It's a real shame Tigerhawk only stuck around for three episodes of Beast Wars before getting the axe. Not only because of the sheer callousness of it, but also because he's got one damn fine toy.
A very impressive Transmetal Fuzor, with a length of 20 cm (8"), height of 15 cm (6"), and a foot-long wingspan. Main colours are creamy white, with highlights of black, blue, translucent green, and pea green. There's also lots of blue vac metal on the legs, wings, and the helmet. The head and upper torso are that of a tiger, while the lower torso and wings are that of a hawk. Unlike his mostly organic counterpart Megatron, Tigerhawk is much more mechanical in appearance. A translucent green dome is located on his chest, with a little rotating cockpit visible inside. His head is very nicely molded, with black stripes, gold eyes, blue-gray teeth, and a pink nose. His tongue is blue (too many Slurpies?), and is actually articulated. Cool. Gatling guns/rocket launchers are mounted on his wings, a very nice G1 touch. There are also small wheels mounted on his wings, indicating that there was once a vehicle mode intended for this toy. The tips of the wings are blue vac metal with green feathers. He also has a tail comprised of blue feathers.
Lots of articulation to be found on this guy. Let's see, jaws, neck, front paws, elbows, shoulders, hips, knees, second knees, and ankles. Tons of gimmicks as well. Pushing forward the a green lever on his back causes his wings to drop down to the sides, flips the launchers forward, and fires the rockets. White tabs on his wing tips cause them to flip forward as well. Yet another set of tabs fires the feather missiles. His spring-loaded rear talons clamp shut via a button on the bottom of each foot. In fact, it's difficult to pick him up without setting something off. I'm just lucky that I wear glasses, since I've been hit in the face by one or more of the projectiles a couple of times. Another problem with the beast mode is that the tiger head is pretty much locked in place, staring at the ground. This is due to the helmet mounted on the back of the cranium, which I'll talk about more in a bit.
Flip the wing tips and rocket launchers forward. Pull out the blue vac metal helmet and place it over the tiger head. The helmet, which is shaped like a hawk's head, makes Tigerhawk look very similar to Battle Cat from the old Masters Of The Universe series. The instructions also tell you to lower the robot arm on his belly and rotate it forward, with the cannons facing ahead, but I think this looks silly.
Pretty complex, equivalent to that of his counterpart TM2 Megatron. Lots of parts unlock, swing about, then click back together again. Even now it's still something of a task for me.
You now have a slightly cluttered but very cool, very angelic-looking robot, a stark contrast to Megatron's hellish form. In robot mode, Tigerhawk stands about 19 cm (7.5") tall. He carries over all the colours from his beast mode. The cockpit has become his right shoulder, the tiger head his left one. His head is an exact replica of the one on the show, complete with orange eyes and a translucent green visor. Unfortunately, it's hard to make out the details of his face, since it's all white. A golden Maximal symbol is emblazoned on his chest, to make up for the fact that you can't access his spark. The hawk talons, contrary to what the box art may tell you, become part of his chest, just like on the show too. His tail becomes a gladiator-style loincloth. A dual blaster is mounted on his right wrist. In addition, the rocket launchers can be detached from his wings and inserted into either end of his left fist, forming an even larger version of his wrist blaster.
In robot mode, Tigerhawk has articulation at the ankles, knees, hips, shoulders, elbows, and neck. Unfortunately, his wings are considerably heavy, particularly if you leave the rocket launchers in them. You either have to have them flat against his body or bend his ankles forward. Otherwise he'll topple over backwards.
Suspsy Sez: While Megatron has the stronger beast mode and is still my personal favourite, Tigerhawk wins out in terms of robot mode. His battle mode also beats out the rather lame Dragonster. And finally, Tigerhawk doesn't have any cosmetic or design flaws like Megs' butt head or reversed neck tab. This guy is sort of like the Buzz Lightyear of the BW line. An excellent toy, well worth the money.
|Date||January 3rd 2002 |
|Score|| (10 out of 10) |
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