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Silverbolt - Beast Wars - Figure

One of the noblest and sappiest TFs to come along in a while, Silverbolt always seemed like he'd be better off in the medieval era than a prehistoric one. OTOH, the fact that he got Blackarachnia indicates that the whole chivalry routine may have something to it after all.

Beast Mode
Now this is SWEET. All the other Fuzors have rather freakish beast modes, but Silverbolt's looks like a truly mythical creature, one who'd be right at home in a Harry Potter novel. He's got the head, body, and hind limbs of a gray wolf, and the wings, tail, and front limbs of an eagle. The result is a Fuzor that's truly a fusion of two animals, and one that looks sleek and powerful at that. He looks especially dangerous when viewed from the front, with his snarling face, and his sharp talons stretched out, ready to maul an enemy. His fur and feathers are exceptionally well sculpted, more so than on previous TFs. And, aside from his robot forearms being visible on his rear limbs, he's got no undercarriage robot junk whatsoever. Of all the Fuzors then, Silverbolt gets top marks for his beast mode.

Silverbolt measures 14.5 cm (5.7") in length, and has a wingspan of 22.5 cm (8.9"). The dominant colour of this toy is, of course, silver. Dark gray markings adorn his face and back, and his wings have airbrushed brown and black on them. His tail feathers are white, his eyes are yellow, and his teeth are white. Finally, the scales on his front limbs are bronze. An excellent colour scheme indeed. He is articulated at the talons, elbows, shoulders, hips, knees, and wings in this mode. His gimmick involves pushing up on his tail feathers. This causes his wings (be sure that they're held horizontally to his body, or it won't work) to swing forward about 45 degrees and fire two missiles. The missiles are moulded to look like feathers, but their flat gray colour makes them quite noticeable on the tips of his wings. I may just buy some paint and try to paint them to match his other feathers.

Transformation
Actually easier than I'd expected. His beats head lowers to reveal the robot's chest, his front legs lower and connect to form the robot hips and legs, and his rear legs swing forwards to become his shoulders and arms. A straight forward transformation for a straight arrow TF.

Robot Mode
Silverbolt stands about 13 cm (5.1 inches) high in robot mode. Again, the dominant colour on him is silver, with some bronze detailing on his chest and loincloth, and a red orb mounted in his abdomen. His face is a dead ringer for the one on the show, with a metallic dark gray mask and yellow eyes. He stands very well thanks to his big bird feet.

One thing I don't like about this toy is how the rear of the beast mode just sticks out behind him. Looks rather awkward when viewed from behind. As a robot, Silverbolt has articulation at the head, arms, legs, and wings. His missile-firing gimmick works just as well in this mode. I do wish that they could swing all the way forward like on the show. As it stands, Silverbolt can only hit enemies that are standing to either side of him, but not directly in front. The missiles can also be detached to act as handheld weapons. Unfortunately, they resemble giant salad spoons more than anything else. "Stand back, citizens! This caesar salad needs a good tossing!"

Overall
Suspsy Sez: I like this toy, I do. His Fuzor mode is without a doubt the best one of them all, a perfect fusion of two apex predators. The missile firing wings are a neat gimmick. Robot mode looks almost exactly like the show character, with some subtle differences in colour. Overall, a great toy with excellent play value.

Suspsy

"Back off, villain! Megatron will not twist this innocent to his dark designs! I will not allow it!" -Silverbolt

ReviewerSuspsy  
DateMarch 24th 2002  
Score 9 stars (9 out of 10)  
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