T-Wrecks - Beast Machines - Figure

The leader of the BM-era Dinobots, T-Wrecks has a brief cameo in the Botcon 2001 comic. Hopefully we'll see more of him in this year's.

Dinosaur Mode: As his name suggests, T-Wrecks, or Tyrannock as I prefer to call him, is a Tyrannosaurus rex, the largest predator ever to stalk North America, and certainly the most powerfully built carnivorous dinosaur of them all. Also the most popular dinosaur of all. It's been my favourite since I was able to talk. >From snout to tail, T-Wrecks measures about 30 cm (12") long, and stands 16 cm(6.3") tall with his body held horizontally. He can also rear up on his tail to a height of 21 cm (8.3").

As far as dinosaur toys go, this is one of the better ones that I've seen. Aside from the tail being too stumpy, and his teeth being not quite big enough, T-Wrecks is unmistakable as the tyrant king. His skin texture is very realistic, with lots of wrinkles, scales, and scars. Gives him something of a battle-hardened appearance. T-Wrecks also has a far more attractive colour scheme than his predecessor Megatron. Instead of dull lavender and green, T-Wrecks is metallic dark red with navy blue stripes along his head, back, and tail. His underbelly is metallic beige, his eyes green, his tongue pink, and his teeth and claws metallic silver. Overall, a very vibrant tyrannosaur indeed. He reminds me of Diablo from the Primal Rage arcade game, at which I am an expert. And unlike some of the Deluxe-sized Dinobots, T-Wrecks has no painfully visible robot parts on his body. The only sign of his robotic nature are the backs of his thighs.

T-Wrecks has a fair bit of articulation about him. Not a whole heckova lot, but still more than any of my Jurassic Park tyrannosaurs. His tiny front limbs move on limited ball joints. His knees and toes move, but since the toes can only bend downwards, you can't really get him into any good walking poses. His head can cock imperiously from side to side. And finally, his mighty jaws are spring-loaded, and he can give you a nasty nip with those sharp chompers of his if you're not careful.

T-Wrecks's gimmick involves removing his tongue and throat section and filling it up with clean water. Once you've reinstalled it, he sprays mist whenever you open his mouth. I got over sixty sprays out of mine before it went dry. He'll turn those nasty ol' Vehicons into piles of rust, he will!

Transformation: Seeing as how T-Wrecks is a recolour of Megs, I popped in a tape of Beast Wars and watched Megs transform in slow motion. It's fairly complex, and younger fans will probably want to try using the instructions. Once you've done it several times however, it becomes easy. I can transform T-Wrecks quicker than I can TM2 Megatron and Tigerhawk.

Robot Mode: T-Wrecks stands a respectable 18 cm (7.1") high in robot mode. Funny how, while TM2 Megs's dragon mode towers over T-Wrecks's dino mode, the two are basically the same size in robot mode. And T-Wrecks, with that big tyrannosaur head on his right arm, looks like he could rip Megs's dragon arm from its socket, and then beat him over the head with it. Enslave Cybertron, will ya?

T-Wrecks main body is coloured metallic beige and sky blue. I'd have preferred darker colours myself, as these ones make him look rather garish. His robot head features the mutant head gimmick that characterized the first wave of Beast Wars toys. The one on T-Wrecks looks like something a Roman gladiator would've worn, with narrow eye slits and a horn protruding from the forehead. His actual robot head is metallic bronze with a blue face, green eyes, and metallic silver teeth. These colours make him seem more heroic than the original Megs head, which was silver with a purple face and red eyes. The mutant head pieces are removable, but I find if you do that, the resemblance to Megs becomes too great, so I leave them on. Be nice if Hasbro had just gone ahead and remoulded the robot head entirely.

T-Wrecks features joints at the head, shoulders, waist, hips, knees(hinge and swivel), toes, and arms. He stands very well thanks to his flip out heels. His right arm has five joints, including the dino head jaws, while his left arm has four, including the pincher claw. A major problem with T-Wrecks is that he lacks hands entirely. Another member of the Head-For-A-Hand club here. The dino head and the pincher claw likely come in handy when slagging Vehicons, but poor T-Wrecks won't be getting into a poker game with the other Dinobots anytime soon.

In addition to his mist spray, T-Wrecks boasts two other gimmicks. First, the two launchers on his hips fire grappling hook shaped missiles about a meter or so. The missile are pinkish-orange in colour, ouch! And second, pushing the pink-orange lever on his left elbow cause his tail pincher to snap. It's not quite strong enough to grasp other figures, but it's neat all the same. You can also fold the tail section up against his forearm and then lock in it place by manually closing the pincher.

Overall, Suspsy Sez: Seeing as how my favourite dinosaur is Tyrannosaurus rex, I'm naturally a big fan of this toy. His dinosaur mode is truly impressive, with great detailing and play value, and an improved colour scheme to boot. Robot mode resembles Megs despite the new colours, but with a little imagination, it's possible to see T-Wrecks as a brand new character. And with three gimmicks, you can't go wrong for the price. If you don't have Megs, then T-Wrecks is one toy you should really check out. Even those who do already have the former might want to consider getting this toy, based on the improved colours. 9/10


"The quickest way of ending a war is to win it!" -T-Wrecks

DateJune 19th 2002  
Score 9 stars (9 out of 10)  

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