Strika - Beast Machines -- Figure

Strika is one of four things I truly like about the Beast Machines show, the others being Obsidian, Thrust, and Megatron when he was in Optimal Optimus' body. Blackarachnia had de-evolved into the "Token Female Character" and Botanica, well, Botanica was a New Age hippie freakazoid. Strika, OTOH, was a badass to rival Brawn, with a physique to match. Forget flowers and candy, Obsidian probably brings a long range rail gun on a date with her.

Vehicle Mode: Strika's vehicle mode is a six-wheeled ATAV (All Terrain Assault Vehicle). Although mostly black, silver, and gold in colour, Strika does have some purple camouflage paint on her vehicle cockpit/head and frontal armour. She also has blue for her rear guns and wheel struts. Her windshield is red. A green spark crystal is mounted between her rear guns. She also has smaller laser guns mounted on her frontal armour. In this mode, Strika measures roughly 12 cm(4.7") long and 7 cm(2.75") wide. Her head can either lean forward or rear back like a cobra's. She rolls quite well on both hardwood floor and carpeting. She also balances well on top of my head.

Appropriately for such a cool character, Strika's got one of the neatest gimmicks found on a Deluxe toy. Pressing down repeatedly on her spark causes her rear guns to reciprocate back and forth and make a RAT-AT-TAT-TAT sound just like a couple of machine guns. In addition, the guns double as pressure-launched missiles.

Transformation: Converting Strika to robot mode is actually easier than I thought it was. Her legs swing out from beneath, her arms swing out from the sides, and her robot head slides out from beneath her vehicle one. Getting her back into vehicle mode can be a little tricky however, since she's got lots of little pegs that have to line up precisely.

Robot Mode: Strika stands around 15 cm(6") in robot mode. Her consort Obsidian only comes up to her waist (insert crude joke here). She retains the same colour scheme as her vehicle mode, except now more blue is visible. Although she has several physical differences from her show model (different colours, guns on shoulders, wheels hanging further down on her back), her chest plate and robot head make her quite unmistakable. Her head is silver and blue with red eyes, a gold grill-shaped mouth, and also a gold crest. Her reciprocating guns gimmick works just as well in this mode, and actually looks cooler now. In addition to these guns and the ones on her forearms, she has two blue pegs on her ankles that could also be interpreted as guns.

Although often described as "butch" by fans, Strika's robot mode is really the most feminine-looking of all the Vehicons (not that that's saying much). She's got an enormous chest (heh), long arms, and even longer legs. Indeed, if you were a Vehicon, you'd probably be trying to show off to her by bench pressing a building. Until she responds by bench pressing two buildings. Although she's got a considerable backpack, the struts on the backs of her shins do a great job of keeping her erect. She's one of the few TFs to feature open palms instead of clenched fists. Except when she slaps you across the face, your entire face comes right off. The only thing I don't is that her arms are located rather far back on her body. She can barely reach in front of her, and she certainly can't clap.

Strika has quite a bit of articulation in this mode. Her head moves up and down (instead of from side to side), she has multiple joints at the shoulders and elbows, and her hips, knees, and ankles all move.

Overall, Suspsy Sez: All of the Vehicon toys have been nothing less than great, and Strika particularly so. Both the vehicle and robot mode are very solid and have great play value. Sure, the colours don't match the show, but they're still good ones. And the reciprocating guns gimmick rocks. Strika's a winner all the way. 10/10


"Although he took his name from a great commander, Optimus Primal never learned the first rule of warfare: never underestimate your opponent." -Obsidian "Terminate. Obliterate. Can you believe they fell for that?" -Strika

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

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