
Dirt Boss is surprisingly sleek for a Decepticon whose alt mode is a big bulky vehicle mode. Aside from the wheels and backpack there is no kibble at all. The backpack serves a purpose and the wheels looks really cool actually and are pretty much the only thing reminding us of his alt mode.
I like the head sculpt because the left eye looks like some sort of Borg implant. But aside from having one lense, it has three which looks really interesting. I think it allows him to see in different ways such as zoom, infra red and heat vision or something along the line. Dirt Boss has a stoic look on his face and I would have preferred him to look more ruggid like a real smasher who lives for destruction. But this face works too as it looks like a cold warrior.
Dirt Boss has plenty of articulation, his shoulders swivel and bend outwards and he has elbow movement. His waits rotates but that is a by product of the transformation. Legwise, Dirt Boss does great too with legs that rotate and move to the sides and benbable knees. In all there are plenty of poses possible with this guy and the big feet compensate for his backpack. The head turns but I am not sure how much it helps him.
Sadly the wheel gimmick does not work in this mode but the designers made sure to include another one. And other than the backpack it does not have any effects on the robot mode such as reduced posability. Simply plug in the planet key and the exhaust pipes drop down onto Dirt Boss' shoulders giving Dirt Boss two cool looking cannons. It compensates a bit for the fact that he has no hand weapon.
It is quite a feat that two gimmicks (and such cool ones as well) were integrated into one Transformer without hampering any of the two modes. The designers really outdid themselves with this figure.
In all an excellent robot mode with a cool gimmick and great posability. One of the better from Cybertron for me so far.
The colors may put some people off but not me. The excellent vehicle mode is complemented by a great robot mode. (Unlike Thundercracker whose jet mode rocks whereas the robot mode is a bit meager.) Add to that great gimmicsk, both of which makes sense (As opposed to the gimmick on Thundercracker whose gimmick makes no sense at all in his vehicle mode.) and are perfectly fitting. Dirt Boss is a Transformer that should not be missed in any Transformers collection!